If you are the type that works on a laptop at home and the office, transporting that notebook can be a pain. One of the biggest hassles may be unplugging all the external gear you have on the notebook like printers, screens, and mice.
Toshiba has announced a new universal docking station that allows you to disconnect and connect all the gear attached to your notebook with one single USB cable. The dock has four USB ports that support all manner of devices like printers, mice, keyboards, and more.
The V also has a built-in graphics processor that supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 and the device has 3.5mm inputs for a mic and speakers. The dynadock V will ship in February for $119.99.
Acer is working hard to move up the list of the world's largest computer makers and is launching lots of new notebooks to gain more customers. The company has debuted new notebooks at CES that are designed for the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors.
The new machines include the Aspire AS5740 and the AS7740 notebooks. The AS5740G-6979 will start at $749.99 and pack in a Core i5-430M CPU, a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD. Graphics are via ATI Radeon HD5650 with 1GB of VRAM. The 4400mAh battery promises four hours of battery life.
The Aspire AS7740-5142 will start at $479.99 as well with a Core i3-330M processor, a 17.3-inch screen with a 1600 x 900 resolution, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD. Graphics are via Intel GMA HD and the machine has a 6-cell battery good for 3.5 hours. Both of the machines will ship on January 17.
The most wonderful time of the year is popularly known as Christmas for kids and many people around the world. The most wonderful time of the year for geeks and computer fans is CES though. This is the time of year when we see all the sweet new gear and get an idea what tech will be big for the year.
This year we have seen some cool notebooks come from the show. Gateway has unveiled a new notebook this week at the show that packs a DVD burner into a small ultraportable platform called the EC14D.
In addition to the optical drive, the machine sports an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen and an Intel SU4100 ULV processor. The notebook also has Windows 7 Home Premium, a 320GB HDD, and 4GB of RAM. Power comes from a 6-cell lithium-ion battery. The machine will ship later this month for $629.99.
CES 2010 - New notebooks are coming by the hoards now that CES is in full swing there are more and more notebooks being unveiled. Toshiba has unveiled several new T100 models including the small T115D laptop.
The T115D is a thin machine tipping the scales at 3.49 pounds. It has an 11.6-inch screen and uses the Athlon Neo X2 or Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU. Graphics on select models are via ATI Radeon 3200. The machine has 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD.
Other features include 802.11b/g/n, Ethernet, Bluetooth, multi touch track pad, and a 6-cell battery. Toshiba claims the battery is good for 5.5 hours. TheT115D will start at $449.99 and will ship on January 17.
CES 2010 - Netbooks have been big at CES since they first hit the market in 2007. A CES without new netbooks would be like Christmas without gifts. Sony has announced a new netbook called the Vaio W that is made from green materials.
The netbook sports a plastic case made form 23% recycled CDs. The carry case the netbook ships with is made from recycled PET bottles. The screen of the machine is a 10.1-inch unit with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and it is LED backlit.
Storage is to a 1GB HDD and Sony claims the battery is good for up to seven hours. The Sony website has versions of the W running both the N280 and the N450 CPU from Intel. The machines start at about $450 and will ship this month.
CES 2010 - If you can't tell by the fact that every other news post over the last week has been about something new, CES is here. As always at CES, there are hoards of new notebooks unveiled and Sony has pulled the wraps off several new machines this week.
Among the new machines are the Vaio Z series and the Vaio F series. The cooler of the two new lines is certainly the 13.1-inch Z series. The line has carbon fiber chassis for lightweight and sports a LED backlit screen with 100% color saturation on some models. The little machine can even be optioned with Blu-ray.
The Vaio F series is a much larger notebook with a 16.4-inch screen and a Blu-ray drive option. The machine has NVIDIA graphics and HDMI out. The F series uses Intel Core i7 CPUs and has a backlit keyboard. The Z series will start at $1900 and hit stores in late spring with the F series starting at $1000 and available for preorder now.
Specific details on AMD/ATI's upcoming lineup of Radeon HD 5000 Mobility GPUs have surfaced today which will be the first to bring DX11 capable graphics support to notebooks.
The new lineup comprises three different series; the HD 5800, HD 5600/5700 and HD 5400 aimed at the enthusiast, performance and mainstream markets respectively.
