Notebooks News, Features, and Interviews

  • St. Mary's College prepares for Windows 8 rollout

    St. Mary’s College will upgrade student and staff devices to Windows 8 next year, following a recent technology refresh that included a rollout of new notebooks to students and teachers.

    12 Dec. 14 10:43 Written by Adam Bender
  • Fujitsu LifeBook SH771 laptop

    Fujitsu's LifeBook SH771 is a 13.3in laptop that's designed for business users who want something attractive, fully featured and powerful. It's almost as thin and light as an Ultrabook, but it contains a full-voltage Intel Core processor.

    12 Jan. 12 15:52 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • HP Folio 13-1008TU Ultrabook

    HP's Folio 13-1008TU is an excellent Ultrabook. It's slim, well built, light and it has a good range of connectivity built in to it. Most importantly, it's a very comfortable laptop to use: it comes with a smooth and responsive Synaptics touchpad and its keyboard has soft, backlit keys that are a joy to hit.

    14 Dec. 11 15:02 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

    HP's Mobile Workstation notebooks are beasts worthy of the professionals that they target. Solid build quality, plenty of features and fast performance are the hallmarks of these machines, but they also carry a hefty price tag.

    30 Nov. 11 12:40 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • Toshiba Satellite Z830 (PT22LA-001001) Ultrabook

    The way we hoped Ultrabooks would materialise when we first heard about them is about as close as Toshiba has gotten with its design of the 13.3in Satellite Z830. It's a magnificent piece of work that fits necessary ports and slots into an almost impossibly thin and light chassis, a chassis that also houses speedy enough components to make everyday computing tasks a breeze. While most vendors talk of no-compromise thin-and-light computing when it comes to Ultrabooks, only Toshiba has walked the walk thus far.

    20 Nov. 11 13:27 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • Acer TravelMate 8481G-2464G12ikk laptop

    The Acer TravelMate 8481G weighs only 1.6kg and is 25mm thick (with the lid closed). It's a 14in laptop with a low-voltage Intel Core i5 CPU, NVIDIA graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 120GB solid state drive. With this type of configuration, business tasks can be completed effortlessly, and that's the prime target market for this laptop as it also includes security features such as a fingerprint reader and a trusted platform module — not to mention it has a price tag of $1999.

    14 Oct. 11 15:14 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • Dell Vostro V131 ultraportable business laptop

    Dell's Vostro V131 is sedately handsome and a good performer, but has little else to distinguish it from the corporate-targeted ultraportable crowd. Unless, that is, you count eye-catching prices for various configurations, two USB 3.0 ports, and a generally excellent set of features.

    03 Sept. 11 07:23 Written by Jon L. Jacobi
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E320 (129834M) business laptop

    The ThinkPad Edge E320 (129834M) is a 13.3in, Intel Core i3-based laptop that's designed for small business users. However, it's a great model for home users and students to consider as well: it has a decent features list, long battery life, it's very comfortable to use and it even looks good. There's not much wrong with this laptop at all, although we think its touchpad and screen could be better and we wish it came with USB 3.0 and a solid state drive as standard (a 128GB SSD is an option).

    17 Aug. 11 16:55 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • HP EliteBook 2560p (QA086PA) business laptop

    This 12.5in HP EliteBook laptop packs an Intel Core i5-2540M CPU and a DVD burner in its small base, which are features that make it both a powerful and a well-equipped business tool. It has strong build quality and it feels comfortable to type on thanks to a good keyboard, but it does feel quite heavy for what it is. Part of that is due to the built-in DVD burner, and also because of the six-cell battery that sits in the spine.

    09 Aug. 11 16:55 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • Fujitsu LifeBook S761 business laptop

    The Fujitsu LifeBook S761 is a 13.3in laptop that weighs only 1.7kg, yet it has a powerful configuration and a lot of features in its robust chassis — including a DVD burner. Being a business-oriented model, it also has lots of security features, some of which work well, some of which may require the help of Fujitsu's tech support set up.

    28 July 11 16:52 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • HP ProBook 5330m business laptop

    The aluminium-finished HP ProBook 5330m looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It's a $999, 13.3in laptop with a full-voltage Second Generation Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive located in its 17mm thin chassis. It's designed for business users who want something reasonably small and stylish that can be easily transported, and we think it's a great proposition considering its low price.

    24 July 11 17:06 Written by Elias Plastiras
  • Apple MacBook Pro models now boast Thunderbolt 10G I/0

    "More power" is the theme of Apple's new MacBook Pro notebook computers unveiled Thursday, with multi-core processors, improved graphics, and a blazingly fast new I/O technology called Thunderbolt that tops out at 10Gbps.

    25 Feb. 11 04:48 Written by John Cox
  • Acer chooses AMD chips for new netbooks

    Acer on Friday announced new netbooks based on chips from Advanced Micro Devices, a win for the chip company's efforts to grab market share from rival Intel.

    19 June 10 03:27 Written by Agam Shah
  • Your next laptop: Concept designs point the way

    Tired of the stale cookie-cutter designs that make all laptops look basically alike? You're not alone. A group of intrepid designers and engineers is doing something about the "sameness syndrome" that permeates notebook design. They're working on groundbreaking concept designs that not only turn heads but also point to new ways to work and play on the road.

    11 June 10 09:25 Written by Brian Nadel
  • MSI shows prototype laptop with convertible keyboard

    Taiwan's Micro-Star International showed for the first time on Monday a laptop computer with a keyboard that flips over to reveal a sensor pad for pen input. The Sketch Pad, which is still a prototype, was unveiled at the same time it launched a Windows 7-based tablet PC.

    31 May 10 16:40 Written by Martyn Williams
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