Monthly Archives: December 2011

Intel Core i3-2330M Review-2.2GHz Frequecy

Intel Core i3-2330M is the latest mobile processor from Intel Sandy Bridge Processor family, which was launched during second quarter of year 2011. Core i3 2330M is a successor to i3-2310M. Each core of the processor operates with 2.2 GHz frequency and, like other core i3 processors, t his CPU also has Hyper Threading enabled. As i3 processors are dual core processors, both the cores of Intel core i3-2330M processor can process 4 threads at the same time, with the help of Hyper Threading technology.  Intel had earlier promised introduction of AVX instruction set into Sandy Bridge processor core and they have fulfilled the promise by incorporating AVX in Core i3-2330M processor.

Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) basically is a new 256 bit instruction set from Intel and is designed for applications which make intensive use of Floating Point (FP) calculation. Intel AVX is an extension to their earlier released instruction set, Intel SSE, for Pentium III series processors. Intel AVX significantly improves performance due to its rich functionality, resulting in better management of data and general purpose applications related to multimedia, 3D modeling, scientific calculations, financial applications and data analysis.

Core i3-2330M also offers 3MB Level 3 cache. Tertiary or L3 Cache is designed to accelerate access to frequently searched data and is used as large and shared data buffer on current multi-core processors. For example, Graphics can share L3 cache along with processor cores.

Like other Sandy Bridge processors, Intel core i3-2330M also comes with integrated graphics and memory controller.  However, graphics may be enabled or disabled depending on motherboard and chipset used. The integrated Graphics operates with 650MHz frequency and can Turbo Boost up to 1.1GHz frequency.  Though it is not a gaming graphics, still it can support many 3D games in low to medium details, depending upon processor and amount of memory available in the system. With core i3-2330M processor and 4GB memory, one can play older games like Counter Strike, WoW  etc., in low details and settings. The graphics support HDMI display port.  It also supports Intel wireless display which means users can transfer their laptop contents on TV wirelessly. The graphics provide smooth playback of HD videos. Performance wise, it can compete with any entry level dedicated graphics card.

If core i3-2330M processor is used with mid level dedicated graphics card then you might see improved graphics performance.

Intel core i3-2330M processor chip comes with integrated dual channel memory controller which supports maximum amount of 16GB of memory. Supported memory speeds are DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 and it can provide maximum memory bandwidth of 21.3 GB/s

Core i3-2330M connects with platform controller Hub or chipset via high speed DMI.  The DMI can transfer DATA at the rate of 5 Giga transfer per sec (maximum).

When it comes to performance, some Intel core i3-2330M reviews suggest that, due to Hyper Threading technology, up to 20% performance boost can be observed when 2 or more threads are processed simultaneously.

Intel core i3-2330M is fabricated with 32nm technology and TDP of the processor is 35watt.

Intel core i3-2330M benchmark

Passmark score for core i3-2330M is 2504, at the time of publishing this article.

Core i3-2310M vs core i3-2330M

Only difference between the two processors is that Intel Core i3-2310M operates with 2.1GHz frequency where as Core i3-2330M operates with 2.2GHz frequency. As such, users will not see any major difference in performance while working with either of the processors.

 

HP Pavilion dm1-3025dx Review

Most of the netbooks available today have limited functionality as compared to notebooks or laptops and, generally,  netbooks  are bought by consumers for its portability and long battery life. A standard netbook won’t allow you to perform high demanding tasks as it comes with limited memory. However, if you come across a laptop or notebook with enhanced functionality which is as portable as a netbook and you don’t have to pay more than an average netbook’s costs then you must like to take a look at it. HP Pavilion dm1-3025dx is the latest 11.6” laptop from HP pavilion dm1 series which is portable and offers 3GB memory along with 250 GB hard drive. On top of that, it comes with a dual core processor, with improved graphics, and costs you only $380.

