Dell Inspiron M5030 review

 

The Dell M5030, a cheap yet competent netbook.

 

“The Dell M5030 is a cheap laptop, a cheap laptop packed with decent components. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for generic tasks such as web browsing and document writing the M5030 could be ideal…”

 

You can read the full review here.

Apple MacBook Pro 13″ review

 

The ultra stylish MacBook Pro has been reviewed, is it worth the extra cost?

 

“The MacBook pro is a superb laptop, the build quality and design is second to none and it is a pleasure to use. The annoying display port connectivity is a small downside, and the only serious drawback is one of cost. Is it really worth spending the extra money to buy an Apple device where you can buy a PC laptop with similar specs for a lot less? For some the answer will be a definite yes…”

 

You can read the full review here.

Apple iPad1 3G 32GB review

 

An overview of the Apple iPad tablet covering its design and specifications. Recently dropped in price due to the launch of the iPad 2, is it now a bargain?

 

“The iPad is a superb device leading the field in the tablet market. All other manufacturers are playing catchup and haven’t yet really produced a device to rival the iPad. Not complex enough to be considered a laptop replacement, its strength lies in the myriad of applications available for it through the App store and its superb design and ease of use….”

 

You can read the full review here.

Acer Aspire One D255 review

 

An overview of the D255, how does it compare to the Toshiba NB305 and Samsung N150? – Watch the video to find out.

 

“The D255 is a nicely designed and functional netbook. Launched in October 2010, it shortly followed the release of Acer’s D260 (Summer 2010). The differences between the two largely rests with the look of the machines, coupled with a slightly bigger hard drive and a dual core processor in the D255…”

 

You can read the full review here.

Samsung N150 netbook review

 

A review of the Samsung N150 netbook. It only weighs 1.23KG and uses the Intel Atom N450 processor.

 

“The Samsung N150 is an ideal netbook for day-to-day use. First launched in July 2010 it is a popular addition to Samsung’s line of portable computers. The latest model is the N150 plus, and the main advantage of the plus vs the standard N150 is a larger hard disk capacity of 250GB (The standard N150 typically has a 160GB hard disk)…”

 

You can read the full review here.

Toshiba NB305 netbook review

 

We’ve recently reviewed the Toshiba NB305 portable netbook and compared it against the popular Samsung N150 and Acer Aspire One D255. Watch the video review to see how well it did.

 

“Launched in January 2010, the NB305 is a competent netbook. Weighing 1.33kg, it is very comparable in weight, dimensions and specifications to many of the other branded notebooks currently available…”

 

You can read the full text review here.

All about tablets

A few new tablets have joined the party, namely the Motorola Xoom and the Blackberry Playbook.

 

Motorola Xoom

Launched this spring, the Motorola Xoom is the first tablet which makes use of Android’s 3.0 operating system. At a standard 10.1 inch in size it’s easy to see it being compared to the latest iPad. It’s been getting very respectable reviews and is generally considered to be a welcome improvement to the current Android based tablets currently on the market. You can read a full review of the Motorola Xoom over at tech-radar.com.

 

Blackberry Playbook


Probably aimed towards the business market (meant to be very good with PowerPoint presentations), the BlackBerry Playbook is one to keep an eye open for when it launches later this year. With a screen size of 7 inches it’s slightly larger than the Dell Streak, yet smaller than an iPad. It’s Flash enabled but sadly and surprisingly lacking in 3G if the reviews are accurate. A full review can be found at engadget.com

New tech on the horizon

As the relentless search for the latest cool pieces of tech continues, this week we’re going to showcase a couple of newly released and upcoming gadgets.Something to keep your eyes peeled for!

iPad 2


Not too surprising this one, there was a huge amount of hype (as per usual) surrounding the launch of the new iPad. One of the most immediate benefits of the iPad 2 launch was indeed the quite susbstantial drop in price of the original iPad.The iPad1 has been selling a few £100 cheaper recently, with it being possible to pick one up for as little as £250. 

Some of the big leaps forward with this new incarnation include the beefier processor making it run a lot faster, the final introduction of cameras and a thinner tablet.

Does it make it worth ditching your old iPad to go out and buy this one? I’m not too sure.There’ a full iPad 2 review over at engadget.

EEE Transformer

Is it a tablet? Is it a netbook? Well, it’s a combination of both! The Asus EEE Pad Transformer neatly combines the two styles. By connecting the accompanying keyboard through the connector at the base of the tablet, the machine turns into a netbook with an extra 8 hours of battery life on top of the standard 8 hours when using the machine as a tablet. Keep your eyes peeled for it’s official launch in the coming months, at which point it’ll be added to tech-saver.co.uk. 

A comphrehensive preview of the EEE Pad Transformer can be read over at techradar.

Lenovo Thinkpad X220

The next upgrade in the Lenovo X series ultraportable range is imminent. The Lenovo X220 will be the successor to the current X200/201 models and it promises an impressive set of specifications, including a massive 24 hours of battery life! 

Hopefully launched in the next month or so, the X220 will be added to tech-saver.co.uk upon its release. For a more indepth preview of the X220, read engadget’s article.

Apple revamps its MacBook Pro

Yes, Apple have indeed revamped their MacBook Pro range as of the start of this week. There doesn’t appear to be any changes made to the actual design of the laptops however they have bumped up the spec of the machines as follows:

Beefier Processors

The MacBook Pro range now fully sports the i5 and i7 processors, with the 15 inch and 17 inch now using quad core chips. The 13 inch MacBook Pro has dropped its inferior Core 2 Duo processors and now uses the i5 or i7 dual core chips instead. So basically, the updated machines are going to be quite a bit faster.

Thunderbolt

Apple have introduced ‘thunderbolt’ to their MacBook Pro range. It sounds very exciting, but in reality it’s just a faster connection port offering speeds of upto 10Gbps. All very lovely.

Improved Graphics

The 15 and 17 inch MacBook Pros now sport a more powerful AMD Radeon graphics chip.

HD Facetime

Yes, you can now do Facetime in HD, woooo.

So overall, some nice improvements, but nothing groundbreaking!

The latest from the Tech World

New Lenovo laptops to hit the market

Lenovo has updated its range of T,L and W series of laptops. They’ve packed in more punch with i5 and i7 processors, more memory, better graphics and longer battery life, the usual stuff. Anyway, their latest laptops are numbered in the 20s, e.g. Lenovo T520 (as opposed to the current T510), so keep your eyes peeled for them to filter through to tech-saver.co.uk 

You can read a more in-depth report over at engadget

A revamp to Apple’s MacBook Pro range imminent?

Tech Radar are reporting that Apple might be about to revamp their MacBook Pro range. The reason for this being that Apple have apparently stopped shipping the current MacBook Pro models online. There’s an announcement expected on Thursday, and it’s rumoured that 5 new MacBook Pro laptops will be launched.

iPad 2 on it’s way?

Tech Radar are also suggesting than an iPad 2 launch is imminent. This is due to Orange and T-mobile dropping their iPad pricing. Companies usually drop the cost of the latest gadget just prior to the launch of a new device in order to clear stock. So keep your eyes peeled for an updated tablet from Apple coming soon.