It didn't take long for boutique system builder AVADirect to start offering Nvidia's new flagship mobile GPU -- GeForce GTX 580M -- to select notebooks earmarked for gamers, including the 15.6-inch Clevo P150HM, 17.3-inch P170HM, and 17.3-inch X7200. AVADirect points out that since the GTX 580M is based off of the same MXM module as the previous 400M series, virtually any notebook that supported the last generation of mobile GPUs can be easily upgraded to Nvidia's new top-flight chip.
A little less than a month ago, Nvidia unveiled its GeForce GTX 560M graphics processor, the first gaming notebook GPU in the chip maker's GeForce 500M Series and currently the company's fastest mobile graphics part. MSI was one of the OEMs who committed to building laptops around the new part, and making good on its promise, MSI just unveiled its GT780 gaming notebook, which it describes as "the dream machine long awaited by gamers worldwide."
Acer's attention-seeking Predator desktop series has been known for its over-the-top chassis design that some find totally bad ass, and many others feel is gaudy, to put it nicely (and ugly, if we're being blunt). The new Predator G5910 series trades in the funky orange case for a matte black body that Acer says is supposed to "evoke power and performance, while the angles and grooves on the front add a high-tech futuristic mood."
Residents living in the U.K. got first crack at Acer's new Ethos laptop line, unique notebooks that sport detachable trackpads you can use as a media remote. It's an innovative design in a form factor that's remained largely the same for years, and it's one that just landed in the U.S. and Canada at price points cheaper than their U.K. counterparts. We'll refresh your memory on the hardware after the break.
While your tablet touting friends are running down the street screaming, "The desktop is dead!," OEMs keep giving birth to new desktop models. Acer, for example, just announced not one, but two new desktop PC series, including the sleek and compact X Series designed for those looking to conserve space, and the more power M Series with a new chassis design Acer says is a whole lot of gravy.
Just when you think you've seen it all in laptop design, Acer comes out with a unique concept that's not only a first of its kind, but potentially useful as opposed to just another gimmick. We're talking about the detachable trackpad on Acer's new Aspire Ethos series of multimedia notebooks. When not sitting snug in the laptop's wrist rest, the trackpad acts as a "MediaRemote for convenient multimedia and content enjoyment at a distance" with an orientation sensor that lets you use it either horizontally or vertically. Pretty rad, no?
Thanks to Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, it's finally possible to own a well spec'd notebook that doesn't weigh as much as a desktop. The latest example of this is Acer's redesigned Aspire TimelineX Series, a family of "sleek and stylish, thin and light" notebooks powered by Intel's second generation Core i5 and i3 processors in a refined form factor that's less than an inch thick all around.
Do you stand up at the start or end of an intense virtual battle and yell out a battle cry to let other LAN party goers know you're the top dog? If so, you can immortalize your catchphrase on your computer case through iBuyPower's new laser engraving service, provided you're buying a system from the boutique system builder. Other options include customized graphics, or you can upload your own custom design to be etched on the side panel. Video of the etching process after the break.
Being first isn't always something to brag about. First in line to drink the funny smelling punch at an ominous cult meeting comes to mind, and there's no prize (or second date) for yelling "First!" during a one-night stand. In MSI's case, it's totally acceptable to prance around with a press release announcing a first of its own: the first to ship a "supercharged gaming laptop" in North America utilizing Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip.
Hewlett Packard recently expanded a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program for select HP and Compaq brand notebook batteries. Some 162,600 additional laptop batteries are affected, joining 54,000 that were already recalled back in May 2010.