Laptop Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SlashGear Review – Toshiba Qosmio F45

SlashGear Review – Toshiba Qosmio F45

I've had the opportunity to use the Qosmio F45 for a little while now, and it's come time for me to let you guys know just how this machine performs. As with many of my reviews, I'm not going to focus on benchmarks as I am actual usability, because lets face it, that's what really matters.

SlashGear Review: Gateway MT6839b Laptop

SlashGear Review: Gateway MT6839b Laptop

How long will it be until the desktop PC is, for mainstream customers at least, pronounced dead? It's been several years since sales of laptops exceeded their table-bound brethren, and ever since the numbers have increased and the places you can find notebooks for sale have grown more and more unusual.

Gateway are one manufacturer who have partly stepped outside of the usual retail channels with their range. Their UK arm were good enough to send me an MT6839b - a model currently sold in this country's leading supermarket retailer Tesco - but equivalents of which can be found in other channels too. With a MRSP of £599 ($1,220 at today's awful exchange rate) it's a good example of an entry-point machine for families and students.

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