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HP Pavilion dv4 Laptop05.25.12

The HP Pavilion dv4 is a model series of laptop/mobile computers manufactured by Hewlett-Packard Company that features a 14.1″ diagonal display. The HP Pavilion dv5 features a 15.4″ and the HP Pavilion dv7 a 17″ display.
These notebook computers are sleek and simply powerful in both their appearance and with their lovely combination of elements which make them a next-level experience for the student at any level of education.
The shape of these notebooks is heavily focused on creating a unique user experience with such features as a tapered chassis and what HP is calling an “infinity waterfall edge.” These notebooks also have a slim top view and come in several different finishes.
The Pavilion dv4 comes in a variety of flavors with midnight black, black licorice, linen white, and carmine red options available right out of the gate.

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HP ProBook 5330m04.19.12

The HP ProBook line of business notebooks has always attempted the meet the needs of businesses and consumers alike. The new HP ProBook 5330m looks like the perfect solution if you want a powerful, aluminum-wrapped laptop for work and play but can’t afford a MacBook Pro. Is it possible to find a lust-worthy business laptop for $899 or less? Keep reading to find out.

Build and Design
Let’s be honest. Anyone who thinks the new HP ProBook 5330m wasn’t designed to directly compete with the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro is likely suffering from some type of delusion. The 13.3-inch ProBook 5330m combines all the aluminum-clad beauty of the MacBook Pro with the Windows-based business features of the HP Elitebook laptops.

The 5330m is less than 1-inch thin (if you don’t count the rubber feet on the bottom of the notebook), features a dual-tone color scheme, brushed aluminum chassis and backlit keyboard and is HP’s first business notebook to offer “Beats Audio” with software-enhanced audio playback over the built-in speakers and the earphone jack. The ProBook 5330m features a 13.3-inch anti-glare display (1366×768) and second-generation Intel Core i-series processors, including the dual-core i3 and i5 variants. It does not have an internal optical drive but weighs only 4.0 lbs.

The design is a quantum leap over most of the previous HP ProBook laptops — which are mostly just low-cost alternatives to the enterprise-class HP EliteBook line. The 5330m gives you the durability of aluminum construction combined with an underside made of magnesium alloy and covered in rubberized black paint similar to what you’ll find on the Lenovo ThinkPad line of business-rugged notebooks.

Overall, the build is exceptionally strong for a notebook that has a starting price of just $799. At first glance the build and design has a lot of drool-worthy elements for both IT geeks and average computer users. Of course, you can’t have everything on a budget.

Ports and Features
Most notebooks designed for business have an impressive array of ports so you can connect your laptop to any number of devices. Unfortunately, HP didn’t include that many ports since the ProBook 5330m was designed for budget-conscious businesses and consumers. Of course, you also don’t get a built-in DVD drive. What you do get are two USB 2.0 ports (three if you count the eSATA/USB 2.0 port), Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, an SD card reader and a headset jack.

Gone are the days of ExpressCard expansion slots, FireWire or dedicated microphone and headphone jacks. HP decided to offer HDMI on the 5330m rather than DisplayPort since more consumers will likely connect their notebook to consumer-grade monitors or HDTVs. The only connection I’m disappointed isn’t here is a USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is the new USB standard and we’re seeing more and more external storage and accessories take advantage of the faster speeds offered by this port. I understand that HP was aiming for a street price of $899 or less, but this 5330m should have come with USB 3.0.

