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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...

Dell Inspiron M501R AMD triple-core laptop

For $999, the Dell Inspiron M501R is a 15in laptop that's packed with useful features and lots of processing power for multitasking. It runs a 2.2GHz AMD Phenom II N850 triple-core CPU, has 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive as well as AMD Mobility Radeo...

HP EliteBook 8740W mobile workstation

The HP EliteBook 8740W is a mobile workstation with a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA Quadro graphics adapter. It's designed for professionals, such as engineers, architects and graphics artists who need plenty of grunt under th...

Toshiba NB550D netbook

The Toshiba NB550D is a netbook unlike many of the netbooks that have come before it. It has a 10.1in glossy screen like most other netbooks on the market, but instead of running an Intel Atom CPU, the NB 550D is based on the AMD Fusion APU (accelera...

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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.

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