Multimedia notebooks review

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04.Product profiles

Profiles - the best

17-inch screens

Apple MacBook Pro 17in

Macbook pro

Price: $3799

Good points

  • Best overall.
  • Fastest boot time.
  • Excellent standby power.
  • VGA-DVI adapter included.
  • Slot-loading optical drive.

Bad points

  • No multimedia card slot.
  • Failed comfortable temperature test.

Dell XPS M1730

Dell XPS

Price: $3984

Good points

  • Blu-ray drive.
  • Dual hard disks and graphics cards.
  • Excellent standby power.
  • Bundled Creative earbuds.
  • 4-in-1 multimedia card reader.

Bad points

  • Failed comfortable temperature test.
  • Heavy — 5kg.

Pioneer Dreambook D901C

Dreambook

Price: $3971

Good points

  • Quad-core processor.
  • 12 months licensed security suite.
  • Passed comfortable temperature test.
  • Comes with a carry bag.

Bad points

  • Heavy — 5 kg.
  • Borderline battery life.
  • Only OK ease of use.

Toshiba Satellite X200

Price: $3798

Toshiba X200Good points

  • Multimedia remote.
  • Dual graphics cards.
  • Dual hard disks.
  • Recovery partition (a special area on the hard drive with software for restoring the operating system in the event of problems).
  • Extensive electronic manual.
  • Fingerprint scanner.
  • Passed the comfortable operating temperature test.

Bad points

  • Only has 90 day antivirus trial.
  • Heavy – 4 kg.
  • HD-DVD drive.
  • Poor battery life.

15.4-inch screens

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510-300

Ideapad

Price: $2399

Good points

  • Excellent standby power consumption.
  • 6-in-1 multimedia card reader.
  • Slot-loading optical drive.
  • Light — 2.9 kg.

Bad points

  • Failed comfortable temperature test.

Asus M51SN-AP003G

Asus

Price: $1799

Good points

  • Inteagrated TV tuner.
  • Two years warranty.
  • 12 months licensed security suite.
  • Fingerprint reader.

Bad points

  • Slowest boot time.
  • Worst standby power.
  • Failed comfortable temperature test.

BenQ R56-BV30

BenQ

Price: $1614

Good points

  • Recovery partition.
  • Two years warranty.
  • Excellent standby power.
  • Passed comfortable temperature test.
  • 5-in-1 multimedia card reader.
  • HDMI interface port.

Bad points

  • Dim status lights and no labelling.
  • Only OK performance.

 

Profiles - the rest

15.4-inch screens

Optima CentorisV870 Series

Optima V870

Price: $1999

Good points

  • USB TV tuner.
  • Light – 2.7kg.
  • On-site warranty.

Bad points

  • No anti virus software.
  • Failed the comfortable operating temperature test.
  • Only OK performance.

QDI MX100

QDI MX100

Price: $3121

Good points

  • Two years on-site warranty.
  • Integrated TV tuner.
  • Multimedia remote.
  • Comes with a carry bag.
  • Fingerprint scanner.
  • Light – 3 kg.

Bad points

  • No antivirus software.
  • Failed the comfortable operating temperature test.
  • Only OK ease of use.
  • Only OK performance. 

 

17-inch screen

Toshiba Satellite X200

ToshibaPrice: $3798

Good points

  • Multimedia remote.
  • Dual graphics cards.
  • Dual hard disks.
  • Recovery partition (a special area on the hard drive with software for restoring the operating system in the event of problems).
  • Extensive electronic manual.
  • Fingerprint scanner.
  • Passed the comfortable operating temperature test.

    Bad points
  • Only has 90 day antivirus trial.
  • Heavy – 4 kg.
  • HD-DVD drive.
  • Poor battery life.

19-inch screen

LG S900-U.CPS1ALG S900

Price: $2811

Good points

  • Multimedia remote.
  • Integrated TV tuner.
  • Passed the comfortable operating temperature test.
  • Fast boot time.
  • Excellent standby power consumption.

Bad points

  • No antivirus software.
  • Heavy - 5.9 kg.
  • Very poor battery life.
  • Lowest score overall.
  • Comparatively low-res screen.
 

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