Sunday, October 11, 2009

Samsung Launches New Notebooks

Samsung has strengthened its mini notebook and notebook range in the Indian market with the announcement of four new, stylish and lightweight models under its N series and three new, advanced R series of notebooks.

The N series models launched are the N110, NC 20, N120 and N 310.

The N110, N120 and N 310 run on the Intel Atom processor while the NC20 runs on the VIA Nano ULV Processor U2250. The notebooks are equipped with 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth and come with a 1 year International warranty.

The N110 is priced at Rs. 25, 252, the N120 is priced at Rs. 26,327 and the NC20 is priced at Rs. 30,089. Pricing for the N310 hasn't been indicated.

The R series of notebooks includes the R522, R470 and the R518 that feature 2 GB RAM, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and a 1 year international warranty.

The 15.6-inch R522 has an integrated aluminum-style palmrest and touchpad lighting. The system is covered with a water-tight seal to prevent it being damaged if up to 100 cc of liquid is spilled on the R522’s keyboard or any other part of its case. The R522 also includes 4 USB2.0 ports and a separate combo port that supports both USB and eSATA connections. The R522 is available in two versions, priced at Rs. 37,399 and Rs. 41,914.

The R470 features a 14.0" LED display and incorporates a new-generation Nvidia GeForce G105M graphics card. It has three USB 2.0 ports, including a combo port that supports both USB and eSATA connections. It also incorporates a USB port that emits power so users can charge portable devices, such as mobile phones or MP3 players, even when the notebook is turned off.

The R470 is priced at Rs. 48,364.

The R 518 runs on the Intel Pentinum processor, has a 15.6-inch HD gloss LED, powered USB, and spill-resistant keyboard. It costs Rs. 33,637.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dell XPS M2010

Dell sort of broke the mold with this one. They're not usually known for innovative design, but this mobile' unit is like none of the others. It's a true desktop replacement solution, and runs a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR2 RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 graphics card, and boasts a 20' LCD running a native resolution of 1680x1050. It's a beast in every sense of the word- an 18 pound, almost 19' wide monster.

There's a lot to like in the M2010. If you so choose, you can boost the RAM to 4GB (and add a couple grand to the price tag in the process), run 120GB SATA hard drives mirrored in RAID-1 (as the above configuration shows), and have a great screen with a resolution that is perfectly matched for it.

There are a couple of things I question about this model, however. First and foremost, I question the usefulness of the M2010 as a mobile' unit, as it has been marketed by Dell. I suppose you could fold the screen down, pick the thing up and lug it somewhere, but its sheer size makes that seem very unlikely in real world practice. It appears like it would be more at home on some yuppie's minimalist glass desk than in a student's book bag or on a commuter train. I would hesitate to brand it as a mobile' unit as it more closely resembles an all-in-one or small form factor (SFF) computer.
Also, since the unit is so large, I don't know why Dell didn't choose a better (or newer generation) video card. They could have fit a bigger, faster card that produces more heat inside because size (and heat dissipation) is not as much of an issue when you have 19' to work with.

The system is a design marvel, but the limited mobility makes it somewhat of an overpriced desktop system, as you can get a better SFF desktop for a lot less.

Rating: 4/10 moneybags (more moneybags signify a better bargain)


2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7600


2GB DDR2 667

Hard Drive


Graphics Card(s)

ATI Mobility X1800 (256MB)

Optical Drive


Screen Size and Resolution

20" / 1680x1050


18.85" W x 15.9" D x 2.9" H


18.3 lbs

Approximate Price


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Toshiba Tecra A10, M10 laptops are in Store Now

If you’re thinking of buying a new laptops, perhaps these two latest edition from Toshiba giant can be a good option. With a price of $1249 , which is a bit lower than the initial offer, for the A10 and $1100 for the M10, these two have all the things jammed into them.

Check out their specs, and see whether you agree that it is worth the price tag.

The Tecra A10 has a powerful 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processors, built-in camera, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM (fast enough to process any data), a whooping 160GB Hard disk with a 7200rpm disk speed, and others stuffs such as Bluetooth, Toshiba’s Easy Guard Technology and a Li-on battery that you can use for 3 hours. Windows Vista Business comes with it and if you think that it is too fancy, you can have it downgraded to the more modest XP Professional. A 15.4-inch screen with WSXGA+ resolution and for the video card it has an NVIDIA’s Quadro NVS in it.

As for the Tecra M10, it has all the specs the A10 has except for the screen and the video card. The M10 has a smaller 14.1-inch TFT LCD with WXGA+ resolution and an Intel GM45 integrated graphics chip for the video card. And the hard disk runs a little bit slower, 5400rpm.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

HP selling laptop in messenger bag at Walmart

It looks like HP is doing its part for the environment and, possibly, thieves with its new Pavilion dv6929wm laptop, which does away with the usual excessive packaging and will instead be sold simply in a specially designed "HP Protect" messenger bag. That idea actually came about through a Walmart initiative that asked companies to produce a product that would reduce environmental impact, which HP won, and has now resulted in the laptop being sold exclusively at Walmart stores and Sam's Club locations. Unfortunately, there's not much word on the specs for the laptop itself just yet but, at $798, we wouldn't exactly expect a powerhouse.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Tough As Nails

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 follows the long line of Toughbook laptops that are favored by the military for their well, toughness. This laptop possesses the same rugged features and looks but this time with more consumer appeal. At $3,300 you get the same old tough laptop but this time with the modern features possessed by its competitors. It sure has an intimidating street price but quality does have a price.

With an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor with a speed of 2GHz the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 is well-equipped and is capable of running all the basic program you need for your business and more. It has a 1GB RAM and an unbelievable 400GB storage capacity. That and the almost giant 15.4-inch widescreen display could perhaps explain the heavy 7.4 pound weight of this laptop. It promises great images with the ATI Mobility Radeon X2300HD graphics card.

One nice touch in the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 is the attached briefcase handle which is made possible by the durable exterior molding and framework of the laptop. And just like the typical briefcase, your Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 can be susceptible to accidental bumps but no worries because its chassis has thicker layers of magnesium alloy for protection.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dell announces Bostro-branded notebook pc bostro-branded-notebook-pc.jpg

Dell Korea has recently announced its new Bostro-branded notebook pc and desktop pc product lines targeting SME(small and medium enterprise). Dell Bostro 1000 features 512MB memory, ATI RS485M/SB600 chipset, 80GB hard disk. As for Dell Bostro 1500, it supports 1GB memory, T7300 processor, 965PM chipset and, 120GB hard disk whereas the third model in the series the Bostro 200 Slim features 19-inch LCD monitor, G33 chipset, 512MB memory and 160GB hard disk. You can purchase the notebook pc’s at an MSRP of 619,000/ 1,010,000/ 549,000(KRW-VAT excluded) respectively.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

eMachines Announces EL1300 Series SFF Desktops

eMachines today announced the EL1300 small form factor desktop PC series, which currently includes the $298 EL1300G-01w and the $398 EL1300G-02w with a 20-inch LCD monitor. Both models feature the AMD Athlon 2650e 1.6GHz CPU, the NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics, a 160GB hard drive, and a DVD burner. The eMachines EL1300G-01w has 2GB of DDR2 memory and Windows Vista Home Basic OS, whereas the EL1300G-02w comes with 1GB of DDR2 RAM and Windows XP Home. eMachines also introduced the E182H 18.5-inch monitor, priced at $119.