Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002

Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002


"Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002 Slim and Compact Desktop"

User Reviews :

I seen reviewers here lament these machines don't have an eSATA port, BUT these Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002 DO have an eSATA port, though Acer certainly seems to keep it a secret There's a small plastic cover, about the size of your thumbnail, on the side of the Revo underneath the audio jacks and "HDMI label. Pop that off with the sharp point of a kitchen paring knife, and Walla! there it is. It even has the word 'SATA' molded into the plastic beside it, though this is not un-covered until the 'plastic thumbnail' is removed. It was only sheer curiosity that made me see if that 'thumbnail' size piece would pop off one morning. If someone trys out the port, post a comment here, so we all know if/how it works out. Thanks.
---Reviews By Thomas Ramey---


The Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002 was as described and set up quickly. The triangular stand comes off too easily - fixed that minor problem by adding a set screw. Comes with 2*1gb memory cards. I wanted to upgrade two 2*2gb cards which means discarding the unused default memory cards that come with the machine. The upgrade memory cards that I ordered with the PC were the wrong size - my fault for not checking the card style carefully enough before ordering; but some sites show compatible accessories with the main product and prevent this sort of mistake. I am returning the wrongly ordered memory. I have never had a problem with previous returns to Amazon; so I assume it will be fine this time as well. Followed some useful hints from other reviewers re cleaning up bloatware that is pre-installed on the Revo (and most other PCs).
---Reviews By walstir---

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Toshiba Satellite L735-S3375

Toshiba Satellite L735-S3375 13.3-Inch Laptop

"Toshiba Satellite L735-S3375 13.3-Inch Laptop"

I'm very pleased with this Toshiba Satellite L735-S3375. Toshiba seems to be putting out quality laptops at present. I have been very disappointed with Dells over the last 5 years or so, I think Dell quality has hit rock bottom. They were pretty good when they came out, now they are trying to capitalize on name brand. Just read the reviews and you can get a clear picture. Those who buy Sony all say something like "OMG dude! Pink laptop, how coolzors is dat!" Reviews for Toshibas are all about best performance against various objective benchmarks and intelligent technical discussion of what is under the hood.
I've had Toshiba Satellite L735-S3375 for about 2 months now with no problems. It performs very well right out of the box. Removing some bloatware was very easy (I'm not sure if it made much difference as I did it right away). The keyboard is very good for a laptop of this size. I have no idea what customer service is like as I have had no reason to find out yet. It is light enough to take anywhere, yet powerful enough to crank out 10k iterations of an MCMC chain faster than your grandma can knit one row. It seems pretty sturdy (yes, klutz that I am, I've already dropped it, flushed it down the toilet, set it on fire, backed my car over it ... well ok, maybe nothing so bad, but it has had some relatively rough treatment).
Reliability and performance are what matters for me, looking cool is irrelevant but it actually does that too. Highly recommended.

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Toshiba Portege R835-P56x Black Friday Reviews

Toshiba Portege R835-P56x Black Friday


I've had Toshiba Portege R835-P56x for nearly three weeks, and think it's great!

Summary:

Pros:
- Lightweight
- Clean and understated design
- Sturdy: most surfaces are made of metal (only the bezel, hinges, and a few bottom panels are plastic). You can easily lift it up by the corner with one hand.
- Battery life is good (7.5+ hours with mixed usage). Also, no "battery bulge" in the back!
- Battery is removable
- Trackpad has a nicely configurable driver (Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse > Device Settings > Settings...)
- Value; saves enough money for an SSD compared to a competing system like a Macbook Pro (see below)

Cons:
- Screen isn't great. (It isn't bad, though -- just narrow in vertical viewing angle).
- Black color means you might be tempted to clean the keyboard/trackpad a little obsessively.
- Industrial smell coming from the vent in the first few days of ownership (now gone)
- When closed, the lid depresses a little when you apply pressure to the middle. I suggest keeping the included fabric insert thing to protect the lid from keyboard scratches. (Note that keyboard scratches also occur on other notebooks, including the sturdy Apple Macbooks, so I'm not taking off any points).

Overall:
I'm giving Toshiba Portege R835-P56x five stars because it represents a great value. I paid $835 for the system, and replaced the hard drive with an Intel X25-M 120GB SSD ($175). The total cost of my system therefore was $1010, which puts it in entry-level Macbook territory.

(Note that the SSD is very easy to install -- you unscrew two panels in the back, swap the drives, and clean-install your operating system).

