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Photos: new Windows 7 notebooks

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.

 

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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

 

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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)

 

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ASUS UL50VG

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

 

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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

 

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Fujitsu LifeBook T5010

One of Windows 7's main new features is multi-touch support, and Fujitsu, a longstanding maker of Tablet PCs, is refreshing its T-series LifeBooks accordingly. As well as new 12.1in. T4410 and 4310 models, the existing 13.3in. T5010 will be upgradable to Windows 7. A well-specified convertible tablet, the T5010 (and the new 12.1in. models) is distinguished by its Wacom-developed dual stylus-driven/capacitive (finger-driven) touchscreen. This allows for precise pen input where necessary, and more expansive finger gestures where appropriate.

Screen size 13.3in. (dual digitizer)
Screen resolution 1,280 x 800
Dimensions 31.9 x 24.4 x 3.7cm
Weight 2.05kg
CPU 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Chipset Intel GM45 Express
RAM 2GB
Graphics Intel GMA 4500MHD
Storage 160GB HD
Optical drive DVD Super Multi
Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (optional)
Mobile broadband HSPA (optional)
Webcam 1.3 megapixels
Ports 3xUSB 2.0, FireWire, VGA, RJ-45, audio, docking
Slots ExpressCard, SmartCard, SIM, flash card
Battery Li-ion: 6-cell (63Wh), optional 41Whr 2nd battery
Battery life 6 hours, 9h with optional 2nd battery
Price (ex. VAT) £1,252

 

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Archos 9 PC Tablet

Described as 'the future of netbooks' by its French manufacturer, the Archos 9 PC Tablet is what we used to call a UMPC. Whether the more touch-friendly Windows 7 will give the form factor a boost remains to be seen, but this device looks intriguing enough for us to want to do a bit of hands-on testing. It has an optical mouse, and Archos will sell you a Bluetooth keyboard if the on-screen one fails to do it for you. With only one USB port on the device, the port replicator will probably be needed too. And it's a shame there's no integrated mobile broadband: you'll either have to tether your mobile phone via Bluetooth or put up with an ugly and awkward USB dongle.

Screen size 9in. (resistive touchscreen)
Screen resolution 1,024 x 600
Dimensions 1.7cm thick
Weight 820g
CPU 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z515
Chipset Intel US15W
RAM n/s
Graphics Intel GMA 500
Storage 60GB HD (plus 25GB online storage)
Optical drive n/a
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth yes
Mobile broadband (via external USB dongle)
Webcam 1.3 megapixels
Ports 1xUSB 2.0, docking
(2xUSB 2.0, VGA, Ethernet, audio on port replicator)
Slots n/a
Battery Li-ion
Battery life n/s
Price (inc. VAT) £449.99

 

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