New Lenovo IdeaPads Officially Launched

As if all of the new ThinkPads weren't enough, Lenovo today announced the release of four all new IdeaPad notebooks. The 13-inch IdeaPad U330, 14-inch IdeaPad Y430, 15-inch Y530, and 17-inch Y730 are all offered in a variety of attractive colors and include multi-media features and performance making them the perfect notebooks for your home.

IdeaPad U330

IdeaPad Y430

IdeaPad Y530

IdeaPad Y730

All of the new IdeaPad notebooks include the following features:

* Intel Montevina platform system
* Dual-channel DDR3 RAM, up to 4GB
* Dolby Home Theatre
* Array microphone
* Integrated 1.3M fixed Camera
* Frameless Screen
* Stylish ID design & Multi-color lid options
* Touch-sensitive controls
* 6-in-1 Multimedia card Reader

Lenovo Designed Software includes:

* VeriFace 3.0 facial recognition security softwareOneKey Rescue System 6.0
* Easy Capture 3.0
* Readycomm 4.0
* Lenovo Energy Management 3.1

IdeaPad U330 Overview:

* Dark blue glossy cover
* Dolby Home Theatre 2 Certification with 2x1.5W stereo speakers
* Ultra-slim LED panel
* Light weight: starting at 4.18 lbs
* Magnesium-Alluminum alloy top and bottom cover
* 13.3", 16:10 ratio LED panel 1280 x 800 pixel WXGA (250nits)
* Up to 320GB HDD (2.5" SATA 5400rpm or 7200 rpm)
* Intel 5100/5300 a/g/n WLAN
* Switchable graphics Intel Integrated & ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 with 256MB GDDR3 VRAM

IdeaPad Y430 and Y530 Overview:

* Red or Black Light Weave Texture top cover
* Stereo speakers with Dolby certificated Dolby Home Theatre
* Aluminum palm rest cover Anti-scratch, look and feel
* 14.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) Anti-Glare or Glossy type LCD (>200 nits) Nvidia Geforce 9300M GS 256MB
* 15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) res. Anti-Glare or Glossy type LCD (>200 nits) Nvidia Geforce 9300M GS 256MB or Nvidia Geforce 9500M G 512MB
* Y430 starts at 5.2 lbs
* Y530 at 6.1 lbs
* Up to 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
* Intel 5100/5300 a/g/n WLAN

IdeaPad Y730 Overview:

* Glossy orange cover or Glossy dark blue cover
* Hot swap secondary HDD
* Gamezone / Numberpad
* Dolby Home Theatre 2 Certification with 2x2W +2x1W stereo, 1x3W subwoofer
* Weight starts at 7.5 lbs
* 17.0" 1440x900 pixel WXGA (220nits)
* 17.0" WUXGA 1920X1200 (>300nits)
* ATI Mobility Radeon TM HD 3650 512MB/256MB DDR3 VRAM
* Up to Dual 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive

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Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 ThinkPad SL400 is the latest addition to the ThinkPad family and promises to offer features and performance at a fraction of the cost of other ThinkPads. Lenovo's new IdeaPad line of notebooks might give consumers plenty of attractive options, but The new SL series is the first line of small business notebooks designed with ThinkPad styling at an affordable price. Is there more here than just traditional ThinkPad shape and a low price? We took a first look at the SL400 to give you some idea of whether this laptop is right for you.

ThinkPad SL400 has the following specifications:

* Processor: 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 (1066MHz FSB, 3MB Cache)
* Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 256MB
* Screen: 14.1" WXGA, Anti-glare (1280x800, 200nit)
* Memory: 2GB(up to 4GB configurable)
* Storage: 160GB SATA HDD (5400rpm)
* Optical Drive: Dual layer CD/DVD recordable drive
* Wireless and Communications: Intel 4965AGN (802.11 a/b/g/n wi-fi), BlueTooth 2.0 EDR
* Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion
* Dimensions: 13.2" x 9.7" x 1.3"-1.5")
* Weight: 5.5lbs with battery
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
* Warranty: 1-year

The pricing on the SL400 starts at around $799. Unfortuantely, at the time of this writing we don't have pricing information on the configuration that we are testing ... but we'll have that information in our full review coming soon. Needless to say, this is one of the more budget-friendly ThinkPads on the market. More to the point, Lenovo has gone out of its way to give you multiple reasons to consider the SL series over the competition.

ThinkPad SL400 is quite solid in terms of build quality, though the plastics used in the chassis construction do give in to some case flex when squeezed. The entire chassis exterior is plastic and while the appearance is nice, the "feel" of the notebook is a little less rugged than we've come to expect from ThinkPads. Unlike with the other ThinkPads, you don't get a double latch mechanism with button release to make sure the screen is held down when it is closed and being carried. Instead, the SL400 uses hinge tension to hold the screen in place.

