Archive for June, 2008

Laptop Reviews: Dell Studio 15 and 17, HP Pavilion tx2500z

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

This week the new Dell Studio 15 and Dell Studio 17 have catched most of the reviews:

SSDs can use more power than conventional hard disks

Friday, June 27th, 2008

According to Tom’s Hardware, in some scenarios solid-state disks use more power than conventional hard disks. While the methodology is controversial, the results show that the supposed energy efficiency of SSDs is not as good as advertised, and that they are not so advisable for laptops as it’s commonly believed.

Certainly, conventional hard disks have got many enhancements during recent years, while SSDs are a new technology that needs to mature.

Update: Tom’s Hardware has performed new tests.

Dell Studio 17: specs, pricing and reviews (US and UK)

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Dell Studio 17

In addition to the Dell Studio 15, the new Studio series from Dell has a 17″ laptop, the Dell Studio 17, that is also available at Dell (US site; UK site).

Configuration options: these are the available options at the moment:

  • Processor: US: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 up to T9300; UK: Intel Pentium Dual Core T2390 up to T9500.
  • Memory: 2, 3 or 4 GB RAM (667 MHz).
  • Hard disk drive: US: 160 to 640 GB (5400 rpm only); UK: 160 to 320 GB or 160 GB at 7200 rpm.
  • Graphics card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 (256 MB); Intel X3100 also available in the UK.
  • Monitor: 17″ at 1440×900 or 1920×1200; 1440×900 with LED backlight also available.
  • Optical drive: slot-loading; DVD-burner or BD-ROM/DVD-burner combo.

Pricing: US: from 999 USD; a better configuration (T8100, 4 GB, 320 GB, ATI 3650) costs 1324 USD; adding the WUXGA screen and BD-ROM drive brings the price up to 1674 USD. UK: from 469 £; a better configuration (the same as above) costs 689 £, and the proposed full-HD configuration costs 949 £.

Reviews: PC Magazine.

Found in: Notebook Review.

Dell Studio 15: specs, pricing and reviews (US and UK)

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Dell Studio 15

It seems that the laptop leaked as Dell Inspiron 1535 belongs in fact to a new series of laptops, and its name is Dell Studio 15. Studio laptops combine the style and quality of XPS series and the options and pricing of Inspirons, conforming a very interesting line that is already available at Dell (US site; UK site).

Configuration options: these are the available options at the moment:

  • Processor: US: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 up to T9300; UK: up to T9500.
  • Memory: 2, 3 or 4 GB RAM (667 MHz).
  • Hard disk drive: US: 160 to 320 GB (5400 rpm) or 200 GB at 7200 rpm; UK: 250 to 320 GB (5400 rpm only)
  • Graphics card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 (256 MB); Intel X3100 also available in the US.
  • Monitor: 15.4″ at 1280×800, or 1440×900 (LED); 1920×1200 also available in the US.
  • Optical drive: slot-loading; DVD-burner or BD-ROM/DVD-burner combo.

Pricing: US: from 799 USD; a better configuration (T8100, 4 GB, 320 GB, ATI 3450) costs 1224 USD. UK: from 479 £; a better configuration (the same as above) costs 628 £.

Reviews: PC Magazine, CNETNotebookcheck, Notebook Review, Notebook Review, optimitza.

Found in: Notebook Review.

Asus Eee PC 1000H vs MSI Wind

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Laptop Magazine compares face-to-face the most popular 10″ ultraportables: Asus Eee PC 1000H vs MSI Wind.

Conclussion: with a better keyboard and battery life and a lower price, the MSI Wind is the winner, but the Eee has its strengths, too. Do you want to know the details? Read the article at Laptop Magazine.

Order the MSI Wind at Buy.com

MSI Wind available for preorder in the US at Buy.com

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

That’s right, Buy.com lists 5 different models of MSI Wind available for preorder: black, white and pink, with 3- or 6-cell battery, and priced 479 to 499 USD. There is no estimated shipping date, but you can ask to be alerted when it’s available.

MSI Wind at Buy.com

Source: MSI Wind en español

ATI Radeon HD 4870: the full picture

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The reviews of the graphics card ATI Radeon HD 4870 have just been published, and they are really excellent: the performance is similar to that of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 but the price is only a 75%.

AnandTechPC PerspectiveArs TechnicaExtremetech

These reviews include the comparision with all the cards in the current generation: Radeon 4850, Radeon 4870, GeForce 9800 GTX+, GeForce GTX 260 y GeForce GTX 280, and are a very good way to choose the right card for you. We only lack the publication of “the best cards for the money, July 2008? by Tom’s Hardware (very soon in its GPU article section).

You can order many of those cards at Newegg; here you have a few selected cards:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 100242L Video Card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 100242L Video Card SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 01G-P3-1280-AR Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 280 01G-P3-1280-AR Video CardEVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

For other manufacturers and more cards, go to Newegg:

Once You Know, You Newegg

Laptop reviews: Asus Eee PC 901 and 1000H, Acer Aspire One and others

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Here you have the laptop review I have found during the week:

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850 x2: the most powerful?

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

According to the benchmark tables at Notebookcheck, the laptop graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850 x2 scores 12800 in 3DMark06, a bit higher than the GeForce 8800M GTX SLI, that scores 12390. And the Mobility Radeon HD 3870 seems a very competitive option too, scoring between the 8800Ms GTS and GTX.

I don’t know how these scores were calculated, it’s likely that they were provided by ATI, so independent benchmarks are needed to adequately evaluate these cards. Anyway, these scores, together with the announcement of the Mobility Radeon HD 4850, suggest that ATI is going to be very competitive in the market of laptop graphics cards.

ATI Radeon HD 4850: first benchmarks

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Only three days ago, Nvidia released its new generation of graphics cards, and today we can see the first benchmarks of the new generation of ATI graphics cards. It seems that ATI released these cards in Europe first, so we are still lacking the reviews from some classic hardware sites, but the first reviews of the Radeon HD 4850 are very positive:

PC PerspectiveAMD ZoneTweak Town

Update: AnandTech and ExtremeTech just published their reviews.

It’s not as fast as the GeForces GTX 200 from Nvidia, but they deliver on the promises: good performance for the price (200 $). On the other hand, the GeForce GTX 280, while more powerful, doesn’t justify its high price (649 $).

Nvidia’s response has been very fast: the price of the GeForce 9800 GTX has dropped to 199 $ and the GeForce 9800 GTX+ has been announced (it’s going to be 10% faster than the 9800 GTX) (Source: X-bit labs). The market is getting really hot!

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 100242L Video Card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 100242L Video Card SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card