There's a growing interest in solid state disk drives (SSDs) as a way to speed up ultraportable laptops, thanks partly to their appearance in Apple MacBook Air and Intel Ultrabook-style machines. SanDisk is now targeting the upgrade market with an Extreme SSD in consumer packaging.
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Lenovo has announced a slew of new ThinkPad ultraportable workstations, equipped with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, most of which come with a lot of configurable options to the buyer's liking.
The ultraportable Satellite Pro T130 could deliver all-day computing with appropriate usage patterns and power management settings. But its keyboard could be better, it lacks an optical drive and the glossy chassis design may not be to all tastes.
CES 2010: Acer on Wednesday introduced the $299 Gateway LT21 netbook, powered by Intel's new Atom N450 processor.
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Sony just announced the VAIO X at IFA 2009 in Berlin, Germany, a half-inch thin, 11.1-inch ultraportable notebook with an all-day battery that "will set the new standard for stamina," reports Engadget.
HP's latest ultraportable, the Pavilion dv2, is now available.Announced at CES in January, the dv2 is notable because it is part of AMD's strategy to counter Intel Atom-based netbooks with ultraportables that are closer in price to netbooks, but offer features more like full-fledged notebooks.
AMD, having annoyed tech taxonomists everywhere by launching its Athlon Neo chipset for the 'ultrathin' category of notebooks (cheaper than an ultraportable, more highly specced than a netbook), already has Intel snapping at its heels.According to our sister publication News.
With Intel and Vodafone along for the ride, Lenovo today launched a brand-new SL range of small-business-focussed ThinkPads, refreshed the T series (performance), R series (mainstream) and X series (ultraportable) notebooks, and introduced the W series of mobile workstations.
Since my post yesterday about the $20 iPod touch software update several readers have contacted me to explain how Apple had to charge for this update because of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This issue, so I'm told, is much the same as the way Apple had to charge $1.99 the 802.11n enabler for the Intel-based MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Personally, I don't buy this. If this is going to be Apple's defense over the charge, then I say it's nothing more than a smokescreen. Here's why ...
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Intel's OLPC pullout sets up XO vs Classmate PC duel Christopher Dawson: OLPC and Intel part ways. What would my ideal education ultraportable look like?
I've upgraded two systems to Windows Vista over the past few months, with vastly different results. The first was a nice ultraportable ThinkPad X60, with 512MB of RAM and integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics.
It wasn't the MacBook Pro update we were hoping for but Apple today announced new MacBooks that feature faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory, 802.11n wireless networking and larger hard drives in every model.
Chip giant will only allow channel bonding on the 5MHz spectrum to prevent its new wireless chips from interfering with older networks.
If require a 17in. wide-screen notebook with corporate-calibre security, power and battery life, then the HP Compaq nx9420 is pretty much your only choice.
Lots happening in the hardware world this week:- Universal may try to force an iPod royalty fee on Apple- The PS3 is to get 1080p/24 support, and will allow for DVD upscaling- Intel to add pre-standard 802.11n to the Centrino chipset at next update - Transferring movies, ZIP files and PDFs between Zune PMPs
Acer's dual-core TravelMate 3012WTMi includes a number of features -- wide-screen display, built-in camera, Bluetooth VoIP phone -- that should appeal to mobile professionals. The lack of an integrated optical drive could deter some users, though.
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