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Gaming laptops – take your games on the move!

Not too long ago an avid gamer would be quite content to sit in the corner of his or her bedroom, almost chained to their computer, which would almost certainly have been a desktop, exploring the latest and greatest in computer games. These days, though, we all demand flexibility and want to be in a position to enjoy our online or gaming experience wherever we choose. We might want to go to a friend’s house, or even relax on top of the bed as we play, or at a holiday hotel. Consequently, we need the flexibility of a laptop and need to consider the best gaming laptop features for our purpose.With manufacturers now coming round to the idea that the desktop computer is on its way out, more focus is being put in the portable computer or as we know it the laptop. Makers have begun to develop these that have characteristics and requirements necessary for playing these complicated games. So for the avid gamer, it’s good to that there are now many options available in laptops that will fit the demanding needs required by the gamer, all of which are now well within most people’s budget.

Netbook buyers guide

Netbooks are a great way to save a bit of money while gaining the mobility of a laptop.  Unlike a laptop, netbooks are greatly scaled back in their features which results in the reduced price tag.  For those who might be looking for a device that is intended to be used to check email or browse the internet, a netbook just might have all of the features you need.Netbooks are ultra portable because they are small in size.  Depending on the manufacturer of the netbook, you may find that screen size varies from 5 to 12 inches.  The weight of a netbook is also greatly reduced because there are no internal CD or DVD drives taking up space.The lack of an included CD or DVD drive can be a problem for people.  If you find that you are continually installing programs from a disc, you may want to purchase an external CD or DVD drive.  Most of us will find that we rarely use this type of drive and will likely never miss it.  Flash drives are great options to backup your data and most netbooks should have at least one USB port for you to utilize.Keep in mind that a netbook is not a good option for a power user or a gamer.  This device simply does not have the capabilities you will likely need.  While the small size and price tag of a netbook can be attractive, you may find yourself frustrated if you attempt to use this fun device for intensive purposes.

Envelope Laptop Sleeve

This novelty laptop sleeve is designed to look like an envelope and is great for carrying it around without attracting unwanted attention. The envelope laptop sleeve is padded to keep your laptop safe and has a deluxe inner lining to prevent scratching. The outer material is both splash proof and tear proof and its envelop design is embossed with various mail stamps and address sticker just like a real package.The laptop is secured in the sleeve via a Velcro closure system with extends down the back of the case so that different size laptops can be transported. The envelope laptop sleeve is available now from Urban Outfitters for £25 and is designed to hold laptops with up to 17 inch screens.A great gift for anyone who wants to be inconspicuous when carrying their laptop.

Dell Adamo XPS Laptop – the world’s thinnest laptop

Dell has announced the specs for its super-slim laptop the Adamo XPS, which has been given the title of the world’s thinnest laptop (but for how long is anyone’s guess). The Dell Adamo XPS has a 13.4 inch LED High-Definition screen and a striking, yet practical design.To open the Adamo XPS, you must first open the latch by stroking your finger along the lids heat sensitive strip; the laptop will not open if you do not do this. Once opened the laptops unique folding mechanism comes into play that tilts the keyboard up toward the user (see picture below) and puts the screen to the optimum viewing position.The Adamo XPS will come with a 1.4GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory and have a choice of 120GB, 250GB or 500GB solid state hard drives. Another cool feature of the Adamo XPS is that it has a full size keyboard with redesigned fonts bringing an extra bit of style and look to the device.Connections as you would expect are pretty sparse with two USB sockets (one each side), a display port and headphone and mic sockets, but this should be enough for most users. The laptop is also Wi-Fi ready, so you can connect to the internet at home or on the move.Dell hasn’t announced a release date or price yet, but states that it should be available before Christmas.

LaCie Starck Desktop and Mobile Hard Drives

French designer Philippe Starck has designed his latest hard drives in collaboration with computer peripheral manufacturer LaCie. Starck first designed a range of hard drives for the company over a decade ago and his latest creations come in two sizes; a desktop hard drive and a mobile hard drive.First up is the LaCie Starck Desktop hard drive, which sports a strong and durable 3mm thick aluminium case, a touch-sensitive surface that can be customised to open specific applications with a tap of your finger or long touch and a range of automatic backup software to keep all your data safe.The LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive is compatible with Windows XP and above including the brand new Windows 7 OS and Mac OS X version 10.4 and higher, meaning that it will work with almost every modern computer. This hard drive also comes with a range of LaCie software including Backup Assistant, Desktop Manager and Shortcut Button to make backing up easy.Powered by an external power supply and connected to the PC via a USB 2.0 cable, the LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive is capable of transferring up to 60MB/s and measures 195 x 115 x 52mm making it a stand out feature for your desk.The LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive is available now directly from the LaCie website in two versions; a 1TB capacity (£114.99) and a 2TB version (£209.99).   The second of the Philippe Starck designed hard drives is the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive, which has a similar design to the desktop version but boasts a lighter 2mm aluminium case and measuring a smaller 138 x 92 x 20mm.Supporting the same operating systems as the desktop version and connected to a PC via a USB 2.0 cable, the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive is an ideal solution for people who need to take their data with them.Available in 320GB (£84.99) and 500GB (£109.99), the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive is a great addition to your PC or Laptop.  

