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.
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.
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