Great design and lighting system
The Alienware 17 continues its tradition of all-around excellence in portable performance. There's almost nothing to dislike about this fifth-generation variant. The exterior has been redesigned with a slightly more mature appearance, better overall build quality thanks to the inclusion of more metal components, and a new take on the AlienFX lighting system. System performance is outstanding with the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processor and top-of-the-line Nvidia GTX 780M graphics card.
Very bright, clear image with great viewing angles
There's no doubt that Alienware makes some of the most powerful and eye-catching gaming rigs currently available, and the fact that the Alienware 17 lasts more than four hours on battery power is a tribute to the efficiency of its Haswell processor. However, it's expensive even by Alienware's standards and only by dropping the specification using the custom-build option on the web site will lower the price.
LCD panel offers excellent image quality
If you want to take this laptop somewhere do you really want to be toting around several pounds of accessories? Probably not. So, while the EON17-SLX is an excellent machine, I hesitate to call it a laptop. Instead, it's like a semi-portable desktop-perfect for, say, a college student who changes dorms every year.
The fastest laptop money can buy
An entry-level SLX may have trouble competing against value leaders like the ASUS G-Series and the Samsung Series 7 Gamer. But our review unit, with its incredible price tag of $4,694, dominates everything. And, as we mentioned before, you don't even have to spend that much. Buyers who drop down to a standard Core i7 (instead of the Extreme Edition), 8GB of RAM, and grab just one solid-state drive can get this laptop with two GTX 680Ms for just over $3,000.
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.
Impressive CPU performance with Ivy Bridge
We praised the X220 for its sturdy case, fast performance, premium IPS display, extensive connectivity options and long battery life, but we also noted some unfortunate drawbacks like CPU throttling issues, subpar VGA quality and a warping case. Has the X230 fixed these issues or has it introduced more unanticipated problems along the way?
Fortunately, the 2012 refresh shows none of the hardware problems that plagued the original X220.
Great durability, ports, and performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 offers the power and expansive feature set of a full-size notebook in a thin and lightweight ultraportable. Whether you are travelling around the world or commuting between offices, this powerful notebook is easy to carry - starting at just 2.96lbs!
Eraserhead cursor control, and comfortable keyboard
ThinkPads have always been more than the sum of their parts, and the X230 is no exception. IT departments and fans will love the laptop and the vast array of support and warranty options that come with it. There's nothing here to disturb the continuity of the X line. For everyone else, this machine deserves some tire-kicking, especially with regard to the addictive keyboard. But its profile and appearance may not meet modern expectations.
Excellent screen, Excellent keyboard
If you're after a small laptop that's also powerful and comfortable to type on, the ThinkPad X230 is perfect. It has an excellent, backlit keyboard and its screen is also splendid. The only thing we don't like is the touchpad, but it does have a TrackPoint that you can use instead of it.
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.
Interchangeable display lids, sturdy surfaces
The Inspiron 15R Special Edition is a multimedia-notebook that manages to leave a very good impression in those areas where it really matters: a great display, well-designed input devices, and plenty of performance. Those not needing a long battery life should take a look at this great all-around performer retailing for about 900 Euro.
Great looks, Durable chassis
The Inspiron 15R is a budget-friendly 15.6-inch notebook based around the latest Intel platform. With a base configuration including the Intel Core i3 370M processor, 4GB of RAM, and Intel GMA HD graphics, the 15R easily outperforms budget and midrange notebooks of yesteryear. For the average user, this machine is more than capable for pretty much all activities except gaming. Even when it came to decoding HD movies, the 15R handled it with ease.
Improved Integrated Graphics, Lots of USB 3.0 Ports
Dell's most recent revision of the Inspiron 15R brings with it Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors. For under $600, this gives the laptop an advantage thanks to the Core i5 processor and 6GB of memory that outperforms much of the competition. In addition, it features a surprising four USB 3.0 ports that is twice as many as most budget laptops have. If you are looking for low cost video editing, the new HD Graphics 4000 also offers improved video transcoding performance.
Well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag
Dell's Inspiron 15R 5520 doesn't major in its wow factor. However, it is a well-rounded and stylish laptop with an attractive price tag. For less than £600 you get a powerful processor, and plenty of storage and connectivity, albeit not in an especially lightweight package.
