Good upgradeability and maintainability
Alienware once again lives up to its reputation as a manufacturer of high-end notebooks. The successor of the M18x R2, simply called 18, not only impresses with its dignified design but also with the excellent performance. Nothing comes close to the performance of an SLI system with two GeForce GTX 780M GPUs at the moment. Combined with a quad-core processor and a Solid State Drive the notebook even manages the most demanding applications. The retail price is consequently very high.
Large screen on a budget
Calling the Dell Inspiron 17R a desktop replacement is a little unfair, since it's not really in the league of the performance desktops that dominate the category. The Inspiron 17R is a solid machine if you're looking for a large screen on a budget, but you have to be aware that it won't perform like similarly sized machines, such as the Origin EON17-S, or the Alienware M17x.
Does what I need it to
I bought this pc mainly because I ditched cable recently and needed a pc with a powerful processor to be able to convert and transmit streaming video to my roku box. The older model compaq that I had simply wasn't getting the job done but this beast does it without a hitch. The 17" screen is beautiful and the colors look great. It's really light and built sturdy and thus far i've had no issues with it.
Very keen price, Good screen for multimedia
The Dell Inspiron 17R isn't the notebook to go for if you need a true road warrior machine. It's too large and heavy, with merely mediocre battery life. But if you're after a system for general usage that is particularly good for group audiovisual presentations, even away from the mains socket, this is a serious contender.
Excellent CPU and GPU performance
We have nothing but praise for the performance of the Y580. The GTX 660M amazes and the Ivy Bridge core should handle practically anything a typical user may demand from a primary home computer. The usability of the keyboard and touchpad are above average as well, but the ergonomic consequences of the close port placement may annoy users with wires protruding from the sides instead of the rear.
Great casual gaming machine with discrete graphics
The Y580 is not only a beautifully styled laptop, it also offers great performance in just about every area. It feels like it will take a fair amount of abuse, which is what it will get if the laptop is purchased for a student. The discrete NVidia GeForce GTX 660m graphics give the Y580 much more responsiveness in video that would bring the integrated Intel HD 4000 to a crawl, but gamers will not be able to use the full 1920 x 1080 resolution without dropping the frame rate to an...
Excellent General and 3D Performance
With Lenovo dropping out of the larger 17-inch laptop market, they have shifted their 15-inch IdeaPad Y580 to be their high performance laptop. The new Ivy Bridge processor with NVIDIA graphics give it superb performance regardless of the type of application you intend to use. Be warned though, heavy use can cause some excessive noise from the cooling fan. Storage is also larger than normal but doesn't suffer badly in terms of speed thanks to a supplemental 32GB solid state drive.
Stands out as packing a punch while remaining economical
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 stands out as packing a punch while remaining economical. It has the on-the-go power for games, programs, and media. If its short battery life and crushing weight don't dampen your enthusiasm, the IdeaPad Y580 will make you happy.
Excellent list of high end features for a relatively low price
Though it's not a high style product, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is most definitely a performance machine that offers a great deal of performance and quality hardware for the money. From the good 1080p IPS display to the wicked performance in gaming and graphics/video editing apps, it's hard to go wrong with the Y580. It's got enough power to remain useful for several years, and we like the excellent keyboard and JBL speakers as well. Recommended.
Superb full HD display, Quality integrated speakers
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 gives you plenty of bang for your buck, and does a great job as a desktop replacement rig. It features a dazzling screen with a full 1080p resolution, a built-in Blu-ray player, and even a full-sized keyboard on top of very impressive multimedia and gaming capabilities. While the rival HP Envy 17 offers a similar smorgasbord of features, the Y580 outguns it while costing a couple of hundred quid less.
High quality and quick performance
The weight and size may be an issue for some people. This laptop might not be what you can consider as portable. The poor battery life of a 6 cell battery pack may also be a disadvantage.
Lenovo Ideapad Y580 laptop is great for media consumption as it has a Full HD screen resolution and surround sound theater systems and crisp speakers.
