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.
In Greek mythology, Chronos was known as the Titan god of time and the ages. He swallowed each of his children as they were born in fear that one of them would rise up and take his throne, just as his father (who Chronos killed, by the way) prophesied, but his wife managed to hide one of them (Zeus), who would later fulfill that prophesy. None of that has much to do with PCs, except that boutique system builder Origin named its small form factor (SFF) gaming line after the Greek god.
Dell today announced new OptiPlex thin clients designed for organizations such as education, financial, healthcare, and retail that have implemented or plan to implement a desktop virtualization infrastructure. For those that fall into the latter, Dell also unveiled additions to its desktop virtualization solutions portfolio, including an enhanced new Virtual Lab 2.0 solution aimed primarily at colleges and universities.
How's your resume looking these days? If you have experience with senior management and a passion for software, you may have what it takes to land at job at Hewlett Packard. Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg says more high level workers are getting ready to jump HP's ship, including senior vice presidents Marius Haas, Tom Iannotti, and Gary Budzinski.
Maybe the corner store was out of trumpets. For all we know, Hewlett-Packard's PR guy is off on vacation. Lucky for us, the Internet affords no secrets, so even if HP doesn't feel like making a big deal out of its new g6s notebook series, this 15.6-inch Sandy Bridge laptop will still get the same attention we give to all new gear.
Eurocom just unveiled a couple of new notebooks, the 15.6-inch Fox 2.0 and 17.3-inch Lynx 2.0. According to Eurocom, these second generation models represent the most powerful Optimus notebooks on the planet and are suitable for both performance-oriented business users and gamers alike, both of which will benefit from what Intel's Sandy Bridge platform brings to the mobile world.