The ASUS Z96j is powered by a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, 1GB of OCZ DDR2-667 RAM, 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon x1600 graphics, 100GB SATA HDD, built-in webcam, 8x DVD+RW drive, and a vibrant 15.4 inch SXGA display. NotebookReview has a review of this notebook.
To my knowledge, there is no such thing as a perfect laptop. Despite the flaws, I am happy with my purchase. According to Eddie from Geared2Play, the z96j has an official weight of 6.8lbs when fully configured with the 6 cell battery. But due to the manner in which weight is distributed, it subjectively feels lighter than my 14″ Compaq Presario 700, which has an official weight of 6.3 lbs. As a result, I perceive the z96j to be around the 6.3 lb range. If I wasn’t interested in the SXGA LCD, I would have settled for the Acer Aspire 5672 instead of an Asus s96j given my experience with the warm touchpad on the z96j. But as I stated earlier, I believe that the price difference between the z96j and the s96j is justified by its 1680×1050 SXGA screen. If was given the choice again, I would have still purchased the Asus z96j, but preferably from another online vendor since I did not find any reason to spend more money on customer service. On a subjective grading scale, I would rate the Asus z96j an 8.25 out of 10.
Hitachi PN39K1S measures 365 mm x 265 mm x 32.8 – 35.3mm and weights 6.3pounds. It provides a super bright 15.4 inch WXGA display and powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 processor, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB HDD, and a DVD Super-Multi drive. Multimedia features include a built-in digital TV tuner, DVR capabilities (up to 83 hours of video), and a 3W subwoofer. This model goes on sale October 26th for US$2,236.
Toshiba adds its DynaBook Satellite line with the AW6. This 6 pound notebook features a 1.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 memory, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics, 120GB HDD, and a DVD Super-Multi drive. External interfaces include four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, 4-in-1 memory card reader, and 802.11 a/b/g WLAN. Toshiba will launch the AW6 on September 5th with the price of US$1,717.
The new Acer TravelMate 9520 is a laptop for gaming that features the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor with Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) and a 17 inch Acer CrystalBrite™ wide screen. The notebook can be equipped by either the NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7900 GS or NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7600 graphics engine. The new Acer 3290 also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with Acer SignalUp™ technology which boosts the wireless signals for uninterrupted networking. The laptop is equipped with Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers and the Acer BasSonic subwoofer for unrivaled audio performance. Moreover, this next generation machine has built-in HMDI™-out and DVI ports with HDCP support and can be easily hooked up to ones home audio system via the S/PDIF digital interface and Dolby®1 Digital Live and DTS CONNECT™2 technology. For more details, visit Acer.
The N170J-301E is Tsukomo’s latest notebook which is powered by a 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 80GB HDD, and a 17 inch WXGA screen. It has four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, and a 3-in-1 memory card reader. Dimensions are 393 mm x 281 mm x 34.7 mm and weighs 9.3 pounds. The N170J-301E is available now with prices starting at $943.
This NEC LaVie C LC900/GD incorporates a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 160GB HDD (80GB x 2 in RAID 0), ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics, DVD Super-Multi drive, and a 15.4 inch WUXGA (1900 x 1200) display with ShineView technology. Weighing 9.5 pounds, LaVie C LC900/GD will be available in early October with the price of US$2135. Other specs include five USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, 3-in-1 memory card reader, and 802.11 a/b/g WLAN.