As the Lenovo Ideapad Y580 runs on a significantly fast processor, multitasking and being very busy in front of your laptop will not be a problem.
Resolution and the colors are awesome, Huge touchpad
Like I said, I have no complaint towards the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 that I have bought neither I feel any regret for getting it. Before I made up my mind, I did a lot of research on which machine will suite my usage and habits most. This machine still have plenty of rooms for me to upgrade in terms of awaken the sleeping beast that I see now. All I have to do is to do some simple upgrade, but that will have to wait.
3D display, Good finish
Altogether, the Qosmio X870 certainly has its charms, but the laptop is too expensive for the features it offers. Whether the 3D display is worth the premium over the two smaller models should be evaluated by the buyer. The cheapest version of the X870 is already available for 1599 Euro, and the expected performance shouldn't be much below our expensive top model, due to the same CPU and GPU in both models.
All-round entertainment system
The use of that i5 processor means that the Qosmio X870-143 is more of an all-round entertainment system than a dedicated gaming rig. But at £1199 it's still a good option if you want a large-screen laptop that can handle music, video and the occasional gaming session.
Extremely powerful, Great connectivity
The Qosmio X870 is without doubt the best choice for anyone (with cash to burn) who needs the best gaming machine waiting for them at home.
However, the styling and price won't appeal to everyone and if you still want the 3D experience, albeit with slightly less power, then the Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a worthy alternative.
Lighter than the competition
The Qosmio is a fine gaming laptop, and choosing between this and the G75VW is going to come down to personal preference and your wallet. While the Toshiba is 1kg lighter and features speedier hard drives, it costs AU$500 more, loses the Thunderbolt/DisplayPort option and has a gloss screen. Our benchmarks do show better gaming performance, but we suspect this to be due to updated drivers.
Very good display, Good program performance
Buyers of the HP Envy dv6-7202eg receive a powerful multimedia notebook packed to the brim with modern technology. This laptop can complete any task with ease and look good while doing it. We especially like the high contrast Full HD display with great viewing angle stability and matte surface. The packet will set you back around 1,199 Euros (~$1570) - a high price, but there are alternatives.
High Resolution Display, Hybrid Hard Drive and Blu-ray Drive
HP's Envy laptops may lack their distinctive styles that set them apart from the companies other consumer laptops but it still offers a solid experience for those looking at an all around laptop. It features some strong performance that lets it do well in pretty much but it still isn't quite as suited for dedicated gaming as other laptops. The only other bit of disappointment was the storage which isn't quite as fast as ultrabooks with their dedicated SSD cache rather than hybrid solutions.
Great Business Computer
This is a great computer for business just because of one feature alone, the finger print reader. I like this alot, you can have it "read" any one of your 10 fingers. I suggest at least two, one on each hand in case you can't use one of the hands.
That said this is a nice laptop. The keys are easy to press and quiet. Mine luckily came with Windows 7, I had reviewed Windows 8 (W8) at a large retailer with the initials B.B. I was not impressed with W8.
Matte, high-end Full HD screen
MSI lures potential customers with numerous interesting features. While it is now good form to install a high quality Full HD screen, a quality sound system is still a rarity. The collaboration with Dynaudio was definitely worthwhile: Few machines offer comparable quality.
The two mSATA SSDs are another selling point. The RAID0 array strikes with an excellent transfer rate: A mainstream model can only dream of 800 MB/s (sequential read). Generally, MSI puts value on the performance.
Excellent performance, Great screen
The M17x is an example of brazen flashiness done right, the GT70 is a perfect illustration of it gone awry. But if you can forgive the design disaster, or you're not as deterred as we are, the MSI GT70 does offer a wealth of high-end tech and a superb HD and gaming experience for a price-tag that is on par with its main rivals.
