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ASUS N50VN-B1B laptop

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new ASUS N50Vn-B1B is specifically designed as an all in all desktop replacement device which can be your next home PC. For instance, in case you use it to edit your family videos and photos or even run various applications to manage finances of your household, the 15 inch widescreen of the system offers you a fast processing parts for the multi-taskers. Additionally your children can also use it to play newest 3D games and even enjoy high quality movies through the excellent NVIDIA graphics card.

The new N50Vn-B1B from ASUS comes in glossy brown finish but it does not exactly burst with colour. This system is probably the last thing you might find in an office or a living room. It includes contemporary designs which are similar to HP HDX16t through which subtle patterns are embedded below its hard laminate. Regarding its weight the system is around 6.7 pounds which means that it is neither mainly heavy nor it makes an ideal portable device.

The 15.4 inch screen of the laptop is designed in the traditional 16:10 widescreen format giving it a great look. The traditional format of ASUS N50Vn-B1B does not give it less screen space compared to its competitors. The system has good viewable 1,440 by 900 screen resolution which is sufficient for most of the demanding multi-taskers. The ASUS N50Vn-B1B also accommodates an excellent full size keyboard and the best thing is that it also has the numeric keypad which is great for number crunchers. However the numeric keypad is only half the size compared to a normal one to preserve the comfort level and responsiveness of the keyboard.

The features of ASUS N50Vn-B1B laptop can easily satisfy any home PC user. It includes 3 USB ports which spread along the sides of the laptop. There is the FireWire port for all compatible storage devices and an impressive 320 GB hard drive which is above the average regarding capacity for a home user. In case you need some more drive space then there is an eSATA port to offer external storage is located at the front bezel. The system is also equipped with HDMI port and is much similar to Acer, Dell Studio and HP laptops. The system enables streaming of videos and photos to a bigger display like your LCD TV. The ASUS N50Vn-B1B is also designed with a standard webcam with fingerprint reader found designed between mouse buttons.

However even though the ASUS N50Vn-B1B is not a faster processor that is available, the 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor is both energy efficient and speedy. You should know that anything faster would basically compromise with battery life. Boasting a midrange processor with an outstanding 4 GB of memory actually helped N50Vn-B1B to overtake Dell Studio XPS laptop by nearly five seconds over video encoding test. The only thing that makes this ASUS N50Vn-B1B a perfect family PC is that it perfectly combines the finest performance parts with tons of features which are all includes an affordable price.

DEll Studio XPS16 review

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new Studio XPS line of systems from Dell comes with a great level of prestige acting as an advanced segment for those who seek style and luxury. The new Dell Studio XPS 16 centers just that and succeeds the XPS M1530 as the new media center of Dell. As most of the manufacturers are designing the same processors and marketing their 4 GB memory with Home theatre feature and large screens, Dell has also decided to raise their bar through the new Dell studio XPS line of systems. Design has been their greatest differentiator as they use not just one but several hottest techniques in manufacturing their systems. Professionals and photographer can reap the RGB LED widescreen benefits along with the 1080p resolution without having to pay much for the system. This means that the XPS 16 has become the new Editors’ Choice in the media center category.

The lid of Dell Studio XPS 16 is obviously its main attraction which takes its signs from trendsetters like from the aluminum Apple MacBook Pro, the Leather Clad system from ASUS, the polished exteriors of HP HDX16t and it also mixes a bit from all these laptops in an elegant manner to give an exotic look. Its one part is aluminum accent, one part black leather trimming and two parts with lacquered top. With the In-Mold Decoration process, the lacquered part would surely impress any customer.

The Dell Studio XPS 16 is just about 6.9 pounds which means it not a perfect companion for travelers but is much portable compared to Gateway MC7803u. It is heavier because it uses a huge 85-Wh battery, opposed to the 56-Wh in HP system and it has its own six cell option that can bring down the weight to around 6.5 pounds. The Dell Studio XPS 16 comes with a large 16 inch widescreen and adding to the weight is the edge to edge glass screen. Additionally Dell is also promoting a slight turn to the screen of XPS 16 by calling it RGB LED screen. According to Dell this screen offers 100 percent of colour gamut when used in Adobe RGB space. This also means that movies and pictures look more vibrant on this screen.