Battery life
The 5330m’s small four-cell battery lasted three hours and twenty-six minutes in our battery rundown test, which involves playing a movie off the hard drive over and over with WiFi on and the screen’s brightness set to 65 percent. Typically, we like to remind readers that that’s a taxing test, and that you might expect longer battery life if you plan on staying inside your browser. In this case, though, we were on track for a similar time of four hours when we went about our usual routine, which includes checking and responding to Gmail messages, reading various blogs, streaming music through Grooveshark, and writing reviews, like this one. After an hour of doing all those things in the cloud, our battery life rating fell 30 percent.
The real shame here isn’t so much the battery life, since the X1 notched a near-identical score with a similar processor-graphics card combo. (To be fair, of course, the low-powered MacBook Air made it nearly five hours, while the Samsung Series 9 came close to four and a half.) Rather, we have a bigger problem with the fact that this business laptop, of all things, isn’t offered with an extended or slice battery, which is how Lenovo is compensating for the X1’s less-than-stellar longevity. You can buy a spare for $129, but it’ll have the same limited capacity as the battery that comes with the laptop.

Battery life
The 5330m’s small four-cell battery lasted three hours and twenty-six minutes in our battery rundown test, which involves playing a movie off the hard drive over and over with WiFi on and the screen’s brightness set to 65 percent. Typically, we like to remind readers that that’s a taxing test, and that you might expect longer battery life if you plan on staying inside your browser. In this case, though, we were on track for a similar time of four hours when we went about our usual routine, which includes checking and responding to Gmail messages, reading various blogs, streaming music through Grooveshark, and writing reviews, like this one. After an hour of doing all those things in the cloud, our battery life rating fell 30 percent.

The real shame here isn’t so much the battery life, since the X1 notched a near-identical score with a similar processor-graphics card combo. (To be fair, of course, the low-powered MacBook Air made it nearly five hours, while the Samsung Series 9 came close to four and a half.) Rather, we have a bigger problem with the fact that this business laptop, of all things, isn’t offered with an extended or slice battery, which is how Lenovo is compensating for the X1’s less-than-stellar longevity. You can buy a spare for $86.89, and extands the battery life with the replacement battery.

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HP G62 Information and Review03.21.12

Quick Specs

Screen Size: 15.6-inches
Processor: Intel Core i3-370M, Celeron 900, Celeron T3300, Celeron T3500
Graphics: Intel HD or Intel GMA

Good

  • Good range of ports
  • Decent screen
  • Large hard drive

Bad

  • Drab design
  • Poor 3D performance

Replacement Accessories

The G62 doesn’t exactly set the heart racing when you first clap eyes on it.  Nevertheless, unlike Toshiba’s Satellite Pro C660, the chassis does feel very solid. We reckon it’ll stand up to some long-term abuse. Also, although the matte finish is drab, it’s less likely than some other finishes to show up scratches. Rather than opting for a keyboard with isolated keys, as seen on Apple’s MacBooks, HP has instead gone with a more traditional set-up. Still, the keys are flat and have a raised centre, so they feel similar to those on an isolated keyboard when you’re tapping away on them. We’d prefer the keys if they had slightly more travel to them, though.

The HP G62 is difficult to get excited about. It’s not a bad laptop but, compared to some of its slightly cheaper rivals, it comes off second best.

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Review Dell Vostro V13 Notebook03.15.12

The V13 is one of Dell’s Vostro range of small-business notebooks, though you wouldn’t know it to look at it. Its extremely slim exterior, with design elements borrowed from the Dell Adamo Thirteen, brings a touch of style to the dull business arena. The newcomer hopes to offer increased productivity and security, and is equipped with the latest technology. Find out how successful it is in our comprehensive review.

Case

Tightly packed insides

Thin aluminium sheet instead of the usual plastic

The case is made almost completely of aluminium, which strikes us as highly unusual given the price of the laptop. It is the kind of high-quality material you would expect to see on expensive portable computers like the Apple MacBook Pro or the Dell Adamo. The V13 is only a few millimetres larger than record-holders such as the Apple MacBook Air, the Samsung X360 or Dell’s own Adamo Thirteen.

Connectivity

The layout of the ports, in our opinion, has been perfectly successful, with audio ports for a headset positioned on the front, card readers on the side, and all other connections on the back. This is perhaps slightly less convenient for adding and removing peripherals, but it leaves your work area less cluttered.