Here are details of Pavilion dm1-3025dx:

The most beautiful aspect of dm1-3025dx is its processor, AMD E series E350 processor, which is the latest dual core processor from AMD. Actually it is not a processor, it is known as Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which means in this unit the graphics and processor are fused into a single chip along with memory controllers. There is improved Unified Video processing unit (UVD3).

Each core of E-350 APU has 1.6GHz clock speed and 1MB of L2 cache. The role of graphics is played by AMD Radeon HD 6130M which supports Microsoft DirectX 11 but you can hardly play modern games respectably. The reason being, to play games you need good processing speed along with decent graphics and sufficient amount of memory.  HP dm1-3025dx offers 3GB memory and comes preinstalled with 64 bits Windows 7 home premium, so a big part of memory is used by Windows itself. As per specifications, up to 1460MB memory can be used by graphics dynamically. So, you may get disappoint if you consider it as a gaming laptop.  You can watch High definition movies not only in your laptop but in your HDTV as well by means of HDMI port. You can avail more details on AMD E series E-350 in HP  dm1-3020us review

The TDP of AMD E series E-350 is 18watt. Actually this start of art is implanted in laptops or netbooks to lower the power consumption and to increase the battery life.

When comes to memory, dm1-3025dx comes preinstalled with 3 GB DDR3 memory but it provides you option for memory upgradation up to 8GB. Here is another major advantage when you compare it with a netbook. Most of the netbooks in similar price range offer1 GB or 2GB memory with maximum 2 GB memory support.

HP dm1-3025DX offers 250GB hard drive with 7,200GB hard drive speed. Thus hard drive speed is another advantage of the laptop.

As mentioned earlier the size of the display is 11.6” when measured diagonally with 1366*768 pixel screen resolution.

Another advantage of HP Pavilion dm1-3025dx is it support of Gigabit Ethernet. So if you use it for your business purpose and you have to download large files or you often download movies then it makes your work easier by downloading it faster. The wireless networking is supported by IEEE standard b, g, and n which is common for almost all current laptops and notebooks. It has Bluetooth support as well.

Audio of dm1-3025dx is supported by Dolby Advanced audio with integrated speakers.

When comes to ports, dm1 -3025dx comprises of 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1HDMI port, one multi-in-one media card reader. The laptop comprises of integrated webcam with microphone.

The 3.5lbs laptop provides up to 9 hours of battery life.

The major disadvantage of HP pavilion dm1-3025dx is its lack of a  DVD drive or any kind of optical drive. But if you considered it as netbook replacement, it will be good buy.

 

Acer AOD255E-13438 Review

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and with the implementation of latest technology, computer manufactures are able to keep price of netbooks and laptops low. Now you can buy a netbook under $250, like Acer AOD255E-13438, which is available at $228 at the time of writing this review. Of course, you can’t expect powerful performance from it, but if you are college student or have to travel a lot, without need of executing complex tasks, this netbook could suit you best. With the help of Acer AOD255E-13438 you can browse mail and website, work in office softwares. It also offers standard quality of video chatting as it comes with 0.3 megapixel webcam.

Processor- While selecting a netbook, one of the main choices that you will have to make is the processor type that is whether your work requires single core or dual core processor. Acer AOD255E-13438 is equipped with 1.66Hz Intel Atom N455 processor, which is a single core processor. It comprises of 512KB cache memory. This single core processor is able to deliver basic performances. However, if you need netbook with enhanced multitasking features then you should go for dual core processor with hyper threading technology like Atom N550 or N570 processor.

AOD255E-13438 comes with only 1GB DDR3 RAM. The netbook is integrated with Microsoft Windows 7 starter which needs less memory, so there is no need to worry regarding the amount of base memory.

Acer AOD255E-13438 offers 160GB hard drive which is sufficient for daily tasks. If you need more hard disk space then you can choose AOD255E-13899 model of same Acer D255e series. Acer AOD255E-13899 offers 250GB Hard drive. The HDD speed for both netbook is 5400 rpm.

Display-Acer AOD255E-13438 comes with 10.1” LED backlit LCD display which is standard with almost all netbooks available in this price range.

