December 2009 Notebook/Laptop Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for December 2009. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

Notebook/Laptop Articles for December of 2009

Below are the 88 Notebook/Laptop articles for December of 2009

Avira Free Antivirus 9.0 Review

Avira AntiVir Personal is a free security suite for home users. It promises basic protection from viruses and spyware. How does it rank against other antivirus solutions? Read our review[...] 2009 Readers Survey

As we approach the end of the year, it becomes time to reflect on the past year and start planning for the next. At TechnologyGuide, we take the opportunity[...] 2009 Reader’s Survey

As we approach the end of the year, it becomes time to reflect on the past year and start planning for the next. At TechnologyGuide, we take the opportunity[...]

New ASUS Mobo Supports Overclocking Via Phone

ASUS has never been one to shy away from experimental features in their high-end motherboards, and their latest Republic of Gamers product does nothing to buck this trend.

Most Popular Laptops for November 2009

Each month we compile data for the number of times a particular notebook is viewed on this site's product pages to get an idea for what mainstream consumers are looking[...]

Dell Intros Precision M6500 Mobile Workstation

Dell today introduced its latest business powerhouse, the 17-inch M6500.

Top ten printers for November 2009

With the holiday season in full swing, get ready to shop by checking out the ten hottest printers selected by our readers!

Viewsonic Unleashes IPS Monitor Duet

Finally! Affordable IPS monitors are starting to come onto the market. Well, mostly affordable. Sort of. I guess it depends on just what your idea of affordable[...]

Western Digital WD TV Live Review

Western Digital recently relaunched their WD TV player, adding a number of features such as component video and DTS decoding, while maintaining its diminutive size and sleek form factor. [...]

ThinkFree Office Online Beta Review

ThinkFree Office Online is a web-based productivity suite that goes the extra mile in trying to imitate Microsoft Office. Is this free web-app really the next best thing to Microsoft's[...]

Sager NP8690 Review

The Sager NP8690 is a top-end 15.6-inch gaming notebook featuring an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor and Nvidia GTX 280M graphics card. How does the NP8690 measure up to other[...]

Epson unveils PictureMate photo frame printer

Epson has enhanced their PictureMate line of compact photo printers with the PictureMate Show, a portable two-in-one digital photo frame and photo printer.

HP Launches FaceBook Quiz to Help Consumers Find a Computer

HP has launched a FaceBook quiz app to help consumers find the right computer.

Alienware M15x Having Performance Issues?

One of our forum members has discovered a possible problem with the Core i7-powered Alienware M15x.

CompuLab Releases fit2 PC Super Small Nettop

CompuLab made waves with their original fitPC - notable for its small stature. Now they've gone and done it again with a second revision. Still small, but packing[...]

WARNING: Don’t Upgrade Your WD TV Live Firmware!

UPDATED Obviously, we like WD's WD TV Live HD media players. Unfortunately, however, it seems that something's gone rotten with the most recent firmware updates, leaving hundreds of users[...]

HP Photosmart Plus first look

Get a hands-on look of the HP Photosmart Plus All-in-One, the number one searched printer on for the month of November!

Dell slips to #3 in latest market share rankings

Dell slips to number three among worldwide PC shipments.

Thermaltake’s Crazy Level 10 Case Now (Finally) For Sale

We talked about it back in March, and now it's finally for sale. Designed by BMW, built by Thermaltake, the Level 10 is easily one of the coolest cases[...]

Apple’s Mac Pros Get Speed Bump, Break 3GHz

For a while it seemed as if Apple was getting all lopsided with its desktop lineits 27-inch iMac lines were actually outperforming some of its highest end (not to mention[...]

HP Mini 311 Review

The HP Mini 311 promises the best possible netbook experience thanks to the use of Nvidia's Ion graphics. Can this netbook with an 11-inch screen, HDMI, and a great keyboard[...]

