HP Pavilion dv2500t

The Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv2500t is on the verge of cutting-edge notebook technology at the moment. It's one of the most popular laptops since the inception of the Santa Rosa platform, being the evident successor to the well-received Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv2500t. I've been holding out to buy a Santa Rosa notebook for the new Nvidia GPUs that support DirectX 10 because integrated graphics just don't cut it.

The Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv2500t as customized:

Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/4MB L2Cache)
14.1" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
$50 off upgrade from 1GB (2 Dimm) to 2GB (2 Dimm)!
319MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
HP Imprint (Radiance) + Fingerprint Reader +Webcam
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support
HP Expresscard TV Tuner for Windows Vista Notebook
12-Cell Lithium Ion Battery

Build and Design
The Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv2500t is by far, the slickest piece of technology that I have seen in awhile. The glossy black finish matches the lacquer of even the finest grand pianos. The new Radiance imprint keeps in tone with the chic ness of the notebook. This is truly luxury on a budget. Aside from the fabulous design, the build isn't so great, but that's expected from a consumer notebook. The casing is made out of plastic which feels quite sturdy. There is a slight flex in the screen when being twisted, but it doesn't feel like it's any weaker then a magnesium-alloy notebook. The most annoying thing about the notebook is that it does collect fingerprints on the lid, but they can only be seen in the right lighting so it's not that much of a big deal. It's also very easy to clean up, so unless you're meticulously clean this shouldn't be a problem for you.

The Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv2500t monitor is capped at 1280 x 800 which is a drag if you prefer higher resolutions, but I feel that anything bigger on a 14.1 inch would strain the eyes too much. I love the glossy Bright view Screen though. Even with the lighting turned to the lowest setting, it still is a pleasure to view. From watching DVDs, to gaming, or even browsing the internet, the Bright view really does make everything more enjoyable due to its easiness on the eyes

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Dell XPS M1330

Dell XPS M1330 designed for those that want power on the go. If you're also fashion conscious and like to standout in a crowd, the looks of the Dell XPS M1330 will help you in that area too. Sleek design coupled with a portable form factor and powerful components come together to make for a compelling notebook.

Dell XPS M1330 specs:

13.3-inch WXGA screen with LED backlight
"Crimson" red paint (also available in "Tuxedo" black or "Pearl" white)
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor, Santa Rosa chipset (up to 2.4GHz available)
2GB DDR2-667 SDRAM (up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM available)
160GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD (32GB SSD drive available)
Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive
128MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS
WWAN option for Verizon
Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n (Intel 4965), Bluetooth option
Integrated VGA web cam
HDMI, VGA, 1394, two USB 2.0 ports, integrated media reader (MS, SD, xD), fingerprint reader
Media Center remote located in Express Card slot
Windows Vista Home Premium
Dimensions 12.5" x 9.4" x 0.87" - 1.33"
Weight starts at 4 pounds with 6-cell battery

Dell XPS M1330 Notebook Computer

Dell XPS M1330 Notebook Computer

Dell XPS M1330 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5250 (2MB cache/1.5GHz/667Mhz FSB) 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz Tuxedo Black Standard Display with 2.0 Megapixel Webcam Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW Drive) Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 High Definition Audio 2.0 Integrated 10/100 Network Card

The design of the Dell XPS M1330 really sets it apart. The design is, in a word, striking. The sloping look and stunning lid, available in three different colors, are immediately attention grabbing. The slope is akin to a fast car tear drop look. And while the Dell XPS M1330 isn't designed to go fast in the physical sense, it looks like it could if you just put wheels on it.
Once opened the Dell XPS M1330 provides more eye candy in terms of design. The buttons along the top edge are touch sensitive and light up with a soft glow when pressed. They look very stylish. The LED buttons are a bright blue and also eye-catching in their appearance. The silver colored keyboard and brushed aluminum casing on the inside give a slightly industrial look that would tell you there's some muscle to this machine.

The hinge on the Dell XPS M1330 is quite unique, it's very rounded in its look and rotates to bring the screen about even with the keyboard for a slightly lower overall profile. The LED backlit screen is super thin, which keeps weight down and again contributes to the looks. An integrated web camera sits at the top of the screen, it's well hidden but noticeable.
Overall we have to say that the Dell XPS M1330 is one of the best looking notebooks on the market today.

The Dell XPS M133 is a remarkably capable performer in its price range thanks to the Intel Santa Rosa processor platform and the Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS video card with 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. While there are better performing gaming systems on the market in the $1,500 to $2,000 price range with 256MB of dedicated memory, the Dell XPS M133 provides more than enough power for casual gaming ... even with some of the newest games.

