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PC Show 2012 - Notebooks, PC Systems, Networking & PC Accessories Buying Guide

Notebooks and Desktops - Dell & Fujitsu

Dell (Level 4, 6, Hall 402, 602)

 

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

Dell's last Ultrabook, the XPS 13 was a valiant effort on their part. It's got so many things right, but unfortunately, it's a little bit too expensive for some people. However the new Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook seeks to change that. It's got the body of an Ultrabook, yet packs the latest Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, optical drive, a whopping 8GB of RAM, (low) mid-tier AMD Radeon HD 7570M 1GB discrete graphics, 500GB HDD and 32GB SSD. It's priced (quite well) to move, so don't expect frills like clickpads, backlit keyboards or even high resolution screens because you won't find them here.

  • PC Show Price: $1,499 ($1,199 after $300 trade-in)
  • Promotion: Free Targus Case ($49), McAfee Security Center 15 months ($59)

 

Alienware X51 Desktop

Some gaming powerhouses need to be as big as a house to fit all that firepower -- not the Alienware X51 desktop. This little powerhouse is not much bigger than a gaming console, and yet is well equipped enough to keep up with your intensive gaming needs. It hasn't had the Ivy Bridge update yet, but it does have an NVIDIA Geforce GTX555 to churn out those frames at a more than acceptable rate. It also comes standard with 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage space. It doesn't come with a monitor, but there are options to add a monitor and and upgrade your i5 processor to an i7.

  • PC Show Price: $1,499, with monitor and i7 upgrade - $1,899
  • Promotion: Free McAfee Security Center 15 mths ($59), 1st Complete Cover Warranty ($59), Alienware goodie bag ($199) and Dell wireless WLAN ($59)

 

Brochures
Click here for Dell notebooks & desktops brochures.

 

Fujitsu (Level 4, Hall 401)

 

Fujitsu Lifebook SH771

When a notebook is perfect for enterprise use, chances are it's also perfect for use in school. A piece of information that Fujitsu shared with us lately, is that the Fujitsu SH771 is one of the most preferred notebooks for Polytechnic students. Not surprising if you consider its sleek black and very robust magnesium alloy body. It may be really thin, but it also comes with an optical drive, a feature which students may find indispensable. It also seems to have enough space for a massive battery, it did quite well in our battery tests. And if you don't need the optical drive, you can always swap it out and the notebook becomes a light 1.3kg. Oh and it's made in Japan, if you're particular about that sort of thing.

  • PC Show Price: Core i5 - $1,888, Core i7 - $2,488
  • Usual Price: Core i5 - $2,288, Core i7 - $2,888
  • Promotion: Free upgrade to 8GB RAM, Fujitsu bar speakers, Fujitsu carrier case
  • More Information: HWZ Review

 

Fujitsu Lifebook UH572

Fujitsu didn't join the initial Ultrabook frenzy, but when they do, they came up with 2 models, both equipped with 3rd generation Intel Ivy Bridge chips. There is the very premium U772, and then there is the very reasonably priced UH572. The UH572 is targeted at mainstream users, as you can tell by its lack of an SSD. That doesn't mean however, that it's not competitive in terms of performance and features. It comes with either a i5, or i7 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB (w/32GB cache) hybrid drive, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a USB  2.0 port and HDMI port.

  • PC Show Price: Core i5 - $1,298, Core i7 - $1,598
  • Promotion: Free 4GB RAM upgrade, external DVD-drive, Fujitsu carrier case

 

Brochures
Click here for Fujitsu notebooks brochures.