Cortex-A8 Computer the Size of Laptop RAM

Direct Insight is prepping to release a computer-on-module no bigger than a single stick of notebook memory. The new Triton-TX51 uses a Cortex-A8 CPU at its center, similar to[...]

Intel Plays Down Larrabee For Consumers

Larrabee, Intel's effort to produce a discrete graphics processing unit to rival offerings put forth by NVIDIA and ATI, has apparently hit something of a setback.

Dell Studio 17 (1747) Review

The Studio 17 is a 17-inch multimedia and gaming desktop-replacement notebook from Dell. This system can be configured with Intel Core i7 processors as well as high-end ATI Mobility Radeon[...]

Sweet printers, Cool deals

It's official: the holiday buying season is now upon us. Christmas music is playing, aisles are decked out in festive colors, and the prices are dropping!

HP TouchSmart 600 Full Review (with Video)

The HP TouchSmart 600 is the premium version of HP's third generation touch-enabled all-in-one computers. From a hardware standpoint, it refines and improves upon its forebears. A lot[...]

Avast Free Antivirus Review

ALWIL Software's Avast Antivirus Home Edition is free for home users. How does it stack up against other free and paid solutions? We break it down in this review.

Dell Intros Vostro V13 Thin-and-Light

Dell today introduced its latest business thin-and-light, the Vostro V13.

OKI MC360 review

Tired of the outdated multifunction printer in your office? Then read our full review of the new OKI MC360 Color MFP, it may be your match made in office heaven.

Boxee…Box Unveiled

With the news that Boxee would soon be entering the beta phase (having been conducting an alpha for about a year now), it was also announced that they'd found their[...]

Printer Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2009: Dedicated photo

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Brother MFC-495cw

The MFC-495cw is a 4-in-1 device (print, scan, copy, Super G3 fax) with print resolution up to 6000 x 1200 dpi, a 15 sheet ADF, a 3.3 inch adjustable LCD,[...]

Dell, HP Dragging Down CULV Notebook Sales?

Acer's chairmen said in a DigiTimes report that HP and Dell are not pushing ultra-thin notebooks hard enough, which is hurting the market for them.

HP ProBook 5310m Review

HP promises that the new ProBook 5310m is a "stylish" business notebook that packs performance, battery life, and value inside a thin-and-light 13-inch notebook. Is the ProBook 5310m truly a[...]

iBuyPower Secures Exclusivity to Thermaltake’s Level 10

Remember Thermaltake's crazy Level 10 case? Just days after it was made available, iBuyPower has secured exclusive rights for its use in supplying pre-built desktops.

Online Video Service Buyers Guide 2009

Netflix or Hulu? Amazon or iTunes? Which online video service offers the best combination of video quality, selection and price to command your loyalty for (legally) watching movies and television[...]

Brother MFC-9320cw first look

Check out the latest from Brother in LED technology with our hands-on video first look of the Brother MFC-9320cw Digital Color All-in-One printer!

Foxconn Introduces Bamboo PC Case

Well, it might be slightly more eco-friendly than a case with a plastic front, but it's definitely a lot more interesting. Unwilling to let Dell's Studio Hybrid take all[...]

Printer Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2009

Buying a printer for yourself or a loved one this holiday season? Find the perfect companion using our 10 question buying checklist and then check out our favorite inkjet[...]

Western Digital’s New Format Boosts Hard Drive Space

Whenever you buy a new hard drive, a certain amount is lost to the fashion in which the drive is formatted. WD's new "Advanced Format drives" change the way[...]

A-DATA Sport SH93 Review

External hard drives are the perfect solution for people who need more storage in addition to what is included inside your laptop. Not only do external hard drives provide space[...]

Epson releases iPrint photo printing app

Epson has now released their own free version of a wireless photo printing application for iPhone and iPod Touch users.

MSI Upgrades X350 Notebook

MSI is upgrading the build quality of its X-Slim notebooks, starting with the X350.

