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.
Microsoft today unveiled the Consumer Preview of Microsoft Windows 8 in Barcelona at the MWC 2012. This latest version is available to download from Microsoft website to anyone willing to give it a spin for free. Luckily, for those not feeling that adventurous or if you wish to check if it’s worth installing, Engadget posted a couple of hands-on videos and a lengthy detailed preview. By the looks of it Windows 8 does a great job of serving up a god user interface for tablets and computers blessed with a touchscreen. For most of us stuck on mouse and keyboard combo there still is the old desktop mode that we have become accustomed to in Windows 7. We will definitely give it a try and keep you updated with how we get on with it. Meanwhile check the videos by Engadget after the break and hit the source link to read the full preview.
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.
Still flying high on the success of Windows 7 Microsoft showed off new interface it’s been secretly working on. It looks like this new interface was heavily influenced by Windows Phone 7 OS found on smartphones. This will make it very friendly to use on tablets and it seems that finally we will be able to see a decent Windows tablet. It will also come bundled with Internet Explorer which again has been designed with tablets in mind.
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.
Computex 2009 is just a few days away. What kind of products or solutions will be showcased at this year’s Taipei tradeshow? We definitely expect official announcements about the Arm-based Netbooks such as Ndivia’s Tegra, TI’s Omap or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. Some of the Arm-based Netbooks have been discovered by a few IT media already such as the Wistron Pursebook which comes embedded with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets.
Read more at Cnet.
Julian Prokaza at Cnet posted a review of HP Pavilion dv3-2055ea 13.3 Laptop. He thinks that the The HP Pavilion dv3-2055ea is a well-specified 13.3-inch laptop that doesn’t sacrifice usability for the sake of portability. Middling 3D graphics performance makes it a capable all-rounder rather than true multimedia powerhouse, but it’s otherwise well-specified, and well worth a look.
Read full review at Cnet.