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Power your notebook with some foot power

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

The idea behind this human powered laptop recharger is that you could get juice in the outdoors or in areas where you have no AC plugs. It’s called the YoGen MaxT and it can produce 50-60 watts, which is enough to power a notebook.

Those who are on the wimpy side are covered as the device has internal AA batteries that keep the power flowing while you rest your leg. It’s great for say, camping and hiking, when you take your notebook with you. The whole thing folds up for portability, making it convenient.

New gaming laptop from MSI surfaces

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on January 26th, 2009


MSI introduced today a new gaming laptop which is its first to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit. It is known as the MSI GT627.

The MSI GT627 makes use of the NVIDIA GPU to deliver what MSI says is well accelerated game physics and video conversion. This laptop runs at its heart, besides the GPU, an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor which can be overclocked. Screen size is 15.4-inches, while the hard drive is 320 GB.

Jolicloud: A new OS that your netbook will love

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

Jolicloud: A new OS that your netbook will loveCheck out that pic. This is an OS that could find it’s way onto your netbook very soon. Tariq Krim created this Jolicloud operating system, which is an OS designed specifically for netbooks. As we all know, netbooks are fitted with underpowered CPUs and not nearly enough RAM. That calls for a new kind of OS that will make things easier under those conditions.

Jolicloud is basically a modified version of Linux that will give you faster boot times compared to other Operating Systems, and as you might expect from the pic, it seems to be all about icon-based navigation. There isn’t a ton of info at the moment, but it looks promising.

Dell Inspiron 15 looks good for the dough

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on January 12th, 2009

Dell Inspiron 15

The hum of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show is over but we still have plenty of gadgets announced during the show to write on – so hold on as we dump out the press release mail box and see what we have around. One such goodie announced earlier in the show last week was the inexpensive and stylish Inspiron 15.

The Dell Inspiron 15, with a starting price of around $600, features a 15.6-inch LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It can be configured with a variety of highlighted features, including up to 4GB of RAM, up to 320GB of hard drive storage, a Web cam and a Blu-ray drive.

Olidata Conte ultraportable debuts

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

Olidata Conte ultraportable debutsItaly’s Olidata has announced it’s new Conte ultraportable, which targets 13.3-inch ultra-thin laptops. It looks like this one will be available in two different versions: One with a 16:10, 1280×800 display, and one with a 16:9, 1366×768 display. Each will come equipped with a small Core 2 Duo processor, optional built-in 3G or WiMAX, and a battery life that promises more than four hours (seven with an extended battery).

The 16:10 model will also give you some bonuses like Intel Turbo Memory, fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, and 3GB of RAM standard. There’s no word on a release here in the states, but both models will be hitting Europe in May for under $1,300.

OQO details smallish model 2+ laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2009

OQO model 2+

OQO showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show this week its new model 2+ small form laptop. The company said will be available in the first half of the year for around $1,000 starting, through pre-orders can be placed now.

The OQO model 2+ weighs less than a pound and measures 5.6- x 3.3- x 1-inches. It sports an embedded Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display, increased brightness and contrast with better outdoor readability. It is available with a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 CPU and 2GB of RAM.

Prime gaming laptop with three collapsible OLED screens

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2008

Prime gaming laptop with three collapsible OLED screensWe’ve been really digging the Lenovo W700ds, with it’s two screens. What the hell, why not go for three screens on a laptop? If this laptop ever goes into production, gamers will be ditching their old ones like a herpes infested girlfriend with a questionable past. The screens are all collapsible on this gaming laptop concept.

It’s called the Prime Gaming Laptop, designed by Kyle Cherry and it is a thing of beauty. It features three collapsible screens that offer a wide viewing panels. When open, it has a 32:10 aspect for better in game visibility. It even closes to the size of a 13″ notebook and opens up to a supper wide aspect 26″ notebook. The main screen is a 10″ concealed OLED screen featuring 16:10 aspect. Both the left and the right screens are Aux OLED screens with an 8:10 aspect.

