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AMD C-50 Fusion APU inside Toshiba NB550D gets benchmarked

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We talked a bit about the Toshiba NB550D netbook with the AMD Fusion APU yesterday when it got unboxed. The gang over at Netbooknews also posted up some benchmarks for the new Fusion processor inside the machine to give us an idea how well the netbook performs. The machine has the C-50 APU running at 1GHz and a HD 6250 GPU that supports DirectX 11.

 

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The geeks playing with the system ran 3DMark06 on it and the total score was 1889 3Dmarks. They point out that the score is 120 points higher than the preproduction version of the same notebook they had benchmark before. They upgraded the RAM to 4GB and the score stayed the same. The 3DMark06 score puts the machine ahead of some netbooks, put well behind the score the Atom D525 packing rigs like the Revio 3700 from Acer that put down 2898.

 

The machine was also ran through 3DMark03 and scored 4854 3DMarks. That is quite a bit better than the Aspire One 532G at 3029 according to Netbooknews. Rounding out the benchmarks is CrystalMark with the score of 37,648. The geeks also used the netbook for some gaming at 1024 x 600 on Crysis and others and the games played without issues.

 

Apple MacBook Air suspended in the air... by a balloon

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Is Apple good at marketing? I wouldn't say so, but if I said that, I'd be lying. Check out the below video of the new MacBook Air in an Apple Store, suspended in the air by nothing but a balloon.

 

 

Yes, how amazing is that. For someone walking in and asking "just how light is the MacBook Air" and being the Sales Person being able to say "look behind you" and seeing it just hovering there like magic... I'm 99% sure Apple would sell a MacBook Air right there and then.

 


Toshiba NB550D netbook gets unboxed on video

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We like a good unboxing video of a new gadget or computer around these parts. The latest notebook to get the unboxing treatment comes our way via NetbookNews and is the Toshiba NB550D. The notebook gets power from an AMD C-50 CPU running at 1GHz. It has a 10.1-inch screen like most netbooks do.

 

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Graphics for the little machine are via Radeon HD 6250 and the APU used inside the rig promises to perform better than the Atom-based netbooks we generally see. The NB550D is a nice looking little machine with hints of green and a rubberized finish that keeps fingerprints away.

 

The notebook has a pair of Harmon Kardon speakers built-in, which is nice considering how anemic most netbook sound systems are. The machine has HDMI out and a lot more features as well. The worst thing about this notebook is that it will only be in Europe and won't head to the US. It will sell for about $450 in the EU. Check out the video below.

 

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MSI GT680R-008US notebook packs in new Sandy Bridge processor and more

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MSI has added a new gaming notebook to its line of offerings that uses the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. The machine is called the MSI GT680R-008US. I have had my hands on a few of these MSI gaming notebooks and they are generally pretty cool devices. The new machine has a Core i7-2630QM processor inside.

 

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Other features of the notebook include a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and OLED backlighting. The graphics for the notebook are via GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM just for the video card. MSI puts 8GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM inside the machine and 1TB of total storage.

 

That 1TB of storage comes from a pair of 7200rpm 500GB HDDs. 802.11b/g/n WiFi is built in along with Bluetooth and THX TruStudio Pro audio. The notebook also has MSI cooler boost tech and Dynaudio premium sound speakers. Rounding out the features is a USB 3.0 port, 720p webcam, and HDMI output. The notebook can be ordered right now for $1649.99.

 

Giada AMD Fusion A50 and several more nettops break cover

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Some think the nettop and netbook market are dead thanks to the tablets like the iPad. That isn't quite true just yet, there are still a lot of consumers that are shopping for these machines and there are a lot of computer makers still adding new machines to their lines. Giada has announced that it has launched four new nettops for 2011.

 

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The new machines include the Giada A50 with AMD Fusion, the Giada i50 with a Core i3 or i5 CPU inside, and the N50 with Atom and ION 2 power. Another larger line of nettops called the D2301 was also announced using Core processors and ION 2 graphics.