Graphics- Inside AOD255E-13438, Intel GMA 3150 graphics is incorporated with 64MB memory, the graphics is onboard graphics and uses system memory. Though it supports Microsoft DirectX 9 yet you won’t be able to play 3D games even in lower settings and details. You can play card games or other similar games which doesn’t have 3D rendering. Less memory and processor is another factor why you can’t play games in this netbook.

When comes to network connectivity, the AOD255E-13438 offers both wired networking (10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet) and wireless networking (802.11 b/g/n).

But there is no Bluetooth support.

The netbook does have 0.3 megapixel webcam, not very impressive specification for a webcam, but it is enough for video chatting.

There are 3 USB 2.0 ports but it doesn’t have HDMI port as graphics doesn’t support HDMI interface. Like other netbooks, AOD255E-13438 does not come with optical drive. But it has 2-in-1 media card reader that support multimedia card and secure digital card.

 

Pros of Acer AOD255E-13438

Inexpensive

3 USB 2.0 ports

Cons of Acer AOD255E-13438

No Bluetooth support

Less memory

Low end processor

Final thoughts

As there are a number of options available when you are going to buy a netbook, you may protect yourself from over expenditure if consider your actual requirement. So, if you need a netbook for simple and regular tasks, then buying Acer AOD255E-13438 will be a good decision.

Acer ICONIA A500 Tablet

Acer has recently unveiled its latest Tablet, Acer ICONIA Tab, which is available in both Android and Windows versions. It seems Acer does not want to let down its consumers’ expectations. Probably it’s for this reason that they have released the ICONIA Tab in both Windows and Android versions. We have already discussed Acer ICONIA W500 which comes with Windows operating system. Here we are going to discuss about Acer ICONIA A500 which runs on Android 3.0(Honeycomb) and is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. So far, Acer ICONIA A500-10S16U is up for sale at Bestbuy, but in preorder status. Below is the specification of Acer ICONIA A500 Tab.

Acer ICONIA A500 specs

Inside the Aluminum unibody cover, NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip is installed to power the ICONIA A series of tablet. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 is equipped with ARM Cortex-A9 CPU which is dual core cpu designed for mobile devices. The processing speed of the CPU is 1 GHz. and it incorporates 1MB of L2 cache.

Graphics part is represented by ULP Geforce GPU and a video processor that can run Full HD (1080p) contents. However, Acer ICONIA A500-10S16U is able to display contents only up to 720p. It also supports HDMI, so users can watch video in full HD on their HDTV. The GPU enables you to play high level games It comes preloaded with  Need for Speed: SHIFT and  Let’s Golf.

Acer ICONIA A500 tab offers 1GB of DDR2 memory.

Like its sibling, the screen of Acer ICONIA A500 tab measures 10.1” diagonally with maximum resolution of 1280X800 in 16:10 aspect. Thus, the device is capable of displaying 720p HD playback. The touchscreen offers 10-point multi-touch control.

Acer ICONIA A500-10S16U model offers 16GB of internal storage capacity. It also comprises of MicroSD card slot. Thus, on requirement, you can increase storage capacity with MicroSD or SDHC card up to 32GB.

When comes to network connectivity support, the ICONIA A500 comes with 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and bluetooth  EDR 2.1 support. There is 1 USB port which helps you connecting your Tab to PC

Acer ICONIA A500 boasts of dual camera- 5 megapixel rear-facing and 2 megapixel front facing camera. Front facing camera helps you to video chat with your friends.

The Audio is supported by Dolby Advanced Audio

Acer ICONIA A500 Tab weighs only 1.7lbs and can play up to 8Hours of continuous HD playback as per specs.

Acer ICONIA A series Tab comes with Android market place, so you can download free and paid apps. The device cost you around $450.

Final thoughts

Will Acer ICONIA be able to compete with its strong counterparts like Apple Ipad2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S? It would be too early to comment on this topic. However, it is for sure that Acer has put its full effort in making the device a worthy competitor in the Tablet market space by unveiling both Windows and Android versions. Idea being to attract Windows crowds to ICONIA W series and pull Android fans to ICONIA A series.

