Sony VAIO TZ review: Ultra-slim Ultra-mobile laptop

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The Sony VAIO TZ series, ultra-slim and ultra-mobile laptop,is a thoughtfully designed product for people on the move. Providing a 11.1″ display , and as slim a 1″, this ultra portable, ultra-mobile and ultra thin laptop offers superior mobility coupled with lengthy battery backup and easy to carry volume/weight ratio. All in all, the USP of this new little beauty is day-to-day PC performance anywhere any time. This laptop has a few flavor customized to range from corporate to casual to sturdy. The flavors varying in performance and storage start from Core2Duo processor U7500 (1.06GHz1) ranging to 1.33 GHz processors. All this with pre-installed with Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Business/XP Professional downgrade.

Build and Design

Sony VAIO TZ has a sleek and slim design that catches every eye with its glossy finish and wide choice of colors ranging from Handmade Bordeaux Red, Champagne Gold to Premium Carbon Fiber Black. For the viewer, the 11.1-inch LCD is state-of-the-art SONY Bright View Technology. Build to be elegant, thin and lightweight, the laptop re-defines mobile computing.

Display

Owing to its ultra mobile mantra, expecting to have an enjoyable experience in watching action movies and heavy games would be asking for too much. The display, Sony’s own XBRITE-FullHD LCD technology is bright and ultra clear with true colors. The size is best relished by using it for what the machine is meant for. So, far as the mobile and business needs are concerned it’s a 10 on 10. But gaming, action movies and all that jazz is not a fair expectation only because of the processing limitation.

Keyboard and touchpad

Dust proof, clean square, flat, grid-channel layout keyboard of Sony VAIO TZ  are provided with cuboid keys. For the people, who haven’t used Sony VAIO before, it might take a while to get used to, but I think that it is a better product design since it is found to prevent over 80% from dust getting into the keyboard in comparison to others.

Touchpad of Sony VAIO TZ is very responsive with a good throughput, but less finger friendly for the men. The keyboard and the touchpad as a whole give you an impression, as if it’s just meant for the girls, who have smaller fingers and less rapid movement. For the ones with heavy fingers, the touchpad is a little small and running out of space could be frequent. But, it’s been designed to be small and mobile, making it a little less easy.

Performance and Benchmarks

Well the TZ series ranges from 1.06 GHz to 1.33 GHz, which according to latest standards are not very high. But given the fact that this beauty is not meant to be loaded with all the computation that requires heavy processing, Sony VAIO TZ stand true to its day-to-day business presentation. Like a true celebrity, it has a lot of elegance and beauty but can do only so much, limited by the Brain (CPU/Processor) speed. I personally think even Vista comes too heavy on it, but the 2GB RAM makes up for it.

Battery Life

My personal benchmarking method is to first just have the machine on and keep fiddling it not to let it hibernate or go to standby mode. Under this situation, it gave me a surprising 9 hours of battery backup!! Which I think is very good. Then second step charge the battery to full and run video and audio until the battery drains out fully. I ran AI by Steven Spielberg on a full volume, 2 times full and for 10 more minutes before the battery drained out.

All in all, Sony VAIO TZ’s a friendly machine meeting the major demand to be called a Mobile device.

Specifications of Sony VAIO TZ

Operating System: Pre-loaded Genuine Windows Vista Business (English Version)

Processor: Core2Duo Processor U7700 from Intel (1.33 GHz)

Optical Disc Drive: DVD±RW/±R DL/RAM Drive Maximum Reading Speed

Graphics: Graphics Accelerator Graphics Media Accelerator 950 from Intel

Display: Type 11.1″ (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT Color display

Bluetooth: Bluetooth standard Ver. 2.0+EDR Security

Camera: Front Side Camera Effective Pixels: 640×480

Audio: Sound Chip High Definition Audio compatible from Intel

Battery: Lithium-ion battery

Dimensions (WxHxD) : 277 x 22.5 – 29.8 x 198.2 mm Weight 1170 g (including battery)

MSRP: $2000 (base price)

Lenovo Ideapad U330 review: Brilliantly designed laptop

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Lenovo Ideapad U330, the brilliantly designed laptop, is amongst the latest product in Lenovo’s 13.3 inch notebook series. It has been built on the Montevina platform from Intel and switchable graphics from AMD. This design makes the system quite unique from the likes of other competitors of this category including Apple’s MacBook and Dell 1330 (XPS). In fact, the Ideapad U330 has taken a huge step forward from the conventional and popular IBM’s thinkpad series, as it offers a host of exciting features including media controls that are touch sensitive, HDMI out, switchable graphics which saves power and has an Intel Centrino2 processor.

