Laptop Reviews

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.

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?

Toshiba Satellite M305-S4826 Notebook Review

Toshiba Satellite M305-S4826 Notebook Review

Toshiba's Satellite range went through a shake-up back in April, arguably in an attempt to bring some of the multimedia Qosmio gloss to its more bread & butter machines. Out went drab casings and middle of the road specs, replaced with a stylish new design and the promise of healthy performance. SlashGear has been taking a look at the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4826, a fixed-spec notebook running Intel's T8100 Core 2 Duo processor with 3GB of RAM and a 14.1-inch WXGA display capable of 720p high-definition. The 14-inch laptop space is a hotly contested one: can this particular Satellite stand out?

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review – MacBook Air killer?

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review – MacBook Air killer?

Lenovo probably wouldn't admit it, but you get the impression they're quite pleased with how they managed to crash the ultraportable party. Apple's achingly-thin MacBook Air seemingly had just scant moments to enjoy the limelight, before leaked details of Lenovo's own, Windows based rebuke, the X300, started to turn up. Before long, the company was putting out adverts surreptitiously suggesting that the Air's compromises for extreme thinness and lack of connectivity meant that, unlike the DVD and ethernet toting X300, it couldn't quite be called a "fully featured" ultraportable. It's rare for a Windows machine manufacturer to try to so resolutely dismiss Apple - there's usually at least a grudging respect - so when Lenovo sent an X300 to SlashGear we were keen to see how well it lived up to the claims.

HTC Shift CDMA EV-DO UMPC review

HTC Shift CDMA EV-DO UMPC review

HTC have made a name for themselves with capable, business-friendly smartphones, and when back in March 2007 they first suggested they were turning their hand to the UMPC market there was no shortage of interest. Boasting full Windows Vista support, as well as a cut-down quick-start SnapVue interface for basic tasks, QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen and multiple wireless options, the HTC Shift was hailed by some as likely to be the first decent UMPC. The subsequent journey from announcement to actual launch - a point first estimated for Q3 2007 - has been punctuated by delays, wavering interest and more than a little criticism of how competitive its specs are in light of the latest competition; HTC sent over the new CDMA version of the Shift, complete with Sprint EV-DO support, for SlashGear to see whether time has been kind to the UMPC.

Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Laptop Review

Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Laptop Review

Packing a laptop with a full-sized keyboard, screen bigger than many use with their desktop and the sort of specs that gobble through even the most capacious of batteries has always struck me as cheating a little. Call me old fashioned, but I do like my notebook to be portable and my desktop to be sturdy; Gateway, however, weren't willing to stop at just calling me names. They sent over their 17-inch P-6831FX, resplendent with orange pinstripes and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce graphics, to show that just because a laptop is large, it doesn't mean it can't be agile too.

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