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IFAs going on in Germany bringing geeks all around the world to see the offerings on display. One of the product types that is big this year and at the show in force are tablets to compete with the iPad. The guys over at Netbooknews have got some hands-on time with the cool Viewsonic ViewPad 10 and filmed the fondling for us to peruse.
The ViewPad 10 runs Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and Android 1.6 with some dual boot action. The guys note that the Android portion of the tablet hadn't been set up so they didn't get to see how well the Android aspect works. The tablet has an Intel Atom N455 processor with 1GB of RAM.
HP has whipped out several notebooks today and the coolest new offerings are in the Envy line of premium notebooks. HP has added a new Envy 14 Beats Edition. The Beats Edition has several unique features with the most notable being the Beats by Dr. Dre sound system that promises great audio for music and movie watching on the speaker system and via headphones.
The notebook is really good looking with a black brushed aluminum chassis with red LED accent lighting. The keyboard has a red backlight option for typing in the dark. The special edition also has a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones with Monster ControlTalk control as well.
HP has had its sweet Envy notebooks on the market for a while now. The machines are known for their thin profiles, performance, and good looks. HP has now announced that it has a new Envy 17 model coming in time for the holidays called the Envy 17 3D. You can guess by the name of the new machine what the big feature is.
The Envy 17 3D has a 17.3-inch full HD Ultra BrightView screen that supports 1080p resolution and 3D content. The notebook uses HP active 3D glasses, which are included with the notebook. The machine will also come with select 3D content installed already. The Envy 17 3D also supports 3D Blu-ray films, which should be on the market before we know it.
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Asus is not doing well with its netbook shipments right now. The company has been shipping tons of the small machines, but over the last few months the netbook market overall has started softening as the market matures. The improving economy also means that more consumers have the extra money to buy a normal notebook rather than a netbook. One other big reasons that shipments of netbooks for Asus are slowing is the iPad.
Asus has announced that it has been forced to reduce its shipping estimates for netbook for the year. Asus has reduced its target shipment for its Q3 to 1.4 million units. That announcement came from an investor's conference on August 13 and was made by Asus CEO Jerry Shen. Asus also announced at the time that it was reducing its overall financial outlook for the year due to decreased shipments of mainboards, notebooks, and netbooks.
I have been impressed with the last few MSI notebook computers that I have messed with. The things tend to offer lots of performance and style at a good price. Some details of the MSI FX600 leaked online not too long ago, but we were missing a few key pieces of the puzzle. Those pieces included things like price and when you could buy the machine.
Judging by the specifications of the machine it was easy to imagine that the machine would be selling for well lover $1000 when it landed. The MSI FX600-002US notebook has gone official and offers a 15.6-inch LED backlit screen and an Intel Core i5-450M CPU. The machine also has an NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M GPU with 1GB of memory and 4GB of system memory.
If you do a fair bit of travel and can't be without your laptop wherever you go, you'll understand the annoyance of having to dig your laptop out of its bag every time for carry-on scanning.
QANTAS is actually working on a technology that could see an end to this hassle which harnesses new multi-view X-ray machines that provide an enhanced display that is much clearer and more detailed.
A trial of the technology took place in Sydney recently and Qantas officials and passengers were both very satisfied with the results. The security process was sped up noticably and helped eliminate delays caused by people who don't take their laptops out ahead of time.
But despite the trial's success, there is still a hurdle; the Office of Transport Security is not fond of any new procedures that would allow passengers to keep their laptops in their bags. Hopefully in time they will take a closer look and see it is a faster alternative without security being compromised.
For some people a tablet computer is just a cool bit of tech and for others depending on the way they normally work a tablet can be integral to actually being able to work. Those who work in an environment where they are standing without a desk most of the time will find typing on a normal laptop to be very difficult to do. A tablet on the other hand can be used effectively with a single hand.
Fujitsu has announced new additions to the line of Lifebooks with a few new tablet computers. The new machines are the Lifebook T730 and the TH700. Both of the models have optional GPS and sport embedded 3G connectivity, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Both of the machines have 12.1-inch screens and are designed for portability weighing in at about 1.8kg.