Build and Design

The new Lenovo Ideapad U330 has been designed with a glossy display cover, super thin Liquid Crystal Display and a very low profile chassis, making it visually pleasing. The Ideapad U330 has a unique pinstripe scheme of paint on its inside along with glossy media controls, that are touch sensitive. It has also has a smooth and seamless finished frameless display, which makes it look really great. The build quality could have been made better, but you would really like the overall looks of the Lenovo U330.

Display

The Ideapad U330 has a frameless display having nice looks, but is highly reflective in its nature. It has exceptional contrast and colours along with some good black levels with its LED backlit. You’ll find the horizontal viewing angles to be much better than the vertical ones and it also has lesser reflections in bright viewing office conditions.

Keyboard and touchpad

Lenovo Ideapad U330 comes with a keypad that is very easy and convenient to type on and offers a good support for strong continuous typing pressure. The keyboard style is similar to the business grade IBM thinkpad laptops.

The touchpad based on Synaptics is very sensitive and has a soft matte finish on its surface texture. The U330 has large touchpad buttons and each of them has a long throw when pressed.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Lenovo Ideapad U330 has an excellent system performance with a Core2Duo P7350 processor from Intel and a dedicated graphics card of ATI Radeon (3450). The notebook was pretty good in handling mild gaming and delivered no problem in resuming normal activity. The switchable graphics system in the Ideapad U330 helps in easy transition to low power usage without rebooting the system. The notebook also put off lesser heat, consumed less power and ran almost all 3D features of Windows Vista without any problem. The audio performance was pretty average when compared to similar notebooks of its range and had many weak points.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad U330 has an amazing battery life of nearly 4 hours with Vista power profile switched to balanced, brightness of screen set to 60% and graphics switched to power saving mode. The battery life drops to nearly 2hours 40 minutes on enabling dedicated graphics and that is also not too bad.

The Ideapad U330 is an excellent choice with solid looks, bright screen, light weight, switchable integrated graphics and good overall system performance. Although, some more areas including paint quality and sound need improvement but still the Ideapad U330 is a pretty good consumer level laptop with a price of $1000.

Specifications of Ideapad U330

Processor: Core2Duo, P7350 2-Ghz processor from Intel (3Mb cache, 1066 Mhz FSB)

OS: Genuine MS Windows Vista Premium

Memory: 2-GB DDR3

Display: 13.3 inch WXGA, 1280×800

Hard drive: 250 GB SATA (5400 rpm)

Battery: 6-cell lithium

Weight: starting from 4.2 lbs

Dimensions: 12.5inx9.3inx0.9in

Pros: Excellent battery life, brilliant design and large hard drive

Cons: Reflective frameless screen

MSRP: $1000 (base price)

HP Touch Smart tx2z Review – Extreme Entertainment Laptop

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Weighing only 4.65 lbs, HP Touch Smart tx2z is an ultra portable, extreme entertainment laptop. An easy finger stroke on 12.1in diagonal screen gives rapid and simple access to the information, social in addition to entertainment network. The tablet PC is “multi touch” as well: you could utilize over one finger (for example, thumb and index) simultaneously. Additionally, this model allows you to edit and view the photos with Media Smart that supplies an overwhelming digital media practice.

You can get the things done and stay connected, as well as enjoy various entertainments in a secluded environment with the original Vista along with SP1. This sequence comes with genuine Vista Home Premium including Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and immediate search functionality. For improved play and efficiency features, select Vista Ultimate.

This sleek and Energy Star passed, recyclable notebook has 12.1″ diagonal screen. The exclusive and dual-mode display unit accepts input from a finger or the pen. You acquire:

  • Rapid and easy choice, association, and manipulation of the digital files through finger swipe
  • Digital pen, which turns tx2z to a tablet therefore you could draw or take the notes, then automatically translate to text.
  • An exchangeable design with twisting hinge, which lets you select from 3 modes: PC, slate or display.
  • A sleek, glossy and titanium finish with the cool “Reaction” imprint model.
  • There are 3 on-display buttons for launching tools: one for Media Smart software, one for the Windows Vista Mobility Center, to acquire battery, volume, display or wireless data plus one for “rotating” screen to the slate mode.
  • A color-coordinated touchpad and keyboard
  • AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual Core processors for powerful multimedia2.
  • ATI Radeon HD graphics for quick processing active

You could improve your digital media ventures with tx2z’s Media Smart features comprising:

  • An incorporated low-light VGA web camera with the digital microphone for VoIP3 and video conferencing.
  • Watching recording as well as playing of streamed, live or mobile Internet television in hi-def utilizing HP Media Smart.
  • SRS quality sound for wonderful, immersive audio
  • An S/PDIF jack in order that 2 users could listen to the music and movies through the headphones; you could also utilize this jack for connecting to the home entertainment system plus enjoy DVDs in the 5.1 Surround Sound.

