4 November 2014 | 0
Toshiba Qosmio X70
It’s rare to see a 17″ laptop in the wild these days but Toshiba is still turning them out, in particular with its lines of Qosmio gaming laptops. The X70 comes with a 17.3″, 1920×1080 full HD display with LED backlight. Under the hood it has a fouth generation Intel Quad Core i7 processor with up to 16Gb DDR3 RAM. Graphics-wise it has an AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics card with 4Gb GDDR5 VRAM and AMD Enduro technology. Storage comes via a choice of 2Tb HDD or 1Tb SSD
Connectivity comes courtesy of HDMI with Ultra HD support, 2xUSB 2 ports, 2xUSB 3.0, RGB ports, Bridge Media UHS-II supported SD/SDHC slot1, headphone/microphone jack, Kensington lock port.
Unlike its predecessors, the X70 manages to pack all that in to a package measuring 413x268x28.4/33.1mm and weighing only 2.9kg.
Showing there’s no hard feelings over the whole high definition format wars of the late 200s, there’s even a Blu-ray player.
Energy Sistem Music Box
Both models have a 2.1 speaker system with subwoofer, MMC/SD/SDHC card reader (up to 32Gb), USB port, and an FM radio tuner.
The Music Box BZ6 adds Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming from your media player of choice.
Price: €39.90 (BZ3), €49.90 (BZ6)
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000
Dell is late to the cheap Windows tablet scene, and the €389 starting price for its Venue 8 Pro 3000 series is higher than that of some competitors, but this offering boasts some impressive specs such as an 8″ IPS display with 1280×800 resolution and 32Gb hard drive.
Beyond that, the differences between the Dell and other cheap Windows tablets are few. The Venue 8 Pro uses a Bay Trail-class Intel Atom Z3745D processor with 2Gb RAM.
You can expand either tablet’s storage capacity by inserting a MicroSD memory card, but the Dell can handle cards with a maximum of only 32Gb. Wi-Fi connectivity is limited to 802.11b/g/n, but you do get Miracast support for screencasting to a larger display, and there’s support for Bluetooth 4.0. A micro USB port is provided for data transfer and charging the onboard 16Whr battery.
The Venue 8 Pro has a 1.2MP camera in front, a 5MP camera in back, and a single microphone and speaker. There’s also a headphone/microphone combo jack. The 395g tablet is available in black with the spindle-pattern finish Dell introduced last year, or with a smooth high-gloss white finish.