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Tablets Revolutionising Computing

It is well documented that Tablets are becoming more popular over laptops and desktop computers. Both of those have their place for higher end purposes. But Tablets in particular the new Microsoft-surface Pro are changing the ways in which people and general computing purposes are conducted. Along with the Ipad, the tradtional means of computing on either a computer or a laptop is coming to an end for many.

Desktop and laptop computers can perform much better than Tablets. That being said, Tablets can be better utilised for the casual person i.e. the person who only wants to use basic office software and website browsing. Desktop and laptop computers are better utilised for purposes such as gaming, website development, games creation etc. So that means that the two types of computers will always have their place even if it will be stifled in the end.

Tablets have a very good feature and that is they can be linked with telephone software. With some tablets, that said tablet can have the same os as a smartphone enbaling that Tablet to get the same features on the go. One of the best examples is the IPad and IPhone. Software can be used directly between the two unless something is version specific.

It is interesting to see this kind of cross-connectivity. The ways in which computing operates changes every year. For now though, Tablets and their connectivity with smartphones seems to be a sure-fire way of success.

Dell Inspiron – specifications part 1

The article will provide a user with information on specificatinos for Dello Inspirons for Obsidian Black Dell Inspiron Mini1018 Laptop, Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7032), Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7029) and Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7050). 

Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7050)

Inspiron 17R with the latest processor family – ready for the future, in widescreen
• Inspiron N7010 (UK5, FCG19) – i3-370M (2.4GHz, 3M)
• 3GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x1024 + 1x2048]
• 320GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
• DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
• Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
• 17.3 inch WLED High Definition + (1600×900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
• Mars Black

Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7029)

Inspiron 17R with the latest generation processors – ready for the future
• Inspiron N7010 (UK, FCG40) – P6200 (2.13GHz)
• 3GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x1024 + 1x2048]
• 320GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
• DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
• Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
• 17.3 inch WLED High Definition + (1600×900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
• Mars Black

 
 Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7032)

The large screen laptop with latest Intel core i3 processor and loads of storage
• Inspiron N7010 (UK, FCG50) – I3-380M (2.53GHz)
• 4GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
• 500GB (5400RPM) Serial ATA Hard Drive
• DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
• 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470
• 17.3 inch WLED High Definition + (1600×900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
• Mars Black
 
 
Obsidian Black Dell Inspiron Mini1018 Laptop
Simple, smart companion – mini 10 with longer battery life and bigger hard drive

• Intel® Atom™ N455 Single Core Processor (1.66GHz, 667MHz FSB, 512K L2 Cache)
• 1GB 1333MHz Single Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1x1024]
• Hard Drive : 250GB Serial ATA (5400RPM)
• Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
• 10.1 inch WSVGA TrueLife Widescreen Display (1024×600)
• Genuine Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs, 32bit
• : Obsidian Black
 
If a user has read this article then he/she would have learnt about dell specifications for Obsidian Black Dell Inspiron Mini1018 Laptop, Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7032), Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7029) and Mars Black Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop (n00n7050).

Dell Shows its Artistic Side

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Computer manufacturer Dell has announced a new line of colourful laptops designed with the artistic customer in mind.

The new Studio line features two distinctly different laptops: the Dell Studio 15 and Dell Studio 17. Both laptops offer sleek designs, striking colour elements and personalisation options with feature such as standard built-in webcam, capacitive touch media control buttons, slot load drives, optional mercury-free LED displays and built-in mobile broadband.

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Reminiscent of the Dell XPS M1330 and M1530 laptops, the new design features a sleek, wedge-shaped profile and an iconic drop hinge design.

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Like the Inspiron range, the new Studio line offer?s several options to customise your new laptop, All well as being able to choose the colour you?d like from; new Plum Purple, Tangerine Orange, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red, Spring Green or standard Jet Black, Dell is also offering a range of colour-co-ordinated accessories and peripherals like backpacks, slip covers, mice, and gives you the choice of a 15 or 17 inch High definition display.

