Author: Hannan

Which Laptop Is Right For You?

You want a new laptop but you don’t know which one is best to suit your needs.

Here our quick-fire guide to helping tell the difference between a word-worthy computer and a game-gaining mate.

Gaming:

  • The laptop in question should have a superior high-end graphics card or GPU.
  • It should also have a high performance powerful processor.
  • It needs to have plenty of memory, including dedicated video RAM.
  • It requires a large hard drive to store the games themselves.
  • You’ll probably also need a large high-resolution display which, preferably, should be backed up with HD technologies such as Blu-ray.
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Laptop Disasters: Evidence Why You Should Take Out Insurance

As with many things in life, accidents can happen. One can haphazardly fall down the stairs, accidently break a zip or unintentionally stall the car.

But an accident, whether it is on purpose or not, can be costly to amend especially if it is an accident with a laptop. Broken laptops can be expensive to fix or replace and as the following disasters indicate, sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry by taking out insurance.

Whatever kind of laptop you have whether it is notebook laptops or a netbook; take out laptop insurance today and cover yourself in case either of these catastrophes occurs. Calamity scenarios that cause hair-pulling rage and screaming-breakdowns include;

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IdeaPad Y450 Review

I wanted a laptop that was thin, had a nice design and was light weight. This model is perfect the way it was designed and the black and white colors look professional yet “cool”. The laptop itself is black, however; the touchpad and keyboard are white. The weight of it is only 4.5 .lbs, which really isn’t too much to carry around. My experience with other laptop models in regards to the battery life has varied. With the IdeaPad Y450 keeping the battery charged hasn’t been an issue at all. The primary purpose of me getting the IdeaPad Y450 was for school. Since it runs on Windows Vista, I can use the programs I am already familiar with such as Microsoft Word. This eliminates the need to learn a new operating system and its programs.

My gaming experience has also been excellent with the IdeaPad Y450 as well. This computer is not only loads my games fast but it also displays a crisp, clear picture. With a fourteen inch screen playing videogames and watching movies is just like being at home in front of the television. I love the fact that it will play the latest dvd’s hassle free. There have been times when I have watched movies going back home on the train and the dvd wouldn’t skip a beat.

Another feature I sought out in a laptop was overall disk drive space because I wanted to transfer the many items of my I-pod on to it. With 320 gb hard drive space, there is plenty of room for all of my games, pictures and .mp3’s. Downloading multiple videos and songs from the internet doesn’t cause any issues with other programs running in the background and it’s fast. From the stand point of multimedia as far as audio, video, flash and sound this laptop is one of the best on the market. Just like any laptop owner I to have dropped my IdeaPad Y450 on several occasions. Yet it keeps right on ticking without a dent or scratch on it. I have to give it to Lenevo, they have really created a model that is good across the board. Even a coffee spill on my keyboard didn’t do any damage. I simply cleaned it up and kept working. Later on I realized that if I had another brand, it would have ruined the laptop. Even as technology continues to advance you can rest assured that this laptop won’t be obsolete anytime soon.

Overall I would say that for the price, this laptop is well worth buying. It’s just like having a personal computer that you can carry around. It’s perfect for the first time laptop owner as well. It’s not like you have to learn anything new in order to use it. If you are familiar with computers already, you’ll be able to get on and maneuver with ease through it. With a nice color, sleek design and lightweight build I give the Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 a thumbs up and would suggest this product to anyone who’s interested in getting a inexpensive laptop.