ASUS Spins Off Motherboard and GPU Making

ASUS, whose brand recognition seems to be on a non-stop rise, has decided it's time to fight fire with fire as it prepares to battle HP and Dell for consumer[...]

2010 Free Antivirus Buyers Guide

Over the last several months Notebook Review looked at several free antivirus solutions -- today we compile our results in our 2010 free antivirus buyers guide and declare a winner.[...]

Canon Pixma MP640 review

The Canon Pixma MP640 falls smack in the middle of Canon's latest lineup of sleek, functional consumer printers both in features and price. But how will it perform? Read[...]

Next-gen Mac Pro Using Next-gen Intel Gulftown?

According to some rumors and a leaked slide or two, the Mac Pros are destined to get a much needed refresh in the form of the as-yet-unannounced Intel Core i7-980X.[...]

ASUS N61VN Review

The N61VN is a new 16-inch gaming and multimedia notebook from ASUS designed to compete against systems like the HP Pavilion dv6t and Dell Studio XPS 16. It includes a[...]

It’s Final: Court Bans Psystar From Selling Apple Clones

While the idea of Apple clones is nothing new (they used to even be licensed, back in the 'old days') they've been forbidden for some time. While the idea[...]

Dropbox Online Filesharing Review

Dropbox is an online service allows you to share files online, sidestepping the file size limitations that e-mail, IM, and online document-sharing services put in place. Is Dropbox really the[...]

Kodak ESP 5250 first look

Get a hands-on look at the Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One, Kodak's latest inkjet designed to help consumers save on ink costs!

Next-Gen Nvidia ION Coming Next Year

Nvidia is planning to launch its next-generation ION netbook platform next year.

Dell Intros Latitude ON FLASH Feature

Dell today introduced a new feature for its Latitude business notebooks.

Intel Launching Core i3 Next Month

Even though we know some manufacturers will be launching new systems based around Intel's next-generation products, a sample was being sold on eBay, and some performance numbers are already in,[...]

Core i3, i5 Notebooks Launching in January

Intel has officially announced that its Core i3 and Core i5 processors for notebooks will be launching in January at CES.

ASUS Eee PC 1201N Review

The ASUS Eee PC 1201N is loaded with Intel's dual-core Atom as well as NVIDIA's ION. This computer falls into its own little category since it is too fast to[...]

Asus K40IJ

The Asus K40IJ is a portable 14 inch notebook featuring up to 4GB DDR2 system memory, up to 320GB hard drive, and a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam.

Asus K40IN

The Asus K40IN features dedicated NVIDIA graphics, a 14 inch 16:9 display, and a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam.

Asus K61

The Asus K61 features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 6GB system memory, and an HD 16 inch display.

HP Photosmart Plus review

Read our review of the HP Photosmart Plus All-in-One, the number one searched printer on for November 2009!

NorhTec Intros EeeKeyboard Alternative

NorhTec, a company known for producing tiny, relatively inexpensive computers and related devices has just taken the wraps off of a new competitor to the (almost fabled by this point)[...]

ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Review

The ASUS Eee PC 1005PE is the first 10.1-inch Intel Pine Trail netbook on the market featuring the Intel Atom 450 processor and Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics. Claiming up[...]

IBM Lotus Symphony 1.3 Review

IBM Lotus Symphony is Big Blue's free alternative to MS Office. Can Symphony win a battle of the bands with Microsoft's productivity heavyweight, or does it ring hollow? We sound[...]

Fujitsu Intros LifeBook MH380 Netbook

Fujitsu today introduced its latest netbook, the LifeBook MH380.

Dell Refreshes Inspiron Mini 10

Dell today announced it refreshed its Mini 10 netbook with a newer design and Intel Atom processor.

Apple Updates iMacs to Solve Flickering Issues

One of the biggest (ha!) selling points of the new 27-inch iMac all-in-ones is the screen. Twenty-seven inches of IPS glory set at the high resolution of 2560x1440. [...]

