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Dell drops new Inspiron notebooks

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 3rd, 2010

Dell has added a couple new notebooks to its line of Inspiron machines. The new machines have many of the same features and the only real difference is screen size.

The Inspiron 15R has a 15-inch screen and the 17R has a 17-inch screen. Both of the machines have Intel Core i3 and i5 CPU options. Both also run Windows 7 and come in black, red, blue, and pink colors.

MSI GX640 lands in US

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2010

MSI talked a bit about its GX640 back at CES. The gaming notebook is finally here and sporting some nice specs for the money. The machine has a 15.4-inch screen and lots more features.

The screen has a resolution of 1680 x 1050 and the GPU used is the Radeon HD5850 with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GPU supports DirectX 11 gaming and the machine has WASD keys that are marked for gaming.

Acer launches Aspire Ethos 8943G & 5943G HD notebooks

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

Acer has outed a couple of new swanky notebooks in the Acer Aspire Ethos series. These sport some slick new design along with multimedia performance. The Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G and Aspire Ethos 5943G come with your choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 18-inch 1920 x 1080 and 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 displays, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD5000 graphics.

You’ll also get Dolby Home Theater surround support, with 5.1 output, and the Ethos 5943G as a full five speakers on its own. Storage is up to 1.28TB (two 640GB HDDs) and you can choose between DVD or a Blu-ray drive.

MSI X360 ultraportable debuts

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on March 9th, 2010

I have seen a few models from the MSI X-Slim line and they are thin and cool notebooks. MSI has added a new model to the line today called the X360. The new ultraportable is thin and has a 13-inch screen.

The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium and the notebook runs a Core i5-520UM CPU. The chipset is HM55 and graphics are via Intel HD integrated GPU. Up to 4GB of RAM is supported and the machine has up to 500GB of storage.

Acer Aspire 3811TZ and 3811TZG are the greenest Acer laptops yet

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Acer’s new Aspire 3811TZ and Aspire 3811TZG are two of the greenest laptops you can get. Not in actual color, but in eco-friendliness. They fall into the company’s Timeline series and both 13.3-inch laptops have the honor of being singled out by Greenpeace as being completely free of nasty materials.

No PVC (otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride) or BFR (brominated flame retardants) here. These are powered by Intel ULV Core 2 Duo CPUs, so they are more power-efficient than most and last longer per charge. Nothing on availability and price, but it’s likely that one will be over a grand and one under.

HP EliteBook 8440w Notebook

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

HP has released a line of six new notebooks, but the most interesting is the HP EliteBook 8440w, with a comfortable keyboard, a fast processor and durability. This one is a mobile workstation. In order to be called a workstation, certain software and hardware requirements must be met and the HP EliteBook 8440w meets many of them.

Obviously the one downside to the HP EliteBook 8440w is that it’s heavy at nearly 6 pounds, but it’s solid. It’s strong and rigid and should be able to withstand most of what you can do to it in your daily life.

PC makers to put SDXC slots on 32nm notebooks?

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

PC makers to put SDXC slots on 32nm notebooks?Dell, HP and Lenovo will soon release their new 32nm notebooks running on mobile Core i3, i5 and i7 processors which could be equipped with an SDXC memory card slot. It would give the PCs recognition of cards up to 2TB in capacity and transfer speeds faster than current SSDs, at up to 300MB per second.

The machines won’t be arriving until next year, so if your strategy is to wait, you’ll have a while to wait. Other companies are expected to follow suit very soon.

Notebook revenue slips as netbook shipments grow

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on October 12th, 2009

msi_wind_u110_eco-sbNetbooks have been very popular since they launched and the economy went bad. Many consumers are finding the low price point of the typical netbook to be hard to pass up. As sales of netbooks soar, overall revenues in the notebook category are slipping.

Research firm DisplaySearch has released its latest numbers for the notebook and netbook category and the value of the notebook PC market as a whole was $26.4 billion, up 10% quarter over quarter, but down 5% year over year. The netbook segment was the biggest growth category with an increase from last quarter of 37% and a year over year increase of 264%.

