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OCZ kills Hypersonic-PC off

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2010

It has only been a few short years since memory and storage maker OCZ purchased gaming PC maker Hypersonic. Those few years have been tough ones for the PC market though.

OCZ has closed the doors to Hypersonic-PC and a page on the Hypersonic website now reads that no new orders are being taken. Hypersonic says it will continue to support current owners of its computers.

Rilakkuma notebook gets updated with a touchscreen display

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

The Rilakkuma notebook is back and it features a touchscreen display. It comes from Kohjinsha and under the hood it packs an Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 60GB hard drive, a DVD drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 1Seg TV tuner, a webcam, and an 8.9″ touchscreen display at 1,280 × 768 resolution.

Plus it’s cute on the outside. It should hit the market in June. Buy this one for the cute factor, not if you do any serious work on a laptop.

Dell outs four new Vostro laptops

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

Dell has updated its Vostro laptop line up with four new models which include: the Dell Vostro 3300, 3400, 3500, and 3700. All models have an aluminum case with three color choices available. The Dell Vostro 3300, Vostro 3400, and 3500 feature a 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch LED backlit display. They pack an Intel Core i3/i5 processor with up to 8GB DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, 512MB nVidia Geforce 310M graphics, a DVD burner, a 2.0MP webcam, fingerprint reader and Windows 7.

The Vostro 3700 has a 17.3-inch display, Intel’s Core i7 quad-core processor and 1GB nVidia Geforce GT330M graphics.

Acer developing frameless notebook with touchscreen keyboard

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2010

Looks like Acer has some new tricks up their sleeve. Soon they will introduce some ultra-thin frameless notebooks that feature touchscreen keyboards using the back of the panel’s glass substrate. These notebooks are scheduled to make their debut in the second half of the year.

The notebooks would display frames by printing colors onto the back of the notebook’s reinforced glass substrate by Corning. This would reduce the notebook’s size to something even thinner than was possible before and would also reduce material costs.

Asus N series notebooks break cover

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on March 3rd, 2010

CeBIT is going strong in Germany this week and along with the show are coming a hoard of new notebooks and other computer systems and gear. Asus has been showing off some nice stuff this week and among the new gear are the N61J, N71J, and B82J notebooks.

The machines all share common hardware like Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and Altec Lansing speakers. Asus uses SonicMaster audio tech to improve sound further and offers ATI HD5730 or NVIDIA GT 325M graphics options.

Logitech Laptop Speaker Z205 looks to fix your netbook sound woes

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2010

I can’t really think of a notebook or netbook off hand that I have ever used that actually had a sound system that sounded good. The speakers are usually tiny things with no bass and flat sound. If you are tired of listening to movies and music with junky speakers, Logitech has a product for you.

The new Logitech Laptop Speaker Z205 has debuted today and it is designed to clip onto your notebook or netbook screen and gets connectivity and power from a USB cable that is included. The little speaker comes with its own carry case and measures 1.35″ x 2.5″.

Alcatel OT-808 phone looks like a notebook

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Alcatel’s OT-808 phone looks a lot like a mini notebook. It has a cutesy look that we imagine will appeal to women. It’s a clamshell obviously and comes with a QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4 QVGA, a 1.1 inch OLED display, Bluetooth, FM, Opera Mini browser, a 2 megapixel camera, social networking, email and instant messaging support.

The dual band GSM phone will cost you $125 and comes in n assortment of notebook colors. We are curious how many of these they will actually sell.

MSI unveils GT660 gaming notebook with USB 3.0

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

MSI has unveiled a new gaming notebook in the form of the GT660. The GT660 is one of the first notebooks from MSI to come with a USB 3.0 port. Under the hood you’ll find up to 12GB of RAM, Intel Core i7 CPU options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M graphics, and Windows 7.

That’s about all the detail we have. We don’t even know the price or release date, but all should be revealed at CeBIT next week.

LG X200 Netbook

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

LG has added a new netbook to their line-up with the launch of the LG X200. The LG X200 Netbook features Intel’s new Pine Trail platform, and comes with a 1.66GHZ Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and features Intel GMA 3150 graphics.

Some other specs include a chicklet style keyboard, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11n WiFi, and a few USB ports. The netbook weighs about 2.7 pounds.

MacBook update rumors circulate

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

he fountain of Apple rumors never runs dry. Almost as soon as rumors about a new Apple product turn out to be true when products are unveiled, rumors about the next version of the same product start. It’s a vicious cycle. The latest rumor has updates for MacBook Pro notebooks coming soon.

Rumors are popping up all over the place that the line will get unspecified updates. It has been a while since the MacBook Pro range was updated, so updates are sure to be coming soon. These rumors point to March 14 for the updates to land.

Samsung eyes bringing transparent AMOLED screen notebook to market

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on February 5th, 2010

Nokia has a phone that has a clear screen that was all for looks. I don’t care for being able to see through a screen myself; the feature is more of a gimmick to me. I certainly don’t want to be able to see through the display of my notebook at what is going on behind me.

Samsung showed off a notebook with a transparent AMOLED screen a while back and the notebook was popular enough that reports are now coming in that Samsung plans to bring the notebook to market in the next 12 months. The machine will come with the clear AMOLED screen that will drive the ADD prone to be unproductive.

Teclast X13-S01 Apple style notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2010

So you like the Apple design, but can do without the high price and the Mac OS. Well, then this laptop just might be for you. The X13-S01 was obviously inspired by the folks at Cupertino. Specifically, the MacBook Air.

The X13-S01 features a 13.3″ display and sadly that’s about all we know as far as specs. At its thinnest it measures less than 1cm thin, while the thickest area is 2.3cm. That’s a gray aluminum chassis you see there along with a white keyboard.

MSI unveils new CR720 media notebook with 17.3-inch screen

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

Multimedia notebooks are sort of like gaming notebooks in that they tend to be in a class of their own and appeal to a specific type of user. Many notebook users look for portability first, but the media fan often looks for a large screen as a priority.

MSI has pulled the CR720 notebook out of the shadows sporting a large 17.3-inch 1600 x 900 LED backlit LCD. The machine uses Intel GMA HD graphics and will run an unspecified 2010 Intel Core processor. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium.

MSI drops CX420 and CR420 notebooks

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

Over the last few months, it has seemed that I run across more notebooks being debuted in 14-inch screen sizes than the old standby 15.4-inch size that was common not long ago. Case in point, MSI has debuted a pair of new almost twin notebooks called the CX420 and CR420.

Both of the machines sport 14-inch 1366 x 768 LED backlit LCDs. The machines also both run Windows 7 Home Premium and will use one of the new 2010 Intel Core processors. MSI doesn’t get specific on the processor though. The only difference in the two machines is graphics.

Shanzhai’s first Dual-Core Athlon Neo Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Shanzai has dropped its first dual core Athlon Neo notebook. The new notebooks will feature a 13.3” 1,366 x 768 display, dual-core Athlon Neo X2 L325 (1.5GHz) or single-core Sempron 210U processor, and an integrated ATI Radeon X1270 graphics card with HDMI out.

Nothing on pricing yet and no word on what kind of battery life you can expect, but look for it to retail for aabout $400 to $450 if we even see it outside of China.