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Testing notebooks with the screen of 13-14 inches 
Published 2006/10/16
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Since the moment of our last testing 13-14-inches screen notebooks passed nearly nine months. For this time vastly increased the speed, as well as equipping mobile PC. First of all this is connected with transition on new platform Intel Centrino Duo. Two-nuclear processors - exactly that, what so came short to modern laptops. With their appearance disappeared the main problem, connected with low "responsiveness" of device, as well as stereotype had been broken, according to that portable computers do not suit for work with professional resourceful exhibits.

Systematic testing of 13-14-inches models is connected with that that they are the most optimum in relation of mass indicators and equipment. They can be recommended as both office machines, and portable decisions for each day.

If we compare with other models, which we have tested in winter, the changes are visible. First, almost all notebooks now have discrete video adapters, as well as hard disks with capacity of 80 GB and higher. Second, with the increasing of the general productivity, clockrate of processor fell down. If earlier the most wide-spread CPU was Intel Pentium M 740 with clockrate 1,73 GHz, then now this is Intel Core Duo T2300 with frequency 1,66 GHz. It is connected with optimum indicators of energy requirement and, accordingly, heat emitting of data of processors.

«Version» IQ Leader 48D

$1560

Size 358×269×34 mm

Mass 2,5 kg

Processor
Intel Core Duo T2400 (1,83 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945PM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum)
1024/2048 MB, DDR2

Screen 14,1" (1280×800 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 111/33 cd/m²

Hard disk 80 GB SATA

Built-in drives DVD±RW DL

Graphic adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600, 256 MB

External connectors
4×USB, FireWire (4 pin), Express Card, VGA, DVI-D, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)

Wire communications
1 Gbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, IrDA

Battery/autonomy
7050 ∙, 10,8 V / 2 h 11 mins

Installed OS
Windows XP Home

Autonomy; productivity

Big mass; low maximum brightness of the screen

Fine equipped and not expensive notebook

Verdict

The Model Leader 48D came to change very lucky notebook of past generation 47w. The computer remarkably rised up in all factors. At our glance, there's installed the optimal CPU Intel Core Duo T2400, which manages practically with all problems quite well. This is also one of a few laptops, equipped with gigabyte OMI. The ATI Videocard shows productivity as well as processor, so it's quite real to play the modern games on this PC in your free time.

Unlike predecessor, the new model «got fatty« a little bit. Besides, storage battery mildly emerges from the body, and many people do not like it. However, its capacity (7050 ∙h) partly compensates this defect.

As a whole, notebook produces the pleasing impression. The quality of plastic seems to be higher, than Leader 47w. As it is indeed, time and daily usage of device will show everything. To word, by the flowing of time there will be many sore spots on the IQ Leader 47w model.

What concerns ergonomics, that there no censures at all. The keyboard is standard for all notebooks of this company.


ASUS A8J

$1416

Size 355*245*37 mm

Mass 2,4 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo T2300E (1,66 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945PM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 512/2048 MB, DDR2

Screen 14" (1280*768 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 115/0 cd/m2

Hard disk 80 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin), VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)

Wire communications 1 Gbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), IrDA

Battery/autonomy 4800 mAh, 11,1 V / 1 h 49 mins

Installed OS Windows XP Home

Good equipment and ergonomics; small size; full complectation

Low maximum brightness of display

Office notebook with good correlation price/quality

Verdict

At first glance this is a typical modern business-notebook, but he has several interesting particularities: presence of the two outputs for joining the external monitor (DVI and D-Sub) and five ports USB 2.0. Rather rare appearance for this class - usually producers leave one interface and maximum four USB. For the rest no bells and whistles - a standard set of audio joints, outlet for connection of the network and modem, FireWire, S-Video-out, IR-port and multiformat cardreader. Not forgotten and became already accustomed for business notebooks ASUS Web-camera, united with microphone.

The keyboard is standard, without additional elements and excellently done - the buttons of the normal size and no keys limited by width in the right part. Touchpad is not bad too, differing with big margin for cursor controlling, suitable buttons and sufficient sensitivity.

