Laptops


IdeaPad ideal netbook for budget conscious

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 is a good, general-use netbook that comes at a great price. It would do well in an environment where money is an issue and every ounce of weight matters.

HP Mini but mighty netbook

The HP Mini 5101 has an expansive keyboard and enhanced communications features and would be best suited in an environment with gigabit network connections and/or wireless-N capabilities.

Sony Vaio netbook a multimedia power

The Sony Vaio W-series is expensive at $500, but it would do well for users who deal with multimedia on a variety of devices with different types of storage.

Toshiba's Mini is the class of the netbook field

Toshiba's Mini NB205-N210 has a well-designed interface and the best performance, lowest price and longest battery life -- by far -- in the roundup. No wonder it gets the Review's Choice designation.

Fujitsu netbook designed to shine

Fujitsu's M2010 mini-notebook is a nicely apportioned netbook designed for multimedia use. Its bright screen and impressively loud speakers definitely contribute to that.

Dell Latitude: A Netbook on the go

The Dell Latitude 2100, priced at $473 as configured for this review, is designed for the classroom and would do well in any educational setting.

Panasonic Toughbook 30

Even though the Toughbook 30 is a bit of an anchor, it’s the most rugged laptop in this roundup, suffering not a scratch in all our testing. If you absolutely, positively have to make sure your data and apps survive, the Toughbook 30 is the way to go.

8 rugged devices that are ready for field duty

The GCN Lab tests eight rugged devices ― from phones and cameras to laptop PCs and vehicle-mounted computers ― that are fit for military and other tough assignments.

Motion Computing J3400 Tablet PC

With a list price of $2,384, the J3400 is certainly the rugged tablet we would recommend for those who need a tablet PC without the extra burden of a convertible setup.

Getac V100

The V100 convertible is a nice unit if you need something tiny. But it’s not nearly as rugged as billed, especially in terms of protection against shock. If you’re going to use a V100, be sure not to drop it.

General Dynamics Itronix GD 8000

The GD 8000 is a good computer that could easily fit into almost any vehicle. The 7.9-pound laptop PC could also be carried if needed, though it’s not as rugged as the Toughbook 30 outside. But with a government price of $4,250, it’s less expensive, too.

GCN Lab Review: Upgraded Toughbook 30 is ready for duty

Although it looks like a standard Toughbook 30, this is an upgraded model with features that will appeal to military troops and undercover police officers.