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Lenovo to Load Laptops with Linux

Posted in Lenovo,News,Notebooks by Chris Weber on August 7th, 2007

Lenovo preloading Linux on their laptopsLenovo has announced that they will begin offering the Linux operating system pre-loaded on ThinkPad notebooks by the end of this year. The company will be loading the SUSE flavor of Linux, specifically Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. The Linux OS will be loaded on the ThinkPad T Series targeting business customers, but individual customers will also be able to get the notebooks with the open source OS.

Through the agreement Lenovo and Novell made, Lenovo will provide the hardware and OS support while Novell will be responsible for any maintenance updates. The company also plans to have a broader selection of notebooks available with Linux in the future. Lenovo isn’t the first to make this leap to Linux over Windows as Dell has also started offering Linux a few months earlier, but Lenovo seems to be the first focused on business …

Alienware Area-51 m5550 Quick Ship

Posted in Alienware,Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 6th, 2007

Alienware Area-51 m5550 Quick ShipHigh performance computer manufacturer Alienware today began offering a quick ship version of one of its popular laptop configurations. The new Alienware Area-51 m5550 Quick Ship has a starting price of around $1,700.

The Alienware Area-51 m5550 Quick Ship laptop is designed to ship within two days of payment confirmation and is available in limited quantities. It offers a number of useful features including an Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics card, 160GB hard drive and an 8X Dual Layer CD-RW/DVD±RW.

AverTV Hybrid ExpressCard

Posted in HD,Notebooks,Television by Nino Marchetti on August 3rd, 2007

AVerTV Hybrid ExpressCardThe flexibility of the ExpressCard port on laptops is well noted for the variety of cards you can shove into it. AverMedia is now adding to this variety with the new availability of the AverTV Hybrid ExpressCard for around $130.

The AverTV Hybrid ExpressCard is a card based TV tuner which does double duty to let one view both analog and ATSC television programming. The card, with on-board hardware compression for taking some load off of the host laptop, also lets you record programming through its interface. You’ll be able to enjoy, says AverMedia, over-the-air and coax analog as well as over-the-air HDTV.

TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

Posted in Notebooks,PCs,Tablet PC by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PCTabletKiosk is a mobile products developer which seems to fly under the radar most of the time. It has a new product out now though which is turning heads for its slate form factor featuring both pen and touch screen input.

The Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC, priced at around $2,295 for the default configuration, runs either Windows XP Tablet Edition or Vista Business operating systems. The touch screen input is based upon resistive touch technology, said TabletKiosk, that responds to contact from a finger, gloved hand or stylus. It does not require direct skin convergence to react. There’s also a biometric fingerprint reader, 12.1-inch wide angle display and built-in 802.11 wireless networking.

Alienware Notebooks now with Solid State Drives

Posted in Alienware,Flash Memory,Notebooks,SSD by Chetz on July 25th, 2007

Alienware Notebooks with Solid State DrivesToday Alienware announced that they will start selling notebooks that utilize Solid State Drives (SSD) to improve performance through the drives faster read and write speeds. The SSD drives will be offered in the Area-51 m9750, Aurora m9700 and Area-51 m5550 notebooks.

In addition to getting your notebook with the fast flashed-based storage, two of the notebooks will also offer dual 64GB SSD drives in a RAID 0 configuration. The company is even offering a dual drive configuration that combines a 32GB SSD drive for faster booting and running applications along with a 200GB standard hard drive for general storage, which really gives you the best of both worlds in one (likely heavy) notebook.

Notebooks running with flash-based storage are starting to become more commonplace not only due to the increased speed but also because they’re able to run quieter with no moving …

LapWorks Futura gives laptop stands design cues

Posted in Accessories,Notebooks,Office Furniture by Nino Marchetti on July 12th, 2007

LapWorks Futura Laptop StandHow often is it you cramp up while working on your laptop all day? There are quite a few laptop stands out there to help combat this issue and one of the better looking ones we’ve seen come along is the new LapWorks Futura Laptop Stand.