 

Nextbook Next3 8.4″ Touchscreen Entertainment Tablet Review

After the launch of Android by Google, which is an open source, many of the companies are implementing the same to unveil Andriod based tablets. Following this trend, Nextbook has come up with their Next3 tablet which incorporates Android 2.1 and has already hit the stores with a price range of $150-$200. However, you can’t compare Nextbook Next3 with Samsung tab or Motorola Xoom3.  The Next3 tablet allows you to watch movie, browse internet over wi-fi, reag ebooks etc. To know more about the functionality and specification of Nextbook Next3 tablet read further-

Nextbook Next3 tablet measures 8.4” diagonally and features resistive touch screen which works better with stylus as these touchscreens are pressure sensitive. The maximum screen resolution it offers is 800:600p in 4:3 aspect ratio.

Next3 tablet is powered by ARM926EJ CPU which is a dual core CPU, with a frequency of 600MHz. The internal memory is 256MB DDR2 RAM.

The tablet offers internal storage capacity of 1.1GB (total available 2GB of flash memory). However, there is an expansion slot which supports both SD and SDHC formats.  If you are using SD cards the support is available up to 4GB and for SDHC support is available up to 8GB. Budget tablets don’t offer enough internal storage.

If you are movie savvy or want to view photos then it will be better for you to buy a SD or SDHC card, along with the tablet.

There are USB ports which help you to connect Next3 with your PC or copy large files to your SD/SDHC memory card and then view it on tablet.

Nextbook Next3 tablet can be connected to internet through wi-fi. But the supports is restricted to 802.11b and 802.11g only. There is no Bluetooth support.

When it comes to viewing photos, you can view photos in  BMP,JPG, GIF, animated GIF picture formats.  Next3 tablet supports plenty of video formats like AVI, MP4 RM, RMVB,FLV, MKV, MOV,WMV. Unlike Coby MID7024, it doesn’t offer HDMI support.

The ebook formats supported by Next3 are PDF,Epub, TXT, PDB and RTF. Next3 doesn’t offer Android market place. You can download ebook through Borders ebook store.

Advantages of  Nextbook Next3 8.4 inches touchscreen tablet.

Inexpensive tablet

Large screen

Multiple language support

Up to 6 hours of battery life

Downside of Next3 tablet

No webcam

No Bluetooth

No HDMI support

Can’t download Microsoft office files from email as it doesn’t support it directly

Either finds out apps that support MS files or you need to tell sender to send files in txt or pdf format

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a tablet that allows you to surf web, read ebooks or watch movies and photo, it would be good choice. You can term Next3 as an entry level tablet which can be your companion during your travel. You can’t work on it much, though; it can be your buddy during your leisure period.

 

Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader Review

A brand new digital reader invades the market in the form of Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader. You can buy this at an approximate price tag of $150 across various retail stores online. Digital readers have become the new standard of the modern day wherein e-books are the new craze for the bookworms. All you need is a Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader wherein you can store thousands of books into this compact reader such that you can read on the go and won’t have to keep numerous of shelves at home.

Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader comes with a large amount of storage capacity such that it can store up to 5,000 books in total. Plus, its average battery power offers up to 10 hours of use such that you can take it wherever and make it accessible every time you want to read. The device comes with a 7-inch display and average resolution of 800 x 600. Thus, it is ideal for reading with a large enough display to make it easy on your eyes.

Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader is equipped with a built in 4GB memory, which is built in by the micro SD card that comes along with this product upon shipment. This internal memory capacity enables you to store roughly 5,000 files overall. But if you want to store more content, then you can take full advantage of its expandable memory that can go up to 32 GB since there are additional card slots available here.

Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader also offers USB connectivity, which also supports USB 2.0 port connectivity. However, it is still compatible with a USB 1.0 device. You can therefore enjoy a faster and more efficient way to share files from your USB to this digital reader or your personal computer. Users can also take full advantage of the wireless connectivity integrated for this digital reader since you can connect it with your computer if you have wireless connection at home. There is a wireless support intended for IEEE 802.11 b and g.