The glossy black plastic display cover is probably the most interesting design element on the SL400. Lenovo also decided to modify the traditional ThinkPad logo by adding a small red LED to the dot above the "i" in ThinkPad. I suppose someone still thinks "bling is the thing" in the world of small business. In any case, this certainly isn't a boring ThinkPad.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X200

Lenovo ThinkPad X200
Lenovo ThinkPad X200 is an update and evolution of the ThinkPad X61 12.1" screen ultraportable and, as the name suggests, borrows a bit from the design cue of the much praised ThinkPad X300 ultra-slim laptop. To be sure, the X200 is not as expensive nor as cutting edge as the X300, the high-end features and supermodel thin X300 outdo what you'll get design-wise with the X200. With that said, the ultraportable X200 certainly has a lot to like about it, offers better performance than the X300 and has a more reasonable price. This review will delve into the features and updates the X200 has to the previous X61.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X200 is an ultraportable business laptop, but certainly some consumers that want a portable and durable laptop might also be interested in this notebook. Like its larger brothers from the ThinkPad line, the X200 shares all of the same rugged features, and now even has the comfort of a keyboard that matches the size of the larger ThinkPad T400 and T500 series. Thanks to the new widescreen design the X200 is now wide enough to support larger sized keys.

Although the X200 is indeed smaller than its ThinkPad counterparts, it still packs the same power. Our review unit comes with a new Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40GHz processor from the Intel Montevina family, and it's definitely no slouch. The option for speedy SSD storage, 4GB of RAM and Intel Turbo memory can all contribute to a powerhouse in a small package.

With all this newly found power under the hood you might be wondering if the X200 is a power monger that will drain the battery like it's its job and generate so much heat you can warm your nearby coffee. This is not the case, incredibly battery life capability has increased over the X61 and the laptop remains very cool, indeed cooler than the X61.

Specifications of the X200 being reviewed are as follows:

* CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40 GHz (3MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB) (Montevina)
* Chipset: Intel GM45/ICH9-ME
* Memory: 2GB DDR2 667MHz (1x 2048MB) (can support up to 4GB of DDR3 Memory @ 800/1067MHz)
* Hard Drive: 7200RPM 160GB SeaGate Momentus (ST9160823AS) SATA
* Screen: 12.1" widescreen 1280x800 LCD, 200 nits of brightness
* No built-in Optical Drive (need X200 UltraBase for this capability)
* GPU: Intel X4500 Integrated Graphics
* Network/Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 (802.11 a/b/g/n) 1Gb Ethernet Card, built-in Verizon WWAN and Bluetooth (56 Kbps modem optional, not installed)
* Inputs: 95 Key Keyboard with Three Button Touchpoint
* Buttons: Power, ThinkVantage, Volume Up and Down, Mute, and WiFi/Bluetooth On/Off Switch.
* Slots:ExpressCard/54mm, SD card reader (5-in-1 media card reader optional, not installed)
* Battery: Nine Cell Cylindrical (4-cell, 6-cell and 9-cell options)
* Dimensions (with large 9-cell battery in):
o Width: 11.61 inches
o Depth: 9.2 inches
o Thickness: 0.8-in - 1.4 inches
* Dimensions (with small 4-cell battery in):
o Width: 11.6 inches
o Depth: 8.3 inches
o Thickness: 0.8 - 1.4"
* Weight:
o 4-cell battery starting at 1.34 kg / 2.95 lbs
o 6-cell battery starting at 1.47 kg / 3.24 lbs
o 9-cell battery starting at 1.63 kg / 3.58 lbs
* Operating System: Windows Vista Business
* Extra Options: Web-cam, fingerprint reader, 56Kbps modem, 5-in-1 card reader


Lenovo has been working on making their products more friendly to the environment. The ThinkPad X200 is the first PC to be certified by GreenGuard, it meets a Silver EPEAT rating and is Energy Star 4.0 compliant -- Lenovo is claiming a 25% lower power consumption than the previous generation of ThinkPads. Less power in but more power out -- not bad.


The ThinkPad X200 is a very worthy successor to the ThinkPad X61. The amazing battery life capabilities and cool and quiet running performance are real highlights. Having so much power in a small package while still maintaining a cool and quiet computing experience further adds to the impressiveness there. The ThinkPad X200 is also durable enough to last a very long time even with the most abusive of owners, shoving the X200 in a tightly packed bag and then physically forcing it under seat 21A on the plane won't cause this laptop harm.

The downsides are that there's no optical drive like you get with the ThinkPad X300 and no touchpad for those that prefer that style of input. The removal of FireWire and then no built-in DisplayPort, HDMI or DVI port could be a deterrent for some. The all black and professional look has stood the test of time and looks both clean and professional, we like it, but those business people demanding their IT department to support the Apple iPhone might just care about how cool their laptop looks too. And let's face it, the X200 won't cause anyone to do a double take for its looks.

Overall though the X200 is yet another step forward for the ThinkPad X-series line and another check in the column for a job well done by ThinkPad designers and engineers.


* Powerful performance with the new Intel Montevina platform, regular clock speed processor of up to 2.40GHz
* Runs very cool and quiet thanks to unique fan design
* New widescreen display and extra width means more keyboard space and easier for dual-window viewing
* Incredible battery life, close to 10-hours potential on the 9-cell cylindrical battery
* Great wireless options such as BlueTooth, WiMax, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WWAN
* Cool features available such as integrated GPS and integrated web-camera
* Very sturdy notebook built to last with mag-alloy case and magnesium internal roll-cage


* No built-in high-definition video output port such as HDMI, DVI or Display Port
* No touchpad available, just TouchPoint
* No built-in optical drive
* Can't fit it inside a manila envelope for inter-office mail like with the ThinkPad X300 and MacBook Air

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Dell XPS M1710

Dell XPS M1710Dell released the XPS M1710 as a gaming notebook with amazing Intel Core Duo processor. The notebook design with striking red and metallic black lid, which is will catch anyone eyes. It’s build very sturdy. The case made by magnesium-alloy and covered the notebook from top to bottom. The palm rest made by a thick rugged plastic. The hinges are constructed of steel and the lid is so strong. But the plastic on the bottom of the LCD is easy to bend and flex, Dell should do better on this side.

