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Toshiba NB505-N508 Review

Toshiba NB500 netbook series are basically built small and portable and are known for their connectivity options. Toshiba is mostly for its industrial design, but the design was first introduced in the comfort NB500 series. The netbooks are reduced in their thickness and also get a fresh finish. Toshiba NB505-N508 comes with the Intel Atom N455 processor. Like most other netbooks, it is loaded with only the Windows 7 Edition (Real). It comes with only a 6-cell battery, which Toshiba claims it can provide about 8.5 hours, but we doubt that the laptop may finally after 4.5 hours as is the case with a 6-cell battery.

Toshiba NB505-N508 Review

Toshiba NB505-N508 has a full-size keyboard, so typing will be easy. Upfront is the 10.1-inch LED backlit display. The netbook is available in a rainbow of colors and with your many options to choose from. There’s no way you go the Netbook slip from your hand if it has the easy grip finish, which is also easy to hit. The arrow keys will be a problem, especially the right arrow button that a cut in the right bottom.

The NB505-N508 is an Intel Atom processor and will be charged with a genuine Windows Starter 7. Not too excited about Windows 7 when a lot of disadvantages, although it is a legitimate version. The processor is complemented by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 and 1 GB of RAM. 250GB storage space available, so your favorite songs and videos beyond limits. The included webcam we guess at a 0.3 MP is more than enough to make video conferencing. The netbook features Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), but there is no built-in Bluetooth.

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As a compliment, Toshiba Netbook includes a number of security features including Toshiba Supervisor Password Utility, HDD Recovery, Password Protection and Security Cable lock slot. Some useful software are also included, but it is noteworthy that most of them are just trial.

There are 3 USB ports, two on the right and one on the other side. On the left, at the bottom is the headphone jack, followed by the microphone jack, a USB port, mini-HDMI port, Ethernet port and power jack. With the help of mini-HDMI port, you can now watch the videos stored on the hard drive on a large screen.

Toshiba NB505-N508 Review

We appreciate that Toshiba has some strain to the Home page and to record up / down button taken. The Delete button is present on the upper right corner, we felt a bit small but still happy that it was recorded. It is of course the Chiclet-style keyboard and therefore you can type with ease. Make sure no dust has settled in between the keys then you are going to fight like I. Generally been satisfactory. We are pleased that Toshiba has separate buttons for mouse and we want it performs the same in the future. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures, two-finger scrolling, pinch to zoom, etc. It will further help in browsing Web pages. You can also use those gestures while browsing folders, viewing photos etc.

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The system starts in a matter of second, so you do not have to wait to use it. With the Intel Atom N455 processor, multi-tasking easy with the help of 1GB of RAM. Videos play in no time, but does not expect HD video playback. When I tried, I could play a maximum of 360p video, but no more than that. But I do not think pictures load faster than others because there is a time interval for loading photos.

Toshiba only offers a 6-cell battery in which you juice to 4 hours. I must say I was lucky to 8-cell battery, when I was in series NB450 netbook for the same price. With only two more mobile, I’m just amazed that I could drain up to 8 hours on a full battery (watching videos, most of the time). Check out and, if possible, do an upgrade to 8-cell battery. Toshiba offers one year warranty on parts and labor (battery included).

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Hewlett Packard 8440P Review

We are suckers for a nice-looking business notebook, which is the kind of sad confession you would expect from people who spend their lives playing tech (We do it just for the check payment, honest). But who can resist the 14IN HP EliteBook 8440p (WL653PA)? It is a beautifully built, feature-packed business notebook, and we were very happy to spend some quality one-on-one time with her.

Hewlett Packard 8440P Review

It’s easy to get into the details of the technical specifications of a notebook, but a large part of buying a great laptop for you is one with the right design gets. And the HP EliteBook 8440p is a ripper. It compares favorably with top-end business laptop from Dell and Lenovo. The magnesium alloy body feels incredibly sturdy and looks beautiful. The LED-backlit display is held in place by metal hinges and locks the notebook has a locking system. Embedded in the ring are a webcam and a keyboard light.

The display has a nice matte finish (great if you work under fluorescent lighting). It has no exceptional viewing angles, but images look crisp and clear.

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The EliteBook 8440p weighs just over 2kg, so it’s not an ultraportable notebook. But given HP Data Sheet is designed to authenticate “the tough military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude to meet, and high temperatures, we are not surprised, and the weight feels reassuring (we the love of her balance). The keyboard is exceptional, with full-sized keys that are comfortable to type. We wish the keys had one more travel, but this is a quibble.

Above the keyboard are touch-sensitive buttons for the touchpad and wireless, the volume off and start a web browser. There is also a button that displays a menu of HP software (such as HP 3D Drive Guard to protect your data if you knock the laptop) to install. We could not find any way to this key to something useful, which, frankly, is bizarre to do remap. We loved the location of the fingerprint reader – on the palm of the extreme right – because out of the way and you’re unlikely to hit it with your thumb when using the touchpad.

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The touchpad is a little tight, but has a nice smooth texture. If you’re like us you prefer the joystick-like pointing device located in the middle of the keyboard. It’s great when you’re writing, but public transport, and it has two special buttons. (Some people might prefer the rounded end of a trackpoint device on a Lenovo ThinkPad rather than the spherical end to the EliteBook, but we did not mind.)