The folks at Tech Report have put together the following chart after getting hold of AMD's slide deck which gives a clearer picture as to the differences between the new models :-
AMD are promising a performance increase of 10 to 30% in games at 1920x1200 when looking at the Mobility 5870 compared to the Mobility 4870. Other improvements are in the way of power efficiency with superior engine and memory clock scaling, real-time switching between discrete and IGP for longer battery life, Eyefinity hexa-display capabilities and support for up to 1GB of GDDR5 RAM across the lineup.
For full details, check out Tech Report's scoop via the source link below.
CES 2010 - Asus is the company that kicked off the netbook market back in 2007 when it unveiled the first, tiny 7-inch netbook. The market is booming today thanks to what Asus started. The company has unveiled a number of new notebooks and netbooks at CES including the N61Jq.
The N61Jq is one of the higher end new notebooks that Asus is offering and uses an Intel Core i7-720QM processor at 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost to 2.8GHz. The machine can be had with any version of Windows 7 from Home Basic on up.
The notebook can be optioned with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB of storage. The screen is a 16-inch LED backlit unit with a resolution of 1366 x 768. Graphics are via ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730. Pricing and availability are unknown.
CES 2010 - The number of new notebooks that you see at CES each year is staggering. You will see machines there with the latest technology and some concept devices that will never see the inside of a retail store. HP has unveiled a new convertible notebook at the show that will be shipping very soon.
The notebook is called the HP TouchSmart tm2 and is a convertible touch-enabled notebook with lots of features. The machine has a capacitive multi touch display that also supports pen input. When used with a pen the machine accepts handwriting with digital ink and drawing is supported.
The machine runs a variety of Intel Core 2 Duo processors and can be fitted with ATI discrete graphics. The multi touch nature of the machine is taken advantage of with several applications shipping with the computer. One of them is a touch-enabled version of Netflix. The machine will ship on January 17 starting at $949.
Henry Ford once said that people could have the Model T in any color they want as long as it's black. That is pretty much the same mantra that Lenovo has held to over the years with notebooks typically only available in black. Lenovo has announced the new ThinkPad Edge.
The machine is available in the plain black Lenovo is famous for and will be offered in a bright red hue as well. The machine will also offer AMD Vision Pro and is the first Lenovo notebook to offer dual-core AMD CPUs.
The machines will come in 13-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch versions with Intel and AMD CPU options. Lenovo claims the machine is good for 7.8 hours of battery life and it can be optioned with Bluetooth, WWAN, GPS, and WiMax.
I'm not sure what to make of the smartbooks starting to hit the market. The first time I saw a netbook I thought the devices would never make it and today I own one and love it. I'm not going to say that the smartbook is not going to make it right now, but the things are costly enough to put them head to head with many netbooks.
Lenovo has announced its first smartbook called the Skylight that is set to ship this spring. The machine runs a 1GHz Qualcomm snapdragon processor. This is the same processor found in some smartphones. The device has a 10-inch screen with HD resolution.
Lenovo claims that the battery life is long enough for ten hours of straight use. The device appears to have a proprietary operating system and is designed for surfing the web. The device will sell for $499 when it ships and Lenovo says that AT&T will be offering a subsidized version. I'd rather have a netbook with Windows at that price.
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- Windows 7 Home Premium
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With CES kicking off this week it's the time of year for new notebooks to be unveiled. Along with totally new machines, we also typically get a slew of existing machines with new hardware updates. Lenovo has updated several of its machines in time for CES.
The update notebooks include the ThinkPad T410s, T410, T510, and W510 notebooks. The T410s is a 14-inch machine that now has the option of Intel Core i5-520M and i5-540M CPUs. The machine can also be fitted with WiMax capability. The ThinkPad T410/510 notebooks add the Core i7-620M into the mix.
The bigger W510 gets the most interesting new hardware with a choice of Core i7-720QM, i7-820Q, and Core 2 Extreme i7-920XM processors. The W510 also gets a new NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M graphics option. The machines are set to hit January 7 with the new hardware with prices running from $99 to $1599 to start.
A while back Sony killed off its Vaio T line of notebooks after they failed to do well in the market against the competition. It seems Sony is betting the machines are better a second time around and it has pulled the wraps of the Vaio T line again on its Japan website.
The new machines run Intel Celeron SU2300 or Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400/SU9600 CPUs. The machines can be fitted with up to 8GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD or 512GB SSD.
Operating system choices include any flavor of Windows 7 you desire and Blu-ray is an option. Sony promises that the machines will have a battery life of 11 hours with the standard battery and 17 hours with the extended battery.
