Archive for September, 2010

Laptop reviews: Acer Aspire 5745PG (GT 420M), Toshiba Qosmio X500 (GTX 460M), GTX 480M vs Mobility 5870 CrossFireX…

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Laptop reviews of the week:

  • Acer Aspire 5741G (15.6″, Intel Core i5 430M, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470): PC World (80%)
  • Acer Aspire 5745PG (15.6″ touchscreen, Intel Core i5 460M, Nvidia GeForce GT 420M + Intel GMA HD): Notebookcheck (84%)
  • Acer Aspire One D255 (10.1″, Intel Atom Dual Core N550, Intel GMA 3150): Laptop Magazine (50%)
  • Asus Eee PC 1015PEM (10.1″, Intel Atom Dual Core N550, Intel GMA 3150): Laptop Magazine (80%)
  • Asus Eee PC 1016P (10.1″, Intel Atom N455, Intel GMA 3150): Notebookcheck (89%)
  • Asus Eee PC 1215N (12.1″, Intel Atom Dual Core D525, Nvidia ION + Intel GMA 3150): Computer Shopper (88%)
  • Asus Lamborghini VX6 (12.1″, Intel Atom D525, Nvidia ION + Intel GMA 3150): Netbooks Review
  • Asus U45Jc (14″, Intel Core i3 370M, Nvidia GeForce 310M + Intel GMA HD): Laptop Magazine (70%)
  • Asus UL20Ft (12.1″, Intel Core i3 330UM, Intel GMA HD): PC Magazine (60%)
  • Asus UL80Jt (14″, Intel Core i3 330UM, Nvidia GeForce 310M + Intel GMA HD): CNET (60%)
  • Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1018) (10.1″, Intel Atom N455, Intel GMA 3150): Notebookcheck (84%)
  • Dell Latitude 13 (13.5″, Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, Intel GMA 4500MHD): PC Magazine (70%)
  • Fujitsu Celsius H700 (15.6″, Intel Core i7 620M, Nvidia Quadro FX 800M): Notebookcheck (90%)
  • HP Elitebook 8540w (15.6″, Intel Core i7 720QM, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800M): Computer Shopper (87%)
  • HP Mini 100e (10.1″, Intel Atom N455, Intel GMA 3150): Computer Shopper (77%)
  • HP Mini 5102 (10.1″, Intel Atom N450, Intel GMA 3150): AnandTech
  • HP Pavilion dm4-1160us (14″, Intel Core i5 450M, Intel GMA HD): PC Magazine (80%)
  • HP Pavilion dv6-3123cl (15.6″, AMD Athlon II P320, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250): PC Magazine (70%)
  • HP Probook 6555b (15.6″, AMD Phenom II X3 N830, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250): Notebookcheck (87%)
  • Lenovo Essential G560 (15.6″, Intel Core i3 330M, Intel GMA HD): Notebook Review (70%)
  • Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 (15.6″, Intel Core i5 540M, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + Intel GMA HD): Notebookcheck (86%)
  • Samsung R440 (14″, Intel Core i3 350M, Intel GMA HD): Notebooks.com
  • Sony Vaio Y (13.3″, Intel Core i3 330M, Intel GMA HD): Computer Shopper (82%)
  • Sony Vaio Z (13.1″, Intel Core i5 520M, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + Intel GMA HD): CNET (80%)
  • Toshiba Qosmio X500 (18.4″, Intel Core i7 740QM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M): Noteboocheck (84%)
  • Toshiba Satellite M645 (14″, Intel Core i5 450M, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + Intel GMA HD): CNET (70%)

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Toshiba laptop deals at Toshiba Direct (September 21-27, 2010)

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

These are the Toshiba Specials for this week. This Weekend Toshiba is offering a great End of Month 4-Day Sale including tons of popular laptops and great savings:

Weekly Specials

End of Month 4-Day Specials

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New HP coupon code for laptops (from September 19, 2010)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

New Coupon!

Save up to $450 in instant savings using $300 coupon code NBC593791 + Instant Rebate (up to $150 depending on the model selected) for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Laptop configured at $1,399 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer excludes Compaq, HP Mini, HP Pavilion dv8t, and HP ENVY. Offer limited to the first 800 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Laptop reviews: Acer Aspire 5745DG (GT 425M), HP Mini 5103, HP Envy 17, Asus Lamborghini VX6…

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Laptop reviews of the week:

