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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Dell Studio 14z laptop

May 29th, 2009

Dell Studio 14z

Usually a lightweight laptop means sacrificing processor speed, but not with the Studio 14z laptop from Dell. The 14z weighs in at 1.95 kg with the six cell battery option which isn’t bad for a laptop sporting a 14 inch display. Dell have achieved this weight by removing the optical drive, that’s right, there’s no internal DVD or Blu-ray player, so if you’re after a fast light-weight laptop but aren’t stressed by the absence of an optical drive then Dell’s Studio 14z may be an option for you. Here are the rest of the specs on the 14z

* Intel® Pentium™ Dual Core T4200 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
* Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit
* 14.0” High Definition (720p) LED Display
* 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz
* 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
* NVIDIA® GeForce® 9400M G
* Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card
* 56 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
* 13.23 x 1.22 x 9.02 inches
* 1.95 kg

And all this for a very respectable US$650. Dell offer a portable CD/DVD-RW drive with the Studio 14z for a mere $90 if you must absolutely have an optical drive. Plus the 14z is available in a range of colours from Ruby Red through to, err, Promise Pink. Actually moving away from the standard Black option will cost you an extra $40 but who wouldn’t do that to be able to say they have a Plum Purple laptop.

After a plethora of under-powered laptops around, it’s nice to see Dell offering a slimline option that doesn’t skimp on processing power and still has a reasonable price tag with it.

Source: Dell


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Asus unleash midrange K40 Series notebook

May 16th, 2009

Asus K40IN notebook

Known more for their petite netbooks, Asus have launched a distinctly middle of the road notebook for us. The Asus K40 Series K40IN-A1 sports 4 GB of memory along with a 14 inch 1366 x 768 display. Like we said distinctly mid-range, however if you’re a kind of average person then read on

* 14 inch Wide Screen LED backlight 1366 x 768 res display
* Windows Vista Home Premium OS
* Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.0GHz CPU
* 4GB DDR2 RAM
* 320GB HDD
* DVD Super Multi Optical Drive
* NVIDIA GeForce G102M 512MB DDR2 VRAM Integrated Graphics Card
* 13.4 x 9.5 x 1.5 inches
* 5.3 lbs
* 10/100/1000Mbps LAN connectivity
* 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity
* 4 USB and 1 VGA ports
* Internal Speakers
* SD, MMC, MS card reader
* 6-cell lithium ion battery

Fortunately the price tag is average too at US$850 over at NewEgg. So if you’re kind of an ‘Average Joe’ then the K40 may just the laptop you’re after.


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ASUS G70 gaming laptop

May 5th, 2008

Asus G70 laptop

Asus have just launched an awesome gaming laptop, the G70. This puppy sports a fantastic range of specs from dual HDDs through to a full HD 17 inch display, ideal for all you mobile gaming fans out there. Check out the full spec list

* two independent Nvidia 8700M GT graphics engines using SLI technology and 1024MB GDDR3 of dedicated physical memory
* two drive bays for up to 640 GB of storage
* choice of Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors
* 17 inch WUXGA 1920×1200 res HD display
* DDRII 533/667MHz, up to 4GB
* 4 built in speakers
* DVD Super-Multi Light Scribe/ Blu-Ray Reader/ Blu-Ray RW (optional)
* Built-in 2.0 Mega-pixel camera
* 10/100/1000, 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth connectivity (optional)
* 433 x 314 x 49mm
* 4.8 kg
* 8 cell battery pack

Stopped drooling yet? Yeah, this little sucker looks like the business, unfortunately there’s no indication of price that we can find, but it ain’t gonna be cheap. But then gamers tend not to worry about that too much if the machine meets their requirements and we would imagine that the G70 does just that for most of the gamers out there.

Source: Asus


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