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...
Posted on December 1, 2009 12:52 AM | Permalink
IBM has unveiled the ultimate mobile workstation in the new IBM Lenovo ThinkPad W700 laptop. This new laptop is certainly an impressive piece of work on its own, with its imposing 17-inch 1,920-by-1,200-pixel primary display, complemented by a foldable 10.6-inch LED backlit secondary display with a resolution of 768 by 1,280 pixels. The ThinkPad W700 laptop is powered by one of Intel’s Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad Core Q9100 processors, and comes equipped with Nvidia Quadro Express graphics, 4 GB RAM, 4 GB Intel Turbo Memory and 64 GB SSD. Additional features of the ThinkPad W700 laptop include an integrated webcam, an onboard WACOM palm rest digitizer and pen, dual-link DVI, WiFi, and ThinkPad layered security, all wrapped neatly into a 10.9-pound package. The ThinkPad W700 laptop with dual display is available starting this month and continues to roll out through January 2009. IBM.
Posted on December 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Permalink
The latest and greatest from Samsung includes a couple of lightweight, feature-packed laptops that’ll work for their money. The Samsung X460-44G laptop and the Samsung X460-44P laptop are a couple of 14.1-inch models measuring just 0.8 inched thick. But these skinny laptops don’t skimp on features. The Samsung X460-44G laptop boasts a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor, with 250GB hard drive capacity. The slightly beefier X460-44P laptop model comes with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and supports up to 320GB HDD. But beyond that, the basis features are the same, including NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS graphics with 256MB dedicated memory; 3GB of DDR3 memory and an integrated CD / DVD burner. A 1.3-megapixel webcam, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth, modem, three USB ports, ExpressCard slot, a 7-in1 media card reader, VGA out and HDMI connectivity round out these cool new laptops. The X460-44G laptop and the X460-44P laptop are priced $1,499.99 and $1,699.99 respectively. Samsung
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Posted on November 17, 2008 3:09 PM | Permalink
In the words of Asus, their latest and greatest laptop is geared toward the “corporate elite.” The Asus B80A business laptop offers style, power, versatility and a security system that means business. The 14.1-inch laptop sports either a WXGA or a WXGA+ display offering a crisp image and clear colors. A variety of Intel Core 2 Duo processors offers customizable power options – the T series laptops include the T9400 and T5950 processors, while the P series laptops feature the P8600 and P7350. The B80A business laptop comes equipped with 4GB RAM and a 250GB HDD spinning at 7200RPM. Top it off with a DVD player, built-in webcam and Bluetooth, wrapped in a 5.5-pound package, and you’ve got a laptop that’s covered all the bases for performance and convenience for business on the go. No details yet as to pricing or a release date. Asus.
Posted on November 4, 2008 3:10 PM | Permalink
Oh joy! The new BenQ Joybook R46 laptop has landed in China, Thailand and Malaysia. This Joybook R46 laptop is geared to the business-minded user with an awesome 14.1-inch UltraVivid WXGA display, a powerful Core 2 Duo T3400 processor, integrated x4500 graphics, up to 4GB RAM and up to 320GB HDD. For connectivity the laptop comes outfitted with WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as a 2.0-megapixel webcam with a microphone for your video conferencing. The laptop also comes with integrated high-0definition audio, 8x Super-Multi DVD, an assortment of ports and a 4-in-1 card reader. No details are available on pricing. BenQ.
Posted on October 23, 2008 3:41 PM | Permalink
A round of applause comes from the mobile business community with the latest launch from laptop maker Toshiba. The new Toshiba Satellite Pro S300 laptop and the Toshiba Satellite Pro S300M laptop measure 15.4 and 14.1 inches respectively, and include a list of features no working laptopper should be without, starting with a choice of powerful Core 2 Duo processors, Intel's GMA4500MHD graphics, up to 2BG RAM and a 160GB HDD. Beyond the basics, this pair of Satellite Pro laptops comes with dual-layer DVD burners, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a built-in webcam, a business card reader, a combination USB Sleep-and-Charge / eSATA port, and rounding them off, face recognition software to keep your top-secret files from getting in the wrong hands. The Satellite Pro S300 and Satellite Pro S300M laptops mean business, and with a price of $899 and $829 respectively, the affordable price is hard to beat. Toshiba
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Posted on October 20, 2008 3:41 PM | Permalink
Hot off the presses, Panasonic has today announced three new ToughBook Business-Rugged laptops that'll show you how it's done! The Panasonic ToughBook F8, T8 and W8 laptops each have some special features on offer, but all are built for both durability and performance.
