A very good entry-level business laptop that’s also great for users who don’t want to spend a packet on a black notebook
Intel Core i3 380M processor | 2.54 GHz | 2 GB Ram | 1.3 mp webcam @ Rs. 41,199
I must confess, ever since Acer’s Time Line Series came out, its sleek design, clean lines and great-performing heart have made me fall in love with the company once again. Running on the latest Intel Core i3 380 M processor at 2.54 GHz, this machine comes with 2 GB Ram (DDR3), 14 inch high definition LED screen, 8x DVD Super Multi Double Layer Drive, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 3 USB 2.0 ports, magnesium alloy top cover, finger print reader and an anti-shock disk mounting called DASP that protects your hard disk in case you happen to drop the machine.
Windows 7 Professional is the default installation. For me, 2 GB of Ram is not enough, so the first thing I did even with the demo machine was to get 4 GB of Ram—the system can support up to 8 GB.
I was told that the battery is rated 8 hours, but I was able to squeeze in just a little over 5 hours. At this price, however, I feel that 5 hours of battery backup is not bad.
The machine has a built-in card reader (which can also read XD cards), gigabit LAN port, USB port and audio ports. An EasyPort IV is included (for adding more devices to the computer) on the left side of the notebook. On the right side, there is a modem—yes, the RJ11 variety. Though it is not commonly used these days, many secure networks still require synchronisation of data over a telephone line instead of an internet link.
The display screen is HD ready and can support a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The screen looks nice, but Acer could have made it look better. The screen’s brightness is good for an office that is lit normally. And even if it’s a brightly lit office, the slight matte finish on the screen makes it stand out. However, the display does not perform very well under bright sunlight.
Antonio Bernini Stealth @ Rs. 29,995
This quartz watch, the Antonio Bernini Stealth, is inspired by fighter planes. Along with Stealth, the other models in this series are Top Gun and Phantom. In keeping with its inspiration, the watch incorporates high-tech materials like carbon fibre. As the watch has a quartz movement, it is in a relatively low price range and is still elegant and masculine enough to make a style statement on the sporty male’s wrist.
Logitech K-750 @ Rs. 5,995
I love wireless keyboards. But when their battery dies out, you have to stop all work and that’s a big waste of time. I’ve always wondered why no one ever put a solar charger on keyboards, like they did on those calculators. Well, it has finally been done. The Logitech K750 is also slim, and it’s photo-voltaic cells can charge the keyboard under indoor lights too. Logitech uUnifying Receiver, the one that connects the keyboard to the computer, can also accommodate a wireless mouse. This can be a great help, as it means there are fewer wireless receivers to loose.
The Above reviews appeared in the Open Magazine Issue 51, Volume 2, Dated 28th March 2011