The Intel Core Duo T2600 2.16 GHz, which is powering the notebook is outstanding. It’s so powerfull. The Nvidia GeForce Go7900GTX graphics card also amazing. You can play any high-end games you want and you’ll found no problem. This absolutely great gaming machine. The hard disk comes with the notebook is 100 GB, 7200 rpm.

The notebook’s screen is 17″ WideScreen with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution. The screen is WUXGA LCD with the Dell TrueLife treatment, which is provide amazing bolder colors and contrast. It’s a wonderfull screen for playing games or watching movies. It is very sharp with excellent contrast and brightness.

The speakers are decent. The sound is loud enough. There’s also integrated sub-woofer which is provides decent bass. Overall, the speakers is better than other notebook’s speakers, but for more great sound, add some external speakers is highly recommended.

The XPS M1710 is quite cool. The surface of the notebook only gets midly warm after several hours of gaming but still copmfortable. The palm rest never gets warm. Not only cool, this notebook also quiet. The fan is so quiet but doing a great job to cooling down the machine.

The keyboard is silver color, bit different than other Dell’s leyboard. But it’s still nice keyboard. It’s build sturdy with no flex. Type on this keyboard is a nice experience. The touchpad has decent size and works well.

The battery is 9-Cell and located at the front area of the notebook. The battery life is adequate for a powerfull notebook like it. Under normal use, it can get 2 hours. Not bad, but not amazing.

Overall, the Dell XPS M1710 is great gaming and entertainment notebook. The processor is so powerfull and the machine also very cool. The screen will give more pleasure when playing games. It’s absolutely great notebook.

The Dell XPS M1710 specs are :

Processor : Intel Core Duo T2600 2.16 GHz
Display : 17″ WUXGA
Memory : 2 GB 667 MHz
Graphics : 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
Hard Drive : 100 GB, 7200 rpm
Optical Drive : DVD+/-RW
Wireless : Intel 3945 802.11b/g
Battery : 9-Cell Li-Ion
Weight : 8.8 pounds
Price : Starting at $2,600

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Fujitsu launches LifeBooks with Centrino 2

Fujitsu launches LifeBooks with Centrino 2To coincide with Monday night's launch of Centrino 2, Fujitsu announced six new laptops, all of which incorporate the new platform. Highlights from the announcement include two convertible tablets with 13.3-inch displays--a first--and a media-oriented midsize system with a handful of unique features.

First up, the tablets: The LifeBook T5010 and LifeBook T1010 are the first convertible tablets to incorporate a 13.3-inch backlit-LED display. The LifeBook T5010, aimed at business users, includes such corporate-friendly features as a Trusted Platform Module, modular drive bay, optional WWAN, optional indoor/outdoor display, and support for Intel vPro technology. Likewise, its black lid and conservative design would fit in at any business meeting. The LifeBook T5010 will be available in 30 days with prices starting at $1,769.

The LifeBook T1010 is nearly identical to the T5010, but it's designed for students, consumers, and small businesses who don't need corporate-level security and management features. As such, the T1010 features a touch-screen display, fixed Webcam, and no WWAN option. It also features a glossy, patterned silver lid and a lower starting price ($1,299), and it's available for order immediately.

Aside from the tablets, we're most intrigued by news of the 15.4-inch LifeBook A6210. The new midsize system includes a number of unique features, such as wireless USB, an E-SATA port, and a new gesture-enabled touchpad. There's also a choice of integrated or discrete graphics, 802.11n wireless, and an HDMI port, which nicely complements the optional Blu-ray drive. We're also curious to see the laptop's new high-gloss lid, which reportedly departs from Fujitsu's usual ho-hum look. The LifeBook A6210 is available for order immediately, at a starting price of $1,149.

Other Fujitsu laptops to get the Centrino 2 treatment include the 15.4-inch LifeBook E8420 (starting at $1,359), the 14.1-inch LifeBook S6520 (starting at $1,529), and the 14-inch LifeBook S7220 (starting at $1,229). See the manufacturer's site for more details.

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Dell Inspiron 1420

Dell Inspiron 1420The Dell Inspiron 1420 (R510304) Laptop PC is powered by 1.67 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 and it features 14.1 inch WXGA widescreen TFT display, Dell Wireless 1390 802.11a/g/n Mini-Card wireless connection, integrated 2.0 Megapixel webcam, and 8X Super Multi DVD Writer.

Dell-inspiron-1420-laptopThe Dell Inspiron 1420 (R510304) laptop is built on Intel ?Santa Rosa? notebook platform and it is powered by 1.67 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 having 2-MB L2 Cache and 667Mhz FSB and it features 1-GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (maximum 4-GB), 160-GB 5400 rpm 2.5 inch SATA Hard Drive and 8X DVD Super Multi Double Layer (8.5 GB) DVD Writer as standard configuration.

Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop PC sports anti-glare, widescreen 14.1-inch (35.8 cms) WXGA+ TFT Display with TrueLife technology which can provide upto 1280 x 800 pixels resolution (or optional 1920?1200 screen resolution) powered by NVIDIA GeForceTM Go 8400M graphics, 128MB DDR3 dedicated graphic memory.

The Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop PC offers a wide range of component upgrades - including integrated WWAN or a Blu-ray DVD burner optical drive - and offers color choices for typical home users to suit budget and applications. For example. besides standard black and white colors, the new Inspiron 1420 series also comes in red, blue, green, yellow, brown, and pink colors.

With Dell MediaDirect, one can have fast, easy one-button access to movies, music, photos, & Microsoft Office content without starting Microsoft Windows!

Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic OS preinstalled Dell Inspiron 1420 series of laptop PC for networking offers Dell Wireless 1390 802.11a/g/n Mini-Card for wireless networking, and comes with internal 56 kbps Fax/Modem connection along with internal 10/100 Ethernet LAN connection and an optional EVDO and HSDPA wireless broadband connections.

Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop has 4 USB v2.0 high speed ports, Firewire IEEE 1394a, an 8-in-1 media card reader, an optional Infrared, an optional Bluetooth v2.0 connection, S-Video TV-out, standard VGA out port, and an empty ExpressCard 54mm slot.

The Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop also ports integrated 2.0 megapixel webcam with 2 built-in stereo microphones for video chatting.

Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop comes with several software including Dell MediaDirect which allows one-button access to movies, calendar, contacts and presentations, without waiting for your operating system to start up and Video Communications Pack which allows Chat with friends and family with integrated 2 megapixel webcam dual digital microphones and earbuds.

Weighing 3.45 Kgs (with combo drive and battery pack) the Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop PC comes with 6-cell 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery which can provide upto 2.5 hrs of backup (without Wi-Fi).

I/O Ports:

* 4 USB v2.0 ports
* IEEE1394a
* ExpressCard 54mm Slot
* 8-in-1 Memory Card Reader
* VGA video output - external monitor
* S-Video TV-Out
* RJ45 - Integrated 10/100 LAN
* RJ11 - Integrated 56K Modem
* Stereo in Jack
* Headphone/speaker out jack
* Dual digital mics

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How To substitute Your Laptop Computer’s LCD

Laptop computers have been approximately for all ages. Just as a human, laptop computers also grow old. Along with period comes wrecked or scratched parts. Hence, you either have to reinstate the laptop computer or renovate the broken parts. One of the most costly parts of a computer to restore is the monitor, commonly called the LCD.

LCD stands for liquid crystal display - the tools used to make the flat board screens and laptop computer screens.

Some widespread reason that might make you believe replace your laptop computer’s LCD are (1) the screen has been splintered; (2) you want to improve the standard computer screen that came with your unit to a higher resolution LCD screen; or(3) there are lots of deceased spaces on your screen which might come from departed pixels.

If you want to undertake the chore of replacing your laptop computer’s LCD, consider the subsequent ladders to make sure that you carry out the substitution seamlessly.Step One: Switch off your laptop computer and separate the battery and all cables. You will also want to eliminate the battery as it could cause an electric shock if it remains installed during the process.

Step Two:Eliminate the rubber screw covers to expose the screw that grasp the screen casing in place.

Step Three: softly pry the LCD screen frame loose. You should then be clever to find the LCD screen cable and power cord. Unplug both of these and take away the tape (if any) that is holding the monitor in place.

Step Four: You will next require to find out who is the maker of your laptop computer’s LCD screen is. Carry on in mind that the screen’s producer might not be the same as the maker of the computer. make sure that you match the screen that you acquire matches the screen’s manufacturers model number.

Step Five:Once you have obtained the suitable substitute screen, plug the original LSD screen in, secure it with tape, and restore the frame. Be alert not to crease any cords when you put back the frame.

Step Six:When you switch on your laptop computer, your LCD screen should work accurately. If it doesn’t, call the dealer where you have purchased your proxy screen and request for technological help.

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ECS G10IL Mini-Notebook to Hit US Market in September

ECS G10IL Mini-Notebook
Elitegroup Computer Systems’ ECS G10IL mini-notebooks, featuring the Intel Atom processor, 10-inch displays, and HSPA connectivity, will be available in the United States in September, said company’s vice president of sales Henry Kwan.

In an interview for Laptop Magazine, Kwan said that there will be an 8GB SSD version running Linpus Lite 9.4 Linux and an 80GB hard drive version running Windows XP. Pricing will start at $399, but the least expensive systems will not include 3G options, he added.

The company also plans to launch an 8.9-inch screen version of the netbook, but US customers will be the most likely offered with the 10-inchers only.

According to an ECS’ press release, the Intel Atom CPU in the G10IL is accompanied by the Intel 945 GSE chipset, and up to 2GB of system memory. ECS said HSPA (HSDPA/HSUPA) mobile broadband technology built into the G10IL allows download speeds of up to 7.2Mb/s and up to 2Mb/s upload.

The G10IL mini-laptop also sports an embedded 1.3-megapixel web camera, three USB ports, Ethernet LAN port, a 56k modem, wireless LAN and Bluetooth, and a 4-in-1 media card reader.


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MSI Wind

MSI Wind
Now that the MSI Wind has finally started to trickle out to consumers, we were finally able to get our hands on one of these for review. The Wind is another mini notebook in a field originally started by the ASUS Eee PC, but with one primary catch: It is priced well under the equivalent Eee PC. Now having a better price doesn't always mean you are going to win in any given market, but the MSI really outdid themselves and created a great mini notebook. Read on to see just how much ASUS should fear the MSI Wind.


