Digital Christmas: PCs for under the tree

28 Nov 2010

From notebooks to tablets, come and see the latest PCs that have been jam-packed into Santa’s sleigh.

Apple iPad

This tablet computer gave a fresh new look on how we use PCs. If you know how to use an iPhone, you know how to use this. Simply flick, touch and pinch to browse through the internet on its vivid 9.7-inch LED-backlit screen.

Loads of apps for it can be bought on the Apple App Store, so you can use it to play games, read books and magazines, watch TV and do much more. Its custom-built A4 chip is both powerful and energy efficient, making the iPad’s battery last up to 10 hours. It’s available from 16 to 64GB and comes as Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G.

Where: Apple’s online store, CompuB

HP Pavilion DV7-4045ea

HP Pavilion DV7-4045ea

The HP Pavilion DV7 offers a laptop for heavy multimedia use. With a 17-inch screen with HD video support, it’s great for watching your favourite movies and TV shows. It also has a BEATS sub-woofer, meaning the audio sounds great, too. And with 500GB of storage, you can fill this up with loads of media files.

The laptop includes an integrated webcam, with photo and video-editing programs, Corel PaintShop and Corel VideoStudio built in. And with an AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Processor P920, it’s more than capable of heavy-duty tasks.

Where: PC World

Macbook Air

Macbook Air

The revamped Macbook Air is highly portable – weighing a miniscule 1.04kg and is ultra slim. But it doesn’t skimp on features. Available in 11 inches or 13 inches, the Macbook Air runs on flash storage, allowing data to be accessed fast. Its multi-touch trackpad is buttonless, letting you click anywhere. The trackpad lets you use swipe and pinch motions to navigate.

It also features Facetime, letting you video call iPhone 4 and new iPod touch owners and has a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor, which is the same one used in the Macbook Pro.

Where: Apple Store, CompuB

Dell Inspiron 17

Dell Inspiron 17

This affordable laptop aims to replace your desktop computer with some impressive features. It comes with a 17-inch display with 16:9 aspect ratio. The hard drive can be bumped up to 500GB and a 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 video card is available for graphics.

With a 1.3MP webcam, you can chat to your friends over the internet, no matter where they are. There’s also a 7-in-1 card reader for media, such as memory cards for cameras to upload your photos.

Where: Dell’s website

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung’s 7-inch tablet is an impressive offering. Running on Android 2.2, it supports phone calls and video calls, with a 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 3MP camera on the back.

The Galaxy Tab lets you access the internet or use Android apps with the touch of a finger. The tablet also supports Full HD playback, letting you watch films and TV shows on its vivid, Super TFT screen. It’s one of the more portable tablets, so you can bring it anywhere with you without fuss.

Where: Vodafone, Meteor, 3, O2 and Carphone Warehouse

Sony Vaio M12

Sony VAIO M12

This portable netbook has a bright, 10-inch display which works well for browsing while commuting. Its 250GB storage is great for a netbook, letting you store your files on it on the move. It has a VGA output for televisions if you want to take a look at your work on a larger screen and a built-in webcam for video chatting.

The M12 also comes with Bluetooth connectivity for file transferring and a built-in memory card reader.

Where: Peats