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Let's face it: the mobile arena is more crowded than ever, and with that overpopulation comes confusion. Specifications begin to run together, prices seem to be all over the map, and actual standout features are harder than ever to locate. If you know someone that has grown frustrated by trying to separate the worthwhile from the worthless, trust us, we feel your pain. So much so, in fact, that we've decided to break it all down in an easy-to-digest mobile computing guide. Within the pages to come, we'll cover the five main categories of notebooks available today: netbooks, thin-and-light notebooks, midrange notebooks, desktop replacements / gaming rigs and then "everything else", which touches... Read more...
Let's face it: the mobile arena is more crowded than ever, and with that overpopulation comes confusion. Specifications begin to run together, prices seem to be all over the map, and actual standout features are harder than ever to locate. If you've grown frustrated by trying to separate the worthwhile from the worthless, trust us, we feel your pain. So much so, in fact, that we've decided to break it all down for you in an easy-to-digest mobile computing guide. Within the pages to come, we'll cover the five main categories of notebooks available today: netbooks, thin-and-light notebooks, midrange notebooks, desktop replacements / gaming rigs and the "everything else" page, which touches... Read more...
Maingear's latest major gaming notebook was showcased back in late July, and now that the month has changed, it's evidently time to showcase another. This week, the company has introduced the next in the eX-L line, a 15" variant of the 18" beast previously mentioned. The eX-L 15 isn't your average 15" notebook, and you'll easily notice as much thanks to the $1,900 price tag. Maingear ships this powerhouse with your choice of Core 2 Mobile processors, Intel's PM45 chipset, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 260m (1GB) GPU, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, high-performance HDD (or optional SSD), a DVD burner (or Blu-ray Drive if you'd like), a 15.4" 1680 x 1050 resolution with an optional 1920 x 1200 matte display and... Read more...
Last we heard from Stealth Computer, it was gettin' down with its very own Core 2 Duo-equipped mini PC. Now, the company is back to doing what it does best: rugged. The all new Stealth NW-2000 Rugged PC isn't for the faint of heart nor those without a degree in weightlifting, but if you're looking for a new machine to withstand scenarios only found in the Rambo series, this probably fits the bill.The dual-mode machine can easily convert from a traditional notebook to a tablet PC (and back again), with the display supporting touch input for in-the-field doodling. Naturally, the NW-2000 rugged mobile machine meets Military Standard MIL-810F specifications for shock and vibration. The whole machine... Read more...
While historically Apple has taken a bit of heat for producing notebooks that weigh in at a hefty price premium compared to their PC counterparts, it's becoming more apparent that Apple has seen the light and is now offering a few more competitively priced models for the "laptop hunters" out there this back-to-school season.As such, today we're taking a closer look at Apple's 13" Macbook Pro.  The 13" Macbook Pro features Apple's uni-body enclosure that is carved from a solid block of aluminum for added durability. The machine also features a LED-backlit screen with a higher color gamut than most notebooks, a backlit keyboard, and a 7 hour battery that actually lasts about 7 hours, which... Read more...
  Synopsis: The 13" Macbook Pro features Apple's uni-body enclosure that is carved from a solid block of aluminum for added durability. The machine also features a LED-backlit screen with a higher color gamut than most notebooks, a backlit keyboard, and a 7 hour battery that actually lasts about 7 hours, which reaffirms Apple's reputation of advertising realistic battery life claims. A number of other features like a built in iSight webcam, a Superdrive (CD/DVD reader and writer), a Magsafe power adapter and for the first time for Apple a built in SD card reader--all in a package that's about 4.5 pounds--make this one heck of an attractive little notebook. The one we tested was the lower... Read more...
The M17x is Alienware's current flagship gaming notebook. It features an anodized aluminum shell that is available in a variety of colors, including silver, black, and red, and its 17" LCD sports a covering comprised of a shingle sheet of glass, that runs from edge-to-edge. The M17x also features 'BinaryGFX' technology which gives users have the ability to switch between discrete or integrated graphics and a 'Stealth Mode' in which the discrete graphics cards are turned off and other components throttle down to achieve a 65W power limit. We tested a high-end configuration, complete with an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB RAID 0 array,... Read more...
Acer's Timeline series launched with quite a bit of momentum behind it, but ever since, we've heard almost nothing about the ultra-light, long-lasting crew. Now, Acer is hoping to give the series a new lease on life with the introduction of the Timeline 8000 family. This set is a sleek, classically styled gaggle of machines that aims at both business users and general consumers.The 8000 series will be comprised of three machines: a 13.3", 14" and 15.6" model. Unfortunately, there's little benefit to snagging the largest model over the smallest, as all three share a 1366x768 resolution, and thus, have the exact same amount of screen real estate. As for CPU choices, you'll find either Core 2 Duo... Read more...
