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Tested Computer Brands

  • Acer
  • Apple
  • Compaq
  • Dell
  • eMachines (desktop only)
  • Gateway
  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • SONY
  • Toshiba (laptop only)

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Over 135 computers tested.

From tech updates to new trends (including built-in Wifi capabilities, display screen sizes, the new Windows Vista system), gives you all the information you need when buying a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Speed: tests measured performance while running office productivity and content creation applications
  • Ergonomics: tests represents the ease of using the keyboard, touch pad, and switches, as well as case design.
  • Display: tests covered screen quality, including clarity, contrast, and viewing angle.
  • Multimedia feature tests: include hardware (memory-card slots, AV connections), and software (multimedia playback and editing programs).
  • Speakers: tests covered speaker fidelity, bass response, and loudness.
  • Battery life: tested while running productivity applications.
  • Weight: tests include optical drives and one battery (no AC adapter).

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