Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W Reviews

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Sony Vaio VGN-FW145EWThe Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W is a notebook from Sony’s FW VAIO series that is inspired by theatres. It is the first 16:4 inch extra-wide display that features an aspect ratio of 16:9 which makes it suitable for watching movies in their original cinematic format. The widescreen proportion minimizes black bars during movies as well as offers an expansive workspace for viewing two pages side by side.

Specifications
The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W measures 15.1 in x 1.14 ~ 1.46 in x 10.3 in (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 6.4 lbs including its provided standard battery. It comes in a box together with a standard Lithium-ion battery, an AC adapter and a power cable. On its body, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microphone input, an SD memory card slot as well as a Memory Stick Duo media slot with MagicGate functionality. On its right side, it has three USB 2.0 ports, and a Blu-ray Disc RW optical drive. As for the left side, there is a DC-in port, an Ethernet Port, a modem jack, a VGA output, an HDMI connection output, a LINK Connection (4pin) and an i.LINK connector (IEEE 1394) in one, as well as an ExpressCard/ 34 slot. In terms of performance, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo (P8400) processor with a data bus speed of up to 2.26 GHz and also incorporates Intel Centrino 2 processor technology with up to 1066 MHz front side bus speed and up to 3 MB of L2 Cache available. There is a SATA internal hard disk drive which has a capacity of up to 320 GB. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W runs on a power requirement of 110W + 10%. Its standard provided lithium-ion battery can provide a battery life of up to 4.0 hours when operating on default settings, or up to 3 hours on maximum brightness, or up to 2 hours during DVD playback. Alternatively, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W can also be powered by an extended battery that is sold separately which can provide a battery life of up to 6 hours when operating on default settings and up to 3 hours when operating on maximum brightness. In terms of hardware, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W incorporates a full QWERTY keyboard with 86 keys of 2.0 mm stroke and 19.05 mm pitch. There is also a built-in 1.3 mega pixel MOTION EYE camera situated right on top of the display as well as a built-in microphone. Not only that, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W also has an Electro-Static touch pad. For communication purposes, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W has compatibility features for Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol, 10 Base-T/ 100 Base-TX/ 1000 Base-T (Gigabit), WiFi: Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN (802.11 a/b/g/n) and integrated stereo A2DP Bluetooth technology 2.1+ EDR. In terms of multimedia, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W has an optical drive that is either CD/ DVD playback/ burning drive or Blu-ray Disc playback with CD/ DVD playback/ burning drive or Blu-ra Disc playback/ burning with CD/ DVD burning drive. There is also a 16.4 inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels and incorporates XBRITE-ECO technology. Audio features include Dolby Sound Room Audio while graphic features include ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Graphics with up to 256 MB of dedicated video RAM, Mobile Intel PM45 as well as HDMI and VGA out. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW145E/W comes under a 1 year limited warranty with On-site/ In-Home service, one year of toll-free 24/7 technical telephone assistance as well as online and email support available from its website. It also comes with Sony Original Software including VAIO Startup Assistant, Click to Disc Editor, VAIO Movie Story and VAIO Media plus Multimedia Streaming Software.

Reviews

“I consider this model to be a great purchase. Contrary to many modern laptops, it actually looks great, with very modern styling that is suitable for both home and business users. The screen has a different aspect ratio (16:9) than most computers, which is more suitable for watching DVDs or comparing side by side documents than the traditional 4:3. The 2.26 P8400 is the same processor found on most FW computers, even those costing hundreds of $ more, 3GBs of RAM, which is the maximum usable RAM in Vista SP1 32bit, 250GBs of RAM which is enough for most users,etc.” (Amazon, 2009)

HP Envy 13t Review

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HP Envy 13tThe HP Envy 13t is a notebook laptop that is precision crafted for superb performance. It features a genuine Windows 7 operating system for superior digital entertainment and advanced features. The HP Envy 13t is a combination between functionality, strength and weight. It is sculpted from the highest-grade premium materials and is crafted with refinements like HP ClickPad with integrated buttons. In terms of design, the HP Envy 13t features an HP Metal Etching Finish.

