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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.
Computex Taipei 2011 - It wouldn't be Computex without a truck load of tablets. Next up Nicole goes hands-on with the Malata SMB-B1005 Honeycomb 10.1-inch tablet.
This device is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and comes installed with Google Android 3.0. The screen responsiveness is really good and Nicole was impressed by the HD video playback. However, the speakers seem to be pretty shoddy - it was tough to near any noise at all, but maybe they will be improved in the final shipping version. If not, you are probably going to want a set of headphones nearby when using it.
Nicole was impressed by the weight of the device which she reckons would compare and go up hard against the Motorola Xoom tablet. The back of the device has a stylish Apple like back mesh finish.
It should go on sale within the next few weeks at a competitive price point.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Nicole went back to the Malata booth and went hands-on with their upcoming Intel "Cedar Trail" based netbook called the PCB1104.
This is an 11.6-inch netbook with a 1366 x 768 and it should end up shipping with a HDMI port since the new "Cedar Trail" Atom platform from Intel supports it. It is a super thin netbook with a white glossy finish with two stereo speakers on the back of the unit. It comes with a battery that should provide around 5 hours of usage.
Nicole was rather impressed with the island style chiclet keyboard (as am I, I reckon all laptops and netbooks etc should use them!), but she didn't like the size of the track pad or the small mouse buttons.
It will be shipping in July for around $399.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Nicole Scott goes back to her bread and butter with this video and takes a look at a newly released netbook from ASUS at Computex called the X101.
This is a super thin 3-cell battery powered netbook running the Intel Atom N435 processor that will come in a super affordable price of $199 USD. One of the ways ASUS were able to keep the price low on this model was by selling the unit with MeeGo, which is a free Linux based operating system.
When we say super thin, we mean it. The netbook doesn't exceed 18mm in width and it is also super lightweight at around 950 grams.
Connectors on the X101 are fewer than you would expect from a modern netbook these days, but do keep in mind the price. You do get a webcam though, which is a nice addition.
The Google Chrome Notebook Pilot Program is going full-steam ahead with the brand-new Samsung Chromebook going on sale on June 15. However, Gilt have gotten their hands on a few machines earlier and are making them available to their biggest enthusiasts, you.
When you purchase your spanking new Chromebook, you'll also receive a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Richshaw, allowing you to carry your new Chromebook around in style. Gilt are a premier invitation-only shopping site, and have the Chromebooks up for sale for a limited time, so get going now!
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Tick, tock. Intel has teased the world with their Ivy Bridge-based technology, building upon their 2nd generation Intel Core technology, Ivy Bridge is expected to find its way into systems in the first half of 2012. Laptops that are powered by Ivy Bridge will bring improved power efficiency, smart visual performance, increased responsiveness and enhanced security. Ivy Bridge will also be the first high-volume chip based on Intel's 22nm manufacturing technology that uses a revolutionary 3D transistor design dubbed Tri-Gate which was announced last month.
Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney has today said that by the end of 2012, he expects 40-percent of the consumer laptop market will emcompass an emerging new breen of no-compromise computers called "Ultrabook". The new Ultrabook's will combine best-in-class performance, improved responsiveness and security all bundled into a thin, elegant form factor.
But, like those ads on TV that promise steak knives with "and that's not all" promises, Intel isn't finished yet! In Intel's news release, Maloney goes into detail on how Intel are looking at the future. Along side the Ultrabook unveiling, Intel have said there'll be a fair amount of changes between now and then to the Core processor range that will allow Ultrabook to take off.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: ASUS are set to raise the bar with their Republic of Gamers line with a bunch of new products. Take a deep breath right about now... because you're going to need it! First up, we have the ASUS ROG G74Sx 3D Gaming notebook. This notebook is a high-performance notebook for gamers on the go, it features clean, angular lines that of which nothing less than a damn stealth fighter jet has, and the power to match thanks to Intel's amazing Sandy Bridge architecture.
NVIDIA fills out the graphics quota of the G74Sx notebook with a GTX 560M chip that will allow great frame rates at the native 1920x1080 Full HD resolution as well as NVIDIA 3D Vision which allows playback of 3D Bluray movies and 3D Vision-compatible games. ASUS have gone one-up on this notebook by using an innovative thermal design that features twin fans to draw cool air from the front of the case whilst two rear exhausts help by expelling warm out the rear.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Earlier on today we stopped by the GIGABYTE meeting rooms on the 36th floor of Taipei 101 where we spoke to Nick from the notebook department.
He gave us a quick rundown and hands-on with the upcoming M2432 that is due to go on sale later this summer. This is a 14-inch laptop running a Core i5 processor and it comes with all the goodies such as USB 3.0 and HDMI. It weighs in at 1.8kg and is rather thin, too.
Nothing against the notebook itself, but what really makes the package special is the included docking station that it comes with. Idea being, when you are on the road, you don't need intensive graphics so the onboard Intel HD graphics suffice and once you dock you are automatically switched over to the NVIDIA GT440 graphics. Mind you, the dock also includes HDMI and DVI output, six extra USB 2.0 ports and gigabit LAN.
Watch the video above for a good look at what is to come from the M2432 later on this year. No details on pricing at this stage of the game.