Keyboard

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Lenovo ThinkPad T60 Review03.13.12

The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 series is the first ThinkPad to be released with the new Intel Core Duo processor. The ThinkPad T-series can be thought of as the flagship of the ThinkPad brand, it’s squarely targeted towards business users and professionals.

Design and Build

The ThinkPad T60 is a premium product with a durable build. For somebody that travels a lot or relies on their notebook to earn a livelihood, the difference between a sub $1,000 starter notebook and a premium workhorse is obvious. The ThinkPad T60 stands out with its durability via choice of components, very sturdy case material and a strong protective chassis. You pay a lot more for these features of a T60, but if you’re on the road, away from support, and miss a time sensitive opportunity because of hardware problems — you might just wish you had spent extra dollars for a better built notebook such as the T60.

Screen

The ThinkPad T60 under review is a 15.0″ variety with an SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) and has what Lenovo calls “FlexView” technology to provide very wide viewing angles. Often notebook screens can suffer from color distortion if viewed from angles that deviate from perpendicular viewpoints (straight on and level) — the cheaper the LCD the worse the viewing angle.

Heat and Fan

The T60 is cool running, very cool running in fact. After playing Doom 3 and running 3D benchmark applications the T60 fans didn’t even kick in. The back area where the fan and vents are got a bit warm as they pushed the heat out, but certainly not uncomfortably warm or anything. The fact that there’s an extra heat vent now on the back where the parallel port used to be probably helps quite a bit to dissipate heat.

Lenovo thinkpad t60 battery

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Acer Aspire 5750G review01.13.12

If you want some real processing and graphics firepower without forcing yourself into bankruptcy, the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5750G might be just what you’re after. Our high-end version packs an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 processor, 750GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM, while an Nvidia Geforce GT 540M dedicated graphics card takes care of gaming. The specific model number of our machine is AS5750G-2638G75Mnkk, although you might also find it being sold as the LX.RCG02.048. Catchy.

Despite its impressive specs, you can currently pick this machine up for under £800 from SaveOnLaptops, among other vendors.

Cut corners
The 5750G’s design is rather disappointing. The laptop looks reasonably stylish, but it lacks the aluminium lid and chrome trim that you get on Acer’s more expensive machines. The company’s designers have tried to add a hint of class here and there with an etched pattern on the lid, and a two-tone colour scheme inside. But, despite the sturdy feel of the chassis, it just doesn’t come across as a premium design, which is perhaps understandable given the fact that the laptop packs in such high-end components for a reasonably affordable price.

Another area that’s been compromised is the screen. We expect most gaming and entertainment-focused laptops to use high-resolution displays, but the 5750G’s screen maxes out at 1,366×768 pixels. The display’s viewing angles are on the tight side too, both on the horizontal and vertical axes, so you have to be careful how you position the screen if you want to be able to see what’s happening properly.

The speakers aren’t much better. They’re definitely below-par for an entertainment-focused laptop. Acer has added Dolby Advanced Audio support, so you can switch between ‘video’, ‘music’ and ‘game’ audio modes using a software-based control panel. Unfortunately, this just spreads out the stereo image slightly and doesn’t add any weight to the bass, which is what the 5070G most sorely needs.

Hardware flair
Other aspects of the laptop are much better, though. The keyboard is excellent, for example. It uses the same isolated-key design seen on many of Acer’s previous laptops. It’s an interesting approach, with the flat keys perched atop narrow stems so they look like they’re floating on the surface of the laptop. The keys’ wide surface area and generous amount of travel means they’re very comfortable to type on. The wide trackpad is excellent too, and the single long rocker button is responsive.

There isn’t an abundance of ports, but the 5070G packs in the most useful ones. You’ll find three USB ports dotted around the chassis. The one on the left-hand edge supports ’sleep and charge’, so you can charge devices like mobile phones and MP3 players even when the laptop is switched off. Also, one of the ports on the right-hand side supports USB 3.0 for much faster data transfer when used with compatible USB 3.0 kit.

