ASUS UX305FA-ASM1 Zenbook Ultra-Slim Laptop

March 31st, 2015

We’re not great fans of ultra-slim laptops at Our Picks, believing that a compromise has to be made somewhere when designing an ultra-slim, but the ASUS Zenbook has caught our eye recently and is receiving glowing reviews. So not being a team to fly in the face of public opinion we decided to check out this cool looking offering from ASUS.

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 13.3-Inch Ultra-Slim Aluminum Laptop, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD

Price: $699.00

4.2 out of 5 stars (89 customer reviews)

31 used & new available from $579.00

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MSI GE Series GE70 Apache pro-681 gaming laptop

March 15th, 2015

The gaming laptop niche is still strong and MSI are one of the major players. Here’s a great offering from them, the GE Series GE70 Apache pro-681 model. The pro-681 sports a 17.3 inch display and an Intel Core i7 processor.

MSI GE Series GE70 Apache Pro-681 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Aluminum Black)

Price: $1,149.00

3.5 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)

39 used & new available from

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ASUS 15.6 Inch Intel Dual Core Celeron Laptop

February 28th, 2015

One of the bestselling laptops at the moment is this 15.6 inch model from ASUS. It sports a 2.16 GHz Dual Core Celeron from Intel as well as 4GB of memory and 500GB of hard drive storage.

ASUS 15-Inch X551 Laptop (OLD VERSION)

Price: $234.95

3.7 out of 5 stars (1756 customer reviews)

94 used & new available from $156.07

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Gateway NV52 laptop series

May 14th, 2010
Gateway NV52 laptop

Today we are taking a look at Gateway’s NV52 laptop, an Athlon powered 15 inch range of models. The base unit, NV5207u, sports the following bells and whistles for the minimalist price tag of $500.

* AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 QL-65 Dual-Core Processor (2.1GHz, 667MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache)
* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
* 4GB Dual-Channel DDR2 667MHz sDRAM Support
* 320GB SATA hard drive
* ATI Radeon® HD 3200 Graphics
* 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
* 8x DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
* 6-Cell Lithium Ion (4400 mAh)
* 26-37mm (H) x 372mm (W) x 250mm (D)
* 15.6″ HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
* 4 x USB 2.0, VGA Port, HDMI™ Port
* Media Card Reader
* 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
* Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
* Integrated Webcam
* 2.65 kg

With a price tag of $499 we must admit that the Gateway NV5207u seems to offer some good features for a reasonable price. Unfortunately CNet don’t share our view and give the NV5207u a three stars out of five, citing a weak processor and poor battery performance as the downsides. ZDNet also complain about the processor, comparing it to our canine friends, when giving it a 7.4 rating.

If anyone out there has used one of these suckers or even owns a Gateway NV5207u laptop please let us know what you think in the comment box below.


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MSI launch CR600 laptop

February 18th, 2010

MSI CR600-234US laptop

MSI have just cranked out a bunch of new laptops for your perusal. There are three new models in the CR620 range, but we shall take a look at the latest addition to the CR600 range, the CR600-234US model. The new CR600 is powered by an Intel Dual-Core T5400 processor, managed by Windows 7 Home Premium and has a 16 inch LCD display. Other snazzy features include an HDMI output, brushed aluminium touchpad and built-in webcam and microphone. The full details on the CR600-234US are as follows

* Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core T4500 2.3GHz 800 MHz FSB Processor
* Windows 7 Home Premium OS
* Black or Silver options
* 16 inch 1366 x 768 res WXGA LCD 16:9 display
* GeForce 8200M G GPU
* 1W x 2 internal speakers
* 3 GB memory
* 320 GB SATA HDD
* DVD Super Multi Optical drive
* 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection
* 802.11b/g/draft n WLAN Card built-in
* 4 in 1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/XD)
* 1.3 MP webcam
* 3 x USB 2.0 outputs
* VGA, HDMI output
* Headphone, Mic-in, Line-in ports
* 14.73 x 9.73 x 0.63 – 1.18 inches

It all sounds quite impressive to us and with price tag of $526.20 at Amazon the MSI CR600
looks very attractive indeed. As we’ve discussed a large number of laptops recently we thought we’d point out a couple of units that are just priced above the MSI CR600. For $800 Alienware’s M11x compares nicely but admittedly it’s aimed at a different market and Lenovo’s IdeaPad G560 with the same $800 price tag sports an extra 1 GB of memory over the CR600’s spec. So if you’re looking for a laptop under $600 then the MSI CR600 seems like a good option to us.


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Hannspree HannsNote 10″ laptop

August 23rd, 2009

Hannspree HannsNote 10″ laptop
Hannspree have unleashed their latest laptop, the HannsNote, in the USA. US$380 (or US$320 at Amazon) will get you either a Pearl White or Pearl Black version which weighs in at only 2.9 lbs (1.17kg) including a six-cell Li-Ion battery which will last six hours at full charge. Sounds good to you? Well, read on for some more bits and pieces on Hannspree’s lightweight laptop.

* Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz Processor / 512KB Cache / 533MHz FSB
* Windows® XP Home Edition SP3
* 1GB DDR2 (Up to 2GB Max)
* 10 inch 1024 x 600 TFT res LCD display
* Intel GMA 950 Graphics
* Mic & headphone sockets and built-in stereo speakers
* 160GB SATA 2.5″ Internal HDD
* 1.3MP webcam
* 3-in-1 Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS
* 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 LAN, Bluetooth® 2.0 connectivity
* VGA Output, USB 2.0 x3
* 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (Up to 5 hours of operation with full charge)
* 10.2″ x 1.8″ x 7.1″ (with battery)
* 2.9 lbs. with 6-Cell Battery

An optical drive is optional add-on but that’s the way with all these ultra-portable laptops these days and for portability the HannsNote is difficult to beat. So if you are on the look out for a lightweight laptop then the HannsNote may just be what you are looking for.

Source: Hannspree HannsNote


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$300 Compaq laptop at Walmart

August 3rd, 2009

HP Compaq CQ60-419WM laptop

According to FatWallet, Walmart are offering the HP Compaq CQ60-419WM laptop for only US$300 at their stores only. There’s no indication if the offer has a time limit and the Walmart website states the Compaq is only available in-store giving no pricing details. This offer makes the HP laptop as cheap as a netbook but sporting laptop specs and of course laptop weight. For a full list of details on the Compaq CQ60-419WM read on

* AMD Sempron SI-42 Processor 2.10 GHz with 512Kb L2 Cache
* 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
* 160 GB Hard Drive SATA
* CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)
* 802.11 b/g WiFi & 10/100Mbps Wired Ethernet
* 15.6″ Diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Display
* Three USB 2.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, VGA output, 56k Modem and LAN port
* 6 cell battery for up to 4 hours of laptop time
* Vista Home Basic OS
* 9.9″ x 14.88″ x 1.72″
* 9.55 lbs

Along with the $300 price tag all this makes the HP Compaq CQ60-419WM a great purchase and this is backed up by the 21 out of 30 customers who rated this as 5 out of 5 stars on the Walmart site. If you’re on the lookout for a cheap laptop and netbooks are not your thing, then it may well be worth a visit to your local Walmart, but we reckon you should be quick!

Source: FatWallet


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