 

The other machines all share the same chassis. The A50 is the rig in the pic here and it has a single DDR3 RAM slot, a 2.5-inch HDD bay, WiFi, and Bluetooth is optional. It also has HDMI output, VGA out, and a single USB 3.0 port along with four USB 2.0 ports. The machine measures in at 190 x 150 x 25mm. The i50 packs in a Core i3-330UM CPU or an upgrade Core i5-430UM CPU and HD graphics along with 320GB of storage, WiFi and a lot more. The only change for the D50 is the sub for the Atom D525 CPU and ION 2 graphics.

 

Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!

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Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!.

 

Offer: Dell extended this incredible deal again on their thin (0.65" thick), light (3.5lb) 13.3" LED-backlit Vostro V13 at $399 after $345 instant discount: 13.3" LED-backlit Dell Vostro V13 ultraportable laptop with 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Wireless Broadband Built-in, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, and 1 year warranty. Unknown expiration date, will expire when stock runs out.

 

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Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping

By: Array

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!.

 

Offer: Dell has an incredible price on their thin (0.65" thick), light (3.5lb) 13.3" LED-backlit Vostro V13 at just $399 after $345 instant discount: 13.3" LED-backlit Dell Vostro V13 ultraportable laptop with 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Wireless Broadband Built-in, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, and 1 year warranty. Shipping comes out to just $8 too. While this was scheduled to expire 11/17/11 at 11AM CT, it looks like they've extended it. We're unsure of when the new expiration is.

 

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Dell Adamo price cut again

By: Array

I really like the thin size and profile of the Apple MacBook Air, but I am just not interested in learning a new OS after years of using Windows. If you are like me and want a thin profile notebook that runs Windows and is sized similarly to the Air notebook the Dell Adamo is a good option. The machine has had its price cut again.

 

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As of now, you can order the base configuration of the Adamo from Dell for $799. That is $200 less than the price of the machine this time last year. For your money, you get a thin notebook that is about an inch thick and ir weighs right at 4 pounds. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS and it has 2GB of RAM inside.

 

That RAM is DDR3 running at 800MHz and the notebook has Intel GS45 graphics. Storage on the notebook is to a 128GB SSD and the screen is 13.4-inches with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 at 1.4GHz and the machine has optional 802.11n WiFi, 3G modem, and Bluetooth.

 

Notion Ink Adam Tablet pre-order shipments delayed thanks to FCC

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We hear government workers accused of a lot of things and rarely is one of those things being fast. The FCC is like anyone else and when the holidays come around they slow down and enjoy the time by slacking a bit. The FCC is apparently backed up on paper work having to do with issuing the all important FCC and CE numbers to gadgets looking to launch.

 

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That means that anything that is sitting in a warehouse waiting for these numbers to head out the door to the waiting geek masses can't ship until the numbers come in. This is the case with the cool Notion Ink Adam tablet. The new tablet has been up for pre-order and was expected to go out really soon.

 

Notion Ink has sent an email around to people that pre-ordered to tell them that the FCC is backed up giving the numbers it needs to ship. However, Notion Ink does say that the numbers should be here this week so hopefully the delay won't last long.

 

Sony offers new custom build VAIO S notebooks

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When it comes to buying a notebook Sony has a wide range of offerings that are typically known as decent machines with high-prices. One of the things that Sony isn't known for is offering the buyer a lot of customization offerings. Generally, its notebooks come pre-configured and the buyer just opts for whatever they like best.

 

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Sony has announced that buyers can now custom configure the Sony VAIO S notebook on the Sony Style website. The VAIO S offers a 13.3-inch screen and is about an inch think with a weight of a bit more than four pounds. The configuration options range from different processors and storage as well as customizable RAM and a backlit keyboard options.

 

The processors for the machine are up to an Intel Core i5-580M, the machine can be fitted with up to a 256GB SSD, and it will hold up to 8GB of RAM. An optional Blu-ray player is available and it can be fitted with a GeForce graphics card and Windows 7 Pro. When fitted with Intel graphics, the machine is also Wi-Di compatible for streaming media to the TV. Prices for the machine start at $874.99.

 

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