HP ProBook 4510s

The HP ProBook 4510s is the best laptop that has been designed for quite some time in the sense of a classical laptop  that HP is so good at designing. HP is a noted name in the field of the design of computers as well as laptops. A number of HP laptops are extremely popular in the world today. HP laptops have a classical look and are actually really capable of delivering when it comes to power packed performance and high processing power and function rather than sleek designs that are characteristic of  Lenovo and Dell and Sony laptops and notebooks in the present day. If one is not really concerned about the oomph quotient then one should be really happy and at the least satisfied with an HP laptop. The performance of an HP laptop cannot be measured up to by any laptop in this range. The HP ProBook 4510s is a classical HP laptop but unlike its predecessors it is actually super light weight and is thus actually easy to use and handle. Generally HP laptops are actually a bit on the bulky side and thus it actually becomes a little bit difficult to actually transport them from one place to another. The 2010 HP ProBook 4510s is thus absolutely a laptop that is worth owning although the price of the laptop is actually a little bit on the steeper side. The processor of the 2010 HP ProBook 4510s under the case is actually a more powerful version of the other HP laptops and note books that were designed in the year 2009. The HP ProBook 4510s is a very versatile laptop. It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor which is a very standard processor but for this particular laptop it is modified to deliver top notch performance and also fast working speeds. It has a 15.6 inch wide screen which is pretty wide and it was released in the year 2009-2010.
The 2010 HP ProBook 4510s is definitely a cut above others that is to say the competition in this segment and thus the HP ProBook 4510s is actually one of the best laptops or notebooks in its class in the world today. The 2010 HP ProBook 4510s has effortlessly edged out competition in the form of Alienware, HCL, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Fujitsu, Apple, Samsung, Acer, MSI and all other competitors in the world today when it comes to laptop design and laptop construction.
The 2010 HP ProBook 4510 s is definitely a laptop that is actually worth buying and possessing. The 2010 HP ProBook 4510s boasts of an extremely power packed and amazingly fast performance, and extremely easy navigation using the smart touch pad. The 2010 HP ProBook 4510s is a much better buy than the other laptops like the Alienware m 11 x or the Lenovo ThinkPad L 512 or the Lenovo IdeaPad U 450 p or the Lenovo ThinkPad X 201 or even the Lenovo ThinkPad T 401. Thus the Lenovo ThinkPad T401 is definitely worth owning.

HP HDX 16 Review

The HP HDX 16  is another famous name that has carved a niche for itself in the world of user-friendly budget notebooks. With great look and feel, excellent features and superb gaming control, it has scored a hit among users from both the young and professional age bracket.
Configurations
1>    Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
2>    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26GHz)
3>    16.0″ diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1366×768)
4>    4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm – 800MHz)
5>    512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
6>    320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
7>    Webcam + Fingerprint Reader with HP Imprint Finish (Fluid)
8>    HP Color Matching Keyboard
9>    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
10>Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
11>12-Cell Lithium  Ion Battery

Design
This laptop has a very sturdy built. A sheet of “infinity glass” provides protection to the screen from damage. One side of the LCD screen is protected by the infinity glass and the other has strong plastic. The screen connected to the main laptop body by hinges doesn’t wobble. The body is made from durable plastic and/or metal.
Screen
The display has an exceptional quality with superb definition and a resolution 1366×768 with absolutely no dead pixels and is 16″ in size. There is a small light on the outside corners of the screen while the screen is black. Experts advise buyers to go for the 1920×1080 screen with a Blu-ray player.
Sound
The sound from this laptop is also rather impressive compared to many other laptops available in the market. The built in subwoofer produces amazingly crispy and very loud and clear sound for a laptop with absolutely no incoherence. The HP HDX 16 model laptop comprises of the Altec Lansing speakers and subwoofer that make playing games a brilliant and exciting experience when they are turned on during the game. A media smart bar is located above the keyboard and below the screen. It is touchy and needs practice to handle it properly. The trebble and bass can also be controlled by users from the media smart bar, which is rather convenient.
Heat
There is an exhaust fan in the far back left corner of the laptop to keep it cool during long hours of continuous usage. This feature makes it extremely user-friendly and comfortable to use..
Input and Output Ports
The keyboard looks full with a complete numeric pad on the right, the arrow keys are smaller than those in normal desktops and have proper gaps between them for convenience of typing.
Several ports such as USB 2.0, IR receiver for remote, Power adapter, Blu-ray ROM/ DVD-ROM, USB 2.0, Laptop lock, VGA, Expansion Port 3, Ethernet (10/100/1000), HDMI, eSata/USB combo, USB, IEEE Firewire, Express card slot (54/34) etc are also present.