TriGem USA, the parent company responsible for the Averatec notebook line, has really been on a hot streak of late. After announcing two new all-in-one PCs over the past two months, the outfit is now setting its sights on MSI's X-Slim, Apple's MacBook Air and Asus' Seashell families. The sleek, all-aluminum 13" N3400 was introduced today, and while Averatec isn't nearly as big in the US as HP, Dell or Gateway, we can still see quite a few notebook shoppers giving this one some consideration. The ultra-slim laptop was designed to fit the needs of business travelers and students alike, and being one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks on the market, it's easy to understand why. The machine packs... Read more...
Wal-Mart isn’t the only retailer who is trying to sell you your next notebook. Best Buy recently introduced the second series of customized laptops that were designed as a direct result of consumer input. The new Next Class line of laptops were created to meet the needs of college students. The four-unit line was manufactured in partnership with HP, Toshiba, Sony, and Dell. To help find the most appropriate laptops for the line, the Best Buy computing team worked with students to identify the most important features. Six characteristics emerged as key: Extended battery life; low weight and portable design; personalized, yet professional design; full virus protection; preloaded with necessary... Read more...
Starting this weekend, Wal-Mart plans to change where you'll shop for your next computer, while possibly providing a needed salesboost to OEMs whose profits have fallen due to weaker sales. For most companies, such statements would smack of hubris, but Wal-Mart's size and recession-resistant business model lend credence to the idea that the store could spark an uptick in consumer demand. As the first step in that process, beginning Sunday, Wal-Mart will offer a Compaq Presario notebook for $298.Said noteboook will offer a 15.6" screen (1366x768), a single-core Sempron SI-42 (clocked at 2.1GHz), 3GB of RAM, a 160GB 5400RPM HDD, and support for wired and wireless networking (802.11b/g). Video... Read more...
AVADirect.com is now offering what it is calling the “world’s most powerful gaming notebook.” The Clevo M980NU supports quad-core mobile processors, two GTX 280m video cards, up to 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, and features a 1080P 18.4-inch screen. Read on for additional details and full specifications in the press release below. AVADirect.com Starts Selling World's Most Powerful Gaming NotebookAVADirect.com starts selling the Clevo M980NU Gaming Notebook, most powerful notebook for gamers (MMD Newswire) July 24, 2009 -- AVADirect.com, a leading custom computer manufacturer, has announced that they are now selling the world's most powerful gaming notebook, the Clevo M980NU. AVADirect started... Read more...
Hold up, MSI! Another week like this, and surely you'll be flat out of new releases for the next year or so! Continuing the company's torrent of new wares, MSI has today introduced two more models in its refreshed 'Classic' series, which comes just days after it announced the CX600 and CR600.The 17" CX700 and CR700 look an awful lot like the aforesaid pair, though you'll obviously find a bit more screen real estate here. These two boast the outfit's latest generation Color Film Print Technology, which protects the external shell while creating vivid crystal patterns that look different depending on what angle you view it. As for hardware, you'll find an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 discrete GPU... Read more...
Alienware's M17x didn't need much help on the outside to be impressive when it launched in June. After all, any notebook with three NVIDIA GPUs is fine by us, design be darned. That said, the machine is still rather handsome, if not a touch bulky, and it just got even hotter when the addition of a new Nebula Red color scheme. Starting today, the All Powerful M17x can be ordered with the "Special Edition" hue, which is actually a tinted coat of anodized aluminum. The cost for the upgrade? $99. Yeah, that's pretty steep for a paint job, but it sure does look good. Dell's full take on the new color is below.Is it any surprise that Alienware, the company that brought you the All Powerful M17x is... Read more...
Tomato, to-mah-to. Netbook, Mini-Note. Despite the fact that DisplaySearch refers to the well-known netbook as a Mini-Note, we still catch the research outfit's drift: shipments of these mini notebooks are expected to surge this year.With the economy forcing consumers to take a closer look at just how much they spend on their next mobile PC, and with emerging markets looking to finally secure notebooks they can afford, the netbook sector is expected to boom throughout the rest of this year. In fact, DisplaySearch figures that netbook shipments will hit 33 million in 2009 and its overall penetration into the netbook PC market to hit 20% worldwide.It's kind of hard to fathom that netbooks were... Read more...
