I've been on a mission to find an 18-inch widescreen laptop that is not glossy and in the $1000 price range, and I've finally found the best one - 18.4" widescreen Sony VAIO AW Series Laptop VGN-AW450F/H. The regular price is $1149.99 but it was on sale till November 30 for $899.99. With $250 off is was a great deal. I found it right on the 30th ... but it was already sold out. What a bummer... So I've added it my wish list and hopefully Sony will notify me when it's available again. Why am I making a big deal out of it? It's simple really. To my best research, as of this November 2009, only three major laptop manufacturers make 18" laptops: Toshiba, Acer and Sony. Neither Dell nor HP nor Gateway nor Lenovo do. At least not for around $1000. And between all three brands only 3 models are available in this price range, including the VAIO VGN-AW450F/H. The main problem is that the other two (one from Toshiba and one from Acer) are glossy black and this would drive me nuts seeing all fingertips on them and having light reflected in my eyes. There is a very limited choice of laptops with 18" screen, and they had to make them all glossy, unbelievable. As you go down to 17" and 16" laptops, the choices are plenty but you got to scroll much more to actually see the contents on the Internet because these smaller screens are so narrow. All the new widescreen laptops seem to made to watch movies or play games, and no one cares much about people who uses them to design websites or develop code or do some heavy image editing. Constant scrolling cuts your productivity by half - this is why I prefer the 18.4" laptop, the largest diagonal size you can find today. And Sony VAIO AW Series Laptop VGN-AW450F/H was the only laptop I've found that comes in Titanium Gray and is practically not glossy at all! And of course, a nice NVIDIA 512MB VRAM graphics card helps to enable the very sharp 1280x800 resolution that I use most when designing websites. Hopefully, it'll be on sale again and soon...
HP has released its new “mobile Internet” laptop, the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition ultra-mobile laptop. Described as “uniquely simple,” “strikingly mobile” and “highly connected,” the laptop is not just easy on the eyes, but it’s also a pleasure to work with. The ultra-mobile Mini 1000 Mi Edition laptop offers easy access to online content and applications with a simple click, putting e-mail and Internet at your fingertips. A built-in webcam lets you face-to-face with anyone, anywhere in the world. Thanks to the laptop’s HP MediaStyle technology, you have easy access to your photos, video and music. The Mini 1000 Mi Edition laptop sports a dashboard-style interface that lets you customize your view to your specifications. With multi-media and web browsing simpler than ever, the Mini 1000 Mi Edition laptop is also easy on the wallet, retailing at a price of just $379.99. HP.
With so much to see and do at CES 2009, a stop to check out the new Voodoo Firefly laptop was a certain must for the gaming gurus out there. This cool gaming laptop wowed spectators with a spectacular 17.1-inch primary display delivering 1,920 by 1,200 pixels, complemented by a 4.3-inch 800-by-480-pixel secondary display, a multi-touch panel and a keyboard with customizable backlighting. The 13-pound Firefly gaming laptop is outfitted with a powerful 2.4GHz Core 2 Extreme processor, dual ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 graphics, 4GB RAM and a 250GB HDD. Graphics seem to jump off the large-scale screen, while sound is second to none thanks to Creative X-Fi audio technology featuring Dolby sound and support for 5.1 surround sound speakers. The Firefly laptop is still in its concept and design stage, so gamers should keep their fingers crossed. Voodoo PC
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Well, it looks like Apple has done it again, expanding its success with the latest and greatest Apple MacBook Pro laptop. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is being called the thinnest and lightest 17-incher, and though light, it’s certainly heavy on cool features. The new MacBook Pro laptop sports a powerful 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (6MB L2 cache), Nvidia GeForce 9400M, Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT / 512MB, 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 memory, a 320GB HDD, and a slot-loading Super-Drive. All this and more comes wrapped in a durable and beautiful precision aluminum unibody chassis, with an innovative new built-in battery for up to eight hours of operation and up to 1,000 recharges – which is more than thrice the lifespan of the standard laptop battery, for those who are counting. The 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop will start at a price of $2,799. Apple.