* 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor
* 10" WSVGA 1024x600 LCD
* Windows XP Home Operating System
* 1GB 667MHz DDR2 Memory
* 80GB 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
* Wireless: 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0
* 3-Cell 11.1v 2200mAh Battery

The MSI Wind really has a great look and feel to it. The soft rounded edges coupled with the glossy texture make it easy and comfortable to grip onto, while also giving the mini notebook a very professional look. Another great aspect of the Wind is nothing appears "look at me" flashy, making it very appealing to business professionals, as well as children and teenagers alike. No chrome is found anywhere, and all the labeling and branding is a light grey which really goes well with the pearl white finish.

Build quality is excellent, and reminds me very much of the HP Mini-Note. Fit and finish is top notch with smooth and tight plastic seams, beveled edges, recessed hinges, and plenty of touches here and there that make you feel you are getting every pennies worth of notebook from MSI. The quality of the plastics used is top notch, and most thick enough to prevent flex even under a firm grip. The LCD cover and palmrest show no flex under heavy pressure, but the bottom panel is thin in a few spots and easy to bend. Not a deal breaker by any means, but I'm just saying it might not hold up well to being run over by a car.

The Wind has a LED backlit matte textured LCD. It is very bright and easy to read, and rates very well to others screens I have used. Colors are vibrant and contrast is excellent. On the flip side, the screen does have the infamous sparkly texture to it giving solid colors a dirty look, and on high backlight settings you can see some backlight bleed and almost make out each individual LED. None of those drawbacks would be enough to make me not buy one, but it might be enough for someone to give it a second thought it they were more on the obsessive side of things.

Viewing angles are just how I like them, wide in both vertical and horizontal planes. I have always found it kinda funny that "cheap and affordable" subnotebooks can always manage to beat out multimedia powerhouses in this screen aspect. With some screens inverting colors or going distorted with minimal vertical movement, the MSI Wind's LCD keeps colors true until much steeper angles. I could say you could probably go 45-50 degrees above or below the screen before you might want to reconsider your seating position.

The MSI Wind really shines with its keyboard, and taking up almost every inch of space side to side to have the largest possible keys on such a small device. The keyboard takes all but 2-3mm of space going side to side, and is really great to type on even with large hands. The only big flaw I can find with the keyboard is the super narrow ",", ".", and "/" keys which are 2/3 the width of standard letter keys. This threw me off at first trying to type in websites, and hitting the "/" key instead of a period. Once you got used to the layout it wasn't as much of a problem, but come on, why ruin such a good thing? The shift keys on both sides should have been reduced in size by half and still been perfectly fine, and you wouldn't have to have 2/3 size symbol keys.

The touchpad is slightly recessed from the palmrest by about 1mm, giving a defined lip around the entire perimeter. For small touchpads this can be very handy, letting you keep your finger inside the detection zone, and not always slipping out accidentally. As far as touchpads go, the sensitivity is great, letting you slide your finger along without excessive pressure for perfect tracking. At times the preset vertical and horizontal scrollbars messed with that perfection, making the mouse veer far from the intended path, but with a few adjustments peace was restored. The touchpad buttons consist of a single see-saw bar, ala early Eee PC, with shallow feedback and a semi-soft click. The clicking noise could probably best be described as a Microsoft Intellimouse clicking inside a sock.

System performance--with great help of Intel Atom processor--was stellar. Boot times into Windows XP were on par with many full-size notebooks, and casual use programs opened up without any lag. We haven't had a chance to install any of our more intensive applications such as Gimp, Half-Life, or AIM yet, but from what we can tell it should handle them just fine.
One downside we noticed that differs from pre-release model reviews is the complete lack of Turbo button. The FN+F10 overclocking feature is no more, and replaced with a simple "ECO feature" that switches between battery saver mode at 800MHz and normal mode which dynamically switches between 800MHz and 1600MHz depending on processor load.

For a user who has put up with super hot keyboards and bottoms of subnotebooks far too long under the excuse of "its small and space cramped", the MSI Wind was a huge surprise. After sitting on for on for a couple of hours in normal mode while plugged in, the bottom of the notebook was 90-94 degrees Fahrenheit, and the keyboard was below that. Compared to the Eee PC 900 which broke 100 degrees on the bottom and 105F on the keyboard, this is a huge advantage. For someone like a writer who might spend hours on a keyboard typing away on the road, not having your fingertips sweat like crazy is a incredible feature.

Fan noise is completely silent at best and minimal at worst ... and seemingly always running in the background. This is probably one of the big reasons the MSI Wind runs at reasonable temperatures, as it always has some air flowing through to carry away excess heat.

The MSI Wind has a laundry list of features, including everything you would expect to find on a fullsize notebook. Key features include 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0, Webcam, and a card reader, with USB, VGA, LAN, and audio making notable appearances. While Firewire would have been nice to see, it was understandable to be missing, with an already crowded port selection on each side.


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HP Pavilion dv5z

HP Pavilion dv5zThe newest 15-inch notebook from HP arrives just in time to make a big impact for back-to-school shoppers in 2008. The HP Pavilion dv5z features the latest AMD dual-core processors, cutting edge graphics that slaughter the competition, and a price that's so competitive you'll have a hard time coming up with reasons not to buy this notebook. Take a look at our full review and find out what makes this notebook so impressive.

