Thin & Powerful Laptops

AsusZenbook

Asus ZenBook

  • Extremely Thin with High Specs
  • Screen Sizes 11 & 13 inches
  • Core i5 & i7
  • 4 GB Ram
  • USB 3.0
  • SSD
  • Extremely Reasonable Priced For The Power Your Getting

SonyVaioZ21

Sony VAIO Z

  • Power Machine On Steroids
  • 13inch Screen
  • Win 7 64 Bit Premium to Ultimate
  • Core i7
  • USB 3.0
  • SSD
  • 4-8 GB Ram
  • AMD Radeon HD 6650M (1GB) Graphics Card
  • Very Nice Expansion Dock
  • Most Expensize

DellLatitudeE6320

Dell Latitude

  • The Work Horse, Perfect For Business But Not That Powerful
  • E6320
  • HD not SSD
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Core i7
  • 4 GB Ram
  • Mid Price Range

The Round Up:

There are a lot of great laptops that have come out over the last few months, some more interesting then the rest. If you are looking for a Windows laptop then this is a very good selection, there are other laptops to choose from but I went for more mobile and powerful. If you are looking for a good robust midrange workhorse then the Dell Latitude is the best option, if you are looking for the most powerful the Sony VAIO Z is top dog at the moment, and if you are looking for high specs but extremely mobile and light then the Asus Zenbook is the best option. From reading all the details regarding the laptops I would have definitely go with the Zenbook, the Sony VAIO is a great option if price is no issue.

Dell Ultra Sharp U2711 – Best Screen Out There

One’s of Dells great product lines are its screen’s, over the past decade they have come out with great screens from the 20inch to the 24inch, and now representing the best they have is the new U2711. With an extremely high resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, and multiple inputs. The U2711 impresses with its beautiful colours, wide viewing angles, relatively deep blacks and fair shadow detailing. Great for watching movies, editing photography, and daily use, its pretty good for gaming but not as intense gaming use that people have in mind. It is a match for the iMac 27″ and some of the same components. I have been looking at this screen for a while, lots of positive reviews, the price is high but its an excellent screen that will last you a long time. I have had my 22 inch for three years now and they are excellent screens, but two 27inch will be huge.

Inputs:

  • 2 DVI
  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • D-SUB (VGA)
  • Component
  • Composite
  • S-video

Price: $1049 – Dell Price

Dell Latitude 13

DellLatitude 13

I’m not a fan of consumer laptops from Dell or HP, but I do like their business lines. They are heavy duty laptops which can take a beating while performing flawlessly. Now they have came out with the Latitude 13, which is part of the business line but had some of the design cues from the Dell Adamo which looked good but wasn’t successful. In this case this machine is thin and perfect size but packs a punch.

Specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.3 GHz
  • Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit or XP Professional Downgrade
  • 13.3″ Widescreen HD LCD with anti-glare (1366×768)
  • Camera 1.3MP
  • 4GB DDR3 1066
  • SSD or HD
  • External Optical Drive
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100 a/g/n
  • Blue Tooth

Link: Dell

Dell Latitude Z

There are a lot of laptops currently in the market, more then ever before and one of the laptop series that I do prefer are the Dell Latitude line. This time around I think Dell has done a good job coming out with a unique quality product, a lot of the ultra-thin laptops were a bit on the weak side but not the Dell Latitude Z, at 0.79″ this laptop packs a punch with a 16 inch screen, and they have a wireless charging system through the docking station and starting at $1,800.


Specifications:

  • A svelte body that’s just 0.57 – 0.79″ tall
  • Weighs in at just 4.5 lbs.
  • Features a Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at either 1.4 or 1.6 GHz
  • Up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Four-cell battery
  • Soft-Touch Black Cherry finish
  • Two USB ports
  • One DisplayPort
  • Wi-Fi
  • Optional built-in 3G Wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • A beautiful 16-inch, 1600×900 display with a touch interface built into the bezel

Link: Gizmodo
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New Dell Studio 14z

I’m always on the lookout for a new laptop, something mobile but packs a punch and its still thin and easy to carry. Dell have been taking shots at these types of laptops, and I think they weren’t extremely successful with the Dell Adamo so they came with the Dell Studio 14z which seems like a very well rounded laptop, not a powerhouse but not on a light weight diet.

Features:

  • Core 2 Duo Processors
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics Card
  • 5 GB Shared Ram
  • 5+ hours with 8 cell battery and this is more on the realistic side
  • Hi-Def Widescreen LED 14″ display with 720p HD resolution and HD+ 900p optional
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4.3 lbs
  • Wireless N and Bluetooth
  • 64 bit OS available

A fully loaded version with all the bells and whistles you could possibly choose costs $1964 after the discount which isn’t too bad.

Link: Dell

Dell Adamo Review

I have been looking forward to a real review of the Dell Adamo, and Gizmodo is the only one that really took a bite at it. Overall I was very dissapointed by the reviews, the graphics of the machine is lacking because they opted to go with the Intel GPU instead of the iNvidia GPU. I didn’t mind that it was slightly heavier but the battery life was very low for a laptop of its class, only going to about 2:40 hr:mins instead of the rated 5+ hours.

