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Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WNDR3700)

Netgear doesn't leave much to the imagination with its product names. Take the Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WNDR3700): its full name lets you know exactly what you're getting. The WNDR3700 doesn't have a modem built into it, so you'll either have to use your existing modem or get a new one to attach to it.

Written by Elias Plastiras28 Oct. 09 13:30

HP Mini 311 netbook

HP's Mini 311 is an 11.6in netbook that weighs 1.4kg. It's one of the first netbooks to come with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. It's also one of the first to use NVIDIA's ION platform, with an NVIDIA system chipset and integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processor.

Written by Elias Plastiras23 Oct. 09 14:15

MSI Wind 12 U200 netbook

MSI's Wind 12 U200 is the first netbook we've seen to ship with Windows 7 straight out of the box. However, with a 12.1in screen and an Intel Core 2 Solo CPU, we're loathe to call it a netbook. It's much bigger than a conventional netbook and a good deal faster, so you can do a lot more with it than just browse the Web and create office documents. And it's much more comfortable to use!

Written by Elias Plastiras19 Oct. 09 15:30

Sony VAIO W (VPCW115XGP) netbook

The Sony VAIO W (VPCW115XGP) is reasonably expensive but it's one of the best looking netbooks on the market, and it's reasonably comfortable to use. It has a keyboard with isolated keys, a large touchpad and a vibrant screen, as well as a lovely two-tone colour scheme. But it's also an underdone netbook, and its $999 price tag is excessive.

Written by Elias Plastiras16 Oct. 09 14:50

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 netbook

Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-2 is a simple 10.1in netbook that can be used for browsing the Web, creating office documents, viewing photos and watching standard-definition videos. It's small (25.8x19.3cm) and has small keys (16mm wide) but it is not too uncomfortable to use. Its biggest selling point is the inclusion of a Splashtop interface, which allows you to use the netbook even without booting into Windows.

Written by Elias Plastiras15 Oct. 09 17:20

Netcomm NB6Plus4Wn ADSL2+ wireless router

Netcomm's NB6Plus4Wn is an all-in-one modem/router that makes it easy to distribute your ADSL Internet connection. It has a built-in ADSL2+ modem, an 802.11n wireless access point, a 4-port Ethernet switch, a firewall, and advanced features such as QoS.

Written by Elias Plastiras02 Sept. 09 14:00

Sony VAIO VGN-NW15G notebook

Rarely have the words "Sony" and "affordable" appeared in the same sentence without some back-handed joke being made about how those words should never appear in the same sentence. Yet the 15.5in VAIO VGN-NW15G (which is part of Sony's NW series of notebook computers) costs just $1349. While it's aimed at inexperienced computer users, it still has plenty of mod-cons to keep more advanced users happy. Not only that, it's very well built, and it looks great.

Written by Elias Plastiras02 Sept. 09 15:40

Toshiba Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) notebook

Toshiba's Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) is packed with features that not only make it a suitable desktop replacement notebook but also a credible home entertainment hub. It's a 16in notebook and weighs 3kg, so it will be a little awkward to lug to and from work or the classroom, and it will only just fit into a modest-sized backpack. However, that's to be expected from a notebook designed to reside on a desk.

Written by Elias Plastiras03 Sept. 09 16:35

ViewSonic VNB101 netbook

ViewSonic's VNB101 netbook won't turn many heads, but it's a decent, albeit quirky, little laptop for users who want something small and reasonably easy to use. It runs Windows XP, but it also has a version of Linux installed that you can boot into quickly if you don't need to use anything more than Web-based applications.

Written by Elias Plastiras07 Sept. 09 13:00

Acer Aspire One AOD250 (ZG8) netbook with Telstra Next G

Telstra has teamed up with Acer to provide a Windows XP-based netbook solution with a built-in Next G module. This module makes it possible to logon to the Internet from anywhere within Telstra's mobile network, making it the ultimate tool for a road warrior.

Written by Elias Plastiras14 Sept. 09 12:17

TP-Link TL-WR741ND wireless router

TP-Link's TL-WR741ND is a wireless router that supports 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 10/100 wired networking, and it can be used distribute either an ADSL2+ or BigPond cable Internet connection. It's a small unit and it has only one antenna, but it outputs reasonable performance and distance when used in an apartment or small office.

Written by Elias Plastiras17 Sept. 09 12:41

BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco netbook

BenQ's Joybook Lite U121 Eco is more than a typical netbook. It has a large 11.6in screen with a 1366x768 resolution, and this has allowed BenQ to install a full-sized keyboard on the wider chassis.

Written by Elias Plastiras21 Sept. 09 11:16

HP Pavilion dv2-1132AX notebook

The HP Pavilion dv2-1132AX is one of the new breed of slim laptops to hit the Australian market. It aims to be very portable, affordable and reasonably powerful -- and it hits the mark in all three areas. This 12.1in notebook costs $1299 and is perfect for users who want something bigger and more powerful than a netbook but more portable than a 15in laptop.

Written by Elias Plastiras02 Oct. 09 15:10

MSI X-Slim X600 notebook

It may be a slimline laptop, but the MSI X-Slim X600 definitely isn’t small. It has a 15.6in wide screen display that’s perfect for office work, watching videos and browsing the Web; and it has enough CPU power to run almost any application.

Written by Elias Plastiras07 Oct. 09 15:00

Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK3 notebook

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-19MK3 is a fully ruggedised tablet-convertible laptop with a 10.4in screen. It's aimed at professionals who work in factories, on building sites, outdoors or on the road. This notebook is suitable for law enforcement, emergency services and military operations, too. It’s designed to be used in any environment in which a regular laptop might be too sensitive.

Written by Elias Plastiras11 Aug. 09 17:00
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