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Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook rugged laptop

Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook 14in rugged laptop

Review Skinny Ultrabooks may be getting all the press at the moment but what it you want a laptop that will withstand the knocks, drops and tribulations of use on the road and in the great outdoors rather than the board-room? Panasonic’s semi-rugged CF-53 Toughbook may be just the ticket. Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook rugged laptop Ready …
Alun Taylor, 13 Mar 2012
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N Ultrabook

Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

Review The last time I tested a Toshiba laptop, it had a glowing orange screen and the keyboard rattled like a box of Lego. Come to think of it, newspapers at the time were scaring readers about ‘house parties’, so it was quite a while ago. So perhaps you can imagine how utterly charming the pretentiously named Portégé Z830-10N …
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Feb 2012
Dell Latitude E6220 Core i7 notebook

Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

Review Dell's Latitude E6220 is a typical workhorse, designed to be solid, dependable and ever so slightly boring. However, Dell is aiming this compact model more at small businesses rather than large organisations. And the increasing numbers of people who, like myself, are self-employed. A touch of style and being just 1in thin and …
Lynley Oram, 21 Feb 2012
HP Pavilion DM1-4125EA AMD CPU netbook

HP Pavilion dm1-4125ea 11.6in netbook

Review Now that everyone and their dog has or wants a smartphone or tablet, the recent drop in netbook sales can hardly be a surprise. Yet does this mean there is no space for a small, cheap laptop? Of course not and HP’s recently refreshed Pavilion dm1 is a fine example of why I hope the breed never dies. HP Pavilion DM1-4125EA AMD …
Alun Taylor, 15 Feb 2012
Asus UX21E Zenbook Core i5 laptop

Asus UX21E Zenbook 11.6in Ultrabook

Review Having already reviewed the slightly larger Asus UX31E Zenbook for El Reg, and quite liking it, I whinged that sending me the UX21E model would be a waste of time. It wasn’t, obviously, because you’re reading this. I loved it. In fact, I preferred it. Asus UX21E Zenbook Core i5 laptop For such a small device, the Asus UX21E has …
Samsung Series 7 Chonos Intel Core i7 notebook

Samsung Series 7 Chonos 15.6in Core i7 notebook

Review Surely someone is having a laugh. Having read nothing but five-star reviews of this luxury notebook on other sources, I find myself surprised to be staring at a four-star product on my desk. Four stars is pretty good, you know, but that’s one less than five. Samsung Series 7 Chonos Intel Core i7 notebook All in good time: …
Eurocom Panther 2 notebook

Eurocom Panther 2.0 Core i7, SLI notebook

Review While currently every notebook manufacturer seems to offering the thinnest, lightest and easiest to carry around notebook ever, in a bizarre way, it’s quite refreshing to find a company wandering off message and offering notebooks at the other end of the scale. Enter Eurocom’s Panther 2.0, the heaviest, most amazingly specified …
Simon Crisp, 27 Jan 2012
HP Pavilion dv6-6b06sa 15.6in AMD quad-core notebook

HP Pavilion dv6 15.6in quad-core notebook

Review CES 2012 Week Choosing an HP notebook isn’t an easy task, not because they are hard to find - far from it - it’s just the bewildering choice of notebooks you can find in a range. Take the recently refreshed Pavilion dv6-6b series, for example. There are currently a staggering 16 different options in this family alone. HP …
Simon Crisp, 10 Jan 2012
Samsung Series 9 900X3A notebook

Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop

Review Samsung’s Series 9 is the Korean giant’s thin and light flagship, and one of several recent models to come to market that borrow engineering and design principles from Apple’s Air range. Which means decent performance, decent components, but minimal expansion. Samsung Series 9 900X3A notebook Slim and stylish: Samsung's Series …
Asus Zenbook UX31E

Asus Zenbook UX31E

Review I honestly thought it would take the industry a lot longer to start producing Windows Ultrabooks for under a grand that are this good. The Asus Zenbook is as flat and skinny and as light as a MacBook Air without trying to look like one, and is a darn sight better connected. Asus Zenbook UX31E Smart notebook in size zero …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Dec 2011
Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