HP Pavilion dv5z has the following specifications:

* Processor: 2.1GHz AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processor ZM-80
* Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3200
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium with SP 1 (64-bit)
* Screen: 15.4" WSXGA+ High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050)
* Memory: 2GB (up to 4GB configurable)
* Storage: 160GB SATA HDD (5400rpm)
* Optical Drive: SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
* Wireless and Communications: 802.11b/g WLAN
* Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion (10.8V, 47Wh)
* Dimensions: 14.05" (W) x 10.2" (D) x 1.37" (min H)/1.65" (max H)
* Weight: 5.84lbs
* Warranty: 1-year

The pricing on the dv5z starts at around $699.99 ($599.99 with $100 instant rebate), and our configuration has a few upgrades that brought the final price to $849.99 at the time of this writing. Needless to say, this is a fabulous price point for back-to-school shoppers.

The dv5z has a new and improved design, replacing the long-lasting and much-loved dv6000 series chassis design. The display cover has the durable plastic Imprint finish, which holds up quite well to minor abrasion without scratching. The body of the notebook is smooth with rounded edges, making it extremely comfortable in your hand while carrying it around. The screen also sports a latchless design, making it easy to open the notebook with one hand. Although the lid lacks any latch to keep it held shut, the hinges feel fairly strong, keeping the lid secure. Pressing firmly onto the back of the screen cover will produce some ripples on the screen ... but you must apply significant pressure to cause this.

The plastic chassis is quite rigid and suffers from no flex or creaks even when twisted between my hands. Although I don't recommend tossing your notebook down a staircase, the dv5z should survive years of daily travel in a backpack or the occasional drop off a desk.

Our dv5z features the "Mesh" Imprint Finish which looks the name implies: a fine gray mesh pattern over a black surface. The Imprint Finish on the dv5z is much more subtle than the previous designs we've seen on HP notebooks. I suspect most average consumers will find the mesh pattern more acceptable in workplace environments than the older generation patterns. While the dv5z still looks like an attractive consumer notebook, the Imprint Finish isn't quite as "splashy" or "busy" as it used to be.

The bottom of the dv5z is quite simple with some nice heat vents located in strategic positions to help keep the laptop cool. The access panels on the bottom of the notebook make it easy to upgrade RAM, replace the hard disk drive, or replace the motherboard battery if needed. This arrangement makes it simple for the novice user to make upgrades, but more serious users will have to remove the entire base of the chassis in order to access the rest of the motherboard.


As I mentioned in our First Look, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about this notebook. First, we're just glad to see HP release a new notebook chassis design since they were using the same old dv6000 series design for several years. More importantly, we're in complete awe over the performance of the integrated graphics on this machine.

Sure, you can get better gaming performance if you spend more money for a notebook with a good dedicated graphics card, but you would have to purchase a mid-range or high performance dedicated card to surpass the performance of the integrated graphics in the dv5z. For the first time consumers shopping for a budget notebook don't have to sacrifice performance in order to have a low-cost laptop.

In the end, the HP Pavilion dv5z left me more than a little frustrated. The simple reality is that this budget notebook packs the best integrated graphics solution we've ever seen inside it's sleek chassis. However, battery life was far too limiting. In fact, this notebook would have received an Editor's Choice Award if it could have managed at least 3 hours of battery life ... but 2 hours and 22 minutes is just unacceptable.

Also, it's hard to understand why HP doesn't allow consumer to purchase this notebook with a Blu-ray drive unless the system is configured with a dedicated graphics card. The new ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP is perfectly capable of running a Blu-ray drive, so it makes no sense for HP to require consumers to purchase a dedicated graphics card.

If you can live with the poor battery life and lack of Firewire it's hard not to recommend this notebook to anyone and everyone needing a laptop for less than $900.


* Amazing integrated graphics performance!
* Great design and build quality
* Amazing integrated graphics performance!
* Fabulous screen
* Amazing integrated graphics performance!
* Great keyboard and media buttons
* Amazing integrated graphics performance!
* Includes HDMI and eSATA ports
* Did I mention the AMAZING integrated graphics performance?


* Poor battery life
* No Firewire port
* No built-in TV tuner option at time of this writing
* No Blu-ray option with integrated graphics even though the HD 3200 IGP can handle it
* Touchpad surface is either great or "sticky" depending on how dry your fingers are

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Dell Studio 17

Dell Studio 17
Last year Dell finally realized that consumers don't want another nameless, faceless black and gray laptop that gets lost in the crowd. Today's mobile generation wants notebooks that are as unique and stylish as possible. The result was the amazingly attractive and amazingly popular 13.3" XPS M1330 and the 15.4" Dell XPS M1530. Taking things one step further, Dell announced the highly customizable Studio 15 and Studio 17 notebooks.

Is the 17-inch Dell Studio 17 as impressive and unique as Dell wants you to believe? Keep reading and you'll find out.
Our pre-production Dell Studio 17 notebook is equipped with the following specifications:

* Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz) processor
* Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
* 17-inch WUXGA Glossy Display (1920 x 1200)
* 3GB system RAM - 2 DIMM (DDR2-667)
* 320GB 5400rpm HDD
* 256MB (GDDR2) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 graphics
* Webcam and Fingerprint reader
* Backlit keyboard
* Slot Load DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer DVD+R write capacity
* Dell Wireless 1510N
* 9-cell battery (85WHr)
* Dimensions: 1.18" to 1.69" x 15.46" x 11.36" (H x W x D)
* Weight: 7.87lbs
* Other: "Dell Dock" software; 30-day security trial; 3GB Dell DataSafe; Dell Support Center
* Base Price: $999

For a number of years the phrase, "Dude, you're getting a Dell" from old Dell television commercials was synonymous with heavy, thick, and boxy laptops that offered great value but where short on style. In fact, several competing laptop manufacturers developed sleek notebooks over the last five years that attracted consumers mainly due to their more "personal" appearance. The new Studio line from Dell is the latest example of how Dell has finally learned that the package matters almost as much as the contents of the box.

