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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