The keyboard of Dell Studio XPS 16 is a removal from the pervious XPS M1530 model and the keys attach each other on the surface raising them to the same level. Additionally this new keyboard layout also allowed Dell to accommodate LEDs. The mouse buttons are also pleasing to use which also benefit from the LED features. The feature set of Dell Studio XPS 16 is possibly the best you might have come across in media center laptop. Although the HDX16t offers you an HDMI port and TV tuner the Studio XPS 16 offers you both the DisplayPort and HDMI technology. It includes a Blu-ray drive which doubles a CD and as DVD burner. There are also standards ports included which comprise of 3 USB ports, VGA out and FireWire Port and a USB port even doubles as eSATA port to offer additional storage.

Dell Latitude E4300

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The business ultraportable laptops are valued for what they are designed to offer. These laptops are priced at premium rates while expecting to meet the significant criterion. Durability is one of the main objectives as business travels can often accelerate wear and tear. You might not just want battery life of several hours as a business ultraportable laptop should run all day whether with single or multiple batteries. Additionally future proofed parts with ample of connectivity features are also equally significant. The Dell Latitude E4300 has assumed to take a place among best or business laptops undertaking down paths which are unique in the Latitude line until today. This means that, it includes a 12 inch widescreen with illuminated keyboards and colour options are some parts of its arsenal.

The Dell Latitude E4300 is available in three different colours, red, black and blue which are a great welcome addition to the new generate of casually dressed business executives and professionals. However, regarding its durability, you can easily compare it with 2530p because of the lid that guards the laptop against scratches which is also backed by magnesium alloy skeleton. It is rugged enough to withstand vibrations and shocks without even receiving a military certification. Regarding its interiors the keyboard and palm rest area is pitch black. Although it feels like plastic, the material used for the palm rest is pleasant and smooth to work. The keyboard of E4300 is full size and is extremely responsive. There are also LEDs underneath which are the best part of the keyboards. However the only negative aspect with the typing experience is the stiff pointing stick, but you can use the touchpad.

Its 13 inch widescreen is the first addition in Latitude line that strikes a perfect balance with its lightweight. The screen offers you 1,280 by 800 resolutions and it is a great pick for this size of screen. However regarding features of E4300, they are not much different from the 2530p. it come with an in build dual layer DVD burner which is much better when compared to other external solutions. It also includes two USB ports which are meager for the 13 inch laptop and especially when there is not specialty port like Display Port and HDMI technology. Similar to the 2530p the Dell Latitude E4300 also comes with FireWire port including mind-numbing section in the hard drives.

According to all the business ultra portables, staying connected is very important and so the E4300 is designed with the latest Intel Wi-Fi chip with Bluetooth features. Additionally the in built cellular modem can also be bundled with different services providers like Verizon, Sprint or AT&T. performance is also as important as its battery life which E4300 has learnt from Lenovo X200 and Sony Z290. The Intel Core 2 Duo SP9400, 2.4 GHz processor would offer you speed benefits while it also runs cool enough to extend the battery life. It is loaded with 2GB of memory which is currently the latest while it is also upgradeable to 8GB.

New rugged compuer delivers performane and ROI from Glacier Computer

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The latest Everest E4000 tablet PC launched by Glacier Computers is perfectly designed to combine the most commonly requested features in a single package that is specifically optimized for rugged performance and outstanding value. This new Everest E4000 is designed with the rugged flexible computing platform which is made popular through a wide range of screen size options and processors to meet the personal requirements of their users. Dan Poisson who is the Glacier Director of Engineering said that the configuration of their new Everest E4000 has been re-engineered to incorporate some features that are most commonly requested by freights, warehouses and shop floor customers.

