Following up on the success of its smallest gaming notebook, the M11x, Alienware is apparently cooking up a new 14-inch laptop that a Chinese Web site has already reviewed.The M14x will include an Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processor (the Core i7-2820QM), 8GB of RAM, a 750MB hard drive, and the new Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics card.
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Sony has finally taken the plunge into the world of 3D laptops, introducing the new Vaio F Series 3D notebook at its CES press event last night.The new addition to the Vaio F series features a new Intel Core i7 quad-core Sandy Bridge, along with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated RAM.
Gateway on Thursday debuted its new Gateway NV Series notebook, an entertainment-minded laptop that packs a dual-core processor, 320GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM starting at $499.The 15.
I recently ordered two Dell Studio notebooks online and I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of options offered.Here are some selections for those who are interested:Choose your CPU, RAM, hard disk: You can tweak the options and get instant feedback on the total price of your notebook.
If you study the specifications of the recently released Core 2 Duo-based Apple MacBook Pro, you may be puzzled by the quoted RAM limit of 3GB. The notebook has a pair of DIMM slots that can accommodate 2GB modules, while the Intel 945PM chipset -- which this MacBook Pro model uses -- can handle 4GB of RAM.
Building on the success of its 8500 predecessor, the Inspiron 8600 combines state-of-the-art components with a proven design to deliver an excellent multimedia-orientated desktop replacement notebook.
Fujitsu PC on Tuesday launched a new LifeBook A-series notebook, based on Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon 4 processor. The new LifeBook A Series will offer a 1.2GHz Athlon 4 chip with a 14-inch screen, 128MB of RAM and a 30GB hard drive for a starting price of $1,299. The all-in-one notebook, which incorporates a floppy drive and a CD-ROM or combination CD-R/DVD drive, is aimed at a range of customers, including corporations, government and students, the company said. --John G. Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
Fujitsu PC has begun shipping its first Pentium 4 notebook. The notebook, a new LifeBook C Series model, includes a Pentium 4-M mobile processor from Intel, a 15-inch display, and ATI Technologies' Radeon 7500 graphics chip. When configured with a 1.6GHz Pentium 4-M, 256MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, and a DVD/CD-Rewritable drive, the machine costs $1,999. Buyers can also choose to add a larger 40GB hard drive and more memory, up to 512MB. Fujitsu joins a number of PC makers who have launched Pentium 4-M notebooks since Intel introduced the chip in early March. --John Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
WinBook has launched a new notebook that lets customers take Intel's top-of-the-line 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor on the road. Though the 2.2GHz chip is meant for desktop PCs, WinBook will use it in the J4 notebook to offer a portable package for those seeking high-performance computing, the company said. The move is part of a growing trend among PC makers, who have turned to desktop chips with the aim of selling faster, lower-priced notebooks. The J4 will cost $3,095 when fitted with the 2.2GHz chip, a 15.1-inch display, 512MB of RAM and a combination CD-RW (CD-rewritable)/DVD drive. It is also available with Intel's 2GHz and 1.6GHz Pentium 4 chips, the company said. The company said it took measures to make sure the notebook stays cool because high-end chips tend to produce more heat since they use more power than other semiconductors. --John G. Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
Sharp Systems of America introduced a new notebook Monday. The PC-UM20, scheduled to ship this week, weighs less than three pounds, includes the new 750MHz ultra-low voltage Pentium III-M processor from Intel and 256MB of memory. The PC-UM20, which will also come with a 12-inch display, will be priced at $1,699. The notebook's predecessor, the PC-UM10, went for the same price, but had a slower chip, the 600MHz Pentium III-M, and half the RAM. Sharp's latest offering since the company returned to the U.S. notebook market last year, the PC-UM20 will be available through the company's Web site or resellers, the company said. --John G. Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
Toshiba is set to become the first brand-name PC maker to launch a Pentium 4-based notebook in the United States, beating competitors to market by several weeks. But there will be a twist. The new Satellite 1905, announced Monday, uses a desktop Pentium 4 chip instead of the forthcoming mobile Pentium 4-M from Intel. The use of desktop chips to create higher-powered, lower-priced notebooks is a growing trend among PC makers, who seek to serve PC owners looking for a second or third PC that would offer portability but not necessarily the trimmest design. The move has also brought criticism from some PC makers who point out that desktop chips, though less expensive, typically consume more power and run hotter than their notebook-designed counterparts, making for something other than a true notebook. Toshiba, which bills the new notebook as more of a portable desktop, plans to begin shipping the Satellite 1905 in the middle of this month for a price of $1,999. The machine will offer a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 chip, a 15-inch display, 256MB of RAM and a 30GB hard drive, along with a combination DVD/CD-rewritable drive. --John G. Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
An uninspiring performer that's only worth considering if you can find a really cheap deal.
Toshiba has released a new Satellite notebook series targeting first-time notebook buyers and budget-conscious customers. Starting at $1,149, the Satellite 1000 and 1005 notebooks feature a 1.06GHz Intel Celeron chip, 256MB of RAM, a 15GB hard drive, a 14.1-inch active-matrix display and a DVD-ROM drive. The notebooks are also equipped with a bay that enables people to switch between optical and floppy drives, or add a hard drive. --Natalie Weinstein, Special to ZDNet News
A fast, well-equipped and elegantly designed notebook that'll handle demanding applications with aplomb. But there are cheaper alternatives that perform as well or better.
A good transportable platform for multimedia content creation - if you can afford it.
It may be weeks or months before OEMs know whether the devastating earthquakes that rocked Taiwan last week will severely affect the PC industry.Initial reports from Taiwan, where manufacturers produce a variety of computer technologies, such as motherboards, LCDs, notebook PCs and DRAM (dynamic RAM), indicate that component manufacturers suffered no casualties and little to no visible damage to their buildings and manufacturing equipment.
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