Laptop Reviews

MacBook Air Review: it’s a different beast inside out

MacBook Air Review: it’s a different beast inside out

When the MacBook Air first launched, nobody could deny it was physically impressive.  Well under an inch thick, it was a visual delight to anybody who saw it.  Ironically, any disappointment was saved for the owners themselves: the payoff for those market-besting dimensions was underpowered components and the tendency to overheat.  Now, Apple have freshly inflated the Air with new technology, in fact just about everything down to the memory is new.  Second time around, have they created the ultimate ultraportable?

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HP Mini 1000 Review

HP Mini 1000 Review

With the recent boom in the popularity of Netbooks, providing customers with the most cost effective way to get on the Internet without adding all of the extra software is what a lot of consumers are looking for. Most of us have a desktop PC that we do most of our work and browsing on, the cost of purchasing a laptop to surf the web while on the go can be a bit to much in these trying times. Hp took this into consideration when creating the successor the Mini-Note 2133, the HP Mini 1000. HP has taken the slick design and brilliant construction of the Mini-Note 2133 and made it surprisingly affordable.

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Sony VAIO TT Review

Sony VAIO TT Review

In a world of $250 netbooks and credit crunch, is there a place for a high-end ultraportable that, in its peak configuration, costs $4,345?  That's the question Sony - and plenty of others - are asking about the new Vaio TT, its latest luxury notebook.  A carbon fiber chassis, WWAN, Blu-ray and RAID options all draw upon the latest technology available, but have they over estimated the market?  SlashGear pulled on a pair of museum-standard gloves, buffed the test bench to a dull sheen, and prepared to find out.

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Asus Eee PC 1000HA Review

Asus Eee PC 1000HA Review

The choice of ASUS Eee PC models keeps getting larger, and the company shows little sign of stopping until there's a netbook variant for every individual person on the planet. On the SlashGear desk today is the Eee PC 1000HA, part of the company's largest 1000-series netbooks but coming in at the relatively bargain price of $429.99. Could this be the best balance of budget and functionality to date?

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Macbook Pro Review – Late 2008 Model

Macbook Pro Review – Late 2008 Model

As Apple's flagship laptop, the MacBook Pro arguably has an easier time than the MacBook. With a reputation of superlative performance and style, the Pro is targeted at an audience who, to stereotype a little, has higher priorities than budget than those looking at the MacBook segment. It's a double-edged sword, though: since the last MacBook Pro refresh the laptop has faced fresh competition from Voodoo's slick, niche range, as well as capable (if a touch more mainstream) models from HP, Lenovo and others. Apple's retort is a MacBook Air-inspired casing and dual-graphics; is it enough to keep the MacBook Pro on top?

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Apple MacBook Review – Late 2008 Model

Apple MacBook Review – Late 2008 Model

Of all the things Apple should be blessing Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field for, it's the perennial success of the MacBook despite not having undergone a serious update in more than two years. As Jobs himself declared at the notebook's launch, the MacBook remains the best selling Macintosh; no RDF was necessary when faced with the new aluminum model's design.  It's not, however, the $800 notebook some were predicting - and even more hoping for - so where does this mini-MacBook Pro fit in?

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Toshiba Satellite A305-S6864 – SlashGear Review

Toshiba Satellite A305-S6864 – SlashGear Review

The Toshiba Satellite A305 S6864 is an appealing laptop with modern look. First thing to notice are the high-gloss surfaces from screen cover to the entire keyboard area. The unit has rounded edges and is finished with reflective grey metallic hematite stripes and a beautiful piano-black keyboard. Oddly enough, these stripes and glossy surfaces are more resistant to fingerprints compared to the Toshiba X205 we reviewed in February. Back then we couldn't honestly recommend the X205 due to its outmoded HD DVD drive; will the A305 suffer a similar fate?

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Acer Aspire One netbook SlashGear Review

Acer Aspire One netbook SlashGear Review

While there's no shortage of variety in the netbook market, one of the most commonly recommended - and certainly most commonly searched for here on SlashGear - is the Acer Aspire One.  With a slick casing, brand name recognition and relatively large degree of flexibility in specifications, even with new rivals from Dell and others, Acer is holding its own.  We've had the Aspire One in for the past fortnight to put it through its paces; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Edition Review

ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux Edition Review

If the ASUS Eee 900 basically amounted to a larger-screened version of the 7-inch original, then the Eee 901 marks its graduation into a distinct model.  Packing Intel's latest 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, in place of the 900's Celeron 900MHz, ASUS could reasonably have left the rest of the notebook the same and simply added a little to the price.  Thankfully they've subjected the 901 to a mild degree of fettling, tweaking case and controls and making for a markedly more attractive proposition.  ASUS sent over the Windows version of the 901; check out what exactly impressed us after the cut.

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Gateway M-152XL 15.4-inch notebook: Unboxing & Review

Gateway M-152XL 15.4-inch notebook: Unboxing & Review

In a week when full-sized notebooks have wrenched back the focus from their budget ultraportable brethren, we've had Gateway's M-152XL on the SlashGear test bench. With a 15.4-inch widescreen display, Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 processor and separate ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, packed into a 6.2 pound chassis, Gateway's latest is really looking to take pride of place as a desktop replacement. It's a competitive niche in the sector, though, so is the M-152XL up to the task?

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