Dell XPS M1330 Notebook Computer

Dell XPS M1330 Notebook Computer

Dell XPS M1330 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5250 (2MB cache/1.5GHz/667Mhz FSB) 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz Tuxedo Black Standard Display with 2.0 Megapixel Webcam Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW Drive) Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 High Definition Audio 2.0 Integrated 10/100 Network Card

The port selection of the Dell XPS M1330 is remarkably good for a notebook of this size. Here's a quick rundown of what you get:
Two USB 2.0 ports (one on the left and one on the right)
IEEE 1394 / FireWire port
VGA monitor out port
HDMI port
Dual headphone / line-out ports
Microphone in port
ExpressCard slot
Ethernet LAN port
SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD card slot reader
Biometric security/finger print reader

As previously mentioned, the Dell XPS M1330 comes with either a VGA web camera (with the LED backlight display) or a two-megapixel web camera with the standard display. Even with the lower resolution VGA camera in our test unit we can safely say the Dell XPS M1330 is a capable performer for teleconference or online gaming. Brightness, color and contrast are all near perfect, and the face tracking feature lets you keep your face front and center during video conferences. If you can manage to keep your face "somewhere" near the front of the computer the camera's face tracking feature will frame your mug nicely.

The 9-cell battery is the way to go if you're doing any traveling, which you likely will be if you decide to purchase this notebook. With the screen set to 3/8 brightness, wireless on, and idling without doing any work the Dell XPS M1330 squeezed out 4 hours and 45 minutes of battery life. If you're watching a DVD on this notebook you'll get somewhere just over 3 hours of battery life with the 9-cell. If you go for the smaller 4-cell battery the run life will be more than cut in half, but you'll have a lighter overall notebook. It's always a tough decision when deciding between a lighter weight battery that costs less and gives you less life or a larger battery that weighs more and costs more. You'll just have to decide which battery better fits your needs. If money is no object, get both batteries and use whichever one suits you best for the occasion!

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Accessories : Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi

Creative introduction of their Audigy 2 ZS series sound card for PCMCIA allowed mainstream notebook users to tack on a 5.1/7.1 surround sound system to their portable : SoundBlaster X-Fi. The much anticipated follow up for the new Express card port takes their higher end, SoundBlaster X-Fi name, while preserving the same features.

In the Box
X-Fi Express card/54 Soundcard
White Earbuds with In-Line Microphone
Travel Case (Faux Leather)
Driver CD & Manual


The SoundBlaster X-Fi for notebooks is small and silver. When inserted into the Express card/54 slot, a small portion protrudes out. The ports are located here for audio in/out connections as well as for a proprietary speaker dock. The SoundBlaster X-Fi silver color will clash with all dark colored notebooks.

Many new notebooks have audio out ports on the front. This is inconvenient for a home theater/jukebox setup. This alone may be a reason to get a sound card – this one, for example - as it places the audio port on the side, making the cord situation less obtrusive.

Creative includes a sturdy, black false-leather travel case for the sound card. The usefulness of this item is however questionable. Users of the SoundBlaster X-Fi sound card will probably never remove it from the port. More confusing is Creative's inclusion of “iPod” white ear-buds, which is not aesthetically paired with anything included at all. Case, card and headphones are all color mismatched.

System Requirements

Windows Vista or XP SP2, x64, or MCE
512MB of RAM for Vista, 256MB RAM for XP
600MB of free space
Expresscard/54 Slot

Note that Vista is given a cold shoulder from the start – you need more RAM, not to mention that it would anyway be appallingly slow to have less than a gig of RAM in Vista. Another nuisance is that the 'driver' is massive – at six-hundred megabytes. Most of this space is taken up by bloat ware software that Creative provides. Keep in mind that all Express card slots will not work with this unit – you must have the larger, Expresscard/54 port that is sometimes not present on smaller notebooks.
Creative has stated on their support pages that there are compatibility issues with the Fujitsu Lifebook E8210 and Fujitsu Siemens Amilo A1667G notebooks for various unknown reasons.

For those wondering, the 5.1/7.1 cable dock that came with the Audigy 2ZS is not compatible with the X-Fi's docking port.

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Acer TravelMate 2480

Acer TravelMate 2480
The Acer TravelMate 2480 has super-low $539 price. And luckily, said bargain hunters won't be disappointed. You don't get many bells and whistles, but this portable 14.1-inch system delivers a good mix of features and performance for the money.

the TravelMate 2480 silver-and-black case compact and aesthetically pleasing. Flipping open the lid reveals a 14.1-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel widescreen display. As with the TravelMate 2480 the TravelMate 2480 's screen looked a bit washed out and dull, even with the brightness settings cranked. Watching DVDs was less than thrilling, but the matte-finish screen is fine for Word processing and surfing the Web.