The first time you look at the Studio 17 it's as if Dell added a few inches to the XPS M1530, cut out the brushed aluminum parts, and offered a few more ways to customize the look. The end result is an impressive looking desktop replacement. I use the term "desktop replacement" because most people in the market for a 17-inch notebook aren't planning to haul their notebook everywhere and use it during regular airline travel.

What the Studio 17 lacks in mobility it more than makes up for in solid design and construction. As mentioned above, the Studio 17 takes several design elements from the latest XPS notebooks: the wedge-shaped profile, drop hinge, slot-loading optical drive, and touch-sensitive media buttons are all hallmarks of the XPS M1330 and M1530. That said, there's more to the Studio 17 than just design elements from the XPS line.

The Studio 17 is available in your choice of seven colors: Plum Purple, Tangerine Orange, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red, Spring Green or standard Jet Black. Our pre-production unit came with the "Midnight Blue" paint job and it looks absolutely flawless. The matte paint has an almost rubber-like texture similar to the paint used on last year's Inspiron notebooks and, of course, the XPS notebooks. Dell also took the customization options one step further by offering an optional high gloss "Graphite Grey" color that comes in your choice of black, blue, pink, or red edge trim around the display back and sides.

Another nice touch is the use of an imprinted design on the palmrest area (also on the display lid if you select the high gloss graphite grey color options). The design looks like a close-up view of a topographical map and is yet another way that the Studio notebooks stand out from the rest of the Dell lineup.

In terms of overall chassis construction the Studio 17 is quite solid and suffers from virtually no flex or creaks when squeezed and twisted between your hands. I don't recommend tossing the Studio 17 across the room, but it should survive a drop from your desk without significant damage.

The one design element I'm not 100 percent in love with is the bottom access panel. Rather than have the typical RAM cover, hard drive covers, and main panel on the bottom of the notebook, the Studio 17 uses a single, massive panel that provides access to all of the notebook at once. While this is helpful for those people who want to make multiple modifications or service their notebook, exposing the entire bottom of the notebook is a little intimidating for people who just want to upgrade their RAM.


All things said and done, the Dell Studio 17 is the most impressive 17-inch consumer notebook we've seen so far this year. The build quality, range of customizable options, expandability, style, and price make this an excellent choice if you're in the market for a 17-inch notebook. Still, we would have liked to see more graphics card options than just the integrated Intel X3100 and dedicated ATI Radeon HD 3650.

While issues like lack of VGA cable screw posts, dedicated docking station connector, or lack of a simple RAM expansion cover might prevent some buyers from purchasing this notebook, there's a lot to like about this notebook. The Studio 17 has virtually every cool feature you'd want in a 17-inch notebook ... with the exception of a built-in TV tuner.

Bottom line, you'll be hard pressed to find a better 17-inch notebook in the same price range at the time of this writing.


* Beautiful design
* Solid selection of available configurations
* Reasonable battery life
* Nice keyboard, touchpad and media buttons
* Great component layout
* Dell Dock is a nice feature
* Good value for the price


* No lugs/screw posts for VGA cable and no docking station connector
* All-in-one access cover on the bottom of the notebook is either great or frustrating
* No option for better graphics than ATI Radeon HD 3650 at this time

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Pink Fujitsu P8010 LE

Pink Fujitsu P8010 LE

With it's new "pink gold" lifebook, Fujitsu leans toward a consumer market where its traditionally-bland designs rarely alight. The limited edition P8010 also has 3G wireless WAN, giving it a severe advantage over other lookers in the category, like Sony's TZ series.

Specs are same as the standard edition, with up to2 GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, a claimed 6 hours of battery life (We got about 4 when we reviewed it), integrated optical, and a 12.1" edge-to-edge display.

I was going to reinforce the point about LifeBooks being the best laptops you never even thought of looking at. But it is not possible to sign off with anything other than BornRich's deathless prose:

Discover what it’s like to own a powerhouse that is the cynosure of all eyes with the Fujitsu P8010 3.5 notebook.

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Cizmo CX1730M Notebook

Cizmo CX1730M Notebook
The Cizmo CX1730M notebook is one lean, mean, gaming machine. Well, check out the specifications below and make your own conclusion :-

* 17" WSXGA+ LCD monitor
* Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz processor
* 160GB SATA hard drive
* 2 megapixel webcam
* Dual-layer DVD burner (Blu-ray drive optional)
* NVIDIA 512MB GeForce 8800M GTX

You gotta dig deep though, as the starting price stands at €1,427.

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Fujitsu LifeBook P7230 (Limited Pink Edition)

It's pretty in pink and offers a lot of features and endurance for a good price, but this edition of the P7230 is a bit underpowered.

Fujitsu LifeBook P7230 (Limited Pink Edition) Fujitsu's LifeBook P7230 combines style, portability, and compactness. We tested the pink special edition model, but it also comes in black, which costs $30 less for the same configuration. At $1,679, this three-pound looker costs significantly less than competitors like the Sony VAIO TZ15ON but offers many of the same features, including a DVD burner and built-in webcam. However, you'll have to make some tradeoffs if you want to snatch up this affordable ultraportable.