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If you don?t want to be quite so gaudy, then Dell has added an optional option for those who want a solid laptop; High-gloss Graphite Grey. But truth be told, there is no escaping the colour splashes as you pick a trim for it, either blue, pink, red or ? for those whose eyes are stinging ? black.

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Optional features in the Studio line include Blu-ray disk drives and built in mobile broadband connectivity through wireless carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint. An optional fingerprint reader, for password management ? cool ? lets users pretend they are James Bond.

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Another neat feature is the ?Dell Dock?. This is a task based application that organises and places your most used programs and files in to user friendly categories that can be accessed by a simple taskbar. This allows users to label things in a way they relate to, and removes clutter from the desktop.

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Dell Video Chat has also been added, allowing users to use video and voice calling with up to 3 other people, among other features.

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“I think that Apple has opened up an interesting can of worms for the rest of the industry, and that’s the degree to which a computing-focused product succeeds on its technical merits versus on its design,” Charles King, president and principal analyst with Pund-IT, said.

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“Mac aficionados love to talk about the technical superiority of the Mac and its GUI (graphical user interface), but the fact is there are a lot of people who love iPods and the iPhone and other Apple products because they’re extremely stylish products,” King added. “I think there’s room for aesthetic improvement in the quality of most Windows-based laptops and desktops.”

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Overall, then, “it seems to me that Dell is looking for a sweet spot that mixes high technical qualities with aesthetics at a very compelling price point,” King concluded. “And that’s something Dell is extremely good at.”

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The new laptops are both available now from Dell starting at $799 for the Studio 15 and $999 for the Studio 17.

Acer Ferrari FR1002WTMi

Acer Ferrari FR1002WTMi

Most laptops might have the features that make them stand out from other laptops in their range. This is the lifestyle product from the Acer; a branded Ferrari laptop. The complete ‘Ferrari’ feel which you would get from this laptop is very outstanding.

The laptop is made of rubberized plastic and carbon fiber. The rubberized plastic at the palm rest offers you a good feel when typing and adds comfort to your wrists as well. The notebook?s body of carbon fiber makes it to be light and maintains a portable aspect of the laptop.

The laptop has WXGA 12.1 inch screen and uses the CrystalBrite Technology of the Acer to provide a best viewing experience. TFT LCD supports the widescreen resolution of 1280×800 pixels with the 16:10 ratio. The graphics in this laptop are powered by the onboard ATI chipset.

The outstanding feature of this laptop is the GraviSense Technology from the Acer. This technology is useful to protect the data on Hard Disk Drive even in case of vibrations or shocks that could cause the data loss. A chip is there under the laptop?s HDD compartment to activate and deactivate the GraviSense.

Battery Life

The Acer Ferrari comes along with two batteries a 3 cell and a 6 cell battery. The six cell battery under the normal usage offers the backup time of approximately 3 hours while the three cells offered much lower than 90 minutes.

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ17GN

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ17GN

The Vaio is the line of laptops that never lose their flaunt value, and having one is much the style statement.

This Sony Vaio VGN-TZ17GN claims to be ultra-portable while still not leaving the performance behind. The heart of the laptop contains an Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.2 GHz, the low-voltage version of Core 2 Duo notebook solution. These kind of processors are generally used with an idea of providing the longer backup times sacrificing a little on the performance. The hard disk drive of low-rpm is the outstanding thing that increases the battery life while still letting the performance to take a hit. RAM of 1GB is shared with the graphics onboard. The RAM must be increased to another 1 GB that seems essential since the Vista Business arrives preinstalled.

The graphics performance is little poor. The laptop is not meant for the gaming, but you still can play the old-time favorites like the Counter-Strike and the Quake 3. Speaking comparatively, in terms of the performance, this laptop lies in between the ACI DMIQ series and the ASUS.

Backup Time

With the VGP-BPL11 Li-ion battery, the battery life of approximately 11-hour is pretty astounding; in reality. This is due to both the low voltage processor and the battery itself.

Pros

Very light, Intel U7600, great battery life, Good as the ultra-portable

Cons

Little bit expensive, no leather bag, little bit sluggish (Vista).

Asus S6Fm

Asus S6Fm

Being the lifestyle laptop, the S6 takes the elegance. It has the generous leather covering – including one on the outer lid.

The Asus S6 is also available in several other leather options. The leather offers the good tactile feel for the notebook. Even, it gives the notebook a complete different look: at the first sight, it looks like an expensive diary or folder. But there is an Asus badge sealed on it, sealed over the chrome strip – neat touch ? which begs that it is not a diary. The notebook is tiny and has the external ports organized well.

The Asus S6 comes bundled along with the Windows Vista Business. The CoreDuo processor of the notebook handles most activities peacefully. 1 GB of RAM assists in its smooth performance. The notebook can easily perform the everyday activities of the working individual – be it the entertainment or the work. But there is one exception ? the gaming. The laptop is not at all designed for gaming. It could decently run only the previous versions of the various strategy games.

The Asus S6 contains a battery pack of 6 cells. The specifications state the life of the battery of about 4.5 hours. But in practice, under the standard usage, this laptop comfortably lasts more than 3 hours. The Asus S6 comes bundled along with an Asus S6 notebook, charger, cable tie, Composite video cable, Modem cable, laptop bag, LCD cleaning material, an optical USB mouse, a manual and CDs.

Dell XPS M1330

Dell XPS M1330

Dell XPS M1330comes along with an adaptor, a power cable, Business Folder, Notebook Cover, a manual and few CDs.

Specifications

Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (800 MHz FSB, 4MB cache, 2.2 GHz)
965GM Intel Chipset
2GB DDR2 RAM 667 MHz
NVIDIA 8400M GS GPU, an External RAM of 128MB GDDR3
VISTA Home Premium
Advanced HD Audio from Sound Blaster Audigy

Storage

250 GB SATA HDD
8x Dual Layer DVD Writer

13.3 WXGA UltraSharp Widescreen (1280 x 800)
Standard 88 key Keyboard

Communication

Gigabyte LAN
Ethernet LAN 10/100
Integrated Bluetooth 2.0

I/O Ports

mini FireWire
Express Card slot
HDMI Port
S-Video out Port
1 VGA port
4-in-1 Card Reader
Two USB 2.0 Ports
Line-in Jack
Headphone-out jack
Micr-in jack

The Dell XPS series is always very stylish when that comes to the looks, and M1330 isn?t any different. On the outside, the XPS and Dell logo with the plastic rubberised finish for its lid make it to look exquisite. The inside includes the aluminium brushed wrist areas, touch-sensitive buttons and a silver keypad.

Layout

The XPS M1330 contains a very neat layout which makes it very comfortable and simple to use. The right part of the laptop contains the Wi-Fi search switch, power switch for wireless connectivity, PCMCIA card slot, stylish DVD-RW slot and a USB port.
The left part of the laptop contains the power connector, a VGA port, a LAN port, an HDMI port, a USB port and a mini FireWire port

Performance

The Dell XPS M1330 is a powerful laptop. Vista can be run seamlessly on it. It contains the power of GeForce 8400 GO in order to crunch the gaming applications.

LG Xnote R200

LG Xnote R200

LG’s series of Xnote laptops claim themselves to be “ultra-portable, ultra-stylish, ultra-advanced.” The R200 model is an interesting product that has entered the market since it is a rare model to have the auxiliary display which supports the SideShow feature of Windows Vista. It even seems to include few other good features with respect to the connectivity and the cooling.