HP Envy 13 Review

The new HP Envy 13 is a lightweight, user-friendly laptop, with bright display, excellent graphics and energy-efficient processors. Here’s a detailed review to find out whether a superb performance that’s worth it’s price.
Configuration

1>  Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
2> Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL9600 (2.13GHz, 6M Cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
3> 3GB DDR3 SDRAM (1066MHz)
4> 250GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive
5> 13.3-inch diagonal High Definition LED HP Radiance Infinity Widescreen Display (1366×768)
6> ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics (512MB) with Intel X4500M integrated switchable graphics
7> External Slot Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer with 2 USB Ports
8> Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
9> Dimensions: 12.59″(W) x 8.46″(D) x 0.8″(H)
10> Weight: 3.75 pounds (not including weight of AC adapter).
11> 4-cell 41Wh battery

Build and Design
The Envy 13 doesn’t sport the glossy finish that was so trademark HP Pavilion. Aluminum and magnesium alloy have replaced plastic. The magnesium lid doesn’t have any eye-catching design, and more stress has been given on function over form. The lid is one of the most durable lids amongst all, easily withstanding much wear and tear.
Build quality is excellent with solid chassis and durable components. The etched-metal palmrest seamless combines a subtle dash of style and strength. They don’t flex like plastic palmrests. The recessed etching can gather dust and dirt with usage, but is shallow enough to be cleaned with a microfiber cloth.
Screen and Speakers

The 13.3-inch “HP Radiance” display is much brighter than other notebook screens of comparable sizes compensating for the glossy surface covering the screen. The screen can also be seen distinctly even under direct sunlight. The LED-backlit display offers 82 percent color gamut, with more intense color saturation for photos. The colors can be toned down too. Viewing angles are average.
The built-in stereo speakers sport the “Beats Audio by Dr. Dre” brand name suggesting an excellent audio quality but experts have tested them and found that they produce distinct sound with loud volume but bass is lacking and the sound quality is rather tinny. Headphones should be used to enjoy music or the HDMI-out can be used.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The full-size island-style keyboard provides excellent key gaps. Smooth key action with  a mild click when key is fully press, reduced key wiggle and perfect key depth are some important features. We didn’t notice any keyboard flex on the underlying support struicture even when we pressed forcefully on the keys. In short, the Envy 13 keyboard is among the best we’ve used on a 13-inch notebook.

The generously-sized Synaptics touchpad with integrated touchpad buttons is a bit sensitive for two fingers. It requires some special adjustments as the cursor will tend to switch from one finger to another when the thumb is resting on it since the whole surface is in use.

Ports and Features

Experts are also not happy with the available ports. A SD card slot, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out and a combo audio jack are all that it has to offer.

HP Pavilion dm3t Review

HP laptops are known for their durability, performance meeting all user requirements and at the same time sport some seriously elegant and classy looks. The Pavilion dm3 is a CULV lightweight that packs in a lot of exciting features like:

1> Intel Core 2 Duo CULV SU7300 (1.3GHz, 800MHz, 3MB)
•  Windows 7 Premium (64-bit)
•  3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz
•  320GB 5400rpm Seagate 5400.6 HDD
•  Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
•  13.3-inch LED-backlit WXGA Display
•  External 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD/-RW/R) with Dual-Layer
•  Atheros AR5009 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi , Bluetooth
•  6-cell Lithium-ion battery
•  Dimensions: 12.83 x 9.06 x 0.96 inches weighing 4.17 pounds

Build and Design

The laptop sports a durable metal finish on screen cover which is both elegant and resistant to scratches and stains of any sort with the perimeter-trim chromed in plastic to accentuate the gunmetal-gray brushed look extending in the interior. The glossy black screen trim perfectly complements the LCD when the display is off. The notebook is colored in matte-black at the bottom.

The build has an overall superior quality; the brushed metal finish gives some strength to the top. The screen has minimal flex when moderately pressed, the cover protects the LCD from dents. The materials quality of almost all the parts is good with the only drawback being the risk that the chromed plastic might wear out over time if not transported properly. The touchpad has a polished-matte finish which may be affected by mild abrasion. The bottom cover surprisingly is made with a durable alloy body that makes for a really sleek look and feel.

Users can also upgrade this notebook with its easily accessible user-serviceable components.