HP Touch Smart tx2z has the special feature of power of touch. You can put your digital lifestyle on your fingertips with these great attributes:

  • A multi touch display with gestures optimized for HP Media Smart.
  • The capability to touch your way by your PC to take pleasure in music, photos, movies and a lot more
  • It has the ability to take the notes on tablet with comprised digital pen; your notes are converted automatically into the typed text.
  • Simplified password organizations by incorporated finger print reader

HP TouchSmart tx2z Specifications:

Processor

Model – X2 Turion (TM) Dual Core Mobile Processor from AMD RM-72 (2.1GHz)

Speed – 2.4GHz

Screen

Size – 12.1in WXGA High-Definition

Screen Type – HP LED Bright View (1280×800) with Integrated touch screen

Memory

Hard disk

Size – 160GB (Maximum 500 GB)

Type – 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

RAM:

Size – GB ( 8GB Extendable)

Type: DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Networking

Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth

Broadband wireless – Verizon Wireless V740 Express Card (Service Activation essential)

Operating System – Genuine Windows Vista

Version ­- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack

MSRP – $1,299

Toshiba E105-S1402 review: Elegant Design, Affordable Laptop

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The all new Toshiba E105-S1402 is a laptop with elegant design and available at an affordable rate of $899 only. The laptop has an amazing thin and sleek design with slightly squared off on the edges. Although the newly launched E105 lacks a high level of performance, some ample entertaining features makes it an ideal choice for your new notebook.

Build & Design

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Toshiba E105-S1402 has similar looks to the Apple Macbook Pro. The only difference between the two is the the replacement of the matte finish with a dazzling fusion. Some of the classy designs incorporated in the E105 include a squared edge frame made of aluminium, a reduced keyboard size and a change in the shape of the display bezel. You would really like the overall looks of this particular model when compared with the other Toshiba notebooks, as it boasts of having a unique striped colour layout different from the solid fusion design in its predecessors. The only concern is the small gaps in the mating surfaces and touchpad, while a few areas stick out along the palm rest edges of the new E105.

Screen

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The Toshiba E105-S1402 has a 14.1-inch glossy panel, which is bright, crisp and a perfect one to view images or movie files. It has an excellent combination of color and contrast, unlike other glossy panels. The E105 also has bright backlight levels, which is enough to view the screen in bright office environments.

Keyboard

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The new Toshiba E105-S1402 has a keyboard that is fully backlit and comes with multimedia keys on the right hand side, which are touch sensitive enabling quick access. Its keyboard is more comfortable for users to type on for longer periods, as the E105 comes with a softer touch keys. This laptop also has a unique matte painted texture on its keys, which removes the chances of greasy finger prints after hours of continuous typing. However, Toshiba needs to improve the location of the multimedia keys in the E105.

Performance & Benchmarks

The Toshiba E105-S1402 has really scored over others in terms of all categories in system performance except gaming. This Toshiba model had almost no trouble in handling the daily tasks including web browsing and typing documents, but it performed badly in gaming. The Toshiba Satellite E105 has a quicker shutdown and system boot times and comes fully loaded with various types of utilities that include support software from Geek Squad. Apart from this, the Toshiba E105 also has a reduced number of ports giving it a cleaner look. The inclusion of a FM tuner comes as a very handy feature in this notebook, but a TV tuner card would have been of more use.

Battery Life

Toshiba E105-S1402 has a surprisingly longer battery life and a relatively small sized battery. The 9-cell battery delivered a 13% higher performance than advertised. After the brightness of the screen was reduced in power saver mode, the laptop gave an amazingly high performance with its battery and a backup of nearly 6 and a half hour. This was great but not better than the Lenovo T400, which gave a reduced rate of power consumption and a 10 hour battery life in the same conditions and with the identical battery.

The Toshiba E105-S1402 has great looks with its aluminium chassis except for some the finishing and fitting problems. The price of this laptop could have been slightly on the lower end but it can be a better alternative among the other Toshiba notebooks.