Acer TravelMate 2480-2196 Notebook - Intel Celeron M 440 1.86GHz - 14.1 WXGA - 1GB DDR2 SDRAM - 80GB - Combo Drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) - Wi-Fi, Fast Ethernet - Win

Acer TravelMate 2480-2196 Notebook - Intel Celeron M 440 1.86GHz - 14.1 WXGA - 1GB DDR2 SDRAM - 80GB - Combo Drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) - Wi-Fi, Fast Ethernet - Win

Experience the new standard in affordable mobile technology for self-employed professionals as well as small- and medium-sized companies. The TravelMate 2480-2196 notebook is powered by an Intel Celeron M Processor and provides dependable functionality and efficiency to enhance your business potential.

Looking further down you'll notice a built-in microphone, ostensibly for voice calling via VoIP, as well as a keyboard and touchpad. The smile-shaped keyboard involves a very small alternative curve for touch typists and delivered good tactile feedback. The TravelMate 2480 touchpad was smooth and accurate, and we found the directional rocker control a welcome addition, especially for Web surfing.

Around the edges, the TravelMate 2480 sports a nice mix of inputs and outputs. On the front, the TravelMate 2480 features three inline audio jacks (mic, headphone, and analog input), plus a Wi-Fi switch. A slot for flash media cards resides on the left edge, standard on all TravelMates, and reads MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and xD-Picture cards. Below that is an ExpressCard slot.

Further along the edge you'll notice one USB port and an S-Video output. Around back you'll find an Ethernet jack and two more USB ports. The modem jack and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive are on the right. We found the lack of a DVD writer disappointing but completely understandable for the price.

As far as performance goes, the TravelMate 2480 runs on a 1.6-MHz Celeron M processor, which sputtered a bit when loading up Internet Explorer, PowerDVD, and Windows Media Player. Similarly, the TravelMate 2480 turned in a below-average 1,240 on PCMark05. We filed this away as a reasonable sacrifice to the bargain gods; nonetheless, you won't be soaring through any applications with this budget notebook.

Acer TravelMate 2480-2196 Notebook - Intel Celeron M 440 1.86GHz - 14.1 WXGA - 1GB DDR2 SDRAM - 80GB - Combo Drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) - Wi-Fi, Fast Ethernet - Win

Acer TravelMate 2480-2196 Notebook - Intel Celeron M 440 1.86GHz - 14.1 WXGA - 1GB DDR2 SDRAM - 80GB - Combo Drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) - Wi-Fi, Fast Ethernet - Win

Experience the new standard in affordable mobile technology for self-employed professionals as well as small- and medium-sized companies. The TravelMate 2480-2196 notebook is powered by an Intel Celeron M Processor and provides dependable functionality and efficiency to enhance your business potential.

For simple tasks, the TravelMate 2480 's 512MB of DDR II SDRAM (expandable to 2GB) performed fine, even with multiple Explorer windows and Web-browsing tabs open and music playing, with little to no slowdown. Add a virus scan in the background, though, and you might as well take your lunch break. The 5,400-rpm hard drive barely made a peep, and we appreciate the 80GB of storage space. The hard drive is protected with Disk Anti-Shock Protection but doesn't include an accelerometer to protect it and your data from falls.

The base model comes bundled with Vista Basic but tepid buyers can opt for the XP Professional-powered TravelMate 2480, which sports the same specs, for $80 more.

While ePower Management does help with squeezing every bit of juice from the TravelMate 2480 's lithium-ion battery, we got only about 1 hour and 44 minutes on a DVD rundown test--below average for a thin-and-light notebook. Even so, you should be able to get about 2.5 hours of life when performing regular productivity tasks.

Better news for students in cramped dorms or businesspeople exiled to coffee shops is that the TravelMate 2480 performed admirably on our wireless strength tests, especially for a non-draft N system: The TravelMate 2480 managed about 15.6 Mbps at 15 feet and 13.2 Mbps at 50 feet, which is right on target for a system of this class.

The TravelMate 2480's bottom line will certainly satisfy cash-strapped students or home users on very tight budgets, as the price is among the lowest you'll find. If you don't mind having a slightly smaller 14-inch display, which offers a balance between mobility and screen real estate compared with 15.4-inch models, the Acer TravelMate 2480 is a very good deal.