This Everest E4000 tablet computer offers an excellent solution for all those customers in supply chain, warehouse or shop floor environments that have a computer requirement that would stand up to the punishments imposed through the harsh working conditions. The new device from Glacier Computers continues the Everest line up of computer systems that offer multiple screen sizes which can range from 10 to 12 and even 15 inches and also the multiple operating system options and processors, including Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP pro and also the full supported version of Linux.

Apart form this; the new Everest E4000 also joins the Everest group of products that are newly selected with alphanumeric monikers to help channel partners and customers. These Everest lines of products are also designed to answer the needs of customers who require a rugged computer system which are fixed mounted to a vehicle or on the shop floor.

About Everest E4000 Tablet PC

The rugged Everest E4000 tabled computer being designed by Glacier Computers is a piece of hardware that is packed as an 10 inch, 12 inch and 15 inch size and the choice if your to choose from Linux, Windows Embedded and Windows XP Pro. The Everest E4000 is also feature enabled to make it a perfect device for all the users who need a rugged computer system. This system from Glacier Computers is the right tool to enhance productivity as you can extend your access to emails, presentations, spreadsheets and several other applications to be used on the shop floor.

Apart form this; the Everest E4000 is designed with 1.4 GHz Pentium processor which includes 1 GB memory along with a 16 GB SSD. However the 15 inch Everest E4000 is designed with a 1024×768 screen which can support 802.11 a/b/g. additionally some other information about its specs is slim but it is given that the previous generation was 1.2 GHz and 512 MB which is not a much of upgrade. The Everest E4000 is also capable of surviving extreme temperature, multiple drops, rough treatment and spillage. This system rugged is sealed entirely which means that all the means which can keep the computer cool are can be of a bit problem. However you will surely love its touch screen abilities as it also includes an integrated WAN and LAN option.

Kensington wireless USB docking station

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In order to make business laptops more compact and lighter, manufacturers should start thinking of some really creative ideas. If the systems become really small the basic features like multiple USB ports and optical drives might even fall aside. This does not mean that business users don’t need these features but they often have to resort to a USB hub to operate it. The New Kensington wireless USB docking station is however a more elegant and creative solution to these issues which provides flawless connectivity with your external display, speakers, printers and other peripheral devices. Unhappily the USB is still not that extensive on the laptops. The Kensington’s wireless USB docking station is mostly seem on business notebooks like Toshiba Portege R400 and Lenovo ThinkPad X200 or even as an option with computer systems like Dell Inspiron 1525.

The wireless USB docking station of Kensington is quite inconspicuous and it measures about 6.25 by 11.25 inches apart form the 3 inch antenna which should e flipped up when using the device. However according to its wireless capabilities the USB docking station actually seems to be more router like than a laptop dock. There is a power light on its front which turn on after plugging the station, but when connected to the laptop it shines to yellow while orange if disconnected. It also includes a USB port on its front while there are another four at the back including audio and DVI outputs. The Docking system is also designed with mini-USB cable so that you can directly connect it to a laptop.

Throughout the testing the Wireless USB docking system from Kensington proved perfect with most devices like printers, flash drives and monitors. Although the website of Kensington promises you a range of nearly 15 feet it was actually 10 to 13 when tested as the docking station should also be in line of sight to the laptop without any equipments of blocking in the way. However, when testing its data transfer speed a flash drive with 1 GB data was loaded. After directly connecting it to the laptop the docking station was able to transfer all the data in around 1 minute and 40 seconds, but after testing the docking station placing it right besides the laptop the data transfer speed was just 3:11.

One of its features that most users would like is the ability to connect the docking system wirelessly to external monitor. These features come more useful at meeting and presentation rooms where you need the freedom to present from different parts of the room. However, Kensington has readily admitted that this docking station is not designed for multimedia, and it can perfectly handle low quality videos and documents but it is not the right device to stream anything at very high resolutions. However as this wireless USB is still not much common on most laptops, but if you have an UWB-enabled laptop then its expanded features set would be of great importance to you.

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Review

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

If you are familiar with the ThinkPad X300 of last year then there are very few surprises with the new X301 as it is just a Centrino 2 update. The new Lenovo ThinkPad X301 features the same carbon and glass fiber but is would survive a sales drop with its solid state disk. However like all the ThinkPads the system features a dual pointing system which includes joystick and trackpad with right and left mouse buttons for both side and also a middle mouse bottom. However the trackpad of Lenovo is not very satisfying regardless of how high you set its sensitivity.

