HP Pavilion dv9700t

Hewlett-Packard has released this week the 17-inch HP Pavilion dv9700t entertainment notebook, replacing the older dv9500t laptop.

The Pavilion dv9700t is based on the Intel “Santa Rosa” notebook platform and features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, ranging from the T5450 clocked at 1.67GHz to the T7500 at 2.2GHz. The graphics options include the Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS 256MB and the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 512MB video cards. Unlike the dv9500t, the dv9700t is not available with the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100. The notebook supports up to 4GB of system memory and comes with up to 500GB of storage capacity using two 250GB 5,400rpm hard drives. Optical drive options include a DVD burner, HD DVD ROM, HD DVD-R writer, and a Blu-Ray ROM.

Customers can choose between a 17″ widescreen BrightView Display with 1440-by-900 resolution, a 1680×1050 BrightView Display, and a Ultra BrightView at 1440×900, which features dual-lamp technology for an improved color gamut.

Regarding networking, there are the Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN supporting 802.11n draft Wi-Fi standard, an optional Bluetooth, an Ethernet LAN port, 56K modem, and an optional Verizon Wireless ExpressCard for broadband wireless connection.

The HP Pavilion dv9700t also features integrated Altec Lansing stereo speakers, and optional web camera, fingerprint reader, and ExpressCard TV Tuner.

Along with an ExpressCard slot, the dv9700t has three USB ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader, Firewire, and a remote control receiver, as well as HDMI, S-Video, and VGA outputs.

With a standard 8-cell battery, the system’s weight starts at 7.7lbs (8.2lbs with dual lamp display). It features the “Radiance” HP Imprint Finish, and a keyboard with a numeric pad, and comes with Windows Vista OS.

The Pavilion dv9700t basic configuration is currently priced at $999 after rebates.


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HP Pavilion dv2700t

Hewlett-Packard has introduced this week the HP Pavilion dv2700t 14.1-inch laptop PC series, replacing the dv2500t notebook.

The Pavilion dv2700t features the Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 (1.67GHz), T7250 (2GHz), or T7500 (2.2GHz) processor, depending on customers choice. The GPU options include the integrated Intel GMA X3100 and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS 128MB video card, managing a 14.1″ 1280×800 display. The dv2700t is configurable with up to 4GB of DDR2 memory and comes with up to 250GB hard drive at 5,400rpm. Optical drive options include a DVD burner or a HD DVD ROM.

Regarding networking, there is an Intel’s 802.11a/b/g or 802.11a/g/n wireless module, an optional Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN port, 56K modem, and an optional broadband wireless ExpressCard for Verizon network. For users requiring a notebook with a built-in wireless broadband module, there is the Pavilion dv2700tbw model supporting Verizon BroadbandAcces.

The HP Pavilion dv2700t also features integrated Altec Lansing stereo speakers, and optional web camera, fingerprint reader, and ExpressCard TV Tuner.

Along with an ExpressCard slot, the HP dv2700t has two USB ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader, Firewire, and a remote control receiver, as well as S-Video and VGA outputs. In addition, the dv2700t, with the dedicated graphics card selected, provides an HDMI output.

With a standard 6-cell battery, the system starts at 5.29 pounds. The notebook features the “Radiance” HP Imprint Finish and comes with Windows Vista OS. There is also the dv2700tse (special edition) model with the “Verve” finish.

The Pavilion dv2700t basic configuration is currently priced at $799.99 after instant savings.


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Acer Announces Extensa 4620 Affordable Business Laptops

Acer America Corporation has announced the North American availability of the Extensa 4620 14.1-inch notebook PC series, designed for budget minded business users.

The available Acer Extensa 4620-6294 and 4620-4054 models are based on the Intel “Santa Rosa” notebook platform and feature the Acer Profile chassis found in TravelMate notebooks. Both laptops come with 1GB of system memory, a 120GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, as well as with an 802.11b/g wireless module, Gigabit Ethernet connection, and a 56K modem. The display resolution in these laptops is 1280-by-800 pixels.

The Extensa 4620-6294 is priced at $799 and incorporates the Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, while the 4620-4054 for $699 utilizes the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2310 at 1.46GHz.

The notebooks ship with Windows XP Professional operating system.


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Asus U2 Luxury Ultraportable

Asustek has released this weekend the Asus U2 11.1-inch luxury notebook series, which is a successor of the U1 ultraportable.

The Asus U2 features the Intel Core Duo Processor ULV (ultra-low voltage) U7500 at 1.06GHz paired with the Intel GM965 Express Chipset, which incorporates the GMA X3100 integrated graphics. The laptop’s thin LED backlight 11.1″ display has a 1366×768 resolution and enables a lower power consumption, better luminance, and faster response time, when compared to standard CCFL backlight displays.

The U2 sub-notebook, which starts at 2.75 pounds, comes with up to 120GB 1.8-inch hard drive at 4200rpm or 32GB solid state drive, and supports up to 4GB of system memory. It features the Intel WiFi Link 4965AGN or Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection, a LAN port, and a 56K modem, as well as a built-in web camera, three USB ports, a VGA port, and a micro-DVI output.

For enhanced security, there are a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and a fingerprint reader. In addition, the webcam is complemented with ASUS SmartLogon software that “intelligently recognizes its rightful owner and grants access to the computer accordingly after a positive facial scan”.

According to Asustek, the U2’s chassis features materials such as polished stainless steel and premium leather.

This ultraportable runs Windows Vista operating system.

Pricing and availability date are currently unknown.


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HP Compaq F560

HP Compaq F560 use AMD as the platform. minimun features, but it's a good choise if you have limited budget.
HP Compaq F560US Specification:

  • Model: F560US (GF593UA)

  • CPU: 25W AMD Sempron 3500+ 1.8GHz 1600MHz FSB 512K L2 Cache

  • Chipset: Nvidia

  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 P5300 2 Slots, 1 Open 2GB Max

  • Hard Drive: 80GB 5400RPM Fujitsu (MHV2100BH) SATA

  • Screen: 15.4" WXGA 1280 x 800 Glossy

  • Optical Drive: LiteOn DS8A1P DVD+/-RW/-RAM

  • o 8x DVD+/-R, 4x DVD+/-RW, 4x DVD+/-R DL
    o 5x DVD-RAM
    o 24x CD-R,16x CD-RW
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 128MB Shared

  • Network: Broadcom Wireless BG, Nvidia 10/100 Ethernet, Modem

  • Inputs: 86 Key Keyboard and Two Button Trackpad with Scroll Zones

  • Buttons: Power and WiFi On/Off Switch.

  • Ports:

  • o 3 USB 2.0 Ports - Two Left Side, One Right Side
    o S-Video and VGA Out
    o Line-In and Headphone
  • Other: Microphone Integrated into LCD Housing

  • Battery: Six Cell

  • Dimensions:

  • o Width - 14.1”
    o Depth - 10.1”
    o Height - 1.5”
  • Weight: 6.6 Lbs.

  • Operating System: Vista Home Basic

  • Warranty: One Year

  • If you hope a stylish notebook from HP Compaq F560, i sure you will note find that on this notebook. the theme is so simple.HP Compaq F560 case is made of plastic, the color is black glossy

    HP Compaq F560 use glossy screen, the display is 15.4 inch. and have 10 level brightness.The screen is clear and bright, nograin or sparkle. HP Compaq F560 use WXGA screen Technology, the resolution is 1280x800.

    HP Compaq F560 has LiteOn DS8A1P DVD burner 8x, and use Thosiba Hard Drive, spint at 5400 rpm and has storage 80 Gb. the drive peformance is good. HP Compaq F560 has 512 MB RAM PC5300.

    HP Compaq F560 has 86 key keyboard, nothing to get excited about this. The touchpad on HP Compaq F560 is wide and smooth, and it has the scroll zone on the left and bottom of touchpad. it was very helpful when you browsing.

    HP Compaq F560 use sic cell battery, and the quality is good enough, when i seting to half brightness,enable the wifi and doing normal tasks, i get 2 and half hours, sice 100% until hibernate.

    HP Compaq F560 use Altec Lansing speakers, its located between the screen and the keyborad, the quality is good. i think this notebook has better on the sound. it's enough to listen music on wacthing a film.

    Conclusion

    HP Compaq F560 is a good notebook for as cheap notebook. if you have minimum budget but need more peformance, i recomanded this notebook for you.

