Friday, January 25, 2008

ibm's thinkpad t60

One of IBM’s most popular laptop models is the ThinkPad T60 which is the Think Express Model of the IBM computer line. IBM offers the notebook with either a 14 or 15 inch screen and the resolution on both sizes is adjustable. It also features a Core Duo processor with Intel technology that runs at 1.66 GHz, and can be interfaced with the ATI X1400 graphics card to optimize visual performance.
The T60 evolved from IBM’s old laptop the T43. When IBM upgraded the laptop they took all of the components that made the T43 so popular and fine tuned them building off of the high performance, strong design, wireless capabilities, and long battery life IBM is known for.
The ThinkPad T60 is also the first notebook in the ThinkPad brand to be released with the revolutionary new Intel Core Duo processor. This new technology is Intel’s best processor so far and allows the computers to run far faster due to its duel processor technology and is the king of performance.
The ThinkPad T-series is designed for both business users and professionals and provides all the characteristics people in these fields are looking for. Several configuration options on the port and keyboard layout are now available in this series and the security, usability, and performance of the T-series go unmatched in other business oriented notebooks.
The premium price associated with the ThinkPad is worth it because the consumer is buying a product with durability that is made to last. The screen is reinforced by magnesium providing unparalleled protection for the screen. The keyboard also does not bend and is spill proof with two drain holes incase any accidents occur at your local coffee shop. The computer has an Active Protection System (APS) that instantly shuts off the hard drive if dropped to prevent any data loss.
Overall, the T60 is an excellent computer and easy to recommend to buyers. The durability, easiness, and professional programming gives the user a plethora of possibilities. The new processor can handle anything a business user could possibly need and if installed with an X1400 graphics card, can river some of the industries best gaming computer. For a business traveler on the go looking for something to withstand the wears and tears of 21st century business at a fair price, the T60 is unmatched.

Lenovo to outsource all laptop production to Taiwanese suppliers

Apparently that cheap Chinese labor ain't what it used to be: Lenovo currently has Quanta, Compal, Wistron and Inventec building for it in Taiwan, and the company plans to drop one of those from its consumer line and add one manufacturer to its ThinkPad line. This apparently means that Lenovo's outsourcing its laptop manufacturing completely for the first time in its history, which might seem a bit odd for a Chinese company, but with Lenovo's market share slipping to the likes of Acer, it seems the time is right to make a move.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Laptop Computers Basics

Now is a great time to invest in a laptop computer! Technology has advanced rapidly over the last few years, while prices have dropped. With so many similar products on the market choosing a laptop can be a very confusing process. We've created this guide to help you decide which components are best suited for your needs. We've broken laptop users down into four categories to help you decide what type of computer you'll need and what you can expect to pay.

Important Terms

CD and DVD Drives
These allow you to play music and data CDs and DVDs. CD and DVD burners allow you to archive important files or make copies of music or movies.CD drives are commonly called "CD-R" or "CD-RW". In "CD-R" the "R" stands for recordable, which means you can record or "burn" information onto a blank CD-R disc. In "CD-RW" the "RW" stands for re-writable, which means you can erase and re-record information onto a CD-RW disc. CD-RW discs often have trouble being read by music CD players, so if you're only planning to record music you should stick with the CD-R format. DVDs have greater storage capacity and also use the terms "R" and "RW" but "RW" is a little more confusing in their case because there isn't a single standard for recordable DVDs yet. There are currently "+RW" and "-RW" DVD formats available so be sure to buy the right kind of disc for your DVD drive. Some drives can handle both "+RW" and "-RW" formats and are often listed like this: "DVD±RW".

Hard drives
These are the primary storage units for your laptop. This is where your operating system and program data are stored. If you require additional storage space you can easily add an external hard drive to your laptop. Storage size is measured in GB (gigabytes).

Memory (RAM)
Random Access Memory (or "RAM") provides temporary read/write storage. It's often referred to as "virtual memory" and is measured in MBs (megabytes) or GB (gigabytes). Generally, the more memory you have, the more programs you can run simultaneously.

