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Apple has unleashed their 2011 edition MacBook Pro's and they're a beautiful sight. They sport Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, AMD 6000 series mobile GPU's and they also include the first introduction of Intel's LightPeak tech, now called Thunderbolt.
The new MacBook Pro range comes in 3 different sizes, 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch. The 13-inch MBP features a dual-core i5 or i7 chip while the 15 and 17-inch models feature quad-core Sandy Bridge goodness. All models include Intel's integrated graphics while the 15 and 17-inch feature AMD Radeon GPU's. All models feature the new Thunderbolt technology which is capable of 10Gbps bi-directional.
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Dell has pimped up their XPS rides with some nice additions in the form of Intel's Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA's GT500M series GPU's. The XPS15 can be set up with one of three Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors up to 2.7GHz, as well as a choice between NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT525M or the 2GB GT540M.
The XPS range now comes stock with 4GB of memory which maxes out at 8GB, storage wise they peak at 750GB or 256GB if you like to get your Solid State fix. The screen can be upgraded for a premium, it stays at 15.6-inch but can be upgraded from 720p to 1080p with or without facial recognition technology built-in.
Apple plan to ship 40 million iPad products in 2011, the large amount of products being manufactured and shipped surely isn't easy and in order to secure such a large number of possible sales Apple has had to occupy close to 60-percent of the global touch panel capacity which is causing tight supply with the iPad's enemies.
TPK and Wintek are two of the biggest players in touch-panel manufacturing and Apple have secured most of their manufacturing for 2011 leaving other companies hoping to cut into the tablet market. Second-tier players are having to also fight with companies like RIM, Motorola and HP which leaves Samsung, Acer and HP having to turn to smaller touch screen suppliers such as Sintek Photronic, Egalax-empia Technology, AimCore Technology, and J Touch.
I really liked the looks of the Dell Adamo notebook. The thing that most of us didn't like was that the notebook sold for about $2000 when it first launched over a year ago. The performance just didn't live up to that big price tag and you were mostly paying for the style of the rig. Over the last few months, Dell has been offering some impressive discounts on the Adamo.
The last discount I saw put the machine at $799, less than half what the notebook started out as. I was hoping that the price would be the new selling point, and it was - until supplies ran out. CNET reports that sources have told it Dell has discontinued the Adamo.
The price cuts were to clear inventory it seems. The Adamo name won't go into the night though. The same sources claim that the Adamo name will come back on a new notebook in the next six months. If Dell hopes to keep the name in our minds, it had better not take 6-months to get a new Adamo on the market.
Apple updates their models like clockwork, which makes this type of news kinda moot - but, we live on the bleeding edge so here we go. 9to5mac reports that Best Buy stores have placed "Dummy SKUs" for an updated MacBook Pro range. According to Best Buys inventory system, the new MBP line will feature an $1199 model - which is the base price for the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.
This news is possibly pointing toward a reality of no price change for the new models. The best bit? A release of March 11, 2011 (one day before my birthday, fate??) is what Best Buy lists, but without a way of confirming this release date it's just rumor for now.
If you work from a notebook all the time, odds are you end up using that notebook around food and other items that could fall between the keys and create problems for you down the road. The only way to keep your keyboard from getting gummed up is to keep food away from it and to keep a keyboard cover on the machine.
iSkin has announced that its ProTouch classic keyboard cover is now available for the 11" MacBook Air. The keyboard protector has Microban technology inside to kill germs and if the cover gets dirty, you can take it off and wash it under your faucet.
Other than keeping germs and crumbs away from your keyboard, the covers will also help keep keys from yellowing over time and will help keep the letters on the keys from rubbing off too. The Classic design is offered in clear only.
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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.
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.
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.