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If you're in the market for an Alienware M17x R3 or M18x, NVIDIA has an early Christmas present. The GeForce GTX 580M, one of the most powerful mobile GPUs on the market today, has received a drastic price cut at Alienware that makes it all that more justifiable to buy.
Before, the GTX 580M was a $300+ premium over the AMD Radeon HD 6990M in the M17x R3. The change in price also lines up with the M18x, where two of the GTX 580Ms in SLI is $150 more than a pair of 6990Ms in CrossFire. Performance-wise, they're pretty much equal, unless you wanted to enjoy something like PhysX for example.
But, the downfall of this price drop is that it seems to only effect Alienware-branded machines. Right now, if you're buying another brand, the HD 6990M-optioned laptops seem to be better priced, I guess we'll have to wait and see if NVIDIA drop the price of the 580Ms across the entire range, and not just exclusive to Alienware.
Apple rumors, everyone loves them. A few months ago, rumors circled that Apple were performing final tests on a 15-inch notebook that is said to be slimmer than the current 15-inch MacBook Pro offering, which could be thanks to its flash-based storage and sans optical drive.
Today we have a fresh rumor that Apple have finished development of an LCD test component for their new notebook. Right now, its unclear whether this new system will be part of the MacBook Air range, or Pro range or if the company has plans to extend the ultra-thin design right up to the 15- and 17-inch models.
Apple's MacBook Pro line hasn't seen a big redesign since they switched to the unibody design back in 2008. A redesign could really lift up the game on the MacBook Pro range, making it thinner, lighter whilst at the same time maintaining the performance that the Pro offers. Moving to flash memory needs to happen as the stock hard disk drives in MacBook Pro's are ridiculously slow [when compared to SSDs].
Deal of the Day: 14" Dell Inspiron 14R with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, plus 10.1" HD Dell Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet for $699.99 with FREE Shipping
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Expires 11/1/11 at 6PM CT.
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line up with slightly faster CPU offerings as well as upgraded GPUs. First up, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has received a 100MHz speed bump with the 2.4GHz Core i5 or 2.8GHz Core i7 whilst the bigger brother 15- and 17-inch notebooks get a 200MHz boost to 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively.
The lower-end 15-inch MBP has thrown the AMD Radeon HD 6490M 256MB and now has a quicker HD 6750M 512MB. The higher-end 15- and 17-inch models now have the HD 6770M 1GB. Apple has also tweaked the storage options on the 13-inch system, which now starts with a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive instead of the the smaller 320GB model, it can also be upgraded to 750GB.
All of the systems now ship with 4GB of DDR3 1333Mhz Ram, a backlit keyboard and multitouch trackpad, a Thunderbolt port, a Mini DisplayPort output and have an estimated seven-hour battery life. Price wise, we have the 13-inch starting at $1,199 going up to $1,499, the 15-inch model goes for $1,799 to $2,199 and the 17-inch MacBook Pro starts from $2,499.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 15.6" LED-backlit Lenovo B570 Laptop with Intel B950, 3GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Webcam, Fingerprint Reader, and More for $299.99 plus Shipping!.
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BlizzCon 2011 - We are back at the ASUS booth from BlizzCon 2011 again for a look at some more ROG products and this time we look at some of the gaming notebooks which were on display at the show.
While it may look a little staged, we ran into a completely random gamer who wasn't shy and he had a few words to say about the ASUS ROG G53 notebook he was using. All of the laptops that were on display were running World of Warcraft at high quality settings. I quizzed the gamer on what he thought about the G53 and he said that he "cannot argue with 60 FPS on a laptop". Hell yeah.
And he knows exactly what he is doing! Thank you good sir for being on video, if you ever see this.
ASUS' eye catching race car-inspired "Lamborghini VX6S" netbook has driven back out of the wilderness again after hearing nothing about it since Computex when it was proudly on display. This latest news pretty much lets us know it's due for release in the immediate future and also gives us the opportunity to confirm some specs.
This is a 12.1-inch sized netbook with a 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display and is based off Intel's latest Cedar Trail platform with an Atom D2700 dual-core (2.13GHz) processor. It comes with 2 or 4GB of RAM, Radeon 6470M graphics, up to 500GB mechanical HDD (reportedly a 5400RPM), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a couple USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output and card reader.
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ASUS have stayed true to their word of an Ultrabook release in October, with the new Zenbook brand. Five new models will debut ranging in price from $999 to $1499. First up we have the Zenbook UX21 which is an 11.6-inch (1366x768) config, sporting 128GB of SSD and either a Core i5-2467M or Core i7-2677M whilst the Zenbook UX31 sports a 13.3-inch (1600x900) display and comes in three flavors: a Core i5-2557M model with 128GB of SSD, a similar model with the SSD pumped up to 256GB and the final model, including a Core i7-2677M.
The 11.6-inch Zenbook UX21 and 13.3-inch Zenbook UX31 weigh just 2.4 and 2.9 pounds, respectively. This os thanks to their aluminum alloy bodies, glass trackpads and all-metal keyboards. Not only that but they look absolutely gorgeous. The 11.6-inch UX21 ranges in thickness from 0.11-inch at the front, to 0.67-inch at the rear with the 13.3-inch packing more in the trunk with the same 0.11-inch front but a 0.71-inch rear.
All Zenbooks feature an instant-on feature that ASUS say will allow the Zenbook to resume from sleep in just two seconds. Battery life we have the UX21 rated for five hours of run time, sporting 7 days of standby time. The UX31 on the other hand lasts a tad longer, at seven hours of runtime or ten days standby from a single charge.
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