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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dell vostro 1510 battery review02.24.12

Dell.com offer 6-cell and 9-cell dell vostro 1510 batteries with $135.99.

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About the 6-cell battery,it is perfect compatible with the dell vostro 1510 laptop.But the battery life is low.  But just a few days after the 1-year warranty expired, battery would no longer hold a charge. Then you need to order a new battery. The price is high, and the battery life is just okay at first.

The 9-cell battery have higher battery life than the 6-cell battery. It will help you run your laptop longer. If you don’t want to plug in your dell vostro 1510 adapter always, you need to order a spare battery at least. But the price is high, It isn’t cost-effective to order two original battery. Of course, if you indeed want to run laptop with laptop batteries, you can order a replacement dell vostro 1510 battery as spare battery. The price is low, it is cost-effective for you. The replacement battery also have 6-cell and 9-cell. The 6-cell battery is perfect compatible with your laptop, and the 9-cell battery is bigger than 6-cell replacement dell vostro 1510 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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Five Open Source Technologies for 201212.29.11

Next year, if all goes according to plan, Red Hat will become the first open source software company to generate more than US$1 billion a year in revenue. It will be a watershed moment for the open source community, who have long seen their approach of community-based development as a viable, even superior, alternative to traditional notions of how software should be written.

“I think we’re seeing a fundamental shift in where innovation happens, going from the labs of a few software companies to these massive open source efforts,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat.

Certainly, open source has left the proprietary software world in turmoil over the past few years, as Linux, the Apache Web server, Perl, Apache, Hadoop, OpenOffice, GIMP and dozens of other programs put the pinch on their commercial counterparts. But what are tomorrow’s open source heavy hitters? Here are five projects to watch closely in 2012. They may form the basis for new businesses and new industries. Or they may just capture the minds of developers and administrators with some easier, or at least less expensive, way of getting the job done.

Nginx

For the better part of the last decade, the choice for Web server software has been pretty stable. Apache has been used on the majority of Web servers while Microsoft’s IIS (Internet Information Services) is used across many of the rest. Over the past few years, however, use of a third entrant, Nginx (pronounced “engine-x”), has been on the rise, thanks to the software’s ability to easily handle high-volume traffic.

Nginx is already run on 50 million different Internet domains, or about 10 percent of the entire Internet, the developers of the software estimate. It is particularly widely used on highly trafficked Web sites, such as Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, Hulu, Dropbox, and WordPress. Not surprisingly, the software’s creator, Igor Sysoev, designed Nginx in 2004 specifically to handle a large numbers of concurrent users — up to 10,000 connections per server. “It is a very lean architecture,” said Andrew Alexeev, a co-founder of a company that offers a commercial version of the software, called Nginx.

The upcoming year promises to be a good one for Nginx. Last year, Nginx got $3 million in backing from a number of venture capital firms, including one supported by Dell CEO Michael Dell. It partnered with Jet-Stream to provide Nginx for that software vendor’s CDN (content delivery network) package. It also is working with Amazon to streamline Nginx for the AWS (Amazon Web Service) cloud service.

Beyond Nginx’s use in large Web operations, Alexeev sees wider use for Nginx in the emerging cloud computing and shared services market. “This is where we can add the most benefit,” Alexeev said. The next major release of the software, due next year, will be more pliable for shared hosting environments. It will be better able to handle DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service Attacks), and come with additional security features, he said.

OpenStack

The OpenStack project arrived relatively late to the cloud computing party, but it comes with one particularly indispensable feature: scalability.

“We’re not talking about [using OpenStack to run a] cloud of 100 servers or even 1,000 servers, but tens of thousands of servers. Other options out there aren’t really considering that scale,”said Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the OpenStack Project Policy Board.

Since its launch in July 2010, OpenStack quickly gained a great deal of support from IT firms interested in the cloud computing space, such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Dell. OpenStack devotees like to call their work the fastest growing open source project, with involvement from over 144 companies and 2,100 participants. Dell launched a package, called the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, which combines OpenStack with the company’s own servers and software. HP launched a beta public cloud service with the technology as well.

The core computational components of OpenStack were developed at NASA Ames Research Center, for an internal cloud to store large amounts of space imagery. Originally, the NASA administrators tried using the Eucalyptus software project platform, but found challenges in scaling the software to the required levels, according to Chris Kemp, who oversaw the development of the OpenStack cloud controller when he was CIO of NASA Ames.