Specifications
The HP Envy 13t measures 32.0 cm x 21.5 cm x 2.05 cm (W x D x H) in dimension and weighs approximately 1.7 kg. It also comes under a one-year HP pick up and return, parts and labour warranty on hardware with 30 days free limited software as well as Total Care friendly, expert, around the clock assistance that is accessible via phone, e-mail and on-line chat. Not only that, it also comes with software including Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately), optional re-allocation of recovery partition, recovery CD/ DVD creation tool, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (60 days live update), and Notebook Help and Support. Other pre-installed software include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Live messenger, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player. In terms of optical drive driver software, the HP Envy 13t comes pre-installed with HP Media Smart Suite, HP Total Care Setup, HP ProtectSmart, Instant-On solution, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Windows Media center, Windows Mail, Corel VideoStudio X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2 and Stardock My Colours. There is a 2-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader that is compatible with Secure Digital cards and MultiMedia cards, 2 USB 2.0 ports, one headphone out port and one microphone in port. Additional ports include VGA, RJ-45, and HDMI. Besides that, the HP Envy 13t also has two accessible memory slots that can support a maximum of 8 GB of memory expansion. It also has an integrated network card with 10/ 100/ 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) capabilities that incorporates 802.11 a/g/n WLAN technologies. In terms of its display, the HP Envy 13t sports an HP+ High Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Radiance Display that measures 13.1 inches diagonally with a WXGA resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of graphics, it also has an integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics card with up to 1757 MB total graphics memory with up to 512 MB dedicated video RAM. There is also a built in VGA low light HP web camera situated right above the display, as well as an integrated digital microphone for video conferencing. It is powered by a 6-cell lit-ion battery. Alternatively, it can also be powered by a 4-cell lit-ion battery or even through a wall socket via 90 W AC Power Adapter. Not only that, there is also a full size chicklet keyboard and action keys as well as a touch pad that supports multi touch gestures with on/ off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/ down pad. There is also an integrated 56K Modem port as well as Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities.. The HP Envy 13t operates on a genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system that also comes with its respective system recovery DVD. Besides that, the HP Envy 13t runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL9400 processor of 1.86 GHz level 2 Cache 6 MB. As for its system memory, it incorporates 3 GB of DDR3 SDRAM consisting of one 1024 MB and one 2048 MB DDR3 and the ability to support up to 5 GB of DDR3 memory. In terms of storage, the HP Envy 13t has an internal hard disk drive that has a capacity of 250 GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive.

Reviews

“For a laptop with a 2.13GHz SL9600 low-voltage Intel CPU, the Envy 13 performed admirably, coming close to matching the performance of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook. An ultrathin system like Dell’s Adamo, which uses an older U9300 processor, was much slower, highlighting the importance of finding the right balance between performance and power management. In anecdotal use, we found the Envy 13 to be quick and responsive, and it likely benefited from skipping Windows Vista in preference of Windows 7.” (CNET, 2009)

Dell Inspiron 14z Review

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Display-Dell-14z-InspirionThe Dell Inspiron 14z is a thin and light notebook laptop from Dell’s Inspiron range of creatively designed notebooks. It can be personalized with a choice of Obsidian Black or bright Cherry Red. It is also the slimmer version of the Dell Inspiron 14. The Dell Inspiron 14z runs on a genuine Windows 7 operating system and features a 14 inch Hi-def display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Besides that, it also has 802.11 g/n and optional Bluetooth technology that allows you to stay connected wherever you are. In terms of design, the Dell Inspiron 14z is able to fit into most bags with room to spare as it has a slim physique.