Specifications of the Toshiba Satellite E105

Processor: Core2Duo P4800 2.26 GHz Processor from Intel (1066MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 Cache)

OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition (64-bit)

Memory: 4-GB 800 MHz DDR2

Display: 14.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) glossy display

Hard drive: 320 GB SATA 5400 rpm

Battery: 75Wh 14.4V

Weight: 5lbs (Without box)

Dimensions: 13.75inx9.75inx1.31in

Pros: Solid performance, integrated FM-Tuner, thin, sleek and elegant design and backlit keyboard

Cons: The build quality is not up to the mark

MSRP: $899 (Base Price)

HP Mini 2140 laptop Review: Ultraportable, low-cost netbook

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2008 saw the market of ultraportable, low-cost laptops or ‘netbook’ exploded and the all new HP Mini 2140 is HP’s offering for taking the top position in this category in 2009. This business grade laptop is incorporated with a 10.1-inch display, considerable large keyboard, high-capacity hard drive and a galore of excellent accessories.

Build & Design

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HP Mini 2140, similar to the maker’s previous attempt in the form of Mini-note 2133 (released in 2008), has an attractive design. Its solid chassis along with brushed aluminum & plastic casing are not only durable, but also sure to have an impact on your mind. Again, the material of its casing keeps it very lightweight, around 2.4lbs as per configuration. So whether a student or a professional, you can easily carry this inexpensive netbook around with you.

Screen

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Compared to 10-inch screens of other netbooks, 10.1-inch display on HP Mini 2140 is a sort of mixed blessing for you. Its screen is large and has good contrast along with bright colors. However, it does not offer wide angles for viewing, so it will be difficult for you to enjoy movies with your friends. Again, you may not desire the low resolution (1024×576) in its base configuration, if you have already worked on Mini-note 2133, which was provided with an 8.9-inch 1280×768 screen. Although low resolutions might help you in viewing small texts properly, they do not allow too much text on your screen at any given time. This leaves you with scrolling up & down while viewing websites.

Keyboard & Touchpad

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Keyboard is one feature on the HP Mini 2140 that can simply be coined ‘fantastic’. Similar to Mini-Note 2133, keyboard of Mini 2140 is the best in small notebooks. Keys are provided with the silver ‘HP DuraKeys’ finishing, which makes them resistant to dirt. It also allows the letters printed on the buttons to last for a longer period. Again, the surface of this full-sized keyboard is smooth to your touch. You are not going to face the problem of typing incorrectly, which was common with small keys of most netbooks.

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In comparison to the keyboard, you may find using HP Mini 2140’s touchpad to be a bit awkward. Its right & left click buttons are going to catch you off-guard for sure. The positioning of its buttons, side of the touchpad, may make you forget their existence, if you are accustomed to regular touchpad. However, you might find the button above the touchpad to be convenient. It allows you to make the touchpad inactive when you’re typing or using external mouse.

Performance & Benchmarks

The availability of a N270 1.60-GHz Atom Processor from Intel in HP Mini 2140 doesn’t mean you have a hardcore gaming notebook in your hand. Rather, it symbolizes the fact that you will get a reasonable performance for your daily activities, which include browsing, using MS Office, watching movies and even listening to music. With the processor supported by 1GB RAM and 160GB hard drive, you get the option of working on photo-editing software like GIMP or Photoshop Elements. However, the low resolution of Mini 2140 does not allow it to be an ideal tool for photo editing. Apart from some basic games, which comes installed with Windows XP (preferred OS for the system), and few others, do not expect the system to support any high-end game like Left 4 Dead or Crysis.

Battery

In terms of battery life, HP Mini 2140 does a reasonable job. With the system connected to Wi-Fi network and web browsing being done at around 80% brightness, you can get up to two hours and twenty one minutes of usage, when a 3-cell battery is incorporated. If you opt for similar settings but a 6-cell lithium-ion battery, you will obtain a battery life of over 4 hours.

If you have no problem with a low-resolution screen, HP Mini 2140 is the best netbook currently available in the market at $499.

Specifications of HP Mini 2140

Processor: N270 1.60-GHz Atom Processor from Intel

OS: Genuine Windows XP

Memory: 1GB SDRAM 800MHz

Display: 10.1-inch LED (1024×576)

Hard drive: 160GB

Battery: 6-Cell Lithium Ion

Weight: 2.4 lb

Dimensions: 10.3in x 6.5in x 1.05in

Pros: Multiple configuration features, Quality build, Great keyboard

Cons: Low-resolution screen, strange location of touchpad buttons

MSRP: $499 (Base Price)

Sony VAIO P Review: An Ultraportable laptop

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Sony stunned the entire world by launching the VAIO P, an ultraportable laptop, at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. This amazing ultraportable notebook is available with an 8-inch display that can easily fit inside the pocket of your jacket or purse. That’s not it. This notebook packs advanced technology inside a very small package.