The ToughBook F8 laptop (pictured) is a 14.1-inch thin-and-light laptop featuring a 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 1GB RAM that's expandable to 4GB; and a 160GB shock-mounted HDD; 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR; Gobi mobile broadband; and a DVD Multi drive. The ToughBook F8 laptop retails for $2,499.
The ToughBook T8 laptop, touted as the "tablet alternative" features a 12.1-inch, 1,024-by-768-pixel anti-glare touchscreen; a 1.2-GHz ultra-low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 1GB RAM expandable to 4GB; a 120GB shock-mounted HDD; 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR; and Gobi mobile broadband wrapped in a 3.3-pound package. The ToughBook T8 laptop retails for $2,099.
Last but not least, the ultra-mobile ToughBook W8 laptop comes with a 12.1-inch, 1,024-by-768-pixel anti-glare display; an ultra-low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 1GB RAM expandable to 4GB; a 120GB shock-mounted HDD; 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR; and Gobi mobile broadband, weighing at just three pounds. The ToughBook W8 laptop retails $2,099.
The new ToughBooks will hit store shelves in November. Panasonic
Posted on September 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Permalink
Dell has released a couple of compact, dependable business solutions offering easy-to-deploy, easy-to-manage, out-of-the-box systems designed to meet your everyday office demands. The 14.1-inch Dell Vostro A840 laptop and the 15.6-inch Dell Vostro A860 laptop come equipped with all the must-haves, including 1GB RAM, 160GB or 120GB hard drives, CD or DVD burners, WiFi and optional Bluetooth. Depending on the configuration you choose, the laptops come with processors ranging from Intel’s Celeron to the Core 2 Duo, and either Vista or Ubuntu operating systems. The Vostro A840 laptop and the Vostro A860 laptop each tip the scales at around five pounds. Dell.
Posted on August 28, 2008 9:45 PM | Permalink
In what has been dubbed the “most powerful and versatile platform for business executives,” the new Asus B50A laptop does its business with style, in style. The sleek chassis is accompanied by some pretty fancy specs, starting with a 15.4-inch display with Color Shine technology and Asus’ Splendid Video Intelligence Technology. The B50A laptop sports a Penryn Core 2 Duo processor, Intel's GM45 Express chipset with Expressgate SplashTop integrated X4500 graphics, up to 4GB RAM and up to 320GB SATA, dual-layer burner, WiFi, Bluetooth, an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, and a spill-resistant keyboard. Asus.
Posted on August 26, 2008 5:20 PM | Permalink
Adding to its quickly growing line of EliteBook business laptops, HP has just announced three new laptops designed “for the corporate road warrior.” The new HP EliteBook 2230, 2530p and 2730p laptops are inspired by aircraft construction with their sleek look and awesome durability. “HP continues to distinguish the EliteBook brand with sophisticated, innovative designs that combine military-standard durability with easy-to-use features and the right levels of performance,” says Keith LeFebvre, vice-president and general manager, Business Notebooks, Personal Systems Group – Americas, HP. “These great-looking notebooks can withstand the rigors of the road, meet the most demanding tasks and keep up with the ever-changing mobile lifestyle.”
The 12.1-inch EliteBook 2530p laptop is touted as HP’s smallest and lightest laptop, offering brains and brawn in its 3.19-pound package. Packed in the HP DuraCase – a brushed anodized aluminum exterior with a magnesium alloy chassis – the EliteBook 2530p laptop comes with an ultra-small 1.8-inch hard drive with built-in optical drive, or choose the 2.5-inch hard drive. The EliteBook 2530p will retail for $1,499.
The EliteBook 2730p laptop is a lightweight convertible tablet laptop, weighing in at just 3.7 pounds, and an incredible 1.11 inches thin. Aside from its swivel screen that takes it from laptop to tablet with a simple twist, new features like the built-in touchpad, tablet buttons and a jog dial make the EliteBook 2730p laptop easy on the go. The EliteBook 2730p laptop will retails for $1,670.
Last but certainly not least, the new EliteBook 2230 laptop is the low-cost laptop with lots to offer. Weighing in at a hair over 4 pounds, this laptop is made for mobility. The 12.1-incher is simple in style, boasting a black-on-black finish. The laptop keeps you connected with WLAN and built-in Bluetooth wireless, and comes with HP 3D DriveGuard which senses sudden movement and goes into protective mode, keeping the hard drive form getting all shaken up. The EliteBook 2230 laptop will retail for $999.
