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January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

If you are looking to buy small notebook computer then here are some reviews that you should use to help you find one that will easily fit in your budget.

Fujitsu LifeBook U820 Mini-Notebook

  • Fujitsu LifeBook U820 Notebook, 4-Cell Lithium-ion Battery, AC power adapter; Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Works 9.0
  • Intel Atom Z530 1.6 GHz Processor
  • 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz Bus speed
  • 1024 MB DDR2 (PC2-4200) RAM
  • 60 GB (4200RPM) PATA Hard Drive

Item #: 46656N. Delivering touch screen capability, long battery life, and Microsoft Windows computing power, the innovative LifeBook U820 convertible mini-notebook is stylish, super compact, and ultra lightweight starting at a mere 1.32 lbs, yet offering full Windows functionality for on-the-go users. The built-in GPS-functionality turns this unit into a Garmin Mobile PC powered navigation system. Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.7 in x 6.1 in x 1.5 in
Weight: 1.3 lbs
System Type: Tablet PC – conver

Price:

›› See Fujitsu LifeBook U820 Mini-Notebook on Amazon.

Pros:
-Tiny. It feels almost weightless to carry, which is wonderful if you’re toting lots of books around.
-Touch screen is great for writing and note taking. I can write almost completely normally, and comfortably, for extended periods of time using a stylus. I do my homework on it and take written notes, rather than typed, during class.
-Long battery life. Right now, with two batteries and a 91% charge with a balanced mode, I am told I will get 10 hrs and 43 minutes. I’ve never tested it, but the battery life is very good.
-Voice activation: it’s just that cool to be able to tell your computer to open a file instead of actually clicking. Takes some getting used to, thought.
-Has video and audio recording. Excellent for recording meetings, class lectures, etc.
-I like the interface. There are numerous ways to interact with the computer. Like I mentioned earlier, it has voice recognition software, you can write on it with a stylus, even right click with a stylus. There are scroll down buttons, zoom buttons, right and left mouse click buttons as well as the mouse itself (which you can left click with). It comes with an adapter for ethernet and LAN connection to a projector. There’s also button to rotate the orientation of the screen if you want to write in portrait or landscape mode.
-Runs quiet: Once I optimized it (see below) and when the fans aren’t running, the computer is completely silent, which I like a lot.

Cons:

-Small screen: this is both a good thing and a bad thing. I picked this computer because it was smaller than other Fujitsus I had tried. The larger screens meant your hand rested on the screen and made writing difficult to impossible. With a small screen my fingers are long enough to write across it without touching the screen. I’ve also found that resting my hand on a book helps. But I did have to adjust some of the settings to make things bigger. I am 22 with 20-20 eyesight and I had to hunch over, zoom in, or crank up the font size on my web browser. 5.6 inches is definitely pushing the limits of human comfort.
-Small keyboard: I can type on it. But I have relatively small hands. Even with smaller hands, the keyboard is tricky because things have been moved around for space’s sake. I’ve had it for about ten days now and only now am I able to get up some speed when typing–like now for instance. It’s doable, but if you have big hands or need to type a lot a larger model might be a better fit.
-Stylus: the one that comes with the computer is too small to write with. I bought some styluses from Frys and they work great. I definitely recommend people get their own, thought, unless you don’t mind your hand cramping like crazy.
-Optimizing Vista: Vista is not the best operating system for this little computer and it took me several days to get the laptop running at an efficient speed. It will never run as fast as my $3000 Dell laptop, but it runs perfectly fine for note taking, email checking, homework writing, and net surfing. Don’t expect to be able to play a lot of hardcore games.

Recommendations:
-Be really gentle with it, especially the swivel screen. It’s tiny and can’t withstand a lot of force.
-I was happy I got the two batteries, they’ve served me well.
-Read the users manual and the start up manual. I spent the first few days frustrated because I didn’t read it, thinking I was above instruction manual. Some of the features were very new to me (like voice activation) and I needed the tutorials for that.

In summary: I recommended it to all my college friends who need small computers to take notes on that are highly portable and touch screen. This computer was one of the few I found that really combined everything I wanted–touch screen, small, long battery life, records audio/visual. It’s perfect for certain subgroups of computer owners like students. In retrospect, I think a 7inch screen would’ve been perfect, but c’est la vie. I love it and I take it with me everywhere.

The only reason I gave it four stars was because of Vista, but once I switch the operating system to Linex or Windows 7 I think it’ll be a definite 5.
Reviewed By waterworks


Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi)

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi).
  • 16GB flash drive with 1Ghz Apple A4 custom-designed system on a chip.
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Box Contents: iPad Dock Connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power Adapter, Documentation

A magically and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price.