Build & Design

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Despite using the Atom processor from Intel, design of Sony VAIO P is somewhat unlike other netbook released till date. Its exterior has been covered in glossy plastics and has rounded edges, smooth lines and a style, which will make you to believe that the laptop is trying to balance luxury & utility in a small package. VIAO P can even be described as a part computer and part fashion accessory, as its neat look is supplemented with exciting features. You’ll find a glossy plastic on top of its screen cover and around its bottom. Matte silver plastic has been used around its keyboard and magnesium alloy is provided in the interior for extra support.

Keyboard & Touchpad

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Most full-size, low-priced notebooks currently available in the market are provided with a poorly built keyboard, which has significant bounce/flex when pressure is applied. However, that is not the case with netbooks.

Keyboard on Sony VAIO P is less cramped than what you might have seen on a 7″-8.9″ netbooks. The keys on VAIO P have been given more spacing in between them. Thus, it is a little easier while using standard touch typing methods. It gives you the power to type for longer periods without any discomfort.

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Touchpad is absent on VAIO P. Substituting the typical touchpad, it uses a trackpoint or touchpint pointing stick, which is found on many business grade notebooks. Touchpoint is easier to use and quite sensitive. The left and right buttons are positioned beneath the spacebar and have shallow feedbacks producing light clicks when pressed.

Display

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Glossy LED display on Sony VAIO P is excellent and vibrant with excellent contrast and rich colors. Even thought the screen is only 8-inch, it provided an unimaginable 1600×7800 resolution. For reducing the difficulty in reading small texts, the netbook has been provided with ‘magnify’ tool, which allows you to increase the size of words that you find difficult to read. The best part is that you do not have to change the resolution of the screen for that.

Horizontal viewing angles of Sony VAIO P are good, so there is no chance of you facing any trouble while watching the movie on the 8-inch screen of this laptop. However, while watching from vertical angles, colors might wash away from above.

Performance

To keep power consumption and temperature level of this notebook at the minimum level, Sony opted for 1.33GHz Atom Processor from Intel rather than 1.6Hz, which is common in most larger models. While it helps VAIO P in providing better battery life and avoiding it from overheating, the bottom line is that it turns out to be a weak processor. Provided with a 64 GB solid state drive and a 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 RAM, this netbook will give you best performance if you opt for Windows 7 as an operating system.

Battery

If taken for normal use, with backlight at 80%, typing documents on MS Word and using wireless for browsing, Sony VAIO P will manage to deliver 2 hours and 39 minutes when a 4-cell battery is used. If you have 6-cell battery, a battery life of slightly above 4 hours is expected, if you use the same settings.

Priced at $900, Sony VAIO P is a travel laptop worth every penny!

Specifications of Sony VAIO P

Processor: Z520 1.33-GHz Atom Processor from Intel

OS: Windows Vista Basic SP1 (32-bit)

Memory: 2GB 800MHz 2GB

Display: 8-inch LED (1600×768)

Hard drive: 64GB

Battery: 4-Cell Lithium Ion

Weight: 1 lb 4.8 oz

Dimensions: 9.65in x 4.72in x 0.78in

Pros: Lightest in its class, Quality in designing, Fantastic keyboard for its size

Cons: Expensive for Atom processor-based laptop, Weak Speaker

MSRP: $899.99 (Base Price)

Toshiba Tecra R10 Review: The Sleek Laptop

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With an attractive 14.1” business notebook, Toshiba Tecra R10, the sleek laptop, comes with the most recent Intel processors equipped with Quadro NVS150m graphics card from nVidia. Wrapped in a slim shell, it looks quite impressive to the buyers. If you have seen Toshiba’s Portege business line notebook, you would find that Toshiba Tecra R10 has inherited its look to some extent. Well it is very sleek and this adds another good feature to this laptop.

Build and Design

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For those, who are in lookout for a thin and attractive laptop, the Tecra R10 is perfect for them. It has got enough power for getting all the jobs done. Toshiba laptops have already been popular with its business clients for several years, but this time the Tecra line thought of bringing some changes in its overall design. They got some key features from the ultra-portable “Portege” notebook series.

