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Dell Inspiron 14z

November 7th, 2009 No comments

Dell has been consistent in their effort of delivering topnotch quality and innovative laptop models in the market. One distinction that they have over other laptop and electronic gadget manufacturers is the ability to achieve the above mentioned without having to penalize the consumer with staggering price tags that are out of this world. With Dell Inspiron 14z, one can avail of a notebook that can perform with some of the industry’s most powerful machines without the expensive price tag along with it. Therefore, this is one of those laptops that you should include in your list, especially if you are working on a limited budget.

Dell Inspiron 14z is a successor to the Inspiron 14 model, which is basically an enhancement of the latter. But there is more to this than being merely just an enhancement because this notebook model strives to achieve innovation and delivering breakthrough technology. Dell Inspiron 14z runs on an Intel CULV processor and WLED display and a 6-cell battery for longevity. Do not be put off by the 14-inch display though since it is actually built on a durable chassis, which renders this as more than just your average laptop.

 

Although the 6-cell battery used on Dell Inspiron 14z increases its battery life even without being plugged in an electric outlet, it offer some drawbacks in terms of size and weight. It is comparably a lot heavier and bulkier than most laptops in the market. The design customization option offered by Dell for its buyers also has its shares of pro’s and con’s. First off, you can go for the Cherry Red screen lid if you want to break the convention of a traditional black lid. However, that option is not for free though since you will be charged an additional $40, outside of the laptop’s original price.

 

The HD panel installed on the notebook is actually quite impressive, thus enhancing image colors but it does little to improve image contrasting. For more on the lighting settings, this one is equipped with even backlighting and a wide range of brightness settings, so you are free to adjust it according to what level of lighting assistance you need for your Dell Inspiron 14z. As for the sound quality, it is actually pretty good if you were to compare it with other laptops of the same price range in the market.

 

The usability aspect of the all new Dell Inspiron 14z greatly deals with the convenience of using both the keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard is above average and the fact that pressing onto the keys do not produce any significant noise is a pleasant feature. The connectivity and port selection is still a bit lacking, especially since some of the essential ports are not available here. However, this is something you probably would have expected with a budget laptop.

 

The processor used for running the Dell Inspiron 14z system is reliable enough if you were to perform basic functions such as Word processing, editing photos, watching videos, and web browsing. Plus, the relatively long battery life enables you to experience its utmost functionality that can compete with top selling laptops in the market.

Pros: Battery life is good, firm keyboard,Design is attractive

Cons: No express card slot, No back lit key board option

ASUS UL80Vt-A1 Review

November 5th, 2009 1 comment

If it’s multi-functionality without having to hurt your budget that you are looking for, ASUS UL80Vt-A1 is a great choice of laptop for you to buy. It is the latest model to be introduced into ASUS’ brand of laptop that comes with powerful Intel processors without having to burden the consumer of tagging it with staggering prices. It is also equipped with a low voltage processor using the Nvidia graphics chip. The physical features and design of this unit is sleek enough to be able to compete with the more expensive brands or models.

If you are particular with image graphics and on-screen display, then ASUS UL80Vt-A1 notebook does not disappoint. In fact, you will be surprised that at its price range it can be quite powerful in performance. The battery life is also quite impressive, especially for those who intend it for business purposes since it can last on for an entire day provided that you keep it switched onto an electrical outlet. Once fully charged though, you can use it for as much as 9 straight hours.

 

To get you started about the features of this laptop, it is important to have a look at the design. ASUS UL80Vt-A1 comes with an attractive panel that features piano black color and metal lid for a sophisticated appeal. The screen is able to produce great visual quality due to the use of a glossy plastic, while also ensuring that it is protected from scratch or other forms of damage. The black color makes this laptop quite suitable for use even for professionals. And with 14-inch thickness weighing as much as 4.8 pounds, ASUS UL80Vt-A1 is bound to be one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks you will find in the market today.

An important element to the usability factor of the ASUS UL80Vt-A1 model is the key and touch pads. For this one, it is intuitively designed such that you can conveniently move your fingers around the keys with relative ease. One drawback to the keyboard though is that it can produce a bit of noise whenever you are typing. However, it is not up to the extent though to compromise the functionality of this notebook model.

 

Several connectivity options are a great deal with most modern laptop models, and you should be glad that ASUS UL80Vt-A1 offers a lot of those. So, if you are trying to multi-task then you can utilize the various ports available such as the Ethernet, USB ports (up to 3 available), 8-in-1 memory card reader, VGA out, and HDMI. If you fancy recording yourself on video for online chatting conferences, the built-in web cam is a bit standard in quality with 0.3 mega pixel resolution.

 

ASUS UL80Vt-A1 utilizes a 1.3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU and 4GB DDR3 RAM for efficient performance at decent speed. So, you won’t be suffering from lag or slow down since you can expect this laptop to perform commands at high speed.

Pros

Great Battery life, Stays cool and quiet, Great warranty

Cons

Unnecessary softwares, touchpad is not cool, no bluetooth

Bottomline

For all the above features listed, ASUS UL80Vt-A1 is truly one of those that you need to go for if you have only a limited budget to spare and you won’t be scrimped on with quality.

 

 

Acer Aspire One – A Multipurpose Notebook

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Looking for the most convenient and multi-purpose laptop or notebook in the market? Well, you can look no further as Acer Aspire One offers technology that will surely beat out its competitors in the market. It is very handy as it measures around 8.9 inches only with a starting price that is comparably lower than most laptop brands in the market.

If you’re a professional who is looking to buy a notebook that will reflect your status, then Acer Aspire One is something you must consider buying. It comes with a glossy surface and smooth edges that make it comfortable to hold onto. In comparison to other models though, it has a pretty basic appearance to it as the model would like to emphasize function over aesthetics. But the LCD screen though is able to product solid look and you can be secure that it will be able to hold up enough amount of impact when you place it inside a book bag.

Acer Aspire One is also easily upgradeable, such that you can continually enhance its performance. However, you will often encounter temporary difficulties such as removing the case so you can access the hard drive.

Going into the key and touch pad, this notebook has the capability of a 10-inch laptop model. Although the screen borders are a bit huge for Acer Aspire One, the keyboard is easy to type into with a strong surface and flexible keys. One convenient feature about the keyboard is the presence of the “page up” and “page down” buttons, which is something that is lacking in most laptop models; thus, making it easier to scroll through the page you are trying to view.

The touch pad for Acer Aspire One is also unique from other models wherein the right and left click buttons are located on the top. For this one, it is located on either side of the touchpad so you can choose respective directions to activate specific commands. It might be a bit tricky and require a bit of getting used to if you are familiar with the old touchpad design.

Now on to the nitty and gritty, the performance of Acer Aspire One is actually quite impressive for its size. It is run by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor with 1GB DDR2 533 MHz, and 3-Cell 23Wh battery. Although it does not load at an impressive speed, it adequately performs based on its processing unit. You can easily handle such tasks as browsing the internet, word processing, or editing photos. For gaming though, it may still run at a decent frame rate despite the low-end Atom based system.

Additional features for this notebook such as the audio quality and speaker were up to par, but the peak volume level is still a bit low. So, you might need the aid of a headphone when playing music or gaming to clearly listen to the audio. There are several convenient port options for Acer Aspire One though, such as having two card readers, three standard USB ports, VGA, and LAN. You can also use the Mini-PCIe slot to upgrade the 3G feature without purchasing additional hardware.