Gateway LT3103u Netbook – has Windows Vista and 2GB RAM

Gateway has announced its new netbook range the LT series. In a break from the already crowded netbook market, the Gateway LT3103u features an AMD Athlon 64 1.2GHz Single-Core Processor as opposed to the standard Intel Atom processor, and ditches the integrated graphics in favour of the ATI Radeon X1270 with 256MB HyperMemory.The Gateway LT3103u runs Windows Vista Home Basic and has a large 11.6” LED backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution. A 250GB hard drive is included, as well as 2GB RAM for multi tasking and a 5-in-1 media card reader supporting MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital and xD-Picture Cards.As is standard on many netbooks nowadays, the LT3103u has built-in Wi-Fi connection for browsing the internet on the move and an integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam, as well as 3 USB connections and a VGA socket. Measuring in at 1.03 x 11.26 x 7.99 inches and weighing just 3.04 lbs, the Gateway LT3103u is ideal for anyone looking for a powerful and compact netbook and the inclusion of Windows Vista may appeal to many people.

Toshiba announces new mini notebook to join the range

Toshiba has announced a new mini notebook to join its range. The NB200 has a 10.1” Trubrite display, 160GB hard drive and is powered by Windows XP Home Edition.You can either choose from 1GB or 2GB system memory and either an Intel Atom N270 processor (clocked at 1.6GHz) or the new Atom N280 processor (kicking out 1.66GHz). Having a bigger screen than the Toshiba NB100, the NB200 also has a bigger and easier to use 86 key, keyboard.An integrated VGA webcam is also included as well as Wi-Fi connectivity to surf the net. Bluetooth connection is available on higher models and all the models 3x USB’s, internal microphone, headphone socket, monitor out and 2-in-one card reader compatible with SD and Multimedia cards.The Toshiba NB200 measures a highly portable 26.3 x 21.15 x 2.54cm and weights just 1.3Kg, and the battery can last up to 9 hours, which is impressive from such a small device.The Toshiba NB200 mini notebook is ideal for moderate tasks and surfing the internet when you’re out and about, but don’t expect it to play newish games or do a multitude of complex tasks.The NB200 is available in black, brown or white depending on the model, with prices starting at around £329.

Samsung N120 notebook – performance on the go!

Due to the success of Samsungs notebook range, they have just released a brand new notebook called the N120. The Samsung N120 is designed to give people optimum usability and performance in a compact and stylish device.The Samsung N120 has a 10.1 inch screen and a full-sized 12 inch notebook keyboard for ease of use. Like most notebooks on the market, the N120 takes advantage of the Intel Atom N270 processor, which gives 1.6GHz of processing power and 1GB of RAM.The N120 has Windows XP Home Edition as standard and a pretty big 160GB hard drive to store all your information on. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are also standard and a 1.3 megapixel webcam is integrated into the lid.One of the biggest selling points of the Samsung N120 is the battery life, with Samsung claiming up to 10 hours on a single charge; this is great for those who are constantly on the move and do not have access to a plug socket.The Samsung N120 will come in black or white and is available for pre-order now for around £380.

MSI GT735 Gaming Laptop

MSI have released their newest gaming laptop, designed for all of your gaming needs when you’re on the move. Called the GT735, this powerhouse of a laptop boasts a 2.2GHz AMD Truion X2 Ultra Dual-Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive and a super fast Radeon HD3850 Graphics card with 512MB DDR3 memory.Built for gamers in mind, the MSI GT735 has coloured W,A,S and D buttons and a large 17” LCD screen with ACV (Amazing Crystal Vision), and a width ratio of 16:10 for ultimate viewing pleasure. Aluminium and metal thread detailing gives the body a futuristic and individual look, while the back and red outer case gives a sense of toughness and elegance.Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are also included, as well as  a DVD Super Multi drive, 4 in 1 card reader and a 2 megapixel webcam. Windows Vista Home Premium is installed and a combination of sound and vision connectors is available including, 3 USB ports, HDMI, modem and LAN connections.The MSI GT735 will set you back around £1,030 and is available from various retailers.  

HP TouchSmart tx2 notebook

HP has announced a new notebook to join their TouchSmart range, the tx2. The all in one notebook/tablet is HP’s first touchscreen laptop aimed at the consumer market and boasts a 12.1 inch High-Definition LED widescreen with integrated multi-touch interface.The HP tx2 features the mediasmart 2.0 software to control multiple functions via the touchscreen including playing and watching multimedia files such as video and music, browsing the internet and resizing pictures.The standard model has a AMD Turion X2 Dual-core 2.1GHz processor, 3GB DDR2 memory, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, 250GB hard drive and DVD recorder drive. The tx2 also comes with a front mounted webcam, integrated slide out remote, digital pen for writing and using the tablet and come with Windows Vista Home Premium operating system.The tx2’s display can be rotated through 180 degrees and can fold flat for tablet use and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and infrared connectivity are also present. Compact and easily portable, the HP tx2 comes in a glossy titanium finish with HP’s ‘Reaction’ imprint pattern.The HP tx2 is due for release in the US on December 5th, with the UK getting it in January 2009. The standard model will set you back £799, but it can be upgraded to higher specs including a 2.4GHz processor and up to 8GB DDR2 memory for extra.  

Alienware M17 gaming laptop – packs a punch!

Alienware has announced a new notebook to add to its series of high-powered gaming laptops. Called the M17 (not to be mixed up with the M17x), this power house of a laptop is the first to incorporate the Intel 2 mobile quad-core processor and Alienware’s first laptop to have the ATI CroffFireX dual graphics card installed.