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New gaming laptop from MSI surfaces

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

MSI GT627

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.

Archos unveils its own mini-laptop netbook thing

Posted in Netbook by Nino Marchetti on January 14th, 2009

Archos 10Archos is taking its first step into the world of laptops, announcing today its first mini laptop. It is called the Archos 10 and it prices around $400 for a three-cell battery model and $450 for a six-cell battery model.

The Archos 10 is pretty much a netbook, the latest category laptops to be garnering the attention of consumers. This particular model runs off of an Intel Atom processor and 1GB of memory. The operating system is Windows XP, 160GB of hard drive storage are available and it sports a 10.2-inch display.

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.

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.

Axiotron showcases MacBook Pro tablet conversion

Posted in MacBook by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2009

Modbook Pro

Axiotron is back at it again with doing after-market modifications to Apple laptops. Its latest product, the new Modbook Pro, is currently being showcased at MacWorld and prices around $5,000 starting if modifying one of their in-house MacBook Pros.

The Modbook Pro is designed to be a a 15.4-inch pen-enabled display with a pixel resolution of 1440 x 900 WXGA which runs the Mac OS. It also incorporates a technology which uses touch functionality primarily in support of the pen input. Axiotron ends up replacing the original Apple MacBook Pro’s enclosure to accomplish this, voiding the current Apple warranty and replacing it with one of its own.

HP Debuts New Smaller Mini Laptop

Posted in Netbook by Nino Marchetti on January 6th, 2009

HP Mini 2140

HP unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show this week a new netbook PC for the on-the-go crowd. It is called the Mini 2140 and it starts pricing around $500.

The Mini 2140 is a 10.1-inch display PC built into a simple aluminum case and starting around 2.6 pounds. It sports a nearly full size QWERTY keyboard, runs off of an Intel Atom processor and has an option available to carry an 80GB solid state drive.

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.”

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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 VAIO AW

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 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.”

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.

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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.

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.

Fins-Up surfaces with new aluminum Apple laptop stand

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

Fins-Up Fin

Fins-Up, a maker of stands for Apple laptops, unveiled what looks to be its first product today. It is called simply the Fin and you’ll find it pricing around $40.

The Fin is quite simply a laptop stand made for owners of the MacBook Pro 15″ and 17″, MacBook 13″ (black and white) and the PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12″, 15″ and 17″. It is made from full aircraft-grade aluminum and is designed to attach to an Apple laptop, tilting said computer to an angle which hopeful is more ergonomic for typing and screen viewing.

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.