Toshiba Satellite A45 Review

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By nature, a budget laptop has to sacrifice some features to keep its price low. Happily, the mainstream Toshiba Satellite A45 makes some of the smartest trade-offs we've seen. It is far from a svelte travel machine, and it performs merely adequately, but the Satellite A45's long battery life and outstanding ergonomics impress us. The full-size keyboard has a snappy feel, the touchpad is sublimely responsive, and the unit runs cool, too. Our few mild complaints include the 15-inch display--which isn't wide screen or high contrast--and the weak speakers. But if you spend most of your time at a desk and are looking for an inexpensive laptop, the Toshiba Satellite A45 is one of your best choices.

Toshiba Satellite A15-S127

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Toshiba's Satellite A15 series excels in performance, besting other entry-level, mainstream notebooks, including the Dell Inspiron 1100 and the Compaq Presario 2100. Unfortunately, little else about this series justifies its comparatively high pricing. The notebook weighs a hefty seven pounds, offers limited configuration choices, and it lasted slightly less than three hours in CNET Labs' battery-life tests. The Satellite A15 series may be adequate for students and home users, but even though its higher-end configurations include 802.11b wireless, we wouldn't recommend the A15 series to the small-business users that Toshiba also targets for this machine.

Toshiba Satellite P25-S607

By William Pagan
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The Toshiba Satellite P25-S607 is a very good notebook, and thanks to the inclusion of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002, it has many multimedia bells and whistles.
The stylish Satellite sports a 17-inch-wide screen and a DVD-Multi drive (DVD-RW, DVD-RAM). Add to that a strong multimedia software bundle and the TV tuner and remote control that come with Windows XP Media Center and you have a portable multimedia system. (By the time you read this, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 will be available; Toshiba will offer an upgrade to the new OS for this unit.)
We wish Toshiba would upgrade to the 802.11g or 802.11a/g wireless standard, as others have. And although the system is the most expensive Windows notebook, it's also one of the most feature-rich.
The Satellite includes a front multimedia control panel with CD playback functions and a pair of Harman Kardon speakers for high-fidelity sound. Unfortunately, it has only Windows Media Player for ripping and burning WMAs (not MP3s).
The Satellite has a slot for Secure Digital cards and bundles ArcSoft's PhotoStudio 5, which offers an easy interface for users to customize their photos.
The unit comes with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002, which lets you watch live TV, browse the Program Guide, and record shows. You can plug your MiniDV camcorder directly into the FireWire port and burn your home movies. True videophiles will fill up the 60GB hard drive fast.
More of a multimedia system than a gaming box, the Satellite's nVidia GeForce FX Go 5200 graphics card with 64MB of RAM is good enough for some of today's games, and the speakers are better than those that come with most notebooks.
Toshiba Satellite P25-S607
The warranty is one year on parts and labor. A three-year warranty extension with on-site service costs $248. Toll-free technical support is 24/7.

HP Envy 17 3D Review

By Michael A. Prospero
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Go big or go home. That's the mantra of the HP Envy 17 3D. This large but stylish desktop replacement features an Intel Core i7 processor, powerful ATI graphics, a 3D-capable, full HD display, and a Blu-ray player. Starting at $1,599 ($1,649 as configured), the 3D version of the notebook costs the same as a similarly equipped non-3D version we reviewed just three months ago. Sounds like a sweet deal. But how does this machine stack up to laptops powered by Nvidia's 3D Vision technology? And is there enough 3D content to make donning those glasses worth the trouble? Our in-depth review reveals all.

HP Pavilion DV7T Review

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The HP Pavilion DV7T is a part of the recently refreshed line of notebooks. This particular notebook replaces the doomed HP Pavilion DV9000T series. Along with the Blu-Ray drive, dedicated Nvidia graphics card this notebook features the new Intel Centrino 2 mobile technology. Intel Centrino 2 along with its predecessor Intel Centrino has revolutionized the way we use the notebook in our modern world. Hang on tight while we examine this notebook from all sides!

HP G72t Review

By Nadav Snir
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The HP G72t notebook is ideal for both working and playing games. Coming with a 17.3" LED screen, this notebook would be the ideal replacement for the bulky desktops. In addition to enhancing the user's mobility, this notebook is packed with many amazing features which guarantee that your ability to be productive is not interfered with.