The notebook is not only the beauty chassis deep: inside there are parts that need to take any road warrior happy as long as they are not involved in specialized tasks (such as 3D design) or playing high end games (stick to Solitaire) . The notebook features an Intel Core i5 540m CPU which runs at 2.53 GHz and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The CPU has two physical cores, so you will have four virtual cores to play with in total with Hyper-Threading. Turbo Boost can jack the clock speed automatically to 3.066GHz. Frankly, most office productivity tasks that require this – the multiple cores are much more important because they make multitasking a breeze.

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If we ran WorldBench 6 test suite, the notebook scored an excellent 107. The MP3 encoding and the Blender 3D rendering test lasted 58 seconds and 54 seconds respectively to complete, which is not particularly impressive – these results are slightly slower than the Medion Akoya MD98330 budget, a i3 Core notebook for home users. 3DMark06 returned a low score of 1770, this is a surprising result of the integrated Intel graphics card (although still lower than many non-business notebooks have integrated graphics). Modern games are virtually excluded – hardly a surprise for a notebook that SRS BSN means – but you’ll be able to high-definition video viewing.

We tested the battery by turning off energy-saving, turning the screen brightness and Wi-Fi option, then looping a SD video. The notebook lasted 2 hours 26min. It’s not a bad result for a laptop of this size packaging decent components under the hood. 15in Probook HP 6540b only took 2 hours 13min, while Dell’s smaller, 13in Vostro V13 lasted 2 hours 1min.

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Around the edges you almost everything you want from a business notebook: four USB 2.0 ports (one double and one eSATA port), an ExpressCard/54 slot, FireWire, a dial-up modem, microphone and headphone jacks, a SD card slot, Gigabit Ethernet (there is also 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), a smart card reader – deep breath – a Kensington lock, a DVD burner and a VGA (D-sub) terminal and display port for connecting of an external monitor.

Fri admit that we fall in love with this notebook, we heard strains of Barry White play every time we came near. But we think you’ll probably love: the beautiful appearance while maintaining a functional design, and offers almost everything you could want from a business notebook. Check it out in store and prepare to be beaten. You cap of nearly $ 2,700, but for a business notebook of this caliber we think is a fairly reasonable proposition.

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ARCHOS 101 Tablet Review

The Archos 101 is the 10-inch tablet Android needed in 2010. Thin, light and affordable priced at $ 319 (8GB) and $ 365 (16GB), the Archos 101 is the first decent Android 2.2 presentation we’ve seen on a screen iPad format.

Unfortunately, Archos’ timing is terrible. The 10-inch tablets making headlines these days are all running Android 3.0 (honeycomb) and the Archos 101 is making no promises to support the latest, greatest OS from Google. Still, if you’re looking for a 10-inch tablet – you need it now, and you need it cheap – the Archos 101 is not a bad way to go.

ARCHOS 101 Tablet Review

Unlike most of the Android tablets we’ve seen in the aftermath of the iPad, the Archos 101 looks really good next tablet from Apple. Similar size at about 10.5 inches wide, 6 inches high and 0.33 inches thick, the Archos 101 feels like a real tablet – not an oversized smartphone.

The first thing you notice about the Archos 101 is how light it is. At about 16 grams, it weighs about the same as a pint of beer and is noticeably lighter than the iPad. How Archos was able to achieve this light weight is no secret, though. Instead of aluminum and glass construction used on the iPad, the Archos design and construction is mostly plastic bends easily under pressure. True, tablets are relatively fragile devices inherently, but the 101 wins no points for robustness.

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Another design detail that experienced Android users will notice is the Archos 101′s lack of tactile navigation buttons. Perhaps Google’s prediction of a move of all navigation buttons to the touch screen in Android 3.0, Archos has adapted Android 2.2 with on-screen buttons for home, back, menu, run the right of the screen. The end result is really ideal for tablets, as the navigation buttons to refocus, whatever the device is held.

Archos is also a little out of Android script when it comes to connectivity. For better or worse, all of the 101 ports are crowded on the left edge of the device – and, boy, there are a lot of ports. You get standard connections for headphones, an AC adapter and a Micro USB port for syncing with a computer. Archos also throws in a mini-HDMI port for output to a TV and a standard USB host port for connecting an external keyboard or thumb drive.

ARCHOS 101 Tablet Review

Also on the Archos 101 is a front-facing camera that both video and photos can shoot at VGA resolution (640×480 pixels). Fring a video chat application is installed that will work with the camera, along with the pinhole microphone found on the same side.

A kick stand is also included, located on the back. The stand folds from the middle and folds out far enough to prop up the tablet in a lightweight (30-degree) angle, which helps with touch-screen typing, but can also be used to the tablet upright to keep videos or a photo slideshow.

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So much software goes, you’re looking at a device Android 2.2, minus the comforts of their own apps from Google, including Android Marketplace, Google Mail and Maps. You get the stock Android 2.2 e-mail app and browser, along with remixed versions Archos’ of the Android music player, photo viewer and video player.

As a gesture of peace project, Archos offers its own App Store called AppsLib, for those looking to go through the motions. As we have noted in previous Archos tablet reviews, the content is just not there. It’s like a journey through a flea market. There are plenty of knockoffs and hastily produced games and demos, but the brand names are not around.

ARCHOS 101 Tablet Review

What are the interesting hardware features. The Archos 101 has no cellular connectivity or GPS, but you get 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a few rare features that can win over some. For example, you get a full-size USB port that supports attached keyboards and thumbdrives. You will not find on a high-end Android Galaxy Tab tablet and Samsung, and certainly not on the iPad. There is also a mini-HDMI port on the screen to view mirrors on a TV – perfect for playing videos or show off websites.

