Lenovo Thinkpad SL Series

Lenovo ThinkPad SL300Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.3 inch, 14.1 inch, 15.4 inch
Weight: 2.14kg, 2.5kg, 2.9kg
Price: 700, 800, 900 euro
Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 39 scores (from 46 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 67%, features: 76%, display: 74%
mobility: 68%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 86%

 

Lenovo Thinkpad SL400

Specifications

Lenovo Thinkpad SL400Notebook: Lenovo Thinkpad SL400
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
Display: 14.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 2.5kg
Price: 900 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage
 Thinkpad SL (Series)
 Thinkpad SL400 (Model)

Average Score: 76.08% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 15 reviews)

 

80% Lenovo Thinkpad SL400 notebook PC
Source: vnunet.com English
The old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ certainly applies to Lenovo’s Thinkpad styling. There have been some subtle changes to the design over the years, but you can recognise the familiar black slab across a crowded room. The new SL400 is a worthy addition to the family with a good blend of features, security, system tools and a reasonable price tag

80, Preis 80, Leistung 60, Ausstattung 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review
Source: Techradar English
The Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 will not suit everyone, as its performance is basic, but it makes up for this in being compact with a great battery life.
4 von 5, Verarbeitung gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
70% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 is a sound business laptop. Although it doesn't pack the firepower of some high-end machines, it gets the job done handily. Its combination of performance and value places it near the top of our charts.
3.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/30/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80%
82% Lenovo Thinkpad SL400
Source: PC World English
Overall, the SL400 is a sound business laptop. Though it doesn't pack the firepower of some high-end machines, it gets the job done handily. Its combination of performance and value places it near the top of our charts.
(von 100): 82, Leistung 81, Ausstattung 79, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 80% performance: 81% features: 79%
75% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400
Source: CNet English
Take the ThinkPad R series, remove the internal roll cage and the TPM chip, add dedicated GeForce graphics, an HDMI port, and a glossy lid, and you get the ThinkPad SL400. Lenovo didn't shed too many features in rolling out its cheapest ThinkPad to date, the 14-inch SL400. Don't let the glossy lid fool you, there are a lot of familiar ThinkPad touches that make it a good bet for business users.
(von 10): 75, Ausstattung 8, Leistung 7, Mobilität 7, Preis gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70%
70% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400
Source: Digital Trends English
With the SL400, Lenovo has taken the best features of its iconic T-series, stripped out the fluff, and put a nice gloss (literally) on the final product. Unfortunately, it could use a little more polishing on the inside, given the unusually long nag list that we usually don’t find with Lenovo notebooks. But a few pinholes won’t sink this sturdy business notebook, and we would definitely recommend it to power users who don’t mind figuratively grinding a few rough edges off the notebook themselves. Considering these machines can be had for as little as $639 in usable configurations, they may be some of the most attractive notebooks in Lenovo’s line for budget-minded business buyers.
7 von 10, Display gut, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% display: 80%
82% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Laptop
Source: Computer Shopper English
Lenovo pushed all the right buttons when it crafted the ThinkPad SL400 business laptop. It's portable enough to suit most road warriors, but fast enough to keep their apps running smoothly. Plus, the display is roomy enough to accommodate some entertainment during down time.
8.2 von 10, Mobilität gut, Leistung mäßig, Display sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 60% display: 90% mobility: 80%
80% Laptop Review: Lenovo SL400
Source: Laptop Logic English
It’s a little bulky and a little heavy, but it packs some decent processing punch. The SL400 is a pretty able multipurpose machine which suits its purpose – being a workhorse for small to medium business owners – admirably. We could complain some more about the size and weight, but we won’t, and neither will you when you consider the price point of only around $800.
4 von 5, Preis gut, Leistung sehr gut, Emissionen sehr schlecht, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/18/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 50% emissions: 90%
Review: Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Notebook
Source: Geek.com English
Compared to similar offerings from Dell, HP, and other companies the SL series is still looking pretty good because Lenovo was able to leverage the existing ThinkPads in order to put out a very solid product. With strong performance and a solid design, the SL isn’t an R or T, but it it’s worth checking out if you want get a business computer with a low starting price.
Leistung gut, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/18/2008
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400
Source: PC Mag English
The predictable demise of Lenovo's small-business notebook line—the 3000 series—happened with little or no notice. The gap between the enterprise ThinkPads and the 3000 series was simply too wide for any small-business user to bridge. Bidding farewell to the 3000 series produced the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400—a better, faster, and more energy-efficient small-business line for Lenovo.
4 von 5, Preis sehr gut, Leistung exzellent, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 95% mobility: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
Overall, there is a lot we can say in favor of the ThinkPad SL400. Lenovo is offering a solid budget ThinkPad for only $799 and also offering pre-configured models with better performance and features for $1,249 or less. That said, like most notebooks in the small business class, the SL400 suffers from cheap plastics used in the chassis construction, weak built-in speakers, and an overall build that is slightly thicker and heaver than needed. As it stands now, there are a number of reasons you might want to pick up an SL400 rather than a similar notebook from the Dell Vostro lineup or Toshiba Satellite Pro line. That said, diehard ThinkPad owners might criticize the glossy lid, lack of lid latch, and the type of plastics used in some places. The performance of our test configuration suggests the SL400 packs enough raw power to satisfy most small business owners, but it's clear that the new SL series isn't the same ThinkPad we've seen before.
Preis gut, Display gut, Leistung gut, Emissionen sehr gut, Verarbeitung mangelhaft
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2008
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 50% emissions: 90%
70% Lenovo Thinkpad SL400
Source: Laptop Mag English
Lenovo has targeted the small-to-medium–business market with a stylish system that’s powerful enough for both work and play. Not only does the SL400 offer plenty of processing power and battery life but also great support and wireless performance. To top it all off, this notebook can cut loose after-hours with strong multimedia and decent gaming performance. Unfortunately, this powerful package is not without its flaws. The slow hard drive and obstructed ports mar an otherwise superior system. However, it’s easy to look past these warts and recommend the SL400.
3.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
85% Test Lenovo Thinkpad SL400 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 82% display: 76% mobility: 77% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 87%
73% Lenovo Thinkpad SL400
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2008
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 74% display: 50% mobility: 76% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 65%
62% Lenovo ThinkPad SL400
Source: Laptopy.info.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 62% performance: 30% display: 80% mobility: 50%

