Find The Perfect Business Laptop – Here’s a Shortlist.

Laptops have become a part of our lives. Be it business or personal use, just like a smartphone, everyone wants to have a laptop of their own and consider it as a personal possession – and have it totally customized to their taste. Thanks to the technological advancement and the healthy competition among the top laptop manufacturing companies, we have a wide variety of laptops to choose from as per our needs.

When we choose a laptop for our business we go for certain special features as opposed to choosing a laptop for personal use. Yes, business laptops have to be durable, portable and powerful. They need to be stable given the fact that they will be used for extended hours (compared to a personal laptop), easy to carry for meetings, sometimes abroad, and should be able to withstand the intense usage and still respond fast!

Finding the perfect laptop for your business could be challenging taking into consideration these two facts –

1. You have specific requirements that demand a strong and powerful laptop when it comes to your business usage.
2. You have a wide variety of laptops to choose from.

Here is the deal – if you have point 1 ready, I am going to help you with point 2. Below is a shortlist of the best laptops that will suit your business requirements –

Toshiba Portege R935-P322 – This laptop comes under the ultra-portable category and is priced fairly lesser compared to the other laptops in this category. The laptop overtakes the past ultra-portables with a mobile processor which is certainly a plus; this reflects in the increased processing speed (especially with the multimedia tasks). The laptop has a battery life of 9+ hours. If you are after the ultra portability and fast processing speed that comes at a reasonably lower price, this is your piece.

Dell Latitude E6220 – This laptop also comes in the ultra-portable category but is a bit pricey for a 12.5 inch laptop. One of the coolest things about this laptop is that you can choose the battery settings that will allow you to travel light or use your laptop for computational purposes even for a day. I must admit that the laptop is not eye-catching or sleek, but it has a fast performance, the necessary components that a business will normally require and more importantly, warranty and service options that are expected by large business companies.

Lenovo Thinkpad T420 – Again, not a stylish-looking laptop but a workhorse that does the job. You can call it an all-purpose laptop with a solid build and a race horse performance. The laptop comes with multiple warranty options that are usually expected by business organizations. This piece is known for its rigid build, and robust performance. So if that’s what you need, go get it.

Vizio CT14-A2 Ultrabook – This one is elegant, has a metallic build and thin. When it comes to performance, it comes very close to its competitor (in performance) Acer Aspire S5 but is fairly low-priced that the Acer. The laptop lacks certain outward features – an in-built memory card reader, Ethernet jack, backlit keyboard, speaker sound quality, one more USB port (it has 2) etc. But certainly these are not a big deal if your business doesn’t require these features. I’d call it a minimalist performer.

Apple Macbook Pro (15-inch, Retina Display) – How can I complete this list without mentioning the Macbook Pro? If you are into a business laptop which has a robust performance, longer battery life and a great look that you can boast in your business meetings or conferences, yes, you should go for it. Retina display makes great resolution screen on a small-sized laptop possible. The machine boots and is ready in about a few seconds; wakes instantaneously from sleep and can stay asleep for 30 days with your work intact. The battery life is amazing (do I have to say this?) and yes it has a backlit keyboard. The only thing is that some of  your apps may have to be updated to be compatible with the retina display.

The New Waterproof Fujistu – Toshiba Smartphone

Are you worried about carrying your multi-functional and multi-featured smartphone while you are holidaying? You may be anxious to carry your mobile with you when you are relaxing at the beach front or swimming pool or water fountains. There are times that you and your lover mobile may be drenched in rain in spite of your extreme care. Thanks to the new phone from Fujitsu-Toshiba; you are free to carry your mobile wherever you want. The waterproof smartphone from Fujitsu-Toshiba makes you smart enough to talk even when it is raining. You can take snaps and record videos from the underwater world with the new smartphone.

Fujitsu supplies mobile phones to NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan’s biggest mobile phone operator and Toshiba supplies cell phones to KDDI Corp, Japan’s second largest telecom company. Fujitsu has traditional strengths in the design of water resistant mobile phones, usage of finger print technology and making of mobile phones for old people. Toshiba is successful in making its presence in the smartphone market by supplying Microsoft windows based smartphones in Japan, Asia and Europe. Ever since the mobile phone business of Fujitsu and Toshiba was merged in October, 2010 they were swift in making moves to present a breed of smartphones to the world markets.

Androids have made their way in the world of smartphones. The latest smartphone announced by Fujitsu-Toshiba comes with waterproof body with Wimax and 13 mega pixel Camera. The smartphone named as Arrows Z comes with 2.3.5 Android OS, dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4.3” LCD display with 1280×720 resolution. Waterproof body, digital TV Tuner, e-wallet function and video recording at its highest accuracy with 13 MP Camera are other remarkable features of this smartphone. The ultra new model from Fujitsu-Toshiba can be connected to other digital gadgets through various ports including HDMI, micro SDHC and micro USB.