For the most part, "netbook" and "HD capable" really don't go together. Particularly if it's a netbook equipped with the all too familiar Atom N270 + GMA 950 combo. But things look a bit different if the machine is loaded with innards from a different manufacturer...namely, VIA. The unheard of Shenzhen Zaiben Technology Company, likely a low-rate Chinese OEM, has just introduced a new "clamshell PC" dubbed the F88, which looks to be one of the most multimedia-friendly netbooks to date. Boasting a 10" display with a common 1024x600 resolution, the machine also features a 1.6GHz VIA Nano processor, a 160GB hard drive, Windows XP, 1GB of memory, and a 1.3MP webcam. The real kicker is the VIA VX855... Read more...
Scouting a new notebook? You may think of the usual suspects--Dell, Acer, Gateway, HP and Asus--but have you even considered Getac? The little-known laptop maker is dishing out a new machine designed for the business crowd, but unlike most business notebooks, this one's designed to handle the bumps and bruises that'll surely happen whilst traveling from office to office. The ultraportable features a 13.3" WXGA display, a Core 2 Duo ULV processor, up to 3GB of memory, a battery that should last up to 8 hours (or so the company claims), a shock-mounted 250GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and an HSUPA mobile broadband chip. The 9213 weighs 1.7kg, includes a fingerprint reader and can be equipped... Read more...
Here lately, Dell's been doing its best to freshen up its lineup and appeal to that incredibly lucrative younger bunch. To that end, the company is today extending its "Design Studio" artwork to its Inspiron 15, which currently sits as the company's most popular consumer notebook. Furthermore, the outfit is announcing "FastTrack," a program that ships select popular pre-configured systems for consumers and small and medium businesses (SMB) out from factories the next business day. For those unaware, Design Studio is an interactive gallery of original contemporary artwork commissioned exclusively for Dell.com that lets people turn their laptops into works of art. With Design Studio online shoppers... Read more...
Hitting the sweet spot between netbook and full-sized netbook is this, the EX460 from MSI. Checking in with a 14" LED backlit display and an Intel Core Duo CPU, this 4.4lb. machine packs a 6-cell battery and a classic, minimalist style. Within, you'll find an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 GPU (512MB), which is pretty darn impressive for a 14" notebook.Cleary designed at casual gamers and multimedia junkies, the EX460 boasts MSI's proprietary Vivid image-enhancing technology and an ergonomic keyboard with keys that are 51% larger than keys on conventional notebooks. There's also an array of touch-control shortcuts allows the user to switch between Gaming, Cinema, Presentation, Word Processing and... Read more...
Many argued that Sony's VAIO P was really the company's first true netbook, but Sony insisted otherwise. Now, however, the company has issued a machine that we can all agree is a bona fide netbook: the VAIO W.As has become customary for Sony, it has taken a design and tweaked it slightly for higher-end consumers. Make no mistake -- this is definitely aimed to compete with the Aspire One, Eee PC and X-Slim families, but you'll be paying a premium for Sony's take on the netbook. Arriving in a trio of colors (berry pink, sugar white and cocoa brown), the machine is equipped with a high-res 10.1" LED backlit display (1366x768 resolution), an Energy Star 5.0 label, an isolated 'chiclet style' keyboard... Read more...
MSI shocked the ultraportable world when it unveiled the stylish X-Slim X340 and X320 earlier this year, and now the company is pushing its sweet, sexy new line even further with the introduction of the X400. This "thin-'n-light" notebook is based on Intel's CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) platform, and the whole chassis never exceeds one inch thick. Even with the battery installed, the X400 weighs just 3.3lbs, which is pretty darn impressive for a 14" machine. Other specifications include an HDMI output, optional Blu-ray drive, 1080p video support (we'll believe it when we see it), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a multimedia card reader, a few USB 2.0 sockets and Bluetoth. There's also an external DVD... Read more...
We're still anxiously awaiting that Android-based netbook from BenQ, but until then, we've got yet another netbook in the company's expanding Joybook line. Sporting a classic, all-black case, the Joybook Lite U102 boasts a larger-than-usual trackpad that we're certainly falling for, an undisclosed Intel Atom processor, a 10.1" UltraVivid WSVGA display (LED-backlit), a 250GB hard drive and a "petite" AC adapter.The machine weighs in at around 1kg (or 2.2 pounds), so it's certainly one of the lightest ways to get Windows XP in your suitcase. BenQ also includes a pair of stereo speakers, a webcam, integrated microphone, Wi-Fi and optional 3.5G HSUPA mobile broadband. There's even a dedicated hotkey... Read more...
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