Sunday, May 17, 2009

Panasonic ToughBook 30

Out in the field or down in the dirt, the durable Panasonic Toughbook 30 is built to take a beating.

This brawny workhorse is encased in magnesium alloy, with durability designed into every seal, hinge and connector.
Plus, as the industry's fastest fully-rugged mobile PC, it's built for lightening-quick processing and wireless connectivity.

Communicate in real time from remote areas, access databases online and run sophisticated software applications even in the harshest environments. Toughbook 30 is vibration and drop-shock resistant.

Quick Specs
Intel Core Duo (1.66 GHz), 512 MB DDR II SDRAM, 8.2 lbs, 13.3 in TFT active matrix, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Lenovo ThinkPad W700

The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation [27523KU] takes customer driven innovation to a level with an optional built-in palm rest digitizer and color calibrator.

Lenovo and Intel collaborated to integrate the color calibrator and digitizer into the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation. Designed for digital content creators and users, the mobile workstation's digitizer helps them easily configure an image, either mapping it to the entire screen or to an area defined by the user.

High performance users, especially digital photographers, will benefit from models with the built-in color calibrator as color continues to play an important role in their work.

The calibrator automatically adjusts the display's color in up to half the time of many external calibrators and with higher accuracy, resulting in the most accurate, true-to-life images in an integrated package.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700 Notebook [27523KU] features 4 GB of RAM and two 320 GB hard drives.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Acer Aspire 6930G-6723

Widescreen notebook computers all over the world are now undergoing significant transformation. The transition you find is from 16.10 to 16.9 displays in the widescreen notebook. Reasons for such transition are that these panels are cheaper and their aspect ratio is also largely consistent with the HDTVs used by the end users.

Among all the leading lap top computer manufacturers, Acer was the first to avail the opportunity of the new screen format suggested by the LCD companies. As a first step Acer launched Aspire 4920G-6071. It was 16 inch size media center laptop that became popular instantly around the world. However, the model quickly went out of market and lost its popularity and preferences to a large extent in the process.

This brought into fore the next model brought up by Acer. It was the Aspire 6930G-6723, the model about which this review is written. Basic objective of this model was to provide those who did not avail the benefits of the previous model, the excellence of the new widescreen notebook lap top. The version has some similarity with the previous version like both have Blu-ray reader. The best part of it is that the price is highly affordable. Another very attractive feature is the 3D game play that is saddled with updated Nvidia graphics card. People who are home theater enthusiast will certainly appreciate the rich features of the new model. In terms of value the new notebook edition is highly affordable at the price of approximately thousand dollars.

Another feature that is a continuation of the previous models is the Acer chassis that is the same in 6930G model as it was in the previous model. It has highly polished blue exterior. That is one of the reasons why the brand series is known as Gemstone Blue. The design is quite attractive and it complements the barrel hinge. However, it fails to conceal the bulk of the machine. Of course it is not one of the heaviest of the machines among the 16 inch models. The weight is around 7.2 pounds. In comparison the Gateway MC7803 earns the distinction of the heaviest machine among the widescreen notebook computers.

End users however may feel that the machine is not as slim as the 6.8 pound HP HDX16t. Moreover, the blue colors may require some improvement. Perhaps the designs that are automotive inspired like that of the MC7803u could be a better choice. However when you take into consideration all the features that is available in the 6930G, you will tend to overlook the slight disadvantage of the bulk of the machine.

It does not mean that the 16.9 inch widescreen laptop notebook computer is something out of the world. Perhaps this would be the model that would be flooding the market during the year 2009. The essence is that you are getting wider screens that would be matching the HDTV held by the users. The added advantage for you is that the new 16.9 widescreen notebook computers come at comparatively lower price than the 16.10 model.

So far as the resolution is concerned, the 6930’s resolution is 1366/768 is WXGA or the minimum resolution that is required on the size of screen it holds. If you compare this 6930 model with its bigger counterpart 8920G produced by Acer, you may find that it does not carry a complete 1080 pixel resolution like the later. You should not however think that this will in any way reduce the efficiency in terms of screen resolution of 6930G. The 720 pixel resolution is quite handy for the screening and display of high definition movies. The photos and other images produced by it are of excellent quality. The best part of it is however the keyboard which is easy and convenient for typing and gives you excellent feelings. In comfort the keyboard matches the HDX16t and in use it has the upper hand since it has bigger numeric keypad.

