The XPS 15z’s feature set is comparable to, if not better than, that of the MacBook Pro 15-inch. All three USB ports support advanced technologies: two of them USB 3.0, the other eSATA as well as USB 2.0. The XPS 15z has jacks for both HDMI and Mini DisplayPort (for a dual-monitor hookup), whereas laptops like the MacBook Pro 15-inch, HP Pavilion dv6-6170us, and Samsung RC512-S02 come with one or the other.
There are two items on the X775’s feature list that are worth pointing out immediately. The Blu-ray drive may not be that rare, but it’s a praise-worthy complement to the 1080p HD screen.
The VPC-SA2FGX/BI and R835-P50X are two of the lightest ultraportables that integrate a DVD burner, although a Blu-ray drive, like the one found in the Sony VAIO VPC-SC1AFM , would have complemented the screen resolution in spectacular fashion.
The dv6-6153cl has a nice selection of ports, including two USB 3.0 ports, two headphone jacks, a microphone jack, VGA and HDMI video outputs, an Ethernet jack, and two USB 2.0 ports. This model lacks an eSATA port, however. There’s a DVD multi-drive on the right side of the laptop, an SD/MMC card reader slot on the front, and a webcam embedded in the display’s upper bezel.
The IdeaPad K1 looks like nothing you’ve ever seen. Unless, of course, you’ve ever seen any other tablet on the market, in which case it looks a lot like all of those.
The 4743Z-4861 has a fairly average selection of ports for a budget laptop. Three USB 2.0 and headphone and microphone jacks are part of the usual fodder, VGA and HDMI outputs are good for connecting to an external monitor or HDTV, and the usual Ethernet port and 802.11n Wi-Fi will jack you into the Internet.
The R845 offers a relatively generous feature set. The left side of the notebook holds VGA and HDMI video outputs, a USB 2.0 port, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port with Sleep and Charge technology, and headphone and microphone jacks. On the right is a DVD multi-drive, a USB 3.0 port, a memory card reader slot, and an Ethernet port.