Of course, not all of the specs are the winners. Despite the IPAD-like size, 101-screen has a poor viewing angle, limited brightness and a 1,024 x600-pixel resolution that does not meet its high-definition video playback capabilities. Video output via an HDMI cable (not supplied) maxes out at a decent 720p HD. Another disappointment is the lack of full support for Adobe Flash 10. It’s a complaint we make about tablets twice the price of the Archos 101 – but whatever you think you will buy, it is frustrating to come across broken Flash player while browsing the web.

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Conclusion

The Archos 101 Android 2.2 tablet is not the fastest, smartest and most impressive tablet we’ve seen. It’s big and cheap, and Android provides core functionality with a few bells and whistles (HDMI, USB host), but for the most part is an obsolete instrument with a limited use for Web browsing and e-mail.

Apple MacBook Pro MC723LL/A Laptop Review

Last year, when Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro update, packed a Core i7 CPU and switchable graphics iconic company in the aluminum unibody chassis. Apple is upping the ante again, this time with the second generation of Core processors from Intel, AMD graphics, a high-definition webcam and Thunderbolt, a new high-speed connection that an entire HD movie can transfer in less than 30 seconds. Plus, this powerhouse still delivers excellent battery life. Apple kept the same price as before (from $ 1,799 to $ 2,199 as configured), so the more you get for your money?

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro sports the same cut-from-a-single-piece-of-metal unibody design as before, with a sturdy aluminum frame and rounded edges. The overall look is stylish and modern, but it makes upgrading individual components (such as RAM and hard drive) is difficult, as the whole bottom has to be unscrewed.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro has the same dimensions (14.4 x 9.8 x 1 inches) and weight (5.6 pounds) as the previous version. While we certainly felt the extra lift, while the performance of the machine home, did it fit in our bag, which is more than we can say about most 15-inch notebooks. The Dell XPS 1915, for example, weighs one pound more and a bulkier measures 15 x 10.4 x 1.3 to 1.5 inches. , Regardless of the MacBook Pro will table an entire airline.

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Like Windows-based notebooks, Apple is updating its laptops with the second generation Intel Core processors. Our 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 4GB RAM 2720QM. After installing Windows 7, we ran PCMark Vantage in Boot Camp and saw a score of 7648, which is tops in the 15-inch notebook category, where the average is 4764, and about 1,000 points higher than the previous MacBook Pro (6699 ). The only ones that scored higher – and costs less – had SSDs: The Lenovo ThinkPad T410s (11,264) and the Sony VAIO Z (9475). The15-inch MacBook Pro Geekbench score of 10,874 was double the previous generation (5422).

Booting into Mac OS X 10.6 took the 750GB hard drive a fast 44 seconds same as the previous generation. In OS X, we duplicated a 4.97GB directory of multimedia in 2 minutes and 20 seconds with a speed of 36.4 Mbps. That is about 12 Mbps faster than the category average.

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The benefits of the integrated media encoder to the second generation of Intel Core processors were also clear when we transcoded into a 114MB MPEG-4 AVI using Oxelon Media Encoder. It took the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is only 37 seconds, 10 seconds faster than the previous model, and 45 seconds faster than the average. We then used CyberLink Media espresso on a 5-minute 1080p convert video to iPod touch format. The program, using the AMD GPU to accelerate the conversion, it took 1 minute and 24 seconds needed to complete the task. In 46 seconds faster than the category average.

For the latest generation MacBook Pros, Apple switched from AMD Nvidia GPUs. Our 15-inch model, the Nvidia GeForce chip GT330M replaced by an AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB of DDR5 memory. However, like the previous generation, the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with switchable graphics – this time with an integrated Intel Graphics HD 3000 GPU.

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As with the last generation MacBook Pros, users no longer log out or suffer through a few seconds delay while the notebook switches chips, the transition has been seamless and immediate. Unlike Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which routes everything through the integrated GPU (but same result), Apple’s method disables the GPU that is not in use. In this way, Apple claims better battery life while still delivering more power when needed. If software detects that a graphical application frameworks such as Core Graphics, OpenGL, and Quartz Composer, it will turn on the discrete GPU. Users can also disable automatic switchable graphics in the Energy Saver control panel, but it will lead to the discrete GPU to remain at all times.

On 3DMark06 (implemented in Boot Camp), the discrete GPU AMD scored 10,359, which is more than double the category average (3559) and about 3,250 points over the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro. The beats of dedicated gaming rigs like the ASUS G53Jw, the Nvidia GTX 460 GPU notched 8640, but it is a virtual link with the HP Envy 17; that machine the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 GPU-driven system a score of 10.482.

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Conclusion

You have to credit Apple for finding a winning formula and tweaking the right places. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is not only better than its predecessor, but almost every other notebook with a fair margin. It has the same sleek design, but includes the next generation Intel and AMD processors and Thunderbolt for high-speed data transfer. As always, though, Apple products command a premium: $ 2,199 is a reasonable price to pay for such services. For comparison, a Dell XPS 1915 with the same processor, but 6GB RAM, a 750GB 7200-rpm hard drive, Nvidia GeForce graphics GT540M (and 2GB memory), a resolution of 1920 x 1080 screen, Blu-ray, a Skype Certified 2 MP webcam, and a nine-cell battery, costs about $ 700 less. Yet that system is much larger, weighs one pound more, and even with the larger battery, not so long on one charge. As always, if you want the best, you have to pay for the best.

