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For many years before Dell bought Voodoo, its gaming line of computers was the XPS series. After the purchase of Voodoo PC, Dell migrated the XPS line of notebooks and desktops towards machines that were more focused on media than pure gaming. Dell has unveiled a few new notebooks for the XPS family this week that include some thin and well equipped machines that are aimed directly at the thin and sexy HP Envy line of notebooks.
Dell's new XPS notebooks include anodized and brushed aluminum finishes, backlit keyboards, and lots of media features. The new notebooks offer a variety of screen sizes with offerings in 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch categories. Even the base configuration of the notebooks has some nice hardware inside with Intel Core i5 460M CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce 420M GPUs with Optimus tech for power savings, and 500GB HDDs that spin at 7200 rpm.
Origin are looking to get a lot of attention lately - this is no different, they have announced their new EON17 which is unmatched against any of the notebook competitors.
They've gone and thrown a desktop worth of components into a notebook - including Intel's Core i7 desktop processor and up to 24GB of memory!
The EON17 features two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M video cards in SLI, a Super Multi Blu-Ray Burner Combo and high definition audio.
Other features are:
17.3 Full HD Widescreen, 16.9, 1920 x 1080
Up to Intel Core i7 980X Desktop Processors
Up to Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Video Cards in SLI
Up to 24GB of Triple Channel DDR3 Memory
Up to Three Hard Drives
Full Size Keyboard with Numeric Key Pad
HDMI In and Out; Optical Digital Out, and 7.1 HD Audio
Touch Sensitive Multi-Gesture Pad and Instant Access Buttons
We've known it's coming for a while - and with the "back to the Mac" news of late, it's been quite obvious Apple would tease the Apple lovers worldwide, today has arrived.
Apple have now shown off, and released all in a single day - enter, MacBook Air.
Available in 11.6 and 13.3" the new MacBook airs are thinner, lighter, and feature a massive number of upgrades and little things that always make the Apple products stand above the rest.
If you use a MacBook or an Apple device like an iPod or the iPhone, you may be familiar with HyperMac. The company offers some nice accessories like charge cables and external batteries for the Apple devices that will keep them powered up for longer. Apple sued HyperMac a while back for taking original Apple cables and modifying them for use in HyperMac products.
The suit prompted the start of licensing negotiations between the two companies, though no terms have been agreed to at this point. That means the end of HyperMac external battery packs for Apple gear. That also means that if you want one of the battery packs you will need to buy one while the getting is good. After the current supply, runs out there may be no more, and if you wait until after November 2, you will be out of luck.
One thing we can count on is that over the coming months there will be a ton of new tablets that hit the market with various hardware configurations, operating systems, and price points. Most users are seemingly waiting on Android tablets to hit the market, but there will be many that want Windows so they can use the Office software they are used to. A new Windows 7 tablet has surface from a company called bModo called the bModo12.
The tablet sounds like netbook on the inside with an Intel Atom processor, dual USB ports, a single SD card slot, HDMI output, and a SIM card slot. That SIM card slot will mean the device will be able to get mobile broadband access. The tablet also has a VGA resolution camera mounted on the front for video conferencing. The processor runs at 1.6GHz and the machine has 1GB of RAM. bModo says the tablet is like a combination of the iPad, Tablet, and notebook PC.
WiMax service is rolling out to many of the major cities around the US making more and more folks want a PC that can get on the faster mobile network. Notebook users can get dongles for access to WiMax in some service areas, but the best way for those who are on the go a lot is to get WiMax built into their notebooks. Toshiba has announced that it is offering WiMax on two new Portege R700 models.
The models with WiMax include the R700-S1332W and the R700-S1322W. The two machines share the same magnesium chassis, 13.3-inch full HD LED backlit screen, DVD drive and the integrated WiMax modem. Both models weigh about three pounds and are about an inch thick. The machines differ in the hardware on the inside.
In Europe and other countries, the practice of subsidizing notebooks and netbooks in exchange for a contract on a new mobile broadband account has been going on for a long time. The practice isn't new in the US with many wireless providers now doing the same thing, though it took much longer to become normal in the US than it did in Europe. Verizon Wireless has announced a new addition to the subsidized notebook line called the HP Pavilion dm1-2010nr.
The notebook runs on an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 CPU that runs at 1.3GHz and has dual-cores. The notebook also has 2GB of DDR3 RAM with one single memory slot. HP uses Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS on the machine and it has an integrated microphone and webcam. The notebook is finished with the HP imprint finish with champagne gold color.
The iPad has bit into netbook sales significantly according to some analysts. The netbook market is still doing well though with robust sales. There are many netbooks to choose from on the market already today, and that number just keeps growing. Samsung has several notebooks and netbooks already and the company has announced the addition of a new netbook to its lineup called the NF301.
The NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and LED backlighting. The netbook has an Intel Atom N550 dual-core CPU and runs Windows 7 Starter. Other features of the machine include 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB of storage, and a 3W stereo speaker system. The battery promises over nine hours of run time per charge and the netbook has 802.11b/g/n networking.
Acer has one of the more popular lines of netbooks on the market with the Aspire one offerings. The company has a wide range of netbooks with different specifications and features inside to cater to the needs of different users. Tablets like the iPad may be talking away sales from netbooks, but there are still new offerings coming to market that consumers will like. Acer has a new machine today that has CPU options and nice features called the Aspire One AOD255 netbook.
The AOD255 can be had with two different Atom CPU options. One of the CPUs is a single-core N450 and the other is the newer dual-core N550 CPU. Both of the processors support DDR3 RAM and the netbook gets 1GB of RAM no matter the CPU you chose to start with. Acer says the netbooks are good for a full day of use on a single charge with a battery life claim of 8-hours per charge.
Having the batteries blow up inside your notebook and break the thing is not a good deal. This is exactly what happened to one geek's 2007 model MacBook with a Core 2 Duo CPU inside. The batteries overheated, exploded, and killed the machine. Rather than toss it in the trash the guy took it apart and crafted his own Mac tablet.
The guy cobbled together some of the internal components from the notebook with a touchscreen and a custom made case. The finished product is a very nice looking tablet that has touch capability in a package with the bezel turned the correct way rather than being flipped around.