Specifications
The Dell Inspiron 14z measures 340.0 mm x 26.3 mm (front) ~ 29.2 mm (back) x 242.5 mm (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 1.99 kg including a 14 inch display, DVD +/- RW optical drive and its provided 4-cell battery. Externally accessible ports and slots include three USB 2.0 compliant ports, an Integrated network connector that is compatible with 10/ 100/ 1000 LAN (RJ45), VGA Port, HDMI Port, AC adapter connector, two audio jacks consisting of one line-out and mic-in, and a 7-in-1 media card reader. Besides that, the Dell Inspiron 14z also has wireless capabilities including Wi-Fi consisting of Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate), Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half mini-card (STD), and Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100 (802.11 a/g/ draft-N) Half Mini card, as well as Bluetooth Internal 2.0 Mini card. There is also a 1.3 mega pixel integrated web camera situated right above the display with dual digital array microphones. The Dell Inspiron 14z is powered by a four cell battery that can provide a battery life of up to 5 hours and 6 minutes with Express charge. Alternatively, it can also be powered using a 6 cell battery with Express Charge that can provide up to 8 hours and 25 minutes of battery life, or even a nine cell battery that can provide up to 11 hours and 2 minutes of battery life. Besides that, the Dell Inspiron 14z also has a tray-load type optical drive for DVD+/- RW. In terms of storage, the Dell Inspiron 14z has a built-in internal hard disk drive with 7200 RPM and can support a maximum capacity of 500 GB. In terms of audio features, the Dell Inspiron 14z has two 2W plus SRS software. There is also a HD WLED TrueLife LCD display that measures 14.0 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of graphics, the Dell Inspiron 14z incorporates an Intel GMA X4500HD (STD) and a 512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 Graphics card. The Dell Inspiron 14z operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and incorporates an Intel GS 45 chipset. The Dell Inspiron 14z runs on a genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system. In terms of system memory, the Dell Inspiron 14z can support up to 6 GB of 1067 MHz DDR3 SDRAM.

Reviews
“The Inspiron 14 might seem like a simple evolution of the Inspiron 1420 laptop, but inside the clean-looking chassis you’ll find the same HD (720p/900p resolution) screen options found in the new Dell Studio 14z as well as options for Blu-ray and discrete graphics.” (NotebookReview, 2009)

“The Inspiron 14z is a pretty notebook. At 13.4 by 9.5 by 1.1 inches, it’s slim and sleek, with lines that suggest speed from its edging to the shape of its hinge. A silver wristpad encircles a sleek black keypad and monitor frame, while the distinctive silvered-circle Dell logo rests on the top of the machine in the middle of a clean, slick paint job. It feels a little heavier than it looks, with models starting at 4.4 pounds, but this is still an easy machine to throw in a small bag or to carry under your arm without worrying about its weight–or about looking too much like a nerd.”(PCWorld, 2009)

“Dell has aimed the Dell Inspiron 14z squarely at users who are more concerned with flash than substance, and who consider a 7-hour battery life to be a core quality for a laptop. Students are an obvious demographic here, and they should be able to get their money’s worth out of a good-looking machine that won’t have them scrambling to find an outlet or leave the library.” (PCAdvisor, 2009)

Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH Review

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sony_vaio_fw_seriesThe Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH is a notebook from Sony’s FW VAIO series that is inspired by theatres. It is the first 16:4 inch extra-wide display that features an aspect ratio of 16:9 which makes it suitable for watching movies in their original cinematic format. The widescreen proportion minimizes black bars during movies as well as offers an expansive workspace for viewing tow pages side by side. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH is available in black, chocolate brown, Machine and Nebula.

Specifications
The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH measures 15.1 in x 1.14 ~ 1.46 in x 10.3 in (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 6.9 lbs including its provided standard battery. It comes in a box together with a standard Lithium-ion battery, an AC adapter and a power cable. On its body, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microphone input, an SD memory card slot as well as a Memory Stick Duo media slot with MagicGate functionality. On its right side, it has three USB 2.0 ports, and a Blu-ray Disc RW optical drive. As for the left side, there is a DC-in port, an Ethernet Port, a modem jack, a VGA output, an HDMI connection output, a LINK Connection (4pin) and an i.LINK connector (IEEE 1394) in one, as well as an ExpressCard/ 34 slot. In terms of performance, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo (T9900) processor with a data bus speed of up to 3.06 GHz and also incorporates Intel Centrino 2 processor technology with up to 1066 MHz front side bus speed and up to 6 MB of L2 Cache available. There is up to 8 GB of capacity on its DDR2 SDRAM memory, and a SATA internal hard disk drive which has a capacity of up to 500 GB or alternatively, up to 256 GB on an SSD. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH runs on a power requirement of 105W + 10%. Its standard provided lithium-ion battery can provide a battery life of up to 3.5 hours when operating on default settings, or up to 3 hours on maximum brightness, or up to 2 hours during DVD playback. Alternatively, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH can also be powered by an extended battery that is sold separately which can provide a battery life of up to 5.5 hours when operating on default settings and up t 5 hours when operating on maximum brightness. In terms of hardware, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH incorporates a full QWERTY keyboard with 86 keys of 2.0 mm stroke and 19.05 mm pitch. There is also a built-in MOTION EYE camera situated right on top of the display as well as a built-in microphone. Not only that, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH also has an Electro-Static touch pad. For communication purposes, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH has compatibility features for Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Protocol, 10 Base-T/ 100 Base-TX/ 1000 Base-T (Gigabit), WiFi: Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN (802.11 a/b/g/n) and integrated stereo A2DP Bluetooth technology 2.1+ EDR. In terms of multimedia, the Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH has an optical drive that is either a CD/ DVD playback/ burning drive or Blu-ray Disc playback with CD/ DVD playback/ burning drive or Blu-ra Disc playback/ burning with CD/ DVD burning drive. There is also a 16.4 inch display with a rsolution of 1600 x 900 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels. Audio features include Dolby Sound Room Audio while graphic features include ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 Graphics with up to 1 GB of dedicated video RAM, Mobile Intel PM45 as well as HDMI and VGA out. The Sony Vaio VGN-FW190EBH comes under a w year limited warranty with On-site/ In-Home service, one year of toll-free 24/7 technical telephone assistance as well as online and email support available from its website. It also comes with Sony Original Software including VAIO Startup Assistant, Click to Disc Editor, VAIO Movie Story and VAIO Media plus Multimedia Streaming Software.