Price: $ 519.99

›› See Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi) on Amazon.

I’ve now spent the better part of a day playing with the new iPad, and while it excels in many things there are still some things anyone considering buying one should probably keep in mind.

First the good sides:

This thing is very fast, opening and closing applications is quick, the screen is incredibly responsive, there is no lag while typing, and the built in Safari browser does a great job of quickly loading even graphic intense pages.

The not so good sides:

As has been thoroughly pointed out, there is not presently much in the way of multitasking within the iPhone OS, but with most expectations pointing towards a summer release of OS 4.0 this might be remedied by mid summer, and almost certainly by a generation 2 release. That said, it should be kept in mind that on such a little screen being able to view multiple applications at once will likely never be something you’ll use, and the speed by which you can open and close applications makes this less a headache than you might think. It isn’t as fast as moving between open apps, but it isn’t a deal breaker by any means. The lack of a camera in this generation is a little surprising, while I’ve purchased my iPad already, I honestly believe that with the number of competitors expected over the course of 2010 we’re probably going to see a generation 2 by Christmas with a camera. It’s still an amazing device, but the ability to video chat with it would definitely put it over the top, that’s a feature worth waiting for. The lack of Flash support isn’t as irritating as I expected it to be, but still something to consider. Many major sites have evolved to html5, or are in the process of doing so. This allows for full viewing by the Safari browser, and where it exists, it works great. The remaining sites still using Flash show up with annoying little boxes looking for a plugin that is likely never going to exist. If you spend a lot of time on flash heavy sites it really probably is worth considering holding out to see how the Slate/Android Tablets look in a few months, but if you’re mostly just e-mailing and checking facebook (no Farmville) the lack of Flash support probably won’t bother you too much.

As a laptop replacement:

The inclusion of the iWorks utilities gives this device a little bit of a laptop personality. Don’t let that persuade you into believing that you don’t need a computer though. You might be able to get away with ditching a laptop if all you really do is e-mail or very light word processing, but if you do anything more than that you’ll like the freedom and ease a full computer offers for more complex tasks. That said, this device is a tremendous leap towards a future tablet style device that may very well be a replacement for your computer, but for now it is more of a casual use device than something you can really expect to do substantial work with. I have put together a presentation in keynote, which was easy enough to do, but pages isn’t as intuitive as I’d have liked, and taking lengthy notes or writing long letters/e-mails/reports will probably make it worth considering buying either the keyboard dock or the wireless bluetooth keyboard.

Battery life seems to live up to the claims, I managed to get about 7 hours before getting the 20% remaining battery life indication, which puts it about right for 10 hours or so of total use. One very important thing to realize about charging the device is that presently (at launch) there is some issues with charging via USB from many computers. The iPad is different than other iPod products, it requires a bit more power to charge up, and unfortunately most USB ports aren’t set up to support that higher power draw. This is something that may be fixed in a firmware update to allow for a slower charge, or it may simply be that you’ll need to either rely on a new Mac (seems like they can handle the power issue) or rely on the wall charger. Just don’t be surprised if you plug it into your computer and it doesn’t show that it is charging.

All in all, the iPad is an impressive device that might make for a reasonable replacement of a netbook for casual users. For people who need something to really do a lot of work on, you may find that for the price that a netbook or laptop still offers the better value for your needs. Future generations of this device will probably transition into fitting that market better than this first generation. However, if you’re an avid reader, casual gamer, music fan, who doesn’t do much more on the web than check a few sites, and e-mail. This thing is definitely worth considering! If you’re on the fence, nothing about this product is so incredible as to justify running out and buying one right now, but it is worthy of your consideration if you’re thinking you might like a tablet style device. I definitely would encourage you to go play with one at best buy or an apple store to get a feel for it. With a number of competitors due out over the next few months we’re likely to see some price movement, or a second generation release, so it may be worth it to wait it out a little while.

One final note, the screen is absolutely gorgeous while it is turned on. It is crisp, bright, and very easy to see from any angle. But when you turn it off, every finger print and swipe is suddenly very visible (while it is on the light is bright enough you don’t see them fingerprints). If you are a neat freak, or just hate finger prints on your devices you’ll have to invest in some microfiber cloths or get used to using your shirt sleeve!

In conclusion, it’s a lot of fun, and I’m not the least bit sorry to have bought one. It does many things, and over the next months will do many more. If you think you want one, go play with one, and if you don’t want to wait for a next generation this one is definitely awesome. If you have specific needs that aren’t really addressed in this generation or by apple, don’t let the hype or peer pressure bully you into this one, there are a number of devices coming with great potential, one of those might be a better fit.