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ASUS UL80JT-A1 Review

Last fall, ASUS released UL80Vt, a 14-inch notebook that coupled an ultra-low voltage processor with switchable graphics, in addition to 9 hours battery life, users can also get into some gaming. The new UL80Jt-A1 ($ 869 as configured) is still switchable graphics, but it comes with Nvidia’s Optimus technology, the switching for you. ASUS also swapped the ultra low voltage processor for an Intel Core i3 CPU, which delivers more power at the expense of battery life. Yet it is hard to argue with over 6 hours long, making this machine a brushed aluminum solid choice for multimedia mavens.

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The UL80Jt-A1 is completely black with an attractive brushed metal lid. The deck is glossy plastic, while the bottom is matt plastic. This uniformity of color and design gives the system a sleek but understated look, but tends to pick up fingerprints. In many ways, this notebook is just like the Samsung Q430-11, except the Samsung has a silver cover.

At 4.8 pounds and 13.5 x 9.6 x 1.1 inches, the UL80Jt-A1 is the same size and weight as the UL80Jv, that is not the thinnest and lightest 14-inch notebook on the block. However, it is almost identical in weight and size of the Gateway ID49C, and 0.2 pounds lighter than the Samsung Q430-11. The overall feel is solid, but this 14-inch laptop is still reasonably portable.

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The 14.0-inch, 1366 x 768 glossy display on the UL80Jt-A1 provide clear, sharp images in our test. While watching a DVD of Dark City and a 720p video stream of Fringe from Fox.com, playback was smooth and the colors were true with minimal noise and not grainy. However, viewing angles leave something to be desired. At 45 degrees from the horizontal center, clarity, color is good enough if we look at the desktop, but when watching video, color began to turn and wash out, to say nothing of the reflections.

Sound quality of the front speakers was very loud as well when watching videos and listening to music. While listening to Alicia Keys’ “If I Is not Got You” on Pandora, the piano riff at the beginning was due mainly clear, but bass notes got a bit lost and muddy when she started singing, and there was slight bias in the higher tones when playing the song at full volume. Was completely lacking in bass playing Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” and the song came through tinny. For a 14-inch system, the UL80 speakers are above average, but the Toshiba Satellite M645 speakers are superior.

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The UL80Jt-A1′s 1.2-GHz Intel Core processor i3 330UM a step up from the 1.3-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor UL80Vt, who revealed himself in our test. The UL80Jt scored 4139 in PCMark Vantage, a 500-point drop over the UL80Vt, but about 300 points shy of the thin-and-light notebook and average about 1,300 points below ID49C08u Gateway and Toshiba Satellite M645, both of which 2.4 – GHz i5 540m Intel Core CPUs. Still, the notebook had no problem multitasking, and the windows open at once dived.

The UL80Jt-A1 has Optimus Nvidia’s technology, which automatically switches between integrated and discrete graphics depending on the task at hand. If high performance is required, kicks the discrete Nvidia 310M GPU with 1GB memory in. When it is not necessary, the discrete graphics card powers down and the integrated Intel graphics on HD to take to conserve battery life.

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In 3DMark06, a benchmark that measures graphics performance, the 3268 scored UL80Jt-A1, which is 200 points lower than the UL80Vt, but about 900 points higher than the thin-and-light notebook average. However, the 14-inch Gateway ID49 (7230) and Toshiba M645 (6113) scored much higher, both Nvidia graphics GT330M (as Optimus technology).

While UL80Jt-A1 is worthy of gaming – the average of 135 frames per second in World of Warcraft at a resolution of 1024 x 768 – things to the max boost that percentage dropped to 35 fps. This is still playable, but the Gateway ID notched 49 fps, 55 fps and the M645 saw. The Samsung Q430-11, the same GPU as the UL80Jt, but lacks Optimus, turned in comparable scores on the UL80Jt-A1.

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When playing Far Cry 2 at 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, 21 fps UL80Jt-A1 managed just below the category average. At its native resolution of 1366 x 768 and detail set at high, that number dropped to 14 fps, which is not playable, just above the category average 12 fps. Even if you need to save power and to use the integrated Intel graphics, you’ll hardly notice the difference in daily tasks. With integrated graphics, we were able to zoom in and scroll around Manhattan in Google Earth and 720p video playback without a hitch.

The UL80Jt-A1 is equipped with 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium installed, and is loaded with CyberLink’s Power2Go and label printing for burning optical discs and label creation. In addition, the system has a host of ASUS features, including ASUS multiframe for managing multiple monitors, ASUS Data Security for encrypting files and folders, and ASUS SmartLogon face recognition. Perhaps the most interesting utility ASUS launch fancy, you replace the ASUS logo appears during startup with a custom picture and sound.

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Conclusion

Of the many Optimus 14-inch notebooks we reviewed so far, the ASUS UL80Jt stands out as one of the best. For $ 900, you get an excellent condition for a system of this size without sacrificing too much performance. If you are looking for something with a bit more graphics muscle, the Gateway ID49C11u is the better option. But when the day mobility assets gaming prowess, the UL80Jt is the way to go.

Compaq Presario CQ62-410US Notebook Review

Ladies and gentlemen, today we talk about Compaq Presario CQ62-410US, which is a 15.6-inch laptop features a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron Processor 900 (1MB cache), 2GB DDR3 RAM, and 250MB SATA hard drive ( 5400 rpm). The laptop sports a 15.6-inch diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED display at 1366 x 768 resolution, Intel high definition graphics with up to 1695MB video memory.