The 5750G doesn’t skimp on storage either. It’s kitted out with a cavernous 750GB hard drive, providing plenty of room for storing media and work-related files. There’s also an SD card reader tucked under the front lip and a DVD rewriter on the right-hand side.

Blistering performance
The 5750G really excels when it comes to raw processing power. It’s built around one of Intel’s high-end Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM processors. It’s a quad-core chip clocked at 2GHz, but it can be overclocked to as high as 2.9GHz in short bursts, when needed. Together with 8GB of RAM, this chip sliced through the PCMark05 benchmark test like a hot knife through butter, clocking up a blistering result of 8,241. It’s one of the fastest laptops we’ve seen.

The 5750G’s gaming performance is also top-notch. The killer trinity of the fast processor, abundant Ram and dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card helped it rock its way to a lightning-fast result of 9,691.

The 5750G is equipped with a six-cell lithium-ion battery, but its high-end components mean it didn’t perform impressively in the Battery Eater Classic test, which runs the CPU at 100 per cent until the battery dies. The laptop managed to keep puffing away for 1 hour and 6 minutes before throwing in the towel. In comparison, most 15-inch laptops manage to reach the 1 hour and 20 minute mark.

Conclusion
The Acer Aspire 5750G isn’t the best-looking laptop around and its screen isn’t wonderful either, but it really does delivery some serious processing power for a very reasonable amount of money.

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Samsung Series 9 13.3in: first-look review01.11.12

Samsung Notebook Series 9 13.3in

There are some times when photos of laptops can fool you: they look beautiful when blessed with stunning lighting and clever angles of photography, but when you actually see them in the flesh it’s like going on a blind date with a “slim, athletic and handsome man” and ending up with Danny de Vito (sorry Danny).

The Series 9 is no such laptop. It looks and feels beautiful, with what Samsung terms as a “mineral matt-finish”. The end result is no fingerprints on the lid, which was one of the big complaints consumers had with the original Series 9.

And it’s helped along by an ultra-sleek chassis, with Samsung going all-out with its marketing hype: this, folks, is the world’s slimmest laptop. Or to be more precise, the 13.3in version of the Series 9 is, measuring a ridiculous 12.9mm thick.

Unlike so many laptops, as can be seen from the photo above, that claim this kind of girth it doesn’t gain much extra towards the back.

Then there’s the weight of 1.16kg. We’re now used to high-powered laptops being featherlight, but even so the Series 9 is exceptional.

The payback comes with the ports. This 13.3in model has one USB 3 port on the right and a USB 2 port on the left, plus a full-size SD slot neatly tucked into the side of the chassis, but aside from this you’re slipping into the world of micro and adapters: there’s a micro-HDMI port on the left, an adapter for Ethernet and VGA, plus one 3.5mm socket (usable for either a microphone or headphones).

Samsung Series 9 keyboard

Samsung doesn’t make too many compromises with the keyboard. Naturally there isn’t a massive amount of travel on the keys, but we got up to a decent speed (this review is actually being typed directly onto a showfloor Series 9) and didn’t notice much clatter. Yes, the Enter key is single-height, but it’s also nice and large – as is the excellent touchpad.

We’re a little less enamoured by the screen. This uses a Samsung LED panel that’s been custom-made by Samsung itself, and it suffers from a very slight grain. If you go a little off-centre, it also develops a slight yellow hue.

In practice, though, we don’t think we’d complain. For a start there’s minimal glare from the screen’s matte finish; and second, it’s very bright at full whack: 400cd/m2 according to our man on the stand.

Perhaps even more important is the resolution: Samsung packs in 1,600 x 900 pixels into this 13.3in display, yet it doesn’t feel squashed or cramped.

