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.
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.
We have already had a look at the Dell XPS 17 and now is its smaller brother’s turn. Dell XPS 15 features the same chassis design but is a bit smaller as it sports a 15.6 inch screen. As the chassis is smaller Dell fitted it with slower hardware which is note necessarily a bad thing for some users as this brings the price down to a more affordable level for an average user. The connectivity and 2.1 JBL speaker system are still present which adds to the value of this notebook so this just might be a good choice for everyday use.
Pretty much any major notebook manufacturer announced new refreshed notebook models packing on of Intel’s latest next-gen Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 (Sandy Bridge) processors. Amongst them are Acer (Aspire 5750, Aspire 5750G and Aspire 7750G), Fujitsu (Lifebook AH572, Lifebook P771, Lifebook T901, Lifebook T580 and Lifebook NH751), Lenovo(IdeaPad Y470, IdeaPad Y570, IdeaPad Y570d, IdeaPad V370, IdeaPad V470 and IdeaPad V570), MSI (G780, GT680, FX720, FR720, FX620, FR620 and FX420), Samsung (RC512 and RV511) and Toshiba (Satellite M645, Satellite A665 and Satellite 665 3D, Satellite L635, Satellite L645, Satellite L655 and Satellite L675). Specifications and photos after the break.
It seems that Razer is about to create a new market of mobile gaming devices with Razer Switchblade if it ever decides to release it as currently it is just a pre-production concept unit. Regardless of not being a final product it was definitely one of the most innovative products at CES 2011. With featuring 2 multi-touch 7 inch screens and a dynamic keyboard Razor is promising it will deliver the full desktop PC gaming experience in a small mobile package. There might even be an integrated 3G module so you can even play online games on the go.
We still have yet to see a Windows 7 tablet to impress us. Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series just might be the one but with packing an Intel Atom processor it might not offer enough performance to satisfy everyone. Asus might have then taken the best approach with stuffing a dual core Intel Core i5 processor in the upcoming Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet. Add up to 4 GB of RAM and Intel GMA HD integrated graphics and Asus Eee Slate EP121 will not have any problems whatsoever with any office task you throw at it.
Samsung is trying to reinvent Dell Inspiron Duo’s approach with creating a first appealing netbook/tablet that Dell failed with Inspiron Duo. At first glance Samsung Sliding PC 7 definitely looks like a first netbook that could deliver on the tablet front of features as well.
The idea is the same as with Dell Inspiron Duo only it’s taking a slightly different approach with featuring latest Intel Oak Trail platform that should speed up Windows 7 performance and increase battery life – two of the three key areas where Dell Inspiron failed to deliver with third point being slow custom UI by Dell. Again Samsung’s custom UI beats Dell with probably being best Windows 7 touch interface we have ever seen. As you probably remember another fail for Dell Inspiron Duo was the bulk so in order to keep the weight down to an acceptable level for a tablet Samsung made compromises with ports which pretty much are non-existent apart from an odd USB 2.0 and an HDMI port.