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All posts tagged "desktop replacement"


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Acer Aspire 7552G-6436: Desktop Replacement

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Acer Laptops & Netbooks" @ 09:30 PM

http://notebooks.com/2011/05/05/ace...6-review-video/

"The Acer Aspire 7552G-6436 is one of those systems that will impress the average computer buyer even if more advanced users will be disappointed with it. It has a big 17.3″ display and a full size keyboard making it really a good desktop replacement. You won't be satisfied if you want a lightweight, portable system or want a world-class keyboard. But for people who just want a decent computer to put on a desk and then occasionally take with you, the 7552G is a good option."

Designed to be used (mostly) as a desktop replacement, the Acer Aspire 7552G-6436 has some decent specs, an above average but annoyingly glossy screen, with a resolution of 1600x900, and is said to be great for watching movies, making videos, editing photos, and some light gaming. At just over a sturdy 7-pounds, it is transportable, and, as the author says, it doesn't feel "dainty." The keyboard is comfortable, but reportedly a bit mushy, and the touchpad is simply too small for the available space. Use a mouse! Processor performance is slightly above average. Speakers are "nothing special." Battery life during testing was under 2-hours, so this is not a system to buy to be used untethered, and, if you do (or must) try it, it has a huge power brick to drag around. A huge plus: list price on Amazon is currently $669.99. Not a top-of-the-line desktop replacement, but a good value for the price. My biggest concern with this system would be Acer's reliability and service.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Desktop Replacement Powerhouse: Dell Studio 17 Model 1747

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 09:11 AM

http://www.geekwithlaptop.com/the-d...top-replacement

"The new Dell Studio 17 - model 1747 - is about to hit the virtual shelves, and offers users with yet another option in the desktop replacement market. This 17.3 inch laptop comes with the usual variety of configurations offered by Dell, and apart from a few issues, it seems to be a pretty solid machine."

A new model from Dell in the "desktop replacement" class, the Studio 17 Model 1747 offers a wide range of configuration options, a screen resolution of 1920x1080 with Radeon HD 4650 graphics, a keyboard "almost" full size with numeric keypad, and a battery that lasted for three and one half hours in real use. At just over 7.0-pounds, it's not light, and some heat issues may make using it on your lap an ordeal, but again, this is a desktop replacement, and probably not meant to be used regularly on a lap. Entry-level configurations start at about $700, with the cost increasing as upgrades are added. No information was provided on availability in North America.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sony VAIO EC Series Desktop Replacement Monster

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Sony Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/07/...w-vpcec25fx-wi/

"Sony's always had a knack for making some of the best multimedia laptops around, and the VAIO EC Series is all about continuing the trend. The desk-dominating 17.3-inch laptop is a monster of a machine, and has the internal guns to match – it's got a Core i3 processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card, 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage and a Blu-ray drive."

Sony's VAIO EC Series desktop replacement multimedia laptops are the next in a long series of "almost good enough to really be a desktop replacement" laptops. A robust processor and graphics, a very good display, coupled wth a 4x Blu-ray drive start things off well. But then comes the disappointment of mediocre speakers, no standalone multimedia buttons, lots of shiny surface, and an off-center trackpad with some reported quirks.

As with nearly all systems with this much power, battery life suffers, with 2.5 - 3.0 hours of use being all that one can expect. This is not a light machine at 7.3 pounds, so one could reasonably expect that it'd remain in one place (as a desktop replacement) and not rely on the battery. Bottom line is that this is a good, but unexceptional multimedia laptop for the price, and that Sony still commands and gets a premium for its products.


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