How Is A Workstation Laptop Different From A Normal Laptop? Workstation laptops are a fairly recent innovation in computer technology, and usually designed for use by business professionals. The power contained in these laptops far exceeds what the average user requires, as workstation laptops focus on running graphics intensive applications such as CAD programs and product design software. Shoppers looking for a simple laptop they can use to write term papers, update Facebook or browse the web should look elsewhere, as the potential of these laptops would be wasted on such mundane tasks. For customers who need a free laptop with broadband, there are 3 major contenders worth looking at: The Lenovo ThinkPad W520, the HP EliteBook 8560w and the HP G71-340US.
Lenovo ThinkPad W520
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The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 is Lenovo’s newest entry in their high-end mobile workstation line of computers. The W520 is replacing the older W510 mobile workstation laptop, and features some impressive upgrades over its predecessor. On the outside, the free laptop with broadband features a gorgeous 15.6-inch display, as well as a sleek case design. On the inside, the W520 is powered by a powerful IntelCore i7-2920XM CPU. For users looking for a graphics powerhouse, the W520 doesn’t disappoint, thanks to the NVIDIA Quadro 2000m discrete graphics card. Additionally, users can switch between the NVIDIA graphics card and the Intel HD integrated graphics card that is also included. All this graphics processing power would be wasted, however, if the W520 didn’t include full HD output. Thankfully, the screen is capable of displaying images in up to 1920 x 1080 resolution, which qualifies it as true HD and ensures that users see everything in crystal clarity.
Finally, the W520 improves on the W510’s touch screen features by increasing the total number of touch screens available to 2, up from the W510’s single touch screen.
HP EliteBook 8560w
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The 15-inch EliteBook 8560w from Hewlett-Packard is a small workstation that offers functionality usually found in much larger workstations. With a footprint measuring a mere 15 x 10 inches, it is larger than the HP 8460w but smaller than the HP 8760w. The exterior is also very unique thanks to the gunmetal gray exterior design, which gives it a rugged look.
The biggest feature that sets this free laptop with broadband apart from the competition is the inclusion of a CFast card slot. For those unfamiliar with this new technology, CFast is a new type of CompactFlash card that is specially designed for high-definition photography. This is currently a very new technology that is only found on a few laptops, which should make the HP 8560w very popular with digital photography enthusiasts.
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The simple design of the HP G71 can be deceiving, due to the fact that it houses one of the most impressive laptop workstations currently on the market. This system is also one of the lightest workstations currently on the market, weighing in at a mere 6.7 pounds. That’s a whole half-pound lighter than the next lightest free computer with broadband. Although may not have the heft of other workstations, the HP G71 certainly doesn’t skimp on features. The HP G71 features both VGA and HDMI video outputs as well as a multitude of ports which users can use to connect devices. USB ports, a compact flash drive and modem and Ethernet jacks are only a few of the devices that the HP G71 supports. Additionally, the the 320GB hard drive provides users with plenty of storage space and comes preloaded with helpful applications. Among the many luxury options included on the laptop is a high-resolution webcam, which is sure to come in handy for video conferences. Finally, the notebook’s wireless card allows users to access the Internet at a blazing fast speed and supports 802.11b/g/n protocols.
Because all 3 of these laptops perform exceptionally well, deciding which one to pick can be an incredibly difficult task. Customers really can’t go wrong no matter which laptop they decide to purchase, and in the end it really comes down to personal preference. Each laptop has its own strengths and weaknesses, and each will probably appeal to a different demographic. The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 is best suited to users requiring graphics processing power, the HP EliteBook 8560w will probably appeal to photographers, and the HP G71 is perfect for users on-the-go who require a lightweight workstation.