Alienware update their gamming notebook

Alienware has recently updated its high-end 15.4-inch gaming notebook range by offering Area-51 m15x along with its new Intel’s 45nm Core 2 Extreme X9000 Mobile CPU. Gaming fans are really impressed with these features as it is now the first company to offer such unique and powerful processor. Intel comes with the 45nm is integrated with Hafnium technology, advanced thermal working, higher transistor, and Intel HD Boost would let the Core 2 Extreme X9000 to establish an improvement in executable instructions with less strain on your CPU. In addition, you will also find NVIDIA’s flagship discrete GeForce GPU 8800M GTX to support great graphics. This amazing and well-featured laptop is available with the price of $2,149.

Continue Read Alienware update their gamming notebook

Panasonic CF-W7

Notebooks are famous throughout the globe, whereas toughbooks are gaining more and more appreciation from many sides. It is the sleek and compact look that gives the toughbooks a higher degree of attention. Panasonic laptops generally targets constructions workers, but are soon becoming popular among young chaps. The latest Panasonic Toughbook CF-W7 will be available in the market by end of February at around £1,500, which is highly intended on business people


The case itself speaks for the design and the quality. The big display hinge along with the battery is the dominant feature in the design. The look is very decent and the speakers that are present on the either side below the screen are indeed different and they look decent. The Toughbook CF-W7 tips the scales at a Kylie-esque 1.2Kg. After you open a lid you'll find a comfortable Qwerty keyboard that is spill resistant. The mouse is far smaller than one you'd get on any ordinarly laptops, so you need to use more finger strokes than you may actually use on laptops with larger trackpad surfaces. The DVD rewriter drive is accessible to the right side of the mouse, and is a rather bizarre flip-up model, which is reminiscent of a car bonnet.


The Panasonic CF-W7 is as sluggish as weekday morning full rush hour traffic. Its low-end CPU and the questionable RAM space may hep it stutter to an underwhelming PCMark05 of 908 in total. 3DMark06 returned a score of 112 that is more analytic of an asthmatic than any usual laptop. The outcome of such slow processing power is long battery life. The CF-W7 kept gulping away for about 308 minutes in our BatteryEater test that is actually over five hours. With extremely restrained usage and least screen brightness, we would estimate this laptop could last for couple of hours more.


Panasonic Toughbook CF-W7 is a great and packed in device for household, family and small office purposes.


+ Attractive Design
+ Sturdy

Continue Read Panasonic CF-W7

MSI PR200 Beloved Edition Notebook

MSI has just released the limited edition of its MSI PR200 notebook in a new look called Beloved that comes with two protective and durable scratch-resistant and anti-dust stickers covering its lid and a 2GB Lover USB drive, the One-of-a-kind Pearl Mouse and a lover’s card.

PR200 Beloved Edition Notebook Computer inspires romantics also with its aerodynamic construction and pearl white color, in a slim and lightweight design, more exactly a 12.1-inch Amazing Crystal Vision display, 30 cm total length and just 1.8 Kg weight.

It is made of magnesium alloy light material and the total weight is including the battery, so the PR200 is one of the best portable notebook solutions.

It doesn’t matter if you choose The Dance of Spring or The Pink Sweetheart stickers, because it will still remain a powerful notebook with HDMI capability, fingerprint reader protection layer, AI Array MIC with noise cancellation, a built-in 1.3MP web camera, and the following key elements: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, Intel GM965 Express chipset, Intel GMA X3100 graphics chipset, 1GB DDR 2 SO-DIMM memory, up to 250GB S-ATA HDD storage, an DVD Super Multi optical drive, modem, Gigabit LAN, optional Bluetooth, the 802.11 N wireless module, two built-in speakers, a 4-in-1 card reader, three USB slots, and the option to choose from a 4-cell or an 8-cell battery.

Continue Read MSI PR200 Beloved Edition Notebook

How to choose a notebook with the best resolution

When looking to buy a new laptop computer, there will be many options to choose from. The choices are endless, so it is important to know what you want when you are shopping around. Most people are concerned with the size of the hard drive, processor speed, included applications and screen resolution. All of these are an important part of the decision, though some options may be easier to decide on than others. Most laptops have processor speeds of 512 MB or 1024 MB. Seeing that these are the two that are most common, this decision is fairly simple. You obviously want the fastest processor available, so most people will opt for the 1024 MB. Hard drive space will depend on what you are using the computer for. If it is for recreation, then you won't need a drive as large as if it were supporting a home business.

