Acer bounced back with its upgraded Aspire One series. It added 3G capability to netbook.
Although the looks remain the same as that of it predecessor, the Aspire One 532H 3G runs untiringly with an astounding battery life of 9.5 hours.
Specs: 10.1-inch LED display; Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor; 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD; 3 X USB ports, a VGA, Card Reader; Runs on Win 7 starter and weights 1.25 kg.
Categories: Acer Netbook 3G capability, Acer, Acer Aspire, Aspire One 532H, card reader, GB, HDD, Intel Atom, LED, Netbook, USB port, VGA output, Windows 7
Last year netbooks were so in vogue that we had to creat a new category for them in the rankings list. The winner this year is the Samsung N210.
The spec sheet looks similar to that of the competition, but what makes it the best netbook is its astounding battery life of over 10 hours. With it, the user will never fall short of power.
Specs: 10.1-inch LED display; Intel Atom 1.6 GHz ; 1GB RAM, 160 GB HDD; 3 USB; a VGA, Card Reader; weights 1.25 kg and runs on Windows 7 starter OS.
Categories: Samsung Netbook card reader, GB, HDD, Intel Atom, LED display, Netbook, OS, processor, RAM, Samsung, Samsung N210, USB 2.0, VGA output, Windows 7
HP’s Envy 14 is certainly a head-turning laptop. Its clean lines and rounded edges look stunning, with a dimpled bronze finish and an edge-toedge display.
The stylish touchpad is made from a single panel, with areas marked by lines where the buttons should be. The entire panel moves when you press these, and although the action is light and produces a distinct click, the button areas are still sensitive to touch, so the cursor often moves just when you’re about to click. Read more…
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The Q530 is another beautifully made laptop from Samsung, with a graphite-effect lid and silver keyboard panel that isn’t cluttered with excess buttons or LED lights.
Its beauty is more than just skin deep, too. Inside is an Intel Core i3 350M processor that provides near-desktop performance, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics chip that’s capable of playing 3D games.
The Q530’s 15.6in display makes up for it’s reduced size with higher quality. It has a bright, even LED backlight and a glossy finish, which between them produce an image with vibrant colours and superb contrast – provided you find the best vertical viewing angle. Read more…
Categories: Samsung Laptop GB, HDMI port, Intel Core i3, Laptop, LED light, Notebook, NVIDIA GeForce GT, processor, RAM, Samsung, Samsung Q530, USB port
Acer’s latest laptops have adopted a new slim design, and the 7741 is no exception. The smart, textured lid opens to reveal a brushedmetal keyboard surround, with none of the gaudy LEDs or touch-sensitive controls of previous designs. It’s not all about looks, though: you can find packed inside the 17.3in 7741 a powerful Core i3 330M processor.
The backlight is bright and even, and the glossy finish adds vibrancy to colours. Colour accuracy was also good, and contrast was excellent, although tight vertical viewing angles mean you have to adjust the tilt of the screen carefully. Read more…
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The EliteBook 8440p ultra-portable uses some powerful components.
The Intel Mobility Core i7 processor runs at 2.66GHz, but Turbo Boost provides improved performance in single-threaded applications. This alone is enough to fly through most tasks, but HP has gone a step further, installing Windows 7 Professional to a 160GB solid-state HDD.
The keyboard has flat, rubberised keys that provide very little tactile feedback when typing. Most are full size, but the function keys feel squeezed in at the top of the keyboard tray.
Mouse input can be controlled using either the touchpad or the central touchstick. There are two separate sets of mouse buttons, so you can take your pick. Read more…
Categories: HP LapTop card reader, DisplayPort output, eSATA, eSATA port, ExpressCard, FireWire, GB, HDD, HP, HP EliteBook 8440p, Laptop, Notebook, USB port, VGA output, Windows 7
The HP DM3 looks great from almost every angle. The metallic-effect body is smooth, with rounded corners and few LEDs or shortcut keys to clutter the appearance. The chiclet-style keyboard looks smart and is great to type on. Keys are widely spaced and full-sized, but to avoid breaking the design scheme by adding extra keys, shortcuts such as the volume and brightness keys are paired with the function buttons.
While many laptops do the same, the DM3 sets each shortcut as the default, rather than secondary, action. This is annoying if you frequently use the function keys in combination with the Alt key, as it also requires holding down the Fn key. Read more…
Categories: HP LapTop Athlon II Neo, ATI Radeon HD, GB, HD playback, HDMI, HP, HP Pavilion dm3, LED, Pavilion dm3-2040ea, processor, USB port, VGA output
From the outside it’s difficult to notice any differences in this new model. The smart textured lid and silver case remain unchanged, as do the chiclet-style keyboard and large touchpad. The keyboard is comfortable to use, but minor issues such as the small tab key and relocated backslash are annoying.
The 10.1in screen has a glossy coating but is fine to use in well-lit areas and doesn’t create distracting reflections. Brightness isn’t dazzling and color reproduction is slightly inaccurate.
The 1,024×600 resolution is the standard for this screen size, but images look sharp. Audio is disappointing: the downward facing speakers are quiet and poor quality. Read more…
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Acer has made some questionable design choices with the Aspire One range in the past, but the new 533 is possibly its best-looking netbook to date
The glossy black screen bezel detracts slightly from the overall design. However, the keyboard is mostly full-size; only the function and arrow keys have been shrunk to make room for the rest of the chiclet-style keys.
Despite the low 1,024×600 resolution, the 10.1in screen produces sharp images. The screen has fantastic vertical tilt, lying almost flat at its maximum, but usable angles that produce accurate colours are limited. Read more…
The EeePC 1015PE is the latest Asus netbook to use the Seashell design scheme. Its rounded corners and straight lines look great from any angle. The wedge-shaped body appears very thin from the front, but even from the back it’s a very sleek netbook. The white colour scheme looks great, even if the contrasting black screen bezel looks slightly out of place.
The 10.1in screen is very thin, but it includes an embedded webcam. This has a low resolution of 640×480, but it’s still fine for basic tasks such as Skype conversations. The screen itself has a resolution of 1,024×600, which is standard for netbooks of this size. Read more…