Stories by Darren Gladstone

The Laptop Compatibility Quiz

Q. Do you want to write a few email messages or surf the web while listening to some music? Figure out the family budget? Watch a DVD movie or two?

Lenovo Thinkpad T400s

The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s (the 's' could stand for 'small' or even 'surprising') is an evolutionary step up from the ThinkPad T400, which is itself a good all-purpose business laptop.

Sony VAIO W Series

The VAIO W isn't Sony's first netbook--technically, that honor belongs to the fashion-forward <a href="">Vaio P</a>, even if the company touted the P as a bite-sized "lifestyle laptop." B...

nVidia Ion

Comprising the nVidia GeForce 9400 GPU with an Intel Atom chip, the nVidia Ion platform aims to bring premium performance to small form factor netbooks and PCs. We put an early nVidia Ion reference unit through its paces.

Alienware m17

When I think of Alienware PCs, a few words come to mind &#8211; and &#8220;cheap&#8221; usually isn&#8217;t one of them. This boutique game machine maker creates premium packages with premium prices. For an Alienware laptop, the m17 is priced within...

Dell Studio XPS 16

The Dell Studio XPS line emphasises style without sacrificing functionality. These multimedia laptops have a bit of leather trim here, a backlit keyboard there &#8211; and a whole lot of plugs, ports, and features packed in.

HP TouchSmart tx2

Touch screens have mostly been limited to business-minded Tablet PCs. But HP's TouchSmart tx2 gets props for bringing touch to the masses. This hybrid notebook lifts HP's desktop experience from its TouchSmart <a href="


Don't you dare call the VAIO P a netbook! Why otherwise would Sony smart at the idea of me using the "N" word even though the P has a netbook's 1.33-GHz Z520 Intel Atom processor (at the low end of the second-gen CPU list)? First off, the price: It s...

TIP: The specs that matter

If taking the highest-quality photos you possibly can is all that you care about, you should opt for a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. But when you carry an item around all day, you soon realise the value of light weight and compact size. H...

The specs that matter [and the specs that don’t]

It usually goes like this: an ad in the paper (or online) catches your eye. It lists a few product specs and claims some special features, but that&#8217;s about it. Still, the price seems okay. May as well pull out the wallet now, right? Wrong!

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