Many recreation users will buy a laptop for gaming purposes. Some games on the market require a lot of space on the hard drive. Regardless of what the use will be, try to get a laptop with the most amount of available memory. Many of them can be expanded, so if you find that you do not have enough memory, you will be able to add some to meet your computing needs. Most laptops operate using a Windows system with all of the latest software included. Generally, all computers will come with standard programs and applications. Some may have added photo or music software, but the base applications will be the same. They will all have a version of Windows that will allow users to access word processing, databases and spreadsheets. Of course, additional software may be purchased, but if you can find a laptop that is already loaded with the software you will need, it will be best to choose that particular computer or another model made by the same company.

Screen resolution is something that not many people are overly familiar with. Because the majority of laptops on the market have an LCD screen, the resolution is a very important part of your buying decision. The most common resolutions available on a laptop are WXGA, WSXGA and WUXGA. It is important to know what each of these mean and how they will relate to your computing experience. To begin with, the W signifies that it is a widescreen, so you need only be concerned with the characters that follow.

The screen resolution actually refers to the amount of pixels that are displayed. If the screen is bigger, there are usually more pixels. Most laptop screens are around fifteen inches. This is a good size because you have a choice of resolutions. Many people believe that high resolutions mean better viewing quality. This is not always the case. If your computer supports high resolutions, and you change the settings, you will notice that the item being displayed on the screen at the higher resolution is actually smaller. It may be a little more defined and have better quality, but the size will be significantly smaller. WXGA resolution supports a resolution of 1366x768.

This is the most common LCD screen resolution on laptops. It is possible to buy one with WSXGA or WUXGA. SXGA resolution is 1440x900 and UXGA is 1920x1200. The higher the resolution, the smaller the text size will be on the screen. It is best to buy a laptop that supports the highest resolution. Then you can change the settings as you need to, but can always set it lower so the screen display will be large and readable. High-resolution settings are great for viewing pictures and gaming. For everyday use, it is better to configure settings to a lower resolution to avoid strain on the eyes.

Continue Read How to choose a notebook with the best resolution

Toshiba Satellite Pro A200-EZ2204X

Toshiba’s Satellite Pro A200-EZ2204X is a basic business notebook that offers a decent amount of horsepower at an affordable price ($999). Users will appreciate the fact that Toshiba stripped out much (but not all) of the typical bloatware installed on many of today’s systems, but we were disappointed by the lack of security features and would have liked more battery life.

With its black base and dark, Onyx Blue lid, the Satellite Pro may not be the most glamorous notebook around, but because it has a matte finish you won’t spend an inordinate amount of time wiping away those pesky fingerprint smudges. The beveled front edge holds five LED status indicators, as well as a 5-in-1 media card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, and a volume dial.

If you’ll be using the A200 as your primary system, you’ll appreciate that all ports and jacks are conveniently placed on the sides for easy access, rather than around back. Connectivity options include four USB ports, a FireWire port, Ethernet and modem jacks, and S-Video and RGB connections. An ExpressCard slot is embedded on the left side of the system and a dual-layer DVD burner drive is on the right.

Under the lid you’ll find a 15.4-inch widescreen display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. The screen uses Toshiba’s TruBrite anti-reflective technology, which is supposed to provide wide viewing angles and sharp colors. As it turns out, the viewing angle was surprisingly narrow, resulting in color shifting and fading at around 140 degrees from either side. On the plus side, colors were bold and well defined, and movies looked great on the widescreen, as long as you can watch them head on.

Because the A200 is a business notebook, the metallic silver keyboard deck is devoid of the typical multimedia keys you’d expect to find on a consumer model. That said, a quick-launch button or two would be a welcome addition here. Still, there’s plenty of wrist room, and the full-sized keyboard is comfortable and responsive, as is the two-button wide aspect touchpad controller. Missing is a fingerprint reader, a security feature that is becoming standard issue on most business notebooks. A 30-day trial version of McAfee’s Internet Security Suite is pretty much it.

Powered by a 2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 processor and 1GB of RAM, the A200 managed scores of 3,494 on our PCMark05 test and 151 on MobileMark 2007, both of which are average for this class of notebook. Although not a stellar performer, it had no problem multitasking; while McAfee performed a virus scan, we simultaneously surfed the net and played a DVD movie without a hiccup.