Review As the name might suggest, Acer’s TravelMate family of notebooks are aimed at the mobile users, with an eye on business bods after something a little more stylish than the standard issue grey slab. A new addition to the range is the Timeline X TM8481T with just a couple of variants at present. Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T …
Simon Crisp, 14 Dec 2011
Dell XPS 14z 14in notebook

Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

Review Don’t worry, the XPS 14z may be one of Dell’s new "thin and powerful" range, but it doesn’t fit into the superslim Ultrabook category so there’s absolutely no need whatsoever for a gratuitous comparison with Apple's MacBook Air. Dell XPS 14z 14in notebook It’s certainly a more stylish affair than the businesslike hardware I’m …
Cliff Joseph, 12 Dec 2011
Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook

Acer Aspire 5749 budget 15in laptop

Review Acer’s Aspire line has become synonymous with affordable computing power, providing an air of quality even towards the lowest end of the pricing scale. With an asking price of £399, the 15.6in Aspire 5749 isn’t going to break the bank and it certainly won’t be shattering records, but can so little money buy reasonable …
Shaun Dormon, 8 Dec 2011
OWC 6G Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD

OWC 6G Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD

Review Macs were never made to be messed with. Apple has softened its approach to aftermarket upgrades in recent years, a little, making it easy to switch out both the memory and hard drive in most MacBooks made in the past couple of years. But the MacBook Air is still a bit of an upgrader's island - you can't even bump up the Ram as …
Will Head, 7 Dec 2011
Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

Review Guilty, your honour. In mitigation, I would like to assure the jury that I do not automatically adore everything with Apple branding on it, nor have I any intention of jacking off over a Steve Jobs biography. I just happen to like the current range of Apple MacBook Pro notebook computers, that’s all. Is it such a crime? Apple …
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Nov 2011
Henge Docks Docking Station for MacBooks

Henge Docks Docking Station

Accessory of the Week It’s less technically sophisticated than the Techne Byte-Dock port replicator we reviewed recently, but the Docking Station from Henge Docks is a darn site prettier and a lot less expensive. Henge Docks Docking Station for MacBooks Sold here in the UK by MobileFun, the Docking Station is available in several sizes to suit …
Cliff Joseph, 18 Nov 2011
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook

Review The Acer Aspire S3 is a major new entrant to the emerging market for ‘ultraportables’ – ultra-thin but powerful notebook PCs with reduced components to keep the space and weight to a minimum. It won’t suit everyone, but if you like the idea of a portable Windows computer than can be carried in one hand or tucked under your …
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Nov 2011
Samsung RV720 17in Core i3 notebook

Samsung RV720 17in Core i3 notebook

Review Desktop replacement laptops are a genre of portable computer apparently intent on chuntering on forever without ever truly succeeding or dying. By nature, they tend not to be petite, and Samsung's RV720 is no exception. Samsung RV720 17in Core i3 notebook Desktop replacement on the cheap: Samsung's RV720 Weighing around 2.7kg …
Dave Stevenson, 14 Nov 2011
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 13.3in Core i5 notebook

Review There’s something very strange going on in ThinkPadland. Reports of two-headed calves, even flocks of birds flying backwards – these are nothing compared to some of the design changes wrought on ThinkPad users in recent times. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptop Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 combines new and familiar features Since it was …
Dell Vostro 131 laptop

Dell Vostro V131 13.3in Core i5 notebook

Review Back in the old days, you knew where you were a Dell business laptop. Heave it out of the box and you’d be rewarded with a giant, hot-running thing with the aesthetic appeal of a pile-up on the M40. Dell Vostro V131 laptop Dell's Vostro V131 looks the business and with the Celeron CPU option can be bought on the cheap These …
Dave Stevenson, 19 Oct 2011
Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