The considered example A8J possesses one of the most imposing configuration within the frames of this model: processor Intel Core Duo T2300E (1,66 GHz), 512 MB OZU, 80 GB hard disk, videoadapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 - a good set for universal device of average level.


ASUS W3J

$2052

Size 330*247*33 mm

Mass 2 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo T2300 (1,66 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945PM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 512/2048 MB, DDR2

Screen 14" (1280*768 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 140/2 cd/m2

Hard disk 80 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter ATI Mobility Radeon X1600, 256 MB

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin), Express Card, VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)

Wire communications 1 Gbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), IrDA

Battery/autonomy 4800 mAh, 14,8 V / 1 h 41 mins

Installed OS Windows XP Pro

Great speed in multimedia applications; design

Traditionally high price

Stylish notebook for people, which take care of their image at first place

Verdict

The new model is nothing but the renovation of popular device ASUS W3v. The exterior was always considered to be a distinctive feature of ASUS company, and given notebook did not become the exception - this is, in the first place, - image product. The dark colour excellently matches with invoice of high-quality plastic and aluminum. Apropos, flexible lid made of metal fine protects the computer from external damages and pressures on rear side of the screen in locked position.

«Stuffing» of device is possible to characterize as balanced. The processor and videocard are capitally suitable to each other, as our test has proved. The only thing the notebook can be reproached is a small volume of operative memory. There must be installed as minimum twice more RAM in the notebook of such a level. However, if that given factor is critical for you, anyway you'll be able to buy one more plank in the future without problems.

In spite of low clockrate of the processor, components are quite powerfully warmed, an overheated air confirms that, blown by system of cooling. Notable is the fact that the temperature of the top part of the body is changed insignificantly. The bilge herewith is warmed, but not stronger, than in other models.


ASUS W7J

$2068

Size 355*245*37 mm

Mass 1,9 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo T2400 (1,83 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945PM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 1024/2048 MB, DDR2

Screen 14" (1280*768 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 135/5 cd/m2

Hard disk 80 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin) , VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)

Wire communications 1 Gbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth

Battery/autonomy 4800 mAh, 11,1 V / 1 h 25 mins

Installed OS Windows XP Home

The excellent equipment; not bad ergonomics; small size and mass; full set

Considering the price, display could be better

Good choice for those,who need multifunctional, but at the same time greatly compact notebook.

Verdict

W7J yet by no means is not inserted in frames especially as a working instrument. Rather it's a certain compromise between the comfort of using 14-inches models and compactness and stylish exteriors of 12-inches subnotebooks. It is necessary to acknowledge that superiority aside the last ones is very remarkable - despite the fact that size and mass of W7J devices a little bit less than the A8J series, outwardly it looks much more compact, than there is indeed.If you don't put the A8J near, the usual user will rather decide that there is a classical subnotebook with the diagonal of display of 12 inches in front of him.But really all the differences are reduced to the minimum width of margin around the screen and keyboard and reduced depth of laptop. Ergonomics impresses: there are no pretensions to the location of joints,and their set is fully peculiar to the modern office decision. By the equipment ASUS W7J can be named "small" very hardly - a processor Intel Core Duo T2400 (1,83 GHz), 1024 MB RAM, hard disk with the volume 80 GB, optical drive DVD RW, graphic adapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400, built-in Web-camera with sensor of 1,3 Mp, adapters - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The deserving equipment for notebook of top-class is so that the circle of tasks, with which can manage this laptop, practically unlimited.


LG T1 Express Dual

$1730

Size 334*240*21,5 mm

Mass 1,9 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo L2300 (1,5 GHz)

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 512 /2048 MB, DDR2

Chipset Intel 945GM Express

Screen 14,1" (1440*900 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 118/9 cd/m2

Hard disk 80 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter Intel GMA 950

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin), Express Card, VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)/xD

Wire communications 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 Battery/autonomy 5200 mAh, 11,1 V/ 2 h 6 mins

Installed OS Windows XP Pro

Design; small mass; great functionality; good autonomy

Easily soiled covering made of plastic

Excellent combination of stylish exterior, small sizes and productivity

Verdict

Product is given by LG company

The thickness of new notebook from korean producer forms only 21,5 mm.Notebook is made in Piano Black style, as minimum it produces an impression, but you'll have to wipe easily soiled varnish very often. Additionally the scratches appear very fast.