Of course, it helps that this notebook runs Windows XP as opposed to the more resource-hungry Vista. If you’re looking to run graphics-intensive applications or 3D games, this system will disappoint, as evidenced by its score of 1,179 on our 3DMark03 tests.

Continue Read Toshiba Satellite Pro A200-EZ2204X

Dell Inspiron 1420, 1520, 1720 Now with Penryn CPU

Dell U.S. has added the Intel Core 2 Duo “Penryn” processor options to its Inspiron consumer notebook line.

The 45-nanometer “Penryn” CPUs are available in the 14.1-inch Inspiron 1420, 15.4-inch 1520, and 17-inch 1720 laptops. The 1420 and 1520 are now configurable with the T8300 at 2.4GHz, while the 1720 optionally comes with the T8300 and the 2.5GHz T9300.

The new CPUs provide cooler operation, lower power consumption, and better performance than the previous generation of 65nm Core 2 Duo chips.

Continue Read Dell Inspiron 1420, 1520, 1720 Now with Penryn CPU

Alienware Area-51 m15x Now with Penryn CPUs

Alienware has updated its Alienware Area-51 m15x 15.4-inch gaming notebook with the new Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, based on the latest 45-nanometer “Penryn” chip.

The Alienware Area-51 m15x is now available with the 45nm Core 2 Duo T9300 CPU 2.5GHz, T9500 at 2.6GHz, and the Core 2 Extreme X9000 at 2.8GHz, which is advertised as “the world’s highest performing mobile processor”.

The T9300 is included in the basic m15x configuration, priced at $2,149. Choosing the T9500 or X9000 will add $275 and $650 to the notebook’s price respectively.

Continue Read Alienware Area-51 m15x Now with Penryn CPUs

MacBook Black

MacBook Black is one of my favorite notebook, becouse It features smooth performance, a stellar software package that includes the new Leopard OS, and Apple’s trademark minimalist design. With the adoption of Intel’s Santa Rosa platform, the MacBook Black now sports a faster processor and a somewhat more potent graphics processing unit. But the MacBook Black’s changes aren’t just beneath the hood; Apple has made subtle tweaks to the external hardware that make the experience that much sweeter; just don’t expect anything revolutionary.

Still just one inch thick and weighing just 4.8 pounds, the eye-catching MacBook Black is as sleek and easy to carry as ever. Popping the lid reveals a 13.3-inch (1280 x 800-pixel resolution) display that offered a smooth blend of colors and wide viewing angles when we watched our Superbad DVD. The Function keys have been retooled to include new dedicated multimedia keys (which we used to navigate chapters), and clearly labeled Dashboard and Expose keys make identifying button functions at a glance simple. The low-profile keyboard remains one of our favorites, as it’s quite conducive to swift touch typing.

The updated MacBook Black sports a 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 1GB of RAM, which combined to produce a PCMark05 score of 3527—right on target for a thin-and-light notebook. We had no problems multitasking among an iChat session, e-mail, Web surfing, and listening to The Roots’ Illadelph Halflife Vol.2 album. The new integrated Intel GMA X3100 processor churned out a predictably pedestrian 3DMark03 score of 1752 (more than 300 points below average for a machine in this class), so playing the latest 3D titles is out of the question.

As with all Apple notebooks, the MacBook Black comes preloaded with the excellent iLife ’08 suite, which contains the highly entertaining and productive iDVD, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, and GarageBand. The built-in 1.3-megapixel iSight webcam makes easy work of setting up videoconferencing sessions in iChat (where video only stuttered occasionally), and hamming it up in Photo Booth, where we took snaps and video of ourselves and overlaid them with myriad visual effects.

We also enjoyed Front Row, Apple’s equivalent to Windows Media Center, which let us swiftly access photos, music, and video with the bundled Apple Remote. The system comes a one-year warranty and 90 days of toll-free phone support, both of which can be extended to three years with the optional $249 AppleCare Protection Plan.

Continue Read MacBook Black

HP Compaq 2133

Hewlett-Packard is going to release the HP Compaq 2133, the company’s first ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), Engadget reports.

