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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.
Months back, there was lots of talk about smartbooks and how they would come to be more popular than or at least as popular as the netbook segment. That never really happened and so far there is only a handful of smartbooks on the market. The netbook segment has also begun to cool with sales still growing, but nowhere near as fast as netbooks were growing before.
The latest new smartbook to land on the market is the Efika MX Smartbook. The new device can be purchased right now for $349. That price seems a bit high to me since you can get some netbooks for less than that with more performance. The big promise of smartbooks is longer battery life.
NVIDIA officially announced the latest lineup addition to their family of mobile graphics processors with the 400M series. Seven total new processors are coming: the GTX 470M and GTX 460M monsters aimed at "enthusiast users," as well as the GT 445M, GT 435M, GT 425M, GT 420M and GT 415M, which will be geared more towards mainstream users.
These GPUs will support stereoscopic 3D video as well as NVIDIA's 3DTV Play software for full 3D video playback capability. Also included is NVIDIA Optimus, which shuts off the GPU automatically when graphics-heavy processing power is not required to save battery life. These GPUs have officially been slated for upcoming notebooks from Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, Samsung, and Asus.
Toshiba, a leading Japanese electronics maker, has done a voluntary recall of 41,000 laptops nationwide due to overheating issues that could make the laptops a possible fire hazard. In a notice released by Toshiba, they state that "The notebook computers can overheat at the notebook's plug-in to the AC adapter, posing a burn hazard to consumers."
The laptops that are involved in the recall are the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130. 129 reports of overheating and case plastic melting have already been reported by owners of these laptops, with two minor burn injuries and two minor property damage reports being made as well. A software program that detects overheating and shuts off external power has been made available by Toshiba as well.