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The name "Jay Chou" might not ring a bell to most of you, at least perhaps not until he starred as Kato in the recent blockbuster movie "The Green Hornet", but with ASUS' approval of having him come aboard as Chief Designer, his name's about to become more widely known than before.
So far as Chief Designer he has already influenced ASUS' popular N Series notebooks with the "Incredible J" line-up which while based heavily on the existing N series models, are quickly distinguished apart by the Jay Chou inspired cover you can see in the below shot :-
Outer aesthetics isn't the only area being looked at either, with the sound output side of things being improved upon as well thanks to a collaborated effort with Bang & Olufsen to create the ASUS SonicMaster sound certification.
Intel's new x86 Atom architecture dubbed 'Cloverview', is set to launch before Windows 8 hits shelves early next year. Intel's Director of Product and Technology Media Relations, Bill Korcos has said the Atom Clover Trail and its Cloverview processor are designed to work with Windows 8 and it will be a "nice one-two chip-software punch."
He didn't give an exact month or quarter launch frame, but rumors of Windows 8 hitting RTM status in April would be a good indication of Intel's launch details. Kircos was clear that the upcoming x86 Atom architecture would power a bunch of new tablets, netbooks, slider devices and more.
Cloverview will be one of Intel Atom's first 32nm-based chips and is intended for tablets, which is great because the shrink is set to reduce power consumption and improve battery life. There is of course the Cedar Trail and Medfield which are prepped for netbooks and phones/tablets respectively. NVIDIA and ARM have some competition against their Kal-El and Cortex A15 products. Can Intel win? We will have to wait and see!
If you're in the market for an outrageously fast notebook for gaming and the current top dog choices of mobile GPUs from both the green and red teams weren't impressive enough to meet your expectations, hold onto your seats folks, for notebooks equipped with a new GPU weapon are on the immediate horizon thanks to the launch of NVIDIA's new mobile GPU today; the GTX 580M.
With previous GTX-500M series GPUs not up to par in the performance stakes with the previous gen GTX-480M, this new model from NVIDIA comes much welcomed and looks to boast some very impressive performance, well overshading the aforementioned 480M.
Specs wise, the GPU runs at a clock speed of 1240MHz and a memory clock of up to 1500MHz. It houses 384 CUDA cores and up to 2GB of 256-bit 96GB/s GDDR5 memory.
Acer are stepping up to the plate with a release of their very own Chromebook in the form of the Acer AC700, it goes on sale later this month for $349.99 which will be followed by a 3G-equipped version later this summer. The Chrome OS-based notebook is powered by an Intel Atom N570 processor, includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two USB 2.0 ports and a 4-in-1 memory card reader.
NVIDIA have another leak and this one is quite good, they've been showing an unnamed GPU running in SLI, powering Crysis 2. The clip below shows the DirectX 11 version of Crysis 2 running at 1080p with tessellation enabled via the high-resolution texture pack. It runs very smooth considering the game is not only maxed out, but running in DX11 and including high-res textures! Impressive NVIDIA!
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Acer today introduce two new top-of-the-line multimedia notebook PC lines for both the US and Canada. The new Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G and AS5951G are designed to deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theatre experience for a wide range of activities, including graphics-intensive gaming, video streaming and enjoying high-definition DVDs, photography or videos.
The new Ethos-branded notebooks feature edge-to-edge frameless displays available in two sizes. Firstly, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G includes an 18.4-inch full HD widescreen (1920x1080) display whilst the AS5951G includes a 15.6-inch HD widescreen (1366x768) display. The Ethos notebooks can be configured with Blu-ray drives or just the standard DVD optical drive while the screens included are scratch-resistant due to Corning Gorilla glass display tech.
The internet is filled with the buzz of Apple releasing an updated Sandy Bridge-based Apple MacBook Air this week in both 11.6 and 13.3-inch models. Apple has reportedly placed orders for production of 380,000 Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told AppleInsider that roughly 55-percent of the order will be 11.6-inch Airs whilst the remaining amount the 13.3-inch based Airs.
The move has been a while in the making with both the MacBook Pro and iMac ranges getting an injection of Sandy Bridge lovin', but the new MacBook Air will be the last move for Apple and the Sandy Bridge inclusion into their range.
Computex Taipei 2011 - One of Nicole's last stops at Computex was at the Microsoft booth where she spotted the damn sexy Samsung 900x notebook.
This is an Intel Core i5 based notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition with a 1366 x 768 resolution curtsey of the 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus widescreen LED display. While Nicole was impressed with the backlit keyboard, she mentioned that it had a lot of flex and that may be an issue for some. However, she was again impressed with the Apple-like oversized track pad that looks rather impressive.
The battery included is a six cell Lithium, 6300 mAh, which Samsung claims to provide up to 7 hours of battery life. Nicole was also impressed by the inclusion of a MicroSD slot on the side of the notebook, which is pretty rare.
It comes with a ripple shape design on the side and it is a super thin and stylish notebook. It is so thin the some of the side ports are hidden away. It weighs in at 2.9 pounds including the weight of the standard battery and comes with a three year warranty.
Computex Taipei 2011 - It wasn't all about just netbooks and tablets for Nicole, also at the MSI booth on the floor she managed to get some hands-on time with the MSI X-Slim X370 notebook. We know, we know - it's not a tablet, these shows get really crazy.
The X370 is based on AMD Fusion technology implementing the E-350 APU dual-core processor along with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics. It comes from the X-Slim series from MSI and is very lightweight and slim with it coming in at 1.4kg and it is just 22.8mm thick. It gets a Windows performance rating of 3.8, which is pretty good for a notebook in this class and price range.
Nicole loves the appearance of the notebook and the chiclet keyboard, but after using it wasn't very pleased with the usability of the keyboard. It comes with a range of ports including VGA, HDMI, card reader and so on.
Nicole eventually got inside the unit and removed the battery and discovered a small four cell 2150mAH battery which might only provide around 1 hour of battery life, but there is also an option to upgrade to an eight cell 4350mAH version, which should extend battery life much further.