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With the Ultrabook market really starting to heat up in the laptop realm it's no surprise to hear through the grapevine that apparently Dell is also looking to jump on the Ultrabook bandwagon and produce one of its own. CNet News have said that they have been in touch with industry sources familiar with Dell's plans, and that it's looking like Dell will release its Ultrabook somewhere around the time of CES early into the New Year.
If that launch time is true, it is not likely it will run Ivy Bridge as the first Ivy Bridge ultrabooks aren't slated for release until next spring - it will more than likely pack a 17W Sandy Bridge CPU not unlike the first wave of ultrabooks gracing us this fall. However, there is also a marginal possibility that it could be a paper launch, meaning it would be an Ivy Bridge based Ultrabook coming in at a more aggressive price point, but not being launched in the flesh until the Spring of 2012.
ASUS' sexy U46SV ultra-thin laptop has been spotted in the U.S., with a pre-order listing now up over at ExcaliberPC. Having been out in Europe for a short while already, it's been quite the popular little number at its respective price point and certainly catches one's eye with its champagne-colored brushed aluminum casing.
With a price tag of $879 in the states at the aforementioned etailer, the U46SV-DH51 measures just 1.08-inches thick and is based on Intel's Huron River platform. It sports an LED-backlit display running at 1366x768 and is powered by a Core i5-2410M processor (2.3GHz) with 4GB of RAM, 640GB HDD, 3-in-1 card reader, GeForce 540M 1GB graphics, 0.3MP camera, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, SonicFocus audio, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output and 8-cell battery.
WOW. Harvey Norman are running a huge sale for the next few days (or until sold out), with AMD-based notebooks are getting thrown out the door. All big brands are being sold, Toshiba, HP, ASUS, Acer, Samsung and it is "Buy One, Get One Free". Still at your desk and not out the door and into your car yet? Well, now you can go. Run, into the sunset, to Harvey Norman and pick one up. If you get hooked up, send me your spare!
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MSI have announced a new laptop which sports the second generation Intel processors as well as seeing an upgrade in its included GPU. The GT780GX sports an NVIDIA GTX 570M which has over triple the CUDA cores that the previous GX780 notebook had as well as a broader memory bus and more VRAM. In 3DMark Vantage, the GTX 570M scores double the GT 555M's performance.
MSI have also added an SSD by default, which comes in the Intel flavor as well as a storage drive in either 500 or 750GB 7200PM sizes. It also features the Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, a 17.3-inch 1600x900 or 1920x1080 display, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a 720p webcam and the usual connectivity. What pulls it away from all the other notebooks is that it sports the SteelSeries gaming-orientated keyboard, which includes LED lighting and can be set to various color schemes.
The keyboard offers tactile feedback, an ergonomic "golden triangle" gaming cluster, support for 10 simultaneous key presses and a durable design that should sustain a few rages.
With the ultrabook market really heating up of late, word of what ASUS has planned for this market segment by the second quarter of 2012 should ensure it's more lively again. We've seen a few pre-release Ultrabooks shown off lately from the likes of Acer, ASUS and Toshiba and they are already gathering quite a bit of attraction, but apparently ASUS will have some particularly aggressively priced Ultrabook models hit the scene in April 2012.
Digitimes reports that following the launch of 5 or 6 ultrabook models (11.6-inch and 13.3-inch variants) this coming October at tentative pricing starting at US$899 and going up, ASUS will then shift its focus onto Ivy Bridge and dish up ultrabooks based on this platform ranging from US$600-$900 for the entry-level segment; that is if ASUS' CEO Jerry Shen has his facts straight.
An Ivy Bridge powered ultra book for US$600? That oughta shake up the entire notebook market somewhat; certainly in the more entry/mid-range sectors where a similar amount of money to chunkier, heavier notebooks gets you a lighter, sleeker design without a performance or battery life trade-off.
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).
Our Deal of the Day today is the Microsoft - 14.1" LED-backlit Dell Inspiron N4030 Laptop with Intel Pentium Dual-Core, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Webcam, and More for $399 with FREE Shipping!.
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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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