Reviews

“The Sony VAIO VGN-FW190EBH has specifications with HD in mind. Since Sony already won the High Def format wars, it’s only natural that they incorporate the technology to everyone of their consumer electronics. The Sony VAIO VGN-FW190EBH’s 16.4 inch screen has a 1600×900 screen resolution so that users can enjoy HD movies without the need for an external LCD monitor. However, if you still feel the need to watch your favorite movie on a 40 inch LCD TV, then the Sony VAIO VGN-FW190EBH has an HDMI output so you won’t miss out on all the picture details. Also, this VAIO notebook already comes with a Blu-ray disc drive (read-only).” (Amazon, 2009)

Asus Eee PC 1005HA Review

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Asus Eee PC 1005HA ReviewThe Asus Eee PC 1005HA is a netbook that hails from Asus’ Eee PC Seashell range. It runs on genuine Windows XP Home and has a spots a seashell-inspired design with an opalescent and glossy exterior that is crafted by the innovative in-Mold Roller technology. Not only that, the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell also has sleek curves and smooth lines that go well with its lustrous shell design. The Asus Eee PC 1005HA is ultra slim, measuring only 1 inch thick and is lightweight, weighing merely 1.1 kg. Not only that, it also features a capacious hybrid storage comprising of 160 GB of HDD space and 10 GB of complimentary online Eee Storage. The Asus Eee PC 1005HA comes in White, Black, Pink, Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. Besides that, it also features easy mobile connectivity with built-in 802.11 n and Bluetooth V2.1.

Specifications
The Asus Eee PC 1005HA can operate on either a genuine Windows XP Home operating system that comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 60 day trial or a GNU Linux operating system. It incorporates a 10.1 inch LED Backlight WSVGA screen that has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels with glare-type colour-shine. Not only that, it also incorporates Intel Atom N280/ N270 Intel CPU and chipset. In terms of memory, the Asus Eee PC 1005HA incorporates a 1 GB DDR2 SO-DIMM memory. As for wireless data network, the Asus Eee PC 1005HA supports WLAN 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. There is also a 1.3 mega pixel web camera situated on top of the display. Not only that, the Asus Eee PC 1005HA also has hi-definition audio CODEC, stereo speakers, and a digital array microphone. It operates on a 6 cell 63 Wh Li-ion battery that offers up to 10.5 hours of battery life depending on product model, normal usage conditions and configurations. Alternatively, it can also be powered by a 6-cell 48Wh Li-ion battery that can provide up to 8.5 hours of battery life, or 3-cell 23 Wh Li-ion battery that can provide up to 4 hours of battery life. The Asus Eee PC 1005HA measures 262 mm x 178 mm x 25.9 mm ~ 36.5 mm (W x D x H) in dimension and weighs approximately 1.27 kg including the provided 6-cell battery. Additional features include a multi-touch gesture input feature that allows you to easily zoom in and out to view photos or read documents by just moving two fingertips apart or together on the touchpad. Not only that, scrolling windows is made easier by just simultaneously sliding two fingertips up or down the touchpad without the use of a mouse. There is also an ergonomic keyboard that promotes comfort and lessens fatiguing to type on for prolonged periods. In addition to that, it also comes with an additional 10 GB of space on its online Eee Storage which also allows you to share your content with others. The Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell also comes with Eee Docking and pre-loaded intuitive software suite which includes Eee Docking for intuitive shortcuts for easy access to digital content, services and useful software, Eee @Vibe to scream or download a variety of exciting digital contents, Eee Sharing to share/ sync messages and data with other Eee PCs, notebooks or desktop PCs without entering into the Internet, Eee Xperience for applications that enhance visual and acoustic performance, and Eee Tools which is a suite of useful tools including Live Update, Parental Control and Font Resizer.

