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A round up of Notebooks available at Staples

August 29th, 2010 No comments

August 29, 2010

If you are planning to buy a notebook, we advise you to make a trip to Staples in addition to Best buy or Walmart or other online shopping places including amazon, newegg and tigerdirect. You may be surprised by some of the rebates offered at Staples.

Here is a roundup of the Notebooks available at Staples as observed on August 29, 2010 on one of its store in Attleboro, MA.

1. HP G42-230US

Available at $499.98, this notebook features AMD’s Turion II P520 processor. Some noteworthy features are, the 4GB RAM, 14 inch screen,  inbuilt camera and the HDMI port. If you are looking for a small and light notebook with decent performance, then HP G42-230US is the one to go with. The same notebook is available at Walmart and Amazon at above $600 at the time of writing.

2. HP Pavilion DV6-3010US

Available at $499.98, the HP Pavilion DV6-3010US also features the Turion II P520 processor and has 4GB of RAM. However it has a bigger 15.6″ LCD screen as compared to 14″ LCD screen in the  G42-230US. Going by the specifications, this notebook   gives the best value for the money.  However, the customer reviews at amazon has not been positive and mechanical issues has been pointed out. Amazon is selling it at $563 at the time of writing. So, if you decide to buy  DV6-3010US, Staples still saves you money. It does come with HDMI port – another plus point for this notebook.

3. Compaq CQ62-225NR

The the Compaq CQ62-225 is available at  staples at the same price of $499.98. It  features Athlon II P320 processor and has 3GB of memory instead of 4GB available in  DV6-3010US or the HP G42-230US.  If you do plan to buy – there are better places to buy than the Staples. Amazon, for example, has it at $429 at the time of writing.

The morale of the story is do a little bit of search for prices before taking a decision to buy.

4. Dell Inspiron 14R

If you want somewhat higher end processor, you may like to consider Dell Inspiron 14R. Available at $749.98 Dell Inspiron features the intel core i3-350 processor, a 2.26GHz Dual core intel processor with improved performance than the similarly clocked core 2 intel processors.  Notice that other places, including amazon has better pricing ($619.99 )  for Inspiron 15R at the time of writing. The $499 HP G42-230US is almost as good,  for about $120 less compared to the amazon pricing of Dell Inspiron 14R.

5. Acer AS5334

The Acer AS5334 is the lowest priced notebook available for $399.98. However, its Intel Celeron 900 processor ( It runs  at 2.20GHz)  is a big turn off. While its  3GB RAM is decent, you may like to invest $100 more and buy either the HP G42-230US or the HP Pavilion DV6-3010US. You may however like to note that this notebook is available at $450 at amazon. So, in case you do decide to go with Acer AS5334, you may like to consider Staples.

7. Dell Inspiron 501R

Another Dell notebook available at staples is the Dell Inspiron 501R that features Athlon II P320 processor and has 4GB of RAM.  Available at $529 this notebook has 15.6″ LCD.  The Athlon II P320 is a 2.1G hz low power ( consumes just 25Watts) processor and has decent performance.

8.  Dell Inspiron 17R

The Dell Inspiron 17R  features intel core i5-450  processor and has 4GB of RAM.  Available at $799.98 this is one of the highest performing notebook. Its 17 inch notebook is great for multimedia, gaming and the developers who need to keep multiple screen  open simultaneously.

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HP Envy 14 Review

May 28th, 2010 No comments

HP recently announced their second generation of Envy laptop/noebook series HP envy 17 and HP envy 14.  We have previously discussed about envy 17. Today I am going to write about HP Envy 14 review.

Whenever HP releases a new model, it becomes breaking news. Here it also not an exception. HP Envy 14 equipped with promising feature and will be available at attractive price. The basic model starts with $999 only.

