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No-frills computing

No-frills computing
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First Published: Tue, May 31 2011. 08 56 PM IST

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Updated: Tue, May 31 2011. 08 56 PM IST
Is there no end to the traditional laptop’s woes? Tablets are eating into large chunks of their market, and now Google’s announced its new-fangled Chromebook, urging for “new thinking” in how we compute, and doing away with local storage and customizability altogether.
But say what you will about their imminent demise, there are still many areas of computing where nothing quite beats a big, old-fashioned notebook. For those put off by prohibitive prices or flashy design, most major laptop brands have new entry-level ranges that give you ample computing power for the price of an iPad 2.
e director of Lenovo India’s consumer segment. “The idea is to provide the latest technology and specifications and hit specific sweet spots in terms of cost.” Lenovo launched its entry-level model, the G570, earlier this month.
“We attempt to provide customers a notebook at regular price intervals of Rs1,000 or Rs1,500, with a variety of configuration options,” says Vinay Awasthi, senior director of product and marketing at Hewlett-Packard India. HP’s Mini range of netbooks—laptops with 10-inch screens and long battery life—are priced atRs15,000 and Rs25,000, and its Pavilion G series of notebooks (which starts at Rs30,000) fills the gap between the Minis and high-end Pavilion models such as the dv6 or dv7. “These models are very popular and contribute to almost 40% of HP and Compaq’s portfolio put together,” he says. Compaq has many entry-level notebooks at sub-Rs30,000 prices, starting with the CQ42. “These laptops are bought by most segments of the market,” says Awasthi.
“This is a very price-sensitive segment,” says Rajesh Thadani, thMost of these laptops share specifications. They are powered by Intel’s i3 range of processors, do not have a dedicated graphics card and forego certain design elements. “Our (Lenovo’s) Z series of laptops, which are priced higher, are differentiated partly by design,” says Thadani. “They’ll usually have SRS surround-sound audio, more sophisticated palm rests and a metallic look instead of a glossy finish.”
We give you some options.
• HP G42
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The HP Pavilion G series begins with the G42, which comes bundled with Windows 7 Home Basic, where most entry-level laptops don’t bother including an operating system. It has a 14-inch screen and prices start at Rs30,000, exclusive of taxes.
SPECS
Intel Core i3 2.4 Ghz
3 GB RAM
320 GB HDD
•Samsung RV 409
Samsung’s not really a name that comes up often when you think notebooks, but the machines are stylish and competitively priced. The RV 409 has a six-cell battery, a 14-inch screen, and is priced at Rs26,990, inclusive of taxes.
SPECS
Intel Dual Core 2 Ghz
3 GB RAM
320 GB HDD
•Compaq CQ42
The Compaq CQ42 comes with Altec Lansing stereo speakers, a smudge-free textured design and a 14-inch screen. Prices start at Rs21,000, exclusive of taxes.
SPECS
Intel Dual Core 2.13 Ghz
2 GB RAM
320 GB HDD
Acer Aspire 5750
Acer’s revamped entry-level Aspire has Dolby-enhanced audio, an HDMI port and 15.6-inch LED backlit screen. It is priced at Rs28,581, inclusive of taxes.
SPECS
Intel Corei3 2.1 Ghz
2 GB RAM
500 GB HDD
• Lenovo G570
Lenovo’s entry-level notebook has a multi-touch pad, the company’s comfortable “Accutype” keyboards, and a large 15.6-inch screen. It is priced at Rs 28,690, exclusive of taxes.
SPECS
Intel Core i3 2.1 Ghz
3 GB RAM
640 GB HDD
krish.r@livemint.com
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