The keyboard of this system is an effort of evolution which makes it one of the best keyboards to be used on laptops. Through the heritage of IBM, Lenovo has advanced it down to something which offers both a fast speed typing pad with pleasing travel pack. However users might find one annoyance with the F1 key which is moved towards the left in place of Esc key which is above the F1 key, but the keyboard shortcuts users might probably scowl as they constantly hit the F3 rather than F2. Beign a business laptop the shortcut buttons are sparse that include volume down and up, mute button and ThinkVantage buttons. The webcam and the fingerprint reader are fairly standard features but a feather that X301 has over Apple’s MacBook and R600 of Toshiba is its stereo speakers and also includes a great resolution.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is a business based vista OS laptop that includes an Intel Core 2 duo processor that is clocked at 1.4GHz, 64GB, 2GB of RAM, which is although just Intel Integrated graphics that is only from a few things that MacBook has over this laptop. However the ThinkPad X301 is an upgrade to 64-bit vista if you need to upgrade to 4GB of RAM. The DVD+-RW drive is very pleasing which can be turned off to save battery life or even replaced with a secondary battery if needed. The laptop also features gigabit Ethernet connection with 5300AGB wireless adapter of Intel. The screen quality is acceptable but not great although it has a higher resolution than most of the 13.3 inch laptop screens. There are three USB ports designed in X301 one on the rear and two on the left but the lacking of eSATA can be a problem for several users.

You can also turn off the network location manager of Lenovo that pops up annoyingly when you make a new network connection. However the included notification software can also be annoying and the update manager of Lenovo might frequently error out or the servers might fall offline. However the best thing about Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is that it is light and easily portable which features a higher resolution screen. Although the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is an improved notebook in an old chassis, it still has outstanding features that are not still used by Toshiba and Apple. However the only downside users might notice is its very short battery life but if you need an ultra-portable notebook then X301 makes a perfect choice for you.

NVIDIA enhances graphics performance on notebooks

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

NVIDIA had a look on increasing popularity of ‘netbooks’ and drew the conclusion that something is missing- quality of visual performance demanded by users within the developed market. Hence, graphics chip-makers got set to have worked on constructing the Ion hardware platform with respect to tiny form-factor desktops and notebooks constructed on Atom processors of Intel. Moreover, early returns have suggested that such a thing can be one of the category killers.

ChannelWeb saw ‘Ion’ in action at NVIDIA’s headquarters on 15th of December, 2008. Its platform comprises of a motherboard (atom-based), paired with GeForce 9400 onboard graphics processor, complete CUDA support, and ridiculous quantity of I/O.

Team of NVIDIA demonstrated Ion within an ultra-small ‘desktop reference design’. This Ion is better known as ‘nettop’. However, platform has also been built for ‘mobile PCs’. The small desktop that was seen fitted in palm (of one hand). Moreover, it was just a ‘mess’ of ports. It wasn’t the slimmest-looking device. However, it was handy, as far as showing off graphics support was concerned and acceleration that was built by NVIDIA in to Ion.

NVIDIA went on to run the demo for making the product look better. However, results of neck-to-neck competition between standard netbook (atom-based) and Ion nettop with GMA 950 integrated graphics of Intel were spectacular. NVIDIA moved ahead with having fired up ‘Call of Duty 4′ without even a hitch; while Intel netbook went on to struggle to even have booted ‘visually rich’ PC game. Ion system also boasted of better video playback; thanks to ‘full-spec’ 1080p badaboom and HD video support, GPU-tapping ‘video Transco ding accelerator (from Elemental Technologies).

NVIDIA, already having its ‘GeForce 9400 GPUs’ within recent line of ‘Apple MacBooks’, has said that it has expected Ion-based netbooks to be priced at around $50 greater than present systems based on GMA 950. For extra cash, sixteen ‘graphics processing cores’ can be obtained by users, which deliver fifty-two Gflops of ‘processing power’, which seems to be a compelling story, at least from the perspective of the reviewers.