Light enough to carry around all day (and night), the 10.7 x 7.9 x 1.2-inch LifeBook P7230 is perfectly sized for an airline tray table or a cramped bus or train seat. It's also cute, thanks to the pink LCD cover and white base. The cramped 18mm keyboard (that's about 90 percent size) might not bother women with slimmer hands and fingers, but it may annoy those with bigger hands. Likewise, the touchpad is tiny, and the pinky-sized mouse buttons are not all that responsive. We would definitely recommend hooking up an external mouse for long computing sessions.

The P7230 features a 10.6-inch LED-lit Crystal View widescreen, which offered 1280 x 768-pixel resolution and a vibrant viewing experience. We weren't thrilled with the 3/4-inch bezel, which eats up too much screen real estate-a precious commodity for such a small system. Some users will have trouble with the tiny text and icons.

Centered on the upper rim of the screen is an improved 1.3-megapixel webcam and two built-in microphones. The videoconferencing quality was remarkably good through Skype, and under ambient office lighting, we appeared clear; although like most webcams, this one had a slight delay in registering movement.

Above the keyboard, the LifeBook P7230 has two stereo speakers. Our test unit's sound didn't work when we tried to play audio through a number of programs. After some troubleshooting with Fujitsu, we got it to work. The company explained that a default sound setting wasn't correct with the initial batch of production-level systems but that the issue had been fixed. Once we got the sound working, the speakers were just as we'd expect from an ultraportable: tinny with enough volume for personal use but not anything you'd want to listen to for long periods of time.

To the upper right of the keyboard are two quick-launch buttons: a programmable shortcut button that launches Internet Explorer as the default, and an Eco button that activates a special battery-saving mode. It reduces the screen's brightness and disables the optical drive, modem, wireless LAN, and FireWire port and promises to buy you at least an hour more life.

You get one FireWire and three USB 2.0 jacks well spaced around the chassis. A VGA output, PC Card slot, and a 3-in-1 media card reader are also on board. While we appreciate having a DVD burner in such a small system, the power jack is inconveniently located above the drive, so you'll have to be careful not to block the tray with the cord.

The P7230 LifeBook protects your data in a few ways: there's a fingerprint reader nestled between the mouse controls, as well as a shock-mounted hard drive and a TPM module. Too bad the hard drive itself is so small; you get only 40GB of storage at this price, when the $1,300 Averatec 1579 offers a 120GB drive.

Our pink limited edition model has similar components to the standard P7230, including a 1.2-GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 ultra-low-voltage processor. The system's PCMark05 score of 1,232 was a bit higher than its predecessor, but it's still about 500 points lower than competing ultraportables. If you want the same performance as the VAIO TZ series (starting at $2,199) and Portege R500 (starting at $1,999), you'll have to step up to a high configuration.

The P7230 can handle most productivity tasks but lacks the processing muscle to manage numerous Vista applications simultaneously. Clicking through while running Skype, we noticed that the notebook had to work so hard that the fan seemed to have trouble keeping up, and the system got uncomfortably warm on our lap.

We don't expect much in the way of graphics on an ultraportable, and Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950 managed only 723 on 3DMark03. The 2.0 Windows Experience Index score is nothing to write home about, either.

The standard six-cell battery lasted a solid 3 hours and 30 minutes on our DVD drain test, which should mean closer to five hours for regular productivity. And that's without engaging Eco mode. You also can opt for a six-cell modular bay battery ($129), which can keep the system running for three of four more hours.

Wireless performance was also strong, although we'd like to see 802.11n as an option. The LifeBook 7230's 802.11a/b/g radio managed 15.5 Mbps at 15 feet from our access point and 16.5 Mbps at 50 feet. Unfortunately, Fujitsu doesn't offer mobile broadband as an option, but you can always add a PC Card modem or use the built-in Bluetooth connection with your cell phone to get online.

Fujitsu includes trial versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and CyberLink's media center for multimedia playback. The P7230 is backed with a one-year international limited warranty, which includes 24/7 technical support and unlimited online chat support.

The pink edition of the Fujitsu P7230 offers a lot of endurance and features for the price, but power users will prefer the higher-end black model because of its speedier processor. Fujitsu inlcudes trial versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and Cyberlink's media center for multimedia playback. The P7230 is backed with a one-year international limited warranty, which includes 24/7 technical support and unlimited online chat support.

The pink edition of the Fujitsu P7230 certainly offers a lot of endurance and features for the price, but power users will prefer a higher-end model.

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Toshiba Satellite A300

Toshiba Satellite A300The Satellite A series has been one of the more popular models from the Toshiba. When the previous Satellite A200 was bundled with an HD-DVD drive, it was one of the cheapest machines with a next-gen optical drive.

The good: Webcam with face-recognition technology; HDMI-CEC output; powerful graphics performance; Sleep-and-Charge USB ports; strong multimedia suite with FM tuner.

The bad: No subwoofer; expensive; high-maintenance glossy keyboard; large and heavy for a midsized portable; no TV tuner; no Blu-ray option; stiff touchpad buttons.

The bottom line: The Satellite A300 backs up its high price tag with a strong multimedia suite. Unfortunately, this machine is found lacking when it comes to HD movies as it does not have a Blu-ray drive.

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