Archive for Notebooks

My Documents Laptop Sleeve looks familiar

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2008

My Documents Laptop Sleeve looks familiarI think I’ve seen that somewhere before. Just not in the real world. It’s a fun and nerdy way to protect your laptop, holding up to 15.4 inches, inside. Others will recognize it and have a little chuckle as well.

It’s a bright yellow case designed like the virtual folders on your hard drive. It may not let you rest your head like the Napbook laptop case, but you can’t have everything. Comes complete with pixilated cursor-pin. It can be had at ThinkGeek for $29.99. I’m cool with it as long as they don’t bring too many things from my computer into real life. I’d like to escape such things once in a while.

HP out with new business-focused notebooks

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

HP EliteBook 2530p

HP had a few new laptops to show off today, including its smallest and lightest notebook to date with a built-in optical drive. Featured were two HP laptops – one a tablet – and a Compaq.

The HP EliteBook 2530p and HP EliteBook 2730p are expected to be available by early September, pricing around $1,500 and $1,670 starting, respectively. The HP Compaq 2230s is currently available for around $1,000. You can get full details after the jump via HP’s press release.

Lenovo stays thin with new ThinkPad laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Lenovo, which earlier this year debuted its quiet thin ThinkPad X300, is back with word of the next model in the X300 family. This time around it is the Lenovo ThinkPad X301, with pricing starting at around $2,600.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 offers what Lenovo says is, on average, nearly 20 percent better performance over the ThinkPad X300 notebook due to the latest DDR3 memory and the latest Intel Core 2 Duo ultra low volt processor. The X301 also offers choices of either 64 GB or new 128 GB solid state drive storage as well as support for both DisplayPort and VGA.

Batman Learning laptop, for when you mate with Catwoman

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2008

Batman Learning laptop, for when you mate with Catwoman
Here’s an interesting laptop to get your child if you’ve recently spawned a next generation hero by getting it on with Catwoman or some other costumed freak. Or if your kid is named Robin and you dress him up in a tiny costume maybe. Oregon Scientific is making sure they get a slice of the Dark Knight pie, by offering your children this laptop sprouting bat wings. When closed it looks like Batman’s chest. Or as your child would say, “It look like dada” just before you leave for the next Comic Book convention.

C’mon people, even the kids in Gotham don’t sport Bat laptops. It’s known as the Batman Powerwing Laptop and runs on 3 x AA batteries for $89.99. If any of you adult geeks without kids get this thing for yourself, I suggest you don’t brag about it. For the rest of you, make sure that you let your kids play with it too.

Lenovo showcases 10.2-inch “netbook” PC

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 4th, 2008

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Lenovo is dipping its toes into what it terms the “netbook” market by unveiling a new Intel Atom-based notebook PC. It is called the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and pricing begins at around $400.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10, besides sporting the Atom processor, offers up a 10.2-inch screen which is housed in a body that’s around one-inch thin and just over two pounds. It is available in three body colors – white, black, red – and has a keyboard Lenovo says is 85 percent the size of a regular one.

Sylvania unveils low cost laptops

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on August 1st, 2008

Sylvania G Netbook

Sylvania – that’s right, Sylvania – is geared up to release a low cost notebook to the masses. The new G Netbook will reportedly cost around $400 starting.

The Sylvania G Netbook, according to Sylvania, will make use of Intel’s new Atom processor. A 7-inch display model is reportedly already available, with 8.9- and 10-inch models set to follow soon. The newer Netbook models will let consumers choose from either Linux-based gOS or Microsoft XP operating systems.

New Jointech Windows CE laptop looks, prices cheap

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 28th, 2008

Jointech JL7100

Jointech has announced a Windows CE laptop which is pretty cheap when you look at what it has to offer. The Jointech JL7100 is priced at what looks to be around $100 (whether that is American or Hong Kong currency is unknown).

The Jointech JL7100 sports a 7-inch display capable of 800 x 480 VGA resolution. It runs Windows CE 5.0 and includes many of the typical Microsoft applications of that OS, including Word, Excel, Media Player and Internet Explorer. Keep in mind that this is not a full Windows XP or Vista laptop, so your choices for installing other types of software will be limited.

Another Toshiba laptop, or two, doing the Centrino 2 dance

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 25th, 2008

Toshiba Tecra M10

The initial buzz of the new Intel Centrino 2 chip technology now seems to have died down as related laptops settle into regular purchasing habits. Two last laptops we thought we’d highlight from the flurry of announcements the other week are the Toshiba Tecra M10 and A10. The former has a starting price around $1,400, while the other model has yet to be priced.

