June 8 - 14, 2009 Myanmar's first international weekly © Volume 24, No. 474

Laptop shopping guide

The laptop market has grown significantly in recent years and there are now an overwhelming array of models available for purchase.
To help you choose the best setup for your need, Myanmar Times reporter Aye Sapay Phyu runs the rule over four different models.

For the gamer:

This MSI GX 620 notebook is suitable for both business and playing games and weighs in at about 2.7 kilograms. The Intel Centrino 2 Processor can easily handle the latest update of Windows Vista Home Premium but users may find it worthwhile to upgrade to the maximum 4GB. It also boasts a 512MB nVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card that should be powerful enough to keep gamers happy, as will the large 15.4 inch LCD screen. This laptop also features twin speakers, a 2.0 megapixel webcam, 160GB hard drive, and a DVD drive. There’s also plenty of internet and device connectivity, thanks to Bluetooth 2.0 technology, built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n capability and a 56K Modem.

Price: US$1280
Contact: Smart Computer Technology
Ph: (01) 256 636, 389 112

For the net nerd:

Toshiba’s new Satellite L310 is perfect for those who need access to the net, wherever they are. With the 56K built-in modem it’s possible to access the internet through any telephone line, while the integrated 802.11b/g and Ethernet LAN should enable more high-speed access in the office. The 1.3 megapixel webcam will no doubt be useful, as will the technology that allows users to charge their USB device – digital camera, MP3/MP4 player or hand phone – when the computer is in “sleep” mode. Other specs include a 2.0Ghz Intel Dual-Core T4200 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB SATA hard disk and DVD drive. A one-year parts and service warranty is available on request.

Price: about K600,000
Contact: Lucky Bird Co Ltd
Ph: (01)248 167, 379 875

For the budget conscious:

Chinese company Hasee has released a new budget model, the FU 331, that is set to shake up the local budget laptop market. Despite coming in at less than $500 and weighing a lithe 2.4 kilograms, this unit features a 2.16GHz Intel Dual Core T3400 Processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160GB SATA hard disk. The 13.3-inch WXGA LCD screen is sure to please with its clear and crisp images, provided with the assistance of a 128MB MIRAGE 3 graphics card. A DVD read and write drive, 4-in-1 card reader, wireless LAN 802.11b/g, 10/100 LAN card and four USB 2.0 ports are also included in this notebook package.

Price: $460
Contact: Micro Computer Co Ltd
Ph: (01) 202 453, 294 503

For the accident prone:

Don’t waste time hitting keys to login to your ASUS F80Q laptop: Thanks to its face recognition software, you can now sign in simply by staring at the LCD screen. Some might consider this a gimmick but the F80Q packs plenty of other features, such as a spill-proof keyboard and ASUS Copy Protect software, which prevents other users from copying your data to a portable hard drive. The tech specs are equally impressive; a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T3400, 2GB of DDR2 800 RAM and a 250GB SATA hard disk. There’s also a DVD writer, 256MB of built-in graphical memory, a 14-inch LCD screen, onboard LAN, wireless networking, a 56K modem, Bluetooth, 1.3 Megapixel webcam and USB ports.

Price: $690 or K748,700
Contact: Golden Power Technology
Ph: (01) 226 664, 210 943

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