Some preloaded software are also included for Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader, such as the border ebooks library. This particular software enables you to access more ebooks and store them in your library for reading whenever you want. But this device is more than just a digital reader since you can also enjoy a few basic yet useful features including an alarm clock, dictionary, notepad, and calendar for your specific purposes.

You can view multiple types of files on the Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader as it offers support for any of the following formats: PDF, HTML, TXT, PDB, ePub, MP3, WAV, MP4, GIF, JPEG, BMP, among others. Hence, you can literally use it for displaying literally any type of file you want. A built-in accelerometer technology has been incorporated into Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader for an easier reading experience. Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader weighs only about a pound, such that it is very convenient for you to bring wherever you may go.

HP Pavilion dm1-3020us Review

If you are always on travel and need a laptop which comes with size of a netbook but delivers performance of a full fledged notebook then you can take a look at HP pavilion dm1-3020us. Though it will cost you more than a netbook, yet it will serve the purpose of both netbook and notebook. This 11.6” notebook is based on dual core AMD E-350 APU, the latest product from AMD, which not only enhances the performance of notebook but also provides prolonged battery life. Pavilion dm1-3020us comes with 3GB memory and 320GB hard drive with 7,200 rpm speed. Read further to know more about dm1-3020us-

HP Pavilion dm1-3020us specs

Under the metal alloy chassis, HP dm1-3020us encases latest AMD E series E-350 APU or accelerated processing unit. Actually, in this new platform of AMD, graphics and a dual core processor are merged into a single die along with memory controller and I/O buses. With passage of time, consumers have become more inclined towards portability and the APU is designed to be used from thin netbook to mainstream notebook, without sacrificing the performance. Each of the two cores of AMD E-350 is clocked with 1.6GHz and 1 MB of L2 cache.

The graphics part of the APU is represented by AMD Radeon HD 6310M  and is DirectX 11 capable. Though the graphics is comparable with entry level discrete GPU, yet due to missing dedicated memory and lack in processor speed, the graphics can’t deliver expected performance which is needed for gaming. You can however,  play games like Call of duty 4, starcraft 2 at low details and low settings on dm1-3020us

The APU comprises of Unified Video decoder 3 which can decode MPEG2, H.264 and VC-1 formats. You can watch HD videos seamlessly.

Memory-HP pavilion dm1-3020us comes with 3GB of DDR3 memory with maximum capacity of 8GB in two slots

Display-The 11.6” display of dm1-3020us is LED backlit and offers up to 1366*768 resolutions.

Hard drive– As told earlier the laptop provides 320GB of storage space with 7,200rpm speed.

Audio Audio is supported by Dolby Advanced Audio with Altec lansing speakers.

Network connectivity Pavilion dm1-3020us provides both wired and wireless networking support. For wired connectivity it comes with 10/100 Fast Ethernet and for wi-fi it offers 802.11 b/g/n. Ports include 3.USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output and multi-in-one media card reader.

The company claims that HP dm1-3020us provides up to 9 hours of battery life.

Pros of HP dm1-3020us

Dual core processor with decent graphics

Long battery life

Metallic finish

Full size keyboard

Cons of dm1-3020us

No DVD burner

No bluetooth

Final Thoughts

The 11.6″ size ( diagonally) makes HP dm1-3020us portable and also its price is reasonable. So if you are professional or student you can use it unless you have to go through some processor or graphics demanding tasks as the speed of processor is only 1.6GHz and graphics doesn’t come with dedicated memory.

