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With Windows 7, Microsoft seems to have finally put right most of what was wrong with Vista, which now seems like an extended beta program for Redmond's latest desktop OS. Businesses that held off migrating from XP to Vista are now likely to consider the upgrade, and many will do so by purchasing new notebooks that come with Windows 7 — which is far more laptop-friendly than its predecessor — preinstalled.
There will be a plethora of new notebooks announced around the Windows 7 launch — from small, cheap netbooks to large, expensive desktop replacements. We've cherry-picked some of the more interesting new products for a pictorial round-up. Look out for full reviews of some of these new-generation notebooks in the coming weeks, and keep checking back to this gallery as we update it with new announcements.
Dell claims that the Latitude Z is the "world's thinnest, lightest" 16in. notebook. It's certainly one of the sharpest-looking Latitudes we've seen (if briefly) to date. Innovative features include a touch-sensitive EdgeTouch area on the screen surround, a webcam that scans to PDF, a multitouch trackpad, inductive charging and (in due course) wireless docking. You also get a pre-boot OS (in this case Latitude ON), which is becoming a near-ubiquitous feature of the latest generation of notebooks.
Screen size 16in. Screen resolution 1,600 x 900 Dimensions 39.6 x 27.2 x 1.45-2.01cm Weight 2kg CPU Intel Core 2 Duo: 1.4GHz SU9400 or 1.6GHz SU9600 Chipset Mobile Intel GS45 Express RAM 2GB or 4GB Graphics Intel GMA 4500MHD Storage 64GB, 128GB or 256GB SSD (optional 2nd SSD) Optical drive external option Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Mobile broadband optional Webcam 2 megapixels Ports USB 2.0, USB/e-SATA, DisplayPort, RJ-45, audio Slots Smart Card reader Battery Li-ion: 4-cell (40Wh) or 8-cell (80Wh) Battery life n/a Price (ex. VAT) from £1,319
The VAIO X is a 'premium business' ultraportable with a carbon fibre chassis, available in matte and glossy black, and even gold if you wish. It's an 11.1in. ultraportable that's as slim and light as they come — 13.9mm and 780g. Solid-state storage, a multitouch trackpad, integrated mobile broadband and battery life up to (a claimed) 16 hours make this a Windows 7 system for the well-heeled mobile professional.
Screen size 11.1in. Screen resolution 1,366 x 768 Dimensions 27.8 x 18.5 x 1.39cm Weight 780g CPU Intel Atom: 1.86GHz Z540 or 2GHz Z550 Chipset Intel System Controller Hub US15W RAM 2GB Graphics Intel GMA 500 Storage 128GB or 256GB SSD Optical drive n/a Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/draft-n Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Mobile broadband HSPA Webcam 0.3 megapixels Ports 2xUSB 2.0, VGA, RJ-45, audio Slots SD Card, Memory Stick Battery Li-ion Battery life 8 hours (16h with extended battery option) Price (ex. VAT) £1,129 (Z540, 128GB)
£1,564 (Z550, 256GB)