Notebook PCs / Laptop


Palm/hand top computers

A Palm PC

What do you get when you cross a PDA with a notebook or Tablet PC? Answer: handheld computers of an in-between size that have no problems running Windows XP and are usually equipped with a built-in hard disk, Wi-Fi, USB functionality and touch screens.


Ruggedised portables

Popular with on-site engineers, law enforcement and other field-staff, ruggedised portable computing devices continue to gain a niche following.

There are special ruggedised alternatives of standard notebooks, tablet PCs and even PDAs available from a variety of vendors, but in Australia, Panasonic's ToughBook range continues to lead the way.

Ruggedised notebooks are not to be confused with standard, well-built notebooks that feature magnesium alloy casing, splash/water-resistant keyboards and shock-mounted hard disks: ruggedised notebooks can feature drop and sometimes-bullet proof casing, dust protected sealed connector covers, extra security and more. The downside is that such extra features usually cost quite a bit more and the specifications of the machines are usually a little behind the curve.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

PC World Staff

PC World

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest News Articles

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?