    Pros
  • Price, Price, Price

  • Gorgeous Glossy Screen

  • Decent Build Quality

  • Good Sound Quality


  • Cons

  • Poor Performance as Configured

  • Minimal Port Options

  • Noisy and Shallow Keyboard

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    MSI GX600

    MSI GX600 is a gamming notebook. using intel T7300 Core 2 Duo as the processor, Nvidia 8600M GT 512 MB. MSI GX600 specs is :

  • Screen: 15.4-inch screen SWXGA (1680x1050, Matte)

  • Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.4GHz Overclocked)

  • Hard Drive: 250GB Western Digital hard drive (SATA, 5400RPM)

  • Memory: 2GB RAM (PC5300, 2 x 1GB)

  • Optical Drive: DVD+-R Double layer / DVD+-RW Drive

  • Ports and Slots: HDMI, e-SATA, Four USB 2.0, one FireWire 400 port, ExpressCard 54, VGA, S-Video, one SD card reader, headphone, microphone-in, analog/SPDIF line-out modem, 1Gb Ethernet

  • Wireless: Intel 4965 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

  • Graphics: 512MB DDR2 NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

  • Webcam: 1.3 MP

  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Dimensions: 14.09" x 10.16" x 1.06-1.26" inches (WxDxH)

  • Weight: 6.25 pounds

  • Battery: 6-Cell 4800mAh

  • Included Carrying Case/Backpack


  • MSA GX600 design use glossy black as the color, flame decals, and MSI logo on the front of notebook. the bulid quality is average.

    MSI GX600 use matte style on the screen. its a little different with usual gamming notebook that use a gloosy type screen. the screen quality is average, brightness level is good,but when gamming, you have to max the brightness.

    on the sound quality, MSI GX600 have average quality like other notebook. but, dont compare with the gamming laptop, it's to far. you will miss most bass effect. poor multimedia notebook, i think. but you still can use headphone, no hiss or static, it's a clean sound.

    the keyboard is a full size keyboard. MSI GX600 keyborad include the number pad. but the key is so small, don't confius if you get some difficult when you typing with MSI GX600 keyboard.

    System on the MSI GX 600 should rule above all esle. with Nvidia 8600m GT 512 MB, and Intel T7300 Core 2 DUo, MSI GX600 was able to play all the new game. but you will suprised, because you wont find 7200rpm hard drive.

    The noise on MSI Gx600 is minimal. on the normal use, MSI GX600 is very quite and cool, and it's totaly off when you browsing the web. when you gamming with MSI GX600, fan noise just spike up a bit. BUt when you enable the overclocking mode, the fan get qiute loud.

    MSI GX600 use 4800mAh battery, its not bad. it can pulling over 2 hours on balance mode, 80% backlight, and wireless enable.

    Conclusion

    For a gamer on a tight budget the MSI GX600 offers a great price for a gaming notebook. You get a stylish design that isn't too over the top, but still offers a unique design to stand out against other notebooks. My gripes are limited to some chassis flex, and lack of upgrade options, but overall it's still a very good value.

    Pros

  • Cool and Quiet

  • Turbo button overclocks on the fly

  • Full-size keyboard with numberpad


  • Cons

  • MSI doesn't allow user upgrades

  • Some flex in palmrest and chassis

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    Toshiba Tecra A9

    Toshiba Tecra A9 is high-end notebook. Thosiba claim this notebook have a durable chassis, protection for the hard drive, as well as a spill resistant keyboard

    Thosiba Tecra A9 Specs :
    * Windows Vista Business (32-bit)
    * Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.20GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
    * Mobile Intel P965 Express Chipset
    * Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
    * 2GB 1GB x 2 PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
    * 160GB Fujitsu MHW2120BH
    * 8x DVD (+/-R double layer) drive
    * 15.4" diagonal widescreen TFT LCD display at 1680x1050 (WSXGA+, Matte)
    * 256MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 130M (up to 255MB additional shared)
    * Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
    * Type II PC-Card Slot
    * 5-in-1 media card reader
    * VGA out, Mic/Headphone connectors, IEEE-1394 (FireWire), Three USB 2.0 ports, Serial Legacy Port, 1Gb LAN, Docking Connector
    * Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 13.2" x 11.1" x 1.43"
    * Weight: 6.3lbs w/standard battery
    * 75W (15V x 5A) 100-240V AC adapter (15oz)
    * 5100mAh Lithium Ion battery
    * 3-Year Standard Limited Warranty




    Toshiba Tecra Laptop Computer A9-ST9017 /PTS53U-01N00R/ Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz, 15.4, 1680x1050, 160.0G, 2048MB, DVD-Multiburner, 56K Ethernet 10/100/1000 802.

    Toshiba Tecra Laptop Computer A9-ST9017 /PTS53U-01N00R/ Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz, 15.4, 1680x1050, 160.0G, 2048MB, DVD-Multiburner, 56K Ethernet 10/100/1000 802.


    The Tecra A9 Series is the ideal combination of innovative performance, technology, and quality for desktop replacement productivity. From the beginning of the design process, the Tecra A9 was subjected to extreme quality test conditions to help ensure superior quality from the rigors of the mobile world. Toshiba's 3rd generation EasyGuard Technology is a series of hardware and software enhancements that addresses the most common security, reliability and connectivity demands. Powered by Intel technology, you have a level of reliability, security and performance to keep pace with the fast changing conditions of your organization. The brilliant diagonal widescreen display, combined with superb graphics, provides an exceptional Windows and Aero visual experience. The affordable Tecra A9 delivers a superb balance of performance, durability and reliability making the A9 a key component to your mobile strategy.

















    Thosiba Tecra A9 design is a professional looking. Display cover and keyboard use matte silver, and rest of this noteboook use black color. Thosiba Tecra A9 screen is above average on quality, this made viewing whites much more pleasant, and overall easy to work with on a daily basis.

    When you type on Thosiba Tecra A9 Keyboard, you will feel comfort with this keyboard, it gave you a bouncing feel when you type. and you will safe form an accidental spill. Thouchpad on Thosiba Tecra A9 has a nice mild matte texture. and you can costumize the option for thouch zone on here, like speed or sensitivity.

    Speaker on Thosiba Tecra A9 is a buitl-in spaker, has a average quality. but if you use a headphone or active spaeker, you will hear a clean audio, with no hissis.

    On a normal condition and use, Thosiba Tecra A9 produce minimal heat and noise. but if fan speed increas, that not bothersome problem, just a little problem i think.


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    Sager NP5791 review

    Sager NP5791 is a gamming nSager NP5791otebook. use 17 inch display, and santarosa as the platform. also use high end Nvidia as the graphics card.

    Sager NP5791 specifications:

    * Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz/4MB L2/800MHz FSB)
    * 17-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) glossy display
    * Nvidia GeForce 8700M-GT with 512MB GDDR3 memory
    * 2GB DDR2-667 RAM
    * 80GB 7200RPM SATA HDD
    * 8X DVD+/-RW DL burner
    * Intel 4965AGN wireless
    * Integrated Bluetooth 2.0
    * Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
    * 8-cell battery

    When the first time i looked Sager NP5791, i've falling in love wtih the design.Sager NP5791 use a matte black as the primary color with orange trim strips. The plastic on Sager NP5791 is more thicker, the usual criteria of mainstream notebook.

    Sager NP5791 have 2 version screen, a matte WSXGA with resolution 1680x1050 pixels, and a glossy WUXGA with resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels. The screen have an impressive brightness.

    Sager NP5791 has two spaker at opposite end of the rear of chassis. the sound is detail (i think), but volume is limited and bass is nil. the treble is nothing special. i recommended you use headphone or external speaker to make sound better.

    Sager NP5791 is a cooled notebook, this because Sager NP5791 has two fans on the back right, one is significantly larger than the other. that is a extreme for the notebook that have more power like this notebook. but its not quite.


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    Asus Eee PC 701 4G review

    ASus Eee PC 701 4G is a impressive notebook. Asus Eee PC 701 is a cheap notebook, just $400 and you can bring it to your home.

