[AI] Laptops to suit everyone's needs and budgets...

Sudhir R (NeSTIT) sudhir.r at nestgroup.net
Mon Jan 21 23:06:38 EST 2008


Laptops to suit your style, and pocket
January 21, 2008

If you have been aspiring to own a mobile computer, and have been waiting to upgrade to one to suit your style, you may well be spoilt for choice. The good
news though is now, you need not contemplate having to rob a bank like you might have had a few years ago. Here's a selection of five laptops with just
the right combination of price, performance and features to suit you.

HCL 'MiLeap' goes under Rs 14,000
Now where can you hope to get a laptop with prices starting at Rs 13,990 and weighing under a kilo? HCL's new year launch MiLeap X Series is exactly this:
a computer with a 7 inch screen with full functionality you can expect in a PC, including being WiFi ready.

An ideal machine for those looking a for a light weight mobility solution, it works very well for students as well as for those living on the wrong side
of the digital divide. Corporates can equip their sales and service teams to ensure connectivity on the move. It is ideal to be carried to work, to school,
in a park or a gym or even working on cramped seats in the economy section of flights.

Available with both flash-based and disk-based storage versions, its sturdy design incorporates features that make it dustproof, shock-proof and durable.

For those looking for a more loaded version, they have the option of the MiLeap Y Series. Powered by Intel Ultra Mobile Platform and Microsoft's Vista Home
Premium, it comes with a swivel 7" touch screen, 80GB HDD and Bluetooth.

Both the models have network ports, are Wi-Fi ready, have the option for a 'Data Card' and are available with GUI enabled user friendly Linux OS.

Approximate price: Starts at Rs 13,990 for the MiLeap X Series and Rs 29,990 for the MiLeap Y Series.

Zenith Director
January 21, 2008

If you want to go for a regular sized screen, but still want to stay within a budget, opt for Zenith's offerings -- three new WiFi enabled laptops priced
under Rs 30,000 -- all pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows Vista.

The Zenith Director is the most attractively priced of the three at Rs 24,990 and comes with a 15.4" wide screen display. The Zenith Admirale comes with
the Intel Graphic Media Accelerator and integrated Bluetooth for easy communication and works on the Intel Centrino technology.

It is the Zenith Presidio you may want to pick up if you're looking for a laptop that is easy on your shoulders. Thin and light, weighing a mere 1.75 kg,
it has a 12.1 inch XGA display. It is based on Intel Centrino mobile technology and can be upgraded to an Intel Core Duo 2.33 GHz CPU.

Approximate price: Zenith Director: Rs 24,990; Zenith Admirale: Rs 28,000; Zenith Presidio: Rs 29,000

Dell XPS M1530
January 21, 2008

If you want your laptop to pack a bigger punch, check out the Dell XPS 1530. A sleek 15.4-inch notebook, it comes with touch-sensitive multimedia buttons,
brushed aluminum accents and a choice of two colours -- Tuxedo Black and Alpine White.

With a starting weight of just under six pounds and featuring a trim 1-inch profile, standard features include a high definition widescreen 15.4" display,
slot-load optical drive, DirectX 10 capable graphics, sophisticated touch sensitive media buttons, webcam and a fingerprint reader.

For multimedia enthusiasts, there is the optional Blu-ray disc drive and included noise cancellation earbuds and travel remote that stores away in the ExpressCard
card slot.

Approximate price: Starts at Rs 53,000

Talk about colour -- five laptops in five colours from Sony, the VGN-CR series, in options of pure white, indigo blue, blazing red, beauty pink and aroma
black. A truly personal laptop for those young in their outlook.

Basic specifications include WindowVista Home Basic, 14.1 WXGA screen, DVD RW, 1 GB RAM and 80 GB Hard Disk and weighs 2.5 kgs.

It is easy to finance too -- 12 equal monthly instalments, with a 2 per cent initial processing fee ensuring you don't need to save up for a year before
you can lay your hands on these mean machines.

Price: Starts at Rs 54,990

The big launch by Steve Jobs at the Mac World Expo this month, the MacBook Air is as slim as your index finger and literally feels like air in your hands.
Powered by the 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors in the two model offerings, even the chip was custom-built to fit within the compact dimensions
of this machine.

Other cool features include an oversize trackpad with multi-touch technology; you can pinch, swipe, or rotate to zoom in on text, advance through a photo
album, or adjust an image. This gesture-based input has already been highly successful on the iPod touch.

It also includes a built-in iSight camera, smartly integrated so you hardly notice it's there. The iSight camera and iChat software make video chatting
easy anywhere there's a wireless network.

Then there's the innovative now-you-see-it, now-you-don't port hatch that flips down to reveal (and closes to hide) all the ports you really need: a USB
2.0 port, a headphone jack and a micro-DVI port that supports DVI, VGA, composite and S-video output. Even the MagSafe power connection has been reconsidered
and slimmed to fit the MacBook Air.

It comes with a way-more-than-generous 2GB of RAM built in -- ample memory for working with your favourite applications. The 80GB hard drive provides plenty
of storage space too.

Approximate price: In India it comes for Rs 96,100 for the 1.6GHz model; the 1.8GHz orders are not being taken yet. If you're planning a visit the US, the
1.6 GHz and 1.8GHz models could be yours for $1,799 and $3,098 respectively. Expect deliveries only after a month of placing your order though.

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