The screen of computer has a glossy covering that perfects a little bit better color transmitting and contrast of pictures, but it's fraught with appearance of light glare, as well as subjects' reflection. Maximum and minimum brightness are 118 and 9 kd/m accordingly - considering multimedia deposits of device, that's all not quite enough. The corners of review are peculiar for TN-matrixes and are fully sufficient for comfort work. As a whole, the quality of screen can be characterized as average.

The speed in media applications of given models - within the possibilities of integrated graphics Intel GMA 950. LG T1 is built on the base of Intel Core Duo L2300 1,5 GHz, where index L means the lowered consumed power, which is found at a rate of 25 Vt. Due to this, as well as capacious battery, notebook has shown excellent time of the autonomous work in the mode of the office loading.

LG T1 has rather good ergonomics. All ports and connectors are placed wholly comfortable.


Prestigio Visconte 1300

$1210

Size 316*224*34 mm

Mass 2 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo T2500 (2,0 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945GM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 1024/2048 MB, DDR2

Screen 13" (1280*768 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 125/15 cd/m2

Hard disk 80 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter Intel GMA 950

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin), PC Card type II, VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)

Wire communications 1 Gbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Battery/autonomy 4800 mAh, 11,1 V / 1 h 13 mins

Installed OS Windows XP Professional

The excellent speed in office applications

Exterior; keyboard and touchpad

Productive and inexpensive notebook

Verdict

Notebook Prestigio is completely painted in black colour, herewith the rear side of the lid is glossy and is enough easily soiled. So, as well as because of big thickness, not everyone will be pleased by the exterior. So you must surely keep laptop in hand before buying.

Both Cyrillic, and Latin alphabet are inflicted on the keyboard by white paint. Several keys on the right side "are compressed" that can cause the inconvenience at high speed typesetting.Touchpad has frankly disappointed. It is not sunk in the body so to find it blindfold is difficult, and a quality of its positioning and sensitivity leave much to be desired.

But there are all necessary connectors for functioning in this notebook, card reader, and mechanical breaker of the adapter of wireless communication. There is a powerful processor of T2500 version installed in the device with clockrate of 2 GHz and gigabyte of operative memory, but herewith the notebook has showed the low speed in synthetic tests. Besides that, you have to pay for the essential heating and noisy system of the cooling for those megahertz.

If you want to get compact notebook with rich equipment with a very attractive price, and herewith you're ready to close eyes on some defects of appearance, this model - for you.


Samsung X11

$1398

Size 339*258*26-34 mm

Mass 2,2 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo T2300 (1,66 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945GM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 512 /2048 MB, DDR2, 533 MHz

Screen 14,1" (1280*800 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 93/7 cd/m2

Hard disk 60 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter Intel GMA 950

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin), PC Card type II, VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC(HS)/MS(Pro)/xD

Wire communications 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0

Battery/autonomy 2600 mAh, 14,8 V / 1 h 10 mins

Design; mass-size factors; functionality

Small time of the autonomous work from standard battery; low maximum brightness of the screen

Stylish decision for mobile office.

Verdict

Samsung X11 has direct verges and acute angles that, as a whole, look nice. If you saw at least one device from the new model row of the company, you would confidently say, if you like this style or not. To speak about equipment, then the given notebook is different from other participants of the testing by nothing: here are present only standard ports; however, there aren't any defects in them (what costs at least multiformat flash card reader). One of the main values can be considered as the presence of Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth of a new generation.