Basic Specifications of HP Envy 14

Envy 14 integrated with choices of processor Intel core i3, i5 and i7. The screen is of 14.5” having resolution of 1600*900 pixels (16:9) format

When Graphics is concerned HP Envy comes with switchable graphics ATI Mobility Radeon 5650  and Intel HD graphics. So when u need to watch movies or playing games ATI Radeon will come into use and for daily chores Intel HD graphics are perfect.

Extra Features:-

HP envy 14 comprises of  HDMI output, VGA output, Mini DisplayPort along with common connectivity features

It also comprises of elective 3G/WWAN.

It comprises with ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology which allow user to watch three additional displays at a time. This technology permits connection with three external displays

For enhancing music experience it comes with Premium Beats audio technology

When comes battery life, it has an impressive up to 8 hours long battery life. Of course for enjoying prolongs battery hours, you need to switch off your dedicated graphics.

Like HP envy 17, it also has backlit keyboard. Here it differs from HP envy 13 which is lack of backlit keyboard.

HP envy 14 weighs only 5.25 pounds and 1.1 inch wide and has magnesium/aluminum alloy cover.

Finally, HP envy series provide great speed and performance compare to latest laptops and notebook having similar specifications and I hope HP Envy 14 will become a promising one like it predecessor.

Update : The HP Envy 14 craze has come and gone. Now is the time for Sandy Bridge based notebooks

Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A Laptop Review

May 8th, 2010 No comments

About Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A Laptop

The newest addition to the top-of-the-line laptop models that come with advanced technology and components finally arrives through the unveiling of Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A laptop. This is a 15-inch laptop with a reliable performance that runs at excellent speed to ensure that you can work on it efficiently for hours. But what else does it have to offer? Make sure you have a close look into the product specifications below.

This model comes with a LED backlit display screen measuring at 15.4 inches in size and is equipped with a maximum pixel resolution of 1440 x 900 for topnotch visual presentation. There is also the built-in iSight camera that is also present in the MC374LL/A model for video chatting and quick snapping of pictures. The overall product comes with a 14.35 x 9.82 x 0.95 inches in dimension and weighing a total of 5.6 pounds for lightweight carrying.

When it comes to connectivity features and ports, there are several available for this notebook such as two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port, an SD card slot, and mini display video output. When it comes to the processing power of the Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A laptop, it is built with 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 dual core processor to ensure optimum speed on your notebook, whether you are working on basic applications, video streaming, or using some other applications. It also comes with automatic switching on dual graphics processor, enabling you to choose between NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and an integrated Intel HD graphics.

Like most of the Apple notebooks, this one features the same unibody design that contributes to making this one thinner and lighter. But what is most impressive with this MacBook is the use of energy-efficient architecture to increase battery life and allowing you to use it for 9 hours maximum.

Pro’s of Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A Laptop

*The use of Intel Core i7 processor has improved its performance by up to 50 percent, enabling you to get more done in less time.

*The unibody design makes it thinner and lighter, thus adding more portability and flexibility to your usual option of notebooks in the market.

*It is pre-equipped with Mac’s operating system OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard and other Mac registered software.

*It offers excellent battery life.

*It is highly durable and an ever reliable mobile computing device.

Con’s of Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A Laptop

*There are no known drawbacks to this model as it offers quite an impressive array of features and deliver quality performance.

The Bottom Line

Apple MacBook Pro MC373LL/A laptop is the new standard for next-generation laptops in the market. With this, you do away with cords and other unnecessary attachments, allowing you to do more wherever you might be. And because it is so thin and light, it wouldn’t be such a bother to bring with you! It is a powerful computing device served in a neat little package.

Note that Apple Macbook Pro is one of the best rated laptop in amazon

Gateway NV59C-H34E Review and Prices

April 21st, 2010 No comments

Gateway is one of the favorite names when it comes to buying laptop or notebook. Recently it has added up two new notebooks to their famous NV series. Theses are Gateway NV59C-H54E and Gateway NV59C-H34E.

