If you’ve narrowed down your approximately size to 14.1”, or around there, here’s a good place to look to help you choose the laptop for you. Or, if you’re just browsing and checking out some options, these 3 laptops are some of the noteworthy ones from the 14.1” department. Also, the following list is in alphabetical order, and nothing more.
This laptop provides an odd combination between small size and immense graphics power. It boasts 4 GB of RAM, a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, an Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 Processor running at 2.66Ghz, but more surprisingly an ATI Radeon 4650 Graphics card with 1 GB of video RAM. That is correct, it has 4 times as much video RAM as its competitors. The only problem is the processor is a bit lacking, and you’re much more likely to run out of processor speed before video RAM. But, other than that, this laptop is definitely a performance powerhouse. OK, I lied: there is one other problem, the battery life. Most 14.1” laptops are made to be portable, hence the 14.1” size, but this laptop’s battery life is probably not going to exceed 2 hours. So, if you’re in dire need of video RAM, a small size, and can constantly be plugged into an outlet, then this is the laptop for you. Check out a more detailed review on this laptop which we’ll have posted later.
HP Pavillion DV4t
The best thing about this laptop, besides the features, is the initial price of $599: pretty good for a high performance 14.1” laptop. In addition, it has a multitude of upgradeable features, including internal TV-tuner and Blu-Ray Drive (though I’m not sure how many Blu-Rays you’ll be watching on a 14.1” screen). Other features include an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor running at 2.8GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce 9200 with 256MB of RAM. Though, actually purchasing all of these upgrades will bring the laptop to a nice $2000 price tag, which, depending on how much money you have to spend, can be quite a bit. The nice thing about this laptop is that it is one of the best customizable high performance laptops; not quite that of the Asus N81Vp for gaming, but has a fast processor making it a good contender. In general, it’s nothing out of the ordinary, but does have a lot of customizable options, which can move it from ordinary to extraordinary. Look for a future article reviewing this laptop in detail.
Lenovo ThinkPad T400
Another king of performance, the Lenovo, has some comparable features to the two listed above, but isn’t quite up to par with either. So why do I put this laptop on the list? Well, keep reading and you’ll find out. The features include 2GB of RAM, an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor running at 2.8Ghz, and an ATI Radeon 3470 video card with 256MB of video RAM. Still not impressed? Well, the Lenovo has one thing that some of the other high performance laptops don’t: hybrid graphics. This allows the user to switch between the ATI graphics card, and an integrated graphics card, saving much battery life. Which, brings us to its key feature: the 9 cell battery with a 10 hour battery life. This is 3 times most of its competitors, and makes the laptop a killer mobility choice. If you’re looking for a laptop that has extreme mobility, without sacrificing much on the side of performance, this is definitely the laptop for you. Finally, look for an in depth review of this laptop.
Well, there you have it, the top 3 14.1” laptops, in my opinion, of course. I tried to include one ultra-high performance, one average high performance, and one extremely mobile high perfomance laptop. Hopefully these laptops can meet some of your needs, well at least in the 14.1” department. These laptops also do boast quite the significant price tags, so if you’re looking for cheaper laptops, look to some of other articles, especially ones on netbooks.