Archive for September, 2008

Netbook comparison

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Netbooks (cheap ultraportables) are becoming very popular, but they are not for everyone: small size and low performance are important limitations that have to be taken into account. In addition, the number of different netbooks in the market is getting confusing. So I think some of you may find useful my netbook comparison. It includes the following netbooks: Acer Aspire One, Asus Eee PC 901 and 1000H, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, HP 2133 Mini-note PC and MSI Wind.

In case you want to share with all us your experiences, opinions or questions, feel free to use the forums.

Netbook comparison

Laptop reviews: Dell Inspiron Mini 9, Dell Studio 15, Dell Vostro 1710 and others

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Here you have the laptop reviews of the week:

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Dell Inspiron 9, available in the US and UK

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Today has been launched the Dell Inspiron 9 (unofficially also known as mini Inspiron and Inspiron 910) in the US, UK and other countries.

dell inspiron 9

The first reviews are available too: Notebook Review and Laptop Magazine just published theirs. It looks like it is a good netbook (it gets over 3 h of usage with the 4-cell battery) but with drawbacks (mainly the keyboard).

You can configure your Inspiron 9 at Dell US (from 349 $) or Dell UK (from 299 £).

Update: More reviews have been published now: PC Magazine, AnandTech.

Laptop graphic card performance (GeForce 9200M 9300M 9400M 9500M 9600M 9700M 9800M, Mobility Radeon 3450 3470 3650 3850 3870)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

The landscape of graphics cards can become confusing, but luckily we have benchmarks published in many sites that help us to assess the relative performance of each card. To help you decide which one is the optimal graphics card for your laptop, I have drawn a chart covering the most usual laptop graphics cards at the moment. The chart plots 3DMark 06 scores and data are from Notebookcheck tables: this is just an effort to make the available information more graphical and simple. If the graphics card you are interested in is not listed in the chart, it is lileky that it is in the original tables. In addition, you can find useful the laptop processor benchmark comparison, the benchmark section and the gaming laptop section.

You can also be interested on the laptop benchmarks contributed by users

Card listing: Intel GMA 950, GMA X3100, GMA 4500MHD; Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS, 9200M GS, 9300M GS, 9400M, 8600M GT (DDR2 and DDR3), 9500M GS, 9600M GT (DDR2 and DDR3), 8700M GT (single and SLI), 8800M GTX (single and SLI), 9700M GTS, 9800M GT (single and SLI) and 9800M GTX (single and SLI); ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400, 3200, 3450, 3470, 3650, 3850 (single and CrossFire), 3870 (single and CrossFire).

Featured laptops:

laptop graphics cards performance comparison

Background color represents the ability of the card: red, not good for games (save older ones); yellow, good for games light on resources and HD movies; light green, good for most games; dark green, good for all games. This is an oversimplification, and depending on the game/card combination you may need to lower resolution or detail. But I think it’s a good approximation.

In case you have any questions, you can use the message boards to ask them.

Laptop reviews: Dell Inspiron 13, HP Elitebook 6930p, Asus M50VM and others

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Here you have the laptop reviews of the week: