Notebooks - Reviews

Toshiba NB100

Toshiba's NB100 is a Windows XP--based, 1kg netbook that is a little over-priced but well built and with some good functionality. It's one of the best options on the market for travellers; users who want a portable unit to watch videos and listen to ...

HP Compaq 6730b

The HP Compaq 6730b is a sub-$1500 notebook designed for use in the office. With its easy-to-use keyboard and good range of expansion ports, this laptop is well worth considering as a relatively cheap desktop replacement.

HP HDX 18

The latest in desktop replacement notebooks is HP's HDX 18. In fact, it's more than just a desktop replacement -- it's an entertainment notebook. At least, that's the way it's sold. You get a Blu-ray player, a built-in digital TV tuner and an 18.4in ...

Lenovo IdeaPad U330

If you want a 13.3in notebook that is powerful, portable and stylish, then the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 is all those things and more -- but it has a hefty price tag.

HP Compaq 2230s (FW116PA)

HP’s Compaq 2230s is a fully featured, 1.8kg laptop for business users that has an affordable price tag. It’s a 12.1in laptop with a built-in optical drive, and it has plenty of security features for locking down the computer and encrypting your data...

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Look out world: it's another netbook. This one comes courtesy of Lenovo, and it's definitely a winner. It runs Windows XP, has a 10in screen, a conventional (spinning) hard drive, weighs 1.3kg, and is quite easy to use. It costs $699, so it's not too...

ASUS U6 Bamboo (U6V-2P048G)

Remember the good old days, when your TV and amplifier sported wooden panels and gave you a sense of warmth and comfort? Well, the days of consumer electronics with wood features are back: ASUS, the tech company that is always up on the latest fashio...

HP Pavilion dv5-1108AX_01

The 15.4in HP Pavilion dv5-1108AX_01 is a very attractive laptop that features a great range of expansion ports and a full-sized keyboard that is a dream to use. Unfortunately, its underwhelming CPU detracts from what should be an excellent notebook....

ASUS N10J-HV009G

Following on from the success of the Eee PC, ASUS has taken the same concept and created an ultraportable laptop with slightly beefier specifications, more security features and better looks. Its name is the N10J, and it puts more emphasis on style t...

NEC Versa E6510-2505DR

If you're looking for a 14.1in notebook that has powerful hardware and plenty of ports, and you're willing to spend time getting used to a non-standard keyboard, then the NEC Versa E6510-2505DR is an excellent choice.

HP Pavilion tx2600 (tx2613AU_01)

The Pavilion tx2600 (tx2613AU_01) is the latest addition to HP's stable of tablet notebooks. It's sleek, portable and has good connectivity options, but it suffers from a slow CPU and is outclassed by its predecessor and competitors.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD5000BEVT)

We're always amazed at how far hard drive technology has come. Despite being a 2.5in device that can fit into a notebook, the Western Digital Scorpio Blue is reasonably quick and still packs a capacity of 500GB without an accompanying budget-breaking...

Dell Precision M6400

The Precision M6400 is a mobile workstation that offers the latest in fast hardware to crunch data for design, animation and engineering users. Residing in its aluminium chassis are an Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, 4GB of RAM and ...

HP Pavilion dv3539TX (FZ917PA#ABG)

It has only taken six months, but HP's Pavilion dv3000 has already been refreshed. The new and improved model, the dv3539TX (FZ917PA#ABG), has a more impressive design as well as tougher guts under the hood, making it faster than its predecessor by a...

Toshiba Tecra A10

In the current economic climate, most users looking to buy a notebook will be asking one question above all others: does it give me value for money? Sadly, the Toshiba Tecra A10 doesn't.

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