 

Lenovo Thinkpad SL500

Specifications

Lenovo Thinkpad SL500Notebook: Lenovo Thinkpad SL500
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 256 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage
 Thinkpad SL (Series)

Average Score: 74.21% - average
Average of 14 scores (from 18 reviews)

 

84% Review Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Thinkpad for Everyone. Lenovo intends to attract attention of the very big number of potential customers in the low price category by the launch of the Thinkpad SL series. Thereby, the SL models should offer the successful Thinkpad qualities at an attractive entry level price, which makes it affordable for everyone. Overall, the SL series approaches the consumer sector.
70% Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 review
Source: Techradar English

Does Lenovo's business machine do the job for the average user? If you're in the market for a corporate laptop, at this price few are better than the ThinkPad SL500. The Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-2C5 may offer better multimedia performance, but the keyboard on this laptop is one of the best available, creating an excellent work environment.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
83% Lenovo ThinkPad SL500
Source: PC Pro English
We're usually big fans of Lenovo's no-nonsense approach to producing laptops. Its thin and light ThinkPad X300 is still one of our favourite ultraportables, some 16 month after its initial release and, last month, its business workstation - the T500 - also impressed us. This month, things have taken a different tack entirely, from the seriously expensive T-series to the ultra-cheap IdeaPad S10e and this - another reasonably-priced laptop, the SL500, which at ?434 exc VAT is less than half the price of the T500. Initially at least there's no discernible drop in quality, either. Lenovo cuts the price, but not the quality of its ThinkPad laptops and the result is a simply stunning budget machine.
5 von 6, Preis sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 90%
78% Lenovo ThinkPad SL500
Source: Computer Shopper English
The ThinkPad SL500 is an affordable version of Lenovo’s popular business notebook that doesn’t skimp on features.
7.8 von 10, Ausstattung gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 80% mobility: 40%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 manages to deliver both in terms of aim, as well as price. For the asking price, the build quality is excellent and the all-round usability makes it a pleasure to use. Sure, it's not the most powerful notebook around but the keyboard and battery life more than make up for it.
8 von 10, Verarbeitung ausgezeichnet, Preis sehr gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95%
75% Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 review
Source: CNet English
The ThinkPad SL500 is attractively priced, solidly built and a good performer. We're particularly impressed with the high-resolution 15.4-inch screen. However, its inward-sloping edges can make it difficult to locate ports and expansion slots, the webcam is basic and battery life could be longer.
7.5 von 10, Verarbeitung gut, Display gut, Mobilität sehr schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% display: 80% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80%
Prosumer-Notebook mit dem roten TrackPoint
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2009
Rating: price: 80%
15,4 Zoll Laptops im Test
Source: T-Online German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 02/19/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80%
71% Test: Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 (NRJ4CGE) (Notebook)
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 96% performance: 51% features: 75% display: 85% mobility: 69% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 85%
71% Minipreis-Laptops
Source: Chip.de - 2/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 80% performance: 51% features: 75% display: 85% mobility: 69% ergonomy: 85%
65% Zehn Spiele-Notebooks bis 1.500 Euro
Source: Gamestar German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 70% performance: 40% display: 80%
60% Ein Puma ohne Krallen
Source: Chip.de - 12/08 German
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% performance: 73% features: 85% display: 84% mobility: 50% ergonomy: 88%
77% Lenovo SL500 – Alles-Könner mit Schönheitsfehlern
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 79% features: 88% display: 79% mobility: 66% workmanship: 72% emissions: 90%
65% Lenovo Thinkpad SL500
Source: Gamestar German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 70% performance: 45% features: 60% display: 85%
84% Test Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 79% display: 76% mobility: 75% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 87%
80% Lenovo Thinkpad SL500
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 40% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 90%
80% Lenovo Thinkpad SL500
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 40%
Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 teszt - az elérhető minőség
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: workmanship: 80%
Nyolc laptop tesztje: multimédia a nappaliban 2.
Source: Nonstop Mobil HU→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 05/02/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80%