The Bentley laptop by Ego

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2008

The Bentley laptop by EgoHere’s one for Bentley fans who have $20k to drop on a netbook. The Bentley Laptop by Ego Lifestyle goes all out for that luxurious look, with top quality leather and bold, shiny chrome exterior. I mean, you look at the thing and you want to drive it instead of boot it up. Inside it’s pretty average with an unnamed AMD 64 chipset, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive with a 12.1″ display. For $20k it should also sport wheels and double as an RC car, have a gas tank and come with a hot blonde.

MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next month

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next monthThe U120 will hit store shelves in November at $552 in both white and black. Some features include an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory and a 120GB hard drive loaded with Windows XP, plus a built-in 3.5G module. We’re not sure yet if the November date is worldwide or Asia only.

Best Buy offers new Blue Label laptops

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on October 8th, 2008

HP Pavilion dv3510nr

Best Buy, besides doing exclusive tie ins with Toshiba and Klipsch, also is showcasing today a new HP laptop, the dv3510nr. This offering, plus the Toshiba one, are part of the company’s new customer-feedback driven, exclusive Blue Label series of consumer electronics products.

The Blue Label line has Best Buy working with manufacturers to design products which “address the needs” of consumers. The CE retailer learned from its customers about laptops that they want “longer battery life, a thin and lightweight design, an illuminated keyboard, more optimal screen size and superior warranty support.”

Packard Bell iPower GX

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Packard Bell iPower GXPackard Bell is trying to up it’s “street art” cred with the announcement of their latest power-packed gaming notebook called the iPower GX. It’s powered by a Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100 processor and has an nVidia 9800M GTS 1GB video card, 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display, Draft-N Wi-Fi connectivity, an optional Blu-ray drive and an interesting urban street art design. The Packard Bell iPower GX will be available this October for approximately 1499 Euros.

Sony VAIO CS11 gives Europeans colorful new laptop choices

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on September 11th, 2008

Sony VAIO CS11

Folks in the territories covered by Sony Europe have a new VAIO laptop to crow about. It is the rather stylish CS11 and looks to be available in five rather vivid colors.

The Sony VAIO CS11 is described by Sony as being a “companion, not a tool.” While you can be the judge of that for yourself, it is nice to see this 14.1-inch laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics comes with an integrated Blu-ray player and “original VAIO software” to help organize your digital media stored on it.

Sony VAIO AW laptops surface as HD desktop replacements

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on September 10th, 2008


Sony’s got a new heavyweight multimedia notebook it is throwing around Stateside for those seeking a desktop replacement model. It is called the VAIO AW series, and you’ll find it pricing with starting pricing of around $1,600 for standard or $2,000 for premium.

The Sony VAIO AW series comes in at a chunky eight pounds, sporting a 18.4-inch widescreen display and standard Blu-ray Disc drive. Select models will also be able to record, store and play back personal content on BD media. HDMI connectivity is offered as well for those seeking output to a larger HD display.

HP teams with Vivienne Tam for fashionista notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on September 9th, 2008

HP Vivienne Tam Special Edition

HP announced late this afternoon it was partnering with fashion designer Vivienne Tam to create a “special edition notebook positioned to become the ultimate tech accessory for fashionistas around the globe.” There really isn’t much information available on the HP Vivienne Tam Special Edition, but we can tell you it is expected to be available early next year.

This new fashion notebook was being shown off today at Tam’s fashion show during New York’s Fashion Week at Bryant Park. HP said the “top of the notebook is gleaming red and bursting with peony flowers. The peony design is meticulously carried inside the notebook, under the keypad. The notebook also features a complementary embroidered storage sleeve that helps keep the exterior protected while being carried as a clutch.”

HP claims one day of continuous laptop functionality

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on September 8th, 2008

HP EliteBook 6930p

Remember back in June when HP dropped 16 new laptops in your lap? It is now claiming one of these – the EliteBook 6930p – can offer up to 24 hours of continuous notebook operation on a single battery charge. There are, of course, some specific caveats to this claim.

HP says that, in order to get the 24 hour battery life promoted, you have to have “separately purchased [the] Ultra Capacity Battery and [that the] customer [must have] download[ed]…the latest Intel graphics driver and HP BIOS. Notebook must be configured with optional Intel 80 GB SSD drive and HP Illumi-Lite LED Display (planned to be available October 2008) and requires Microsoft Windows XP operating system.”