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Itching for a new laptop? Well, Apple are looking to refresh the MacBook Pro line early next year and instead of a simple upgrade in specs we could see a complete redesign like the latest MacBook Air received.
The new MacBook Pro is poised to move into SSD territory by offering up to 512GB of Solid State storage, the removal of the optical drive and it might include Light-Peak which will make it a first-ever debut into the market giving Apple the exclusive.
There are plenty of convertible notebooks and netbooks on the market today. They all use a screen that swivels at the base and folds down to turn into a tablet and that process can take a bit of time and the hinges always feel flimsy to me. Dell unveiled its Inspiron Duo convertible netbook a while back and the machine has a very interesting design for the convertible screen.
Rather than having a pivot at the base of the screen, the Duo has two pivot on the sides of the screen and a frame for the screen that doesn't move. To convert the user simply rotates the screen from facing the keyboard to facing away from it. The Duo can also be used in landscape of portrait modes in tablet guise as well.
The number of notebooks, AIOs, and desktop computers on the market that support 3D are growing all the time. The uptake of 3D in the company market is better than it is at home. Computer users don't mind wearing glasses to play 3D games most of the time while the average TV watcher in the living room might balk at wearing glasses for 3D. Acer has pulled out its first 3D notebook and is offering the machine in Japan.
We have most of the specs of the machine and know that it will land on December 3 in Japan and cost 3D fans under 100,000 yen. For that much loot Japanese geeks will get a 15.6-inch notebook with a screen offering a 120Hz refresh rate good for 3D content using the NVIDIA 3D Vision system. The machine will ship with the active 3D glasses the NVIDIA system needs to enjoy the effects.
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Jolicloud says that its little Jolibook is not a netbook. That is despite the fact that it is sized like a netbook, has netbook hardware, and targets shoppers wanting a netbook with an alternative OS installed. We can all agree to just call the thing a netbook from now on. The only thing about the machine not exactly like your typical netbook is that the Jolibook runs the Jolicloud 1.1 OS.
Other than the special OS, that Jolicloud reckons turns the netbook into a "little computer" the rig has average netbook hardware. You get a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600; the CPU is an Atom N550 with dual cores. Graphics are via Intel GMA 3150, and the rig has 1GB of RAM.
Dell has been talking up its interesting convertible notebook called the Inspiron Duo for a while now. The machine isn't like your typical convertible netbook where the entire LCD rotates around for tablet mode on a hinge. The screen of the Duo is attached to a pivot in the middle for the frame allowing it to flip around as needed.
The Inspiron Duo is on the Microsoft Store online for pre-order right now. The machine will cost you $549 for the netbook only and you can add Signature Premium to it for an additional $99. Signature Premium service is an entire year of VIP tech support and LoJack for laptops.
If you are a fan of netbooks that run alternate OS' a new offering is set to hit the UK today on Amazon. The new netbook is called the Jolibook and the thing can be pre-ordered and has a very vague and long estimated ship time. Don't expect to get your hands on this thing in time for Christmas.
According to Amazon UK, the machine will ship 1 to 3 months from today if you pre-order. That is a serious range and enough to make me go looking for another netbook to order. The only thing different about the Jolibook and any other netbook on the market is the OS. Other than the Jolicloud 1.1 OS, the machine is your basic netbook under the skin.
The new MacBook Air notebook computers are undeniably cool and look great. The machines perform decently enough as well for most users. Some folks with the new MacBook Air notebooks have reported video issues that are noticed when the machine is woke from sleep. When the machine comes back on, the screen flickers and fades among other symptoms.
Apple has already noted that it is aware of the issues and has been working on them. Last week the OS X update to version 10.6.5 was released and a new support page has now turned up on the Apple site that says the update fixes the video issues for the users.
If you like, the idea of a netbook computer that runs a really fast version of Linux for it's OS you will be interested to hear that a new notebook powered by Jolicloud is apparently coming soon. The CEO of Jolicould tweeted some pics of the notebook a while back and it looks pretty crazy with artwork all over the front.
Under that bright case is hardware that you would expect to find inside a netbook like an Intel Atom N550 CPU, 10.1-inch screen with 720p resolution, and 250GB of storage. Where this rig differs from the norm is that it doesn't run Windows or other common operating systems, it is powered the Jolicloud, which is Linux derived.
Lenovo has been making computers for a long time and after years of making sturdy looking machines that were little changed visually from when the IBM name was on the lid, the company has finally taken to making their machines look good over the last year or so. The latest new notebook from Lenovo is the new IdeaPad U260. The machine has quietly been added to the IdeaPad line and while we are short of the full specs at this time, we do have enough to know that the little ultraportable sounds good.
The machine has a 12.5-inch matte finish HD resolution LCD. I loathe the glossy and glare prone screens most notebooks so the matte screen is a great feature for me and other folks that need to work in bright environments. The notebook lacks an optical drive, which is common in the ultraportable market today and it has no ExpressCard slot either. The machine will offer both ULV Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and has a 4-cell battery.