New netbooks running the new Intel Pine Trial Atom processors will be flooding the market over the next few weeks as new machines are unveiled moving into 2010. Asus unveiled a few new N450 Atom powered machines over the last few weeks and another new Eee netbook has turned up.
The Asus Eee 1001P netbook has the same 10.1-inch screen we already know and love and the machine runs the Intel Atom N450 processor. The rig runs Windows XP and it has a 160GB HDD and 1GB of RAM. It will sell for EUR 267 and is set to ship on January 6.
Other features of the machine include a 0.3 MP webcam and it has 11 hours of battery life according to Asus. That is sure to be an inflated number, but battery life should be good. The machine also sports WiFi and three USB ports.
The one thing that the vast majority of netbook and notebooks has in common is that power usually comes from a lithium-ion battery pack. A few of the machines on the market use lithium-polymer, but they all use battery packs.
Liliputing went hands on with the NorhTec Gecko Edubook that runs on plain old AA batteries in a pinch and rechargeable AA's normally. The machine uses an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and it can run Windows or Linux.
Other features include a 1GHz Xcore86 processor, SD card slot for storage and the entire notebook uses only 6.5W of power. Liliputing says that the keyboard is uncomfortable for use with adult hands and it is underpowered. That's expected of a machine designed for kids in school though.
The OLPC started off trying to bring a laptop to market that could be sold for under $100 in bulk to developing countries for educational use. The machines never materialized at the low price point, but they did come to market eventually.
The OLPC has now unveiled its latest XO design with version 3.0. Version 2.0 was a two-page machine that looked sort of like an electronic book. The new design is a single page device made from a single piece of plastic.
The plastic used is unbreakable and has no holes in it according to the OLPC. Details on the machine are unknown and the OLPC offers no specifications other than to say the machine would be available in 2012.
If you have read any of my notebook and netbook reviews at Tweaktown, you know I loathe glossy screens. They are all fine and good for movies when it is dark, but the glare is a huge issue just about any other time.
A new Samsung netbook has tipped up called the N220 on a French retail site that sports a 10.1-inch matte finish screen. The little rig also runs an Intel Atom N220 processor at 1.66GHz and the screen resolution is 1024 x 600.
The netbook has 1GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD. Windows 7 Starter edition is the OS for the machine. Other features include Bluetooth, WiFi, and a SDHC card slot. Power comes from a 6-cell battery promising 11.5 hours of run time. The machine sells for about $503 in France.
Broadcom has announced its new Crystal HD (BCM70015) chip today which is an option for OEMs designing netbooks with Intel's next-gen NM10 Express chipset / N450 processor to enhance the video playback capabilities.
This little chip is a low power, low cost solution which takes the strain off the platform by taking care of both standard and high-definition video playback. It supports multiple formats including H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV9, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid and AVS.
ASUS, Dell, Samsung and inevitably other netbook manufacturers are confirmed to be making use of the BCM70015 on select upcoming netbooks; some of which we'll no doubt catch a glimpse of during CES next year.
You can check out the video below to see how well it works compared to a similarly spec'd netbook without the use of the chip.
For further information on Broadcom's Crystal HD solution, the official announcement can be read here.
MSI have a very tidy number on the horizon in its Wind series of netbooks which is based off Intel's newly launched next-gen Atom N450 / Pine Trail platform.
MSI calls it the U160 and they plan to unveil it during CES early Jan, but the folks at Engadget have been fortunate enough to get a first look at it for us all today.
Certainly looks pretty schmick. It looks to sport a chiclet keyboard and well incorporated touchpad that's only differentiated from the palmrest by a grid of raised dots.
MSI promise very long battery life out of the U160; 10+ hours off a full charge. Pricing is said to start somewhere around the $350 mark.
We'll be hearing and seeing more about the U160 come CES in Vegas next month.
Details of MSI's upcoming Wind family of netbooks sporting the next-gen Atom N450 powered platform have surfaced with four models said to be coming out; these being the U130, U135, U140 and U160.
Whilst not officially announced as yet, we learn that these new units run a 10.1-inch LCD, a minimum of 1GB RAM, integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics and a 160 or 250GB HDD depending on the model (with the possibility of an SSD as an option). It's expected that MSI will opt for Windows 7 Starter Edition for this series.
We'll bring you full details once the official launch takes place, expected within the next couple weeks.