In addition to the recently released Pavilion dv3 laptop, HP has also released another mobile entertainment center in the new HP Pavilion dv2 laptop. The Pavilion dv2 laptop tips the scales at 3.8 pounds and measures less than 1 inch thick, and sports a compact keyboard that’s eight per cent smaller than the standard. A 12.1-inch display delivers crisp graphics and a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels. Behind the scenes the laptop is dressed to impress with a 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 processor with ATI Mobility Radeon HD3410 discrete graphics, up to 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and Windows Vista Home Premium operating system running the show. The Pavilion dv2 laptop also comes with optional 802.11n WiFi and WWAN support, Bluetooth, HDMI-out, an integrated webcam and microphone, and an optional external Blu-ray player. The Pavilion dv2 laptop starts at a price of $699. HP.
Thin is in when it comes to the hottest laptops of 2009, and MSI is starting the year off right with its latest release of the MSI X-Slim 320 laptop. So here’s the skinny on this slim beauty. The 13.4-inch X-Slim 320 laptop measures an awesome 1.98cm thick, and weighs it at a lean and mean 2.87 pounds – there’s a reason it’s been dubbed the “super portable” laptop. Performance doesn’t take a back seat to style, with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, up to 2GB DDR2 RAM, and connectivity that includes 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3.5G network card, three USB ports, an Ethernet port, VGA output and an all-in-one card reader. Sweetening the pot of performance and portability, the X-Slim 320 laptop looks as good as it sounds, featuring an elegant design available in Champagne gold, pearl white and high-tech stylish black finish. The X-Slim 320 laptop is expected to make its market debut in the second quarter of 2009, at a retail price of approximately $800. MSI.
The hot new laptop from Exper – dubbed the Exper Style laptop – was recently launched in Turkey. Measuring in at a compact 8.9 inches and weighing just 1kg, the Exper Style ultra-mobile laptop rolls portability and performance into a sleek little package. Available in a wide range of hot and vibrant hues, the Exper Style laptop is as impressive on the inside as it is on the out, featuring a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM and an 8GB SSD, with Windows XP operating system running the show. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you catch a glimpse of the price tag. Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you – the Exper Style ultra-mobile laptop retails for just $470. Exper
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Dell is kicking 2009 off right by wrapping smart style, solid performance and value-packed pricing into its latest release, the new Dell Inspiron 15 laptop. Currently available in select configurations at Best Buy, and set to hit Dell online later this month, the Inspiron 15 laptop is replete with customizable features and options aplenty, so the laptop truly is made for you. “Building on the Inspiron platform of mainstream solutions, Inspiron 15 expands laptop personalization through attractive design, an array of optional features and an affordable price,” says Glen Robson, General Manager of consumer notebooks. “By listening to customers we’ve created an ideal multi-purpose system with a range of choices that help them create a custom match for their specific needs and deeds.” The Inspiron 15 laptop features a 15.6-inch LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio, up to 4GB memory and up to 320GB storage. Options include a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, a built-in webcam, Blu-ray, Bluetooth and facial recognition software. The Inspiron 15 laptop starts from $600. Dell.
For the laptopper looking for entertainment on the go, the new HP Pavilion dv3 laptop is your go-to guy for gaming, movies, work and play. The laptop sports a thin and light frame, measuring 1.01 inches thick and just 4.35 pounds. The 13.3-inch LED display boasts improved color saturation and increased energy efficiency. Complemented by a pair of built-in Altec Lansing speakers, the Pavilion dv3 laptop matches awesome visuals with stereo sound quality. This all-in-one entertainment hub comes with Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1, up to 8GB DDR2 system memory, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, up to 400GB HDD, optional 80GB SSD, an integrated webcam, a DVD burner, fingerprint reader technology, optional Wireless N support and a 5-in-1 card reader. The Pavilion dv3 entertainment laptop retails for $799.99. HP.
Good things come in three’s, and such is the case with Lenovo's latest release, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650, Y550 and Y450 laptops. Starting with the IdeaPad Y650 laptop (pictured), this desktop replacement laptop measures in at 16 inches and sports an Intel Core Duo processor (6MB cache), a N1M-GE1/256MB graphics chip from Nvidia, 4GB DDR3, up to 500GB of storage, and optional Blu-ray. The IdeaPad Y650 laptop starts from $1,199.
