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October 05, 2012

Lenovo IdeaPad S300 review

We recently featured Lenovo’s new duo of affordable laptops with a form factor of an ultrabook. Just a week after the launch, the folks from Lenovo sent us an IdeaPad S300 to take out for a spin. Catch our review of the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 after the break.

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January 02, 2009

HP Firefly Laptop has 17″ and 4.3″ Screens

While this is not the first laptop to sport dual-screens, the HP Firefly looks odd with a secondary display screen of just 4.3 inches situated below the primary 17″ display.

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December 15, 2008

TG Averatec N1000 Mini Laptop

Some laptop manufacturers like TG (and their Averatec brand) doesn’t seem to want to ride in the netbook label so they’re calling their own versions as a mini-laptop despite the fact that features are just the same.

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November 23, 2008

Qube M1 is newest locally-branded netbook

Local PC distributor Qube PC Technologies is also coming up with their own netbook this December. Dubbed the Qube M1, the Atom-based netbook will ship on December 15 in time for Christmas.

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October 28, 2008

Dell Inspiron Mini takes the netbook to 12″

And I thought netbook sizes will stop at 10 inches. Seems like Dell is pushing the limit to 12 inches with the new Inspiron Mini 12.

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October 24, 2008

Full HD 16.4″ Sony Vaio is sleek and slim

{Live @ CEL Manila} This 16.4-inch Sony Vaio laptop caught my attention at the Sony booth. For the same price as the Macbook Pro 17, you get a slim and sleek multimedia laptop that’s to die for.

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October 18, 2008

LG XNote S210 hovers at 1kg

LG’s new XNote S210 seems to be right in the fence between a regular laptop and a netbook. It comes with 12.1″ screen yet only weighs like a netbook at 1kg so we’ll put it under the ultraportable category.

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July 20, 2008

10″ Gdium Netbook sports a Dragon chip

The Gdium Netbook is a little different from all the other UMPCs out there. That’s because it’s not using any of the usual Intel Celeron/Atom or Via C7M processor but a relatively new one called Loongson 2F CPU.

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July 08, 2008

Kohjinsha SC3 UMPC has built-in GPS

Japan’s answer to the growing UMPC market is the Kohjinsha SC3 Series, a 7-inch feature-packed ultraportable that’s being entered into the US market.

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June 16, 2008

HP, Dell and Acer still lead in Laptop Market

A recent report from the Digitimes indicate first quarter laptop shipments for 2008  showed HP, Dell and Acer were the top 3 laptop manufacturers with 20.8%, 15.1% and 14.6% shares respectively. That represents just over 50% of total shipments or 15.67 Millions units.

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May 31, 2008

Red Fox WizBook laptops

Red Fox and AMD teamed up to develop their own Eee PC competitor and launched the WizBook this week with a much disappointing 400MHz AMD Geode processor. Hate to say the obvious but this is most certainly going to be a bust.

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May 29, 2008

Mini Dell Inspiron to match HP 2133?

According to Gizmodo, Michael Dell is secretly lugging what could be an Asus Eee PC 900 or HP Mini-Notebook 2133 competitor. It looks like an 10″ Dell Inspiron mini-laptop to me.

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May 06, 2008

Poll: What’s your laptop brand?

I just ended the previous poll and it looks like AMD is still popular among desktop PC users. Our new poll is for those owning a laptop or notebook. Which brand of laptop are you using?

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April 22, 2008

Simply Smart ECS G10IL has Super-3G

As previously reported, ECS has unveiled details of their Simply Smart ECS G10IL and boy, does it have a whooping 7.2 Mbps HSDPA built-in with it.

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April 21, 2008

Astone UMPC hits store shelves in Manila

Yet another player in the UMPC market has emerged. Definitely a hot item this season. The Astone UMPC is a 7 inch laptop that’s looking to grab a piece of the ultra-portable pie. See picture and specs after the jump.

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April 21, 2008

Asus Eee PC 900, anyone?

Those waiting for the 9-inch Asus Eee PC will most probably be disappointed with the local retail price of around Php33,900. At that price, it already costs as much as a lot of regular laptops around.

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March 31, 2008

HP Compaq Presario B1200 (HP B1256TU)

Since I first bought the Compaq Presario V3000 over a year ago, I’ve been a fan of HP’s line of laptops. So, after selling off that old model, I went back and got an almost similar but lighter version — the Compaq Presario HP B1256TU.

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November 28, 2006

The Samsonite Laptop Backpack

I mentioned about this new find I have last week while traveling to Pakistan. My usual problem when on a trip is that I have a lot of bags in tow — one bag for the camera, another for the laptop and of course a big one for the clothes. Well, that’s what I had when I first went to Taiwan a few months back.

So, my quest for an almost all-in-one backpack was answered last week when I found this really nice Samsonite laptop bag. Pictures below:

Samsonite Laptop Backpack

It’s a layered backpack with the outer layer for the laptop and the main layer has room for clothes and my Rebel XT camera. There are a lot of compartments for documents too — 3 for the detachable laptop pouch and 2 more for the main bag, excluding the 2 side screen pockets.

Samsonite Backpack

The laptop layer case can be detached from the main backpack with its own carry-on handle. Two belt-clips and a zipper around the sides re-attach them back firmly. I reckon this could hold laptops with up to 15″ screen sizes (or prolly 17″ too!).

There’s not much padding on the inside but the back side has two sturdy strips of plastic to protect your shoulders against the laptop when holstered.