When it comes to its body, it is made up of plastic and an outer shell made of aluminum. The body is resistant to scratch. However, you can feel a bit of flex around palm rest. When we come to the base, it is quite strong, mainly for the metal substance that gives an additional support to it. So, you do not have to worry, as it would survive bumps as well as bruises in our car or backpack. Overall, this laptop is enough for an average user.

Keyboard and Touchpad

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When it comes to its keyboard, the silver keys are clearly visible even in low light. However, there is not enough support for preventing flex, if you go for applying heavy typing pressure. The ‘Quick Launch’ keys are very practical and you would find that there are three shortcuts for power.

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The touchpad has the same features like those used in the keyboard with silver finish. There’s an Alps touchpad, which is quite responsive than most other touchpads. Again, there are no cursor lag issues. However, the touchpad size is depressing. The polished silver buttons of the touchpad need to be pressed harder. The fingerprint reader is just near to the touchpad button. So, there is a probability that your fingers may accidentally trigger its fingerprint reader and you get the error message on your screen.

Display

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Coming to its display, the Techra R10 comes with a 14.1” anti-glare screen and that too with 1280×800 resolution & LED backlighting. Here, we can say that the display is not very impressive but when it comes to comparing with 14-inch display, it is more than enough. One thing, which I got impressed with, was that this notebook could be read very clearly and without any difficulty under bright light. So, even if you are traveling, you won’t find it hard to work on the notebook. If you try to view the notebook from straight ahead, then you would find that the colors rich and also an excellent contrast. This is same with the horizontal ones, but it does not impress one trying to view the angles from above.

Performance

The performance was up to the mark with 6MB Cache, 128MB GDDR3 memory and a much faster 7200rpm 160GB hard drive. So, you can use different applications at the same time without slowing the machine. Its Core2Duo processor and nVidia Graphics allow most modern applications to function properly. Again, the configuration might prove to be enough for most popular games.

Battery

When you think of going for a notepad, the most important thing that you play close attention is the battery. For Toshiba Tecra R10, after 2hours and 52 minutes, you can find only 3% battery left when it has been operating on full load. Well, if you wish to extend the battery life, you can go for using the “power saver.”

Well, Toshiba Tecra R10 is a great notebook for people looking to go ahead with sleek designs and looks. You would find everything that you wish to look for in a business notebook.

Specification of Toshiba Tecra R10

Processor: Core2Duo P9300 Processor from Intel (2.26GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2,)

OS: Microsoft Genuine Windows Vista Business

Memory: 3GB DDR2 800MHz SDRAM

Display: 128MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 150M graphics

Hard drive: 160GB 7200RPM Toshiba 2.5″

Battery: 5100mAh Li-Ion Battery

Weight: 4.34lbs

Dimensions: 1.13″ x 13.3″ x 9.9″

Pros: Excellent performance, Attractive design, No problem reading under sunlight

Cons: Bit expensive, Horrible location of touchpad buttons, Battery life not too long

MSRP: $1,549 (base price)

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Review: The ultraportable laptop

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Dell Inspiron Mini 12, the ultra portable laptop, caters to the need of those individuals, who are looking for a portable multi-tasking device. After desktop computers came laptops – portable computers that could be taken just about anywhere, and do anything the desktop could. By the mid-2000s, the laptop had become extremely popular, and more and more people wanted a share of the portable pie – a machine which could be used to take notes, surf the Net or listen to music on the go. This new avatar of the laptop is called the Netbook.

The basic configuration of Dell Inspiron Mini 12 features an Intel Atom Z520 processor with 1 GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM, and a 60 GB 4200 RPM PATA hard disk. This is pretty much what your usual Netbook has, but the Dell Inspiron Mini 12’s one-up here is its build, design and comfort of use.

With its 12.1-inch screen, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 looks more like a laptop than a Netbook, which puts it at the top of the race for maximum screen size. However, the combination of the hardware, large screen and pre-loaded Vista make it almost unbearably slow – multitasking, for example, is rendered completely out of the question. Upgrading to Windows XP, though, improves performance noticeably. Adventurous users could also explore the Ubuntu-loaded version of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12, which runs reasonably fast.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is perfect for classroom use, thanks to its almost full-size laptop keyboard and excellent build quality. The machine promises to be ultra-portable, weighing less than 3 pounds (2.72, to be exact) on the basic configuration, and just a smidgen more if it is upgraded to a 1.6GHz Z530 Intel Atom, 80GB hard disk and 6-cell battery. The 6-cell Li-ion battery will run it for up to 4 hours, which is a major improvement over the basic 3-cell battery, which only lasts 1 hour 20 minutes. This upgrade will set you back by about $50, bringing the price of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 (upgraded) to $600. Sadly, the RAM cannot be upgraded, but with a switch from Vista to XP, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is eminently usable if all you have to do is take notes, write documents or listen to music.

