Dell's recently updated Studio 15 notebook looks to put the sting on other 15-inch laptops by offering an impressive selection of configurable parts without breaking the bank. There's just one problem: it's only available in Singapore. Bummer.
The Studio 15 comes configurable with an optional 15.6 LED HD (720p) backlit display with a 1366 x 768 resolution (15.4-inch 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, and 1920 x 1200 displays also available) for high definition viewing, aided by ATI's 512 MB Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics. On the processor front, Intel's Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz, 3MB cache, 1066MHz frontside bus) comes standard, with CPU upgrade options ramping all the way to Intel's T9800 CPU (2.93GHz, 6MB cache, 1066MHz frontside bus).
Dell offers up to 4GB of DDR2-800 memory when paired with 32-bit Vista, and up to 8GB with 64-bit Vista. Up to a 500GB hard drive, optional integrated X-Fi sound, WiFi, and optional Blu-ray drive round out the feature-set.
A baseline config with an Intel P600 CPU, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, 250GB HDD, 512MB HD 4570, 8X DVD burner, and 15.6-inch 720p display starts at a very reasonable S$1600, which is about $1,050 in U.S. currency.
First unveiled last month during CES, there has been some question as to when Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 netbook would actually ship. Two weeks ago, Paul Synott, one of Dell's UK representatives, said the Mini 10 would be released on February 27th, and that's beginning to look a lot more likely now that Dell has updated its website with a Mini 10 product page.
According to Dell, the Inspiron Mini 10 will come configurable with either an Intel Z520 (1.33GHz, 512K L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus) or Z530 (1.6GHz, 512K L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus) Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2-533MHz RAM, Intel GMA 500 graphics, 120GB or 160GB hard drive, WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 3-in-1 card reader, and a 3-cell battery. On the software front, the Mini 10 will come with Windows XP Home w/ SP3.
Externally, Dell says its Mini 10 will sport a keyboard 92 percent the size of a standard laptop, along with a 10.1-inch glossy LED display with a 16:9 aspect ratio (1024x576). There will be six color options and five artist designs to choose from.
Little known Psion Teklogix, who used to sell a pair of laptops called the netBook and netBook Pro, emerged from the shadows last December to demand that websites stop using the term 'netbook.' According to the company's trademark attorney, now is the time to cash in on what has become an exploding new market sector all this netbook talk could damage Psion's trademark registrations.
Ready for the irony? Dell has filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office asking that it cancel Psion's netbook trademark. This coming from the same company who tried (unsuccessfully) to trademark the term Cloud computing. Nevertheless, the situation isn't the same, and Dell's first basis for cancellation is that "Psion has abandoned the 'netbook' mark" by no longer offering laptops under the trademark.
The three-basis petition also included an argument for fraud, saying Psion had not been using the netbook trademark as of November 17, 2006, despite signing a sworn declaration that it was, and genericness, pointing out that the widespread use of the term netbook has made it generic.
Read the full petition here (PDF), then hit the jump and tell us what you think.
Reportedly, Acer is looking to become the number one notebook supplier by 2011. The current king, Hewlett-Packard has a lead on both Acer and Dell who are “neck-and-neck” with a12 percent market share.
Acer’s Chairman, J.T. Wang, suspects that an opportunity now exists that will catapult him to this success. He states that their goals are aggressive, but they have increased PC shipments by 31 percent in Q4 2008, and all the while in the midst of a struggling market.
According to reports, Acer now owns 12 percent of the overall PC market, compared to Dell’s 13 percent and HP’s 19 percent. Wang states that both American and Japanese computer makers have “underestimated the demand for netbooks,” which account for 30 percent of their sales.
Unlike the Mini 10, it looks like Dell’s Latitude XT2 has some solid release information, and thanks to the Korean site AVING there’s even a video of the machine in action!
The Latitude XT2 will sport a 12.1-inch 1.280 x 800 pixel screen, up to 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, built-in GMA 4500HD graphics, Windows Vista Ultimate, up to 5GB of DDR3, up to 120GB 5400RPM HDD, standard 802.11 a/g/n WiFi and gigabit Ethernet, and it’ll all weigh only 3.78lbs.
As for pricing, it’ll start at $2,399. So while the cost is mighty heavy, it is quite the handy little piece of tech. Given that you’ll be pinching and swiping for 11-hours, there will be plenty of bang for the buck.
Thanks to Paul Synott, one of Dell’s UK representatives, it’s expected that the Mini 10 will be released on February 27th. And while this release date is extremely exact, it’s still leaving many skeptical.
Why the skepticism? Well, Dell reps have been known to occasionally give out wrong information, and when it comes to a machine like this, one that was announced at CES and then immediately forgotten, information that suddenly surfaces must be taken with a grain of salt.
No word yet on pricing or specs, but just as the possibility of the actual release, we’ll have to keep our eyes on Dell to see what happens.
Rumors that Dell would release a smartphone have been swirling for some time, and the OEM system builder did little to dispel that notion last summer when it said "we're not ready to publicly disclose our plans there...we're kind of working on that."
According to AlleyInsider.com, who claims to be receiving tips from someone "close to Dell," the OEM will offiically enter the smartphone market on September 9, 2009. The tipster says the new gadget is being called the MePhone, at least internally, and that the focus is being put on "customization." If the rumor turns out to be true, then it would appear Dell feels confident it can compete with Apple's iPhone.
Other details remain a mystery, including what software platform Dell would use, though Wired.com argues that when Dell enters the smartphone market, it will likely use the Windows Mobile platform due to the company's strong relationship with Microsft.
After reading the “Powerful Protection” Doctor question in the July issue, I started wondering what kind of performance hit I was taking from the plethora of security programs on my system. I have two Dell machines: an XPS-600 and an older Dimension 8300 (Windows XP Home, SP3 and IE7). They are connected to the net through a Linksys WRT150N router. Both units also have AOL 9.1, McAfee Security Suite, and SpySweeper. I know this is overkill, but I have no idea what to keep or what to disable.
Professional Photographer Rob Galbraith undertook the task of figuring out which notebook has the best screen for others of his trade, and according to his research the Dell Mini 9 finished the rigorous testing with the highest marks.
While Lenovo’s W700 did come up near the top of the list thanks to its built-in pantone calibrator, the Dell Mini 9 took the top spot. That’s right, a $300 notebook has a display with better “overall huge accuracy” than the $2000 MacBook Pro, which apparently sports a display that is “one or two steps below a good desktop.”
Thanks to the rumor mill’s constant churning, there’s some new talk of Dell’s Adamo laptop not being released until the second half of this year, as opposed to the originally planned first half.
Reportedly, Dell’s ultra thin offering is only in sample production by Foxconn, and won’t be in volume production until the second half of this year. By that time, they should have already made about 400,000 systems.
Foxconn spokesperson Edmund Ding hasn’t denied the claims, but states that the company has “no knowledge” of the orders. There doesn’t appear to be any statement by Dell either.
It looks like the MacBook Air has the floor for just a bit longer than most had expected.