In the model we have tested was installed younger two-nuclear processor of -series with graphic adapter Intel GMA 950. Those, who caught fancy of formfactor and functionality of device, but are not appointed with its configuration, can look for a one with more powerful processor and graphic adapter GeForce Go 7400, of course,on the other price. What directly concerns the notebook, that this, as always, is a qualitative product. To evident defects is possible to refer only the half-battery - at maximum load computer worked a bit more than an hour. If it's not suitable to you then you can buy without problems a battery with duplicated capacity.


Toshiba Tecra A6

11 807 grn

Size 343*242*34 mm

Mass 2,3 kg

Processor Intel Core Duo T2400 (1,83 GHz)

Chipset Intel 945PM Express

Volume of operative memory (standard/maximum) 512 /2048 MB, DDR2

Screen 14,1" (1280*768 pixels)

Brightness of screen (max/min) 96/27 cd/m2

Hard disk 80 GB

Built-in drives DVD RW DL

Graphic adapter NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M

External connectors 3USB, FireWire (4 pin), PC Card type II, VGA, S-Video, RJ11, RJ45, S/PDIF, line-in, mic-in

Formats supported flash-cards SD/MMC/MS(Pro)

Wire communications 1 Gbps Ethernet, modem 56K

Wireless communications Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0

Battery/autonomy 4000 mAh, 10,8 V / 1 h 32 mins

Installed OS Windows XP Pro

The rare graphic adapter; the exterior

Mass-size factors; price; low maximum brightness of the screen

Good worker machine, but expensive

Verdict

This is enough large device, with its mass-size factors approaching to notebook from company "Version". Frankly speaking, product of Toshiba is a bit more light, but for 14-inches model 2,3 kgs - would be heavy.

In the open position device turned out to be rather nice. The lid of display and body itself has neat corners. The impression spoils only keyboard: Cyrillic symbols are inflicted not with laser etching, but with the help of usual stickers. Also not all users are fond of too small size of touchpad. The producer makes the position of the model not as a mobile workstation, but as substitution of the desktop computer. Nevertheless, in spite of external graphic adapter, notebook has shown rather mediocre speed in game tests. This is not surprising, because it's equipped by Quadro NVS 110M videocard, which is intended in the first place for professional graphic applications. If by some reasons it doesn't suit you, it's possible to find the variant with "usual" video, for instance with ATI Radeon X1600. That would be a more reasonable choice, as diagonals of the screen obviously are not enough for functioning in specialized packages.

Display has a glossy anti-highlight covering; corners of the review are small.


Conclusion

While making a conclusion all main parameters were taken into account, by which we were evaluating all devices. The main of them were a correlations price/quality and price/mass. ASUS portable computers have excellently showed themselves. So, successful buying will become the A8Jc model - for comparatively small money you will get a qualitative notebook from eminent brand. The W3J and W7J models belong to image products, but as is well known, here priorities a bit differ from accustomed. Despite the lower productivity, the mark "Best quality" was solved to give to ASUS W7J for shocking compactness, functionality and splendid exterior. The only that distresses is a relatively small time of autonomous work.

As a rule, the mark «The choice of editorial office: the best buy» is conferred by us to only one notebook. However, this time we had to do an exception and we have noted two devices immediately: "Version" IQ Leader 48D and LG T1 Express Dual. So if you need the maximally productive computer for moderate price, then "Version" Leader 48D - exactly that is necessary. But if the main for you is a style and small mass then T1 has no rivals in given price category. Besides, both laptops have demonstrated the longest time of autonomous work in both modes.

Prestigio Visconte 1300 turned out to be the cheapest representative of two-nuclear notebooks. If you are not upset by the exterior of a model, then it will become a good pretender on the role of inexpensive office machine.

The distinctive feature of Toshiba Tecra A6 is a specialized adapter NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M. Unfortunately, the price of device is too high, and what is the most main, this laptop does not suit for professional activity, so Quadro card is a bit inappropriate here.

And finally, advice. Having supervised the appropriate configuration and model of notebook, it's surely worth visiting the specific salon and trying to work with it at least for five minutes. The jejune digits may seem very attractive, and a buying - profitable, but never ignore your personal tastes.




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