Compared to its price, the features of the new 6930G seem a gift from the heaven. It also takes a march over its competitors in the same vein. The main configuration includes the Blu-ray. In result the system can now play movies and burn CDs and DVDs conveniently using its Blu-ray drive. There is also the HDMI port that can enhance your movie viewing experience in case the 16 inch screen seems smaller to you. The port can enable larger display. You also have four USB ports. One of these ports works an additional eSATA port so that you can conveniently expand your storage capabilities.

Of course the unit does not have any Fire Wire expansion card, and WWAN, or any extra USB ports. It also does not have the TV tuner and such other peripherals. The disadvantage is somewhat compensated with the fact that while the comparatively higher priced HDX16t carries 250 GB Hard Disk, the 6930G contains 320 GB hard disk drive. The hard disk drive capabilities match perfectly with the Sony VAIO VGN FW198UH as well as the Gateway MC78-3u. Double speaker and subwoofer at the base make the sound system extremely powerful and at the same time well controlled. This results in sound that is always sweet to your ear.

Processor used in the new 6930G may not be the best in the market. However, the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 is quite competent to perform the required task. It can perform multiple tasks like video and photo recording, editing, and also ripping the MP3d. To add to this you can also watch HD movies using the processor. The 4GB memory of the processor is an added advantage. It is quite compatible with the Windows Vista 64 bit operating systems. You can play casual games with in built Nvidia GeForce 9600M GS graphics card. The device is faster compared to its predecessor model.

You might consider that the SYSmark 2008 Preview score achieved by 6930G falls short in comparison to its competitors HDX16t and Sony FW198U. The two models outscore 6930G by 43% and 39% respectively. It also fell short of the two models in terms of video encoding as well as the CineBench R10 tests. Yet on overall consideration, these deficiencies may not deter the end users from preferring the 6930G. The main reasons for this is that the 6930G is a budget model and come much cheaper compared to both HP and Sony models though not falling much behind in terms of efficiency.

Whatever the case might be, the 6930G was certainly an improvement over its predecessor 6920G. The only thing that did not improve substantially was the battery life. While the battery life of the earlier model was at an average of three hours and forty two minutes, the 6930G recorded battery life of around three hours and twenty minutes. However, in all other aspects the new model 6930G scores over its earlier version 6920G.

At its budget price and all the features that makes Acer aspire 6940G-6723 so much desirable that it could have caused easily the ouster of all other models from the market. This however, was not the case because the availability of the model could never reach the desired model. In fact the supply is much less compared to the demand. The model is now sold in the online stores only. However, will all its plus points it has been able to regain the ranking in editor’s choice which its predecessor had lost due to non-availability. Of course it has not the premier ranking of HDX16t, a much more expensive model, in the editor’s choice rankings. But it is one of the most desirable models for the average customer if not for anything else, for the price alone.

Specification:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 (2 GHz)
Screen Size: 16" (diagonal).
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce 9600M GS
Weight: 7.2 lbs.
Memory: 4GB RAM
Hard Disk Capacity: 320 Gigabytes
Ports: 4 USB, 1 DC Power Input 1 RJ-11 Modem, 1 RJ-45 Network
Networking: Wireless, Ethernet, WiFi

Asus G71G-Q1

As the number of computer gamers is growing day by day, the manufacturing companies are coming up with new inventions to match the requirements and demands of their customers. No one is satisfied to day with the stale card games or some routine games that are mostly in built in the operating systems and they are always on the look out for new and exciting games. Those who are always on the move and use laptops, wish their laptop to allow them play new games with newest features.

They download the games from the net, or use the CDs and DVDs available in plenty and also coming free as add on to the computer magazines in the market. The ASUS G71G-Q1 is the answer to their requirements. Catering to the requirements of their customers, ASUS G71G – Q1 has come up with features not found ordinarily in its counterparts. It has come up with one of the fastest processors and many other supporting features.

