Archive for May, 2009

Laptop reviews: MSI X340, Asus Eee PC 1008HA, MSI GT725 and others

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Laptop reviews of the week:

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Pictures of the Alienware Area-51 m17x (Allpowerful)

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Thanks to our friends at Portables4gamers:

Alienware Allpowerful pictures

Alienware’s Allpowerful comes with dual GTX 280M + 9400M hybrid graphics

Friday, May 29th, 2009

It seems that Alienware’s Alpowerful laptop is in fact the renewed M17x and, according to PC World, it is a 17″ beast configurable with 2 Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M in SLI configuration that uses an integrated 9400M to save power when high graphical performance is not needed.

More information: PC World.

Laptop reviews: Asus Eee PC T91, Asus Eee PC 1008HA, Asus W90, MSI GX400 and others

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Laptop reviews of the week:

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Hands-on the Nvidia Ion-based laptop Lenovo Ideapad S12

Monday, May 25th, 2009

There is a lot of expectation about netbooks based on the Nvidia Ion platform, because they use a GeForce 9400M graphics card that offers a good increase in graphical performance over current Intel offerings. Lenovo is first announcing a portable device based on this platform, the Lenovo Ideapad S12 (is it a big netbook or a small laptop?), and some lucky people have seen one and published their hands-on:

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 and 4530 Crysis benchmarks

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

I was recently impressed by the good performance of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330, and finally I got some benchmarks of the Mobility 4530 and 4570. The data belong to the benchmarking effort I coordine, so they are user-submitted benchmarks: there are different processors, operating systems, driver versions… Sure, it’s not the typical lab-controlled benchmark you are used to read in sites such as AnandTech, Tom’s Hardware and so, but they help assessing the relative gaming performance of these cards.

The most interesting results are from the Crysis GPU benchmark at 1024×768 and Medium details. Here you have a comparison with other better known cards. The GeForce 9600M GT in the chart is the GDDR3 version and is overclocked (600, 1500 and 840 MHz for core, shaders and memory, respectively; stock clocks are 500, 1250 and 800), so it is a quite powerful card in its class:

Mobility 4570 and 4530 Crysis benchmarks

You can look at the complete benchmark chart to see all available data.

A few remarks:

  • The Mobility Radeon HD 4330 found in the Dell Inspiron 1545 (US, UK) clearly belongs to a different class than the 3450 and other similar cards such as the GeForce 9300M GS. The difference in the result is likely due to the different memory (GDDR3 vs DDR2) more than to other specs of the cards, but at the moment all 4330 cards I have seen are GDDR3 and all 3450 are DDR2.
  • The Mobility Radeon HD 4570 found in the Dell Studio 1555 (US, UK) is comparable to a 9600M GT GDDR3 at stock clocks and is probably superior to the DDR2 version. The high-performing processor in the laptop (an Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 @ 2.66 GHz) could contribute to the high scores, but the influence of the processor usually is only significant at low demanding settings (800×600 or lower and low detail). This particular user plays Crysis at 1280×720, Medium Shadows and the remaining settings at Low. Update: there are some videos at Youtube showing gameplay in Crysis, Half Life 2 Episode 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and Sins of a Solar Empire.
  • The Mobility Radeon HD 4530 found in the HP Pavilion dv6 (US dv6t, US dv6z, UK) and dv7t is in the middle, probably at the level of a GeForce 9600M GT DDR2. Update: I have updated the benchmark chart with the Devil May Cry 4 DX9 benchmarks; the results are a bit worse than in Crysis compared to the Nvidia solutions.
  • Keep in mind that these are scores of a single game and a few different configurations. Anyway, it is a very popular game with a lot of benchmarks published in the Net, so it is quite informative. If I can get more data I will update this post.

HP coupon code for laptops (from May 20th 2009)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

NEW Coupon:      

·         $400 off web-only coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook or HP HDX Notebook configured at $1,199 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer excludes HP Pavilion dv4t Special Edition, HP Mini, and Compaq. Coupon code: NB4578. Offer limited to the first 1,000 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, including MSN Live Search. Restrictions apply. Not combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Dell Latitude 2100, designed for the classroom

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Dell launched today the Dell Latitude 2100, a 10″ netbook that is specially designed for the schools:

  • Rubberized case for easier handling and increased durability
  • Optional touch screen
  • Remote management capability
  • Mobile Computing Station: can hold up to 24 netbooks to recharge and manage them.

Dell Latitude 2100

In Europe (at least in Spain and the UK)  it seems to be available both for schools and SMBs (from 279 € +VAT and 259 GBP +VAT, respectively), but in the US at the moment it’s only in the Education Store (from 369 USD). It can be configured with either Linux or Windows.

Have a look to the review published at Laptop Magazine.

Further information: Direct2Dell and Promotional video

HP coupon code for laptops (from May 18th 2009)

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Save up to $450 in instant savings with the purchase of customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC configured at $1099 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store using $250 web only coupon NB4517 + Instant Rebate ($100 – $200 depending on model selected). Offer excludes HP Pavilion dv4t Special Edition, HP Mini, and Compaq. Offer limited to the first 2,900 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, including MSN Live Search. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com

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Laptop reviews: Samsung N110, Asus Eee PC 1008HA, Toshiba Portege A605, MSI X340 and others

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

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