Notebooks - Reviews

MSI Wind U160DX netbook

The MSI Wind U160DX is slightly different in design compared to past Wind netbooks that we've reviewed, but it still retains the fast performance that MSI is well known for. While it's only a simple netbook with a standard configuration, it achieved ...

MSI GE620 Sandy Bridge laptop

MSI's GE620 is a 15.6in, 2.6kg, 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-based laptop that's designed to tickle the fancy of gamers and any users who want a powerful-desktop replacement notebook. It boasts a quad-core CPU (with Hyper-Threading, so it can process...

Gateway EC39C 13in laptop

The Gateway EC39C is a thin and light ultraportable notebook with an Intel Core i5 CPU and a solid-state drive (SSD) within its chassis. And it's a pretty thin chassis, too. It's only 16mm at its thickest point and only around 30mm with the lid close...

Dell Vostro 3550 notebook

The Dell Vostro 3550 is a 15.6in business notebook with a swag of great features. The standout of these features is Intel's 2nd Generation Core i7 CPU, which gives the Vostro 3550 plenty of speed and, in conjunction with a 9-cell battery, a very long...

MSI CR640 Sandy Bridge laptop

Intel's 2nd Generation Core (Sandy Bridge) CPU has found its way into MSI's latest CR640 notebook, giving it excellent speed and good battery life. The CR640 is a 15.6in notebook that costs under $1000 and it sports a nice design as well as a decent ...

HP Pavilion G62-454TU laptop

HP bills the Pavilion G62-454TU 15.6in laptop as an inexpensive home entertainment machine, but it's more than that: it's a very good all-round, entry-level laptop that can be used for a little bit of everything except gaming. At only $549 from retai...

Samsung NF210-A01AU netbook

The Samsung NF210-A01AU is a 10.1in netbook that possesses a unique style and a very long battery life. It's perfect for anyone who wants to type documents or watch videos for hours on end while travelling. Even though it's a small, 1.37kg netbook, i...

Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T ultraportable laptop

The 11.6in Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T is an ultraportable laptop that's only a tiny bit bigger than a netbook but has more CPU power and memory under the hood. It's useful for people who want a thin, light and small notebook for the road, but it's n...

Apple Macbook Pro (15in, early 2011) notebook

The new Core i7 Apple Macbook Pro is a very strong performer for productivity and general-purpose computing tasks, but it's no surprise that you can buy a cheaper Windows-based notebook that's more powerful.

Sony VAIO CB Series (VPCCB15FG) laptop

When your eyes catch sight of Sony's latest desktop replacement-style Sony VAIO CB Series laptops, you'll probably go blind. The CB Series is the most colourful we've seen to date and it stands out like no-one's business. And we're not talking dull c...

Dell Latitude E5520 2nd Generation Intel Core laptop

One of the first notebooks to pass through our Test Centre using Intel's 2nd Generation Core i5 CPU is Dell's Latitude E5520. It will be available to Australian buyers from the middle of March and businesses looking for fast notebooks to deploy to th...

Dell XPS 15 (L501x) notebook

The Dell XPS 15 (L501x) is a notebook that competes with the Apple Macbook Pro. It has a 15.6in, Full HD (1080p) screen, an Intel Core i7 processor, a fast 640GB hard drive and all the trimmings. It's not as attractive or as well-built as an Apple la...

Acer Aspire 5742G laptop

Acer's Aspire 5742G is a 15.6in laptop that's big, but not all that heavy. It weighs only 2.4kg and it actually feels light when you hold it in your hands. It's a well-balanced notebook with a nice design, it performed well in our tests, and it has g...

Sony VAIO YB Series (VPCYB16KG) laptop

One thing is certain when reviewing a Sony VAIO laptop: lots of people will come up to us and tell us how nice it looks. And we're not going to argue. The Sony VAIO YB Series (VPCYB16KG) ultraportable laptop (or sub-notebook) sure does look good with...

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