At a cost of $2,000 the features provided are quite interesting and absorbing. The Intel quad-core processor with the Blu-ray reader as well as cavernous hard drives makes it a near total package. This does not mean that there is no downside. The machine keeps you wanting on the graphics front. True, the Nvidia GeForce 9800M GS card is one of the best gaming cards in the market. But today there are other systems that can deliver even higher frame rates and they do not cost a dime more either. Another drawback of ASUS G71G-Q1 is that it suffers from the genuine weight problem that haunts most of the gaming laptops.

While it uses fast parts as well as the 17-inch wide screen, it is not as light as the Apple MacBook Pro17 inch (Unibody) that weights only 6.1 pounds and is very friendly for the bearer. At 9.1 pounds the ASUS G71G-Q1 is much heavier in comparison though it is lighter than the Alenware M17 and also the CyberPower M1 that weights at 9.4 and 9.6 pounds respectively. You have a lighter alternative in MSI GT627-218US that comes around 6.1 pounds using identical graphic cards though not the big 17 inch screen of G7G-Q1.

In terms of design and appearance ASUS G71G-Q1 takes a march over its counterparts like CyberPower MI. You may get a few fingerprints and smudges on the glossy black top. However the appearance is still extremely attractive. Performance wise you may yet prefer the Alienware M17 that has a matte and rubber like finish. In result it easily wards of smudges and fingerprints. Similarly, the red and fiery appearance of the Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725 would appeal to gamers who prefer such bright and glaring appearance. MSI on the other hand adopts a sober approach. It uses the GT627-218US red highlights sparingly along the sides.

On the other hand you will find generous red accents throughout the interior of ASUS G71G-Q1. It surrounds both the keyboard and the sides of the laptop. It also follows the pattern of the Dell xPS M1730 (Penryn), developing the gaming features with LED lights. You find blue LED studded on the lid, around the laptop and also the touch pad. The same Blue LED touches are found on the front bezel corners as well as in the multimedia buttons in the machine.

You will find these LEDs in the keyboard and it may disappoint you. The keyboard of ASUS G71G-Q1 does not have illumination as in case of Alienware M17 and CyberPower M1. Save this deficiency it is good keyboard. It has full size as well as solid foundation. They can easily withstand the constant pounding of the easily frustrated gamers. You also have a numeric keypad that is good for serial codes. It lies next to the main keyboard. This feature is nothing unique. Most of the gaming laptop has such keyboards these days.

The mouse buttons are draped with aluminum and they wrap around the touch pad though all may not find it very alluring and some even may consider it a bit resistive. One best thing about ASUS G71G-Q1 is its feature sets. It is something that the gamers would lust for and the price at around $2,000 is quite affordable and attractive. There is the built in Blu ray reader. This is a handy feature since such features on M1 or M17 will result in the increase in the price of the laptop to a much higher level in comparison to the ASUS G71G-Q1.

Another plus point for the ASUS G71G-Q1 is the screen resolution of 1920 X 1200. The two port covers that are unique on the gaming laptops have four USB ports as well as one Fire Wire port. This makes it very adaptable for the high humidity zones. There are also other uncovered ports such as the HDMI out, eSATA, VGA out as well as the Ethernet. They are all located at back of the system.

In terms of the storage capacity the ASUS G71G-Q1 has got 640 GB in form of dual hard disc drives. Each of the drive has 320GB space. It is higher than M17, M1, and the X305-Q725. The best part of it is that ASUS G71G-Q1 gives you two years global warranty as against the standard one-year warranty. Those who are enthusiastic about the performance may not be elated about the quad core processor. The 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Q9000 is already a part of other gaming laptops such as the Toshiba X305-Q725 and also the Acer Aspire aS8930-7665. However the quad core processor is at least 20 percent faster as proved in the Video encoding test and this is better than the M1 and M17 dual core processors. The memory stands at 6 GB for the ASUS G71G-Q1 and it is nearly twice the memory of M17. Apart from this the G71G also carries a little advantage in Photoshop features, The performance tests were positive and ASUS G71G-Q1b fared better on the CineBench R10 tests.

