Buy Your Laptops Wisely

By: Jon Caldwell

Toshiba has always been among the top choices when it comes to mobile computing choices. It has been tested and is a known brand in the laptop industry and chances are this new model, the Toshiba Satellite A305 will not be far from being another hot commodity for techie freaks today.

The Toshiba Satellite A305 is a redesign of the older A205, vastly improving the look and feel of the notebook, as well as adding the incredibly durable Fusion finish. While some of the lower body looks similar to the older notebook, everything from the waistline up has changed to a sleeker, softer, and glossier feel.

Today's hottest property in the world of computing are the super-small, super-cheap laptops. Asus surely did, and its triumph in introducing with the Eee PC has led to other manufacturers contending for a slice of its pie. Its attempt, dubbed the MSI Wind produced to be the best of the best. Like the Eee, it will be accessible with a choice of screen sizes. MSI distributors plans to ship an 8.9-inch version of the Wind by end of the year but will primarily ship a 10-inch version with a native resolution of 1,024×600 pixels. This isn't predominantly high considering the 8.9-inch screen on the HP 2133 Mini-Note runs at 1,280×768 pixels.

Samsung will stop the operation of its laptop division if it doesn't perk up its market share by 2011. The senior manager for it's overseas sales and marketing division said that additional 11 million units must be sold worldwide by the year 2011. This is to be able to accomplish a 5.7 percent growth in the market share. In order to stay at the top, Samsung says that they need to at least go beyond Sony's currently 6 percent market share in the laptop industry. Likewise, as any laptop or computer manufacturers, the only way to increase it's sales is to venture into mini PC market similar to what Asus, HP, and MSI did.

We all know that Samsung makes unbelievable television LCD screens. With the latest inventions for the growing laptop followers, Samsung's R410 has become a lifestyle accessory not only for students but for someone who really want to stand out in the crowd. Inside, the R410 can make use of anything from an Intel Celeron T1400 up to an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300, 2GB of RAM, an ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics card, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, and moreover gloss or non-gloss coatings on the 1,280×800-pixel display. It's not quite the champion product Samsung needs in order to hammer home its capability in the laptop world, but it's a good step in the right track, and at just £499, it's an complete steal.

MSI Wind could conquest the throne from Asus Eee PC as the best mini laptop on the planet these days. It's somewhat larger than an Eee PC, and to some extent heavier at 1.3kg. MSI Wind is the super-portable and once you see the complete specs - and the additional tricks up its sleeve - you'll be craving one, too. It's CPU is very quick and power efficient. Also, the CPU can be overclocked by about 20 per cent using a devoted button. The Wind too sport 1GB of RAM, an 80GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB ports, a D-Sub video output, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, and a 3-cell battery with a claimed life span of 3-4 hours.

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