Screen
The screen is a fashionable 13.3-inch one with LED-backlit panel with excellent color and contrast. The colors are vivid and bright in a cooler or blue hue. Screen brightness is sufficient for well-lit rooms. A 70% screen brightness is tested to be perfect for indoor viewing. The glossy screen supports outdoor viewing preferably in a well-shaded location away from the sun exposure. Viewing angles were average and horizontal viewing angles were better with the screen remaining visible to about 60-degrees off center where it started to become fade.

Speakers
The speakers produce some really good sounds with the quality above average for a notebook of this size with distinct high notes and upper-midrange.. Low frequency audio is found to be wanting though.
Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard is an island-style one with the keys colored in a semi-glossy black paint with a very solid feel. The key letters look very bright even in dark surrounding. The keys wobble a little with side to side movement. The individual key presses are quite smooth requiring little pressure for detection.
The touchpad is a glossy ALPS model supporting multitouch gestures and is responsive. The buttons are easy to press producing a soft click. The feedback is shallow needing moderate pressure for activation.
Ports and Features
The notebook has four USB 2.0 ports, LAN, audio jacks, HDMI and VGA-out and a Kensington Lock slot. Other features offered are a SDHC-card slot and wireless-on/off switch.

HP EliteBook 2540p

The HP EliteBook 2540p is designed keeping in mind the needs of businessmen and executive users. It comes with some innovative features that makes it one of the best portable notebooks in today’s market.

Configuration:
1>    The Intel Core i7-640LM 2.13GHz Dual-Core Processor (4MB Cache) ensures excellent performance
2>    The installed Operating System is Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
3>    The display is a 12.1-inch WXGA anti-glare with screen resolution of 1280 x 800
4>    The Intel GMA HD integrated graphics comes pretty useful for gaming purposes
5>    The RAM is a 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2GB x 2GB) with a 250GB 5400rpm 1.8-inch SATA II
6>    It also contains a DVD+/-RW optical drive
7>    The model is expertly fitted with an Intel 6200AGN Wifi, gigabit Ethernet, modem and Bluetooth connectivity for better performance.
8>    The battery is a 6-Cell 62WHr battery
9>    Its dimensions are 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.10 inches with the battery weighing 3.97 pounds.
Design
The body of the laptop is covered in the new “HP DuraCase” and “HP DuraFinish,” : a hard plastic, strong magnesium alloy inner shell strengthened by a brushed aluminum outer shell which is scratch-resistant. The base of the laptop has been designed to be strong to survive bumps and dents. The solid keyboard has absolutely no flex.
Screen
The 2540p anti-glare widescreen displays fine details without reducing sizes while working. The resolution might be inadequate it is used as a mobile video and photo editing platform.
When viewed from straight ahead, the colors are vibrant with excellent contrast, deep blacks and good viewing angles. Horizontal viewing angles are particularly impressive so you shouldn’t have trouble showing a presentation to multiple people sitting at a desk.
Audio Quality
The in-built speaker, located on the bottom front side of the notebook, so that sound, which is clear, isn’t diverted upward at the user while using is moderately good with a proper highs, middles and lows ranges. There is a headphone jack on the 2540p which filters static or other noise.
Keyboard
The keyboard design is quite unique in this model. The individual key presses come without loud clicking noises while typing. Keys are flatter, with little less space in between to accommodate the pointstick.

The EliteBook 2540p includes decent keyboard lights. There is a tiny light bulb button above the screen, which when pressed, a small LED begins shining not very brightly, but bright enough for viewing without distraction
A series of touch-sensitive media buttons: Info, Presentation Mode, Wi-Fi Toggle and Mute touch buttons on the glossy strip above the keyboard. A volume control slider which can be used by sliding finger across it is next to the Mute button. An excellent feature on the 2540p is a touchpad disable button that allows you to turn it off.
The DuraFinish on touchpad ensures that oils from fingertip aren’t deposited on the surface.

HCL Leaptop Z29-Z2906

The HCL Leaptop Z29-Z2906 is an excellent choice if you want a low-budget corporate notebook with cutting edge features, measure for controlling power consumption and security system.