Compaq CQ62Z Laptop Review

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For users looking for a solid day-to-day task machine, the Compaq CQ62Z series laptops offer budget friendly machines in an easily portable frame with clean sleek style and all the bells and whistles you need. Great for home, office, and on the road use, these laptops can handle your everyday light tasks easily and affordably. 

HP's Pavilion dv6t and dv7t available with 1080p screens, people who bought three months ago sigh

By Dana Wollman
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When HP's Pavilion Quad Edition dv6t and dv7t went on sale three months ago, we couldn't think of too many detractors, but we did take issue with the fact that these 15.6- and 17.3-inch screens maxed out at 1600 x 900 resolution. If you fall into that camp, well, the Powers That Be over at HP heard you -- both machines are now available with 1080p displays, for an extra $150. As before, both come standard with 2GHz quad-core Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics with 1GB of video memory, 4GB of RAM, and 640GB hard drives. HP is also offering free upgrades to 6GB RAM and 750GB hard drive space, though no promises on how long that'll last. Before you get too excited, though, 1080p displays are only an option on these so-called Quad Edition models and the dv6t Select Edition -- meaning, you can't opt for a lower-end dv6 or dv7t and expect to upgrade it. Confusing naming conventions aside, if you're tempted, we suggest you avail yourself of some sweet coupons at the source links.

HP HDX16t Review

By Ed Koeller
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I am a college student traveling out of state and I needed a quality notebook to replace my desktop. I am a Computer Science Engineering major, and I enjoy playing games every so often. So I needed the laptop to be more than just a web-browsing machine. I need it to be able to play games and to perform well enough to do more than my course work requires. For six months, I researched laptops and concluded that the HP HDX 16 is the highest quality for my budget (less than $1,300).

This is a new model from HP. It is their "premium series" notebook. It is very similar to the HP HDX 18. It is just the 16" version of it. It is comparable in price to the dv5 Notebooks from HP.
This is definitely a desktop replacement; it has a 16" screen and very nice hardware.

HP Pavilion dv6z Review

By Jerry Jackson
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The newest 16-inch notebook from HP promises to deliver great performance at a low price and might be very popular in 2009. The HP Pavilion dv6z features the latest AMD dual-core processors, your choice of integrated or discrete graphics, and all the ports and features you need. At a starting price of just $599.99 it might just be the most competitive desktop replacement notebook on the market. Keep reading to find out if this notebook is as impressive as it sounds.

HP G62m Review

By abhinaya
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Hewlwtt-Packard, known popularly as HP is in a tight competition with the other manufacturers in order to prove that it is the king in manufacturing notebooks. This competition not only exists in the United States but also across the globe. Two years back, the company was estimated to be the biggest seller of laptops in the world. The main credit for this success is due to the retail partners of the HP who contribute in selling the company’s laptops. The G62m is a new notebook series featuring the medium segment notebooks. By launching this series, HP is trying to aim the consumers who seek to own a notebook that would give more value to the money they pay and offer the right computing that is required for the everyday use.
  • Operating system: 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Processor: Intel Celeron 00 or T3300 or T350 processor
  • Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
  • Memory: 2 to 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB hard drive of 7200 RPM or 320 GB or 500 GB hard drive of 5400 RPM
  • Display: 15.6 inches, high definition resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, HP BrightView technology
  • Optical Drive: Super Multi 8x DVD+/-R/RW, double layer support, Light Scribe technology (optional)
  • Personalization: 5 in 1 card reader or webcam and 5 in 1 card reader
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WLAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 14.72 x 9.70 x 1.25 to 1.44 inches
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Battery: 6 cell lithium ion, 5.5 hours life
  • Price: starts from $399.99
The design of the G62m is quite modern. The notebooks in this series have a dimension of 14.72 x 9.70 x 1.25 to 1.44 inches. The thickness has a range as it depends on the configuration. The enclosure on the lid is made of a matte blue texture that minimizes the attraction of finger prints. The notebook has an optical drive, a webcam that is optional, a card reader that supports up to five different types of memory cards, Bluetooth interface, Altec Lansing speakers, HDMI port, LAN RJ-45 port, headphone jack, microphone jack, VGA port and USB ports on the sides.
The notebooks in the G62m line up have a 15.6 inch LED display. The screen has a high resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It makes use of the Bright View technology of HP. The display is clear and energy efficient. Its resolution makes it suitable for the playback of the high definition content.