This gives it a full notebook feel, and it’s helped further by a Core i7 processor – the exact spec has yet to be confirmed. Samsung is making bold claims about wake times too: 1.8 seconds from sleep, 9.8 seconds from off. Our tests didn’t quite bear this out, with the pre-production sample on show taking around 13 seconds .

The final thing to note is the battery. Being a unibody chassis, sculpted from aluminium, the battery is built-in and there’s no option for replacement.

If Samsung is to be believed, however, this shouldn’t be an issue, because the battery is designed to last for 1,500 recharges before it loses 20% of its capacity. This compares, Samsung claims, to 300 recharges for a typical laptop.

Hopefully that means you’ll still have at least 80% of the original capacity after five years; Samsung claims the 13.3in Series 9 lasts for six-and-a-half hours.

It adds up to a laptop with a lot of promise, and we look forward to Samsung confirming the launch date – and price – in the coming weeks.

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How to Remove / Replace your Dell Studio 1737 Laptop Keyboard12.26.11

Black dell Studio 1737 keyboard

Prior to replacing your Dell Studio 1737 laptop keyboard, make sure to remove the battery and disconnect the ac adapter from your laptop.

The first step to replacing your laptop keyboard is to remove the screws from the back of your Dell Studio 1737. Sometimes your laptop will have a picture of a keyboard next to the screws that need to be removed. Otherwise, see your 1737 laptop manual for details.

Above your Dell 1737 laptop keyboard, you have a cover panel. If required, remove this part to easily access your Dell keyboard.

If you have screws above your Dell Studio 1737 Keyboard, remove those screws.

Now that you have removed all the screws, you are ready to remove and then replace your new Dell 1737 laptop keyboard.

To remove your 1737 Keyboard, take a thin object and pry the keyboard out between the keyboard and motherboard. Be careful when removing your Dell Studio 1737 Keyboard.

Now that your keyboard is loose, simply disconnect your Dell 1737 keyboard. In order to disconnect the keyboard, pay attention to the keyboard connector and connector cable. Unlock the connector cable device and remove your laptop keyboard. Your Dell 1737 connector cable should be easy to remove by simply sliding it out.

Now that your 1737 keyboard has been removed, get ready to install your new Dell 1737 laptop keyboard. Look at the back of the keyboard. If you see any screw holes, you will have a good idea of where to place the screws back in at the bottom of your Dell Studio 1737 laptop.

Connect your Dell 1737 keyboard to the motherboard keyboard connection slot. Secure the 1737 keyboard cable. Now turn your keyboard in place, and align the grooves on the bottom of your keyboard with your palmrest or plastic bezel. Secure your laptop keyboard in place, make sure it fits properly and is snug. Now simply place the screws back in place.

Congratulations! You just removed and replaced your New Dell Studio 1737 Laptop Keyboard.

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Toshiba NB550D review12.25.11

Toshiba’s new NB550D netbook looks almost identical to the company’s older NB520 model, but don’t be fooled by its appearance — under the bonnet, there’s a whole new engine at work. Whereas the NB520 relied on a dual-core Intel Atom processor, the NB550D uses one of AMD’s new C-50 chips. Available for around £280 online, does this 10.1-inch netbook represent the dawn of the Atom-killing age?

Copper or boy in blue
The NB550D is available in two colours: copper and blue. The copper model is called the NB550D-109 and the blue model is the NB550D-10G.

We found our review sample’s copper colouring quite fetching, but the overall design of the netbook left us with mixed feelings. We love the soft-to-the-touch, rubberised finish on the lid, for example, but the matte black plastic employed elsewhere is pretty underwhelming.

Measuring 262 by 36 by 190mm, and weighing 1.3kg, the NB550D isn’t the slimmest or lightest netbook on the market, but it does feel like it’s built to last.

Like the NB520, this model has two fairly large Harman Kardon speakers embedded in the wrist rest, behind small metal grilles. These speakers aren’t exactly hi-fi quality, but they do produce much louder sound, with more body, than pretty much any other netbook speakers we’ve encountered. In fact, they’re better than many laptop speakers. We can see them being really useful if you like to use your computer to watch movies, but don’t always want to have to slap on a pair of headphones.