 

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Features

About Android 2.3 or  Gingerbread

Android is referred to as mobile operating system formulated by Android Inc. It was later taken by Google. And now Google has taken it forward by releasing the reformed version of Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. The new Google Nexus S handset is manufactured by Samsung and is based on their hugely successful Galaxy S phone. Nexus S, the flagship smart phone device from Google, is supported by Android Gingerbread operating system that is enhanced by Linux Kernel. Introduction of Gingerbread has resulted in the enhancement of speed along with various other developments like reformed keyboard, improved selection tool, better in power management system, VOIP or SIP internet calling support, easy copy- paste technique and many more. Let us quickly glance over its improvements.

Improved Keyboard:  The most used functionality is upgraded by reshaping the keys in more convenient spaces. It pops up the dictionary for the word you are intending to type. Multi touch functionality is the added feature which nullifies the efforts of moving back and front like earlier one. The technology also allows you to swap to voice mode without replacing the current selection.

Easy to use copy – Paste function: The copy-paste function of Android 2.3 or Gingerbread is now meeting the standards of iPhone.  Where we can just press and hold for selection and maintain the selection mode to continue later. By pressing and holding, the selection mode is started which facilitates the expansion of selection brackets.

Enhanced Power Management System: With the improved power management system we can monitor the consumption of battery by various applications. We can easily control the usage of application that continuously drains the battery power.

Easy Downloading:  Download functions in Gingerbread  is based on an entirely new technique where files can be easily downloaded from various applications, emails or browsers and can be stored.

Near Field Communication: Gingerbread supports NFC technology also known as Near Field Communication. It features the wireless communication or easy data transfer over the vicinity of 4 inches with very high frequency. Currently this technology is used in public transportation and payment. Therefore there are strong estimations of its use to facilitate transactions through handset.

Audio Effects: Improved audio effects have been introduced in Android 2.3 that supports bass boost and equalization as well as headphone virtualization.

Camera: The Android Gingerbread supports multiple cameras that means, by using one camera application multiple cameras can be accessed.

Modified User Interface Structure: Gingerbread system incorporates simplified alterations to enhance the overall efficiency as well as facilitates its easy usage.

Calling via Internet made easy: If you have SIP or VoIP account then, the innovations bundled with Gingerbread will support internet telephony using SIP account or VoIP.

Additionally, the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread supports large screen with good resolution as well as new sensors such as gyroscope and barometer. It also facilitates WebM and VP8 video player.

To meet the higher standards and beat the high end competition along with Nexus S model even LG and Nokia are planning to upgrade their existing operating system to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Coby KYROS MID7024-4G Review

About Coby KYROS MID7024 7″ Tablet PC

Like notebook, it seems that market will soon get saturated with Tablet PCs as well. However, if you look for iPad or other tablet PC from a renowned manufacturer, you have to spend around $300 to $1000, depending on brand and features of tablet which is not affordable by all of us. Now question comes will your dream of having a tablet PC will ever get fulfilled? Don’t get disappointed. Many manufacturers have come forward with Tablet PCs which cost you around a netbook’s price or even less. Coby KYROS MID7024-4G is one of them and is available for around $200, with a plethora of features on offer. Don’t get mislead by its name that the device is 4G capable.  4G in the name denotes the amount of storage capacity the tablet offers which is 4GB.  Coby has launched a number of tablets and the Kyros MID7024 Tablet is the latest in the series. Here are detailed features of  the tablet.

Coby MID7024 Tablet is integrated with Samsung S5PV210 processor which is 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. This type of processor is specially made to serve devices like netbook and  tablets. This 7” (diagonally)Android 2.2 device is sturdy and does not give a cheap look. It measures 7.68 inches long, 4.75 inches wide, and a just hair above half-inch thick.

The screen of Coby MID7024 is resistive touchscreen and offers a maxium display resolution of 800 x 480 in 16:9 aspect ratio. The tablet offers 4GB inbuilt storage capacity, 512MB RAM and there is a microSD card slot which can be used to avail up to 32GB of storage support. It is advisable that users should buy 16GB/32GB microSD card along with the tablet.

Other basic features available with Coby KYROS MID7024 is  802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, one USB 2.0 port and HDMI output for viewing 720p or 1080p content in other HDMI supported device. It doesn’t support 802.11 n Wi-Fi standard, but you should not mind it because of its price. There’s a standard headphone jack, mic in and a pair of stereo speakers available in the tablet. Coby MID7024 also comes with front facing camera.