    ASus Eee PC 701 4G specs :

    * Processor: Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz
    * Graphics: Integrated Intel GMA 900 GPU
    * Storage: 4GB of Flash-based storage (SSD)
    * Memory: 512MB of DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
    * OS: Xandros Linux (Asus customized)
    * Screen: 7-inch screen with 800 x 480 resolution
    * Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA monitor out, headphone jack, microphone input, SD card reader (SDHC compatible), Kensington lock slot, Ethernet 10/100
    * Webcam (0.3 MP)
    * Battery: 4-cell 5200 mAh 7.4V Li-Ion (rated at 3.5 hours)
    * Wireless: 802.11b/g Atheros
    * Input: Keyboard and Touchpad
    * Weight: approximately 2 lbs with battery, 2.5 lbs travel weight with AC adapter.
    * Two-year warranty




    Asus Eee Pc Super Mobile Internet Device: Color: Pearl White. 7 Wide Lcd. 800 X 480 Wvga. 512mb Ddr2 Memory On Board. 4gb Solid State Disk Storage. Preloaded W

    Asus Eee Pc Super Mobile Internet Device: Color: Pearl White. 7 Wide Lcd. 800 X 480 Wvga. 512mb Ddr2 Memory On Board. 4gb Solid State Disk Storage. Preloaded W


    Easy to Learn, Work, and Play Easy to use with one click interface Travel light, weighting only 2 lbs Drop tested, Shock-Proof design Wireless connectivity Save time with fast 15 sec boot time Glossy paint with elegant look

















    Asus Eee PC 701 4G specs maybe make look note good. but the peformance from this notebook can costing sevrall thousand dollars more. Asus Eee PC 701 4G wieght jus two pounds, thats is light in weight i think. Use 7 inches screen,Asus Eee PC 701 4G has resolution 800 x 480 pixels. Use Linux as main Operating system. Why Asus Eee 701 4G use Linux?? you can imagine, if we install Microsoft windows on 4Gb Harddisk, i wont to imagine that.
    Speaker on ASus Eee PC 701 located on left and right of the screen. With small built-in spaker, i sure you'll can't hear bass as well. But, asus team has isnclude a standard headphone jack on Asus Eee PC 701 4G. so, you can connect headphone or external spake system.
    The keyboard on Asus Eee PC 701 surely more tinny than other notebook, sure!! you can't oppose this fact. but for a few days you will be fammiliar with this tinny keys. The touchpad has same fate, a tinny taouchpad, on the first time you will press the wrong side, trust me!!, but on several day, u will can making a difference where is the left click and right click :p
    for peformance, i sure you wont distinguishing between Asus Eee PC 701 with other best notebook, because surely Asus Eee PC 701 wont win :P but it still make you happy.
    On the Front side you will find Indicator lights, on Left side Asus Eee PC 701 has 10/100 Ethernet port, empty modem port, USB 2.0 port, air vent, microphone in, and headphone jack , On the back side is AC power jack, and on the Right side is SD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, VGA out, Kensington lock slot.


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    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series review

    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series is a notebook with plenty of multimedia functionality and has a stylish sytle case. Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series come with multiple configurations on processors, from 1.5 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 to 1.8 Ghz Intel COre 2 Duo T7100, start on $900, just use 14.1" WXGA, standard 802.11 a/b/g wireless. but the good info is Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series have a huge of RAM, Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series can upgrade to 4Gb of RAM.







    Toshiba Satellite M205-S7452 14.1" Laptop PC

    Toshiba Satellite M205-S7452 14.1" Laptop PC


    Toshiba Satellite M205-S7452 14.1" Laptop PC













    I reviewed versions of Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 (M205-S7452), priced at $899.99.The specifications is :
    * Screen: 14.4-inch Diagonal Widescreen WXGA TruBrite (glossy finish) Display (1280x800)
    * Processor: 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250
    * Hard Drive: 160 GB hard drive (SATA, 5400RPM)
    * Memory: 1GB RAM (PC5300, 667 MHz, DDR2 SDRAM, 2 x 512 MB) -- 4GB max memory
    * Optical Drive: DVD+-R Double layer / DVD+-RW Drive
    * Ports and Slots: Four USB 2.0, one FireWire 400 port, one Type II PC card slot, one VGA, one S-Video, one 5-in1 card reader, headphone / line-out, microphone-in, modem, 10/100 Ethernet
    * Webcam: 1.3MP
    * Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g)
    * Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (965 Express chipset with up to 251MB of shared RAM)
    * Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
    * Dimensions: 13.5" x 9.53" x 1.33" (WxDxH without feet)
    * Weight: 5.5 pounds

    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series design is smooth. From the glossy Onyx Blue Metallic LCD cover to the silver palm rests and keyboard Toshiba Satellite M205 is a smooth yet simple design.

    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 series has a good peformance on th entry level (use Intel Core 2 Dou T5250 and has 667 Mhz FSB) its enough for minimal requirtment for Vista System. but if you want more power, i recommended you choose T7100 precessor ( 2Mb L2 cache, and 800 Mhs FSB ). this is an option for poeple who search fast multimedia encoding or image editing.

    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 use 14.1" as the screen. WXGA with resolution 1280 x 800 pixles, and glossy screen. colors and contrast are quite good and both images and video "pop" off the screen. Brightness is quite impressive, though not quite as bright as some of the newer screens with LED backlights. When set to maximum brightness the screen is bright enough to cause some people to squint in a dark room.







    Toshiba Satellite M205-S7452 14.1" Laptop PC

    Toshiba Satellite M205-S7452 14.1" Laptop PC


    Toshiba Satellite M205-S7452 14.1" Laptop PC













    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 has stereo sound via speakers located above the keyboard. With the speakers located on the top of the interior in this way they tend to direct the sound at you and make for a surprisingly enjoyable listening experience. While the built-in speakers aren’t the best that I’ve heard in a notebook of this size, they are certainly better than most notebooks of this size. The headphone jack is located on the front (a less than ideal location for people who like to plug in external speakers but a perfect location for people who use headphones of earbuds).

    Toshiba Satellite M200/M205 came with the standard 6-cell (4000mAh) battery but an extended life 9-cell battery (6000mAh) is also available. With power management set to "High Performance" and screen brightness set to maximum while wirelessly browsing the web the battery lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes. With power management set to "Power Saver" and screen at half brightness the battery lasted 3 hours and 39 minutes while browsing the web. The battery lasted an impressive 4 hours and 11 minutes with the notebook set to "Power Saver" with half screen brightness, wireless off, and letting the system idle without any activity and without letting the screen turn off.


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    Dell Vostro 1000 review

    Dell Vostro 1000 is the budget offering in the Dell Small Business lineup of laptops. It has a 15.4” screen and comes with an AMD Turion processor. The Vostro 1000 is priced at under $500 with a basic configuration, so the price really can’t be complained about.







    Dell Vostro 1000 (bqcwix4_6)

    Dell Vostro 1000


    Dell Vostro 1000 AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core processor TK-53 (1.7GHz/512KB) 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 Dimm 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display 120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+R write capability, Cyberlink Power DVD ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (integrated) Integrated Audio













    * Mobile AMD Sempron Processor 6+ 1.80GHz
    * 15.4” Widescreen XGA (non-glare)
    * 1Gb of RAM at 533MHz
    * ATI Radeon Express 1150
    * 200 5400RPM HD
    * Windows XP Home
    * Dell Wireless 1390 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi
    * 24X CD Burner DVD Combo


    Conclusion
    Dell Vostro 1000 is good for the price, though you certainly get what you pay for. The screen is middling, the keyboard mediocre, performance is ho-hum, and the build is all plastic and lacking quality. However, if all you’re looking for is a cheap laptop to sit on a desk and be used for productivity tasks such as Office applications and web surfing, then the Vostro 1000 will serve that need.






    Dell Vostro 1000 (bqcwix4_6)

    Dell Vostro 1000


    Dell Vostro 1000 AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core processor TK-53 (1.7GHz/512KB) 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 Dimm 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display 120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+R write capability, Cyberlink Power DVD ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (integrated) Integrated Audio














    Cheers

    * The price is right, starting at under $500
    * Easy to order and configure via Dell.com, quick delivery in under 10-days
    * Very clean install of Windows without a bunch of garbage software
    * You get all restore disks and necessary drivers on disks with the computer
    * Works fine for general usage

    Jeers

    * Made of plastic, not very resistant to hard knocks or drops that a laptop might take
    * Screen is not very bright and suffers light leakage at the bottom
    * Keyboard is somewhat clunky
    * Not a computer meant for power users that game and do lots of multi-tasking


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    Dell Vostro 1000 Battery and audio

    Dell Vostro 1000 has three battery options : 4-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell. I purchased the cheapest option 4-cell 29WHr variety battery. I regret this because the 6-cell is only about a $20 upgrade and would have provided far better battery life. With brightness set to half way and wireless on and the system idling, the battery on the Vostro 1000 conked out after 1hour and 50 minutes. If you’re actually working on the notebook you can expect about 1h 30m of battery life. If you’re watching a movie with the screen at full brightness you’ll be lucky to get an hour of battery life out of the 4-cell.







