The desktop replacement notebook system is designed to emulate the power and features of a typical desktop computer, eliminating the need for a user to have both a desktop PC and laptop computer. A desktop replacement is the big daddy of the laptop family, and is one of the largest growing segments in the portable market. Typically they weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, and are usually much thicker than small laptops, because of the larger computer components within them.
All this power does not come cheaply. The desktop replacement is typically among the most expensive laptops available, prices usually ranging between $1500 - $4000. The price is much less for a refurbished notebook. An equivalent PC is much cheaper, but with a desktop replacement you are getting the power of your home machine with the portability and flexibility of a laptop.
Before desktop replacements were developed, laptop computers had little processing power and could only perform the simplest computing tasks. Indeed white collar workers were often chained to their office PC's. (If you like you can read a little laptop history and learn how far notebook technology has come in the last 20 years.) Today's office folk no longer need to be confined to their claustrophophic cubicles. Instead those statistic charts and data reports for the nagging boss can be compiled on a train, in the comfort of a favorite sofa, or even on the beach! Below are a few reviews of some relatively cheap desktop replacements that we discovered online for your perusal :). We hope you find the Laptop reviews useful on your hunt for a cheap and reliable desktop replacement notebook!
IBM A31 Thinkpad
".....The IBM ThinkPad A31 notebook is part of the award winning ThinkPad line of mobile computers. They are designed for users who want desktop capability, with rock solid mobile computing performance. The IBM A31 Laptop has Pentium 4 Power, a 15 inch SXGA Display, CDRW and DVD Combo Drive and comes with XP Professional....."
Sony VAIO FRV27
".....The Sony VAIO FRV27 laptop delivers high performance and stylish good looks at an affordable price. At the time of writing we found new models as low as $1145.00. The unit itself is compact but it's not that lightweight weighing in at a solid 7.72 lbs. However that weight is a trade off against the beautiful 15 inch screen, which displays colours vividly and text sharply....."
Toshiba P10 S429
".....The Toshiba P10 S429 satellite is a good looking, high performance notebook computer suited for both business and home use. The reviewed model came with a spacious 60GB hard drive, pentium 4 processor and a 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA screen, which makes watching movies and playing games a real pleasure. The notebook is built very solidly, weighing in at around 7.99lbs...."