Advantages of Coby KYROS MID7024

It is true that the device can’t provide you features like Apple IPAD or Dell Streak but still it has lots to offer.

You will not only enjoy YouTube videos, Hulu in your tab but can also enjoy HDTV via HDMI output.

You can read e-books, play games online. However, AppsLib has limited number of apps and games compared to Android marketplace. To read books download Aldiko E-book reader application

There are plenty of audio and video tutorials which help you to run this device properly.

Imagine yourself  lost in connecting the tablet to HDTV –  just browse the company’s  website and you will find both video and text tutorial

Shortcomings of Coby MID7024

Less apps choices as it comes with preinstalled Appslib market place.

No Bluetooth.

No 802.11 n wi-fi support

The resistive touchscreen is not as comfortable as capacitive screen. To work with resistive screen it is advisable to use stylus

 

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 Review with Intel Sandy Bridge Processors

Technology lovers, who use to follow tech news regularly, might have heard of Lenovo’s addition to it’s Z series of laptops, IdeaPad Z570 series. Lenovo had announced about the model during CES 2011 along with other models. Now Lenovo’s shopping website updates its page with two new IdeaPad Z570 models. Both the models are equipped with Intel Sandy Bridge processor and second generation Intel HD 3000 graphics. Though many of us had expected Z570 to come with discrete level of graphics yet truth is that both the models come with Intel HD 3000 graphics.

The two models available are Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 102433U and Lenovo Ideapad Z570-102432U. Below are the details of the laptops-

Processor-The Z570 102433U model is powered by Intel core i3-2310M Dual core Sandy bridge processor which operates at 2.1 Ghz frequency and has 3MB of level 3 cache. Like previous generation core i3 processor, it lacks Turboboost technology but comes with Hyper Threading technology which enhances the multitasking power of the laptop as each core can process two threads at a time.

The other model Z570-102432U is equipped with Intel core i5-2520M Dual core processor which operates at 2.5 GHz frequency and comes with Turboboost technology which boosts up the frequency up to 3.2 GHz. The processor features Hyper Threading technology as well.

The benefit of Turboboost technology is that it can provide enhanced performance even if you are running multiple application and only one or two of the cores are in use.

Memory When comes to memory, the Ideapad Z570-102432U comes with 6GB memory and Z570 102433U is integrated with 4GB memory. Both the models offer 500GB of disk space with 5,400 rpm speed.

Graphics The 2nd generation Intel HD 3000 graphics of  IdeaPad Z570 will give optimum performance as compared to previous generation Intel GMA graphics. The graphics share same die of the processor and also cache memory of the cores.  However, sharing is not limited to cache memory only as it can also use system memory. Thus, the performance of the graphics is improved. GPU also supports Turboboost. It can decode HD videos, when comes to gaming performance it is equivalent to entry level discrete graphics.

Display-Lenovo Z570 comes with 15.6” Glare display with maximum resolution of 1366*768 and offers high definition features.

Operating system- Both model runs on 64 bits Windows 7 home premium

Along with wi-fi b/g/n,  Lenovo Z570 offers Bluetooth support as well. IdeaPad Z570 provides double layer DVD burner and 2.0 megapixel webcam. It also offers 4 USB2.0 ports, one port combo with eSATA, media card reader and a HDMI port.

The most significant features of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 series is its encasing. It comes with chiclet keyboard encased in a modern hairline and metallic finish panel which gives it an elegant look.

Final Thoughts

The price of Lenovo Z570 ranges from $700 to $1100 depending upon the configuration. However, it looks little pricey as it lacks in discrete level graphics. The cost would have been justified had it come with mid-level discrete graphics. Another downside is the HDD speed of 5400 rpm; a 7200 rpm HDD would have made it a better choice with consumers. However, Bluetooth support and an extra USB2.0 port are plus points for the laptop.