    Dell Vostro 1000 (bqcwix4_6)

    Dell Vostro 1000


    Dell Vostro 1000 AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core processor TK-53 (1.7GHz/512KB) 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 Dimm 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display 120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+R write capability, Cyberlink Power DVD ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (integrated) Integrated Audio












    I understand that the 6-cell battery provides almost 3 hours of battery life under normal usage, so I’d go with that option. The 6-cell will be slightly heavier, but that’s a worthwhile trade off for the longer battery life.

    There are two front firing speakers on Dell Vostro 1000. As is typical for notebook speakers, the audio is very tinny and not pleasing to the ears. If you’re an audiophile you’ll find the speakers painful, if you’re not discriminating then the sound might be considered adequate. Using headphones will provide a much richer listening experience.


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    Dell Vostro 1000 Peformance

    Dell Vostro 1000 use AMD Turion and Sempron processor family . It’s pretty amazing how AMD went from being competitive with its mobile processors 2 years ago to being almost stagnant and non-competitive today. They haven’t updated their mobile processors in quite some time.





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    Dell Vostro 1000

    Dell Vostro 1000 Mobile AMD Sempron Processor 3600+ 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 Dimm 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display 200GB 7200RPM Hard Drive 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+R write capability, Cyberlink Power DVD ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (integrated) Integrated Audio




    However, if you’re not going to be using a laptop for high-end demanding work, then the cheaper AMD offerings might be just the right ticket. Dell obviously is able to sell the Vostro 1000 for cheaper because it contains a budget AMD processor. The AMD Sempron and Turion processors offered will run Office applications and web browsers just fine. If you’re a multi-tasking fiend and have several applications open at once, you might be upset by the performance of the processor, but if you’re more of a one task at a time person then it won’t make any difference to you if there’s an AMD Sempron 3000 processor or a much more expensive (and faster) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.20 GHz processor powering your laptop.

    One thing that’s probably as important as the processor is getting enough memory. If you go with Windows XP I would say 1GB is the optimal amount of memory, but you could get away with just 512MB. If you’re running Windows Vista then you really want 2GB of memory, but you could get away with just 1GB. The Vostro 1000 under review has Windows XP installed. With 512MB of memory it runs ‘okay’, but it does lag a bit when opening programs or clicking on menus. If there was 1 – 2GB of memory in this machine that lag would definitely go away.

    The hard drive offerings for the Vostro 1000 range from 60GB – 120GB. They’re all the same speed of 5400RPM, which is adequate. I’d go with 80GB or up for storage, if you think you’ll be storing a lot of videos and music then the 120GB size is preferable. If the only thing you’ll be storing is word docs, power point presentations and email then 80GB should be fine.


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    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE review

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE is built on Intel’s Centrino Duo (Santa Rosa) platform, and is marketed as an “Entertainment PC”. The notebook has been used daily for a period of 40 days at the time of review. The specs of HP Pavilion dv2550 SE are as follows:

    · Processor: Intel Core2Duo T5250 1.5GHz
    · Ram: 2GB
    · Video: Integrated Intel GMA X3100 (384Mb shared)
    · Screen: 14” BrightView Widescreen WXGA 1280 x 800
    · Hard Drive: 160Gb, 5400rpm
    · Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    · Battery: 12 Cell
    · Ports: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader, 3 USB 2.0, 2 Headphone out, 1 microphone-in, VGA (15-pin), S-video, RJ-11 (modem), RJ -45 (LAN), expansion port, Firewire, Consumer IR.
    · OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE will soon be sold via HP.com as the configurable Pavilion dv2600t, but currently is only available via Best Buy.
    HP Pavilions are some of the best looking notebooks available, with a sleek appearance and clean lines. They are an attempt at reducing the trend of Mac Book popularity by breaking free of the utilitarian mold. HP Pavilion dv2550 SE takes this design and further improves it, adding the “Verve” Imprint finish with a unique pattern and attractive colors. HP has put great detail into the finish, including printing the wave pattern right onto the trackpad.

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE build quality is good, and pretty much identical to the previous dv2000 generation notebooks. While not as strong as a ThinkPad, its construction can be considered above average for this price range. Overall it feels sturdy, everything fits together snugly, and the screen hinges are comfortably stiff (minimal bounce). The plastics used feel strong and scratch resistant. However, without a magnesium frame in the screen, there is a little flex, and when pressed from behind there are screen ripples at the top left where some internal part is pressing against the display. The screen can be extended back to a maximum of 45 degrees. After a month of use, I am beginning to notice keyboard marks on the screen. They do come off when rubbed with the included microfiber cloth.
    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE includes a 12 cell battery which raises the notebook off the desk. This may be undesirable to some people because of the added thickness and weight, but it does offer improved cooling and longer battery life. However, because the battery is off-center, it becomes a little awkward when supported by a lap.
    Conclusion:
    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Verve is aimed at people looking for a compact and stylish laptop for their everyday computing need. It is a great multimedia notebook with 160 GB of storage and 2 GB or RAM. While not intended for modern 3D gaming warfare, it will handle light gaming and offers excellent performance for value. However, for a special edition notebook, a faster processor would have been nice.
    One major complaint I have for HP is the use of the Verve Imprint Finish on their upcoming dv2600 series notebooks. They take the one feature that makes it a special edition and include it on an entire line of notebooks which offer no new functionality over HP Pavilion dv2550 SE.
    Pros
    · Looks great
    · Very little heat or noise
    · Long battery life
    · 2Gb or Ram
    · Excellent speakers
    Cons
    · No 802.11n wireless
    · No Bluetooth
    · No DVI/HDMI
    · The Verve Imprint finish can be found on dv2600 series notebooks


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    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Screen

    For anyone who has seen HP’s BrightView glossy screens, they appear bright, crisp, and vibrant – very impressive. However, they do have their flaws. Viewing angles are poor (not a big concern on laptops used by one person), and the glossy screen is very reflective (useless outdoors). Even with these concerns I would still pick this screen over any other option. However, caution must be taken when editing photos due to the contrast differences with slight changes in viewing angle. The 1280x800 resolution is well suiting of the 14” screen size. Backlighting is very even, with a barely noticeable dimming at the bottom corners.
    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE I purchased came with a very annoying bright green stuck pixel. I returned it to Best Buy only to receive a new screen with a dead pixel. I decided that the dead pixel would be tolerable, as it is no more noticeable than dust accumulation on the screen. At the launch of HP Pavilion dv2550 SE in Canada, many people in the forums were complaining of stuck and dead pixels – it seems HP knowingly or unknowingly released a batch of screens with quality issues.


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    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Processor and Performance:

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE is equipped with a 1.5Ghz Intel T5250 Core 2 Duo processor. It is the slowest of Intel’s Santa Rosa chips (excluding their low power chips), but is far from slow. I was hesitant purchasing a notebook with a “value” processor, but realized it is more than capable for most computing tasks. If your hobby is video editing, 3D rendering, or scientific computing, I would look elsewhere. However, if you edit the odd video, render a few 3D scenes, or simulate the occasional turbulent flow model, the dv2550se is more than capable – it will just take a little longer.

    The same can be said for the integrated Intel X3100 graphic included in this notebook. It is more than capable at handling HD video, the odd game, and Vista Aero. However, if you want to play modern 3D games in all their glory, look elsewhere.

    While the CPU and GPU offer only base performance in this Special Edition notebook, HP can at least be commended for including 2Gb of RAM. In a Vista world, 2Gb is almost a prerequisite for multitasking with applications like Word, Firefox, Photoshop, and AutoCAD.

    Like in most laptops, a 5400rpm HDD is the major performance bottle neck. As this notebook is intended to replace my desktop (the current trend), I have yet to become used to a slower hard drive. However, having a 12 cell battery makes upgrading to a 7200rmp HDD very appealing.


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    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Peripheral

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Input and Output Ports

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE includes the following ports: a 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader, 3 USB 2.0, 2 Headphone out, 1 microphone-in, VGA (15-pin), S-video, RJ-11 (modem), RJ -45 (LAN), expansion port, Firewire, ExpressCard reader.
    Considering HP is marketing their new Pavilions as Entertainment PC’s, I am a little disappointed that they do not include a digital video-out port (DVI or HDMI). With almost all TV’s you find on display in stores today being digital, and the Centrino Duo platform supporting HDMI, it would only make sense to include 1 digital out rather than 2 analogue signals.

