HP Compaq branded notebooks are known to be cheap but usually do compromise on the performance and battery life. The HP Compaq Presario CQ57-371EA packs a dual core AMD processor E-450 which is an AMD Fusion based platform that promises an integrated graphics that can handle full HD playback and a good battery life all for under £300.
After announcing a refresh of their smallest gaming notebook Alienware M11x R3 series Alienware decided to announce a notebook for the big boys that need ‘true’ gaming hardware in a notebook. Enter the AlienwareM18x notebook. A gamer’s dream come true featuring a full HD 18.4 inch screen (1920 x 1080 px), an overclocked 4.0 Ghz Intel Core i7 Extreme (yes 4.0 GHz – not a typo), a selection of highend AMD CrossFireX and nVidia SLI graphics and up to 32 GB DDR3 RAM all packaged in an anodised aluminium chassis.
Lenovo announced 4 new all-in-one desktop PC models at CES 2011. We had a look at the Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 a week ago and were quite impressed with it apart from graphics performance so we hope Lenovo addressed some of the issues in the upcoming models. Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 was dubbed worlds slimmest all-in-one desktop PC by Lenovo while IdeaCentre B520 is world’s first frameless multi-touch all-in-one and the IdeaCentre B320 is a computer that is also a TV. With Lenovo C205 is a compact all-in-one at an affordable price and is not a part of IdeaCentre line-up. All the models have been upgraded with latest Intel Sandy Bridge or AMD Fusion platforms.
It’s no secret that AMD have kept trying to produce a competitive platform for portable notebooks but until now failed due to marginally weaker battery life then Intel’s platforms. But it looks like AMD have finally got its act together with the launch of AMD Fusion platform that features a multicore CPU, DirectX 11 graphics and parallel processing engine. It all sounds promising to us. One of the first notebooks announced at CES to feature AMD’s latest platform was HP Pavilion dm1-3020us.
Asus has created pretty much every combination of netbook hardware possible with Intel’s processors and it turned to AMD. What we have seen in other AMD powered netbooks such as Acer Aspire One 521 they offer better performance especially in the graphics department then Intel but usually last half as long when running on battery power. So hopefully Asus Eee PC 1015T that features the latest AMD V series processor for netbooks will offer competitive battery life. Asus Eee PC 1015T offers already familiar seashell chassis design and offers 4 colour options including white, black, blue and red.
HP recently launched the refreshed Pavilion series that feature a very attractive design and latest Intel Core i-series and AMD processors. The HP Pavilion dv6-3085ea is a new addition to the 15.6 inch dv6 series that along the sleek brown design also brings a 1.6 GHz MD Phenom II P920 quad core processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 dedicated graphics that according to test carried out by Cnet deliver PCMark05 score of 5,244 and 3DMark06 score of 6,809 which isn’t all that bad and will run latest games without any problems if you turn the quality settings down a bit all for under £730.
First Dell released a 13.3 inch Dell Inspiron M301z AMD-powered notebook and now it released a smaller 11.6 inch Dell Inspiron M101z notebook that is powered by an AMD platform as well. Similar to its bigger brother it offers great build quality, good keyboard and good performance thanks to a 1.3 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K325 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 integrated graphics. As we have come to expect from AMD low voltage platforms outperform Intel’s offerings but are more power hungry so if battery life is your number one priority then you should look away from the Dell Inspiron M101z otherwise this is a great little notebook.
Acer shows love for AMD platforms with the Acer Aspire 7551G-N934G64Bn 17 inch Notebook that packs a 2.0 GHz quad core AMD Phenom II X4 N930 processor, 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 and 4 GB of RAM. Guys over at NetbookCheck think that the Acer Aspire 7551G-N934G64Bn offers great value for money as it features a Blu-ray drine, 640 GB hard drive, DirectX 11 capable graphics and a quad core processor all for under €830. But on the downside the AMD processor just can’t compete with Intels’ offerings but to be hones for most users the AMD will be more then fast enough.
Believe it or not this is not yet another incarnation of an Intel Atom based netbook as the Acer Aspire One 521 is based on AMD’s platform featuring a 1.7 GHz AMD Athlon Neo II processor and integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics. The conclusion was that finally AMD has created a competitive netbook platform and even surpassed Intel in performance and pricing but is still a bit behind in terms of battery life but overall a very impressive netbook.