Specifications
Processor Intel Core2 Duo T7300 2.0Ghz
4MB L2 Cache 800MHz FSB
Chipset Intel Mobile 965PM Express
RAM 1 GB DDR2 ( 667MHz, 2 x 512MB), Dual Chanel Support and up to 4 GB support
Hard Disk Drive 160GB SATA
External Options for storage Super Multi DVD Dual layer Drive, 5-in-1 media card reader (MS Pro/MS/MMC/SD/XD)

Display 12.1 inches WXGA resolution (1280×800)
Graphics ATI Radeon Mobility HD2400, Hyper memory Support, 128MB VRAM
Dimensions 301x226x31 ~ 34 mm
Weight 1.94Kg
Battery Lithium-ion 6-Cell Battery
Connectivity Bluetooth, Intel Pro/Wireless support, Gigabit Ethernet, 56k Modem

Other than those specified features, the R200 even includes few other special features:

An auxiliary 2.5-inch display supporting the Windows Vista SideShow.
TruSurround XT technology and SRS WOW HD
MSSC (Multiple-Source Single Cooling), that cools the graphics core, chipset, CPU at the same time along with an optimized fan and copper heat sinks
Carbon NanoTube (CNT) technology that reduces the heat from the GPU & CPU over copper by 10 percent
Blue Core4: The LG’s advancement of Bluetooth module that is up to three times much faster than the Bluetooth v1.2

LG Xnote R200 arrives along with a Lithium-ion 6-cell battery. The laptop is a good performer indeed; with the SideShow feature, all that can be said is that it is the nice addition, but it is not definitely something to crave for.

ASUS U5A

ASUS U5A

Asus U5A is the exemplary instance of laptop technology the coming age. This features a Active Matrix LCD panel of 12.1″ and considering these features that it offers, the U5A is very light.

U5A is powered by Intel Pentium M760 running at the speed of 2 GHz, 768MB DDR2 RAM, 80 GB Hard Disk Drive, 8X DVD +/- RW drive. The other standard features include Bluetooth and WLAN 802.11b/g. Unlike X600 that is available on W3H00V, this has the IntelGraphicsMediaAccelerator 900 integrated that provides the decent graphics.

The Card slots at the side support Pro MS, MS, MMC, SD and PCMCIA cards. It has 3 USB ports which you can make use of to connect variety of devices.

Performance

Although U5A lacks the Color Shine beauty screen of W3H00V, Active Matrix LCD offers good color as well as depth. Even, the viewing angle is very good. It even sports several power saving modes which one can be switched manually.

The standard bundle comes along with a 4800 mAH 6-cell Li-Ion battery which comfortably provides a continuous usage of 175 minutes on an average. It weighs approximately 1.3 kilograms along with an optical drive and the battery attached.

Pros

Battery life, performance, compact and Lightweight.

Cons

Average graphics capability, Cramped keyboard and No ColorShine screen.

BenQ Joybook 6000

BenQ Joybook 6000
Weighing just around 1.6kgand porting a blue and silver finish, this notebook takes the other route from a silver finish or normal black. The finishing at the inside of the laptop is very neat with those edges having the touch of sparkling black. it seemed very flashy at first, but when you get closer to it, it looks really cool.

the laptop is powered by Centrino Mobile processor of 1.5GHz from Intel with 1MB L2 cache. It operates on 855GME chipset which even has the Extreme Graphics2 chip from Intel. The remaining configuration includes PC 2700 256 MB DDR RAM and a 40 GB HDD. It has an AC97 Audio Controller and a 16:9 aspect ratio 12.1″ wide WXGA LCD screen.

One vital thing to make a note is that no optical drive built into this laptop. external optical drive has been bundled that connects to an USB port and is the 8X/24X combo drive. Dimensions of this laptop were stated as 320 (L)x218 (W)x23(H) mm. it can be really said that this laptop is of the notebook size. The ports are covered nicely with the flip covers and can be opened easily.

Performance

The Notebook features a Li-Ion 4 pack battery. The battery lasts only for 130 minutes maximum with 100% utilization of CPU all the time.

Pros

Sophisticated, Sexy and sleek, 3-year warranty and Good performance

Cons

Expensive.