Laptop Reviews

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?

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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.

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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.

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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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MacBook Pro with Penryn CPU & MultiTouch: is it worth an upgrade?

MacBook Pro with Penryn CPU & MultiTouch: is it worth an upgrade?

After three generations of MacBook Pro, Apple have had plenty of time to refine their flagship super-strength laptop. However, users have also had time to refine their expectations; with this latest update to Intel's 45nm Penryn CPU and a switch from CCFL to LED screen back-lighting (for the 17-inch; 15-inch has been using LED since last revision with Santa Rosa platform), the MacBook Pro is trying to be both powerful and efficient. SlashGear sat down with the 2.5GHz, 15-inch version - with 4GB DDR RAM and 512MB VRAM - and its 2.2GHz predecessor (Santa Rosa), to see both whether the changes are worth the upgrade for existing owners and, perhaps more importantly, whether the MacBook Pro keeps its position (arguably) at the top of the notebook pile.

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Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 Review

Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 Review

Despite its best multimedia intentions, Toshiba’s X205-SLi4 notebook is always now going to be criticized for having an HD-DVD drive rather than Blu-Ray; but is this a single chink in its vast armor, or a sign of disappointment to come? SlashGear squared up to the $2,499, 9.37lb monster to find out.

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Axiotron ModBook Review Part 1

Axiotron ModBook Review Part 1

So, I’ve had this thing for a few hours short of a full day, and I’ve got some stuff to report, but I don’t want to call this the end of the review, I am going to give it a few more days and then give the final part of the review. So far, I am not sold on it, but, my sister, who is taking classes in college for photography and the various digital arts got her hands on it and wouldn’t let go until I took it away to charge it.

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MacBook Air Review

MacBook Air Review

They're calling it the iPod of laptops - Apple's board-sweeping answer to Sony, Dell and all the others who've been proudly strutting their ultraportables. It was enough to send David Pogue into paroxysms of delight, whinnying about "admiration for elegance." Of course, it could only be the MacBook Air. Never before has a keynote product announcement from Apple prompted such contrasts of praise and vitriol: with road-warriors on one side singing praises for a pared down chassis with still usable keyboard and display, while critics bay for blood over absent ports and sealed batteries. Is the MacBook Air going to please everybody? No, not at all; but then again, it really didn't set out to.

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Alienware Area 51 M9750 review – Media powerhouse

Alienware Area 51 M9750 review – Media powerhouse

An Alienware computer is a mythical beast. Ever since Alienware started making computers in 1996, gamers and power hungry PC addicts have drooled over their speed, processing power, and overall design. This is the first time I've ever spent more than a couple hours with an Alienware machine, so I wasn't truly privy to the finer points of an Alienware. All I can really say is that I've never been so impressed with the performance of a notebook computer.

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