Reviews

“The 1005HA is undoubtedly a member of the expanding Eee PC lineup, and while it’s numbered lower than the aforesaid 1008HA, there are actually a few aspects that we prefer on this model versus its predecessor. Actually, maybe predecessor isn’t the proper term; it’s not like the 1005HA is taking the place of the 1008HA. In fact, we envision them both hanging around on store shelves for some time to come. ” (HotHardware, 2009)

“The new ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Seashell might seem like “just another Eee PC” at first glance, but upon closer examination it’s clear that ASUS has refined their popular line of netbooks with every variation. The Eee PC 1005A is one of the best eveolutions of the Eee PC line so far.” (NotebookReview, 2009)

“Benchmarks were also another strong point for the 1005HA Seashell. In almost all tests, the 1005HA performed slightly faster than its 1000HE predecessor. Both feature an Intel N280 Atom processor that runs 60MHz faster than the other netbooks with the N270 processor. The only test that the 1005HA didn’t come out on top with was our HD Tune test. With only a SATA I hard drive, the max transfer rates were somewhat limited. However… we feel this is completely masked by the fact that we have a cost efficient netbook in our hands that lasts over 10 hours on a single charge! That is what netbooks are all about.” (LegitReviews, 2009)

Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S Review

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L12074385The Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S is a stylish fashion mid-size notebook laptop that is designed to complement your style. It features a head-turning, textured exterior, and four USB ports. Besides that, the Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S also includes VAIO Movie Story software that allows you to edit digital videos and images. The Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S is suitable for home usage. Besides that, it also features a Blu-ray Disc drive and a vibrant 15.4 inch LCD widescreen display that incorporates XBRITE-ECO technology that makes it perfect for enjoying high definition Blu-Ray Disc movies. In addition to that, it also features a built-in Motion Eye webcam as well as a microphone to allow you to stay connected with friends and family. It is available in dark blue, silver and white.

Specifications
The Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S measures 14.18 in x 10.63 in x 1.5 in (W x D x H) in dimension and weighs approximately 6.4 lbs. It comes under a one year warranty. The Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S is powered by a Lithium ion battery that has the ability to provide up to 4 hours of battery life. It operates on an Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz (T5800) with an installed memory of 4 GB on its DDR2 SDRAM with a data bus speed of 800 MHz and an installed cache memory of 2048 kb. There is also up to 250 GB of capacity on its internal Serial ATA hard disk drive which has a hard disk rotation speed of 5400 rpm. The Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S runs on a Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium and incorporates Intel Centrino 2 mobile technology. There is also a TFT Active Matrix that measures 15.4 inches diagonally with WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also incorporates an Intel GM45 Express chipset that has a data bus speed of 800 MHz. The optical drive can support dual layer DVD+/- RW/ DVD –RAM. Optical drive read speed is at 24x for CD, 8x for DVD and 4x for BD while optical drive write speed is at 24x for CD, 8x for DVD+R, 8x for DVD-R, 4x for DVD+R DL and 4x for DVD-R DL. As for optical drive rewrite speed, it is at 16x for CD-RW, 8x for DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW and 5x for DVD-RAM. In terms of video features, the Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/L incorporates an Intel Graphics media Accelerator (GMA) 4500 MHD with up to 1750 MB of installed video memory. As for audio features, the Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S includes headphone jack, microphone-in, sound card and built-in speakers. In addition to that, there is are also built-in memory card readers including one SD card slot, one Memory Stick PRO, and one Memory Stick DUO. For expansion purposes, there is also an ExpressCard slot. Not only that, the Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S also has an integrated video camera. Input methods consist of camera, keyboard, and touchpad. Expansion ports include four USB 2.0, IEEE 1394a (FireWire), VGA out, RJ-11 (modem) and RJ-45 (NIC). In terms of networking, the Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S also features an integrated Wireless LAN as well as support for data link protocols including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet. The Sony Vaio VGN-NS190 J/S also has a built-in fax/ modem with analog modulation protocols of ITU V.90 and ITU V.92.