As for ports, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 does not have an optical drive, but has 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45), 15-pin VGA video connector, mic in, line out and of course the AC adapter port. The AC adapter is tiny and light, adding to the portability of the machine. This netbook also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth mini-cards, which means that it can be used for file transfers practically anywhere.

The sweetest thing about the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is its build and design. It is wafer-thin, at 0.92 inches in front, and 1.09 at the back. Its tapering edges, smooth and roomy keyboard, glossy finish, nice and grippable bottom, and tendency to stay cool even after staying on your lap for hours on end make it a sexy as well as serviceable housemate. If basic functionality and a pleasant viewing experience floats your boat, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is definitely your thing.

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Specifications
Processor:

Model: Intel Atom Z520 Processor/Intel Atom Z530 Processor

Speed: 1.33GHz/1.60GHz

Front Side Bus: 533MHz FSB/533MHz FSB

Cache: 512KB L2 Cache/512KB L2 Cache

Screen:

Size: 12.1 inch

Screen Type: Glossy WXGA display (1280X800)

Graphics card:

Type: Intel Integrated Graphics

Version: Media Accelerator 500

Weight: 2.72lbs (for basic model)
Hard Disk:

Size: 60/80GB

Type: 4200 RPM

RAM:

Size: 1GB

Type: 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Networking

WLAN: 802.11g mini-card

Bluetooth: Internal (2.0) mini-card

OS (operating system): Windows Vista

Version: Home Basic

Pros: Excellent build and portability, large screen, almost full-size keyboard, good battery life with 6-cell Li-ion battery

Cons: Very slow on Vista, unclear speaker sound, slow hard drive, high price

Price: $654 (base price)

Dell Inspiron 13 Laptop Review: Value for Money

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Starting at $700, Dell’s latest offering – the Dell Inspiron 13 notebook in Pacific Blue color – is great for people with a tight budget, who are looking for a decent ‘value for money’ laptop. As the days go by, people with smaller and smaller budgets start considering mini laptops as an option. Hence, Dell is coming up with better value for money options and Inspiron 13 is a prime example of that.

The Dell Inspiron 13 ships with either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or an Intel Core 2 Duo. With the Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 graphics card and up to 320GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive, the Dell Inspiron 13 is nothing less than a powerhouse. Most non-gaming tasks will be sweet on this baby, thanks to the (up to) 4GB Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

With its 13.3 inch widescreen (resolution: 1280X800), the Dell Inspiron 13 fits into a convenient bracket. It is as portable as the 12.1 inch Netbook, while equipped with a larger screen and optical drive like full-fledged laptops. The screen has above average color and contrast for an LCD screen, but poor viewing angles – especially on the vertical. The hinges on this screen are clearly designed for durability, requiring two hands to pull up the screen and not allowing for much movement once open.

The keyboard on the Dell Inspiron 13 is user-friendly, with black matte keys that click softly each time they are pressed. The touchpad can be slightly “touchy” and temperamental on occasions, refusing to stop scrolling even after you’ve taken your fingers off. The buttons make up for this though – they are fairly large and have a nice soft feedback.

The Dell Inspiron 13 has a decent connectivity, with  2 USB 2.0 compliant 4-pin ports, a 15-pin VGA video connector, audio jacks (1-line out, 1 Mic-in) and the power cable port, among others. You have to get used to the 2 USB ports being on opposite sides of the screen, but that is a blessing in disguise for those with big USB devices that can block the adjacent port. Wireless connectivity is also fairly good, with a choice of 3 Wi-Fi options plus a Bluetooth mini-card. The Dell Inspiron 13 is blessed with an 8X slot-loading CD/DVD writer, which is a major asset for Windows XP or Ubuntu users.

In the end, we come to portability. The Dell Inspiron 13 is quite small and easy to fit into a backpack, at 318×238×38.37mm. It weighs in at 2.2kg, which is slightly heavier than average, but then one can’t really have everything. Battery life of the 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion Battery is up to 4 hours, which will carry you through neatly through a day’s classes or a medium-length flight with ease.