  • Acer Aspire 5745DG (15.6″ 3D, Intel Core i5 450M, Nvidia GeForce GT 425M): Hexus (70%)
  • Acer Aspire 7745 (17.3″, Intel Core i3 350M, Intel GMA HD): PC World (50%)
  • Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820T (13.3″, Intel Core i3 350M, Intel GMA HD): CNET (70%)
  • Asus B53J (15.6″, Intel Core i5 450M, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470): Notebookcheck (86%)
  • Asus N53Jn (15.6″, Intel Core i5 520M, Nvidia GeForce GT 325M + Intel GMA HD): CNET UK (80%)
  • Asus Eee PC 1201N (12.1″, Intel Atom N450, Nvidia ION 2): Muy Computer (81%)
  • Asus Lamborghini VX6 (12.1″, Intel Atom D525, Nvidia ION 2 + Intel GMA 3150): Netbook Live
  • Gateway NV73A10u (17.3″, AMD Phenom II X3 N830, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650): Computer Shopper (72%)
  • HP Envy 17 (17.3″, Intel Core i7 720QM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 GDDR5): PC World (90%)
  • HP Mini 5103 (10.1″ touchscreen, Intel Atom N550 dual core, Intel GMA 3150 + Broadcom HD): PC Magazine (80%), Notebook Review (80%)
  • HP Pavilion dv6-3163cl (15.6″, Intel Core i5 460M, Intel GMA HD): PC Magazine (70%)
  • HP Pavilion dv7-4153cl (17.3″, AMD Turion II P540, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250): PC Magazine (60%)
  • Lenovo Ideapad V460 (14.1″, Intel Core i5 430M, Nvidia GeForce 310M + Intel GMA HD): Digital Trends (75%)
  • Lenovo Ideapad Y560d (15.6″ 3D, Intel Core i7 720QM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730): Notebook Review (70%)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X100e (11.6″, AMD Turion Neo X2 L625, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200): CNET (70%)
  • MSI FX600 (15.6″, Intel Core i5 450M, Nvidia GeForce GT 325M + Intel GMA HD): Computer Shopper (84%)
  • MSI P600 (15.6″, Intel Core i5 450M, Intel GMA HD): PC Magazine (70%)
  • Sager NP5125 (15.6″, Intel Core i5 450M, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + Intel GMA HD): Notebook Review (70%)
  • Samsung Q430 (14.3″, Intel Core i5 450M, Nvidia GeForce 310M): Computer Shopper (82%)
  • Toshiba Satellite T235 (13.3″, Intel Pentium U5400, Intel GMA HD): PC Magazine (80%)

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Toshiba laptop deals at Toshiba Direct (September 14-20, 2010)

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

These are the Toshiba Specials for this week:

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HP coupon code for laptops (from September 12th 2010)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Expired!

Save up to $300 in instant savings using $150 coupon code NBF173929 + Instant Rebates (up to $150 depending on the model selected) for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Laptop configured at $1,199 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer excludes Pavilion dv8t, Compaq, HP Mini and HP ENVY 17, HP ENVY 14, and HP ENVY 15. Offer limited to the first 800 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Laptop reviews: Acer Aspire Ethos 5943G, Asus N53Jn, MSI GT660R, Asus Lamborghini VX6…

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

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HP coupon code for laptops (from Sptember 5th, 2010)

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Expired!

Save up to $350 in instant savings using $200 coupon code NBB168471 + Instant Rebate (up to $150 depending on the model selected) for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Laptop configured at $1,249 or greater at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer excludes Compaq, HP Mini and HP ENVY. Offer limited to the first 900 coupons redeemed. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends & Family. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms are solely for Customer’s personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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Laptop reviews: Asus Eee PC 1215N, Dell Inspiron 17R, Samsung R540, Toshiba Satellite A660D…

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

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Nvidia launches GeForce 400M series for laptops

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

While Nvidia’s flagship card for laptops, GeForce GTX 480M, was announced in May and is available in several gaming laptops, info about the rest of the 400M series was scarce. But finally, Nvidia has announced the rest of the GeForce 400M series:

  • High end: GTX 480M (already launched), GTX 470M, GTX 460M.
  • Performance and mainstream: GT 445M, GT 435M, GT 425M, GT 420M, GT 415M.
  • Entry levelJarred at AnandTech talks about the GT 415M as the entry level, and he rejoices about its high performance compared to the current GeForce 310M, but I think the gap is too large and probably Nvidia has a 410M or similar, closer in performance to the 310M.

You can see the specs of the cards and a good analysis of them at AnandTech. All 400M series cards are based on Fermi and they support DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL, HD video decoding (H.264/VC1/MPEG2/Blu-ray) and HDMI 1.4a.

Some things I find noteworthy:

  • GeForce GT 445M comes in two versions, with very different bandwidths. We need some benchmarks to see what difference that makes in games, but the impact on performance could be quite big and the “slow” version of the GT 445M could be only a bit faster than the GT 435M. So, if you are looking at a laptop sporting the GT 445M, try to find out what version of the card does it have.
  • GTS cards are absent at this moment.

Performance-wise, Nvidia talks about the 400M series being a 40% faster than 300M parts, but we will have to wait a bit to see some benchmarks. Optimus support for high-end cards is good news, hopefully next-generation gaming laptops would have a much better battery life than current models.

We don’t know anything about ATI’s Mobility 6000 series, but desktop parts should be launched in the next few months, and ATI usually launches laptop parts not much later than desktop ones. Anyway, Nvidia has a few months of advantage, because Asus has already announced several laptops  that are available at Xotic PC: N51JQ, N73Jq, G53Jw and G73Jw.

SourceNvidia

More informationAnandTech

Update: you have more info about 3D Vision in these cards at Legit Reviews.