The LapWorks Futura Laptop Stand sports an oval-shaped burst and comes initially in a gun metal gray color. Other colors will be available in the coming months. This laptop stand functionally is geared for providing an ergonomic workspace. It folds into a wedge shape which offers five typing angles for more comfortable keyboard use. It also elevates the screen to provide a better viewing angle.

Lenovo ThinkPad T61 gives you eco-fuzzies

Posted in Lenovo,Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 10th, 2007

Lenovo ThinkPad T61pLenovo is going eco-friendly with its latest ThinkPad notebook computer. The new ThinkPad T61p is also sporting some other impressive features, making it perhaps worth the $1,814 starting price tag.

The ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4-inch display and a top cover roll cage for durability. Inside you’ve got enhanced wireless capabilities, Nvidia Quadro FX 57OM graphics certified to the open GL graphics GPU standard, an Intel Centrino Pro processor, extended battery life, Linux certification and a quieter cooling system.

Sony Unveils New VAIO in Colors

Posted in Notebooks,Sony by Chris Weber on June 11th, 2007

Sony VAIO CR Series notebooks come in new bold colorsSony has some new VAIO notebooks added to their lineup, this time in some new glossy colors including sangria, cosmopolitan, dove, indigo and black. Adding to the personalized colors that dress up the new VAIO CR series notebooks, they also have an optional matching bag and mouse, a custom keyboard configuration and font, and a unique matching wallpaper.

The CR’s are 14.1 inch notebooks weighing decent 5.5 pounds so it won’t require any super-human strength to carry it the length of the airport terminal. The notebook is powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo CPU (1.8GHz) along with 2GB of RAM. It also has a built-in web-cam, optical drive, the latest 802.11n wireless LAN, an S-video port and media slots for SD cards, Memory Sticks and ExpressCards.

Pricing for the Sony VAIO CR notebooks start at $1,350 and won’t ship until …

Asus Eee PC 701 Pricing and Launch Date

Posted in ASUS,Notebooks,UMPC by Chris Weber on June 7th, 2007

Asus Eee PC 701 small notebook computerThe Palm Foleo looks like it will be a pretty interesting device despite it’s questionable necessity and a $600 price tag. When we first read about the Asus Eee PC we thought it might be pretty cool as well, but we’re confident about the Eee in the ‘coolness’ arena now with an expected $199 price tag.

The Asus Eee UMPC looks like its no slouch in the world of 7″ notebooks, either. It’s designed particularly for portability combined with browsing the web with a 7″ screen, full keyboard, webcam and microphone. It has a weight of just 1.9 pounds and promises 512MB of RAM with a flash drive for storage in sizes from 4GB to 16GB. Wireless comes standard and built-in, and rumors of 3G abound as well. It would be nice to see a few more specs or something …

Dell Set to Announce New Inspirons and Vostro Line

Posted in Dell,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on June 7th, 2007

Dell to introduct new line of Inspiron notebooks along with the new Vostro.According to the Notebook Italia website Dell is about to unveil a new series of Inspiron and a new model laptop called a Vostro. The Vostro selection will appear initially as two models, the 1500 (with a 15.4-inch display) and the 1700 (17-inch screen) with the latter unit coming out in July.

The Vostro models will only use Intel processors while the Inspirons use either the Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion 64 X2 chips. Among the new Inspirons forthcoming are the 1520, 1521, 1720 and 1721 and you can select from 15.4-inch or 17-inch displays.

Dell is reportedly set to officially announce the new laptops on June 26 with their complete specs and pricing.

via Engadget

Sony VAIO FZ Blu-Ray Notebook

Posted in Blu-ray,Notebooks,Sony by Chris Weber on May 9th, 2007

Sony VAIO FZ Notebook with Blu-RayToday Sony unveiled a new VAIO FZ series laptop which packs a Blu-Ray disc player along with a 15.4 inch widescreen display. This combination results in a lightweight multimedia notebook that can play movies in 1080 HD resolution as well as record and play back personal content on the Blu-Ray media.

