LG Notebook E300 Review

We know that LG Electronics is one of the world’s most famous TV manufacturers and we also know that they have some great mobile phone models. But how much do we really know about the notebooks they produce? I bet most of you never knew that LG even made notebooks.  I will be very honest with, I read a LG E300 notebook review and I was not impressed at all.  It does not have anything amazing in particular about it (well, maybe except for that green lid) and the specs are really basic. Let me share with you some of the information I discovered.

This notebook has a 13.3” wide screen which makes it ultra portable and sleek. The design is pretty cute because it gives LG a nice touch to its look and it adds something special to the user’s personality. There is a very good change you will receive you system with Windows Vista Home Premium because this notebook has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor which operates at a speed of 2.0GHz. Above the display there is a 1.3 mega pixel webcam which is ok and it might come in handy if you ever want to talk to some of you distant friends using video chat.  If you want a less powerful processor, note that this unit can also take on the supports Intel Celeron Processor 540 which operates at a speed of 1.86 GHz. You know we never recommend a Celeron Processor because they can be a real pain when it comes to multitasking as they are very slow compared to Intel Core 2 Duo processors. You will get optical drives with this unit (DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi Dual Layer). The LG E330 also has a Wireless WLAN Antenna plus a modem. Other nice features are the integrated Bluetooth device and a special security system for the HDD. The drive capacity of this notebook is 120 GB which can be considered too small compared to 250 or 320 GB which are common HDD’s for today’s notebooks.

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As far as the input devices go on this notebook, we have an 84-key keyboard plus a touchpad that has good travel. The touchpad has scrolling features which may come in handy if you have long document or big web pages to read. Some of the features you may find very useful and which are always nice to have on a notebook are the 5-in-1 card reader (XD/SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro) and Express Card. As far as battery life goes, the 6-cell battery will keep your notebook turned on for about 1 hour and 40 minutes which is under the market average. The performed test was the video playback test with a DVD spinning in the optical drive. I think that a 13.3 inch display ultraportable must be able to provide at least 2 hours of notebook usage even when you are watching a movie. If you want to know more about the size of the product, it has 309 x 228.5 x 35.3~37.1 mm and it weighs around 2.04 kg. This is not very heavy but it does come close to a 15.4 inch notebook which makes you wonder if one extra kilo is not worth buying a bigger notebook. Bigger displays are always more appreciated. The resolution for the display is 1280 x 800 pixels. The video card does not provide anything special either with the ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics card.

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We believe the RAM provided with this notebook (1 GB) is also below the category average. To be honest, I would prefer to run Windows XP on a notebook that only has 1 GB of RAM because Vista will work much better with at least 2 GB. As for the ports and connections of this notebook, we give you the following:  USB ports, the Express card slot, the 5-in-1 media card reader, the HDMI out, D-Sub and the regular headphones and microphone jack. One nice touch was the RJ11 phone jack. This is pretty much everything we could tell you about the LG E300 notebook review.

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If you liked the unit above, you should now that LG has a notebook very similar to this one, but with a 15.4 inch display. The LG S1 won an award for its design (Red Dot).  If you take a look at it, you will see that it got what it deserved. Even if the whole computer is a fingerprint magnet, both the lid and what is under it are particularly beautiful. When looking at the black lid you would expect to find black features underneath it but when you lift it everything is white. The contrast is spectacular and this really is a nice looking notebook. Even if it’s made of plastic, just by touching it you can see that it feels very solid. The unit comes with a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card, 1 GB of RAM and 100 GB of disk space. As you can see, the specs are similar to the ones of the notebook we reviewed above.

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Even if this notebook also has a 6-cell battery, you will get about 3 hours of notebook functionality If you continuously surf the internet with the wireless function turned on. This means you get about 2 hours and 30 minutes of DVD playback. In terms of performance, the notebook has managed way better than the E330. The 3DMark test gave out a very good score in the end so this notebook seems to be a really good choice for purchase. The speakers however are not impressive at all.

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I hear that depending on the store where you buy this notebook, you can get a pair of LG surround headsets that can come really in handy and provide way better sound quality, perfect for you to enjoy your favorite music and movies. Other nice features are the 5-in-1 media card reader, the integrated Bluetooth device, the fingerprint reader (awesome feature for those who need extra security) and the multimedia remote control. Good job LG!


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