Take a look at the Gizmodo link for detailed comparisons with other laptops in its class such as the Lenovo Thinkpag X301 and Apple Mac Book Air. For an expensive laptop it just doesn’t deliver, and I had high hopes for it, especially since the name of it is close to General Adama from Battlestar Galactica

Pros:

  • Unique, stylish design
  • Very thin
  • Nice selection of ports and extras

Cons:

  • It’s the heaviest system in its class by a pound
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Weak GPU
  • Link: Gizmodo

Dell Latitude E6500 – UnBoxing

It arrived exactly after three weeks in the lovely compact Dell box. I don’t think there is anything nicer then getting a new gadget and getting to tinker around with it. When I ordered from the person I gave the exact specifications but I didn’t say anything about the color, I assumed it would arrive black, to my surprise it was a dark red and I liked it.

Un-boxed it, pulled out the accessories first, happy to see the spare battery and all the other items. Checked all the CDs which were included, I always have the tendency to want to reinstall myself but Dell does a good job of not installing all the crap software HP & Sony.

I switched on the laptop and did the intial setup, got a clean machine to work with. I transfered all my files from my old laptop to an external hard drive and noted all the programs. First thing I do was install all the Microsoft updates directly from the Microsoft website with some of the optional items.

Program List:

  • VLC (video Playback)
  • Paint.NET (Free Photo Editing)
  • CCCP (Video Codecs)
  • Extract Now (Multiple File Extraction)
  • Teracopy (FileTransfer)
  • FileZilla (FTP)
  • Windows Home Server Connector

After initial use the laptop gets about 4 – 5 hours of battery time, after a couple of days of use. Even at the lower power setting I get about 5 hours and 48 minutes which I tried it out while traveling, and even at this setting it is playing back 720p with no issues what so ever, and 1080p plays at 90% with a few hang ups on battery power. Overall the laptop is fantastic, the build quality is great, and I am still putting it through it’s paces.

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Dell Latitude E6500

After long deliberation between the Lenovo and the Dell, I pretty much went with the Dell. After looking at the XPS and the Latitude, I decided to go with the Dell Latitude and the specs below. I placed the order around the 2nd week of March and I’m expecting it sometime over the next couple of days. I’m hoping soon, the best part is that it comes with a clean install and no crappy software like HP or Sony install on their machines, you can even ask for it without Antivirus or Productivity software. I will install AVG or NOD32, and Microsoft 2007 later and all the other list of softwares that I install when I’m making a clean install, I especially like the case of the machine.

Specifications

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9550 (2.66GHz, 6M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
  • Windows Vista® Business 64-BIT SP1
  • 15.4” UltraSharp™ Wide WXGA+ (1440×900) LED Display-Regal Red
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M
  • 4.0GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 1 DIMMS
  • 128GB Dell Mobility Solid State Drive
  • 8X DVD+/-RW w/Roxio and Cyberlink Power DVD™, Red
  • 9 Cell Battery
  • 90W A/C Adapter (3-pin)
  • Additional 9 Cell Battery
  • Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card
  • Dell Wireless® 370 Bluetooth Module
  • Integrated Webcam with digital microphone
  • PCMCIA & ExpressCard

Link: Dell

In Search of Laptop

I have my Dell Latitude since 2005 and it has been a fantastic laptop. 15.4 inch screen, good quality build, clean and simple design, doesn’t show how much it has been used or abused, a bit on the heavy side but not bad.

The laptop has lasted a solid 4 years with me but recently the power plug area has been a bit iffy. I have to pull or push the wire in a certain direction to get it to charge, and the problem is the plug is connected to the motherboard. I checked with Dell in Kuwait and they said they have to replace the motherboard and it could cost somewhere between 170 KD to 250 KD since it was out of warranty, I was shocked. No motherboard for desktops come close to it except the very high end ones but this isn’t a high end desktop its a normal business laptop.

So at this point I’m looking for another laptop and checking out my options. I’m thinking about getting another Dell Latitude, because I like the clean cut design, and business laptops are much better built then consumer laptops and they are decently priced.

Main Purpose of this laptop:

  • Multi-Tasking
  • Photo Editing
  • Watching HD Shows/Movies
  • Work Tasks

Requirements:

  • Bright screen
  • Long Battery Life (3.5+ Hours at least)
  • SSD
  • PC Card/Express

Thats about it for now, but I’m also looking at the XPS line of laptop. Still I’m leaning towards the Dell Latitude. I don’t like any Lenovo laptops, I keep thinking it was designed in the Soviet era. I don’t like HP laptops either, tried them and didn’t like them, I feel they are lacking in power.

Windows Home Server – Stage 2

So most of the hardware came in and K had the other half of the solution for this beast of a machine. I had all the 1 TB Drives but not all of them are going into this machine. I spent a good part of the day trying to rewire some of the items, but I did a horrible job so K redid it again.

The Hardware:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Dou 3.0 Ghz/4MB/1333MHz
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
  • Ram: Kingstong Hyper-X 2 GB/PC800/
  • Graphics Card: XFX NVidia PCX 7200GS/256MB DDR2
  • Main Drive: Seagate 750 GB

After all the work that was done, it turns out that he case is too short. The Silverstone 1200 Watt PSU was too long in the case to fit with the Athena Backplane for the hot-swappable Hard Drives. At this point we went to Hawally to see what our options were for a big PC case with ample space. Other then that the Gigabyte mother board is fantastic for server needs with 8 Sata ports, 8 USB ports, it doesn’t have a graphics card so I picked up a decent graphics card. It didn’t matter much since this will be automatically connected to the system through remote access. This is turning into a monster of job, but I’m loving it and it keeps looking better.

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