Lenovo Essential G460 Review

Dec 01, 10 Lenovo Essential G460 Review

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Another midsized notebook stepping into the entry-level arena is the Lenovo Essential G460. Even though the G-series is Lenovo’s standard basic notebook, the G460 that we got still boasts of impressive specs which you will find out later. Look and feel The Lenovo G460 sports a simple but sleek design. I find its 34.4mm thickness a plus, rather than a limitation because it makes the laptop sturdier since it is made of hard plastic. The 14-inch LED backlit display has a 1366 x 768 resolution and is still good even under bright conditions. It has a full-sized keyboard with enough space for the palms to rest on while typing. I’ve noticed that the palm rests are somewhat made of aluminum but it is really made of brushed plastic. The keys are nice and big and have a concave surface making it really easy to use. The TouchPad allows multi-touch scrolling and zooming but I have experienced a bit of lag when using it. There were times that the pad wasn’t that responsive. In that case, use a mouse if you want to have better navigation control. Buttons and other controls are pretty intuitive. At the top left side of the keyboard, you will find the boot button, one-click restore button, and the power mode button. And at the top right side, you will find four touch sensitive controls for sound and video display. Key Features The restore button enables the OneKey Rescue System feature which facilitates system recoveries and file backups. The built-in webcam supports the Veriface software which is standard in new Lenovo notebooks and empowers security for your system. This feature allows the user to login through the image captured by the camera. It verifies the distinct facial profile of the user and it can detect if an unauthorized person is trying to login. It sounds cool but you will find it easier to just key in your password as you use the notebook for a while. Performance and battery life With...

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 Review

Oct 10, 10 Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 Review

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I was amazed to see a Lenovo ThinkPad with a new look that somewhat replaced the very traditional and established design of the ThinkPad. Here’s my review of the thin, light, and edgy laptop from Lenovo, the ThinkPad Edge 13. Look and feel The Edge 13 has a glossy red lid with a “wet look” sports car feel to it. The sides are trimmed with silver plastic, not metal, but plastic will do since this can be considered as a budget laptop. Another stylish design element is the red LED in the “i” of the ThinkPad logo located at the top lid and at the deck of the laptop. The bottom lid of the Edge 13 is made of black plastic which houses the battery pack and speakers. I’ve noticed that the battery extends to the bottom part which elevates the laptop for enhanced and effective ventilation. With that design, you don’t need to purchase those cooling balls or cooling pads anymore. The speakers are embedded below the front edge of the unit. This design can be effective if the laptop is resting on a flat and hard surface but if you literally place it on your lap, you might just cover the speaker grills which can affect the sound output. The sound quality is average but can be improved if the unit is plugged into a boombox/speakers (you will need an AUX cable for this setup) or a decent pair of headphones. When I opened the top lid of the ThinkPad Edge 13, I was impressed by the streamlined “Chiclet style” keyboard design. Lenovo reveals that the keyboard is also spill-resistant, though I didn’t really tried pouring or splashing liquids to it. I’ll just take their word for it. I got a bit confused with the layout since the Fn key is located on the lower-far-left part where the Ctrl key is traditionally placed. Nevertheless, you can swap these two buttons in the BIOS. Other than that, the whole typing experience felt just...

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BlackBerry Bold vs. BlackBerry Curve

Jul 05, 10 BlackBerry Bold vs. BlackBerry Curve

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the BlackBerry Curve 8520 are two of the popular smartphones here in the Philippines, offered by major telecom operators Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular. Here’s a rundown of their features to help you decide which BlackBerry is the one for you. Look and feel True to its name, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 has a very sleek design with chrome trimmings that outline the sides of the phone. The rest of the body is made up of plastic with a rubberlike finish for a firm and easy grip. The back panel or battery cover has a patch of leather which completes the Bold 9700’s professional look. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 sports a lightweight plastic body, protected by rubber for a better grip. Dedicated media buttons can be found at the top part of the Curve’s casing. The Bold 9700 on the other hand, does not have media keys but a lock and mute key at the top. Both the 8520 and the 9700 have the optical trackpad for easy navigation. The trackpad is a great upgrade for both phones compared to the older models which had the trackball and side trackwheel. The Curve 8520 features a 320 x 240-pixel display, while the Bold 9700 boasts 480 x 360 pixels, making the Bold 9700’s screen slightly sharper than the other. Features Surfing the web is easy since both phones are Wi-Fi capable. One advantage of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 though, is that it can run on 3G network. Access through GPRS and EDGE is not a big limitation for the Curve 8520 since it can still deliver and recieve emails efficiently. Camera and video quality are almost the same, but the Bold 9700 has a built-in flash which can aid in low-light conditions. Other features of the Curve 8520 and Bold 9700: full QWERTY keyboard, mobile e-mail, media player, microSD memory card slot, and a 3.5mm stereo headset port. So which is the better BlackBerry smartphone? Both the Bold...

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