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Wireless

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE has built in 802.11agb wireless. It can easily be turned on or off using the switch at the front of the notebook. Unfortunately HP has chosen not to include Bluetooth or 802.11n wireless. However, if you mainly use wireless for the internet, the included 802.11agb works very well – I have reached speeds of 10MB.
    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE has built in consumer IR. Included is a little remote that fits into the Expresscard slot. It is used to control Windows Media Center and QuickPlay.

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Battery
    The 12 cell battery lasts a long time. I can carry it around all day without searching for a power source.
    I performed the following battery kill test to measure it’s performance:
    · Watch a DVD movie with volume on medium.
    · run wPrime stability test (1 thread).
    · run a virus scan.
    · Wireless turned on
    During this test, the CPU was operating at an average of 80%. It took 2hours and 3min before the computer shut itself down.

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Heat and Noise
    Heat and noise are almost nonexistent in HP Pavilion dv2550 SE. Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors are very efficient and generate little heat. Additionally, having integrated graphics further reduces power consumption and heat generation. Most of the time the fan is off or operating below ambient noise levels. At high speeds, the fan does not “whine”, nor is it high pitched. When the load is removed the fan quickly returns to its low speed.
    The hard drive is the only part which seems to generate heat, warming up the left wrist pad – enough to cause a mild sweat. I’m not sure if the problem is because HP does not adequately remove heat from the area, or because they are installing HDDs that generate excessive heat. Either way, it is only mildly annoying.
    The DVD drive is loud when spinning at full speed. However, it is tolerable while watching a DVD movie.

    HP Pavilion dv2550 SE Keyboard and Touchpad

    Both the keyboard and touchpad are quite comfortable and easy to use. The placement of the ‘delete’, ‘home’, and ‘end’ keys are much better than some notebooks I have used. There is no noticeable flex in the keyboard. The blue backlit heat sensitive media buttons at the top of the keyboard are both attractive and functional. However, accidently brushing against the QuickPlay buttons will launch the QuickPlay software.


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    Gateway M-6816 screen

    Although the 1280x800 resolution display on Gateway M-6816 is far from high definition, the screen provides rich colors, superb clarity and good brightness. There were absolutely no problems with the screen on our review unit: the refresh rate seems excellent when videos or games with fast motion are displayed and there are no stuck pixels. As is common with glossy screens, colors and contrast are quite good and both images and video "pop" off the screen. Brightness is good but not quite as impressive as some of the screens we've seen in the last year. For example, at maximum brightness there is enough light coming from the screen to make for an enjoyable viewing experience but not enough light to cause eye strain.

    Horizontal viewing angles are average and the backlight brightness remains even across the screen while viewing at extreme horizontal angles. There is some minor color inversion when you view the screen from sharp vertical angles (such as standing above the notebook or looking up at the screen from the floor. Of course, as with any glossy screen reflection from room lights can become a problem depending on the room and the lights.


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    Gateway M-6816 Keyboard, Touchpad and Other Input Buttons

    Keyboard on Gateway M-6816 was a welcome improvement over most keyboards we see on consumer notebooks. The keys have a good texture with excellent cushion and travel. The keys aren't as silent in operation as those found on more expensive business class notebooks, but there was minimal "clack" while typing. Gateway M-6816 also includes dedicated page up, page down, home, and end keys. Of special note is the fact that the keyboard has almost no flex across the board. Even with significant pressure applied, the keyboard on Gateway M-6816 remained quite firm.

    Gateway M-6816 touchpad was responsive with a nice texture and felt durable. The scroll section of the touchpad is clearly marked and immediately responsive for page scrolling. The touchpad buttons have deep, cushioned feedback and responded well to normal pressure. That said, the touchpad buttons did make loud "clicks" when pressed which may prove annoying to some users (or office coworkers).

    As mentioned previously, the media buttons on Gateway M-6816 are integrated above the notebook's keyboard in a brushed-metal multimedia control panel. The media buttons are actually located under the smooth-cut "tooth" pattern in the metal and respond instantly to light pressure. These buttons allow you to instantly start Windows Media Player, watch a DVD, listen to a CD or music file, or control iTunes with ease. A touch-sensitive volume adjustment is located to the right of the media buttons and lights up with blue LED back lighting when pressed.


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    Gateway M-6816 Review

    Gateway M-6816 is a multimedia performance in a sleek, stylish design. Packing Intel Core 2 Duo processors, plenty of RAM and large-capacity hard drives these budget notebooks are certainly attractive to many consumers looking for a portable multimedia center for bringing movies, music and digital photos on the go. But do the latest notebooks from Gateway offer more than good looks? Let's take a closer look.
    Our Gateway M-6816 review unit features the following specifications:
    · Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
    · Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5250 (1.5GHz)
    · 15.4" Ultrabright WXGA TFT LCD
    · 2GB DDR2 system RAM
    · 160GB PATA HDD (5400rpm)
    · Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (up to 384MB shared)
    · DVD+-RW SuperMulti dual layer drive
    · 10/100 Ethernet
    · Wireless LAN: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g
    · 1.3 megapixel webcam
    · 5-in-1 memory card reader
    · ExpressCard 54 slot
    · 6-cell Li-Ion battery (2400mAh)
    · Dimensions: 1.1 - 1.5" (H) x 14.00" (W) x 10.00" (D)
    · Weight: 6.29 lbs
    · Warranty: One Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty

    Gateway M-6816 features a striking all-new design with a "graphic-inlay premium finish," that looks quite similar to the Imprint Finish on the latest generation of HP notebooks. That said, Gateway's choice of dark spots which gradually fade away is much more subtle than anything we've seen in HP's Imprint Finish. Gateway M-6816 appears durable, with an eye-catching design thanks in no small part to the thick plastics and metal accents. Integrated above the notebook's keyboard is a brushed-metal multimedia control panel, featuring smooth-cut keys in a "tooth" pattern and a touch-sensitive volume adjustment.
    The lid hinge feels surprisingly solid for a consumer notebook in this price range and the rounded edges of the notebook make for a much cleaner and thinner overall appearance. To be perfectly honest, the only potentially negative issue about the build and design is the choice of glossy plastics/coatings on the screen lid and palm rests. The glossy plastic is a magnet for fingerprints.
    Gateway M-6816 Conclusion
    Gateway M-6816 is a solid consumer notebook with plenty of power for everyday use. The quality 15.4" glossy display, durable build, sizable hard drive, and reasonably cool temperatures help make Gateway M-6816 a real value. The Core 2 Duo processor and solid 2GB of RAM mean this Gateway has enough performance to keep the average user quite happy as long as you don't care about playing the latest video games.
    Bottom line, Gateway M-6816 is an excellent value in the 15.4" consumer notebook class. That said, for a little bit more money you can find similar notebooks with dedicated graphics cards for reasonable gaming performance.
    Pros:
    · Good performance for everyday use
    · Nice screen
    · Solid, stylish construction
    · Minimal heat and noise
    Cons:
    · Glossy plastics around screen and on palm rests are prone to fingerprints
    · Only three USB ports ... unacceptable on a 15.4" notebook
    · Annoying pop-up web camera control panel


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    Toshiba Tecra M9 Keyboard and Touchpad

    Toshiba Tecra M9 keyboard has very light typing feel, and is very comfortable to type on. Key texture feels perfect for a business notebook, and gives your fingers just the right amount of grip that you would expect from a high quality keyboard. Typing for long periods of time on this notebook may get to you though, as poor support structures underneath the keyboard give it an almost bouncing feel. Depending on where you type on certain parts of the notebook, you will also get an echoing sound from the keyboard.




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    The flagship of Toshiba's innovative Tecra notebook family, the Tecra M9 Series is a superlative blend of performance, durability and data security, designed for productivity-minded professionals. Powered by Intel Centrino Pro processor technology -- including Intel Core 2 Duo Processors -- and optimized for Windows Vista , Tecra M9 enables users to complete far more work in far less time. The vibrant, widescreen 14.1 display and outstanding graphics combine with Windows Aero to bring screen images to life. To ensure long-term durability and investment protection, Toshiba subjected the Tecra M9 to extreme quality testing conditions throughout the design process, and then bolstered it with 3rd generation EasyGuard technology. As a result, the Tecra M9 better withstands the daily rigors of mobile computing. With added spill, drop, shock resistance, this mobile masterpiece takes platform longevity to a whole new level. Excellent expandability, plus enhanced aesthetics and ergonomics, make Tecra M9 the centerpiece in any forward-looking, mobile computing strategy.