The three new EliteBook laptops will be available in early September. HP.
Posted on August 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Permalink
HP has just introduced a fresh lineup of mobile workstation laptops designed for graphics buffs to deliver advanced color accuracy. The new HP Elitebook 8730w, 8530w and 8530p laptops come equipped with DreamColor technology, which delivers millions of colors, giving this laptop lineup one up on the traditional laptops that usually offer 260,000 available colors. The 17-inch EliteBook 8730w laptop is a powerful one, packing an Intel quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and NVIDIA’s Quadro FX cards with up to 1GB dedicated video memory. The 15.4-inch EliteBook 8530w laptop and the EliteBook 8530p laptop come with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (and the EliteBook 8530w laptop also supports Intel quad-core mobile processors) and 8GB RAM. The EliteBook 8730w laptop will hit store shelves later this month at a price of $1,699, while the EliteBook 8530 laptops should be available in September starting from $1,499. HP.
Posted on August 14, 2008 5:05 PM | Permalink
Move over, the Lenovo ThinkPad W700 laptop is coming through this September. This beast combines power and, you guessed it – more power – into a larger-than-life, 17-incher. But beyond its sheer size, the ThinkPad W700 laptop boasts some hefty specs, including a powerful 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core mobile processor, Nvidia Quadro FX 3700 chipset, with 1GB of video memory, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM and up to 960GB HDD via three 320GB. Also setting this laptop apart are a couple of graphics-enhancing features – a built in Wacom digitizer and an on-board color calibrator. “Lenovo has engineered a new breed of mobile workstation with the ThinkPad W700,” says Peter Hortensius, senior vice-president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. “No other PC manufacturer has a mobile workstation that delivers the sheer power, performance and cutting-edge innovation that Lenovo has packed into the ThinkPad W700. The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation flat out delivers the command performance our customers demand at the desk as well as in the field." The ThinkPad W700 laptop starts at a price of $2,978. Lenovo
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Posted on August 14, 2008 3:06 PM | Permalink
In addition to its newly revamped Latitude laptop lineup, Dell has released some new members to its Precision laptop family as well. Geared towards the engineering, media, entertainment and biosciences industries, the new Dell Precision M4400 laptop measures 15.1 inches and features cutting-edge graphics and support for 8GB RAM. The slightly smaller little brother is the 14.1-inch Dell Precision M2400 laptop, which, according to Dell, is the company’s lightest mobile workstation, weighing in at just 4.77 pounds. The Precision M4400 laptop retails for $1,569, while the Precision M4200 laptop starts at $1,449. Dell.
Posted on August 13, 2008 3:09 PM | Permalink
Raising laptopping to all new heights, today’s release Dell has released a series of new Dell Latitude-E laptops that deliver enhanced battery life, a new design and a signature style available in five cool colors. The new Latitude-E laptop line includes the 14.1- and 15.4-inch Latitude E6500, E6400, E5500, and E5400 laptops, which are great high-performance desktop replacements. Next on the roster, the ultra-mobile Latitude E4200 and E3200 laptops measure in at 12.1 and 13.3 inches, and are touted as the lightest commercial laptop in the company’s history, with a weight of 2.2 and 3.3 pounds respectively. Last but not least, the semi-rugged 14.1-inch Latitude E6400 ATG laptop is made to meet Military 810F standards for dust, vibration and humidity. From a wide range of styles and functions to a wide range of prices, the new Latitude-E laptops line is priced from $839 upwards of 2,399. Dell.
Posted on August 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Permalink
Dell has just released a new, eye-catching high-performance business laptop to its professional-series collection. The Dell Vostro 2510 laptop offers a base configuration that includes Intel’s T5670 processor, NVIDIA 8400M GS graphics, 2GB RAM and 8X DVD/RW drive. But this new laptop has lots more potential, with options that kick it up a notch, including a 2.6GHz T9500 processor, 256MB NVIDIA 8400M graphics card and up to 4GB of memory. The Vostro 2510 laptop boasts a 15.4-inch WXGA+ TruLife display, and tips the scales at just 5.72 lbs. The laptop is available in Canada, with the base configuration starting from approximately $1,132, all the way up to $2,900 for a fully decked-out model. No word as to whether this laptop will be making its way south of the border. Dell.
Posted on August 1, 2008 5:32 PM | Permalink