Archive for the 'Laptops' Category

Samsung NC10 Netbook

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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A very close friend of mine had finally decided to buy a laptop. He used to visit cyber cafes often and spend a lot of money for surfing websites. There he wasted both his time and money because the computers were slow, net speed was low and since the computer was not his own, he cannot save any private data on it. Due to this he always had to carry blank CD’s and pen drives etc borrowed from friends. To put an end to all this, I took him to computer store where his eyes twinkled seeing flashy laptops. Hearing the price he said lets go home back and he’s fine with cyber café’s only. To make him calm down, I first asked the computer dealer to get us a glass of cold water and then I asked him what type of work he does on a computer. He said the usual things like browsing websites, sending emails, listening music, typing something on word processor, sometimes watching movie etc. At this point I asked him a simple question, “Suppose you own two vehicles, one is a V8 engine SUV and other is a nice small hatchback car with all the luxury features and if you have to go to buy an ice cream from market which is very near to your home then which vehicle would you use?” Answer is a no-brainer and its obvious one would take the small hatchback car because its fuel efficient, it’s easy to park and does the job well without any problem. Then I said why would you buy an expensive laptop with fastest processor when you are not going to use it at its full potential ever?

I asked the dealer to show us Samsung Laptop NC10 which is Intel Atom based laptop and it’s priced much lower than other laptops. Intel Atom is a decent processor for mobile computing, it consumes less power and it can do all the daily work a normal laptop user does. The best part about NC 10 is that it gives as much as 10 hours of battery backup while others will just shut down after 2 or 3 hours or usage. Adding to the good battery backup, NC 10 is very portable with its 10.2 inches screen. Though this screen may look small but it can display at quite decent resolution of 1024 x 600-pixel. Hard disk size is 160GB which is enough for most laptop users. I had a documentary movie with me in my pen drive and upon playing I found that sound output is quite impressive, no doubt the built 2.1 channel speakers with SRS are doing their job well here. This is something we don’t find in many premium laptops as well. NC 10 built quality is excellent and you can get the feel of it from its keyboard which is very nice to use and its very typing friendly. Review at cnet says that it has the best keyboard in netbook category. With a price tag of Rs. 28,477 (or USD 499), it may be a bit higher from other Atom based laptops available in market but the quality it offers justifies its slightly higher price. If you have used this laptop or happen to own one, then please do share your experience or just anything you want to comment about this laptop.

Averatec Star notebook

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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Averatec Star notebooks from TG Sambo will be powered by Intel Centrino 2 processor and will have decent memory of 3GB RAM and 320GB HDD. Designed with aluminum finish with silver color, it enhanced mobility with 1.7kg weight and 1cm thickness. Further technical details are as follows:

LCD: 33.8cm(13.3-inch)
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo Processor P8600 2.4GHz
Chipset: Intel GM45 + Intel ICH9M Chipset
Memory: 3072MB DDR II 667 MHz
HDD: 320GB(S-ATA)
ODD: Option
Graphic: GMA(Graphic Media Accelerator) X4500MHD
Network: 10/100 Base-TX / Modem
W-LAN: Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5100 (802.11 a/g/n)
Bluetooth Support
Interface Wireless LAN On-Off Switch / MIC / Headphone / Express Card Slot
I/O Port USB2.0×3, SPDIF, VGA
Web CAM: 1.3M Web CAM
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Dimensions: 327×227.5×10~25mm (W×D×H), 1.73kg
Price: 1,648,000 (KRW)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y Series laptops

Monday, January 5th, 2009

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Lenovo unveils the latest additions to its Idea brand of personal computers for consumers at CES 2009.

The new PCs push the envelope in the pursuit of thinner and more stylish designs, and combine these attributes with unique features like facial recognition and high-definition entertainment technologies to give consumers a computing experience like no other.

There are four new IdeaPad laptops – the IdeaPad Y650, one of the thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptops, the Y550 and Y450 laptops with a similar family design to the Y650, and one of the thinnest all-in-one desktop PCs, the IdeaCentre A6002. With the explosive growth of social networking, Lenovo also continues to enhance its IdeaPad S10 netbook with new instant on capability, facial recognition and easy access to Lenovo’s social networking community.

In particular, Lenovo delivers its first 16-inch widescreen laptop ‘IdeaPad Y650′, as one of the thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptops. In fact, the laptop weighs less than many 15-inch laptops, providing users with an additional inch of screen space without compromising on mobility. Making use of advanced materials, Lenovo has engineered the laptop down to a slender one-inch at its thinnest point with a weight of just 5.6 pounds.

The expanded Y Series adds new screen sizes to the IdeaPad laptop lineup: the 16-inch Y650, the 15.6-inch Y550, and the 14-inch Y450. The new Y Series laptops are configurable with up to 500GB of hard drive storage space and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory.

MSI netbook with dual-storage

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

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MSI unveiled its new 10-inch netbook ‘U115 Hybrid’ that is equipped with both SSD and HDD drives. It primarily uses 16GB SSD and temporarily operates 160GB HDD with ‘Eco Mode’ to save power.

Powered by Intel Atom Z530(1.6GHz) processor, the U115 Hybrid adopts 2GB DDR2 RAM, a 10-inch LCD screen with 1024*600 resolution, a 2M webcam and 4-in-1 card reader. Running on Windows XP Home Edition OS, it supports WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity. Dimensions are 260x180x19~31.5(mm) and it weigh 1kg only.

Entry level notebook pc from Acer

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

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Acer is going to launch its eMachines-branded entry level notebook pc ‘E520′ in Japan market on October 31.

Adopting a 15.4-inch wide LCD monitor with 1,280×800 resolution, the E520 is equipped with Intel Celeron 575 (2Ghz) CPU, 1GB of RAM and 160GB HDD. Running on Windows Vista Home Premium OS, it adopts DVD Super-Multi drive and Intel GL40 Express. Measuring 364.6×273.6×27~38.4mm at 2.8kg, it offers around 3 hours of battery life. Suggested price is 640 USD.

In my opinion, Acer should have excluded Vista to lower price even more and also not many computer users are keen on using Vista.