 

The phone weighs 131 grams with a sleek thickness of just 10.1 mm. Japan’s second biggest carrier KDDI plans to offer Arrows Z to its subscribers from the month of November, 2011. It may take few more months to launch the phone in other markets including US and Europe. Fujitsu Toshiba Arrows Z ISW11F is one of the 6 new models unveiled by KDDI for the coming winter season. The collaboration between Fujitsu and Toshiba has yielded a host of smartphones. The phone equipped with Gingerbread Android OS may challenge the current dominant player in the market, Softbank. The phone’s display features are closer to Samsung Galaxy S2 model HD LTE.

Having witnessed the brunt of sales in the domestic market and no scope for further expansion, Fujitsu has eyed the tremendous potential of smartphones in the world market. The joint venture brought down the number of mobile phone manufacturing companies from 10 to 6 in Japan. The current market is dominated by Nokia and Samsung which produce smartphones on large scale and cater to the worldwide market. The Japan based joint venture Fujitsu-Toshiba is all set to tap the global smartphone market.

It will be interesting to watch how the Arrows Z will resist the market in spite of its resistance to water! Will it float or sink to the market currents or current market? Let us know your thoughts.

Toshiba Thrive – The Latest Honeycomb Android Tablet

Honeycomb Android tabletshave flooded the market recently. Many companies have brought forward their versions of this new trend and most of them have been quite uninspiring. However, the latest in this flagship line is Toshiba’s Thrive. Toshiba Thrive is pitted against the obvious choices in this category; Apple’s iPad2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, Thrive does put up quite an impressive competition against them.

Design Features

Thrive has its very own special design that is in no way similar to any other Android tabs in the market. The design gives it a look of a sleek and powerful device. Toshiba has started out with a standard display screen of 10.1 inches with a 1280×800 resolution. The screen area has been kept absolutely basic and clutter free. There are only three LED indicator lights and the 2 megapixel camera with a dedicated microphone. The LED indicators are not extremely essential but they are definitely unique to the Thrive. The 2 megapixel camera is front facing while there is a 5 megapixel camera at the back of the tablet. Both cameras offer Toshiba’s standard of picture clarity.

Technical Features

Toshiba Thrive is instilled with Honeycomb 3.1 Android and has the power of NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual- Core Processor. The tablets come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models. All these models are quite affordable. The specifications also include 1GB DDR2 RAM, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and Wi-Fi.

Toshiba Thrive also comes with a full SD port and the micro USB and HDMI ports. Don’t miss out the full size USB 2 port which comes with the device as well. Useful if you’re planning to transfer data through your USB drives. A very unique feature of this latest tablet is that you can connect a PlayStation 3 controller with it and control the device via the UI and navigate with the launch applications provided. Although, Toshiba still needs to smooth over some parts of this function, it still remains one of the highlights of Thrive.

Apart, from these standard ports, there is a mini USB port hidden underneath the cover, a DC-in port for charging, a headset input jack and a removable docking port. The back cover of the tablet is customizable. You can choose to remove the back cover and replace with the variety of designer cover options that Toshiba has on offer for a very reasonable price of $20.

You can also carry a spare battery for extended travel as well, since the tablet features a user replaceable battery. So when you run out of charge, just pop out the battery and pop in the charged spare.

Multimedia

The Thrive comes with two cameras, a 5MP one at the back and a 2MP one on the front. The front cameras come in useful if you’re on video chats or video conferencing apps. The tablet also features stereo speakers.

Apps

Regarding Apps you have a choice between Toshiba’s App Place and Amazon’s App store via the Android App market. You can enjoy the games and apps that have already been installed in the tablet. However, the specifications allow for a smooth and powerful gaming experience as well as quick app launches whenever you require.

Price

At the time of this writing, the Toshiba Thrive start at $399.00 for the 8GB model and goes up to $499.99 for the 32GB version.

Even if just a recent period has passed after its launch, Toshiba Thrive has been through quite a few updates. It also should be noted that in comparison with other tablets, Thrive has encountered fewer problems and in general has had a smooth sail so far. The Honeycomb web browser is quite effective and offers amazing speed. Also, the Thrive tablet comes with a very effective media app that centers all the related, essential apps that you will need for an amazing media experience.

In conclusion, Toshiba’s Thrive is built and packed to provide a powerful performance. What it lacks in size and weight, it more than makes up with its delivery and compatibility.

For more information about the Toshiba Thrive, head over to the product’s details page on Toshiba’s site.