“The HP Compaq 2133 “lifestyle accessory” features a big, scratch resistant 8.9-inch 1366 x 766 (WXGA) display, ExpressCard/54 slot, Wireless LAN, nearly full-sized QWERTY (95% of full), integrated webcam, and optional SSD in a 2.5-pound anodized aluminum sex pot running Vista or Linux,” the report says.

Currently there is no information on the 2133’s availability and price.

Continue Read HP Compaq 2133

Dell Inspiron 1526

Dell Inspiron 1526, the PC maker’s new AMD-powered 15.4-inch notebook, is now available.

The Inspiron 1526 is priced at $749 after instant savings and can be purchased through Best Buy. It comes with the AMD Turion 64 X2 processor at 2GHz, 2GB of system memory expandable to 4GB, a 250GB hard drive, DVD burner, and the ATI Radeon Xpress 1270 integrated graphics, which manages the notebook’s 15.4″ 1280-by-800 glossy display.

According to the product specifications, the 1526 has a built-in 2-megapixel web camera, an 802.11b/g wireless module, and Eternet LAN and 56k modem connections. There are also four USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, 8-in-1 media card reader, Firewire port, and VGA and S-Video outputs.

The Inspiron 1526 has the same chassis design as the Intel-based 1525. It weighs 6.2 pounds and is 1″–1.5″ thin, which is lower than 1.47″-1.65″ in previous Inspiron 1521 series. The laptop comes in seven different colors and runs Windows Vista Home Premium operating system.

The new notebook is not available through the Dell’s official online store.

Continue Read Dell Inspiron 1526

Penryn CPU on XPS M1730 Gaming Laptop

Dell Inc. now offers Intel Core 2 Duo “Penryn” 45-nanometer processors as options in its select XPS M1730 gaming laptop configurations for the U.S. market.

The 17-inch M1730 is now available with the Core 2 Duo T8300 and T9300 45nm CPUs, clocked at 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz respectively. The basic configuration, priced at $2,399, includes the T8300 chip. Selection of the T9300 adds $125 to the base price, but it is still cheaper than older 65nm Core 2 Duo T7800 and Core 2 Extreme X7900 options with + $400 and + $750 price tags.

In addition, the Dell XPS M1730 is expected to be available soon with the 45nm Core 2 Extreme X9000 CPU, which is overclockable as same as its X7900 precursor.

Continue Read Penryn CPU on XPS M1730 Gaming Laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X300

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 ultraportable notebook with a 13.3-inch LED backlight display and Intel’s Centrino “Santa Rosa” mobile platform is now available for preorder at select retailers.

According to earlier Gizmodo’s report, the 2.5-pound Lenovo ThinkPad X300 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo Low Voltage processor at 2GHz, the GMA X3100 integrated graphics, a 64GB solid state drive, and an ultra-thin DVD burner. The ultraportable’s display provides a resolution of 1440×900 pixels.

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 has a built-in 802.11n wireless module, a Gigabit Ethernet connection, broadband wireless and WiMax support, as well as Ultra-WideBand (UWB) technology. For video conferencing there is an integrated web camera.

Regarding security, there are a fingerprint reader, the Trusted Platform Module 1.2, and an option to disable ports.

Ports and slots in this notebook include three USBs, an ExpressCard slot, and a VGA adapter. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 features a new keyboard with a wide touchpad and TrackPoint.

Leaked specifications say the laptop provides a battery life of four hours and runs Windows Vista or Windows XP Professional operating system.


Continue Read Lenovo ThinkPad X300

HP launch Pavilion tx2000 tablet

HP launch Pavilion tx2000 tablet, HP Pavilion tx2000 tabletFinally, HP launch HP Pavillion tx2000. the specs is nothing new, price-wise : $1.299. the specification is : 2.12Ghz AMD Turion, 2GB RAM, GeForce Go 6150, 160GB disk, LightScribe dual-layer burner and a fingerprint reader, while $2,311 bumps you up to a 2.2GHz Turion, 250GB disk, Verizon 3G ExpressCard, and Vista Ultimate, and the best is this notebook has 12.1-inch touchscreen.


Continue Read HP launch Pavilion tx2000 tablet

Most Popular Laptops for January 2008

1. Dell XPS M1530 - The Dell XPS M1530 is the larger brother to the XPS M1330. It's a 15.4-inch screen sleek looking performance notebook that offers the powerful nVidia 8600m graphics card. The XPS M1530 is available in black, red, midnight blue and white colors.