Reviewed By Craig Whisenhun


Archos 9 PC Windows 7 Starter Tablet (Black)

  • Play all your multimedia content including HD videos
  • Use all your daily software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LiveTM Messenger or Skype with Windows 7
  • Stay connected to Internet and your emails with the built-in connectivity
  • Includes integrated 1.3MP webcam
  • Slenderness and low weight have been the two important characteristics in the mobility market. Only 0.7″ thick and weighing only 800 grams.
  • It’s the perfect companion to carry along from room to room or train to plane

ARCHOS once again is leading the way in innovation with the introduction of the Netbook of the future, the ARCHOS 9 PCtablet. The new ARCHOS 9 PCtablet combines the performance of a high end netbook with breathtaking aesthetics, excellent ergonomics and a tactile interface on a superb screen.Pure lines, extreme thinness (0.67″), 800g and a stunning black finish, the ARCHOS 9 PC tablet pushes the boundaries of elegance and simplicity on a Netbook, fulfilling the expectations of the most mobile us

Price: $ 389.99

›› See Archos 9 PC Windows 7 Starter Tablet (Black) on Amazon.

The Archos 9 in a neat little device. While it’s not going to be an “iPad killer”, it does seem to straddle the middle ground between a pc and a mobile device a little better.

The Archos 9 is effectively an EXTREMELY compact pc. And by extreme, I mean this thing is SMALL! And by PC, I mean it runs Windows 7, so in theory if the app works on a home pc, it’ll work on this. There are obvious performance issues which we’ll get to, but in general, it’s code compatible with all Windows 7 software.

First off let me say I really like this device, but it is not flawless. The main flaws seem to be in the preinstalled software, which frankly suck, and the touch sensitive screen, which is only `alright’, although I want to talk about what I like about the Archos 9 first, since, after all, I do like it.

What’s good about this thing is the aforementioned PC-compatibility, the similarly aforementioned compactness, & the ton of built in hardware. This thing has built in WiFi & Bluetooth, which pretty much lets you connect it to anything you need to connect it to, even without the (sold separately) port replicator. The built in face-forward webcam is nice, I suppose, but not something I would really use. Same goes with the built in microphone, although I could see this getting more use. The built in speakers sound good considering their size. It has an HDMI output on the bottom of the device, which is strangely NOT advertised! Considering the potential of this device as a media player, I don’t understand that at all. Also, the display is true 16×9. Despite all this, it seems to get some serious life out of the batteries – while I haven’t totally drained mine, the 5 hour advertised lifespan seems reasonable given my experiences. What’s missing here is a DVD drive, which of course makes sense for a device like this – and you can plug an external USB drive into the single USB port if necessary.

Now here’s the bad news. The 32-bit, single-core Intel Atom Z510 processor is pretty lame, and gets a Windows rating of only 1.3. Now the Atom line of processors are designed for power savings, and compactness, but for those looking for a laptop replacement, beware: this puts it on par with 6 year old machines. The single gigabyte of (non-upgradable) ram isn’t overly generous either, and leads to page-flipping, which further bogs the machine down. The 60 gb drive feels a little claustrophobic by today’s standards, and is made more so by the ridiculous partitioning of the factory install, leaving only 25 gigs of useable space, and lastly the screen is only “OK” by today’s standards, although those standards have been set by the iPhone and the forthcoming iPad, which legitimately have fantastic touchpads. Speaking of which, the touchpad on this device is resistive, which means single-touch (unlike the i-stuff), and feels a little “mushy”, for lack of a better word. Again, think of a 6 year old PDA in this respect. The Archos 9 comes with a built in stylus, which given technology on display here, makes sense. One other hardware-related issue I’ve had is occasionally plugging a drive into the USB port seems to short the whole machine out randomly, forcing a cold reboot. Sometimes this happens, sometimes it doesn’t, and I can’t seem to determine what causes it. It’s happened both when plugged in and on batteries, with a USB hard drive, and a USB DVD drive, but at other times (most of the time in fact), worked fine with both devices.

The biggest failure however isn’t the hardware, it’s the pre-installed software, which is terrible. Windows 7 Starter sucks. While the Archos is capable of running the Aero theme, windows 7 starter doesn’t come with it, you need to upgrade. There are a handful of other missing features, but that’s definitely the most visible. The installed media software is called vTuner, which in my opinion isn’t terribly interesting. Going back to the lack of hard drive space, there’s a 20 gb partition for backups, but from the factory there’s NOTHING IN IT! In the fine print of the manual (really, it’s all fine print, another gripe), you will find that it says to do a backup upon first starting the machine, but that’s just lazy on Archos’s part. If you’re going to provide a backup partition, it should come with a “factory presets” image, ESPECIALLY if your device doesn’t come with a DVD drive! I found this out the hard way when I tried to update the operating system to windows 7 ultimate and had a failure – I ended it having the wipe the machine and install from scratch, which also meant all my preinstalled software was gone, with no way of recovering it.