    Toshiba lists the keyboard as being spill resistant, and even goes on to say the following, "Toshiba also improved their spill resistant keyboard to help protect against accidental spills of liquids, including soda, beer and coffee with cream and sugar, an upgrade from the previous protection against water."
    Toshiba Tecra M9 touchpad has a nice mild matte texture, and worked just as you would expect. The included drivers give you plenty of customization options for all the touch zones on the touchpad, as well as adjusting speed and sensitivity. The default settings had the sensitivity slightly low requiring a heavy pressure, which I adjusted upwards to allow a softer touch.
    The pointer stick worked just as expected, and had plenty of adjustments in the control panel. The only feature that seemed missing was a center button for the pointer to allow scrolling. It was comfortable to use, but my main preference on this size of notebook is the touchpad.


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    Gateway M-6816 Battery, Heat and Noise

    Heat and Noise
    Gateway M-6816 does an excellent job of controlling both internal heat and noise. The cooling fan was rarely louder than a whisper even on the high setting. The massive copper heatsink visible through the air vent on the left side of the notebook likely contributes to Gateway M-6816's ability to keep temperatures under control. CPU temperatures peaked at no more than 52 degrees Celsius during benchmarks and hard drive temperatures averaged less than 40 degrees Celsius. The palm rests never became too hot during our tests and the left palm rest spiked at no more than 92 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom of the notebook remained reasonably cool never exceeding the upper 90s. The hottest temperature reading we took during our review was the fan exhaust temperature during benchmarking, which reached 102 degrees Fahrenheit in our office (77 degrees room temperature). Bottom line, Gateway M-6816 stays cool.

    Battery
    Battery life on Gateway M-6816 with the standard 6-cell battery was only average. With the screen brightness set to full, wireless on, and Vista power settings set to "Balanced," the Gateway powered down in just more than two and a half hours (2 hours and 18 minutes). With power management set to "Power Saver" and screen at half brightness the battery lasted 3 hours and 2 minutes while browsing the web. We hoped Gateway M-6816 would do better in terms of battery life thanks to the integrated graphics, but this wasn't the case.


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    HP Pavilion dv6500z Review

    HP Pavilion dv6500z is gaming and multimedia notebooks.use AMD processor, the graphics card is an HDMI port, giving this notebook a front and center position in any home theater.

    Our review unit of HP Pavilion dv6500z as configured with the following pecifications:

    • Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
    • AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60
    • nVidia nForce 630M chipset
    • Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n
    • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (2 x 1GB, maximum capacity 4GB)
    • 160GB Seagate 5400.3 (reviewed with 80GB Seagate 5400.3)
    • 8x DVD (+/-R double layer) drive
    • 15.4" 1280x800 w/ webcam (WXGA,Glossy)
    • nVidia 8400M GS
    • Expresscard slot/54
    • 5-in-1 media card reader
    • HDMI, VGA, S-Video, Expansion Port, Modem, 1Gb LAN, IEEE 1394,Serial, and Mic/Two Headphone connectors
    • Three USB 2.0 ports
    • Dimensions (WxDxH): 14x10.1x1.3/1.45” at rubber feet
    • Weight: 6lbs 1.5oz with 6-cell (6lbs 11.6oz with 12-cell), 6lbs 12.6oz travel weight
    • 60W (20V x 3.25A) 100-240V AC adapter (13.6oz)
    • 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery 55Wh (11.5oz)
    • 12-Cell Lithium Ion Battery 95 Wh (1lb 5.7oz)
    • 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

    The dv6500z
    has a very nice sleek design, with a beautiful glossy feel. The display cover has the durable plastic Imprint finish, which holds up quite well to minor abrasion without scratching. The body has all smooth, rounded edges, making it really comfortable in your hand while carrying it around. The screen also sports a latchless design, removing the release switch from the front of the lid. The removal of this part also helps when it comes to picking out a slipcase for the notebook, as latches will sometimes snag on tight fitting cases. Although the lid lacks any latch to keep it held shut, the hinges feel fairly strong, keeping the lid secure. The cover itself feels quite durable, and is fairly rigid. The lid feels fairly strong, but pressing firmly onto the back of the cover will produce ripples on the screen.

    Opening up the notebook, you see a similar imprint finish surrounding the keyboard. It has the same super durable finish, but the panels themselves don’t feel that strong. Moderate pressure from your thumb is enough to flex the palmrest surface.
    The body of HP Pavilion dv6500z feels pretty durable, and doesn’t creak when being held. The plastic used for the bottom of the notebook seemed to be of a high quality material. All of the access panels were thick enough to not cave in under pressure, even at the cooling vents where the material was not solid. All of the user upgradable components had an easy to remove panel, including the harddrive, ram, wireless cards, and backup battery. The optical bay was also user upgradable or swappable, with a single set screw.

    Conclusion
    HP Pavilion dv6500z turned out to be a pretty nice budget multimedia notebook. The build quality and material selection was excellent, and the durable imprint finish holds up great to wear. Although the screen could have been improved, it was still fairly nice. The keyboard and touchpad turned out to be superb, and the finish on the touchpad couldn’t have been better. Add the HDMI output into the mix, and it’s hard not to recommend this notebook.
    Pros
    • Durable Imprint Finish
    • Super smooth accurate touchpad
    • HDMI, VGA, and S-Video Outputs (everything you could ask for)
    Cons
    • Some flex to the palmrest under pressure
    • Display cover doesn’t stop the LCD from making ripples under strong pressure


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    Toshiba Tecra M9 battery and heat

    Battery Life
    With screen brightness at 80 percent, wireless enabled, "balanced" profile set, and accessing web pages on occasion the system managed 2 hours and 29 minutes on its 6-cell battery. I do not believe this system would be able to watch a full length movie in flight without an extended battery present. Manufacturers estimated battery life was listed as "up to 3.38hrs", but I don't see how that would be possible at anything close to average use.




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    Toshiba Tecra M9-S5514X Laptop Computer Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500, 2.2GHz, with Centrino Pro Technology, 1GB RAM, 120GB Hard Drive, 14.1-inch WXGA+ TFT D

    The flagship of Toshiba's innovative Tecra notebook family, the Tecra M9 Series is a superlative blend of performance, durability and data security, designed for productivity-minded professionals. Powered by Intel Centrino Pro processor technology -- including Intel Core 2 Duo Processors -- and optimized for Windows Vista , Tecra M9 enables users to complete far more work in far less time. The vibrant, widescreen 14.1 display and outstanding graphics combine with Windows Aero to bring screen images to life. To ensure long-term durability and investment protection, Toshiba subjected the Tecra M9 to extreme quality testing conditions throughout the design process, and then bolstered it with 3rd generation EasyGuard technology. As a result, the Tecra M9 better withstands the daily rigors of mobile computing. With added spill, drop, shock resistance, this mobile masterpiece takes platform longevity to a whole new level. Excellent expandability, plus enhanced aesthetics and ergonomics, make Tecra M9 the centerpiece in any forward-looking, mobile computing strategy.





    Heat
    Thermal performance of the notebook was of concern through most of this review. The exhaust vent during normal use put out heat between 110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. While running PCMark05 exhaust temperatures reached a record 150 degrees, higher than any notebook I have reviewed in the past. During the first run through PCMark05, the wireless card vanished from Windows Device Manager (from what I could only imagine as overheating) and Device Manager was unable to locate the wireless card until the notebook cooled down.

    Fan noise was always present after the system had been on for over 15-20 minutes, and it was warm enough to always heat up objects nearby. Using our decibel meter, the fan noise at low speed registered 45dB at 6" away from the vent. It blended in with most other office noises, but could stand out in a very quiet classroom.


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    Toshiba Tecra M9 review

    Toshiba Tecra M9 is a business-grade notebook competing against the Dell D630 and Lenovo T61. It is an update to the older Tecra M5, using the latest 800MHz Santa Rosa Intel platform. Compared to the Lenovo T61, HP 6910p, and Dell Vostro 1400, its starting price of $1,349 is slightly higher from the rest. Let's see how this notebook stands up to the rest in the pack.