Both the model will be available in Japanese market from April 23, 2010 at a price of 80,000 yen- 90,000 yen which is approx $850-$900 in US currency term.

Specs of Gateway NV59C-H34E

If you take a look at the specs of both Gateway NV59C-H54E laptop and Gateway NV59C-H34E models, you will find there are not too many differences existed in between these two Laptops.

Gateway NV59C-H34E powered by 2.13 Intel Core i3 330 M CPU.  It has 3MB of smart cache.

When comes to display , this model comes with 15.6 inch WXGAG ultrabright HD TFT screen for better color and contrast with resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The memory includes 4GB DDR3 RAM operating at 1066 MHz. RAM comes with double channel support (2*2GB)

For storage Gateway NV59C-H34E notebooks come with 640GB SATA Hard drive with 5,400 revolutions per min. The notebook will run on 64 bits Windows 7 home premium.

Graphics include Intel integrated graphics.

The connectivity features of Gateway NV59C-H34E include 3 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI out and VGA. For wireless connectivity it is supported by Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. It equipped with Gigabit Ethernet model.

The notebook comes in two attractive colors – silver and blue and weighs about 2.6 kg which is not considered as light weight.

Bottom Line

Now if you consider this laptop from the view of day to day activities and for basic multimedia tasking then the specifications reveal that it is capable of handling the Job. But for gaming purpose, Gateway NV59C-H34E notebook integrated with Intel integrated graphics, which hardly can handle powerful games like 3D games.

From the aspect of connectivity, 3 USB ports are commonly found in almost all laptops and notebooks. There should be at least 4 USB ports. The price also looks little hefty.

Toshiba Tecra M11 Notebook review

April 15th, 2010 No comments

Toshiba proudly announces the newest addition into their line of business-class netbooks in the market – Toshiba Tecra M11 Notebook. As with all of the previous releases in the series, you can rest assured that it will offer the same quality stamp that the manufacturer has offered consumers all throughout the years. But in addition to the standard features, there are a few surprises in store for those who intend to use this laptop netbook for business purposes.

The technical specs of the Toshiba Tecra M11 Notebook is undoubtedly impressive boasting of an Intel Core i3/i5 series dual-core processor for optimum performance. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy a brilliant display of picture and graphic quality using the Nvidia graphics NVS 2100M, Intel HD graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 RAM, and hard drive space of 320GB. The 14-inch display screen is equipped with anti-glare coating that makes it convenient to use in basically all types of lighting conditions.

The laptop weighs only a total of 5.34 lbs, which add to its portability for you to bring it with you during business travels or long trips. It is equipped with a 6-cell battery that offers a default battery life of up to 5 and a half hours of usage. This laptop also features a mini DisplayPort that connect with any compatible device for display, such that you can enjoy picture quality of up to 2560 x 1000 resolution.

Other features include a built-in web camera, EasyGuard Technology, textured finish, optional Smart Card reader, and the ability to charge your smart phone even while your laptop is off.

Pros

*The Toshiba Tecra M11 notebook offers several ports that you can use to get the job done.

*The 14-inch display screen is equipped with LED backlit support such that you can experience pictures, movies, and display in cool, crisp colors.

*It is equipped with power-saving feature to conserve on your energy use.

*The EasyGuard Technology featured in this laptop model helps protect this electronic device from accidental spillage with its spill resistant keyboard and shock-absorbing design.

cons

*The standard battery life is a bit minimal for a business-class netbook at 5.5 hours of usage.

*If you want to avail of upgrades and more advanced processing features, you must be willing to pay for a higher price.

The Bottom Line

The Toshiba Tecra M11 notebook is the truest definition of a business-class laptop. While it has a few downsides, it performs an overall efficient job to ensure that you have this tool handy during important business presentations or other forms of virtual communication.

Take a look at some of the other laptop reviews available at starred reviews including cheapest netbooks .

The closest notebook you can think of is Toshiba A11 notebook, available at amazon in different configurations.