2. Apple MacBook Air - The Apple MacBook Air burst onto the scene this month at MacWorld 2008. It's the thinnest notebook ever. It has a 13.3-inch wide screen display and weighs only 3lbs. It comes equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo low voltage processor and your choice of a speedy 64GB SSD drive or slow 4200RPM 80GB 1.8" hard drive.

3. Lenovo ThinkPad T61 - The ThinkPad T61 was released in May of 2007 and is still holding strong on the most popular charts. The T61 sports the Intel Santa Rosa (Centrino Duo) platform and improves upon the popular T60 by offering an even sturdier build and extra port options.

4. Dell XPS M1330 - The XPS M1330 stays solid on the charts at #5 for the month. The M1330 is a 13.3" portable notebook with the Intel Santa Rosa processor, Nvidia 8400M graphics and slick looks. The M1330 is available in red, black and white color lid options.

5. Toshiba Satellite A200 - The Satellite A200 / A205 series is a 15.4" screen mainstream offering from Toshiba. It has Core 2 Duo inside and ATI dedicated graphics is configurable with this notebook.

6. Sony VAIO SZ - Performance in a small package, that sums up the Sony VAIO SZ. The bright glossy 13.3" display is powered by dedicated graphics and the Intel Santa Rosa platform for an extra performance boost. Sony recently released the VAIO SZ6 series.

7. Dell Inspiron 1525 - The Inspiron 1525 was released in early January. It has a 15.4-inch screen display and is thinner and lighter than the previous Inspiron 1520. There are no dedicated graphics options for the 1525, but it does offer a range of processor configurations from the budget minded Celeron to the powerful Core 2 Duo.

8. Dell Vostro 1500 - The Dell Vostro 1500 is much like the Inspiron 1520 -- it has a 15.4" display, the same build and for the most part the same port configuration. However, it is aimed at business users and is therefore all black in its looks. You can also configure it with Windows XP. The Vostro 1500 comes with the latest Intel Santa Rosa platform.

9. Dell Inspiron 1520 - Dell announced the Inspiron 1520 at the end of June and since then the Inspiron 1520 has been tearing up the charts. This Dell mainstream 15.4" has the Intel Santa Rosa platform on board and comes in 8-different color selections. As usual, it can be configured to your heart's delight.

10. Apple MacBook - The MacBook is a 13.3-inch notebook from Apple that's been popular for some time now. The MacBook comes with the Leopard OS, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Intel X3100 graphics and of course the sleek Apple design you would expect.


Continue Read Most Popular Laptops for January 2008

Fujitsu LifeBook N6470

Fujitsu’s LifeBook N6470 17-inch entertainment laptop, featuring the new Intel Core 2 Duo “Penryn” 45nm processor, is now available.

The LifeBook N6470 comes with the Core 2 Duo “Penryn” T8100 at 2.1GHz or T8300 2.4GHz CPU, depending on customer’s choice. The notebook has the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 dedicated video card, which manages a 1440-by-900 pixel display. This system provides up to 600GB of hard drive storage using two HDDs and supports up to 4GB of system memory. Optionally, purchasers can choose the 1GB Intel Turbo Memory for better system responsiveness. Regarding optical drive, there are Blu-Ray or DVD burner options.

The N6470 includes the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11 a/b/g/draft n) module, a Gigabit Ethernet connection, and a 56k modem.

Along with two stereo speakers and a subwoofer, the laptop has HDMI, VGA and S-Video outputs, both PCMCIA and ExpressCard slots, five USB ports, a 4-in-1 media card reader, Firewire port and a fingerprint reader.

The Fujitsu LifeBook N6470, which has a keyboard with a numeric pad, weighs approximately 10.58 pounds with a six-cell battery. According to the notebook’s specifications, it provides up to one hour of battery life.

Continue Read Fujitsu LifeBook N6470

Toshiba Qosmio G45

Toshiba Qosmio G45 is a full entertainment system packed into one slightly over-sized 17” widescreen notebook. It combines a 1080P high-resolution display, HD-DVD Player, surround sound system, ATI Cable-Card HDTV Tuner, and gaming machine into one device that can be carried to different locations inside your backpack.

