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Laptop versus desktop

Digital Life walks you through the options so you can choose one that suits your budget and needs.
The Straits Times - August 30, 2012
By: Aaron Tan
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Laptop versus desktop -- PHOTO: ALAN LIM

LAPTOPS

Acer Aspire S5

From $1,498 (usual price from $1,798)

Booths 8105 and 8458

Touted as the world's slimmest ultrabook, the Aspire S5 is a 13.3-inch workhorse that performs as well as it looks, thanks to a third-generation Intel Core processor and zippy solid-state drive.

Its 1.2kg chassis measures 1.5cm at its thickest point, and boasts of a flap that conceals its USB, HDMI and Thunderbolt ports when they are not in use.


Dell XPS 14

$1,899 (usual price $1,999)

Booths 8251, 8230, 8236 and 8130

This premium ultrabook from Dell is engineered out of aluminium and features a silicone base and Gorilla Glass display. With a screen resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels, you can expect vivid images and videos. Under its hood is an impressive hardware line-up comprising an Intel Core i7-3517U processor, 8GB of memory and the Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics chip.


Fujitsu Lifebook LH532 AP

$999 (usual price $1,098), freebies, worth a total of $316, include a $99 cashback rebate, upgrade to 4GB memory, one yearof Norton Internet Security and carrier case. Also, get a Fujitsu optical mouse worth $29.90 in a DBS credit card promotion.

Booth 8241

The Lifebook LH532 AP's minimalist design is augmented with a potpourri of lifestyle colours including Shiny Black, Ruby Red and Lavender. Powered by Intel's third-generation Core i5-3210M processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 620M graphics and a 750GB hard disk, you are assured of ample computing juice on the go.
   

HP Spectre XT

From $1,499

Booths 8150 and 8245

The Spectre XT is HP's latest attempt to crack the premium ultrabook market. Sporting an all-metal design with stark lines that contrast with its soft texture, this ultrabook exudes style and substance. As a multimedia powerhouse, the 13.3-inch Spectre XT boasts a third-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and four speakers that can belt out tunes enhanced by Beats Audio technology.


Samsung Series 5 Ultra

From $1,288

Booth 8321

If you do not need to keep up with the latest technology, the Series 5 Ultra is an attractive ultrabook to consider.

Though it is powered by an Intel second-generation Core i5-2467M processor, it boots up in just 20 seconds and restarts from sleep mode in two seconds, due to its ExpressCache system by Diskeeper. Other notable features include a good battery life of up to 6.4 hours and an anti-glare display offering 300 nits of brightness.


Sony Vaio S Series SVS13116

$1,499

Booths 3005 and 8210

The Vaio S Series is thin, light, highly mobile and has a battery life of up to six hours. At the heart of this 13.3-inch laptop is an Intel Core i5-3210M processor, 4GB of memory, Nvidia GT 640M graphics and a DVD writer. It is also bundled with a slew of utility and entertainment software such as PowerDVD and TriDef 3D Photo Viewer.


Toshiba Satellite U840-1008X

$1,499, freebies, worth up to $267, include one year of Norton Internet Security, second-year local warranty extension (parts only, excluding labour cost) and a Toshiba external DVD drive

Booth 8143

Crafted out of aluminium and reinforced glass fibre, the Satellite U840-1008X is a stylish ultrabook that performs well.

Despite its slim profile, performance is not compromised, thanks to its Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of memory and AMD Radeon HD 7550M dedicated graphics. Its seven-hour battery life also means this sleek workhorse should last for a day on a single charge.

DESKTOPS

Acer Aspire X3995 (i37MR82T)

$1,399 (usual price $1,799)

Booths 8105 and 8458

The Aspire X3995 is about a third the size of a traditional desktop that performs remarkably given the space-saving designs. The chassis is light and easy to move around the house and can be situated on the TV console, allowing consumers to surf the Net on a wide-screen television. Under its hood is an Intel third-generation Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard disk.


Dell Alienware X51

$1,499 (usual price $1,699)

Booths 8251, 8230, 8236 and 8130

The X51 is Alienware's smallest gaming desktop but is still powerful enough to give gamers the freedom to play 3-D games, immerse themselves in movies or take on tasks for work or school.

With an Intel third-generation Core i7-3770 processor, 8GB of memory, 1TB hard disk and Nvidia GeForce GTX 555 video card, gamers and multimedia enthusiasts will have plenty of computing power on tap.


HP TouchSmart 520 1149d

$1,399

Booths 8150 and 8245

The TouchSmart 520 comes with Intel's third-generation Core i5-3450S processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and AMD Radeon HD 6450A discrete graphics. Its 23-inch touchscreen can be tilted to suit your viewing position, with enough space between the stand and display to hide the keyboard when it is not in use. Also included with this desktop is HP's TouchSmart 5.0 software for an immersive touch experience.
 

Lenovo IdeaCentre B540

$1,399

Booth 8358

This stylish all-in-one touchscreen PC features a dynamic brightness system that protects your eyes by automatically adjusting screen brightness based on ambient light conditions. The 21-inch machine is powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5-3450s processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and Nvidia GeForce GT 615M graphics.

Aaron Tan is an infocomm professional.

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