Reviews
“Introduced in the middle of September 2008, the VGN-NS190 model is the more advanced of the two models found in the Vaio NS series, including a Blu-ray drive and 4 GB of RAM vs. the VGN-NS140’s DVD writer and 3GB of RAM.” (ProductWiki, 2008)

Lenovo G450 Review

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lenovo-g450-t6600The Lenovo G450 is a media-centered notebook laptop that hails from Lenovo’s Value Line range of budget notebooks. It offers similar performance as the G550 that is also from the same range. The main difference between the two is the smaller keyboard and display. Besides that, in terms of design, the Lenovo G450 sports a sleek design in hairline and textured. The main cover is made of durable material that can prevent any screen distortion even if the back of the screen is hit or flexed. As for the interior, it is of the same colour as the lid. In terms of colour scheme, the Lenovo G450 sports a classic back-to-basics ThinkPad colour that makes it black inside and out. As for the chassis, it is constructed entirely out of plastic but feels solid enough to be sturdy. The Lenovo G450 also sports a full-sized ergonomic keyboard.

Specifications
The Lenovo G450 measures 1.41 in x 13.6 in x 9.3 in (H x W x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 4.87 lbs. It comes under a one year limited parts and labour warranty. In general, the Lenovo G450 has a normalized cache size of 1, a normalized display size of 14 inches and a normalized installed memory of 4 GB. In terms of storage, the Lenovo G450 has an internal hard disk drive that has a capacity of 320 GB. It also has a DVD + / – RW DL optical dive. There is also a 14 inch LCD display with glossy screen and LED backlight. Besides that, the display also has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a maximum WXGA resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of video features, the Lenovo G450 incorporates an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X 4500. The Lenovo G450 operates on a Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system. Alternatively, it is also backwards compatible with a Microsoft Windows XP Pro. Additional features include a network card that features Ethernet 10/ 100 Mbps, Wireless Ethernet IEEE 802.11 Draft N, Wireless Ethernet IEEE 802.11 a, Wireless Ethernet IEEE 802.11 b, and Wireless Ethernet IEEE 802.11 g. There is also a built-in web camera situated right above the display. The Lenovo G450 is powered by a 6-cell battery that has the capacity to provide up to 3.8 hours of battery life. Not only that, it is also Energy Star compliant. In terms of memory, the Lenovo G450 incorporates DDR3 memory with up to 3 GB of installed memory capacity. However, it also has the ability to support up to a maximum of 4 GB of installed memory. Input devices consist of a keyboard and a touchpad. Interface connections consist of Audio line in (1/8 inch mini), audio Line out (1/8 inch mini), Ethernet RJ45, HDMI, USB-Universal Serial Bus 2.0, and VGA. Besides that, there are also several slots on the Lenovo G450’s body itself, including an Express Card 34 slot, and a 5-in-1 Memory Stick MultiMediaCard (MMC), SD Card and an xD-Picture Card.

Reviews

“Its performance is just as beautiful. A high-definition 16-inch screen, along with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD guarantees spectacular visuals. Its Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6500 and 2 GB of RAM offer hitch-free performance. You can open a mountain-load of windows and simultaneously run applications and this laptop will still be going. Saving a ton of files is possible, too, since this laptop has 320GB of hard drive space to spare.

Its WiFi b/g capabilities, LAN port and 56k modem only mean quality Facebook time. Three USB ports, meanwhile, assures you a headquarters of sorts. Plug away your gadgetry and do a big file transfer party. All in one go. Convenient, yes? But the happiest thing about the G450? It takes security concerns seriously. It has a Veriface tech, which lets you use your face as password. At under P33 grand, the G450 is most certainly a value-packed deal.” (FHM, 2009)

Acer Aspire 1410 Review

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aceraspire1410_367gThe Acer Aspire 1410 is a netbook that is lightweight and has an 11.6 inch display and a full size keyboard. It is available in three colours including sapphire blue, diamond black and ruby red. The Acer Aspire 1410 is ultra-thin and weighs just over 3 lb, making it ultra portable. It also incorporates Acer ComfyTouch technology that uses an innovative design to air-cool the processor and notebook case so that the notebook remains cool even after running for a full day. Besides that, the Acer Aspire 1410 also features earth-first mobility which means that it allows you to realize energy savings even when you are on the road or plugged in at your desk, saving up to 40% of power compared to typical notebooks.