It seems that the designers clearly preferred the processors to the graphic cards in making the laptop more powerful. The same Nvidia GeForce 9800M GS could be available in cheaper systems. The $1,000 MSI GT627-218US has one for instance. It cannot be overlooked that it is the graphics features that determines the good running of the games on any system. Especially 3D intensive games will run well with the advanced graphics features alone. In this regard both Alienware and the CyberPower took an interesting step. They cut down the processor powers in favor of higher graphics features. Their processors may be midrange, but their graphic features are excellent. The dual graphics card of ATI Radeon HD 3870 gave higher scores on 3Dmark06 in comparison to the ASUS G71G-Q1.

These deficiencies in graphics feature were made up with the superiority of the ASUS G71G-Q1 in conflict and crisis management tests. While in the native resolutions both Toshiba X305-Q725 and the Alienware M17 had the advantage in superior resolutions they came second to G71G. The heat that comes out of the processor and the graphics cards as well as the high fan speed required for addressing it was something beyond the capabilities of the 75Wh battery used by ASUS G71G-Q1. The battery life at Mobile Mark 2007 test with result of one hour 45 minutes were less than impressive. Yet when the features like 6GB memory, Blu ray reader and the two years warranty is considered, ASUS G71G-Q1 ranks among the best in the market.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000
Screen Size: 17".
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce 9800M GS
Weight: 9.1 lbs.
Memory: 6GB RAM
Hard Disk Capacity: 640 Gigabytes

Useful For: Hardcore gamers

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N

Travelers and businessmen usually need laptop with good performance and longer battery life. Thanks to Sony, now there is a better choice than MacBook Air and other ultraportable laptops. Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N is the perfect combination of an ultraportable laptop with good performance, nice specification, and long battery life.

With 4GB RAM memory, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5 GHz), and nVidia GeForce 8400M GS, Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N is probably the first ultraportable laptop that can play almost all heavy PC games. Of course you need a better graphics card to play fantastic games such as Crysis but this is the best ultraportable laptop so far. Surprisingly, VGN-SZ791N has better battery life than most VAIO laptops. With more than 5 hours battery life, VGN-SZ791N surpasses its competitors such as MacBook Air.

VGN-SZ791N also surprises the world with the integrated Sprint EV-DO Rev A cellular modem. There are not many ultraportable laptops which have broadband connectivity but Sony apparently knows what travelers need. Yep, a broadband internet access. However, VGN-SZ791N also has several weak points. For example, this laptop only has two USB ports. The price tag ($2,449-$2,800) is also another thing that you need to reconsider.


Specification:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5 GHz)
Screen Size: 13.3" (diagonal)
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce 8400M GS
Weight: 3.9 lbs.
Memory: 4GB RAM
Hard Disk Capacity: 250 Gigabytes
Ports: USB
Networking: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Useful For: Multimedia professionals, gamers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alienware Area-51 m15x

Well, it's such a honor for me to test the new Alienware Area-51 m15x. Alienware laptops are well known for their beautiful design and strong performance. It's not surprising to see Alienware is not a kind of brand for everyone because Alienware always created its laptops for gamers. Of course Area-51 m15x is also one of these gaming laptops.

This laptop is very expensive (around $4,500) but you won't be disappointed. Similar with Dell XPS M1730, Alienware Area-51 m15x also uses LEDs for its design (but Alienware is better and more stylish). You can shift the colors by controlling the Alienware Command Center software. For example: you can switch the color for your keyboard to red and use green color for your touchpad, etc.

The casing design in overall looks pretty awesome. It's as unique as previous Alienware Area-51 laptops. The Alien symbol, as usual, can be found on the back of the laptop. There are also bluetooth and WiFi button which both are connected to the Alienware Command Center software. A unique speedometer feature also steals my attention.

Don't ever doubt the specification of each Alienware laptop. Area-51 m15x uses Intel Core 2 Duo X9000, 4GB RAM memory, massive 200GB hard disk capacity, and beautiful nVidia GeForce 8800M GTX as its graphics card. The good thing is, Alienware Area-51 m15x is 2.2 pounds lighter than most gaming laptops. Of course the most negative part is its price. Will you spend more than $4,000 only for a laptop?


Specification:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo X9000 (2.8 GHz)
Screen Size: 15.4" (diagonal)
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce 8800M GTX
Weight: 7.8 lbs.
Memory: 4GB RAM
Hard Disk Capacity: 200 Gigabytes
Ports: 3 USB
Networking: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, bluetooth
Useful For: hardcore gamers

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