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The Satellite Pro L830 isn't a particularly lightweight, compact or powerful 13.3in. notebook, and the screen quality could be better. Still, it's quite solidly made, there's plenty of hard drive storage and the price is reasonable.
The Vostro 3560's 1080p screen is well worth the extra outlay, and rest of the specification is solid, although we'd like more storage options. The physical design is unremarkable, the keyboard a little too flexible and battery life disappointing, but it's still good value for money.
<p> Fujitsu Siemens has a wide — some might say bewildering — range of notebooks in its <a href="http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/products/mobile/notebooks/index.html">professional portfolio</a>. In the LifeBook series there are E, S, P and T Series notebooks. Then there's the newer Esprimo range, which includes V, U, M, D and X Series notebooks. Within each letter-coded series there are often several models, which can make it a challenge to find the best fit for your needs. </p>
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers an upgraded OS, solid specifications and good integration of a small touchscreen with an optical navigation pad and keyboard. But battery life is disappointing and, despite the novelty of Near Field Communication support, this is primarily a catchup device.
<p> <a href="http://www.gd-itronix.com/index.cfm?locale=en_UK&page=Itronix:Home">General Dynamics Itronix</a> is a specialist maker of rugged computers. And we really do mean rugged. The company produces machines in <a href="http://www.gd-itronix.com/index.cfm?page=products:rugged_class">several categories</a> from 'commercial grade' with limited durability through 'semi-rugged', 'fully rugged' all the way up to 'ultra rugged'. </p>
Acer has completely revamped its notebook range, coming up with new designs for both its <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/notebooks/0,1000000333,39287071,00.htm">TravelMate</a> business systems and the Aspire consumer-focused notebooks. There are several TravelMates in the new line-up, ranging from our ultraportable review model, the <a href="http://www.acer.co.uk/acereuro/page4.do?sp=page3&dau22.oid=24417&UserCtxParam=0&GroupCtxParam=0&dctx1=17&CountryISOCtxParam=UK&LanguageISOCtxParam=en&ctx3=-1&ctx4=United+Kingdom&crc=524000703#inu57_42132">6292</a> up to a massive 17in. desktop replacement system, the 7720. Like all of the new range, our review model sports Intel’s recently released <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/components/0,1000001694,39286985,00.htm">Santa Rosa</a> architecture.
The 17.3in. ProBook 4720s is likely to be deskbound for much of the time, although it will deliver good battery life if necessary. One or two niggles aside, this jumbo notebook combines stylish looks and good performance with very attractive pricing.
Acer's Olympics-branded Iconia Tab A510 isn't the most eye-catching of Android 4.0 tablets, but it does have a quad-core processor, a useful software bundle and above-average battery life. Business users may prefer the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T for its keyboard dock.
The 8-inch Galaxy Note 8 is reasonably comfortable to hold one-handed in portrait mode to make jottings with its pressure-sensitive pen, and is a delight to use. Still, you'll need to really want the added features that pen input brings to the device, because it's relatively expensive.