Notebook computers put to the test
DELL INSPIRON 15R Dell, $999 dell.com.au
★★★ DELL’S Inspiron 15R has specs users would expect from more expensive models. On board is a 15.6-inch, 1366x768 resolution screen, a 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, 1GB graphics card and an Intel i3 2.4GHz processor. The 15R runs the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium as well as Dell software that adds a dock with shortcuts. The laptop’s multi-touch trackpad responds to gestures such as two-finger scrolling and pinch to zoom. There’s HDMI, VGA and four USB ports, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 2
FUJITSU LIFEBOOK E780 Fujitsu, $2599 fujitsu.com.au
WHILE it may lack an eyecatching design, the Fujitsu LifeBook E780 has got it where it counts. Onboard is a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive and it runs Windows 7 Professional. The device also sports a full highdefinition, 15.6-inch screen and an NVIDIA graphics card, so it can be considered a desktop replacement. Security is a priority for power users and it delivers peace of mind via fingerprint scanning and Advanced Theft Prevention to keep data secure. 3
SAMSUNG SF510-S02AU Samsung, $1499 samsung.com.au
★★★★ SAMSUNG has created the SF series for travellers with design inspiration from a shark, which explains its streamlined look and rounded edges. As it is meant to be used on the go, its casing is light and scratch-resistant. Inside is a 15.6-inch screen, Windows 7 Premium, a Core i5, 2.53GHz processor, 320GB hard drive and 4GB RAM. Its energy efficiency allows up to 71/ hours of battery life.
2 There’s also an Express Charging Mode that can get the battery fully charged in two to three hours.