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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.
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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