Keyboard and Touchpad
The notebook has a black colored keyboard rim and touch pad. Even the palm rest and the keys are of the same color. The keyboard is of full size as the display is large measuring about 15.6 inches. It is streamlined and it comfortable for typing. The touch pad is also large in size and contributes to comfortable typing experience. There are one touch keys in order to quickly access the power DVD, e-mail, printer, Web and calculator.
The notebooks of the G62m series include some software in them as per the configuration. They can be configured with the Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, 15 months or 2 years or 3 years of Norton Internet Security 2011. The latter requires activation. It is preloaded with the CyberLink DVD Suite Premium 7 and Roxio BackOn Track 3 or Track 3 Deluxe. It is included with the HP Games by Wild Tangent.
The G62m series of notebooks are budget friendly devices that offer the everyday computing that is required by the users in a great way. It is good to perform the tasks that are related to work as well as entertainment. There are three different options to configure the processor. The display that is equipped in the notebooks offer great high definition content playback. There are various configurations to suit the different types of consumers. Overall, these notebooks offer a great value for the money that is spent.

HP G62t Review

By Dana Wollman
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How much do we love the HP G62t, a $599 Intel Core i3-powered laptop? Let us count the ways: it offers better performance and battery life than the competition, a cool yet understated design, and a blazing fast hard drive. We’re not fans of the single touch button, but overall, the G62t is far and away the best laptop you can get for less than $600.


Taking a cue from HP’s higher-end Envy notebooks, the G62t has a sophisticated taupe color both inside and out, as well as a matte finish. Its textured pattern reminds us of the Envy 13, although it has a smooth metal lid; the G62t is made of a cheaper plastic and bears that pattern throughout. However, the brushed metal hinges make the laptop look more expensive than it is. 

HP Envy 17 review

By Joanna Stern
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When it comes to selecting our favorite mainstream Windows laptops these days the HP Envy 14 is pretty much at the tippy top of the list. (Hey, we don't just give anything away to our college-bound readers, you know?) But while the 14-inch version of the magnesium-alloy laptop may have impressed us with its new backlit keyboard and internal organs, we've still been aching to know how the bigger and badder Core i7-powered Envy 17 stands up. With a 1920 x 1080-resolution 17.3-inch display, 1GB of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics, a USB 3.0 port and Blu-ray drive, can you really blame us? There's no doubt that the Envy 17 is one epic desktop replacement, but for $1,599 (the starting price is $1,299) we've got to tell you you're not purchasing perfection. Just what holds back the Envy 17 from being the be-all end-all multimedia monster? We'll divulge all in our full review after the break.

HP Pavilion dv5t

By Dana Wollman
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With a subtly glimmering lid, island keyboard, and a bright display in an intriguing new size, the 14.5-inch HP Pavilion dv5t (starting at $699; $1,024 as configured) is one of the most attractive laptops you can buy right now. And with 7,200-rpm hard drives offered standard, you can expect fast performance from this Core i5 machine. HP also includes a Blu-ray drive in this configuration, which explains the relatively high price. However, a few quirks, including a temperamental touchpad, dampened our enthusiasm for this student-friendly thin-and-light.


The dv5t resembles HP’s higher-end Envy notebooks, which is to say it also looks similar to a MacBook Pro. To keep costs reasonable, HP constructed this laptop from plastic, not metal, but the classy champagne hue is similar to those bronze Envys (you can also buy it in Black Cherry, which looks black, and Sonoma Red, a cranberry shade). Although the dv5t isn’t made of metal, it has a similar finish since it pairs a matte lid with a fine, metallic print on top. The result is a finish that glimmers like a metal surface, but doesn’t reflect light or attract fingerprints the way a glossy chassis would. 

HP Envy 14 review

By Joanna Stern
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The HP Envy 14 is like the final revision of a C+ term paper that always had potential, but just needed an bit of extra information and refinement to get an A. In fact, when HP introduced the Envy 14, the company was rather blunt about the fact that many of the issues that plagued the original Envy systemshad been addressed, including the lack of an optical drive and backlight keyboard, the frustrating touchpad and the heat caused by the Core i7 processor. On paper, the 14.5-inch Envy 14 has everything we wanted to see in those first models while still maintaining its beautiful yet tough etched aluminum chassis. It's also got a new lower $999 starting price, though our review unit rang up at $1,290. So, has the Envy 14 finally make its way to the head of the class? We've spent some quality time with the rig to find out.