Photos: new Windows 7 notebooks

Photos: new Windows 7 notebooks

Summary: Most people will get Windows 7 preinstalled on a new computer. Here are some new and updated Windows 7 notebooks that we'd be happy to make the upgrade with.


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  • With Windows 7, Microsoft seems to have finally put right most of what was wrong with Vista, which now seems like an extended beta program for Redmond's latest desktop OS. Businesses that held off migrating from XP to Vista are now likely to consider the upgrade, and many will do so by purchasing new notebooks that come with Windows 7 — which is far more laptop-friendly than its predecessor — preinstalled.

    There will be a plethora of new notebooks announced around the Windows 7 launch — from small, cheap netbooks to large, expensive desktop replacements. We've cherry-picked some of the more interesting new products for a pictorial round-up. Look out for full reviews of some of these new-generation notebooks in the coming weeks, and keep checking back to this gallery as we update it with new announcements.


  • Dell Latitude Z

    Dell claims that the Latitude Z is the "world's thinnest, lightest" 16in. notebook. It's certainly one of the sharpest-looking Latitudes we've seen (if briefly) to date. Innovative features include a touch-sensitive EdgeTouch area on the screen surround, a webcam that scans to PDF, a multitouch trackpad, inductive charging and (in due course) wireless docking. You also get a pre-boot OS (in this case Latitude ON), which is becoming a near-ubiquitous feature of the latest generation of notebooks.

    Screen size 16in.
    Screen resolution 1,600 x 900
    Dimensions 39.6 x 27.2 x 1.45-2.01cm
    Weight 2kg
    CPU Intel Core 2 Duo: 1.4GHz SU9400 or 1.6GHz SU9600
    Chipset Mobile Intel GS45 Express
    RAM 2GB or 4GB
    Graphics Intel GMA 4500MHD
    Storage 64GB, 128GB or 256GB SSD (optional 2nd SSD)
    Optical drive external option
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    Mobile broadband optional
    Webcam 2 megapixels
    Ports USB 2.0, USB/e-SATA, DisplayPort, RJ-45, audio
    Slots Smart Card reader
    Battery Li-ion: 4-cell (40Wh) or 8-cell (80Wh)
    Battery life n/a
    Price (ex. VAT) from £1,319


  • Sony VAIO X

    The VAIO X is a 'premium business' ultraportable with a carbon fibre chassis, available in matte and glossy black, and even gold if you wish. It's an 11.1in. ultraportable that's as slim and light as they come — 13.9mm and 780g. Solid-state storage, a multitouch trackpad, integrated mobile broadband and battery life up to (a claimed) 16 hours make this a Windows 7 system for the well-heeled mobile professional.

    Screen size 11.1in.
    Screen resolution 1,366 x 768
    Dimensions 27.8 x 18.5 x 1.39cm
    Weight 780g
    CPU Intel Atom: 1.86GHz Z540 or 2GHz Z550
    Chipset Intel System Controller Hub US15W
    RAM 2GB
    Graphics Intel GMA 500
    Storage 128GB or 256GB SSD
    Optical drive n/a
    Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/draft-n
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    Mobile broadband HSPA
    Webcam 0.3 megapixels
    Ports 2xUSB 2.0, VGA, RJ-45, audio
    Slots SD Card, Memory Stick
    Battery Li-ion
    Battery life 8 hours (16h with extended battery option)
    Price (ex. VAT) £1,129 (Z540, 128GB)

    £1,564 (Z550, 256GB)


Topics: Windows, Hardware, Laptops, Reviews


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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