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Toshiba has all sorts of notebooks in its line and we have seen the Satellite L635 before when it debuted earlier this year. Toshiba and Best Buy have taken that L635 notebook and made a new model that is aimed directly at kids called the Satellite L635 Kids PC. The machine is a full-size laptop with special safety features and software that will keep kids safe and entertained.
The machine comes with software called KidZui, which is a browser made specifically for kids. Net Nanny software is also included to set boundaries on how and where the notebook can be used. The machine also ships with two Disney movies installed and comes with the Lego Batman video game ready for kids to play.
Gaming notebooks are some of the most powerful notebooks that you can buy and because of all that power, they tend to be some of the largest and most expensive machines you can buy. AVADirect has announced that it is now shipping a new notebook called the X7200 that has some insane specs that will make mobile gamers drool.
The big notebook can be fitted with a pair of the new NVIDIA GTX 480M GPUs in SLI mode. A single 480M is powerful on its own, but a pair will make the notebook performance better than many gaming desktops. The X7200 has an aluminum skin and can be fitted with up to 12GB of RAM. It also features a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
If you are lucky enough to live in one of the handful of cities around the country that can get access to the Sprint or Clearwire 4G WiMax networks Toshiba has announced some of its notebooks can be purchased with WiMax modems installed already. The newly updated machines are set to hit stores this month and run a range of sizes and price points.
The machines include the Satellite A665 with a 16-inch HD screen, GeForce graphics, and Intel Core processors. The machine will be offered in three models with WiMax inside starting at $804.99. The Satellite M645 is a 14-inch HD widescreen notebook with harman/kardon sound system, Intel Core processors and more. It will start at $759.99 for WiMax packing models.
Your average notebook or netbook wouldn't last long out in the field with workers in remote locations or with the military. A single drop or hard bump could be the end of many computers. Workers in the field and military types need a rugged machine and Getac has a lot of rugged offerings in its lineup.
The company has announced that it has updated its rugged B300 machine with some very nice new features. One of the key updates for the B300 is a new, faster processor. The processor is an Intel Core i7 running at 2GHz and at up to 2.8Ghz with Turbo Boost enabled. The machine also gets new display options. The standard display is a 700nit unit and the optional display is aimed at the field worker in the outdoors a lot.
MSI has added quite a few new notebooks to its line over the last few weeks. Today the company has unveiled two new machines that are slipping into the gaming/multimedia line up the company offers. The new notebooks are the GX660 and the GX660R. Both share some of the same features and should work well for multimedia and moderate gaming.
The GX660 has a 15.6-inch TFT LCD that is LED backlit. It uses an ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM. It also has 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB 3.0. The machine also gets a 720p HD webcam and HDMI output. The CPU is an Intel Core i5-450M and the price for the notebook starts at $1449.99.
Years ago, most of the Kmart stores in my part of Texas went out of business and I haven't missed them until today. An interesting new netbook has turned up at Kmart from a company called Augen that is very cheap and runs the Android operating system. If you have been dying to get a netbook with Android, this may be the cheapest way to do that.
The little rig sells for $189.99 and has a 10.2-inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 600. The operating system is Android 2.1 and the CPU inside the little rig is an ARM11 at 800MHz. Augen crams 256MB of RAM into the machine and storage is to 2GB of internal flash with a SD card slot for expansion.
Intel keeps rolling out the new design ideas at IDF. Next on the list: a new classmate PC design. Featuring "increased ruggedness, longer battery life, improved water resistance and additional anti-microbial protection," this clamshell PC is built to take nearly whatever a kid can throw at it.
This design helps protect the PC against liquid spills of up to 100cc, accidental drops of up to 70cm, and may be implemented in classrooms worldwide with "a wide selection of purpose-built solutions for education tailored to meet their needs." Hopefully the price will also be tailored towards being able to get it in the classroom as well.
When the iPhone first hit the market the thing that many hated most about the smartphone was the onscreen keyboard. Today the onscreen keyboard is so common that people really don't think much about it. Larger devices like the iPad have onscreen keyboards large enough for users to type just about as well on them as they can a real keyboard.
The success of these tablets have lead to a few devices surfacing that are larger than your typical tablet with a design like a notebook minus a keyboard. Instead of the keyboard, a second LCD is offered. Acer has been spotted testing out a new dual screen notebook that was leaked over the weekend when it was spotted in the wild.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Sears - Sony VAIO P-Series Lifestyle PC's for $399.97!.
Offer: This is a really huge deal on the normally $800-950 Sony VAIO P-Series netbooks (or Lifestyle PC's, as Sony likes to call them). If you want one, you'll have to jump on it soon though, as they're running out. Also be sure to check out local pickup.
If you have been following the ExoPC Slate over the last several months, waiting for the day you could order the thing for yourself, that day has come. The ExoPC Slate is now up for pre-order for those who are registered for the site forums. The pre-order offering comes with good news and bad news that may temper your enthusiasm for the Slate.
The bad news is that the maker of the Slate has had trouble getting GPS to work on the device and therefore at this point it is unknown whether the 64GB version up for pre-sale will have GPS when it finally ships. The expectation is that GPS will not be supported at launch. The good news is that in light of the question about GPS, the company has cut the pre-order price a bit.