To aid in wider adoption, OpenStack is being outfitted with a number of new features that should make it more palatable for enterprises, said John Engates, chief technology officer for managed hosting provider Rackspace. One project, called Keystone, will allow organizations to integrate OpenStack with their identity management systems, those based on Microsoft Active Directory or other LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) implementations. Also, developers are working on a front-end portal for the software as well. Rackspace, which first partnered with NASA to package OpenStack for general usage, is also spinning off the project as a fully independent stand-alone entity, in hopes that it will be an attractive option for more cloud providers.

“2011 was the year for building the base of the product, but I think 2012 is where we really start to use that base for a lot of private and public clouds,” Engates said.

Stig

The past year has seen the dramatic growth in the use of nonrelational databases, such as Cassandra, MongoDB, CouchDB and countless others. But at the NoSQL Now conference, held last September, much of the buzz surrounded a still unreleased data store called Stig. With any luck, we will see Stig in 2012.

Stig is designed for the unique workloads of social networking sites, its maintainers claim. It was created at the social networking site Tagged by software engineer Jason Lucas, who calls the technology a distributed graph database. It is designed to support heavily interactive and social Web applications. The data store’s architecture allows for inferential searching, allowing users and applications to look for connections between disparate pieces of information. Because it was written, in part, in the Haskell functional programming language, it can easily divide up its workload across multiple servers.

Stig is still a bit of a mystery, as it hasn’t been actually released yet. But observers are predicting it could fit a niche in the social networks and other applications that keep a wide range of data. The needs of social networking services are inherently different from other types of jobs, and would benefit from a database attuned to its needs, Lucas explained. “You can’t be a relevant service in this space without being able to scale to a planetary size,” he said.

Stig is currently operating on one server at Tagged, though the company expects to expand its use to the point where it will be the sole database for the company. Originally, the developers were planning to source code by December, but moved back the release to sometime in 2012.

“What I did see looked very interesting,” said Dan McCreary, a semantic solutions architect for the Kelly-McCreary & Associates consulting firm. He praised the database’s functional language architecture, which should ease the deployment of the database across multiple servers.

Linux Mint

Despite years of advocacy on the part of open source adherents, Linux has never had a strong presence on the desktop. But usually there is always one user-friendly Linux distribution to use, as an alternative to Microsoft Windows. In recent years, Canonical’s Ubuntu has fulfilled this role, though the increasingly popular Linux Mint may trump Ubuntu by being even easier to use.

Software engineer Clement Lefebvre first crafted Linux Mint after a gig of reviewing other Linux distributions for various online forums. From this work, Lefebvre developed ideas about what features should be in the ideal distribution. Just as Canonical appropriated the Debian Linux distribution for its own massively popular Ubuntu, Lefebvre used Ubuntu as the base for Linux Mint. Today, the Linux Mint project is funded by donations, advertising revenue from its Web site, and income derived from user searches, the last through a controversial partnership with DuckDuckGo.

Linux Mint is designed specifically for people who just want a desktop OS, and who don’t wish to learn more about how Linux works (i.e. non-Linux hobbyists). This approach makes installing and running the software easy and maintenance pretty much a nonissue. Even more than Ubuntu, Mint emphasizes easy usability, at the expense of not using new features until they have proven themselves trustworthy.

For instance, Mint eschews the somewhat controversial Unity desktop interface, which Canonical adopted to more easily port Ubuntu to mobile platforms. Instead, Mint sticks with the more widely known, and more mature, Gnome interface.

Such rigorous adherence to usability may be helping Linux Mint, much to the detriment of Ubuntu, in fact. The Linux Mint project claims its OS is now the fourth most widely used desktop OS in the world, after Windows, Apple Mac and Ubuntu. Over the past year, Mint has evenusurped Ubuntu as the distribution that generates the most page views on the DistroWatch Linux news site, a metric generally thought to reflect the popularity of Linux distributions. No doubt 2012 will see only more growth for the OS.

Gluster

Could Red Hat revolutionize the world of storage software in much the same way it revolutionized the market for Unix-based OSes? In October, Red Hat purchased Gluster, which, with its GlusterFS file system, makes open source software that clusters commodity SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drives and NAS (network attached storage) systems into massively scalable pools of storage. Red Hat plans to apply the method it used to dominate the market for Linux OSes for the storage space as well.