    Toshiba Tecra M9-S5512X Laptop Computer Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100, 1.8GHz, with Centrino Pro Technology, 1GB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, 14.1-inch WXGA TFT Dis

    Toshiba Tecra M9-S5512X Laptop Computer Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100, 1.8GHz, with Centrino Pro Technology, 1GB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, 14.1-inch WXGA TFT Dis


    The flagship of Toshiba's innovative Tecra notebook family, Toshiba Tecra M9 Series is a superlative blend of performance, durability and data security, designed for productivity-minded professionals. Powered by Intel Centrino Pro processor technology -- including Intel Core 2 Duo Processors -- and optimized for Windows Vista , Tecra M9 enables users to complete far more work in far less time. The vibrant, widescreen 14.1 display and outstanding graphics combine with Windows Aero to bring screen images to life. To ensure long-term durability and investment protection, Toshiba subjected the Tecra M9 to extreme quality testing conditions throughout the design process, and then bolstered it with 3rd generation EasyGuard technology. As a result, the Tecra M9 better withstands the daily rigors of mobile computing. With added spill, drop, shock resistance, this mobile masterpiece takes platform longevity to a whole new level. Excellent expandability, plus enhanced aesthetics and ergonomics, make Tecra M9 the centerpiece in any forward-looking, mobile computing strategy.





    Design of Toshiba Tecra M9 is not unlike many other business notebooks; very basic and professional looking. The display cover and keyboard are a simple matte silver color, with no sleek sloping curves, just mildly rounded edges all around. The rest of the notebook is black plastic, leading to a design that would blend in with most Thinkpads or Latitudes around the office.

    The build quality of the laptop does not feel up to par with most other business grade laptops in the same price range. The palmrest and keyboard exhibit a lot of flex, which is pretty uncommon for this class of notebook. The display lid feels fairly cheap with its thin plastic, but it did prevent ripples from showing on the screen from all but hard presses to the cover. The bottom of the notebook features a Swiss cheese style of cutouts, which has to be the most I have ever seen on a notebook to date. I would have to imagine that they are for heat dispersion, but as you will read on the notebook does get very warm under average stress.


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    Toshiba Satellite U305 Review

    Toshiba Satellite U305 is a new 13.3" widescreen notebook that weighs in at just 4.6 pounds and packs solid Intel Core 2 Duo performance and big hard drives with plenty of storage space. Add to that a thin integrated DVD SuperMulti drive, webcam, and fingerprint reader and this notebook starts looking even better. Is Toshiba justified in calling Toshiba Satellite U305 "the ideal concentration of performance and design?" Let's take a look.






    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


    TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.





    Toshiba Satellite U305 specs:
    · Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
    · Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100 (1.80GHz, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
    · Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
    · Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
    · 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
    · 200GB Serial ATA hard disk drive (4200RPM)
    · 8x DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive
    · 13.3" diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT LCD display at 1280x800 (WXGA)
    · Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 8MB-251MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
    · 1.3 megapixel webcam
    · Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
    · ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and Express Card/54)
    · 5-in-1 media card reader
    · RGB out
    · Microphone input port
    · Headphone output port
    · IEEE-1394 (FireWire)
    · Three USB 2.0 ports
    · Fingerprint reader
    · Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 12.2" x 8.9" x 1.19" /1.33" without feet
    · Weight: 4.6 lbs
    · 75W (19V x 3.95A) 100-240V AC Adapter (5.04" x 1.20" x 2.01" and weighs 0.77 lb)
    · 9-cell (7800mAh) Lithium Ion battery (1.09 lbs)
    · 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

    Like most notebooks with a 13.3" widescreen display Toshiba Satellite U305 is on the border of the thin-and-light and ultra-portable categories. With a weight of more than four and a half pounds it isn't the lightest notebook in its class. Likewise, since the notebook is 1.2 inches thick at its thinnest point Toshiba Satellite U305 falls in the "middle of the pack" among recent 13.3" systems. Nevertheless, Toshiba has successfully engineered a stylish and compact frame with some unique elements that make it attractive to everyone from students to business professionals.
    Although the exterior is constructed of plastic it felt relatively solid. Some of the plastics in areas such as the palm rests and the LCD lid felt thin, but overall the build quality seems good. There is very little case flex and no audible creaks to the plastics.
    The optical drive in particular is quite thin yet still remains very sturdy. The optical drive (manufactured by LG and similar to drives used in some Lenovo notebooks) is actually as good or better in terms of build quality than some drives we've seen in larger budget notebooks. The optical drive was relatively quiet during operation and drive noise was not an issue while viewing DVDs.
    Our review Toshiba Satellite U305 came with a "Onyx Blue Metallic" lid which looks black unless light strikes the plastic at just the right angle. The lid's colored plastic has a glossy coat with an almost mirror like shine. It certainly looks stylish but is a magnet for fingerprints. The rest of the case plastics are made of matte black plastic or beige plastic that is painted silver.





    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


    TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.





    Conclusion
    Toshiba Satellite U305 is an impressive portable notebook that is handicapped by a few minor issues. The quality 13.3" glossy display, thin and light lines, sizeable hard drive, good battery life and a good selection of ports help provide a solid foundation for a portable powerhouse. The Core 2 Duo processor and plenty of available RAM likewise give the system an impressive backbone for performance. The keyboard and touchpad issues also make the notebook feel less refined than it could be.
    Bottom line, Toshiba Satellite U305 is an excellent notebook in the 13.3" display class. Although it lacks the horsepower for serious gaming and might not have the best keyboard and touchpad it is one of the nicer budget portables of 2007.
    Pros:
    · Reasonably thin and light for a 13.3" notebook.
    · Nice screen
    · Solid selection of ports
    · Thin yet durable optical drive
    · Plenty of storage space for media files
    Cons:
    · Way too much keyboard flex
    · Bad touchpad buttons
    · Average performance
    · Plastics used in construction feel thin in some places
    · Poor speakers for a compact media notebook


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    Toshiba Satellite U305 peripheral

    Toshiba Satellite U305 Screen
    The LCD lid on Toshiba Satellite U305 doesn't use a latch mechanism and instead relies on resistance from the hinge or dual hinges in the case of Toshiba Satellite U305.
    The display panel itself is a 13.3" glossy screen with WXGA resolution (1280x800). There were absolutely no problems with the screen on our review unit: the refresh rate seems excellent when videos or games with fast motion are displayed and there are no stuck pixels. As is common with glossy screens, colors and contrast are quite good and both images and video "pop" off the screen. Brightness is quite impressive, though not quite as bright as some of the newer screens with LED backlights. When set to maximum brightness the screen is bright enough to cause some people to squint in a dark room.






    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


    TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.




    Horizontal viewing angles are better than average. Colors are good and the backlight brightness remains even across the screen while viewing at extreme horizontal angles. There is some minor color inversion when you view the screen from sharp vertical angles (such as standing above the notebook or looking up at the screen from the floor. Of course, as with any glossy screen reflection from room lights can become a problem depending on the room and the lights.

    Toshiba Satellite U305 Speakers
    The audio performance on Toshiba Satellite U305 was average for a thin and light 13.3" notebook, but it was far from impressive. Both of the small speakers located above the keyboard produce a "tin can" sound quality with plenty of highs but almost no mid range and absolutely no bass. On the bright side, the speakers are located in a good position to direct sound up and toward the user. Unfortunately, you will still want to use headphones or external speakers if you care about sound quality.
    On that note it's worthwhile to mention that the audio out port on Toshiba Satellite U305 is located on the left side (a good location for an external speaker connection) and audio output was clean (there was no static or cracking in the sound coming from the headphone jack).

    Toshiba Satellite U305 Keyboard and Touchpad
    The keyboard on Toshiba Satellite U305 is a mixed bag. On one hand the keys have a good texture with excellent cushion and travel. The keys are very silent in operation and there are dedicated page up and page down keys (nice to have on a compact keyboard). That said, there is a significant degree of keyboard flex across the board. The flex seems most severe around the J, K, U, and I keys.
    The touchpad was responsive and felt durable, but the recessed edges actually made the touchpad feel smaller than it already is. Unfortunately, the touchpad buttons on Toshiba Satellite U305 are quite bad. The buttons have almost no feedback and are not responsive at all. Not only are they uncomfortable to press because of the shallow feedback but I often had to press the touchpad buttons several times before a click was registered.





    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


    TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.




    On a positive note, the one-touch fingerprint reader does a wonderful job reading fingerprints without accidentally being triggered when you use the touchpad buttons.
    Toshiba Satellite U305 includes six dedicated media buttons located above the keyboard. The media buttons include an Internet button to launch the default browser and CD/DVD control buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Prev Track, and Next Track). While we're glad to see these media buttons it would have been nice to have LED backlights so it would be easier to see the buttons when playing DVDs in a dark room.