Superior performance, including gaming
The MSI GT70 is a 17-inch gaming notebook that aims to have the speediest of performance available. While keeping the price at a reasonable level, this notebook has a functional keyboard, several USB 3.0 ports, a Blu-ray burner and very good graphics performance. It was hard to find much to complain about with this gamer-focused machine.
Great speakers, Excellent keyboard and touchpad
I'm torn. The MSI GT70 is a fair deal, offering strong performance (for a gaming laptop) without much in the way of caveats. The keyboard is excellent, the speakers pump out loud, solid audio, and the trackpad is precise and responsive. It certainly isn't as chic as the Razer Blade, but you'll ultimately get better performance (thanks to Ivy Bridge and a newer GPU) without spending too much. And therein lies the rub.
So far so good
The computer has met our needs, for daily home activities such as e-mail, MS office tasks, I have also used it to process pictures and that has worked well. USB3 connection is really nice. So far the only issue is that the SD card sticks out when it is in the reader and could get damaged if the computer is set down without using much care. However the real test comes with time, how will it hold up?
Blu-ray combo drive, Decent performance
While the Toshiba Satellite L855-118 is no super-thin style merchant, nor a shoulder-destroying gaming powerhouse, it is well suited to lots of different tasks, and at £729.99 it's very reasonably priced. The battery life will make it better matched to hot desking rather than road warrior duties, but it's otherwise a very flexible machine.
Modest power consumption, Decent cooling system
The recommended retail price of 799 Euros (~$1032) for the Toshiba Satellite L850-153 is not entirely fair. In our opinion, the cheap synthetic case makes a poor impression due to various workmanship errors (snappy Esc key, unclean edges, poorly screwed flaps and loose USB ports).
The extremely sensitive glossy finish is another issue. The notebook is covered with dust and fingerprints after an hour of use.
Nicely curved casing and polished lid
The Toshiba Satellite Pro L850 lacks the pace of some budget notebooks, and the screen and input device are trimmed to the budget price. Triumphs for the Satellite Pro include its large hard drive and usable speakers, while battery life proved quite usable too. For a business on a budget, it will handle the basics.
Discrete AMD Radeon graphics
What you get in the Toshiba Satellite L850 is a 15.6in laptop that can be used for a little bit of everything. It has a good CPU and discrete graphics, and it ships with plenty of internal storage space. However, its keyboard can feel cramped thanks to a very small left palm rest area and we also think that its asking price is a little too high compared to the competition.
Battery Life is one area where the Toshiba L850 really disappoints
At Rs. 55,000, the Toshiba Satellite L850 is slightly cheaper than the Asus K55VM and you also get an operating system bundled. However, you will have to sacrifice battery life and a bit of gaming performance, not to mention a smaller hard drive. For this reason, we would recommend the Asus K55VM over the Toshiba L850. If you don't want to spend on an OS right now, then simply download and use Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview for free, till Windows 8 is officially launched.
Performance does justice to the potential
The Toshiba L850 is one solid desktop replacement category laptop. Huge doses of power on tap, with graphics performance that only the Nvidia GT630M in the Acer Aspire V3 betters. Your choice is simple. If you are on a budget, consider the Acer Aspire V3. However, for better raw system performance, the Core i7 on the Satellite L850 is the one to consider.
Stylish case, Connectivity, Good input devices
We look back at the stylish average quality case, the adequate connectivity, good input devices and a somewhat weak screen that unfortunately is absolutely common for this price range.
The notebook does a good job in the performance stakes "despite" its Sandy Bridge CPU. It is not as much the processor or graphics chip that limits the subjective performance, but the slow hard disk installed.
The Vaio is also spared from reproach in terms of emissions.
Long Battery Life, Large Hard Drive
Sony has made a major improvement with the their VAIO E series laptops by upgrading the battery packs to a larger capacity. While this makes the VAIO VPCEG33FX a bit heavier than most other 14-inch laptops, it provides it with one of the longest running times in its price range even if they are shorter than Sony claims and it certainly is much more compact that the majority of laptops which feature 15-inch screens.
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