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The Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 takes the twisting form factor in vogue right now, letting you fold down the screen on top of the keyboard like a tablet, and makes it ultra robust. Inside the Panasonic Toughbook(ToughBook CF-29 Battery) CF-C1 is an Intel Core i5 processor, 3G for jumping online in the middle of a desert and a battery good for 10 hours on the trot.
The new Convertible Classmate includes an e-reader application for e-book reading, said Kwan. Users can place a finger on the screen to switch pages, or press buttons next to the screen to move pages. Users will also be able to use a stylus to highlight notes on e-book pages. The e-book reader will support e-book file formats like PDF and ePub, she added.
Some might find the R580's attention-seeking looks a little too gaudy for their tastes, but there's no doubt that it makes a great case for Intel's new budget-focused processor. Battery life isn't a strength - and it's area where the Core i3-powered Sony(VGP-BPL4A battery) E-series fared even worse - but the R580 does just enough to earn a recommendation, providing good ergonomics, great performance and generous connectivity at a very sensible price.
The drawback, however, is that the buyers of the portable EliteBook 2540p must opt for the Core i7-640LM processor, which is slower and of lower voltage, and a 9-cell Lithium-Ion battery which is about $39 more expensive than the 6-cell battery, in order to achieve the promised runtime.
The 10-inch form factor of the iPad is too big to pocket. It could replace a Kindle, but it requires both a data plan (Kindle comes with lifetime data for free) and a secondary power source if it's to last as long as a Kindle does. It has no phone features -- and even if it had a camera, it is really too big to use as a camera. In short, I could imagine replacing my smartphone with the Dell(Inspiron 1300 battery) Mini 5, but I can't yet figure out what I would replace with the iPad, and I already carry a smartphone, laptop and Kindle.
For once the hype is matched by reality because the keys feel great to the touch, have a wonderfully positive action and are very well spaced, making typing on the Edge a genuine joy. If you want to get the full story on the new keyboard design there is an informative entry on Lenovo(ThinkPad X61 battery)'s company blog.
The i1564-6980CRD is a retail system and is not configurable at time of purchase. However, on Dell(Inspiron 6400 Battery)'s Web site you can configure the Inspiron 15 with a faster Core i5 processor, more storage, software, and select from three other color options: black, blue, and pink. The Inspiron's memory is expandable to 8GB and can be easily added via a removable panel on the bottom of the system.
The 3165dx has a solid assortment of ports and connections, but thanks to some sealed up ports on the sides, we can see it's missing some options like a modem, TV tuner, and mini-FireWire port. The inclusion of an eSATA/USB combo port and an HDMI out port are welcome, especially the latter since the 3165dx has a Blu-ray combo drive. There's also a proprietary HP expansion port (for connecting to an HP docking station). The laptop has integrated 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi; however, it lacks Bluetooth--about the only real let down with its connection options.
Still, our display looked good both when computing and playing back videos and games, although to its credit, the Asus(Eee PC 701 Battery) U50F, at only $649, looked equally good to our eyes. As always, Toshiba's speakers are decidedly better than average. The stereo Harman Kardon speakers on the A505--6025 are louder than nearly any other laptop we've recently reviewed and have well-defined bass, a rarity. We won't give this laptop a pass thanks to its speakers alone, but they help justify the relatively higher price.
Finally, for IT professionals, the new ProBooks come with Central Management for HP(HP NX6120 Battery) ProtectTools, which allows for remote functionality so IT folks can deploy and manage security policies across an entire business, with user and user type management, monitoring and auditing capability, and recover access.
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