HP Mini 2140 Reviewed

March 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

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To make a long story short, the HP Mini 2140 is a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for. At least according to Liliputing:

Sure, the processor isn’t any faster than the CPUs in lower priced netbooks like the HP Mini 1000. And it’s not the thinnest and lightest mini-laptop available. But for a reasonable amount of extra cash you get a sturdier case, an accelerometer, a spill resistant keyboard with DuraKey finish, an ExpressCard slot, and a decent if not spectacular 3 cell battery. A 6 cell battery is also available, which reportedly runs for up to 8 hours with a standard hard drive, and up to 10 hours if you opt for the $575 80GB SSD.

Personally, I’m happy that HP didn’t make the same mistake they did with the Mini 1000: engineering a proprietary VGA-out port. That setup required a relatively expensive adapter to be remotely useful for presenters on-the-go, and limited the potential appeal of that netbook.

(Image courtesy of HP)


Quad-Core Toshiba X305-Q725 Notebook Reviewed

March 15, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, Laptops

So how does a hefty 17″ laptop from Toshiba—with a 2Ghz Core 2 Quad from Intel and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 9800M—hold up? Obviously, the puny 6-cell battery can’t power things for long, and carrying a desktop replacement that’s 2.5″ inches thick at its beefiest point must give owners hernia.

But Toshiba markets the X305-Q725 as a gaming notebook, so obviously performance is most important. Compared to its peers, this offering falls somewhere in the middkle. See Anandtech’s review for the full details.

Personally, I still think desktops are best for gaming procrastination; laptops should remain the domain of workaholics.

(image from Anandtech)

12V Spotlight Review: Hard to Find Flaws With This Car Socket Light

March 10, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Flashlights

By far the biggest advantages of the 12V Spotlight, a portable flashlight that snugly fits into the cigarette lighter of your car, are its rechargeable battery and very bright bulb. You don’t have to spend money to buy replacements, and a great way to blind yourself is to shine light directly into your eye. Twisting the cap turns the light on, and turning it the other way activates its charging mode. Read more

Razer Pro|Click Mobile Review

October 8, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Peripherals

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On a recent trip to Singapore, I kept a watchful eye for a Bluetooth mouse. Eventually I settled on a black Razer Pro|Click Mobile, which was buried in a bargain bin. Read more


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