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The Compaq Presario CQ62-410US laptop also comes with built-in webcam, SuperMulti 8X DVD ± R / RW with Double Layer Support, 5-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet LAN and 6-cell lithium-ion battery supports up to 4.5 hours of life.

External ports 3 x USB 2.0 ports (3rd shared with eSATA port), 1 x headphone output, 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 1 x DC-in jack for AC adapter. The laptop runs on Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system. You see, this configuration is good enough for everyday use, people are very happy.

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When properly configured a 15.6-inch notebook PC, the Compaq Presario CQ62-410US is ideal for watching movies and playing games, you can easily watch DVDs on the 15.6-inch diagonal high-definition LED display, plus surf the web from every room and on the road using built-in Wi-Fi. This Compaq CQ62 laptop looks good with the fingerprint-resistant, textured Imprint finish in matte black.

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You can also burn custom labels onto CDs and DVDs with LightScribe technology, plus store thousands of photos right on the hard disk. Of course you can also enjoy online games in crisp detail with integrated Intel video graphics. To 5.50 pounds, the Compaq laptop that weighs just over a ream of paper. You have an impressive experience with this Compaq laptop.

Specifications

  • Intel Celeron Processor 900
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 15.6-inch diagonal High Definition HP LED BrightView Display (1366 x 768)
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory (RAM)
  • 250 GB (7,200 rpm) SATA Hard Drive
  • 5.50 lbs Weight
  • 14.72″ x 9.70″ x 1.25″/ 1.44″ (W x D x H)
  • Up to 4.5 hours Battery Life
  • Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD ± R / RW with Double Layer Support Optical Drive
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M (shared) with up to 797MB graphics memory
  • HP Imprint finish in textured matte black

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Acer AS5745DG-3855 Review

3D, if you believe the marketing hype, the future of displays, and so with so many of us sit in front of computer screens for a fair part of the day, why should not they get in on the action too? Acer’s Aspire 5745DG promises 3D performance, and daily potential, thanks to a combination of an Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, but is this the notebook to us wearing silly glasses?

Our Aspire 5745DG-3855 review unit is certainly an impressive machine, both physically and in terms of the core specs. Measuring a large 14.9 x 9.8 x 1.25 to 2.27 inches and tipping the scales at 6.6 pounds, it’s heavy for a 15.6-inch notebook and the standard 9-cell battery protrudes considerably from the base. Design-wise, it is consistent with other Acer machines we looked at recently, with decent plastics and a mixture of shiny and matte silver and black.

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Inside there is a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5 450M processor combined with 4GB RAM and a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. Graphics are courtesy of NVIDIA GeForce 425 GPU, although no Optimus switch between the onboard Intel HD GPU and the discrete chip, in fact, the Intel graphics are basically disabled because there is no option for anything but the NVIDIA chip use. It powers a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 screen, and although we have liked some extra pixels in there, it’s a decent – and very shiny – panel. Viewing angles are good horizontally, although the combination of slightly reduced vertical angles and the glossy finish can find the ideal position of the lid a little trickier.

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The broad width of the Acer Aspire 5745DG has permitted slot in both a full-size keyboard and separate numeric keypad, which the fashionable chiclet-style design follows. It’s a good keyboard, too, with nice little bow and weighted response when typing. Below is a multitouch trackpad, offset to left to fall under the space bar, and Acer is also a button to disable it yourself accidentally hitting.

Connection options available, including WiFi b / g / n, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, four USB 2.0 ports and audio in / out (with S / PDIF), along with a DVD burner and multi-format memory card reader. No Blu-ray, but that seems a bizarre omission in a media-centric device, or eSATA, USB 3.0 and ExpressCard. A webcam above the screen and microphone on the key specs.

Acer AS5745DG-3855 Review

In the box there is a range of NVIDIA’s 3D Vision goggles, charged via miniUSB. This advantage of the 5745DG 120Hz display, synchronize with an infrared transmitter built into the ring and flicking the view between the two lenses, while the GPU serves each half of a 3D image alternately. The end result is a 3D image 60Hz.

The Acer Aspire 5745DG runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and when we complained about before the series of trials and pre-loaded bloatware. Some of these are own creation Acer, treatment webcam, registration and driver update, but you also get a taste of Microsoft Office and McAfee Internet Security, Google Toolbar pre-installed, Skype, Norton Online Backup and more. The end result is a system that sluggish feel to the first power-on, and we wonder if Acer – and other manufacturers – will want to see and offer the referral fees from software companies in favor of a favorable first impression for the user.

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NVIDIA 3D Vision system is currently supported by more than 450 games by the company’s own count, and of course there 3D graphics to think of too. Since there is no Blu-ray drive, that content will likely be downloaded or supplied on a disc, NVIDIA preloads sample media that performs well, but 3D content online is still in its infancy.

With no Blu-ray on this specific SKU, you’d be forgiven for assuming the 5745DG-3855 was aimed at gamers. Unfortunately, the mid-tier GPU constitute a stumbling block for the system-intensive modern titles. We began our benchmarking with Geekbench, a synthetic test of the processor and memory, and as you would expect the CPU i5 put in a decent show. The 2.4 GHz Aspire 4814, scored more or less similar to the HP Envy also reported 14, and about 200 points behind the Gateway ID49C 2.53 GHz.