This screen has a resolution of 1,024×600 pixels, rather than the 1,366×768 pixels you get on some higher-end displays. The display is relatively bright and, although it has a glossy coating, it’s not massively reflective, so you can use it indoors under bright overhead lights without too much bother. Nevertheless, the horizontal viewing angles aren’t great, as colours go very dark when you sit at an angle to the screen. Overall, though it’s not a bad display.

The NB550D’s speakers produce much louder sound than you usually get from netbooks.
The keyboards on netbooks are always a compromise due to the limited amount of space available. However, Toshiba has done a reasonably good job here. Although the keys initially feel like they rattle too much under your fingers, you soon get used to this and start to appreciate their intelligent layout and springy, responsive action.

Toshiba hasn’t skimped on ports either. Along with the usual three USB ports, there’s an HDMI output that makes it easy to connect the NB550D up to a high-definition TV. This is because HDMI carries audio and video over the same lead.

One of the USB ports is also enabled for ’sleep and charge’, so, even when the netbook is turned off, the port can be used to charge devices like smart phones and digital cameras. The NB550D also offers support for Ethernet and Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 3.0.

Guts and glory
As with pretty much all netbooks, this model runs Windows 7 Starter. It also has just 1GB of RAM. Unusually, however, it uses AMD’s C-50 chip instead of an Intel Atom processor.

The C-50 is a dual-core chip that AMD describes as an ‘accelerated processing unit’. That’s because it combines the CPU, memory controller and Radeon HD 6250 graphics core onto a single die.

The CPU lacks hyper-threading capability and is clocked at 1GHz, as opposed to the 1.5GHz of Intel’s dual-core Atom N550. Nevertheless, the NB550D still performed better than Toshiba’s Atom-N550-equipped NB520. In the PCMark05 benchmark test, it clocked up a score of 1,885, compared to the NB520’s result of 1,667.

The chip is even better when it comes to graphics performance. It managed to rack up a result of 1,885 in 3DMark06, blowing away the NB520’s score of 146. You won’t be able to use this netbook for playing really complex games, but you will be able to use it for some lighter 3D gaming. The chip’s video decoding prowess is impressive too — it’s able to easily handle 1080p video on YouTube.

Unfortunately, the extra graphics grunt seems to have a cost in terms of shorter battery life. Although the NB520 lasted for 5 hours in the Battery Eater Classic test, the NB550D topped out at 4 hours and 7 minutes. That’s still very good battery life for a dual-core netbook, though, especially as this test is extremely intensive and you’re likely to get much longer life under real-world usage conditions.

Conclusion
Overall, the Toshiba NB550D is one of the better netbooks currently on the market, thanks largely to its C-50 processor and Harman Kardon speakers. We just wish its exterior looked more appealing.

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LG P300 Review12.24.11

The LG P300 Express Dual Series notebook is a super light, high performance 13.3″ notebook. This notebook packs a massive punch with its T8300 Penryn processor, NVIDIA 8600m GS graphics card, and high-gloss 13.3″ LCD in a package that weighs roughly 3.6 pounds.

This notebook has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.40GHz/ 800MHz Front Side Bus/ 3MB L2 cache)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
  • 2GB DDR2-667 dual-channel RAM (2 x 1GB)
  • 13.3″ WXGA (1280×800) Glossy
  • Nvidia GeForce 8600M-GS graphics card with 256MB dedicated memory
  • 250GB Fujitsu 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • No Internal Optical Drive, External USB DVD-RW Drive included
  • Intel Wireless WiFi 4965 AGN (802.11a/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone
  • Ports: 3 USB, Kensington Lock Slot, LAN, Headphone/Mic, S-Link, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Reader, ExpressCard/34
  • Size: 12.4 x 9.4 x 0.87/1.38″
  • Weight:
    • Notebook 3lbs 8.6oz
    • AC Adapter 1lb 1.1oz
    • USB DVD/RW 12.5oz
  • 90w AC Adapter
  • Warranty: 1 Year standard
  • Price: $1,799 CDN available at Future Shop (approximately $1,800 US)