Configuration

1>The laptop is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5250, 1.50 GHz and also contains the high-performing  2 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz Font Side Bus (FSB) and the Intel 965GM Express Chipset
2> A 2-GB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM, Upto 2-GB Maximum is also present with a 250-GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
3> The laptop is designed with the 8X DVD Super Multi Dual Layer (8.5 GB) DVD Writer.

Display
The 12.1-inch (30.7 cm) WXGA Widescreen View Perfect TFT display is the first thing about it that attracts attention. An Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA X3100 graphics chipset with 254-MB shared video memory, DVMT 3.0 support makes for some excellent display. The 1280 x 800 pixels resolution is also perfectly adequate.

Connectivity

The HCL Leaptop Z29-Z2906 is equipped with the Intel Wireless/PRO 3945 WiFi 802.11a/b/g Wireless connection which provides superb connectivity. An Integrated 10/100/1000 Realtel RTL8100CL Fast Ethernet LAN and a 56Kbps V.92 Data/Fax Modem are also present. The Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR offers data transfer 3 times faster than normal.

I/O Ports

The laptop has been designed with some adequate number of input and output ports for facilitating various usages. These ports and pins are as follows:
1>    4 USB v2.0 compliant 4-pin connectors
2>    An ExpressCard 54mm
3>    IEEE 1394 (FireWire) integrated port
4>    An External display / video – VGA – 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
5>    A S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port
6>    A RJ-11 – modem/fax/tel line
7>    A RJ-45 – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX
8>    An in-built Microphone
9>    A Headphone-out
10>    A PCMCIA Type 2 Slot

Extra Hardware and Software Support
The HCL Leaptop Z29-Z2906 Laptop also has the operating system Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium edition preinstalled. Many essential software like the Microsoft Works 8.5, Nero Burner V.6 for Windows XP / Nero Burner V.7 for Vista, Leaptop Companion, , Power Director, Media Show Player, and full set of updated device drivers are present on a CDROM. The laptop also has the Antivirus software with a 12 Month validity period and free update option along with the Kensington Lock, option for System or User level system access, Built-in Biometric Fingerprint Reader etc for security purposes and option for disabling USB Port.

The HCL Leaptop Z29-Z2906 Laptop PC is also equpiied with an integrated 4-in-1 Media Card Reader which supports Multimedia Card (MMC), Memory stick (MS), Secure Digital Card, and MS-PRO media cards and integrated 1.3 Megapixel resolution Webcam along with integrated microphone facilitating video chat.
The Leaptop is also eco-friendly and adheres to the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous   Substances) directive.

Battery Backup

The HCL Leaptop Z29-Z2906 Laptop is also fitted with a Li-Ion 6-cell 4800mAh 11.1V Standard Battery operating upto 3.5 hrs backup. It also has the Full feature ACPI power management supporting Stand-by, Suspend to Disk, and Suspend to RAM options for conserving power.

Google showcases its Chromebook – is this the future of computing?

The world of laptops used to be dominated by Microsoft and Apple, but now Google are venturing into this area with their new Chromebook.

Produced by Samsung, the first version of the Chromebook to go on sale in the UK is a unique product as unlike a PC or a Mac, it doesn’t use a traditional operating system which takes time to load.

Instead everything is run through Google’s browser, Chrome, and the laptop boots up in just 8 seconds. Everything is store on the Cloud instead of on your computer, so if you lose your Chromebook or are without it, you can log onto another one and access all your files.

It only works with programs created by Google, which has positives and negatives. You can’t download viruses for example, but you also can’t install anything which isn’t in the Chrome Web Store. Although the store is quite extensive, it doesn’t feature everything so if you’re a Skype lover or an avid Spotify user, you’re out of luck for the time being.

However, it requires internet access for it to work. So if you’re out and about with it and find yourself in a location without Wi-Fi, you are unable to access any of your documents or files.

Some analysts think that the Chromebook might be a bit too ahead of its time as not everyone is completely comfortable with the idea of having their important documents stored somewhere other than their own private PC but as the technology behind it becomes more widespread this could see a significant shift in the way we use computers.