Acer AS5745DG-3855 Review

PCMark unfortunately failed to GeForce 425 GPU to detect, so instead we ran Cinebench. Acer scored 20.67fps in OpenGL and 2.15pts in CPU. In terms of real-world performance, we had no problems with normal daily tasks such as browsing with multiple tabs and windows open, or simultaneous playback of video and audio.

However, recent games like Call of Duty 2 had difficulty with the power to offer only comfortable playing as a knife was taken to the quality settings. It is worth remembering also that 3D games more of a demand on the GPU rather than 2D titles: the NVIDIA chip to the left and right eye to create graphics for each frame, it can be a significant toll on frame rates. Need for Speed: Shift is more successful, with the 3D effect appears impressive.

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Ironically, the 120Hz panel really showed his worth during the regular 2D gaming and multimedia, where – as in 120Hz HDTVs – faster content such as sports were smear-Fri Glasses-free 2D representation also avoids the inevitable loss of clarity occurred when playing 3D, which can leave darker movies and games dark and uninspiring.

With a 9-cell battery, you would hope that the Aspire 5745DG would top the chance to offer in terms of runtimes, but the i5 Core CPU and GPU always-on chewing their way through a large amount of power. Acer to offer up to 4 hours during normal use of a full charge. The absence of Optimus is a particular frustration, though the GT 425 is able to under clock itself dependent on the activity and the load. Still, it’s not as efficient as Intel HD GPU. With a mix of WiFi and browsing through some media playback, we managed to get 3:30 minutes of runtime. Playing DVD content that constantly undermined down to just under 3 hours.

ASUS U41JF-A1 Review

Asustek Computer is still best known for its cheap netbooks, and the occasional high-end achieved, as the Republic of Gamers desktop replacements, but the company buses a fair number of middle-of-the-road systems. The Asus U41JF is a solidly built 14-inch notebook that will work fine for almost any regular task, yet it is no bargain at $ 850. Worse still, it is easily outclassed in the design department by the 13-inch cousin, the Asus U36JC, which costs about the same but is thinner, lighter and more attractive, and has similar discrete graphics and a better processor.

Neither model has new second generation of Intel’s Core i-series processors (previously codenamed Sandy Bridge), but for mainstream systems like this, that an upgrade can take a while to store hit shelves, especially given the recent challenges Intel with the new platform.

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At prices approaching Apple’s MacBook (and topping 13-inch Toshiba R705), unless you stick to the idea of Nvidia’s GeForce 425 graphics system, there are better priced or better-looking laptops out there. That said, the U41JF really has a good battery life, and never really let us down, which may sound like faint praise, but praise nonetheless.

The biggest immediate problem we had with the Asus U41JF was the overall look. The brushed metal lid and palm rest are standard enough, and not offensive, but that’s coupled with a glossy black keyboard tray (matte black keyboard) and screen edge to extend to the four edges of the chassis. This gives the entire facility a gaudy two-tone look that we have previously criticized other systems. If you can not go monochrome, or at least keep the colors in the same family.

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The body itself is square and boxy, but not too thick for a 14-inch system. We are not aesthetic elitists by any means, but with laptops especially is the same core set of components, the visual flair is often what sells one model over another.

The keyboard has the same flattened, widely spaced keys as most laptops today, which is a style we sometimes ask for island or Chiclet keys. The keys are a good size, with large left Shift and Enter keys, but the right shift key gets unjustly curtailed. We are not a fan of the extra row of buttons some laptop manufacturers are adding to the right, which usually Page Up, Page Down keys and other movements. They can throw you touch typing fairly easy, making it difficult to hit the Enter and Shift keys when you’re used to pointing to the right of the keyboard. Moreover, the keyboard bent under our fingers in the middle, while we type, who never gives a good long-term experience.

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A generous touchpad is centered below the keyboard, but the basic sound multitouch gestures are hit or miss (but the same can be said of most Windows laptops now). A nice touch is that you can scroll vertically by either wiping with a finger along the right side of the touchpad or by using the Mac as a two-finger method. Below the touchpad, a rocker bar takes the place of the separate left and right mouse buttons. We strongly prefer separate buttons, but Asus seems married to the rocker bar concept in most of its products.

The 14.1-inch screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical for a midsize laptop. Off-axis viewing was good horizontally, but the image faded quickly when viewed from above or below. The built-in Altec Lansing speakers are decent for a laptop, and at least good enough for a personal video.

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There is nothing remarkable, or missing from the collection of U41JF of ports and connections. But for almost $ 900, it is possible to extras such as a mobile broadband antenna or even a Blu-ray player if you shop around.

With a 2.53 GHz Intel Core processor i3, this is a good example of a mainstream laptop that is sufficient for everyday use, surfing the Web for Photoshop to play HD video online. While those i3 Core CPU is usually found in systems that cost a little less, in our benchmark testing U41JF matched well against the step-up systems with Intel Core processor i5. Our takeaway is that you should not reject this model, even if you had an i5 on your must-have list of laptop specs.

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There are also some very positive results found in the Nvidia GeForce 425 GPU. It was reviewed by Nvidia’s Optimus switching system, which means that the discrete GPU shuts down and if necessary, and will not degrade your battery when you do not, for example, playing a video game. Sandy Bridge new Intel CPUs, with improved integrated graphics, mainstream graphics cards may be useless for many casual gamers, but these systems are still some ways off from widely available.

As an example, we walked Street Fighter IV in standard mode, which automatically turn on the Nvidia graphics. To the native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, the game ran at an excellent 68.4 frames per second. If we manually turned off the GPU, running instead on the integrated Intel HD graphics, the same test ran just 14.9fps.