All in all, I think you can carry as much as 2 pairs of jeans, 3 t-shirts, a medium towel, your dSLR camera and lenses plus the laptop with a little more room to spare.

The damage? A bit pricey at Php4,200++. Hey, it’s a Samsonite.

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October 11, 2006

Scouting for a new laptop

For some time now, I’ve been pondering on getting a new laptop. I have 3 others wanting to buy my old one so I guess I’ll go ahead scout for a new one with at least a Centrino or a Core Duo, 1GB of RAM, DVD Writer, Card Reader and 12 to 13 inch of screen. Still want them small and can last 6 hours on battery. Hopefully, I could get all these under 70k. :D

So, who are the likely candidates?

MSI Megabook S260 Notebook PC
AMD Turion 64 Processor MT-30
12.1″ WXGA TFT
256MB (upgrade to 1GB)
8-Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack
60 GB Hard Disk Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon X200
DVD±RW Drive
SD/MMC/MS Card Reader
Price: Php69,900 (plus upgrade to 1GB)

Dell XPS M1210
Intel Dual Core T2300(1.66Ghz) / 2Mb / 667Mhz (YONAH)
1GB DDR2@533Mhz (2 X 512MB)
60Gb 5400RPM SATA HDD
12-inch WideScreen
256MB NVIDIA 7400 Graphic Card
Multi-Format Dvd±Writer Dual Layer
Php 83,888

Oh, no, all the rest are too expensive! And I don’t want anything beyond 13 inches of screen. Anybody else have any suggestions?

Maybe I should go with an Apple MacBook 13″ and just use BootCamp.

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July 08, 2006

MSI Great Laptop Line-up

Whenever somebody asks me which laptop to buy, I’d point them to the newer lines of MSI Megabook laptops. For the pricepoint, small sizes and lightweight, they seem to be a good deal. You also get two tones — one in black and another in white. Prices starts at Php35,999 to Php79,900.

MSI MegabookHere are my recommended models:

Megabook S1012
Celeron M 350 1.3GHz
WiFi 802.11 G
256MB RAM (2GB Max)
40GB HDD
DVD + CDRW Drive
12.1″ TFT WXGA (1280×800)
Firewire, 10/100 LAN, 56k Modem
MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro Pro 4-in-1 Card Reader
3 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 PCMCIA Slot
1.8kg, 2Hrs Battery Life
No OS installed
Php39,900

Megabook S270
AMD Turion64 MT-30 1.6GHz
ATI Radeon X200 Video w/ 128MB Shared
WiFi 802.11 G
Bluetooth Built-in
512MB RAM (2GB Max)
40GB HDD
8x DVD+/- RW Dual Layer Drive
12.1″ TFT WXGA (1280×800)
Firewire, 10/100 LAN, 56k Modem
3 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 PCMCIA Slot
MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro Pro 4-in-1 Card Reader
1.8kg, 3-4Hrs Battery Life
Windows XP Home Pre-installed
Php69,900

Megabook S260-Pro
Intel Pentium M Sonoma 2.0GHz (2MB L2 Cache)
Intel 915GM + ICH6-M
Intel Pro Wireless 802.11 BG
512MB RAM (2GB Max)
60GB HDD
8x DVD+/- RW Dual Layer Drive
12.1″ TFT WXGA (1280×800)
Firewire, 10/100 LAN, 56k Modem
3 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 PCMCIA Slot
MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro Pro 4-in-1 Card Reader
1.8kg, 4Hrs Battery Life
Windows XP Home Pre-installed
Php79,900

The ones I listed above have the smaller form factors and weighs below 2 kilograms — makes them good for people who are always travelling.

All models available at Octagon Computers.

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February 14, 2006

The laptop that StudioTraffic bought

ebox notebook About a year ago, my kumpare was egging me to join his new-found cashcow pay-per-surf website. I really didn’t believe in those kind so I jokingly agreed to sign up under him. It didn’t really asked much from me except do some auto-surfing for 30 minutes a day.

You basically get 1% earnings of your level for every day you surf thru their site, so that’s around 30% in a month. And since you get a free $10-level upon joining, you basically get $3 more each month, compounded. A couple of months later, my friend told me he’s getting regular monthly cheques from StudioTraffic (affiliate link) because he was able to convince his brother to join in and fund their account with $1,000. Was actually amazed that people would “invest” that much on something that is inherently dubious.

Anyway, to make the long story short, I used some of the money I got from other affiliates to fund my own account. First, it was just $50, then another $200. Not a lot but a month’s Adsense on my blog could cover that up, if ever the program went down.

A couple of month’s back, I was able to recover the money that initially ‘invested’. After that, the rest went to a safe for emergency use or so I thought.

When my PC melted down last week, I reckon I ought to pull out that emergency fund. After getting a new Asus mobo and Sempron 3100+, there was enough funds left to get me a new laptop.

From the lot of IBM, Acer, MSI, NEO, Apple and ECS mobile notebooks that I checked out, the nice ivory-white eBox notebook perfectly fits the bill. For just over Php40k, I get a 1.8kg, 12″, 1.4GHz Celeron, with 40GB HDD, 512MD RAM and Wifi-enabled laptop. PC Buyer’s Guide has a review of it here which is distributed by CompLink.

Anyway, why are the cheaper laptops the ones with 14″ or 15″ screens? The 12-inch ones are more expensive.