Aside from the hi-def player, this new premium model of the VAIO FZ comes with a Centrino Duo processor, a built-in 802.11n wireless LAN and Windows Vista Home Premium. The laptop also has a built-in camera and microphone and support for an ExpressCard to help with those large file transfers.

The VAIO FZ premium model will retail for around $2000 while the FZ standard (without the Blu-ray player) will go for about $1400. You can find the VAIO FZ series at the Sony site and should be showing up at …

Enter the Dragon

Posted in HP,Notebooks by Chetz on May 9th, 2007

HP Pavilion HDX laptopHP has formally announced the Pavilion HDX laptop, or as the company has dubbed it, the Dragon. It certainly is a beast that demands you take notice of it: inside is an Intel 2.4GHz Centrino Duo processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256 MB, 400 GB HDD, up to 4 GB of DDR RAM memory, HD DVD ROM with SuperMulti DVDA±R/RW, wireless/Bluetooth Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN network connection and 4 USB ports. Four Altec Lansing speakers and one HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer deliver the sounds.

But along with the serious gaming power come cool features like a dockable media remote control that pops out of the laptop if you want to carry it around. The 20.1 screen can deliver true HD 1080p resolution and its two lamps deliver what HP calls “Ultra BrightView” for extra illumination. The display also has a unique …

OLPC Laptop Price and Production Update

Posted in News,Notebooks,OLPC by Chris Weber on April 30th, 2007

OLPC Laptops expect production delayed and higher priceThe One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project head Nicholas Negroponte has announced the the OLPC laptops have had a price increase and may not start actual production until October.

The OLPC machines were previously touted for the very inexpensive price of $100 each, but now Negroponte is saying that the price of the machines may be as much as $175 each due to increased prices in materials, including nickel in particular.

The actual production of the OLPC laptops may be delayed, as well. In order for production to begin orders of around 3 million laptops must be in place, and despite interest from multiple countries an order of 1 million back in February, they are still not quite to their goal in order for Quanta to begin production. Quanta Computer out of Taiwan has agreed to assembly the OLPC laptops …

Toshiba Qosmio G40

Posted in Notebooks,Toshiba by Chetz on April 6th, 2007

Qosmio G40 notebookThe latest laptop in Toshiba’s Qosmio line has been sighted. The futuristic looking Qosmio G40 is getting a facelift from its predecessors, changing the keyboard base color for a silvery art deco angular finish.

Inside the beast there’s an Intel 2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of RAM, HDMI 1.3 output and two 200GB hard drives. A major change is the inclusion of a HD-DVD-R so that you’ll finally be able to burn your own HD-DVDs. The unit’s 17 inch widescreen display has a max resolution of 1920 x 1200.

Since all we’ve got to go on for the Qosmio G40 are leaked photos and specs at this point, take all intel with a grain of salt until the official word comes down. That said, supposedly Toshiba will let this baby fly loose onto …

Wardriving. Literally.

Posted in Concepts,Notebooks by Chetz on April 6th, 2007

Cario Notebook conceptThis is one of the oddest yet appealing tech concepts seen yet: a laptop designed specifically for the needs of today’s on-the-go desk jockey. The Cario Notebook was designed for the mobile worker, someone who could use a laptop while on call but in the confines of their mobile office (meaning their automobile.)

The notebook is envisioned so that it can hook up to the car’s controls so the user can turn on the A/C or adjust the temperature all through the laptop instead of, you know, reaching over 5 inches and fiddling with the dials on the center console. According to the designers the Cario would only be allowed to operate in heads up display mode when the vehicle was in motion, eliminating the temptation to play a quick round of “Half-Life 2″ while stuck in traffic.

The thin design certainly has visual appeal …