According to Red Hat’s Whitehurst, the storage software market generates $4 billion in revenue annually, though that’s not why the company was interested in the technology. Instead, Red Hat was interested in finding a storage technology that would make cloud migrations easier. “We look for places where open source would be particularly powerful as a way to innovate, and we look for areas in the stack where we think we can monetize,” he said. “There are not other solutions like that out there.”

The software has some momentum, at least in terms of administrators downloading and testing the software. Over the past year, GlusterFS downloads increased by 300 percent. In November, the software was downloaded over 37,000 times.

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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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Nikon and Sony Gaining on Canon in Worldwide Digital Camera Market04.18.11

Market study firm IDC released its results about the worldwide camcorder market lately, with exciting specifics of the present market shares of camera producers. From 2009 to 2010, Canon’s share remained completely invariable at Nineteen percent, while #Two player Sony boosted its share from 16.9 percent to 17.9 percent. Nikon in addition grew from 11.1 percent to 12.6 percent. The worldwide market for photo cameras is in addition evolving — last year it boosted Ten percent to 141 million cameras vended.

Here’s a specified breakdown of the present state of the market by IDC:

Worldwide Camcorder Market Shares by Vendor
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Vendor 2010 2009
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Canon Nineteen Nineteen
Sony 17.9 16.9
Nikon 12.6 11.1
Samsung 11.1 10.9
Kodak 7.4 8.8
Panasonic 7.6 7.6
Olympus 6.1 6.2
Fuji 4.9 5.4
Casio Four 4.7
PENTAX 1.5 1.7
Vivitar 1.2 0.7
Different 6.7 Seven
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If these trends carry on, Canon won’t be the 800 lb gorilla in the camcorder market for much longer…

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Laptop Battery Power Ratings and Power Consumption04.16.11

Every laptop battery is given a power rating in order to show you, the consumer, about how long your battery should last before it needs to be recharged. These electrical specifications are given using volts (V) and milliAmps (mAh). For example, you may see your battery is given a rating of: 10.8V, 4000mAh.

Volts and milliAmp hours are used because they measure the amount of energy used by a laptop battery. A volt (V) is a measurement used for the amount of pressure the positive and negative electrodes produce in a battery during the process of discharging energy. Amps (A) measure the amount of resistance the energy in your battery produces in order to power a laptop.

Think of volts and amps in terms of a shower. When a shower is turned on half way, the water that goes through the pipe produces a certain amount of pressure. When you turn it on to its full amount, the water produces more pressure in the pipe. This pressure, or power, is similar to the volts a battery uses. If a laptop is running simple programs, little power is needed to discharge energy into a laptop. However, if a laptop is running a DVD movie or other high energy consumption applications, more power will be needed to discharge the necessary amount of energy to run the DVD movie.

You may also notice that increasing the size of the pipe and shower head without having to open the faucet all the way will produce similar results. This is an example of the amount of resistance in the flow of energy. Measuring this resistance is measured in terms of amps. In terms of a battery, the amount of resistance is dependant on the size of the battery and the amount of energy inside.

Battery life: A Few Things to Consider

Laptop ratings are given in terms of amp hours (Ah). Amp hours measure the length of time a battery will discharge energy before it needs charging. In order to adequately measure battery life, manufacturers use milliAmp hours (mAh). This means that every 1000mAh is equal to 1Ah. What does this mean for your new battery? If your original battery is measured at 2500mAh and your replacement battery is measured at 5000mAh, then your battery run time will double.

Keep in mind that technology constantly changes. Your old battery may be rated at a lower run time than a newer one because of technological advancements that have produced longer lasting batteries.

Additionally, your battery’s run time depends on the programs you use. Some programs require more energy to run than others. Examples are: the screen (particularly if set at the brigh test setting), hard drives, CD and DVD drives, and wireless network cards. Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to the question, how long exactly will my laptop battery last? The key factor is how and what you use your laptop for.

One way of conserving power is to go to your Power Management settings icon in the Control Panel. You can shut off settings or programs you do not use. Also consider dimming your screen and shutting off your wireless card when you don’t need it.

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