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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 5, 2011 / 5 Menachem-Av, 5771

Can HP's portable notebook slay the dragon?

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hewlett-Packard Co. will gladly accept $899 from you for the higher-end model of its HP ProBook 5330m notebook computer.

The computer has a 13.3-inch high-definition LCD display, enhanced audio, a backlit keyboard and what its maker calls a "durable and lightweight metal case that combines an anodized aluminum display enclosure and a magnesium alloy bottom." The firm advertises this as a solid yet lightweight computer case; indeed, this computer weighs about 4 pounds, which is on the light side for a business-class notebook.

There is no optical drive, but the notebook has a 500GB hard-disk drive and 4 gigabytes of RAM as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and built-in mobile broadband connectivity, though the latter requires you to purchase a data plan from a mobile carrier. This high-end model features an Intel i5-2520M processor, which is showing up in a bunch of notebook PCs these days. Windows 7 is standard as the operating system, and a fingerprint reader can be used to enhance system security.

Unmentioned, so far, is the elephant or, more elegantly perhaps, the dragon in the room, Apple Inc.'s MacBook Air, recently refreshed and re-released in two configurations, one of which has its own 13.3-inch display. Pricing and processor power are different on the MacBook Air, and the Apple product weighs about a pound less than the HP ProBook.

The similarities between the two machines are not that great. The HP ProBook 5330m is designed specifically for small, medium and some large enterprises. You won't find this computer at Best Buy, but instead you'll need to order it from HP's website (http://shopping1.hp.com) or from a distributor such as CDW. The MacBook Air, of which a review shall appear here soon, is a product for students, consumer users and some business users.

Lacking an optical drive, the HP ProBook would turn off some consumers, those who might have a fair-sized DVD collection that they would want to view while traveling, perhaps. The 500GB of hard-disk storage is common on notebooks these days. The MacBook Air, which uses solid-state memory for storage, tops out at 256GB of available storage.

In operation, the HP ProBook is a well-running Windows-based computer. I'm much happier overall with Microsoft Windows 7 than I was with Vista. There's not much in the way of programs included with the computer, though an ad-sponsored version of Microsoft Word is included; a good reseller can configure a system with the programs you need — at an additional cost, of course.

But is this something I'd want to carry for business? I probably would, and especially if the enterprise in which I was working was strict in its devotion to Windows. If I'm committed to the Windows platform, this strikes me as a good machine for business.

The lack of an optical drive might not be as off-putting to business users, since many files reside "in the cloud," or are transferrable via flash drives and the like. The sturdiness of the case — it is a substantial computer, but not onerous to carry — is another plus, especially for road warriors. The screen is quite nice, and the "Beats" audio likely would be good for multimedia presentations because the enhanced sound can be connected via an external jack to speakers.

There are, of course, more users out there than business people, and for these, HP makes consumer-themed notebooks. It's an interesting strategy, this segmentation idea. By contrast, Apple's approach appears to be one of creating notebooks that reach larger and different market segments: the MacBook Air, company insiders say, can work for a college student or a business traveler.

I would recommend the HP ProBook 5330m for business and enterprise users. It's a sturdy machine and, as noted here last week, I'm a fan of HP's products and their overall quality. It would, however, be nice to see from HP something truly innovative in a notebook. They've done it before on the consumer side, with notebooks that double as tablet computers. Can they bring the same flair to bear in a gray flannel — excuse me, business casual — environment?

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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