Archive for Andrew Tiney

  • HP Mini 5101 notebook
    3 out of 5

    HP Mini 5101 notebook

    By 4 January 2010

    We've seen several HP netbooks in the past, and although they've always offered excellent usability and quality, there has often been something missing. The HP Mini 5101 is the latest, and sitting at the top end of the netbook market it has to be good...

  • Acer Aspire 5738PG notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 5738PG notebook

    By 29 December 2009

    Acer’s Aspire 5738PG is a touchscreen laptop with a difference. Unlike the previous machines we’ve seen with touch-sensitive displays, this isn’t a Tablet PC – so the screen doesn’t rotate at all. Instead, the multi-gesture touch panel is intended...

  • Toshiba Satellite A500-19X notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite A500-19X notebook

    By 14 December 2009

    Toshiba's Satellite A500-19X is a mid-range multimedia laptop. It's considerably smaller and cheaper than the company’s own Qosmio range, yet proves every bit as able. While we've tested an A500 before, the internal specification has changed quite a...

  • Acer Aspire 1810T-413G25n notebook
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 1810T-413G25n notebook

    By 7 December 2009

    We've heard nothing but good things about Acer's Aspire 1810T recently, but is this tiny CULV laptop really as good as it appears? First off, it's affordable, with a price that's in-keeping with the current crop of high-end netbooks. Design-wise, it's...

  • Acer Aspire 8935G notebook
    4 out of 5

    Acer Aspire 8935G notebook

    By 30 November 2009

    Acer's Aspire 8935G is the latest model from the company's multimedia range, offering a great mix of power and features at an impressive price. As with previous models, the 18.4-inch screen is a particular highlight of this machine, offering an astonishing...

  • Samsung X120 notebook
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung X120 notebook

    By 23 November 2009

    With a very compact design, small screen, cheap price and no optical drive, it’s easy to think of the Samsung X120 as a netbook. Look at the specs though, and it’s a no-brainer - the Samsung beats most netbooks hands down - but does it deliver in...

  • Sony VAIO CW1S1E notebook
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO CW1S1E notebook

    By 9 November 2009

    Sony’s VAIO CW1S1E sits smack in the middle of the company’s laptop range, offering impressive value for money without compromising on features or style. With a 14-inch screen and weighing 2.3kg, it’s slightly larger than Sony’s ultra-portable...

  • Toshiba Satellite U500-178 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite U500-178 notebook

    By 2 November 2009

    Toshiba’s Satellite U500-178 is a highly portable laptop that’s great for either home use or a life on the move. With a 13.3-inch screen, it’s small enough to slip into most laptop bags, yet also packs in a powerful Nvidia GeForce G 210M graphics...

  • Sony VAIO VPC-X11Z1E/X notebook
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VPC-X11Z1E/X notebook

    By 28 October 2009

    It’s easy to imagine that Sony has been hit harder than most by the current netbook explosion, with little point in paying a premium for high-end ultraportable machines when a netbook will suffice. The Sony VAIO VPC11Z1E/X-series aims to change this,...

  • MSI X600 notebook
    4 out of 5

    MSI X600 notebook

    By 20 October 2009

    The MSI X600 is the latest addition to the company’s ultra-slim X-series, following on from the affordable X300. With a larger 15.6-inch screen, the X600 isn’t as small, but it’s still impressively portable for such a large machine. The most striking...

  • Asus G71Gx notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus G71Gx notebook

    By 12 October 2009

    The Asus G71Gx is the latest laptop in the Taiwanese company’s gaming line-up, and balances a powerful GPU with a high-end quad-core Intel processor. Although it only has a single graphics card, it’s also a lot cheaper than many high-end gaming machines,...

  • Samsung N510 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Samsung N510 notebook

    By 5 October 2009

    Samsung’s N510 netbook is one of the first machines featuring Nvidia’s ION technology to hit the market. With a relatively powerful graphics card alongside the regular Intel Atom processor, the N510 offers a much more rounded package than most rival...

  • Asus UX30 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus UX30 notebook

    By 28 September 2009

    The Asus UX30 is a CULV laptop, using low powered components in order to keep the dimensions as small as possible. As such, the 13.3-inch machine measures a smidgen over 2cm at it’s thickest, and weighs in at 1.5kg, putting it broadly on par with Apple’s...

  • Samsung R519 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung R519 notebook

    By 21 September 2009

    With prices for laptops tumbling year on year, it’s now easy to get a perfectly good machine for the price of a high-end netbook. Samsung’s R519 is a great example of this, and although you won’t be able to play games, it could be the ideal laptop...

  • Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65 notebook

    By 14 September 2009

    Packard Bell is renowned for its affordable laptop ranges, but it’s rare that they excite. Recently, however, it seems that more time and effort has been spent on the design side of things, and the EasyNote TJ65 is a great example of this. This 15.6-inch...

  • Advent Altro notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Advent Altro notebook

    By 7 September 2009

    Apple’s MacBook Air features one of the most impressive form factors we’ve seen to date, but its price tag puts it out of range for most people. Advent is hoping to take advantage of this with its Altro, offering a spookily similar design for just...

  • Toshiba Satellite A500-11U notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Satellite A500-11U notebook

    By 27 August 2009

    Toshiba’s Satellite A500 marks a new direction for the brand, with excellent multimedia capabilities more in line with the company’s Qosmio range than regular Satellite models. Along with raw power, it’s also stylish, comfortable and well made....

  • Dell Latitude E5400 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Dell Latitude E5400 notebook

    By 19 August 2009

    Dell’s Latitude E-series may not offer the most exciting laptops on the market, but they’re reliable, strong and great for small, medium and large businesses. The Latitude E5400 sits towards the lower end of the range, with plastics used instead of...

  • Samsung R620 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Samsung R620 notebook

    By 17 August 2009

    Samsung is known for its range of well-priced and well-made laptops, and the R620 is an affordable 16-inch media centre that sits towards the top of the company’s range. Aimed at the budget end of the multimedia market, the R620 is one of the cheapest...

  • Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T notebook
    3 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T notebook

    By 3 August 2009

    First thing’s first – if you’re expecting the Sony VAIO W-series to be a super-budget Acer Aspire One rival, you’ll be disappointed. It isn’t, but accept it for what it is – a pricey but highly portable netbook – and there’s a chance you...

  • Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 notebook

    By 29 July 2009

    Toshiba’s Qosmio range has long been at the forefront when it comes to high-end multimedia laptops, but has recently lapsed with the death of HD DVD and widespread adoption of Sony’s Blu-ray technology. While Toshiba has yet to introduce a model featuring...

  • Asus Eee PC 1101HA notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Asus Eee PC 1101HA notebook

    By 15 July 2009

    The Asus 1101HA Seashell follows on from the success of the original Asus Eee PC Seashell, bringing with it a larger 11.6-inch screen. It still features the same clamshell-like design, but Asus hopes the bigger design will help to attract those dithering...