ChannelWeb has been quite bearish with regards to netbooks, in spite of hype and hooplah created about these products. That is basically due to the fact that it is being heard from retailers, resellers, and OEMs about extremely large numbers of ‘netbooks’ that’re being returned by purchasers, especially in markets of North America.

As said by sources, reason behind returns is that the users within mature markets might get fascinated by promise and price of notebooks, and might get completely disappointed with shortcomings of the same while getting them back home. Graphics shortcomings are the largest ones amongst factors of disappointment. These days, users, business travelers and commuters in particular wish to have quality playback on computing devices operating at the primary level.

As an outcome, makers of netbooks have, in certain cases, gone ahead with the amendment of their wild-eyed, earlier promotions of novel category. For instance- HP now markets HP mini-Note PCs in the form of complementary device of computing (not the primary one).

How to choose CPU for your next laptop

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Now days, even regular central processing units, i.e. CPUs seem to be potent enough to counter their ‘desktop cousins’ in each and every application apart from gaming. This thing aids in explaining why the sales of laptops are starting to overtake the sales of desktops. If you’re using a personal computer for personal productivity or business, it’s any time more convenient to purchase a computer which you can carry along with you.

However, having shopped for a laptop can prove to be a dreadful experience; just because it exists in loads of sizes and shapes. Manufacturers who sell their wares through online means present prebuilt rigs. At the same time, they also present build-to-order machines wherein you can get to decide the components wanted by you. That is, indeed, one of the greatest options. It can, however, make shopping experience much more intimidating as there’re a lot of permutations for choosing from.

It is simple enough for picking something such as a ‘Wi-Fi adapter’. 802.11g is a prescribed fare in several configurations, particularly at lower end. 802.11n is offered in the form of one of the extra-cost options. This thing holds true for optical drive and hard disk as well. The actual challenge lies within having chosen the appropriate CPU for various needs.

Babel tower

Intel Corp., and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., i.e. the top chip makers of the US surely do not make the work easy. Both of them are coming up with certain product names which were never heard off before. Moreover, these names reveal a bit or literally nothing regarding the product.

For instance, look at Core 2 line of Intel. All of them seem to be dual-core processors. However, the fact is that any of the Core 2 processors can contain any number of cores; right from 1 to 4 inside. ‘2′ in ‘Core 2′ symbolizes that it’s the 2nd generation of ‘Core’ processor of Intel. The naming scheme of AMD isn’t better. Now, just pay attention: What is the exact difference between an ‘AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor for laptops and AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for laptops?

It isn’t just the nomenclature that is making things all that confusing: It is the overabundance of ‘clock speeds’ in which the chips come. Intel especially is notorious in terms of pushing out various models whose differences are just price tags and clock speeds.

Make use of this guide

Dual-core central processing units are, at present, a sweet spot with respect to mobile processors. This thing, of course, holds true till you look out for an ‘ultra light laptop’, or you are running out of funds. If you show interest in having seen raw specifications for every mobile CPU, we can guide you through our ‘quick reference charts’.

You might have noticed that processors from Intel have been under greater focus as compared to those from AMD. This can be attributed to the fact that ‘Intel’ has completely knocked ‘AMD’ out of the market of mobile CPUs.

Low cost “netbooks” to cope with the economy

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Call it ‘getting small to acquire big’, but expected declines in sales of personal computer and of, course, an extremely weak economy have almost every major PC maker hunting for streamlined, low-cost laptops- most commonly called ‘netbooks’- as one of the ways of reviving the market, from the futuristic point of view.

The ‘netbook’ goes on to take concept of ‘notebook PC’ to a level smaller than ever before. A netbook conventionally consists of a screen which has width of < 10 inches (diagonally), does not carry optical drive, and happens to run on Atom processor of Microsoft Corp. Most of the laptops employ either Windows XP OS or one of the versions of ‘open-source, Linux-based software’. The weight of one laptop is around 3 pounds. Some of them might weigh less as well.

