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CES Notebooks: Worth Waiting For?


HP’s first configurable 13-inch notebook starts at a reasonable $799. We like that even though it’s a budget notebook it has an LED-backlit display, which is both brighter and more energy efficient than a standard LCD. Otherwise, its specs are pretty run-of-the-mill: a range of AMD CPUs, ATI graphics, a DVD burner, webcam, and optional fingerprint reader, and a choice of hard drives. The touch-sensitive multimedia controls and Altec Lansing speakers are nice final touches.

Why You Should Wait For It: Although there are more budget-friendly 13-inch notebooks than there used to be, there still aren’t that many of them. In the meantime, the HP dv3 remains cheaper than the entry-level MacBook, and its starting weight is 1.4 pounds less than the Gateway UC Series’, which also starts at $799.

Why You Shouldn’t: It comes only in bronze, so if you find the color garish, you should keep shopping. The Gateway UC series, also announced at CES, offers similar specs, a completely different design, and Intel’s Centrino 2 platform, which delivers better performance than AMD’s latest platform, Puma.">Read ReviewPrice:

CES Notebooks: Worth Waiting For?


ASUS Lamborghini VX5

ASUS’ high-end line draws its inspiration from—you guessed it—a certain Italian sports car, and the latest addition to the series, the VX5, boasts a wide, 16.9-inch display.
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Dell Studio XPS 16 and XPS 13

Dell’s premium, Editors’ Choice–winning notebook line returns with an updated modern look. With metal and leather accents, a whisper-quiet keyboard, and backlights everywhere, the XPS series is luxurious but never gaudy.
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Fujitsu LifeBook P8020

This 12.1-inch system, starting at $1,799, is a refresh: the system is already available for sale with Intel Centrino 2 specs, a gesture-enabled touchpad, solid state drive option, integrated optical drive, and an LED-backlit display. Later this quarter, it’ll be available with Clearwire WiMAX.
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Gateway MD7801u

An update to its MC Series, the MD series forgoes its predecessor’s backlit keyboard and glass-to-glass display, bringing the starting price down to $799. At the same time, its glossy chassis is still easy on the eyes, and its specs (including an eight-cell battery) translate to few performance compromises.
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Gateway UC Series

Gateway’s first 13-inch notebook offers tons of edgy style for a starting price of just $799. The combination of the backlit keyboard, the red, touch-sensitive multimedia controls, a brushed metal chassis, and a circular touchpad make it look like no other notebook.
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HP Pavilion dv2

Armed with AMD’s new Yukon platform, which claims performance levels somewhere between a netbook and a typical full-size notebook, the dv2 is the first 12.1-inch notebook you can get for $699—that’s well under the usual price of around two grand.
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Lenovo Y450, Y550, and Y650

Although primarily known for its business-friendly ThinkPad line, Lenovo has some consumer models, too, the latest of which are the Y450, Y550, and Y660, which have 14-, 15-, and 16-inch displays, respectively.
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Toshiba Portégé R600-STS520W

Like its predecessor, the Portégé R500, the R600 is an impossibly lightweight 12-inch ultraportable with a built-in optical drive. Aside from spec bumps, what makes the R600 different is that it’s WiMAX-enabled and rated for 7.5 hours of battery life.
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