ViewSonic, a newcomer to the ULV laptop market, has just unveiled its VNB131 ViewBook Pro, the company's first nobeook to utilize ultra low voltage technology. According to ViewSonic, this is just the first of many more to come.
"Our mobile and desktop PC products range in size and functionality in order to meet every individuals' computing needs," said ViewSonic's senior director of product marketing Sally Wang. "With our ULV VNB131 ViewBook Pro, mobile warriors get all the power they need, packaged to go in a lean, green design."
More specifically, ViewSonic's first ULV notebook ships with a 13.3-inch screen and an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Other specs include a 320GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, and a removable DVD burner. That last bit is particularly noteworthy because if you take the optical drive out, ViewSonic says you can pop in an extra 3-cell battery for up to 12 hours of run time.
The rest of the specs include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 1.3MP webcam, 7-in-1 media card reader, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, a 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
CeBIT isn't slated to run for about another couple of weeks, but rather than wait to lift the wraps on its newest desktop replacement, MSI on Tuesday off ered up a few details on its upcoming GT660 gaming notebook.
Every bit the next-gen part, the GT660 crams a Core i7 processor into what we presume will end up being a 17-inch display. Anything smaller would be a colossal waste of the GeForce GTX 285M graphics that will also be stuffed inside. MSI could have stopped there and had a winning combo on its hands, but the GT2660 also boasts USB 3.0 ports and up to 12GB of memory.
Even the audio is supposed to be high-end, at least according to MSI, who says it worked with "a leader in sound system design" in constructing the enclosure and speakers.
No word yet on price or availability, which will soon change with CeBIT just around the corner.
Apart from the cost of the laptop, interested parties need to factor in the monthly subscription charge needed to access the apps suite. The subscription fee starts at £9.99 ($15) a month. Apparently, BCC believes Alex is uncomplicated and secure enough – it requires no additional anti-virus programs - to justify the monthly fee. However, given the subscription fee, it may prove to be a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea for some people. What is more daunting, modern computers or BCC's subscription fee?
A USB key bundled with the laptop is required at all times to access the desktop. The laptop features a 15.4-inch WXGA TFT LCD display, an Intel T1600 Celeron1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 120GB storage and a 1.3-megapixel webcam.
LG is looking to expand to its ultra-thin lineup, and the company will do that with two new models, both of which fall under LG's T280 series.
The two models include the T280-GR63K powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, and the T280-LR3PK equipped with Intel's Pentium SU4100 chip.
Other than the processor, the two models appear to be the same. Both come with an 11.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, and both sport 2GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, HDMI-out, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the usual assortment of odds and ends.
MSI today unveiled its GE600 notebook geared towards gamers. The 16-inch portable PC was first shown at CES earlier this year and includes an Intel Core i5 processor.
For graphics duties, the GE600 comes decked out with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB of dedicated RAM. But the new notebook is also notable for the inclusion of a 720p HD webcam.
Customers will be able to choose between a 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB hard drive. Other specs include 7.1-channel audio output, touch-sensitive hotkeys, MSI's GPU Boost overclocking technology, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, HDMI video output, three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, Windows 7 Home Premium, and an optional 9-cell battery (6-cell comes standard).
Have a juicy secret you don't want the world to know? Better keep it from Lenovo, which can't stop leaking information to the Web, especially when that info pertains to its W-series mobile workstations. Case in point: Lenovo isn't expected to unveil its upcoming W701 and W701ds notebooks until this Thursday, but we already have a bunch of specs to share thanks to a handful of slides again leaked to the Web.
Both machines are listed as using Intel Extreme CPUs, while the displays have been upgraded to 100 percent of the NTSC color gamut since we last got a sneak peek. They both also offer up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia Quadro FX graphics, 5 USB ports (one of which will be USB 3.0), an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, HDD (up to 500GB) and SSD (up to 256GB) options with RAID 0,1 support, a 9-cell battery, and other odds and ends.
The W701ds, as we already knew, comes with a second screen, along with a Wacom Digitizer. What we don't know is how much it (or the W701) will cost.
Samsung made good on its promise to deliver its R430 notebook to the U.S. market, landing the 14-inch dual-core laptop at Buy.com for $650.
At that price and size, the R430 sits a little awkwardly somewhere between a netbook and a regular notebook, but there's nothing awkward about the parts inside. The R430 comes equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor racing along at 2.2GHz, 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics with 256MB of shared memory , a 320GB hard drive, DVD burner, 0.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery.
It also comes with HDMI output so you can hook it up to your television when you grow weary of the LED backlit, 1366 x 768 LCD display.
Some attentive Web surfers yesterday managed to dig up information about Lenovo's upcoming X-series refresh, details of which were found inside the OEM's official maintenance manual for the ThinkPad X201. Lenovo probably would have preferred to wait a little bit before letting the cat out of the bag, but given the circumstance, the company has now confirmed it will launch the ThinkPads next Tuesday on February 23.
That's all the details Lenovo's willing to cough up at this point, but given what the maintenance manual revealed, it's believed the refreshed lineup will tap into Intel's 2010 mobile chips, including the Core i3, i5, and i7. If so, look for more than just an external makeover on the revitalized laptops.
There's no such thing as a good hiding place on the Internet. Once you post something online - no matter how obscure the location -- someone is bound to find it. That's one reason why whistleblower site Wikileaks is so popular, and it's also how we've come to learn about Lenovo's X-series refresh.
Some curious sleuth managed to stumble upon Lenovo's official maintenance manual for the ThinkPad X201, a 9MB PDF file (downloadable here) which reveals more than a few details about the new models' specs. For instance, we now know the X201 will ship with various Intel CPUs on up to the Core i7 620M. The slimmed down X201s, on the other hand, will opt for the less voltage-hungry Core i7 640LM with a 2.13GHz clockspeed.
And for you touchy-feely types, touchpads are now an option. Other goodies include a 2MB webcam option, fingerprint reader status LED, palmrest options (with or without touchpads), and a WXGA+ display exclusive to the (s) models.
Targeting the value segment, MSI this week announced four new additions to its C-series (Classic series) notebook line. The new models consist of the 16-inch CR600 and 15.6-inch CR620-030, CR620-033, and CR620-031.
All three 620-based models are built around Intel's Arrandale platform and tout either a Core i3 or i5 processor. Each one also comes equipped with 4GB of DDR3 memory, and either a 320GB or 500GB hard drive. Those who opt for the CR620-033 will also get a Blu-ray DVD combo drive.
The CR600 comes with Nvidia's GeForce 8200M graphics, and like the rest, it also boasts 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI out, 1.3MP webcam, a raised chiclet keyboard, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
All models are available now at Newegg with pricing starting at $530.