Why the SSD? With the SSD plus Sandy Bridge processor, performance is superb -- startup is fast (15 seconds from button to login screen, plus 8 seconds from login to loaded desktop). Programs launch quickly, and shutdown is quick as well. I'd say the stock system with the hard drive is a bit imbalanced (processor is too fast for the 5400 RPM hard drive) but at least it comes with plenty of room and doesn't cost much. With this configuration, program launching and startup are slower, and you are stuck with bloatware, but the computer still operates reasonably fast.

--

Comparisons with other systems:

Compared with the Air, the R835 (with SSD installed) gives you:
- more storage space (120GB SSD on my R835 vs. 64GB for the $999 11" MBA model)
--- with SSD, similar bootup times (23 seconds for R835 vs. 15 seconds *see 6/2/2011 edit* for MBA) and wakeup times (both about 2 seconds)
- a better processor (core i5-2410M vs. a core 2 duo) and more memory
- longer battery life + removable battery
- a DVD drive, USB 3.0 port, eSATA, VGA (no need to carry a dongle around)
- 0.9 or 0.3 pounds more weight (vs. the 11" and 13" MBA models, respectively).
- about 0.25" more thickness

Compared with the Macbook Pro (13" entry-level model), you get:
- $190 in savings (with SSD in the R835) or $365 savings (with stock HDD)
-- With SSD swap, you get performance gains compared to the MB. With the default hard drive, you get twice as much storage (640GB vs. 320GB, both 5400 RPM).
- Removable battery
- Similar metal build quality (Macbook pro feels a little sturdier, but weighs 40% more)
- 1.3 pounds in weight savings (!)

Compared with the plastic Macbook (13" $999 model), you get:
- Metal build quality
- an SSD (for about the same total cost), or $165 in savings + 390GB more hard drive space
- Better processor (two generations ahead) and RAM (4GB vs. 2GB).
- 1.5 pound weight savings (!)

So, I saw no reason to go with the Macbooks when I could get superior performance and save money, weight, and battery flexibility with the R835.

Compared to other PC systems -- It's thinner and slightly less expensive than the Lenovo x220 (but isn't as rugged and has slightly shorter battery life), and is very much cheaper and has a better processor (but has an inferior screen) than the Sony Z series.

In short, the Toshiba Portege R835-P56x makes its Apple competitors look seriously overpriced (or under-featured, depending on how you look at it) and costs less than its PC competitors.

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My evaluation of the unit:

I liked the design -- it's quite sturdy (with its metal construction) and light (3.2 pounds). It doesn't feel as "dense" as the Macbook Air, but it's sufficiently sturdy and light enough, such that you can lift it by a corner with one hand. Also, it certainly breaks a threshold in thinness, so it certainly *looks* thin. The CD/DVD drive makes a great "but wait, there's more" parlor trick!

(The design also appeals to me because it's pleasantly different from the Macbooks' design. In my Econ class, it looks stealthy and elegant compared to the sea of glowing Apples. Funny how "Think Different" should now apply to a PC rather than a Mac...)

As noted above, the performance is good, especially with an SSD installed. The weakest point is the integrated graphics, though it's not completely pathetic; I was able to play Portal without too much choppiness.

The battery life is great -- I got 7.5 hours with mixed use (web browsing, spreadsheets, including an hour of Steam running). I estimate you get about 4-5 minutes per percent used (according to the Windows battery icon), or 400-500 minutes total.

There are a few minor drawbacks. For one, the screen is merely average because the vertical viewing angle is not good. Also, a downside to the black body color is that I obsessively clean it with every fleck of dust. The unit had a distinctly industrial smell when it first came, but now it's gone. Also, its lid depresses a little, which I suspect will lead to the keyboard leaving scratches on the screen (this also happens to Macbooks, which are supposed to be the pinnacle of design, so I guess it's acceptable). To counter this, I use the included piece of fabric between the screen and keyboard when I transport the unit around.

Despite these minor drawbacks, the system overall exudes great quality, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well-built, fast, and highly portable notebook. I would strongly recommend replacing the stock hard drive with an SSD to balance the performance, especially given that the relatively low price (for this weight class) leaves some money to acquire an SSD.