The Penryn version of Toshiba Qosmio G45 under review is only offered in one configuration, with the part number of G45-AV690. It has the following specifications:

* OS: Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 (2.50GHz, 6MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
* Chipset: Mobile Intel P965 Express Chipset
* Wireless: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n), Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
* Memory: 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
* Hard Drive: 320GB Total Space (160GB x 2)
* Optical Drive: HD DVD-R/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive), supporting 13 formats
* Screen: 17.0" diagonal widescreen TrueLife TFT LCD display at 1920x1200 (WUXGA, Glossy)
* Graphics: 512MB nVidia GeForce Go 8600m GT
* Webcam: 2.0 megapixel webcam
* Slots: ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and Express Card/54) and PC-Card Slot, 5-in-1 media card reader
* Ports: VGA, HDMI, and S-Video out, Mic, 2 Headphone, line out, 2 IR out, IEEE-1394 (FireWire), Five USB 2.0 ports
* Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 17.25" x 11.75" x 1.759"
* Weight: 10.6 Advertised, 9lbs 15oz actual w/ battery
* 120W (15V x 8A) 100-240V AC adapter
* 9-cell (70.5Ah) Lithium Ion battery
* 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

Compared to other high-end notebooks Toshiba Qosmio G45 is an extremely flashy computer. The display cover is glossy black with the Qosmio brand name embossed over it; proudly announcing its name to those around you. Opening the laptop reveals its glossy white palm rest and keyboard surround, nicely contrasting the top cover, with chrome dials and touch-sensitive selection buttons to control various functions. Bright blue LEDs illuminate all soft media buttons, as well as the volume dial and power switch when the unit is powered up. The LED’s can be disabled if the user so wishes, by pressing a soft-key above the keyboard.

Underneath the glossy plastic shell, bright blue LEDs, and chrome knobs is an alloy frame that supports the entire laptop. Many laptops these days have a metal alloy frame and it usually results in a very durable case having little flex. However, even though the Qosmio has this alloy frame, it seems the frame isn't thick enough as there is plentiful flex to be found. The palm rest, the keyboard, and bezel around the keyboard all bow in with moderate pressure. The flexing becomes most apparent when the laptop is not on a flat surface. With one corner hanging off of a desk surface, weight from your wrist and arm while typing will bend the corner down a quarter inch or more. For such a high price tag you would expect better build quality when other Toshiba models costing a third less feel more durable.


Going at the same price point of the previous G45 notebook, this version offers a heck of a value. You get the new Penryn processor that increases performance substantially, the ATI HDTV Tuner with CableCARD support, and none of the problems I had with the previous review unit. Even with these enhancements the G45 is still at a price point where you would be shopping alongside much faster gaming notebooks (which may in fact be less pricey). As such it’s hard to recommend this notebook over Toshiba’s own X205, which offers much higher gaming performance for $1,000 less.


* Great HD screen with only a bit of backlight bleed
* Speakers that make other notebooks run for their mommas’


* Gaming performance lackluster compared to others in the same price bracket


Continue Read Toshiba Qosmio G45

Philips SPC1300NC

Webcams are one of those helpful products that just don't get much attention. Sure, a webcam is useful for video conferencing and chats (or for spying on your nanny) but if you've seen one webcam you've seen them all ... right? Philips is ready to shake things up with their latest high-resolution webcam that delivers video up to 90 frames per second! Let's take a closer look at how awesome a webcam can be.

The SPC1300NC Specifications

* 6 megapixels, 8x digital zoom
* Frame rate: Up to 90 frames per second
* Wide-angle glass lens
* Two built-in digital directional microphones
* Features: Face tracking, pixel plus, digital natural motion and motion detection, noise cancellation, and echo reduction
* Dimesions: 40 x 82 x 88 mm
* Weight: 3.88 ounces or 110 grams
* OS: Windows XP, Vista, and Vista Home; Pentium III 800MHz or faster
* Cable length: 2.1

Design and Aesthetics

The Phillips SPC1300NC webcam is mostly black with silver accents. The lens, microphones, and detailing is all done in silver. The power button on top glows a bright blue when the camera is on. The webcam is attached to Phillips' unique laptop clamp so that it swivels 360 degrees to capture the perfect angle.

The SPC1300 is USB powered but has more than two feet of cable so it can be set up anywhere around your laptop. The clamp also works as a stand so the webcam can be freestanding.

There is an installation CD with the SPC1300. It takes about five minutes to install the software and a restart of your computer. I didn't have any problem with the installation and once I restarted, the webcam worked perfectly.


Continue Read Philips SPC1300NC