Enhanced energy efficiency, a decent CPU gain and big improvement on the graphics front: no, we're not talking about Ivy Bridge, we're talking about AMD's second-generation A-Series Fusion APU, Trinity. And why are we talking about Trinity, you ask? Because it officially launched today, that's why. Well, kinda -- only laptop and "ultrathin notebook" Trinity APUs are hitting the streets any time soon.
Intel has begun shipping two next-generation “Cedar Trail” Atom chips, to wit the D2700 and D2500. As the ‘D’ in their names suggests, both the new chips are aimed at entry-level desktops and all-in-on PCs. This comes despite rumors of Cedar Trail-D chips for nettops being delayed until November along with their netbook counterparts. Hit the jump for more.
In past months, we’ve shown you how to build rigs for less than $1,000, and we even built a surprisingly speedy $667 PC Value Meal. But what do you do when your budget is half that? Let’s face it, not everyone has half a grand or more to spend on a new computer, and not every build has to be a tricked-out gaming rig. Sometimes you just need a second computer for the family, or an HTPC that doesn’t break the bank. Heck, sometimes you just need a cheap first computer. That doesn’t mean you have to head to big-boxville and pick a prebuilt off the rack. Indeed, we’re betting that with a little elbow grease we can put together a machine for less than $350 that’ll perform basic tasks, if not with a surplus of power, at least without smoking and dying.
Hewlett-Packard is bringing an enterprise version of its competitively priced Pavilion dm1z ultraportable to the market. Dubbed a “mini executive” by the company, the HP 3105m is essentially the dm1z with different branding save for a couple of trivial differences. Hit the jump for more.
Netbooks were the tablets of the pre-iPad world, but now they are found more often in market research studies bearing out claims of their cannibalization by tablets than in the marketplace itself. Acer seems to have finally found the key to this endangered specie's comeback: a hypnotic ripple-like effect on the back. Jokes apart, the upcoming Acer Aspire One 722 netbook is reported to feature a cool “water drop” effect on its lid. Hit the jump for specs.
Desktop and notebooks featuring first generation graphics-enabled microprocessors (GEMs) – chips that combine CPU and GPU cores on the same die - from chip-making giants like Intel and AMD are still fairly new to the market, but market research firm iSuppli expects GEMs like Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Fusion to establish firm control over both the desktop and notebook PC segments by the end of 2011. Hit the jump for more on iSuppli’s GEM outlook for 2011 and beyond.