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Our video playback battery drain test, the Asus U41JF ran for an impressive 3 hours and 52 minutes. For a 14-inch laptop on the edge of the size we would consider including in the area on a regular basis, battery life may be less important than in a 12 – or 13-inch laptop, but we are happy to see this good result anyway. It scored 30 minutes better than the HP Envy 14 and about 30 minutes behind HP’s Pavilion DM4.

Asus does it better than the standard one year warranty laptop, offers us a guarantee of two years and one year Accidental Damage Protection. From other PC makers, they are often expensive extras. That said, Asus is not the easiest to use set of online support tools, and the overlapping sites can be confusing.

HP EliteBook 8440w Laptop Review

Large companies have the budgets to the bleeding-edge, no-compromise business notebooks, which is why companies like HP to build the best buy. The HP EliteBook 8440w is a force to be reckoned with in business, with components that include Intel Core i7 processor (dual core), NVIDIA workstation graphics processor and fast hard drives. There is not an external peripherals or accessories that can not connect to this laptop, it comes loaded with current and legacy features. On the other side of the coin, I think the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 to make keyboards more and navigation instruments, although their user experience is a matter of personal taste.

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Design

Compaq designs are indicative of the modern era, such as metals are synonymous with trendsetters such as Apple and Asus. The 8440w uses the brushed metal cover, which not only sleek and stylish, but it’s also tough as nails. That’s because HP EliteBooks undergo a series of modified military tests, including heat, cold, dust and moisture. The 8440w is definitely a solid machine than the Lenovo T410 and Toshiba Tecra R10-S4401, and looks better, too. At 5.6 pounds, it is marginally heavier than the 5.5-pound Lenovo T410-both of which came with huge 9-cell batteries. Although portable, they are not the kind of business laptops that you want to travel a lot with, lighter 14-inch systems like the Lenovo ThinkPad T400 (3.9 lbs) and the Toshiba R10-S4401 (4.2 lbs) not considering almost as much.

The houses a 8440w 14-inch widescreen display is large enough for the system to make your primary PC. It is the same size as the one found on the Lenovo T410, with the exception of 1600-by-900 resolution is slightly higher. The T410 uses a 1440 by 900 resolution, which still falls into the WSXGA + spectrum. Visually, there are very few differences between the two screens.

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The user experience is satisfactory. The 8440w has a full-size keyboard, but the keys are a bit mushy when pressed. The typing experience is not as responsive as the one on the Lenovo T410, which, in my opinion, has few peers, but PCs like the Dell Latitude E4300 come close. The 8440w comes with two pointing devices, a pointing stick and a touchpad, although the stylus (eraser mouse) was stiff at times and the touchpad seemed small after using the one on the Lenovo T410. The rubbery buttons are soft and non-resistant.

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Features

The words “fully loaded” summarizes the 8440w’s feature set, directly comparable to the T410. It has four USB ports, FireWire, a ExressCard slot, a media card reader, display port, modem jacks and VGA out. Both business laptops have an internal DVD burner drives with an option to Blu-ray, and they both use 7200rpm drives with 320GB capacity. But the model we reviews has a 500GB HDD. The 8440w is loaded into the wireless section and, using the latest Intel 802.11n Wi-Fi cards, Bluetooth and 3G modems (Gobi 2000). A 3-year warranty is another important function that should not be forgotten, as the T410 starts with a 1-year warranty.

HP sells this “pre-configured” systems, which leaves very little room for change. For example, if you downgrade to a slower processor or upgrade to a SSD drive, the starting price will change dramatically to more than $ 2,500 instead of $ 2,000. The Lenovo T410, on the other hand, is highly configurable.

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Performance

Performance seekers will find this laptop configuration impeccable. It runs on a 2.67GHz Intel Core i7 640M processor and 4GB DDR3 memory, which is faster than 2.53 GHz Intel Core Lenovo T410 i5 CPU 540m. Lenovo, on the other hand, lets you use the same Core i7 upgrade option for $ 120 more. Because of the faster processor, 8440w took top honors in the Cinebench R10 (9254). In PCMark Vantage, but it scored 6690, which surpassed Lenovo T410 with a score of 7315 in overall performance. In video encoding tests, the 8440w hit the Lenovo T410 with 4 seconds. The Dell E4300 Core i7 will receive treatment in a few weeks, so I will hold off to compare with the other two.

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Since the Lenovo T410 and 8440w workstation use similar video chipsets Nvidia Quadro their 3DMark06 scores are almost identical (4182 vs. 4178, respectively). The application in a graphical workstation, is not in 3D gaming, but rather in ISV (Independent Software Vendor) certification that the stability of commercial CAD applications protection. This configuration comes with a 93WH (9-cell) battery and slightly smaller would fall at the mercy of the power-draining Core i7 processor. The 8440w scored 7:34 minutes in MobileMark 2007 tests, which beat the Lenovo T410 by at least two hours (5:34). HP sells a 55Wh (6-cell) battery, which is available in an alternative “pre-configured” model. I have tested the 8440w and only managed a score of 3 hours and 46 minutes.

About $ 200 separates the HP EliteBook 8440w and Lenovo ThinkPad T410. Faster Intel Core i7 processor and a 3-year warranty justifies the higher price on the HP, the corporate laptops are champions when it comes to performance and feature sets loaded. The 8440w, on the one hand, got more battery life from the 9-cell battery and is a more durable laptop-based building materials. The Lenovo T410, however, has a better user experience and is more flexible with configuration options. You can not go wrong with this machine, but the Lenovo T410 still has the competitive edge.