EDIT (5/16/2011): PCMark Vantage scores for my system are here: [ ... ] . You can compare with other Core i5-2410M systems here: [ ... ]

EDIT (6/2/2011): I visited the Apple Store today. The 11-inch MBA started up in about 50 seconds (not sure what took so long), while the Core i7 MacBook Pro ($1500) started up in about 35 seconds (didn't have a chance to try the i5 MBP). If I remember correctly, the default R835 took about 60 seconds to start up. Again, the startup time for my configuration is 23 seconds.

EDIT (7/24/2011): Thanks to several reviewers for bringing this up: apparently, the motherboard does support SATA III speeds, but Toshiba disabled the speed, thus getting you SATA II speeds. This would mean that it wouldn't be too valuable buying a SATAIII SSD for use in this computer. I'll update this after I confirm this limitation.


--- Review By : Macky (USA)---




Product Features

Intel Core i5-2410M Processor 2.3 GHz (2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology), 3MB Cache
Configured with 4GB DDR3 1333MHz (max 16GB)
640GB (5400 RPM); Serial ATA hard disk drive, 8x SuperMulti DVD drive
13.3" diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT display, Intel HD Graphics with 64 MB
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 8 Hour Battery Life

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

Hardware Platform: PC
Processor: 2.9 hertz Intel Core i5
Number of Processors: 2
RAM: 4 GB
RAM Type: SODIMM
Memory Slots: 2

Hard Drive

Size: 640 GB
Manufacturer: Serial ATA hard disk drive
Type: Serial ATA
Speed: 5400 rpm

Ports and Connectivity

USB Ports: 3

Cases and Expandability

Size (LWH): 12.44 inches, 8.94 inches, 1.05 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Power

Rated Charge (normal use): 8 hours

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HP Pavilion dv6-6150us Black Friday Reviews

HP Pavilion dv6-6150us

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Enjoy exceptional features and solid reliability in our Pavilion dv6-6150us Notebook. You'll get a brilliant HD display§§ and large hard drive for storing all your media, plus fingerprint reader and our CoolSense technology for helping keep the temperature comfortable when lounging around the house.

Top performer
  • Get great performance with digital media creation, video editing and encoding, image rendering, and photo editing from the2nd generation Intel Core i5-2410M
  • processor with Turbo Boost (up to 2.9MHz‡) Experience genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit§§§
  • Enjoy fast, easy, trusted Web browsing with Windows Internet Explorer1
  • Get intense visuals on the 15.6" (diagonal) high-def§§+ BrightView LED display (1366 x 768)
  • Run several apps at once with the 6GB of DDR3 memory
  • Store data on the 750GB hard drive§ (5400 rpm) with built-in protection†
  • Protect your PC with a free 60-day subscription to Norton Internet Security2, ranked #1 in protection and performance†
  • Reduce your impact on the environment with this ENERGY STAR® qualified and EPEAT Silver registered system


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Apple MacBook Black Friday Deals Reviews USA Sale

Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 2011 Version)
With Apple having an ever-increasing presence in the the homes of everyday users, the company has recently been making aggressive moves in terms of affordability versus performance in its desktops and laptops. Apple continues that trend with its latest line of MacBook Pros. Unlike the last makeover of this line, the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, which is the entry-level version, gets a huge internal overhaul this time, receiving boosted processor power, as well as a larger hard drive, without raising the price tag. Some of the standout features from previous generations are here as well: The battery life is still unbeatable, and the design remains stark and gorgeous. In fact, aesthetically, it didn't change at all. The MacBook Pro line was already well ahead of its competition in terms of performance and style, and it takes another step ahead with this next generation.

The entry-level $1,199 13-inch MacBook Pro that we reviewed was built around a Second-Generation 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor (also known as Sandy Bridge), a 320GB hard drive, and a 13.3-inch screen. This is the base model of the group. For $300 more, you can bump up your processor to a 2.7GHz Core i7 and your hard drive to 500GB. The 15-inch models start at $1,799, and the 17-inchers at $2,499. The 15-inch and 17-inch models now come standard with Core i7 processors and advanced switchable graphics technology. The 13-inch offers only integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 in both its models. All of the new MacBook Pros use Second-Generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors.

Design

On the outside, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is almost exactly the same as the previous version. Design-wise, we think Apple was smart to approach the new line with the attitude that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. The previous line of MacBook Pros was as stunning as it was stark, and the new line carries that torch onward. The silver case, dominated by an aluminum shell with just one seam around the underside, feels plenty solid. Nothing much mars the design of the MacBook’s body: On the top of the lid is a simple white Apple logo that lights up when the laptop is in use. And, well, that’s about it. The case snaps shut with a magnetic latch, making opening the lid easy without compromising the durability of the body.

