Are You Going to Shop for Laptops? Check out These Options

 21 May 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
 omar@myddnetwork.com

If you’re looking for a little portable PC power, then this is a good week for you. Several of the top developers have recently released some new machines, updates to old ones, and even budget-minded devices for those starving college kids and those who spend too much on video games. Let’s take a tour of what happened this week in laptops starting with the HP Pavillion g6s.

HP Pavilion g6s

It seems like if your portable machine doesn’t have a Sandy Bridge processor you’re just not cool. Unfortunately, the addition of said processor usually adds a few digits to the price tag on the machine. However, HP (known for middle of the road PCs with appropriate pricing) has released the HP Pavilion g6s complete with a Sandy Bridge processor.

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The g6s is a 15.6 inch machine with a crisp and rather delightful 1366 X 768 display. Users can customize the rig with their choice of a Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor and up to 6GB of RAM. That’s enough processing power to keep you up and running for another few generations at least.

It comes standard with a 750GB hard drive (not solid state, sad to say) which is respectable and probably more than most folks need. You can also choose to cram Radeon HD 6470M graphics in the box if you’re so inclined (and I would be) to enhance your user experience dramatically.

And the customization doesn’t stop there. You can even pick the color of the case, if you’re the expressive type. HP is even offering an eye-popping purple for you avant-garde PC fanatics.

But by far the best thing about this machine is the price. The base model starts at just $550.

Hit up the official HP website for more specifications and all the customization options.

HP Pavilion dv6t and dv7t

Sadly, this next story from HP isn’t exactly so heartwarming. The company is now offering full 1080p high definition packages with its Pavilion dv6t and dv7t models. While this is good news for new owners, it’s kind of like rubbing salt in a wound for folks who bought the laptops three months ago when they hit the market and are now stuck with less-than-HD for life.

HP Pavilion dv6t and dv7t

The machines are 15.6 inches and 17.3 inches respectively and packed some serious firepower under the hood. They came standard with 2GHz quad-core Core i7 processors and AMD Radeon HD 6490 graphics (with 1GB of RAM on board).

The HD option will add an extra $150 to the price tag (on machines that start at $999.99) and is only available on the “Quad Edition” machines (no skimping on the rest of the spec’s, so you can save up for HD) but it still hurts that early adopters didn’t even have the option.

Hit up the HP website for more info and full pricing details.

Toshiba Qosmio X770 Does Games

The Qosmio X770 is a beast of a machine built for mobile gaming. The 17.3 inch display shows off beautiful 1920X1080 resolutions and comes fully packed with an Intel Core i7-2630GM processor. You can opt for up to 8GB of RAM and blow your friends’ minds with a dual hard drive set up that gives you 1.25 TB of storage.

Toshiba Qosmio X770

Cram in NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 560M graphics card and you’ve got a machine that will handle pretty much any PC game on the planet right now.

If you want to take your gaming experience to the next level, you can opt for 3D graphics as well.

Of course, this power doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to drop at least $1,850 on the base model and it only goes up from there. The machine is currently only available in Europe but should be making the jump across the pond in the months to come.

There’s no information on the official Toshiba website but if you prowl the forums over there you’ll find a ton of interested users waiting to get their hands on this one.

 

Fujitsu LifeBook T901 Hits the States

This next bit isn’t really big news because the machine has already been on the market for months, but Fujitsu’s LifeBook T901 Convertible tablet device is now available in the United States.

Fujitsu LifeBook T901

The machine sports a rotatable 13.3 inch screen (with 1280X768 resolution) and comes packed with Intel’s Core i5-2520M processor. You can opt to cram in NVIDIA’s Optimus graphics and a dual digitizer that will let you use five-finger input on the capacitive touch screen.

It’s not exactly cheap: The base model starts at $1,900, but it is cool.

Hit up the official Fujitsu website for all the details.






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