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Toshiba Satellite T235D-S1345RD Review

Back as thin and light notebooks were all the rage in 2009, a surprise contender for the most affordable thin 13-inch Toshiba laptop came from. Satellite T135, an optical drive-free laptop with an Intel Pentium or AMD dual-core CPU Neo, knew exactly provide the sort of computing power that is missing most netbooks. For everything from streaming video to general office work, it was more than enough. It was not as cheap as a netbook, but it was not as expensive as many thin laptops, either.

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Toshiba’s update, the Satellite T235 is like its predecessor in many ways – perhaps too much. We can not really wrong, but because it remains one of the thinnest all-around affordable 13-inch laptops. However, the AMD Turion dual-core powered Neo II T235D-S1345, it’s the same price as many i3 Intel Core laptops.

The weight and battery life on this ultra-portable 13-incher is superior to many standard 13-inch machines, but it comes at the same cost as the performance of the other Satellite models T135 had. The T235D still lacks an optical drive, and it is no longer the thinnest machine around, in fact, for just a few hundred more, the Toshiba Portege R705-P25 offers a lighter chassis, a i3 Core processor, and a DVD-burning optical drive. However, if an all-around fine machine you are looking at a price that is reasonable, the T235D-S1345 can handle much more than a Netbook, and a more ergonomic design.

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Satellite S1345-T235D is a relative lightweight in the 13-inch laptops, less than 4 pounds, has a tapered design that also gives a smaller overall profile. At first glance it looks more like a 12-inch ultraportable. From the outside, the T235D is not really different from the previous T135 Series – the same shiny plastic cover dominated – this time in a gray shaded etched pattern on the fingerprint Securities, or reduce an optional red – and a slightly bulging battery protrudes at the bottom, but hardly enough to feel intrusive.

Inside, a foreign domination of textured silver plastic surrounding the keyboard deck, the effect seems to be sticky. After some use, we have softened the draft – to a point. While Toshiba may be credited for not playing it safe, we would prefer something more subdued. Combined with the overall feel is very plastic laptop ownership, T235D tends looking for something cheap. Fortunately, the chassis construction feels quite sturdy, starting with a new keyboard.

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We have criticized previous generation of satellites with Toshiba’s flat keyboards that are not feeling well, but his honor, the new order on the keyboard T235 series is a real improvement. The solid square buttons look too small at first sight, but their distance shows a surprisingly good ergonomic experience. It feels like we found the keyboard on the Toshiba NB305 Netbook Mini, blown up and put on a larger laptop. The arrow keys are even thoughtfully to compensate, and the function keys are placed in small clusters of four buttons. If there is a big improvement for the T235D, it is in those keys.

The wider than high multitouch touchpad tends to be a bit too slick, but the sensitivity is excellent, and we found under the contour curved buttons easily accessible. And textured deck have complained about is to provide comfortable friction on your palms while typing. Clever stuff, after all.

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The Satellite T235D-S1345 has a 13.3-inch glossy widescreen LED-backlit display with a 1366 x 768 pixel native resolution, which is normal for screens of this size. Photos looked pretty clear and readable text, though the screen looked washed at wide viewing angles. The built-in stereo speakers emit sound through vents under the front of the soil, they are loud enough to enjoy videos, but are not suitable for music. A built-in webcam is a lot like the one on the previous T135 – OK for Web chat, but we’ve seen better.

Except for the missing optical drive and the lack of Bluetooth, the T235D-S1345 is the selection of ports, we would expect from a 13-inch laptop. Toshiba added a combo eSATA / USB 2.0 port, which is nice, like the ubiquitous bed-and-charge USB port which can power USB devices when the Satellite is sleeping or even eliminated. It turns a laptop into a big battery for your phone when traveling.

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Like its predecessor, the Satellite T135D-S1324, the S1345 has a T235D-Neo AMD dual-core processor, although this time it’s slightly upgraded to a Turion dual core II Neo K625. The performance has improved a bit but not massively so. For most mainstream computing needs, these dual-core CPU does the job surprisingly well. We are also pleased to say that generally, the full-screen video streaming nicely handled, but we had better results if we avoided trying to watch HD streams. The T235D-S1345 is a much better solution for mobile computing than the single-core Atom processor or netbooks, but it also falls short of what even a basic i3 Intel Core processor can do. In terms of overall performance benchmark, but edged out the slim 11.6-inch Dell Inspiron M101z that an Athlon II Neo K325 dual-core CPU packs. Its performance is impressive for a 11.6-inch system, but it’s not far off what we would expect the budget 13-inch, either.

The included ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics are close to Intel’s integrated graphics in terms of effective performance. The video chip does definitely a boost, but all based on 3D games are barely playable. The system ran Unreal Tournament III at 13.1 frames per second at 1,200 x 768-pixel resolution. For casual games and more forgiving graphics settings, you need more viable results.

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An included six-cell battery, Toshiba Satellite S1345-T235D ran for 4 hours and 28 minutes using our video playback battery drain test. That is very good and certainly above average for the 13-inch laptops, better battery life than the average 13-inch Core i3 laptop significantly. However, it is a dive of the last generation of satellites T135 battery lives, approximately one hour longer. It is also less impressive under Netbook competitors, so it depends on what category you consider the trim T235D-S1345 covered. With a low-power CPU and no optical drive, one would expect better.