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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.
Toshiba have paved the way with their new Qosmio F755 which is the world's first laptop capable of delivering glasses-free 3D and 2D content at the same time on one screen. The Qosmio F755 3D laptop sports the latest in auto-stereoscopic display technology, equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD TriBrite display with Active Lens technology, the double parallax image display is able to project two sets of images at the same time, splitting them between left and right eyes to create the 3D effect.
Toshiba also includes their Face Tracking technology which uses the in-built webcam to perfect the projection of the image by reacting to the motion and position of the user, which delivers a broad viewing zone from which to view 3D content. The result? Glasses-free 3D goodness. As the only laptop of its kind to offer simultaneous viewing of both 2D and 3D content on the single screen, it provides users with the option to watch 3D content in a full-screen or condense it to a smaller window, preserving the 2D desktop to browse the Web or do other tasks.
As learned today through a web leak, Acer has an ultra-thin 13.3-inch laptop in the works that is said to be hitting the market in October. Falling under the Aspire line-up, images of the Acer Aspire 3951 show a very sleek, tidy looking unit that weighs in at around 1.4Kg and is only 13mm thick. It sports all-aluminum casing which houses a 2nd-gen Core/Sandy Bridge platform.
From what we have to go on at this time, it looks to be arriving with a 500GB HDD (or optionally a 160GB SSD), HD webcam, 2-in-1 card reader, 802.11/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports and a battery lasting over 6 hours.
With pricing said to be ranging between $770 and $960, it could well prove to be quite the popular attraction against the MacBook Air for XMAS buyers.
MSI has just unveiled another gaming laptop with it already showing up in a few stores and being available for pre-order elsewhere.
The new GT683DX laptop is a 15.6-inch sized unit using one of NVIDIA's most recent high-end mobile GPUs, the GTX 570M with 1.5GB GDDR5 memory. The rest of the default specs include a 1920x1080 Full HD display, 2nd-gen Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU, 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, 1TB (500GBx2 / RAID 0) storage, 8X DVDRW, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 2xUSB 3.0, 720p webcam, 2.1 Dynaudio sound system and a 9-cell battery.
Depending on how much extra you may like to spend over the $1,600 odd base price, you can switch things up for a 120GB SSD+750GB HDD, 12GB RAM, Blu-ray drive and matt-finish display.
Deal of the Day: 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Studio 15z Laptop with Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, and 2 Year Warranty for $498 + 97c Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Studio 15z Laptop with Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, and 2 Year Warranty for $498 plus 97 Cents Shipping!.
Offer: Walmart has an excellent deal on Dell's Studio 15z laptop. This ultra-thin (0.71" thick front to 0.996" thick back) lightweight (5.52 lbs including a 9-cell Prismatic battery) laptop features a 15.6" HD WLED TFT, 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5-480M processor (with Turbo Boost to 3.06Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, slot-loading DVD+/-RW DL, Intel 6200N 802.11b/g/n wireless, 10/100/1000 networking, 2MP HD webcam, 7-in-1 media card reader, Bluetooth, HDMI out, Intel WiDi capable, backlit keyboard, 9-cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 2 year warranty!
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Listings of ASUS' Eee PC X101 MeeGo-powered netbook have started showing up on U.S. etail sites with pricing that starts at just $199.73 - thanks to the use of the zippy little MeeGo operating system pre-installed on it.
We first sighted this very sleek, slim little netbook (weighing no more than 900g and being only 17.6mm at its thickest point) at Computex last month and really liked what we saw.
Running back over the specs, the Eee PC X101-EU17-BK listed features a 10.1-inch display with 1024x600 native resolution, an Atom N435 CPU (1.33GHz), 1GB of RAM, 8GB SSD, 0.3 megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, microSD card slot and a 3-cell 2600 mAh battery.
Both the MeeGo and Windows 7 based Eee PC X101 netbooks should be readily available at many outlets early to mid next month.
Deal of the Day: Rosewill Black Netbook/Notebook Sleeve, Wireless Optical Mouse, and Ext. DVD Burner Kit for $19.99 shipped
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Rosewill Black Netbook/Notebook Sleeve, Wireless Optical Mouse, and External DVD Burner Kit for $19.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Newegg has this bundle including a 10.2" to 11.2" netbook/notebook sleeve, wireless 800 dpi optical USB mouse with hidden receiver, and external slim DVD burner all for just $19.99 with FREE shipping. It's a great choice for those of you with an ultraportable laptop or a netbook.
Our Deal of the Day today is the HP Home & Home Office Store - Free 4GB Xbox 360 Game Console w/ $690+ PC Purchase!.
Offer: HP is now promoting the same offer as the other PC stores. Get a FREE Xbox 360 4GB Game Console with the purchase of a select HP PCs priced $690+. Offer valid for students only who purchase through HP Academy. 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions. Not combinable with other coupons.
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Alaskan founded company gScreen isn't one many of us have heard of before, mostly specialising in R&D towards providing dual-screen laptops for filmmakers, photographers, graphics designers etc. since they fired up the company back in 2003.
However, they've now decided to hit the mass market with their latest product lineup, the SpaceBook series, which sports the inclusion of what this company is primarily all about, dual screens on a laptop. If it's the ultimate in desktop real estate on the go that you need, these guys certainly deliver in spades with the SpaceBook.