LG unveils WIDEBOOK notebooks

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2009

LG unveils WIDEBOOK notebooksLG has just unveiled its latest notebook series called WIDEBOOK, which offers a cinematic 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. There will be five new models in all; the R580/R560, R480/R460 and R380. All are LED backlit and powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

The R580 and R560 feature a 15.6” display while the R480 and R460 units include a 14” screen and the smaller R380 sports a 13.3” panel. The R580 and R480 are the premium models, boasting stylish designs, while the R560 and R460 are for reliable everyday computing.

BenQ unveils two CULV notebooks

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

BenQ unveils two CULV notebooksBenQ has just unveiled two new CULV notebooks. The 13.3-inch Joybook S35 and the 14-inch Joybook S43. Both feature the Consumer Ultra Low Voltage or CULV processor and you have options of several processors for both, like a 1.4GHz single core, Core 2 Solo, a 1.2GHz Celeron 723, a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 or a 1.3GHz Celeron 743.

The S43 features an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics card while the S35 has an Intel GMA4500M. Both also sport eSATA, Wi-Fi, HDMI and a webcam as well as Bluetooth 2.1 w/EDR and a 500GB HDD upgrade option. Both feature a 1,366 x 768 resolution LED backlit screen.

Best Buy announces exclusive Next Class laptop line

Posted in Best Buy by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2009

bbnextclassStudents only have a few weeks left before they have to head back to school in many areas of the country. It may seem like summer just started, but the end of July is already here and back to school shopping season is underway.

Best Buy has announced a new and exclusive laptop line for students heading back to school called the Next Class line. The line has products from HP, Toshiba, Sony, and Dell and is available in Best Buy stores nationwide and online now through the fall.

New Sony notebook dock uses DisplayLink technology

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

Sony VGP-UPR1

A new Sony docking station being made available for VAIOs makes use of DisplayLink technology for USB-enabled displays. It is called the Sony VAIO Docking Station (model number VGP-UPR1) and you’ll find it available now for around $200.

The VGP-UPR1, according to DisplayLink, allows Sony notebook users to connect an analog or DVI display to a laptop using USB 2.0. It supports a resolution up to 1600 x 1200 and works with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, including support for the Windows Vista Aero interface.

Logitech di Novo for Notebooks announced

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on September 2nd, 2008

di Novo Edge Notebook KeyboardOne of the best Logitech keyboards I have used is the di Novo Edge. The keyboard is thin and has fantastic battery life. I often used the keyboard with my notebook when on the go thanks to its thin design, but it was still a bit large for a notebook keyboard.

Logitech has announced a new keyboard today called the di Novo Keyboard for Notebooks. The keyboard looks similar to the di Novo Edge with a thin profile and aluminum on the wrist rest. The di Novo for notebooks is 17.01″ L x 6.81″ W x 0.87″ H and weighs 1.98 pounds with four AAA batteries.

Dell launches line of Studio laptops for creative types

Posted in Notebooks by Darrin Olson on June 26th, 2008

Dell Studio Line laptopsDell today launched the new “Studio” line of laptops following the trend of more consumers who would like a little more style and customization available for their portable computers. Kicking off the Studio laptops Dell launched the Dell Studio 15 and Dell Studio 17, which come with a 15.4″ and 17.1″ display, respectively.

Both notebooks carry the drop hinge and “wedge” shape seen in the XPS laptops from Dell and both come in a range of vibrant and loud colors, capacitve touchpad and multimedia buttons that light-up when pressed, and an optional backlit keyboard. They also have the option of built-in broadband connections through Sprint or Verizon, Blu-ray drive, slot-loading drives and you can even get a mercury-free LED display if you ask. Dell has put some thought to your laptop accessories as well, offering mice, backpacks, sleeves and earbuds that are colored to match.

MSI Wind blows onto Intel Atom platform

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

MSI Wind

MSI is putting the new Intel Atom to work in a new 10-inch notebook designed for ultra mobile on the go usage. It is called the MSI Wind and you’ll find it pricing around $500 for the Windows version and $400 for a Linux one.

The MSI Wind, besides offering Windows XP or Linux for an operating system, offers up the Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor at its heart. The title is actually an acronym for “Wi-Fi Network Device,” indicating this laptop supports 802.11 b/g, with Bluetooth wireless support also thrown in for good measure.