With regards to consumer, though, actual allure is likely to come from price tag. This is due to the fact that several notebooks begin with price as less as $349. Moreover, makers of PC are very well aware of the reality that low prices can open up an entirely new market amongst buyers who might be holding back with regards to buying a computer, as far as present economic climate is concerned.

As per John New, a ‘global product marketing manager’ associated with Dell Inc., the theory of PC is tried to be re-conceived. As per his opinion, with novel form factors and price points, there’s a lot of appeal to netbook, particularly when parents look at buying a personal computer for children. Dell went on to have launched its 1st notebook, i.e. the 9-inch ‘Inspiron Mini’, on 4th of September. Economical feasibility is the basic reason behind Dell entering the market. As per experts, with notebooks, prices have gone down. However, these products aren’t designed for competing at price points. However, netbooks are designed for reaching some price levels, that too, from initial conception.

Apart from Apple Inc., every major PC Company has now entered the market of netbooks. Asus’ Eee PC launched last year was hugely seen as one of the catalysts for this sector. As per search carried out by NPD Group’s Display, < 1 mn netbooks had been sold all over the world in the year 2007. However, this figure has been expected to increase to > 14 mn by end of 2008.

The above-mentioned numbers are much similar to the other predictions. It has been estimated that sales of netbooks would cross 35 mn units by the year 2012, when segment would account for almost 1/3rd of total sales of laptops. The fact that netbooks go on to represent a novel category in PC market cannot be ignored. Moreover, the promoters have betted that several users would trade off certain computing power to obtain a small form-factor, along with an extremely low price. IDC, one amongst the technology research firms, also went on to raise its outlook with regards to mini-PCs off late.

Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Finding the perfect laptop that is adaptable enough to fulfill all your portable needs and your home computing needs can be a bit tough. However the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 has perfectly managed to strike both ends of computing needs. The laptop combines a frame which is light enough to carry along while providing decent screen which is full of features that are commanding enough to handle most multimedia tasks and well-organized enough to keep powering rather running out of juices. Overall, the new Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 includes almost all the requirements for a perfect portable and compact home laptop needs which a reasonable starting price to make it an excellent package.

This compact M 3.5 which is nearly about 6.9 x 13.2 inches perfectly fits a travel bag but regarding its thickness, Toshiba might have gained the idea from Apple’s 0.7 inch MacBook. However you should know that the in built optical driver is actually the big and essential part that makes the system thick. The weight of the notebook is not more than 5.5 pounds including its super battery.

If you need an easily portable laptop then a 14″ screen will generally be the maximum size to be considered which makes the 14.1″ screen of this laptop a perfect option. This is because with a 12″ screen laptop you can loose important features while the 15″ can be really big to carry about. The widescreen of Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 is bright where photos and movies are popped wit the help of glossy layer of the screen. However the 1,280 by 800 resolution is almost the common resolution that is found in most of the laptops which is rather quite good.

Although facing a bit discouragement in its design the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 offers you more feature for money equal to purchasing a 13″ MacBook. The M305 features three USB ports which function the same as those of HP dv2800t and Dell 1310. However these three USB ports offer sleep and charge feature of Toshiba meaning they can easily power an iPod, a GPS device, a cell phone or any other external USB peripheral. The laptop also features a dual layer DVD burner including an eSATA port and a FireWire port. Apart from this the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 also comes packed with Centrino 2 Wi-Fi, however sprint WiMAX and Internet WWAN are currently not supported.

The performance is very satisfying for a laptop in this particular size and price range. The Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 includes the 2.0-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 which is located at the lower end of the processor line and is very powerful or the same as that of P8400 of Dell 1310 and P8600 of MacBook. This is made up by the laptop through its impressive 4GB memory. Additionally the laptop comes with Windows Vista 64-bit operating system and so it can technically use all the memory that is installed according to the task. Although the Intel integrated graphics of this laptop are perfectly fine for any laptop user the MacBook 13 inch and Dell 1320 manage to make us more powerful, but is makes a perfect power laptop package with reasonable price range.