All in all, Dell does exactly what it wants with the Inspiron 13 – makes a fully functional laptop available to people looking for a unique product at an affordable rate. It cuts short on the frills, but provides excellent affordability and reliability.

Dell Inspiron 13 Specifications

Processor:

Model: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390/Intel Core2Duo T6400

Speed: 1.86GHz/2.0GHz

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz FSB / 800Mhz FSB

Cache: 1MB L2/2MB L2

Screen:

Size: widescreen 13.3 inch

Screen Type: LCD display (1280X800)

Graphics card:

Type: Intel Integrated Graphics

Version: Media Accelerator X3100

Weight: 4.9 lbs (starting weight)

Hard Disk:

Size: up to 320 GB

Type: 5400 RPM SATA hard drive

RAM:

Size: 2-4GB

Type: Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Networking

WLAN: Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card/Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-Card/Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card

Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate) mini-card

OS (operating system): Windows Vista

Version: Home Premium

Pros: Sleek design, good build quality, choice of specifications

Cons: Only two USB ports, touchpad slightly difficult to scroll, palmrests pick up skin oils and get dirty easily

Price: $698 (Starting range)

Gateway M-6885u Review: Chatting with crimson red laptop

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Enjoy mobile liberty, watch the movies and engage in chatting as well as more with Gateway M-6885u crimson red laptop. Using the improved Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 as well as an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor1, you will obtain more done in very less time. Keeping amused on the go has never ever been easier, particularly with vibrant 15.4″ Ultra bright widescreen display in addition to accelerated graphics. The crimson red Gateway M-6885u processor is obtainable at selected retailers.

It is time for the Genuine Windows Vista, with Service Pack 1 edition bringing even better security, dependability and performance. In addition:

  • Windows Defender: Assist protect against the spyware plus other unwanted software.
  • Media Center: You could hear to your preferred music plus share the photos. Add a television tuner2 (standard on some systems) as well as watch live in addition to the recorded television.
  • Parental Controls: Facilitate ensure that kids are using the laptop appropriately, whilst helping to maintain them secure online.

Build & Design

The Gateway inFuse treatment seals premium-color finish of the M Series laptops in smooth, ongoing gloss which adds style and luster. Select your color and keep your color. Experience the liberty that wireless has to proffer, comprising the time-tested 802.11b as well as more superior 802.11g protocols, however also coming 802.11n standard.

Web camera

Take photos of yourself for your site or send the video “hello” around the miles. Plus, shoot as well as store video and photos.

Express Card Expandability

Add communications, memory, multimedia and safety features with easiness with the Express Card and obtain the reliability, toughness and growth flexibility of laptop Cards, however at half the size.

This system has Mobile Intel GM965 Express chipset along with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, giving sharper images as well as higher performance on demanding applications of at the moment and tomorrow. This system is equipped with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 series that adds response-boosting vibrant video memory. Hardware based, it develops graphics performance whilst saving power.

Display – 15.4″ Ultra bright WXGA TFT

njoy the games at Gateway M-6885u laptop, movies plus more in widescreen magnificence with this system’s 15.4″ Ultra bright WXGA TFT display, with the 1280 x 800 resolution.

Memory

Memory facilitates your laptop run faster. The 3GB standard you obtain here denotes you will glide during manifold RAM-thirsty programs as well as achieve more and more easily as well as more frequently

Multimedia Buttons

Get fast access to your music and movies with sleek and brushed-metal disc control panel, attributing precision-touch buttons as well as touch-sensitive volume.

The Kensington lock slot allows you attach a safety cable to facilitate keep your new Gateway laptop secure and sound when you are at school, coffeehouse, or a conference room, or the airport lobby or any other open place where you require keeping connected.

Norton Security Trial

You acquire a 60-day tryout of Norton’s new solution for antispyware, antivirus, anti phishing, website verification and a lot more.

Specifications of Gateway M-6885u

Processor – Intel Core Duo Processor1 T5750 (2.00GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)

Operating System – Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) along with the Service Pack

Memory – 3072MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Display – 15.4″ WXGA Ultra bright TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 800 maximum resolutions)

Hard Drive – 320GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive

Battery – 6 Cell Lithium Ion 48.84 Whr

Dimensions – 17″ (H) x 13″ (W) x 6″ (D)

Pros

Add communications, memory, multimedia and safety features with easiness with the Express Card and obtain the reliability, toughness and growth flexibility of laptop Cards, however at half the size.

Cons

Below-average battery life & Keyboard has some flex

MSRP: $649.99