miscellaneous

About laptop reviews: more for less or higher quality laptops?

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

I have noted a strong tendency in laptop reviews to give high scores to laptops from Acer, Gateway and other brands, because they give you more bang for the buck, while laptops from other brands such as Toshiba get low scores because the competition offers more for less. But if we have a look at this recent laptop reliability study, Acer and Gateway laptops are a 50% more prone to malfunction than the ones from Asus or Toshiba (by the way, am I the only one to be surprised by the position of Lenovo laptops?). So, what laptop would you pick?

I understand that a review has to rely only on actual information of the laptop the reviewer has in his/her hands, and you can’t know for how long is the laptop going to last, but maybe the “bang for the buck” should influence less the final score…

Laptop reviews: Asus UL30A, Lenovo Thinkpad T400s witw multitouch touchscreen, Acer Aspire 5935 and others

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

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Laptop reviews: Acer Travelmate 8571, Alienware M17x, Dell Inspiron 15, Toshiba Satellite U505 and others

Sunday, September 6th, 2009
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Laptop reviews: Toshiba NB205, Asus Eee PC 1101HA, HP Pavilion dv7, GeForce GTX 280M and others

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
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Happy 2009!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Year 2009 has arrived while I try to write the review of my Dell Studio 15. It is still in the works, but at least I can wish you a happy 2009 full of health, love, successes and good feelings!

AMD GAME! initiative and PC gaming problems

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Mark Hachman talks at Extremetech about AMD’s Game! Initiative and some of the problems associated to PC gaming. He makes his proposal of a rating system to state what PC do you need to run what games, and what games you can run with your PC. The proposal is not bad, but I think most gamers would agree in that there is already a de facto standard for PC gaming benchmarks: 3DMark. But there are 2 steps lacking to use 3D Mark values as a true rating system for the PC gaming industry:

  1. State the mark achieved in PCs and graphics cards.
  2. State the mark needed to run the game in the “system requirements” area. Something like: 1500 for Basic experience, 3000 for Standard experience, 9000 for Extreme experience, or similar. Experience levels should be defined to match a given resolution and image quality.

Maybe a benchmark better than 3D Mark could be developed, but I think a benchmark-based aproach is the ideal. My laptop scores 360 in 3DMark 06 and that tells to any gamer that it’s not suitable for playing most games: I don’t have to say anything more about its specs. You get the idea.
Other approaches are possible: i.e., I’ve been wondering for a long time about the creation of a database joining graphics cards with frames per second achieved in games: if enough people contributed, it would be useful. The point is: to create an objective way to relate performance offered with performance needed, and use it in PCs and games. Does it seem so difficult?

Update: more info about the topic at Ars Technica, Digital Trends, Engadget, Gizmodo. I find specially interesting the article about AMD Game! at PC Perspective.

Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX in 15.4″ laptops?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Rumors say that Alienware is about to offer its 15.4″ laptop M15x with the option of a Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX and the 17″ laptop with the option of two 8800M GTX in SLI. It seems that the info has been momentarily available at Alienware’s site but has been removed.

More info: Notebookreview. News found in Xataka.
Think about it:this laptop has to be hot. Really.