Graphics cards
These allow the computer to display a certain number of colors and images. Higher quality graphics cards will often come with their own video RAM. The video RAM greatly increases the image quality of your laptop.

Battery life
Battery life varies greatly on laptop computers depending on the type of applications you are using. Generally, as you increase your processor speed you sacrifice battery life. A fully charged laptop battery or "power brick" will give you around two hours of unplugged use. Your laptop battery will come with a recharging pack, which will plug directly into an A/C outlet to replenish your battery's charge. Each laptop will have its own specifications on battery life and will also offer the ability to purchase additional battery packs, if needed.Another solution to the battery life issue is to purchase an additional battery: either one that you can insert into the machine alongside the primary battery or one that you can swap out. Keep in mind that the laptop battery can often be the heaviest item in the computer. A typical power brick weighs about 1 lb.

Laptops for Work

As a business professional, you'll need a laptop that can efficiently multi-task between spreadsheets and word processing documents while allowing you to display dazzling presentations. Internet connectivity is also a vital and necessary consideration for checking your email and staying in touch with the office while you're on the road or working from a remote location. You'll need a laptop that is lightweight and durable, built to withstand the abuse it will incur while traveling.Here are the minimum requirements you should look for when shopping for a laptop computer for work:
Processor speed - 2 GHz to 2.5 GHz will work for general office software. If you'll be running many programs simultaneously, go with a 2.5 GHz or 3 GHzMemory - 256 MB of RAM installed (512 MB for the more intensive business user)Hard Drive - 40 GB (60 GB for the more intensive business user)Screen size - 14" or larger. The size of the screen will affect the overall weight and portability of the laptop.Cost - A typical business computer costs around $1,400 to $2,000 but for more intensive needs, which require more features, expect to pay over $2,000.

Laptops for Gaming

Gamers require laptops with faster processor speeds, large amounts of memory and top-of-the-line graphics capabilities. As a result, you can expect these machines to be more expensive than the standard business laptops.For a good gaming experience, here are the minimum laptop computer requirements:
Processor speed - 2.5 GHz to 3 GHz or more. Look for Pentium 4, Athlon 64 or G4 processors, which will deliver the necessary performance required to run graphically intensive video games.Memory - At least 512 MB of RAM installedHard drive - 60 GB and upScreen size - 15" or larger. Also, check to see that the graphics card has at least 128MB of video memory.Weight - This depends on how often you're planning to carry it with you. Obviously, the more you carry it, the lighter you'll want it to be. 5 lbs and under is optimal weight if you'll be carrying it frequently or for long distances.Battery Life - This depends on how long you'll want to run your laptop between recharging your battery. You don't want to lose power in the middle of a game, so make sure your battery runs 4 to 5 hours and consider buying a backup battery. Obviously, a long battery life isn't as important if your computer will be plugged into a power outlet most of the time.Cost - A faster processor and more memory cause a good gaming computer to be more expensive. Expect to pay over $2,000.

Laptops for School

Since most students will be commuting with their laptops they'll need to look for a lightweight, yet durable, machine that is designed to absorb shocks from bumping and/or dropping the unit. Overall weight is also a crucial factor in deciding which laptop to buy. A convenient solution to help reduce weight is to look for a model that allows you to swap out or remove the drive components that you will not be actively using, such as a CD-ROM or floppy drive.These days, students rely on the internet for research, downloading homework projects and email communication. It's essential to have a built-in wireless internet or Wi-Fi adapter to make it quick and convenient to connect to the internet via wireless "hot spots" on and around campus. Students might also consider items such as a CD or DVD burner for creating, sharing and storing important projects.Here are the minimum requirements you should look for when shopping for a laptop computer for school:
Processor speed - 2 GHz and upMemory - At least 256 MB to 512 MB of RAM installedHard drive - 40 GB to 60 GB Screen size - Under 16" is recommended for maximum portabilityWeight - 5 lbs and underBattery Life - 4 to 5 hrs. Also consider buying an additional battery or "power brick" to provide double the amount of time you have between charging your battery.Cost - A basic laptop computer for a student can start under $1,400. Faster laptops are usually priced from $1,400 to $2,000.