Review When Toshiba UK announced the launch of the Qosmio X770 3D – a new gaming laptop with stereoscopic 3D graphics and a 17.3in HD screen, I immediately thought: could this be an Alienware killer? Toshiba has been said to lag behind other manufacturers when it comes to high-end gaming laptops, but after spending time with the X770 I …
Lucy Orr, 10 Oct 2011
Acer Timeline X 5830T 15in laptop

Acer Timeline X 5830T

Review Acer has ploughed itself a nice furrow over the last few years, building nice-looking, well-made laptops. The 5830T might lack the instant recognition and wow-factor of the Apple MacBook Pro, but there’s no arguing that it’s a nice-looking system. The wrist-rest is finished in a light metallic blue, and while the metal strip …
Dave Stevenson, 29 Sep 2011
Sony Vaio SB 13.3in laptop

Sony Vaio SB 13.3in notebook

Review Not everyone wants to lug a 15.6in notebook around - even less a 17-incher - so the 13.3in category has always appealed to folk keen for plenty of performance without the bulk. Sony has long offered 13.3in machines, the latest being its SB series, part of its broader S series. Sony Vaio SB 13.3in laptop Available with a non- …
Dave Stevenson, 26 Sep 2011
Acer Ethos 5951 15in laptop

Acer Ethos 5951G 15.6in Core i5 notebook

Review The Acer Ethos 5951G laptop, with its matt black casing and blue activity LEDs, looks rather purposeful. I continued to be impressed by the cosmetics as I hefted the 3.3kg slab onto my lap even though a closer look revealed the brushed finish on the lid was nothing more than plastic, rather than the implied aluminium skin. …
Leo Waldock, 22 Sep 2011
Apple MacBook Air 11in mid 2011

Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook

Review For years this particular Mac user preferred to carry around an X-Series ThinkPad, despite having a house full of Apple laptops. That's because Apple could offer nothing with comparable size and weight. It was worth putting up with Windows or Ubuntu to gain the convenience of a smaller lighter machine. Apple MacBook Air 11in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2011
Dell XPS 15z

Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

Review When the 15z was announced there was no small amount of fanfare, not least due to Dell’s interesting claim that this was the thinnest 15in laptop in existence. In no time at all, it had been pointed out that the accompanying asterisk needed to be the size of an actual star, since the machine the 15z was aping, the Apple MacBook …
Dave Stevenson, 16 Sep 2011
HP Pavilion dv7 6101sa

HP Pavilion dv7 17.3in Llano notebook

Review Heave the 3kg HP dv7 from its enormous box and you can’t help but have your hopes raised: this is a notebook that gives the impression of high-end consumer tech promise. The brushed silver back has a refined air to it and Apple stylee, the HP logo lights up using the screen’s LED lamps. Appearances aside, there are tech treats …
Dell Alienware M18x

Dell Alienware M18x 18.4in gaming notebook

Review Last year, Dell added to its Alienware laptop family and simultaneously expanded the definition of ultra-portables with the tiny-beefcake M11x. This year's new addition, the flagship M18x, now expands the other end of the spectrum. Dell Alienware M18x Big player: Dell's Alienware M18x Labelling this colossus a desktop …
Andrew Bailey, 2 Sep 2011
Apple MacBook Pro 17in

Apple MacBook Pro 17in 2011

Review A slap across the face is what I need. It’s the only language I understand. My problem is that I have played with too many Apple MacBooks over the past 18 months. They were starting to look similar, a little standard perhaps, maybe even ordinary. Apple MacBook Pro 17in Quad core as standard: Apple's 17in MacBook Pro So I took …
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Aug 2011
Motorola Atrix Lapdock

Motorola Atrix Lapdock

Accessory of the Week If you had thought that Motorola’s Android offerings might have ended up as the also-rans in the mêlée of Googlephone handsets, then recent events in the mobile marketplace would suggest it could well be the standard bearer. The Chocolate Factory’s bid for Motorola’s Mobility division – the handset and tablet line – certainly …
Bob Dormon, 19 Aug 2011
Acer Aspire 5755G