Epson WorkForce 1100 review

We have a review of the Epson WorkForce 1100, a low-cost wide-format printer perfect for the SMB market. Or is it? Take a closer look with us to find[...]

Acer Intros TravelMate Timeline Business Notebooks

Acer today introduced its TravelMate business-oriented Timeline notebooks.

Steam Announces Yearly Sale!

Steam, that pleasingly powerful purveyor of programs downloaded digitally, has announced their annual end-of-the-year sale, which, as always, offers some crazy discounts on classic and modern games - many for[...]

MS Loses Custom XML, Has to Pull Office

Microsoft has been fighting a case against developer i4i, who holds patents relating to the custom tagging of XML files. The developer brought suit against the software giant accusing[...]

Symantec pcAnywhere 12.5 Review

Symantec pcAnywhere 12.5 is a remote control application that allows users to operate a computer from any other computer in the world -- include PCs running a different operating system.[...]

Futuremark Launches Online Benchmarking Tool

Futuremark, maker of canned benchmarks used by reviewers (including us) all over the internet. Now they're taking things a step further by letting users see what the 3DMark Vantage[...]

MSI Shows off Upcoming Pine Trail All-in-one

CES isn't quite here, and companies are trying to generate as much buzz as they can. MSI is no exception, slowly giving out little juicy bits of information regarding[...]

Acronis True Image Home 2010 Review

The last time we reviewed Acronis True Image Home, it certainly had potential . . . but major bugs held it back from being our editor's choice. Today we take[...]

Sweet printers, Cool deals

Christmas may have passed us by but there are still great deals to be had!

Chrome Bags Soyuz Laptop Backpack Review

If you're looking for the perfect laptop bag for your new notebook then you may be in luck. Chrome Bags promises the Soyuz laptop backpack is the ultimate solution for[...]

Brando Releases USB3.0 to SATA Adapter

Finally, a USB hard drive adapter we can get behind. I've had bad luck with USB drive adapters in the past, including one from Inland Products that actually set[...]

Next-Gen NVIDIA Chips Delayed; ATI Continues Raining Down the Pain

According to DigiTimes in Taipei, the next-gen NVIDIA GPU architecture, Fermi, which supports DirectX 11, has been delayed. The chips were originally supposed to launch last month, but the[...]


The Sony VAIO CW is a 14-inch screen laptop that includes a Core 2 Duo processor and Nvidia graphics. The VAIO CW Series shows off your passion for fashion. Completely[...]

Eco-friendly events at CES 2010

Heading to Vegas for CES - or wish you could? We have a roundup of can't miss events displaying the "greener" side of CES!

HP Pavilion dv8t

The HP Pavilion dv8t features a quad-core Intel processor, 1080p HD display, built-in Blu-ray player, and dedicated NVIDIA graphics.

Seagate Stole HD Technologies from MIT?

Seagate, you naughty hard drive manufacturer, you. It seems like there have been some shady goings-on at the organization. An MIT spin-off called Convolve is suing them (again) for[...]

2009 Remote Access Software Home Buyer’s Guide

We've reviewed five remote access tools each with their own capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Some programs worked flawlessly, others did alright, and one fell flat on its face. Read on[...] Readers Survey

As we approach the end of 2009, it's time to reflect on the past year and start planning for the next. At TechnologyGuide, we take the opportunity to evaluate[...]

A-DATA Announces USB3.0/SATAII Combo External SSD

A-DATA looks to have a pretty interesting product on its hands in the form of the N002 Combo Flash Drive. The new beast is one of A-DATA's SSDs (come[...]

Brother MFC-9320cw review

Check out the latest from Brother in LED technology with our review of the Brother MFC-9320cw Digital Color All-in-One!

Study Reveals What Consumers Think Of Extended Service Contracts

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$99 Cherrypal Africa Netbook Now Available

The sub-100 dollar laptop is now a reality in the form of the Cherrypal Africa, a $99 seven-inch laptop intended to help developing countries and low-income persons connect to the[...]