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The crew over at Engadget have been reporting live from IFA in Berlin which kicked into full swing today and share with us some hands-on time with a new slim and sexy Ultrabook offering from Acer on the horizon, the 13mm-thin, 13.3-inch sized Aspire S3.
Acer made promise of some pretty impressive specs and features during the press conference including seven hours of battery life, just 1.5 seconds to resume out of sleep mode, 2 seconds to connect to WiFi and solid performance thanks to the range of low voltage Core i3, i5 or i7 processors to choose from.
As mentioned, in efforts to compare their views to all the press hype, Engadget got some much anticipated hands-on time with the Aspire S3 which you can watch via the source link below. Further down the page you will also spot a second streaming video that focuses on Acer's claims of super fast resume from sleep (albeit slightly exaggerated).
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Don't have an Internet connection? Well, until now, the Google Chromebooks were pretty useless to you. But, Google are now taking steps in addressing problems with offline access to services such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs. Quoting the Gmail blog:
Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that's intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access . . .
Google Calendar and Google Docs let you seamlessly transition between on- and offline modes. When you're offline in Google Calendar, you can view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs you can view documents and spreadsheets when you don't have a connection. Offline editing isn't ready yet, but we know it's important to many of you, and we're working hard to make it a reality.
This will make the Chromebooks an actual, realistic laptop replacement. Nice work, Google.
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Offer: Buy.com (via eBay) is selling a new Acer AS5742-6682 15.6" Notebook PC for just $359.99 shipped free! It features:
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3-370M Processor
- 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
- 15.6" LCD WXGA Display (1366 x 768)
- 320GB Hard Drive
- DVD Writer & HDMI Out
ASUS have confirmed they will release 6 different Ultrabooks in October, where they'll have their own product launch conference in New York. Prices will range from US$899 to US$1999 according to ASUS chairman Jonney Shih. Jonney hinted at the price drop in key components of the Ultrabook such as panels and DRAM has enabled them to lower the overall cost of Ultrabooks and with HP leaving its PC business and Dell and Toshiba not really interested in Ultrabooks, it leaves ASUS and Acer to grab the wheel for the Ultrabook market.
ASUS are set to launch the 5-6 Ultrabooks with 11.6 and 13.3-inch screen sizes, and finally, Intel have not accepted downstream partners' requests to cut Ultrabook CPU prices, but have offered to provide assistance to allow its partners to launch sub-US$1000 models, according to sources from upstream component players.
Razer has unveiled what they say is the "world's first true gaming laptop," which is a 17-inch (1920x1080), hugged by a full aluminum chassis which comes in at 0.88-inch thick and weighs 6.97lbs.
Razer has partnered with Intel and the Blade sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 2640M CPU, 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory and most surprisingly a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with Optimus technology. It also includes a 320GB HDD (where's the SSD, Razer!) and the usual USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0
Following the recent launch of Samsung's MeeGo running N100 netbook, stores are still awaiting to receive stock. Meanwhile, Samsung has just outed a slightly updated model in the N102, running the more widely accepted Windows 7 (Starter Edition).
Weighing in at just a fraction over 1Kg, the 10.1-inch netbook uses a typical 1024x600 resolution display, 1.33GHz Atom N435 CPU, 1GB of DDR3, 250GB HDD, and GMA 3150 IGP. Other features include 10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 4-in-1 card reader and a 3-cell battery.
The Samsung N102 is actually already available, providing you're in Russia that is (no word on when it'll hit the U.S. yet). Pricing works out to about $320 USD.
LG has just readied up its first 3D-capable notebook for market in Korea, the XNote series A530. It's a 15-inch notebook with the 3D-ready LED backlit display sporting a native 1080p resolution and an integrated stereoscopic webcam using two individual cameras to build a stereo 3D video stream via LG's own software.
Based on Intel Sandy Bridge with a 2nd Gen Core i7 processor, the XNote A530 uses a discrete GPU from NVIDIA, the GT 555M. The notebook will also ship with a software tool called "True 3D PT" which is said to allow users to create 3D presentations that can then be displayed in 3D on all capable displays and projectors.
No word when it'll hit other regions yet, or at what pricing.
Late last week news hit the web that Intel was pushing back its new netbook platform, Cedar Trail-M from a September release to November, with the reason given that the platform had encountered some graphics driver hiccups resulting in a failure to meet Windows 7 certification.
Fast forward to the other side of the weekend and we're now finding out that there's unsurprisingly more to it than that. Where it was initially thought to be just some video decoding issues holding them back, it's actually a different, more alarming element of the driver that Intel can't rustle out at this time, one directly relating to DX9 (not a typo).
The story goes that while the graphics core in Cedar Trail is based around DX10.1, Intel wasn't going to have supporting DX10.1 drivers ready in time for the platform's launch as it was, so that's where (what was supposedly) easier to build DX9 drivers came into play, to give a working base for the launch until such time as Intel can produce the DX10.1 drivers.
GamesCom 2011 - Earlier on today at GamesCom 2011 here in Germany, Samsung held a press conference (albeit completely in German) where they debuted their newest notebook which of course considering the event is focused right toward gamers. After seeing great success with televisions and smartphones, Samsung is now trying to attack the gaming market with force.
The Series 7 gaming notebook is a 17.3-inch LED notebook using an Intel Core i7 processor, Radeon 6970M 2GB graphics, flash storage, Blu-ray optical drive, 1.5TB of HDD storage space and 16GB of DDR3 memory. The flash storage i.e. SSD is added on the motherboard itself and comes in at 8GB and is said to improve performance dramatically over a standard HDD... who woulda thought?!
Besides all the high-end desktop replacement specs, the keyboard looks pretty impressive with blue backlit keys and the gaming focused WASD keys are backlit in red. There is supposedly too some fancy cooling in play with the Series 7 notebook, but it was discussed all in German and we didn't get a chance to quiz anyone about it. It's going on sale on September 12th in Europe with a street price of 1799 Euro.