These two updated flagship business laptops from Toshiba will include, besides the Centrino 2, other features such as hard drive protection, spill resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader and an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port. You can even have Toshiba throw in a solid state drive if you have a little bit of extra cash to pony up for this option.

Zepto USA debuts new gaming laptops

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 21st, 2008

Zepto Mythos and Nox

Boutique computer manufacturer Zepto USA is unveiling two new gaming laptops, the company said today. These are the Zepto Mythos and Nox notebooks and they look to be available now for a starting price of around $1,530 for each.

Zepto said these new laptops, depending upon choices made, can be customized to include Centrino 2 technology, up to a 2.8 GHz Dual Core processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk. Each includes a 15.4″ WSXGA screen as well as a graphics card with 512MB dedicated DDR3 RAM, a HDMI connection and Blu-ray.

Sony VAIO Z laptops sprout style, Centrino 2 chips

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 21st, 2008

Sony VAIO Z Series

Another one of Sony’s recent VAIO laptop releases looks to be a lightweight by coming in with a body weight of just over three pounds. It is called the Sony VAIO Z Series and you’ll find pricing for models in this series ranging from around $1,800 to $2,300.

The Sony VAIO Z Series sports the new Intel Centrino 2 technology as well as a 13.1-inch display. Select models have a high-end resolution of 1600 x 900. The casing of these notebook computers is a carbon-fiber, which Sony says will be useful in protecting your VAIO Z from common bumps and knocks.

New Toshiba laptops include Garmin GPS technology

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 17th, 2008

Toshiba Qosmio F55

Toshiba earlier this week introduced a new laptop series that integrates Garmin GPS technology into the fold. It is called the Toshiba Qosmio F55 and pricing starts at around $1,400.

The Toshiba Qosmio F55 sports a 15.4-inch screen and is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and NVIDIA GPUs. The integrated GPS technology by Garmin lets you do all the things you’d typically do with a free-standing GPS system and the system include face recognition technology as well.

New Sony professional laptops sport Intel Centrino 2 chip

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 16th, 2008

Sony VAIO BZ Series

Sony is now offering up a new line of professional notebook computers powered by the new Intel Centrino 2 processor. It is called the Sony VAIO BZ Series and you’ll find pricing starting around $1,000.

The Sony VAIO BZ Series offers up a 15.4-inch widescreen display and full-size keyboard while weighing less than six pounds. It sports a magnesium alloy casing to help protect against bumping. Also noteworthy for day to day work is the shock protection on the hard drive and spill-resistant keyboard.

Lenovo showcases four new Centrino 2 laptops

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 15th, 2008

Lenovo IdeaPad U330

Lenovo contributed a number of new notebook computers today to the onslaught on laptops using the latest Intel Centrino 2 processor technology. The announcement brings two new notebook form factors – the 13-inch widescreen IdeaPad U330 and the 14-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y430 – to the IdeaPad line. Additionally, the new IdeaPad Y530 and Y730 notebooks make their debuts.

Key features of these new laptops, besides the new Intel processor, include more body color choices, HDMI output and optional Blu-ray DVD support. All will be available this fall for varying prices, depending upon the configuration. You can read more in detail after the jump about these four Lenovo laptops.

New Sony “16.4-inch” laptop sports Intel Centrino 2

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 14th, 2008

Sony VAIO FW Series

Sony late today unveiled the “world’s first 16.4-inch display.” It is more notable though for being one of the first notebooks powered by Intel’s new Centrino 2 technology. This laptop is the Sony VAIO FW Series and pricing ranges between $1,000 and $1,750.

The Sony VAIO FW Series is described by Sony as combining “the benefits of a slightly larger17-inch widescreen with the smaller ‘footprint’ of a 15.4-inch model.” Whether this makes much of a difference or not remains to be seen, but it does come with a nice load of technology features, including an integrated, optional Blu-ray Disc burner.

ASUS does up new rugged laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 7th, 2008

ASUS B51Worldwide computer manufacturer ASUS was showcasing last week a new laptop which more on the rugged side in terms of durability. It is known as the ASUS B51 and no pricing or availability information is known of as yet.

The ASUS B51 sports a lightweight magnesium alloy chassis which is buffered by rubber bumpers along its edges. The B51′s hard drive is “floated on a sponge protection system.”