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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  • 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)



    A 15.6in. Windows 7 notebook that lasts for 12 hours on its 8-cell battery certainly gets our attention. If the UL50VG's real-world battery life gets anywhere near ASUS's claim, it could be worth considering this 2.3kg system for your travel bag. The screen resolution could be better, but the price looks competitive and you get 4GB of RAM, switchable integrated (low power)/discrete (high performance) graphics, a pre-boot Linux OS and a separate number pad on the keyboard. We look forward to testing this one.

    Screen size 15.6in.
    Screen resolution 1,366 x 768
    Dimensions 38.6 x 25.9 x 2.64cm
    Weight 2.3kg
    CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
    Chipset Mobile Intel GS45 Express
    RAM 4GB
    Graphics Intel GMA 4500MHD (integrated)
    + Nvidia GeForce G210M (discrete)
    Storage 500GB HD
    Optical drive DVD Super Multi dual layer
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    Mobile broadband n/a
    Webcam 0.3 megapixels
    Ports 3xUSB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ-45, audio
    Slots 5-in-1 card reader (SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,XD)
    Battery 8-cell
    Battery life 12 hours
    Price (ex. VAT) £695


  • HP Envy 13-1000

    HP's Envy 13 is a stylish — if premium-priced — challenger to Apple's 13in. MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. It's got the key elements: a curvy aluminium body, a gorgeous edge-to-edge-glass screen, a chiclet-style keyboard and a buttonless multitouch trackpad. There's a fashionable pre-boot OS, but it has a minimalist set of ports (even the Ethernet port is on a USB dongle) and lacks both an expansion slot and an integrated optical drive. More of a mobile thoroughbred than a workhorse, the Envy 13 is evidence that the PC world can match the Apple stable for style when it tries.

    Screen size 13.1in.
    Screen resolution 1,366 x 768
    Dimensions 21.5 x 32 x 2.05cm
    Weight 1.7kg
    CPU 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400
    Chipset n/s
    RAM 3GB
    Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
    Storage 250GB HD
    Optical drive external LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±RW
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n
    Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Mobile broadband n/a
    Webcam 0.3 megapixels
    Ports 2xUSB 2.0, HDMI, RJ-45 (via USB dongle), audio
    Slots n/a
    Battery Li-ion: 4-cell, optional 6-cell add-on slice
    Battery life n/a
    Price (ex. VAT) £1,303


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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