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We hear government workers accused of a lot of things and rarely is one of those things being fast. The FCC is like anyone else and when the holidays come around they slow down and enjoy the time by slacking a bit. The FCC is apparently backed up on paper work having to do with issuing the all important FCC and CE numbers to gadgets looking to launch.
That means that anything that is sitting in a warehouse waiting for these numbers to head out the door to the waiting geek masses can't ship until the numbers come in. This is the case with the cool Notion Ink Adam tablet. The new tablet has been up for pre-order and was expected to go out really soon.
Notion Ink has sent an email around to people that pre-ordered to tell them that the FCC is backed up giving the numbers it needs to ship. However, Notion Ink does say that the numbers should be here this week so hopefully the delay won't last long.
When it comes to buying a notebook Sony has a wide range of offerings that are typically known as decent machines with high-prices. One of the things that Sony isn't known for is offering the buyer a lot of customization offerings. Generally, its notebooks come pre-configured and the buyer just opts for whatever they like best.
Sony has announced that buyers can now custom configure the Sony VAIO S notebook on the Sony Style website. The VAIO S offers a 13.3-inch screen and is about an inch think with a weight of a bit more than four pounds. The configuration options range from different processors and storage as well as customizable RAM and a backlit keyboard options.
The processors for the machine are up to an Intel Core i5-580M, the machine can be fitted with up to a 256GB SSD, and it will hold up to 8GB of RAM. An optional Blu-ray player is available and it can be fitted with a GeForce graphics card and Windows 7 Pro. When fitted with Intel graphics, the machine is also Wi-Di compatible for streaming media to the TV. Prices for the machine start at $874.99.
Deal of the Day: 17.3" LED-backlit HP G72 Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $499.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 17.3" LED-backlit HP G72 Laptop with Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $499.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This 17.3" LED-backlit 1600 x 900 resolution HP G72 laptop features a 2.4Ghz Intel Core i3-370M, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5-in-1 media card reader, HDMI output, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. A $50 rebate (expiring 6/11/11) takes the price down to $499.98 with FREE shipping.
Gaming notebooks are a lot of things and powerful is one of them. Power hungry is another thing they are famous for meaning that they often have really short battery life. The rigs also tend to be expensive. That said, a lot of gamers will still opt for a gaming notebook when it means lots of performance in a form factor that is easier to take with them to a LAN party than a desktop.
Eurocom as a really cool gaming notebook called the Panther 2.0. The rig has a big 17.3-inch screen with full 1080p resolution and can be fitted with a number of GPU and CPU options. Eurocom took one of the machines fitted with an AMD GPU and Intel CPU and used the rig to blow up some 3DMark2006 records.
The test machine has an Intel Core i7-980x extreme processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 500GB Seagate solid hybrid storage drive. The graphics on the machine was via a pair of AMD Radeon HD6970M GPUs. With the hardware onboard the Panther 2.0 scored 22669 points in 3DMark06, becoming the first notebook to hit such a high score.
Working on a notebook if you are used to working from a desktop can be difficult thanks in part to the small screen that you get even on larger notebooks. If you are like me and are used to large desktop screens moving around windows and constantly searching for things on your netbook or notebooks small screen gets old fast. If you have an iPad you take with you, DisplayLink has a new app that will turn the iPad into a secondary display.
The new app is called the DisplayLink App and it's not the first app I have seen to turn the iPad into a secondary display. This is the first one for wireless graphics heavy weight DisplayLink though. The app will work with Windows 7, Vista, and XP and works in Windows 7 Aero mode unlike other similar apps on the market.
Configuration of the app is done using the DisplayLink Windows Graphics utility. The display automatically repositions when connected or disconnected and it works with other DisplayLink USB devices. It's not spelled out, but the connectivity is apparently provided by the USB charge and sync cable the iPad ships with. The app is only $1.99 and is available right now.
CES 2011, Las Vegas January 7, 2011. GIGABYTE today showed use a trio of mobile computing systems that will be the first GIGABYTE mobile products to be sold in the US. We had the chance to head by the GIGABYTE suite and see these new products.
When we first saw these we thought they were going to be the usual "Asia/Europe Only" devices. We were soon smiling very widely as we found out they would be available for sale in the US beginning in February.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Zotac has unveiled some new barebones HTPC machines that look more like a normal Blu-ray player than a HTPC. That is a good thing too since these machines will be in an entertainment center along with your other gear. The machines are the Zbox Blu-ray AD03 and AD03 Plus. They are exactly the same save one key feature.
The Plus version comes packed with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD whereas the standard version has no memory or storage and the user has to add their own. Neither of the machines come with an OS installed. They both use the AMD E-350 APU running at 1.6GHz with dual-cores. Graphics for the machine are handled by AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU with 80 shaders and an engine clock of 500MHz.
Other features include a USB 3.0 port, a single mini-PCI Express expansion port, a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and WiFi. The machines support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound and ship with Cyberlink PowerDVD software for playback of Blu-ray movies. The Plus version will sell for $499 and the normal version is $399.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Lenovo's adding quite a few new laptops to their line just in time for CES, and the three that are first off the line are the ThinkPad Edge E220 and E420 as well as the ThinkPad X120e.
The ThinkPad Edge series give you premium design options like a matte finish with metal accents and an infinity screen. The 12.5" E220 and 14" e420 feature the choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, optional mobile broadband and 4G/WiMAX in addition to regular WiFi, and the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 to speed up boot time by 30 percent on select models with Rapid Drive technology. Models will start at $899 for the E220 and $749 for the E420 and will be available starting in April.
CES Rumor Mill: Does huge price slash on HP Envy 13 mean a new ultra-thin laptop release is imminent?
HP's Envy 13, their answer to the Macbook Air, has gotten a serious price slash from $1499.99 to $999.99 With its 13.1-inch, 1366×768 screen, Intel 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo Processor (SL9300), 3GB of memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics with 512MB of dedicated memory, Beats audio, and 250GB (5400RPM) hard disk drive, that makes this a pretty attractive laptop for the price.
The big question being raised at this point is whether HP is just looking to clear out old stock, or whether they've got something up their sleeves to compete with the newest Macbook Airs at CES. With the Envy 13 no longer even featured on the HP Envy page alongside its bigger brothers, it's anyone's guess at HP's strategy at this point. I guess we'll find out in about a week.
Two new netbooks have quietly hit the Gigabyte's product pages. The M1005, a netbook that comes complete with a docking station that was officially announced a couple of weeks ago, as well as the Q2005 have hit Gigabyte's site, if not stores.
Both netbooks are sporting dual-core Atom 550 processors, with the Q2005 boasting a 10.1" 1024 x 600 display, 1 to 2GB of RAM, integrated graphics, 250 / 320 / 500GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 LAN, Bluetooth 3.0+HS (optional), 0.3MP webcam, 3-cell or 6-cell battery and Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium. The M1005 looks to be an updated M1022, with an improved 1.3 mp webcam and Gigabit LAN port over the Q2005 but only a four cell battery.