Build and Design

The LG P300 is a slim and compact design that could fit very well with the MacBook Air and Thinkpad X300. The notebook is very thin, and has no bloated plastic to round out edges or even out parts of the chassis. The screen bezel is very thin, with the overall LCD section being no more than a few millimeters thick. In terms of design it looks and feels a lot like a Fujitsu business grade notebook, not counting the colorful “red wine” lid design which looks a bit like a violet zebra.

Build quality is nothing short of top notch. The chassis feels extremely rugged, with no flex or sagging anywhere but the thin LCD lid. The main body and keyboard surround is metal alloy, and the LCD frame is sturdy black plastic. One thing some advanced users will notice from the pictures is this notebook lacks any panels on the bottom for RAM, CPU, or HD access, which is instead located under the keyboard. In some ways the solid bottom section does reduce flex and creaking which might come from separate panels rubbing against each other when carrying the notebook around.

Below are side-by-side comparison images of the LG P300 next to the Lenovo ThinkPad X300.

Display

The display is very bright, with clear whites and vibrant colors. Black levels are solid, with only mild backlight bleed at the highest backlight setting. Viewing angles are about average with colors inverting and washing when you start to change your vertical viewing angle. Horizontal angles are much better, without much color distortion until extreme angles.

My personal backlight preference on this notebook was setting it to 50-60 percent brightness for average use, and 100 percent when gaming in bright rooms. Below are images showing how the screen looks at maximum brightness from straight on as well as all viewing angles.

Keyboard and Touchpad

This notebook had a slight culture clash during the review, as it had a different keyboard layout that I was used to. This specific model had a target market of Canada, and a few keys are located in other positions, or shaped in different ways. The keyboard itself though was excellent, having solid support and did not feel cramped at all when typing. The overall width of the keyboard is similar my ThinkPad, and key size was perfect.

The touchpad is above average, with a decent touch surface and enough space for easy movement. Sensitivity was perfect, leaving nothing to be adjusted from factory defaults during the review. Still, you do have access to the Synaptics control panel if adjustments are needed. The touchpad button has soft and shallow feedback, and is a single rocker bar design. The touchpad has a right and left clicker, but both share the same bar.


Speakers

The speakers on this notebook were more than adequate for listening to music, watching a movie, or playing video games. Treble and midrange was clear, and like the majority of notebooks bass was completely lacking.

The headphone jack provided clear and hiss free audio, making it a perfect alternative for private listening.

Performance and Gaming

The power of this 3.6 pound notebook was nothing short of phenomenal. With a 2.4GHz Penryn processor and NVIDIA 8600M GS this thing screamed compared to anything else in this weight range. I could play Portal at native resolution and at medium settings and have enjoyable framerates. One performance enhancing item I did not see on this notebook was a 7200rpm drive, but the system performed well enough where that downside was glossed over.

Battery and Power

The stock configuration has a six-cell battery, without an option for any extended life battery. With screen brightness at 70 percent, and the notebook set to the “balanced” power profile, the system managed a bit more than 3 hours and 40 minutes. I found this to be more than acceptable given the notebooks crunching capabilities.

External Drive

To cut down on weight, the LG P300 opted to remove the optical drive from the notebook, and include a free external drive instead. The drive they give you is very nice. In fact, this drive is better than anything we can find on the US market. It is a slim drive, black glossy colored, and has a retractable USB cable built into the case. This means no wires to worry about when traveling, and the total package is easy to store. For consumers worried about this notebook having no internal drive, unless you frequently watch DVD movies on a plane, I would personaly rather game or use digital movie files than worry about DVDs.

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