Acer Aspire 5755G 15in Core i7 laptop

Review The Aspire 5755G is a fairly winsome system, combining sober, executive-class slate grey with a glossy black lid adding a touch of glamour. When it’s closed it’s a good looking slice of plastic, measuring just 35mm thick. Acer Aspire 5755G Acer's Aspire 5755G: widescreen but, alas, not quite full HD The 16:9, 15.6in screen …
Dave Stevenson, 16 Aug 2011
HP Envy 17 3D

HP Envy 17 3D Core i7 laptop

Review After years of computer journalists telling me – erroneously, I hasten to add – that my next desktop PC will be a laptop, it’s pleasing to see manufacturers such as HP trying to make it happen. HP Envy 17 3D Viewing spectacle: the Envy 17 3D is a big beast but HP has managed to keep it looking clean and stylish What do I hate …
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Apple MacBook Air 13in Core i5 laptop

Review The lightweight, streamlined design of the MacBook Air is undeniably attractive, and still leaves most of its ultraportable PC rivals looking like a chaotic collision metal and plastic. However, that sleek design has always come with something of a premium price – especially given the relatively modest specification of its …
Stephen Dean, 26 Jul 2011
Toshiba Satellite P775

Toshiba Satellite P775 17.3in Core i7 laptop

Review As laptops become ever more identical on the inside, it's the stuff on the outside that now differentiates one from another. Toshiba Satellite P775 Off to college: the (wealthy) student's laptop? Toshiba's Satellite P775 is a good example. The key points I jotted down while putting it through its paces are not the 2GHz Intel …
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2011
Samsung Chromebook

Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

Review The most amazing thing about Google's inaugural Chromebooks is that they come with a file manager. It's not much of a file manager, but it's relatively easy to find, and it gives you relatively quick access to the files you've download, or screenshots you've taken, or documents on a thumb drive you've plugged into the USB port …
Cade Metz, 16 Jul 2011
Samsung RF711

Samsung RF711 17.3in Core i7 laptop

Review It’s not unusual for desktop replacements to have a bit of heft, but Samsung’s RF711 positively throws caution to the wind. Tipping the scales at an obese 2.9kg and measuring 416mm across (almost one-and-a-half feet), it’s only a laptop in the sense that the screen folds down to cover the keyboard when you’ve finished using it. …
Dave Stevenson, 11 Jul 2011
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

Review I have always been a fan of ThinkPads, ever since my father brought home a beaten 560e featuring a 150MHz Pentium which was rejected from the corporate pool due to travel abuse. Even though half of its 1GB disk was bad sectors I ran it well into this century and with all the cheap tat that is flooding the market these days, I've …
Shaun Dormon, 7 Jul 2011
Samsung NS310

Samsung NS310 netbook

Review Will the tablet kill off the netbook? Probably not. Granted the netbook has never quite fulfilled its promise due to a combination of prices that went up with specifications that didn’t. Even so, I’ve yet to find a fondleslab that can truly replace my Windows 7/Ubuntu dual-booting Samsung N140. Samsung NS310 Lap it up: Samsung' …
Alun Taylor, 4 Jul 2011
Lenovo ThinkPad X220T

Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

Review A recent business profile of Lenovo in a national newspaper made an interesting assertion. "Anyone you spot on the Tube using a ThinkPad has almost certainly obtained it from their employer," claimed the reporter. Lenovo ThinkPad X220T Tablet with a twist: Lenovo's ThinkPad X220T Well, discerning readers know this isn’t true …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
Samsung NC110

Samsung NC110 matte-screen netbook

Review Tight spots don’t come much trickier than the one netbook makers find themselves in. Squeezed from above by prettier, more interesting tablets, netbooks such as Samsung’s £350 N350 are barely appealing alternatives to Apple’s glossy view of the future. Samsung NC110 Samsung's NC110: more of the same, but with a gloss-less …
Dave Stevenson, 27 Jun 2011
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Speck TrimSleeve MacBook Air case

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Tony Smith, 10 Jun 2011
Speck SeeThru

Speck SeeThru MacBook Air cover

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Tony Smith, 6 Jun 2011