The IdeaPad Y550 laptop and IdeaPad Y450 laptop are the mini equivalent to the Y650, measuring in at 15.4 and 14 inches respectively. Under the hood these laptops sport Nvidia NB10P-GE1 GPU, and taking a cue from their Y650 big brother, they sport many of the same design features including 4GB DDR3 and up to 500GB storage. The IdeaPad Y550 and Y450 laptops start from $829. Lenovo
As promised, MSI has kicked off the new year with some hot new releases, and among them, the MSI Wind U115 hybrid laptop. Touted as the "world's first hybrid storage netbook" the Wind U115 laptop is capable of operating both SSD and HDD drives simultaneously, delivering the best of both worlds in one cool, compact laptop. The Wind U115 laptop is powered by the new Intel Menlow Platform with an Atom Processor, and comes with up to 2GB DDR2 memory, and a 120 or 160GB HDD complemented by an 8 or 16GB SSD. The advantages of SSD include low power consumption, shock resistance and faster speeds, while the HDD comes in handy for mass storage. The Wind U115 hybrid laptop sports a 10-inch 1,024-by-600-pixel LCD display, and a large keyboard and touchpad for easy use. Added features include a 1.3- or 2-megapixel webcam, built-in high-performance two-channel stereo speakers and microphone, and 802.11b / g / n Wireless LAN with Bluetooth. MSI.
The newest member of the award-winning Gemstone Blue laptop family is the Acer Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop. Powered by a high-performance 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 processor, this awesome laptop will take on any task, any game with gusto. A full-sized keyboard, Dolby audio and visuals via the larger-than-life 18.4-inch, 1,920-by-1,080-pixel HD CineCrystal display are an essential combination for the serious gamer. The Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop features Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT graphics with 512MB dedicated memory, 4GB DDR3 dual-channel system memory, 500GB SATA, a 6-in-1 media card reader, Wireless N support, a built-in Crystal Eye webcam and Blu-ray. Running the show is Microsoft's Windows Vista Premium operating system. All in all, the Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop is a great little number for big gaming and entertainment. The Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop starts at $1,799.99. Acer.
For a 101 on hot new ultra-mobile laptops, check out the new BenQ Joybook U101 laptop. From its splashy patterned and colored exterior available in black, white, pink and blue, to a well-equipped interior, the Joybook U101 laptop is dressed to impress. This compact laptop weighs in at 2.6 pounds, and features a small but sweet 10-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 by 576 pixels. The Joybook U101 laptop is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor and comes Intel GMA950 graphics, up to 1GB RAM, up to 160GB HDD or 4GB SSD, and Windows XP Home operating system running the show. For connectivity you get Built-in 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11 b/g, optional Bluetooth and 3.75G HSUPA, plenty of ports and a 4-in-1 card reader. Top it off with built-in speakers, microphone and 1.3-megapixel webcam, and you've got yourself a great little laptop. BenQ
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January 2009 will mark the release of the new NEC VersaPro UltraLight VC laptop. This laptop features a 12.1-inch LCD WXGA display with an Intel Celeron 723 or Core 2 Duo SU9300 processor, Intel GS45 Express chipset, 1GB RAM, and an 80GB HDD or an optional SSD. The VersaPro UltraLight VC laptop also offers the option of either Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business. For connectivity, the VersaPro UltraLight VC laptop comes equipped with WiFi, Felica port, an SD memory card slot and is topped off with a fingerprint scanner for security. The laptop ranges in price from $1,683 and $2,244 depending on the configuration. NEC
In this season of family and friends, traveling and waiting in lines at airport checkpoints, the best gift you can give yourself is the TSA-approved Solo CheckFast laptop bag. The CheckFast laptop bag has two big advantages over other laptop carriers - it's TSA friendly, and it's designed for the ultra-mobile laptop. Made of Twistec Poly material, the CheckFast laptop bag measures 11 by 7 by 4.75 inches, so any laptop 11 inches or smaller will find its home here. The CheckFast laptop bag meets Travel Sentry guidelines for checkpoint-friendly screening, and features an unfolding "lay-flat" design so you can easily open 'er up without having to unpack anything – which is a good thing because this bag gives you plenty of room for accessories. Once you've floated through the X-ray line, the CheckFast laptop bag features a cushioned and adjustable handle and an adjustable removable shoulder strap for comfortable carrying. Best of all, the CheckFast laptop bag retails for just $35. Solo.