Specifications
The Acer Aspire 1410 measures 285.0 mm x 204.0 mm x 22.1 mm ~ 30.0 mm (W x D x H) in dimension and weighs approximately 1.4 kg. It is Energy Star compliant and Wi-Fi certified. The Acer Aspire 1410 operates on a genuine Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Alternatively, it is also backwards compatible with genuine Windows Vista Home Premium operating systems. In addition to that, the Acer Aspire 1410 can run on an Intel Core 2 Solo Processor SU3500 with 3 MB on its L2 cache with a data bus speed of 1.4 GHz and an FSM of 800 MHz, or an Intel Celeron M Processor ULV 743 with 1 MB on its L2 cache with a data bus speed of 1.3 GHz and an FSB of 800 MHZ, or even an Intel Celeron Processor SU2300 with 1 MB on its L2 Cache with a data bus speed of 1.2 GHz and an FSB of 800 MHz. Besides that, the Acer Aspire 1410 also incorporates a Mobile Intel GS45 Express chipset. In terms of memory, the Acer Aspire 1410 incorporates 2 GB that can be installed either as one memory chip in one of two memory slots, or as two 1 GB memory chips in each of the two memory slots. The Acer Aspire 1410 also incorporates DDR2 667 SDRAM memory technology and can support an upgrade of up to 4 GB, comprising of one 2 GB chips in each slot. In terms of storage, the Acer Aspire 1410 has an internal hard disk drive that has a capacity of up to 320 GB with 5400 RPM. For added convenience, there is also a 5-in-1 card reader that supports optional MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card. The Acer Aspire 1410 comes with a one year parts and labour limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty. For security purposes, the Acer Aspire 1410 is capable of user, administrator and hard drive passwords. It also comes with a Kensington lock slot. The Acer Aspire 1410 is powered by a six-cell lithium ion battery that provides up to 6.0 hours of battery life depending on configuration and usage. Alternatively, it can also be plugged into a wall socket via a 30-watt AC adapter. Pre-loaded software include Acer Crystal Eye, Acer Game Console, Acer Game Zone, Acer GridVista, Acer Video Conference Manager 4.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, CyberLink PowerDVD, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar, and McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version). User interfaces include an 84 key full-size Acer FineTip keyboard with an inverted T cursor layout, an embedded numeric keypad, hotkey controls, and international language support. There are also 10 function keys, four cursor keys and two Microsoft Windows keys. Besides that, the Acer Aspire 1410 also has a multi-gesture touchpad that supports circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip.

Reviews

“The battery life could be better, and some netbook fans may decide that an 11.6 inch laptop is just too large to be truly portable. But during the two weeks that I’ve been testing the Aspire 1410, I’ve come to rely on it as a workhorse laptop that can handle almost any task I can throw at it. the Aspire 1410 has become the first laptop I grab whether I’m about to run out of the house, or just to the living room for some light web surfing.” (LiliPuting, 2009)

“If you like the portability of netbooks, but you want more power and a bigger screen in the same price range, the Acer Aspire 1410 is a very good choice. While identical in appearance, the Aspire Timeline 1810T lasts a couple of hours longer on a charge and offers more memory and hard drive space. However, that system costs $200 more. At $399—the same price as most premium 10-inch netbooks—the 1410’s dual-core processor, portability, comfortable keyboard, and over 6 hours of battery life make it a compelling choice.” (LaptopMag, 2009)

“Acer really hit the nail on the head with this Aspire 1410.  However, as with anything it is not perfect and will not fit everyone’s needs.  The touchpad is poorly designed as it is hard to tell the edges.  Acer support does not have the best reputation, if something goes wrong it could be a real hassle dealing with support.  And of course, while the Acer 1410 performs better than any netbook it’s still vastly under powered relative to more full sized laptops with 15-inch plus sized screens such as the HP Pavilion dv6t or Dell Inspiron 15.” (StudentBuyingGuide, 2009)