Posts Tagged ‘Dell’

Dell Studio XPS 435 desktop PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

It seems that Dell is trying out new snazzier designs for their new desktop computers. Their new Dell Studio XPS 435 along with the 22 inch widescreen monitors turns absolutely away from the silver and black boxes of their previous Inspiron and XPS models. Apart from its new fresh exterior the Dell Studio XPS 435 also has an impressive Core i7 powered interior. The XPS 435 perfectly combines its power at the digital content creation and the high end computing with the touch of 3D gaming prowess.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 is somewhat tilted backwards. According to Dell this system has been designed keeping in mind user convenience as the power button, media card slots, four USB ports, recessed media tray and the optical drives are all angled up so that they can be easily reached while sitting on the desk. The system includes bright white side cases similar to those in early Apple products but the front is glossy and translucent black. However the border merging these two is shown off by a brilliant crimson orange color. There is a recessed media tray on the top of the system which is designed to rest your digital camera, MP3 player and external hard drive when it is connected to any one of the top mounted USB ports.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 benefits a power user system as the unit is designed with Intel Core i7-920 processor along with 6 GB of DDR3 SDRAM. Additionally you can even configure the system with nearly a whopping 24GB of memory with Core i7-965 or i7-940 Extreme Edition processor. The already included Intel Core i7-920 is a compact quad core processor featuring Hyper Threading and so it would theoretically work on eight streams of data at one time making it suitable for multimedia tasks. The review system features 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card offering it the ability to play the latest 3D games like World in Conflict and Crisis.

The XPS 435 system is powered by 475 watt power supply which is sufficient power for the quad core CPU and the single high powered graphics card. However even though this Dell XPS 435 is not much expandable like the XPS 730x the system still provides space for additional hardware which is a lot more than the average mini tower desktop. The system is designed with two free PCie x1 card slots including one free PCIe x8 slot with space for nearly three more hard drives and for an optical drive. The PCIe/PCI car retention bar designed by Dell is very interesting making it easy to move if you need to add another card and still holds the card securely. However the best thing is that performance offered by this system is really good. It lets you play Crysis and World in Conflict at nearly 1,280 by 1,024 resolutions. Additionally the multimedia speed is also satisfying which yields a quick 36 second time for Windows Media Encoder test and the system is also very quick on the new Photoshop CS4 test, completing it within one minute and 12 seconds.

Compaq Presario SR5610F from HP

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The all new HP Compaq Presario SR5610F is a part of the previous Presario SR series of budget PC of HP. Similar to other SR series models the 5610F is also a no frills model and comes as an affordable PC. The system is capable of handling basic daily computing tasks like archiving CDs, web browsing, standard office productivity and e-mailing can makes a perfect student computer. However with regards to its low price tag, HP seems to not offer you more from this PC when compared to eMachines, Dell and Lenovo.

The Compaq Presario SR5610F however remains unchanged when compared to the previous SR5130NX model. It comes designed with the traditional Compaq designs with silver case in black trimming. It comes bundled with a standard black keyboard and an included ball mouse. However the good thing is that the system offers you desired performance. The SR5610F system included a dual core AMD Athlon X2 4400+ processor that runs at 2.3 GHz. Although it does not offer the desired performance found in Intel Core 2 Duo processor like Dell Inspiron 530, but is more than capable to track general tasks like web surfing, e-mailing and it also integrates NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics which is basically designed for casual gaming. The system offers you 320GB of hard drive space which is sufficient enough to store media files and archive music. You can use any one of the two USB ports to transfer media files to the system as it does not include a card reader. However the included dual layer DVD RW drive can also play media files and data back up files.

HP also offers expansion options with this SR5610F system. Although there are not SATA ports available it comes with an IDE that can accommodate a additional drive. It also included two PCI slots which are perfect to add applications like FireWire and also a PCIe slot which is useful to give the system a little 3D gaming skill. HP has also included a single PCIe slot which is occupied by the 56K modem including an available slot that lets you expand the entire system memory. However the best thing is that the system is pleasingly loaded with bloatware which are free ads and trials which outbreak budget systems. Ti comes with a 60 day trial with Microsoft Student and Office Home along with a disposable trial of Internet software like Juno, MSN dial-up and NetZero.

When the Presario SR5610F was tested the performance was almost identical to that of eMachines T5274 and Lenovo IdeaCentre K210. The system managed to complete the WME or windows media encoder test in about a minute and 29 seconds and took 1:01 time to complete the Photoshop CS3 test. However overall the SR5610F offering from HP would not really disappoint but rather excite. It makes a perfect and capable home system for just about $500 along with standard expansion options which makes it the right student PC. You can even get more for the same price unless you are stuck in getting Compaq as you can even check some other similar priced and performance oriented systems.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700 for Professional Photographers

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is truly monstrous which looks like not striking a chord with latest fashion photographers but actually some unheard of in built features are thing that make it stand apart. For instance the pantone colour sensor eliminates the need to carry additional colour calibration device while the Wacom digitizer which is traditionally a part of the screen is perfectly placed on the pal rest area. Additionally an option for 10 inch secondary display also slides out from behind the primary one. These features along with the in built Intel Qquad Ccore technology have together earned great ratings for a performance based laptop.

Even though the 9 pound weight of Lenovo ThinkPad W700 and the yawn inducing black attire might not have the flashiness of an elegant machine there is a reason why it requires some more style as it is mainly intended as a professional workstation system. The dimensions of ThinkPad W700 are a bit larger than its previous models but they let W700 to accommodate the large screen and the entire cool in built technology. There had been workstations designed which place more importance on style but are shade lighter like the Sony VAIO VGN-AW190 and Dell Precision, but the W700 includes some great features as well.

Most of the professional photographers generally prefer larger displays and the 17 inch widescreen of Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is big enough to keep them relied on the system. However the W700 uses the standard 16:10 format that offers content creators enough space at the bottom and top of the screen and also creates the letterbox effect when watching movies. The 1,920 by 1,200 resolution of the system is the highest a 17 inch widescreen can go and it is also the best professional device you might want. Additionally the colour reliability and its contrast ration are both enhanced on the screen which is different from other laptops. The company claims that the screen has the ability to show 72 percent of Adobe RGB colour gamut while other laptops show only 45 percent. The best thing is that its screen avoids glare which is also the most expected feature.

People who are familiar with pantone colour calibrator might know the hassle of using the awkward peripheral as external attachment. Therefore the company has done a resourceful job by integrating its 3 sensor in the new W700 laptop. It is positioned on the palm rest where the sensor is barely noticeable but the results of building it are endless. Some of its other features include 5 USB port, a fingerprint reader ad a webcam. Its magnificent keyboard and dual pointing devices the touchpad and pointing stick are exactly similar as those on Lenovo ThinkPad T400. As W700 is a large system its keyboard also includes a numeric keypad. There is also the dual layer DVD burner which can also be upgraded to a Blu-ray burner and added performance. Overall the Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is a mobile workstation that is specifically made for professional photographers which comes with tons of great features to suit professional needs.