    Toshiba Satellite U305 Heat and Noise
    Toshiba Satellite U305 does an excellent job of controlling heat thanks in no small part to the massive copper heatsink visible through the air vent on the left side of the notebook. CPU temperatures peaked at no more than 55 degrees Celsius during benchmarks and hard drive temperatures averaged around 43 degrees Celsius. The palm rests never became too hot during our tests and the bottom of the notebook remained reasonably cool despite the large warning sticker on the bottom of the notebook advising you to use caution when keeping the notebook on your lap. Although the bottom did become warm during benchmarks it was never too hot to keep on the lap.
    Fan noise, on the other hand, was not something that Toshiba Satellite U305 managed well. Although Toshiba Satellite U305 remained relatively cool, the cooling fan remained on a low setting almost all the time unless the system was idle or hibernating. When the fan turns on maximum it sounds like a weak hair dryer and puts out enough hot air from the left side that you could probably dry your hair with it after a shower.
    Bottom line, Toshiba Satellite U305 keeps heat under control at the expense of noise.

    Toshiba Satellite U305 Input and Output Ports
    We were pleased to see an impressive number of ports on this notebook despite its smaller form factor. While many notebooks in the 13.3" class have only two USB ports and some have no FireWire port, Toshiba managed to include three USB ports and even squeezed in a FireWire port by moving it to the front of the notebook.
    Let's take a closer look at the ports:
    Left side: VGA out, two USB ports, headphone out, microphone in, and volume control wheel.
    Front side: FireWire port, 5-in-1 card reader, and wireless on/off switch.
    Right side: Optical drive, ExpressCard slot, USB port, Ethernet, modem, and security lock slot.
    Rear view: Nothing here except hinges, the battery, and the DC power jack.





    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

    Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


    TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.





    Toshiba Satellite U305 Battery
    Toshiba Satellite U305 came with the 9-cell extended life battery (10.8V, 7800mAh) but a standard 6-cell battery (10.8V, 5200mAh) is also available. With power management set to "High Performance" and screen brightness set to maximum while wirelessly browsing the web the battery lasted 3 hours and 02 minutes. With power management set to "Power Saver" and screen at half brightness the battery lasted 4 hours and 24 minutes while browsing the web. The battery lasted an impressive 5 hours and 41 minutes with the notebook set to "Power Saver" with half screen brightness and letting the system idle without any activity and without letting the screen turn off.
    Clearly Toshiba Satellite U305 does a reasonably job with battery life when using the 9-cell extended life battery.


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    Toshiba Satellite P205 Review

    Toshiba Satellite P205 notebook is the latest 17" offering from Toshiba that can be equipped with a variety of options at great prices. So come on in and read our thoughts and the review of Toshiba Satellite P205!





    SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB

    SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB

    SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB






    Review Model Specification
    Toshiba Satellite P205 can be ordered in several configurations. We received Toshiba Satellite P205-S7484, which has the following specifications:
    · Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor (Santa Rosa, 1.66GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB)
    · Microsoft Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
    · 17" TruBrite LCD with WXGA+ Resolution (1440x900)
    · Integrated 1.3 MP Webcam
    · Intel X3100 Integrated Graphics Card with up to 256MB Shared Memory
    · 2GB DDR2-667MHz RAM (2x1GB Configuration)
    · Toshiba 300GB 4200RPM SATA 1.5 Hard Drive
    · Integrated HD-DVDRW
    · Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, and Intel 4965AGN (802.11a/b/g/n) WiFi
    · 5-in-1 Media Card Reader (Supports SD, MS, MS Pro, MMC, and xD Cards)
    · Fingerprint Reader
    · 6-Cell 4000mAh Lithium-Ion Battery and 90W External AC Adapter
    · 1-Year Warranty
    This model can be found on Toshiba's website for $1,449.99 before shipping and taxes. Pricing for the Santa Rosa based P200/P205 starts at $949 and the Merom version at $799.
    Structurally, the exterior of the laptop consists entirely of plastic. The bottom half of the case is built from a solid black plastic that is very strong and produces little to no flex regardless of how much I torture the notebook or carry it around. On the top half is a glossy, dark blue plastic that serves mostly as a fingerprint magnet but is not quite as strong as I can get the panel to flex under a little bit of pressure. However, the top panel does still protect the LCD screen well as I could never produce any ripples or otherwise affect the LCD screen.
    A pleasant surprise awaits anyone who opens up this notebook because the one giant hinge for the screen is very strong. Even though this laptop weighs in at over 8lbs, if you open it up without keeping a hand on the base the laptop will come up a little bit with the screen at first! The hinge itself is one big, long hinge that stretches across most of that edge of the notebook that is very similar to the one seen on Apple notebooks. As a consequence of both the design and the strength of the hinge, the screen barely wobbles.
    The interior of the notebook is built from medium weight plastic that feels about as strong as the plastic seen on the LCD back. During general use and typing, one can notice the keyboard palm rest's flex especially when pressing against the surface. The plastic does not bend too far in but less flex would be appreciated. It only happens on and immediately around the palm rest. The areas above and to the side of the keyboard do not flex like the palm rests, and the keyboard itself is similarly strong and firm. Overall, the laptop is sturdy enough for general and multimedia use.
    The screen housing itself, which is made of plastic as mentioned earlier, does a very good job of protecting the screen. Even though the plastic does flex, I could never produce any ripples on the screen when pressing against the back. The screen housing itself almost always refuses to twist. When pressing hard against only one side of the screen, the hinge starts moving backwards rather than the screen twisting. But when holding both sides of the notebook and twisting, I do have to apply a generous amount of force to get the housing to bend. Again, the screen never shows any signs of distress when doing this!
    The optical drive, found on the right side of the notebook, fits snugly into the case but when opening it up the tray does have a little give as I can move the drive train around a little bit. In my experience all laptop drive trays move a little...but this one moves just a little bit further than I am used to. However, during normal operation and usage this never was a problem for me so I would not worry about it.
    Cosmetically, on the outside it is black and dark blue...but in all reality the Onyx Blue just looks like black anyway. The keyboard deck is mostly silver with black on top where the media and operation buttons and speakers reside
    The bottom of the notebook and interior of the screen bezel has a matte finish, but the black plastic areas on the keyboard deck and top of the LCD are glossy fingerprint magnets. The front edge of the keyboard deck, where the status lights are found, is also similarly glossy. Nothing really speaks out about the appearance of the notebook, but it certainly does not look bad. It just looks average. However, the only real complaint I have about the design of the notebooks is that there are way too many bright blue LEDs. They are supposed to look stylistically futuristic, but Toshiba really over-did it with them!
    The notebook itself is fairly light for a 17" notebook (at 8.8 lbs), but is rather bulky with a 1.8" thickness. Overall dimensions are15.7" x 11.3" x 1.8", but at first glance it only looks like a thick 15.4" laptop. I actually double checked the model number and size when I received the notebook as I thought a 15.4" notebook was accidentally shipped to me!




    SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB

    SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB

    SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB







    Conclusion
    Toshiba Satellite P205 is definitely a nice notebook with many nifty features and no extra crap that consumers do not want (except for bloatware). Options for the laptop are virtually endless and allow for anything in between budget offerings all the way up to a gamer laptop, and most of the upgrade options are fairly priced.
    The build quality is a little above average for a laptop in this price range but I would recommend that stronger materials be used in the keyboard deck in the next refresh model to earn an excellent rating from me. The screen is big and bright, and should be excellent for any multimedia use. HD capabilities can be had for cheap in this laptop, with all the hardware needed built right in to decode and play your videos (recommend a 2.0GHz T7300 processor though). The keyboard and speakers were a welcome surprise with regards to quality, and the hard drive and processor were responsive enough even though they are low end and low speed parts. Battery life with the 9-Cell should be adequate, but avoid the 6-Cell as I really did not like the battery life it offered. The laptop runs surprisingly cool and quiet, no doubt thanks to the T5450 and the X3100 IGP.
    Overall, the P205 definitely leaves a positive impression with me as there are some great configuration choices and excellent performance that can be found at a low price.
    Pros
    · Wide range of configuration options including HD-DVD, dual HDDs, IGPs and powerful GPUs.
    · Surprisingly strong exterior build for this price point, and very light construction for this behemoth.
    · Really strong screen hinge.
    · Very nice keyboard and excellent speakers.
    · HD and Multimedia software included (Media Center and HD-DVD player).
    · Beautiful screen.
    · Runs cool and quiet.
    Cons
    · WAAAAY too much bloatware. You will want to reformat and reinstall Vista.
    · Just a little flex in the palm rests.
    · Too many blue LEDs.
    · Average to below average viewing angles.
    · 4200RPM Drive (configuration to order has faster options though).
    · 6-Cell battery is to be avoided unless you do not travel with the notebook


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