Excellent connectivity, Discrete graphics
With the 15R, Dell has put together a versatile 15.6in budget to midrange laptop that doesn't compromise on connectivity. Relatively minor weaknesses with its keyboard aside, it holds up well overall, with the interchangeable lids being a great way to change the design according to your mood or to match the colour of your shoes (if you're that way inclined).
Strong performance on HD video and 3D
Apple's new eight-core Mac Pro demonstrates marked improvements over the older model in high-intensity digital media and multitasking scenarios. We also love the design tweaks that improve on Apple's already industry-leading sensibilities. Any Apple-bound design professional would welcome this new tool in his or her arsenal.
Best touchpad so far, Switchable graphics
To summarize the new MacBook Pro is a brilliantly designed Premium notebook with excellent workmanship, which is to our opinion worth the high price. As in former models the ratio of performance and weight is excellent. Furthermore, Apple could also keep the emissions very low (with usual load).
Disadvantages are once again the mediocre interface equipment and that a matte display is not available, even not as option for business users.
Excellent Keyboard, Long Battery Life
With the latest product releases from Apple, the MacBook Pro 13 is certainly looking like a product that will soon reach the end of its life. The 2012 update has very little change to it other than a new processor with corresponding graphics and USB 3.0 ports. Beyond this, it is nearly identical to last years version. In the meantime, the company improved and dropped the price of the MacBook Air 13. So, why buy this system?
Better integrated graphics, Unibody build
The mid-2012 MacBook Pro is a formidable machine. Like the 15-inch models, the refresh sees it take a significant - if unremarkable - step forwards. The new processors and their improved graphical capabilities give the new releases a considerable power boost over their predecessors, and the USB 3.0 ports makes available a wealth of already-released high-speed storage peripherals.
Lovely design with comfortable keyboard and trackpad.
Equipped with a new Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, this year's MacBook Pro is a capable machine. Is it the highest-performing system out there? Nah -- and without discrete graphics or an SSD, that's hardly a surprise. This is a solid laptop, even with the entry-level specs, but if you can part ways with a bit more dough, you'll be a happier camper with a Core i7, SSD-equipped configuration.
Convincing performance, Speedy GPU
Expensive is not necessarily good but sometimes it is worthwhile. Alienware's M14x certainly is not a bargain, but the buyer receives an excellent gaming notebook with few weaknesses.
The combination of Ivy Bridge and Kepler, more specifically the Core i7-3720QM and GeForce GT 650M delivers excellent software and gaming performance. Only the far-too-small mSATA-SSD muddles the overall picture. The notebook also scores points aside from performance.
"Good enough performance" for most serious gamers while on the road
The Alienware M14x R2 is a perfect example of why it's so tough to compete in the gaming PC market. Technology moves so fast that you not only have to make sure you're keeping pace but you have to watch out for what the compeition is doing in the same space.
While Alienware can arguably lay claim to the title of "best 14-inch gaming notebook" the M14x R2 is as thick and heavy as many 15-inch gaming notebooks from other manufacturers ... and those notebooks have better performance.
Incredible gaming, Huge multi-tasking power
The Alienware M14X is a phenomenal laptop. As usual with Alienware, there's a lot of bling on the surface that grabs your attention. But thankfully, it's not just about the customizable neon and go-faster stripes. Under the bonnet there's an absolute monster of an engine and high-quality parts throughout.
The only potential stumbling block is the price.
Good quality speakers and audio signal
Alienware made and won an ambitious gamble with the M14x: to house all the components needed for hardcore gaming, and everything that goes with it, all in a 14-inch chassis - without overheating issues. Despite the at-times noisy fan, the M14x is a great choice for gamers on the move.
Display with strong contrast, Exceptional Performance
The Alienware M18x R2 is definitely a superlative notebook, but calling the massive 18-inch unit a "notebook" is stretching the term. At over 5 kg, the M18x R2 is essentially limiting the user to indoor use only.
Still, no one can deny its mighty performance. Thanks to the overclocked Ivy Bridge processor and the two Radeon HD 7970M GPUs, the high-end machine handles every task easily and painlessly. All currently available games can be played with maximum settings.
Comfortable keyboard, Beautiful 18-inch 1080p display
The Alienware M18x R2 is definitely one powerhouse of a computer. It has a fantastic 1080p display, top-of-the-class performance and good battery life. While quite expensive, it makes a great gaming laptop and will handle anything you throw at it.
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