As with the previous version, all the ports are located on the left side of the chassis and include an Ethernet jack, a FireWire 800 port (backward-compatible with FireWire 400, 200, and 100), the new Thunderbolt connector (more on that in a moment), two USB 2.0 ports, an SDXC-card slot, and a headphone jack. Toward the front left of the chassis are indicator lights that allow for a quick look at remaining battery power. On the right side of the body are a security-lock slot and the opening for the slot-loading optical drive, which is a dual-layer DVD burner. As with previous MacBook lines, it doesn’t support Blu-ray discs, a feature we keep hoping will come with every new iteration of MacBook Pros.

These MacBook Pros are the first laptops to feature the Thunderbolt port (which replaces the mini-DisplayPort connector from previous MacBook Pros), based on Intel's Light Peak technology, which supports both high-performance peripherals and high-resolution displays. Apple claims the technology can provide data transfer at 20 times the speed of a USB 2.0 port. And, from what we saw during our demonstration, we believe it. (We'd test it ourselves, but no cable is currently available.) It's compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, VGA, DVI, and HDMI. It also allows you to daisy-chain up to six devices. Apple does not include a Thunderbolt cord in the box, though. Then again, there aren't many peripherals for it just yet, either.

Once you open the lid, you’ll notice that little has changed in the design of the keyboard and touch pad (which Apple terms its "Trackpad"). The full-size keyboard comes with backlit keys, and it remains perfectly spaced and nicely responsive to the touch. An ambient-light sensor adjusts the key backlighting according to the brightness of the area where you’re working. The speaker is above the keyboard, and although it's adequate for personal use while using the MacBook Pro, you won't want to try and fill a room with it.

Features


On the keyboard deck is the generously sized, buttonless multi-touch Trackpad, which has a glass surface. Instead of the two-button pad you’ll find on most other laptops, the entire pad on the MacBook Pro acts as a button, allowing you to press anywhere to enact a function; you use two fingers to right-click. The Trackpad features inertia-based scrolling, meaning that if you swipe up or down on the pad with two fingers, you’ll continue to scroll through the page until it reaches the top or bottom, just as an iPad or iPhone works. This is the same as the previous versions. As always, we found the Trackpad very easy to use, especially since it functions much like the touch screen on an iPad or iPhone.

As with previous MacBook Pros, the pad also allows you to use a four-finger swipe to show your desktop, view all open windows, or change programs. Of course, the now-requisite multi-touch functionality is built in here as well. (This is the same as the touch features on an Apple iPhone or iPad, allowing you to zoom, rotate, and slide images around with two fingers.)

Performance

Inside the latest MacBook Pros is where you'll find all the major new goodies, though. The CPU gets an excellent bump from a Core 2 Duo to a Second-Generation 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor. (For those of you who have been following Intel's problems with the supporting chipsets for some of its Sandy Bridge processors, worry not. Apple waited for the problem to be resolved before acquiring the chips.) Graphics, however, take a step down from an Nvidia GeForce 320M card to an Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset.

To put the CPU (and 4GB of DDR3 RAM) through its paces, we started with our Cinebench test, which stresses all the cores of a given processor to gauge raw CPU performance. Compared both with the previous MacBook Pro and the average for thin-and-light laptops, this 13-inch MacBook Pro far exceeded expectations, with a score of 8,707. That score is higher than every other thin-and-light notebook we have tested. (Although it's worth noting, none of those laptops used Intel's Sandy Bridge technology, so it's not a huge surprise to see these high numbers here, and in fact, we expect to see them on PCs in the near future.) The current average for the thin-and-light category is 5,942, and the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro managed a still-noteworthy score of 5,039. To compare, the $1,779 Lenovo ThinkPad T410s scored 7,340 on this same test. Other similar thin-and-lights didn't fare even that well, including the Samsung QX410 (6,737) and HP Envy 14 (6,862).

Next, we ran our standard iTunes test to further stress the CPU. (In this, we encode 11 standard audio tracks from MP3 to AAC format.) Once again, the 13-inch MacBook Pro blew every other thin-and-light out of the water with a score of 2 minutes and 38 seconds. This beat the thin-and-light category average of 4:07 and the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro by over a minute. The ThinkPad T410s almost matched the MacBook's score here, though, with a time of 2:43. The MacBook handily beat the QX410 and Envy 14 in this test.

Refer to computershopper.com

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