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Dell Inspiron 1420

The Dell Inspiron 1420 is a new-to-market 14” Intel Santa Rosa platform-based laptop. It is the successor to the previous Dell Inspiron e1405 laptop, and is the smallest in a new line-up of laptops from Dell. It is available with a wide array of processor options, from the Core 2 Duo T5350 to the Core 2 Duo T7500, removable drive options up to and including a Blu-Ray drive, wireless-N internet, integrated or discrete graphics chipsets, and more.

* Lid Color: Jet Black
* Processor: Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz, 4MB Cache)
* RAM: 2 GB DDR2-667
* Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 8400M GS, 128 MB GDDR3
* Hard Disk Drive: 160 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB Cache (Western Digital Corp.)
* Removable Drive: DVD+-RW/DL (Optiarc, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and NEC Inc.)
* Screen:14.1” Antiglare LCD with 1280x800 pixel resolution (Chi Mei Optronics)
* Wireless Interface: Intel Next Generation Wireless-N 4965 802.11A/B/G, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR adapter by Dell
* Battery: 9-cell 85 WHr battery
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
* Additional Software: None

Dell Inspiron 1420 Notebook Computer

Dell Inspiron 1420 Notebook Computer

Dell Inspiron 1420 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5450 (1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache) 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz Midnight Blue Anti-glare, widescreen 14.1 inch display (1280x800) Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive) 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS High Definition Audio 2.0 Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem

In addition to the above options, I also selected an additional 90W Dell power supply as a spare, a 1-year Accidental Damage / Theft protection plan, and a Belkin 14” notebook sleeve in jet black and cabernet (red). Through the use of a promotion granting free 3-5 day shipping, another granting 2 GB of DDR2-667 RAM and a 160 GB 5400 RPM hard disk drive for free, and a coupon granting $350 off the purchase of select Inspiron systems $1399 and up (before tax and shipping), I was able to purchase all the above for $1170 including tax.

I ordered my system at 4pm on Friday, July 6th 2007. I received my system at 11:33am on Thursday, July 12th 2007. The Belkin sleeve case and LoJack theft protection software shipped separately but they arrived on the same DHL truck with the laptop itself.

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Alienware Area-51 M9750

Over view :
Alienware was launch a new gamming laptop :Alienware Area-51 M9750 . this 17" laptop use Intel Core 2 Duo, and Nvidia high peformance as video card.

Specs :

Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz/ 667MHz FSB/ 4MB L2 cache)

DUAL Nvidia GeForce Go 7950GTX video cards with 512MB DDR3 each (1024MB total) – SLI enabled

2GB DDR2-667 RAM (4GB available)

Two 160GB 7200RPM Hitachi TravelStar SATA hard drives in RAID 0 (RAID 1 available)

17” WUXGA (1920x1200) glossy display

Windows XP Media Center 2005 with TV tuner

8X DVD dual layer burner

Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN WLAN

Internal Bluetooth

The Alienware M 9750 has a select user base. With the kind of components this notebook has, it is tough to beat. For gamers who want the ultimate power in a reasonably portable package, the Alienware M9750 is the machine to beat.

Build & Design

An Alienware M 9750 is like a high-end sports car; pictures do not do either of them justice. The Alienware M 9750 has Alienware’s famous out-of-this–world case design which instantly sets it apart from every other notebook in its class.

The Alienware M 9750 is entirely of one color - black. The machine looks extremely sleek, like a stealth aircraft. Personally, I find the look to be visually stimulating and attractive. No matter where this machine is taken, it will turn heads. I took the Alienware M 9750 to a local coffee shop and everyone there took a long, hard look at it.

Alienware nailed build quality on the head with the Alienware M 9750. The machine is constructed from high strength plastic. I was not able to detect any flex in the chassis. Even though the palm rests are quite expansive, I could not get them to budge applying any amount of pressure. There might as well be two-by-fours lining the inside of the chassis.

Usually, notebooks with 17” displays flex quite a bit when twisted from side to side, which is understandable given they are so large. However, the Alienware M 9750’s 17” display hardly moves when twisted. The strength of the display is commendable; I believe Alienware M 9750 unique lid design has something to do with this.

The surfaces of the Alienware M 9750 with the exception of the area surrounding the screen and just below it are pleasing to touch as they are soft and rubberized. Fingerprints do not show easily. I did not get the usual “sweaty palm feeling” like I do with glossy-surfaced machines. The area around the display and just below it are glossy black plastic which does show fingerprints; however, this area is unlikely to be touched often.

The Alienware M 9750 is one of the lighter 17” notebooks, weighing in at the rather low weight of 8.5 pounds. It is only 1.5” thick. Here is a shot of Alienware M 9750 next to some "real world" objects so you can get an idea of the size

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