The first generation Samsung series 9 notebook was one of the first ultrabooks to hit the market. There were only a couple of issues with it to earn a recommendation over a MacBook Air. The use of glossy plastics on the inside which not only looked a bit cheap but was a finger print magnet as well and the fact that even though it cost £1,300 did not pack a high resolution display. Since then there have been a flood of new ultrabooks hitting the market with Asus Zenbook UX31E claiming the top Windows ultrabook title costing less then £1,000 while packing a high resolution screen. Now Samsung released the second generation Series 9 – the 900X3B notebook. Read on to find out if Samsung 900X3B packs enough punch to become the top dog once more.
Did you love the value of that Acer Aspire notebook? But was turned away by the dull gray/black design? We would like you to meet the Packard Bell TK notebook series. With Packard Bell being a sub-brand of Acer its notebook share the same design, build quality, hardware and price but add a splash of color to the Acer’s black and gray chassis. Today we will have a look at the Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 (GU-021UK) which features a red color scheme and an Intel processor. There is also the TK85 which is black, while TK81 (black) and TK83 (red) come with AMD processor options. If a red 15.6 inch notebook packing a dual core processor for under £400 is your thing, read on past the break to find out more.
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.
With all ultrabooks stealing all the hype in the portable notebook market it is easy to forget that not everyone want to spend £1000 on a 13 inch notebook. For some a notebook that is 5oo g heavier, 10 mm thicker but costing almost half less is a more compelling offer and this is where HP ProBook 4330s comes in.
We love stats especially when they OS related as they show us what people are using out there. It’s hard to believe that Windows XP after 9 years of release is still seating on top of the charts but that is all looking to change in the US with Windows 7 steadily climbing each month while Windows XP and Windows Vista (that FYI has never overtaken XP) are steadily loosing their share. StatCounter projected that by the end of April Windows 7 will become most used operating system in the US. Check the stats charts after the break. Continue reading >
Last week we posted that Dell is about to refresh its Alienware M11x notebook series with Intel Sandy Bridge processors but there was no word on graphics. Alienware M11x R3 manual popped up on Dell’s supports website prior to the launch of the notebook revealing detailed specifications including details about the so important graphics chip. While the previous generation nVidia GeForce GT 335M was completely adequate with scoring about 6,000 points in 3D Mark06 benchmark we welcome the upgrade to the nVidia GeForce GT 540M which is about 30% faster scoring about 8,000 points in 3D Mark 06. Check the full specifications and ports diagrams after the break.
A useable Windows 7 is one of our unfulfilled dreams and by the looks of it the French might have made it come true with the launch of Evigroup SmartPaddle tablet. To compensate for Windows 7 lack of finger friendliness the Evigroup created its own user interface that runs on top of Windows 7. They called it ‘Scale’ and it is more than just a finger friendly 3D interface. It has some built-in applications such as web browser, media player capable of playing 1080p full HD video, photo manager, word processor, contact manager and file manager.
As much as we like an idea of a tablet sporting full version of Windows 7 so that we can finally say goodbye to our notebooks we just can’t see it possible due to performance struggle that Windows 7 causes for the underpowered Intel Atom processors that manufacturers keep sticking into tablets. We still would be able to swallow the lack of speed but not the lack battery life as we haven’t seen a Windows 7 tablet that can last longer then 3 hours. Continue reading >
It looks like ViewSonic wasn’t able to decide whether to go for Google Android or Windows 7 operating system for its new tablet so they just preloaded with both which is actually a great feature as when you are on the go you can boot into Google Android to save power but when you are at home and plugged in you can enjoy fully featured Windows 7.
Well, maybe you will not take it on the go as much due to lack of a 3G connection, however it does have good connectivity as it features 2 USB ports, 1 mini VGA port and SD card slot while it features 16GB SSD internal storage, 1GB RAM and Intel Atom N455 processor and Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics. It should retail for under €500 when it comes available later this year.
Oh and there is one more thing ViewSonic couldn’t make their mind up the name – it’s undecided whether to call it ViewPad 100 or ViewPad 10i. Decisions, decisions, decisions,… Luckily you only have one decision to make and that is whether to view the hands-on video at Engadget or not. Hands-on video after the break.