 

Lenovo ThinkPad SL300

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad SL300Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 2.14kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage
 Thinkpad SL (Series)

Average Score: 80.7% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 13 reviews)

 

84% Review Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Smart Business Starter. The Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 is the last representative of the SL-Series in our tests. As the label suggests, it deals with with a compact 13.3 inch office notebook, whose affordable base price allows a wide audience to be introduced to the Thinkpad model lineup. Equipped with an integrated 4500M HD GPU, HDMI port, and optional Blu-Ray drive, the notebook also shows characteristics of a multimedia machine.
Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Source: Inside HW English
Most users won’t notice any differences between SL and pricier series of ThinkPad notebooks which is proof that Lenovo has done its homework very well. We encountered few problems with our sample (trackpoint and fan control) but we believe that those will be solved in one of next updates. With these problems solved, Lenovo ThinkPad SL300 will become very attractive model, although even with these problems it deserves our recommendation especially if you seek a model of notebook with long autonomy.
Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL300 review
Source: Techradar English
By bringing the excellent build, usability and connectivity of the ThinkPad brand into a more affordable price bracket, Lenovo has excelled itself. The ThinkPad SL300 is a fantastic business laptop, and the great price makes it an even more essential purchase.
4 von 5, Display gut, Preis gut, Verarbeitung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Review: Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Source: Geek.com English

Day to day, I had very few complaints about the ThinkPad SL300. Lenovo may have dropped the cost of the product and moved it to a size that is new to the ThinkPads (aside from the X300/X301) but the fundamentals are still strong. As noted in the SL400 review, the SL series makes changes from the ThinkPad design that so many people know and love, but it is far from the disaster that many people forecasted. You get the quality and performance you want, but ditch some of the high-end features that you don’t necessarily need.


Gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Source: Computer Shopper English
It’s a common occurrence: Corporate refugees weaned on ThinkPads like the iconic T-series find themselves out on their own or in a smaller business, lusting after the ThinkPad’s near-perfect ergonomics and legendary reliability. Finally, a ThinkPad designed—and priced—with the small-business and sole-proprietor buyer in mind.
8 von 10, Preis schlecht, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 40%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Source: Computer Shopper English

There’s a lot we like about the ThinkPad SL300, and the main thing we don’t like—the so-so performance—can be remedied by adding stronger components. If you are used to the feel of a ThinkPad, you'll be right at home with the SL300.


8 von 10, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Source: Laptop Mag English
The $949 Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 offers a combination of stylish looks, strong performance, and unbeatable battery life for a small business notebook in this price range. With its hard drive returning speedy scores and its glossy screen providing truly vibrant colors, the SL300 is even more impressive than its 14.1-inch big brother. Just be sure to get the 9-cell battery.
4 von 5, Display mäßig
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 60%
Lenovo ThinkPad SL300 Business Laptop
Source: IT Reviews English
Business users may be slightly more predictable in their usage, but that doesn’t mean they’re satisfied with five-year-old machines. Lenovo’s new SL-series of lappies - the SL300, SL400 and SL500 - all have an options list weighed under with choices such as Vodafone-powered mobile broadband, Blu-ray and more. Not pretty but the ThinkPad SL300 is a brilliant business workhorse for the price
Verarbeitung mäßig, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/11/2008
Rating: price: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad SL300 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo does a great job of balancing features, performance and price with the ThinkPad SL300. It gives a true alterntive to those looking for a fully functional business class ultraportable laptop without the extremely high price tag of their ThinkPad X series. It isn't quite as portable or lightweight and it uses a plastic instead of magnesium exterior, but it does a great job for the price.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität mäßig
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/13/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 60%
Kompakte Kraftprotze
Source: c't - 2/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
84% Test Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2008
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 76% display: 75% mobility: 81% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 85%
80% Lenovo Thinkpad SL300
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 50% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 30% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 80%
90% Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 - Test
Source: Hardware.info Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% mobility: 80%
73% Lenovo Thinkpad SL300
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 74% display: 50% mobility: 81% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 65%

 

Comment

Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G: Enhanced 8400M GS chip, which is manufactured in 65nm and shows slightly better performance due to a few minor optimizations.

NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS: Compared to the 9300M G, the GS has only 8 unified shaders but a higher clock rate. Therefore, the performance should be similar according to Nvidia. Supports 
Hybrid-SLI (GeForceBoost and HybridPower) with Nvidia 9100M G and PureVideo HD (VP3).

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.

P8400:

Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).

P8600:

Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.


13.3: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

14.1: 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

15.4: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.14 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.9 kg:

This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.


77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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