In the end I DID succeed in installing Windows 7 Ultimate, along with a standard suite of productivity apps (office 2007, adobe reader, itunes, chrome), and after experimenting with some of the settings (particularly the touchscreen & display settings, along with turning Aero back off), I’m getting acceptable performance from this (again, extremely compact) device. It won’t run World of Warcraft (in any playable sense, anyway), but with the right software suite, it serves its purpose quite well. Realistically, I probably didn’t NEED to put Windows 7 ultimate on it (if I hadn’t messed up the previous install), but leaving out all those other free apps (neglecting Office) seems like another oversight to me, especially Adobe Reader, this thing is BEGGING to be used as an e-book reader!

Speaking of performance, while does technically do 3D, it does it poorly. I loaded a 6 year old 3D 4X space conquest game, “Hegemonia” on this machine and while it ran, it was very choppy on even the lowest settings. Maybe this isn’t the best test program, but it does tell you something. Baldur’s Gate(1) seems to run well enough. One non-performance software-related issue I’ve had is that after about a week the onscreen keyboard software seemed to stop working. I reinstalled it and all was well, but if this is going to become a regular occurrence, it’ll definately be irritating.

So what is the purpose of this device, might one ask? Well, for me, again, because it runs Windows 7, it’s an extremely portable PC. It works well as a media device as well, because of the inherent compatibility of a Windows PC, and here it might even have the iPad beat. Non techies will probably not like this however, as you definitely need to do some tweaking to get the most out of it, and in this respect, Apple will definitely win the battle of the tablets, but really, is anyone surprised by this?

At $549, you can definitely get more pc bang for your buck if you’re not looking for ultra-portability, but then again, if you’re in the market for a tablet, you probably are. In that respect, the Archos 9 wins hands down. Cheaper than all but the cheapest iPads, able to hold its own with netbooks & laptops, and useful as a media device, the Archos 9 PCTablet is a cool tech device, but only for those not afraid of mucking with the installed software. 3 Stars.

Reviewed By Apierion


Zenithink 10″ Touchscreen Android 2.1 Tablet (ePad)

  • ZenithInk 1Ghz Processor ZT180
  • Large 10″ Touch Screen Display
  • 1080P HD Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • G-Sensor acknowledges Gravitational Position and Rotates the Screen
  • 3 USB Ports and RJ45 Ethernet Network Adapter Included

The ZenithInk ZT-180 Android Tablet features a 10″ touchscreen interface allowing you to watch movies, play games, listen to music, view documents and surf the web on the go. Google Android 2.1 platform allows downloading and upgrading a series of programs. Capable of accessing the internet and playing high definition 1080P video at lightning fast speeds. With its self-contained and compact design, this mobile internet device allows you to work and play On the Go.

Price: $ 212.95

›› See Zenithink 10″ Touchscreen Android 2.1 Tablet (ePad) on Amazon.

Pros:
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. Cheap and an OK device for testing Android applications
. It has 2 USB (1 standard and 1 mini) and 1 MicroSD ports
. Easy to install user-developed applications on it if you are using the Android SDK and Eclipse tools.
. Battery life is acceptable (3-5 hours)

Cons:
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. Not much support from the manufacturers. Almost unusable out of the box.
. As another reviewer mentioned – WiFi does not stay on for long. I usually download apps to my PC and transfer them to the tablet using an USB stick.
. The screen is not very responsive and many android apps are not designed for the HD screen. So it is very difficult to scroll up/down without selecting and opening list items.

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Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop

  • Apple’s Thinnest Design Yet
  • 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 64 GB Solid State Drive, 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M Integrated Graphics, 11.6 inch LED Display
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard Operating System

Introducing the new MacBook Air, the most mobile Mac in every way, shape, and form. It features all-flash storage, a Multi-Touch trackpad, a long-lasting battery, a high-resolution display, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and NVIDIA graphics. All inside a unibody enclosure that’s light, thin, and strong enough to handle all your everyday tasks and then some, whether you’re on the couch, in a lecture hall, or at a conference. It’s mobility mastered. Optional external USB MacBook Air SuperDrive (s

Price: Too low to display

›› See Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop on Amazon.

The Air is also lighter then the netbook which for the size screen and keyboard is amazing. So here are my pro’s and con’s.

Pro’s

1. Quick- not a full speed notebook but for the size and weight this thing is great compared to netbooks.

2. Light- 2.3lbs for 11.6 inch Air is fantastic.

3. Keyboard- 93% keyboard feels good.

4. Mac OS X- enough said. If you have never tried it compared to XP or Win 7 then you don’t know what you are missing.

5. Storage- fast flash storage. More dependable compared to hard drive on mobile device.

Con’s

1. Price- 1k for base 11.6 inch unit is not cheap by any means.

2. Storage- the storage is fast and more dependable but its expensive and limited. The 64gb works for me as this is for travel and not my main notebook so I keep a lot of “stuff” off of it and just do internet, email, word docs etc.

3. Upgrade- can’t upgrade RAM if needed after purchase.

Overall, I’m thrilled with my purchase. Yes its pricey but for the size, speed, quality and OS it is worth it in my mind. I probably wouldn’t buy it for my only notebook but its a great travel notebook while my MacBook pro stays at home. My netbook did well for what it is but time to sell it as for me it is just too slow and XP is getting old as an OS.
Reviewed by G.Ware


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How Can I Save Money by Buying a Small Notebook Computer?

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

First of all there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get a brand new computer; it seems that everyone in our society has access to the internet. After all if you know where to look then you can easily get a brand new small notebook computer for a very good price.

So if you are looking for a small notebook computer then here are some tips that you should use to help you find one that will easily fit in your budget.

1. Do Not Overspend: We all know that when we walk into the store to get one thing it seems that the salesperson is able to sell us almost anything. You have to remember that you are on a budget and you do not need all that extra stuff. You will be amazed that if you just spend your money on what you will use you can easily get a small notebook computer for around $300-$600.

Dell Inspiron iM1018-2628OBK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Clear Black)

  • 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 Processor
  • 1GB RAM; Wireless-N Mini-Card; 6-Cell Battery
  • 250GB Hard Drive; Media Card Reader; Integrated Ethernet
  • 10.1″ Widescreen; Integrated Intel NM10 Express Graphics
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter; Microsoft Office Starter 2010

The newly designed Inspiron Mini 10 is a lightweight mobile netbook that goes anywhere with you, so it’s always easy to check your email or connect to the Internet. It’s everything you need to stay in touch and entertained on the road. The Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 makes it easy to stay connected to your world almost anywhere you go. The Mini 1012’s small, virtually weightless design lets you travel light while keeping up with your blog, video chat, instant messenger, and e-mail so you never

Price: $ 326.66

›› See Dell Inspiron iM1018-2628OBK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Clear Black) on Amazon.

If you want to avoid spending money on any unnecessary things then you may want to leave your children at home.

2. Memory: Most people do not understand that a computer without enough memory is only going to hurt them; they will usually end up having to replace that computer in a couple years because it can no longer do what they want it to. So while you may have to spend a little bit more money than you want to in the front end it is going to save you money in the long run.

3. Warranty: Many of the warranties are just there to take money from you; depending on the brand of computer you get you may want to save your money since most of the computers will come with a one year warranty built in. If you add on some extra warranty then you can expect the amount you owe to go up by at least $300 just for the warranty itself.

Dell Economy Netbook – Inspiron MIni 10 – Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs,Intel® AtomTM Processor N450 (1.6GHz), 1 gb ddr2, 250 gb hd, Intel® NM10 Express, Wireless 802.11n (HB95), Microsoft® Works 9, 10.1″ Widescreen Display (1024×600) Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam

  • Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs,Intel® AtomTM Processor N450 (1.6GHz),
  • 1 gb ddr2, 250 gb hd, Intel® NM10 Express,
  • 10.1″ Widescreen Display (1024×600) Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
  • Wireless 802.11n (HB95), Microsoft® Works 9

Dell Economy Netbook – Inspiron MIni 10 – Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs,Intel® AtomTM Processor N450 (1.6GHz), 1 gb ddr2, 250 gb hd, Intel® NM10 Express, Wireless 802.11n (HB95), Microsoft® Works 9, 10.1″ Widescreen Display (1024×600) Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam

Price: $ 479.00

›› See Dell Economy Netbook – Inspiron MIni 10 – Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs,Intel® AtomTM Processor N450 (1.6GHz), 1 gb ddr2, 250 gb hd, Intel® NM10 Express, Wireless 802.11n (HB95), Microsoft® Works 9, 10.1″ Widescreen Display (1024×600) Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam on Amazon.

The truth is that when people buy a small notebook computer they are looking for something that will fit in their budget and will provide them with access to the internet. Most likely they are just going to end up replacing that system in a couple of years.


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