Hewlett-Packard owns the largest share of the worldwide PC market according to the latest data from IDC, and the OEM intends to maintain that No. 1 spot by focusing heavily on notebook shipments.
Citing Taiwan-based ODMs and component makers, DigiTimes says HP reckons it will ship around 45 million to 48 million notebooks in 2011, which also includes WebOS tablet PCs. That's up from a little over 39 million notebooks in 2010, 10 million of which came in the fourth quarter.
HP will also ship a Windows 7-based tablet (Slate 500), but with the acquisition of Palm, it's no big surprise that the company's WebOS slates will dominate its mainstream offerings.
Eurocom says its new Racer laptop is "the most powerful 15-inch notebook on the planet," a claim which hinges on how you opt to configure it.
It certainly doesn't hurt that the Racer is built around Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform, but the real treat for gamers is that "the Eurocom Racer will support up to a 100W GPU which will allow it to run up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M, AMD Radeon Mobility HD 6970M, or Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M graphics solution," the OEM says.
Other configuration options include up to 32GB of DDR3-1333/1600MHz RAM (four RAM slots), two drive bays with support for up to 1.75TB of storage, a 9-in-1 memory card reader, a pair of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, HDMI out, Firewire, audio jacks, Wireless-N, and a 1920x1080 resolution on the Racer's 15.6-inch backlit LED display.
The Eurocom Racer will start shipping on February 1, 2011. No word yet on price.
Bragging about a 3DMark06 score is like, well, bragging about a 3DMark06 score. But hey, Eurocom didn't just score high on the dated benchmark suite, it set a new record for mobile performance with its new Panther 2.0 notebook, the company said.
According to Eurocom's internal testing, the Panther 2.0 scored 22,669 points, the first notebook ever to do so courtesy of two AMD Radeon Mobility HD 6970M GPUs in a CrossFireX configuration. It also scored P22,667 in the more modern (and much more relevant) 3DMark Vantage benchmark, and P5,689 in the newly released 3DMark11 suite.
The Panther 2.0 configuration used for Eurocom's benchmark runs packed some powerful components, including an Intel Core i7 980X processor, 12GB of DDR3-1333, and a 500GB 7200RPM Solid Hybrid drive from Seagate.
It looks like Windows PC makers are starting to gang up on Apple's MacBook Air. Earlier this week we pointed out that Dell dropped the price on its ultra-think Adamo by a pair of Benjamins, and now Hewlett-Packard is following suit with a price cut of its own.
You can now pick up HP's 13-inch Envy for $1,000 courtesy of a $450 instant rebate. That's a savings of about 31 percent and drops the Envy 13 below that of a 13-inch Macbook Air.
The $1,000 configuration ships with an Intel Core 2 Duo SL9300 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 3GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB (5400RPM) hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics, 8X DVD burner, "Beats Audio," 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and an all metal chassis measuring 12.59 (W) x 8.46 (D) x 0.8 (H) inches and weighing 3.68 pounds.
Just because the holidays are coming to a close doesn't mean vendors are finished cutting prices. Enter Dell's Adamo ultra-thin laptop, formerly a $1,100 notebook that now sells for $900.
For that you get an Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.13GHz rather than the 1.4GHz chip that previously shipped with the $1,000 configuration. Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory, Intel GS45 graphics, 128GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 13.4-inch LED display all wrapped in a slender frame measuring a scant 0.65 inches and weighing less than 4 pounds.
The Adamo is Dell's answer to Apple's MacBook Air, which starts at $1,300 for the 13-inch model and includes a slower processor (1.86GHz) but faster graphics (GeForce 320M).
I’m guessing the vast majority of our readers read the headline, smacked their foreheads and said “duh!”, but believe it or not component prices dipped even faster in the pervious quarter then analysts were expecting. Dell executives were the first to admit that core components such as memory and LCD screens were significantly less expensive than expected, and this had a hugely positive impact on profits.
Healthy OEM profits are great for shareholders, but when asked about when these reductions would start being reflected in end user pricing Dell’s CFO Brian Gladden admitted it would probably take a few quarters for the price reductions to make its way through the supply chain. “There will be some areas where I think it will bottom out a little bit in maybe LCDs and hard disks as we see those markets play out”.
Either way you can expect to see lower prices going into the holiday season, and its only get better going into 2011.
Boutique system builder iBuyPower is putting on its Dutch Boy dungarees and offering up its LAN Warrior II small form factor PCs in four new painted colors, including blue, red, green, and orange.
"LAN party gamers look for two things in a mobile gaming system -- power and style," said Darren Su, vice president of iBuyPower. "The new LAN Warrior IIs deliver both by incorporating the best components available and a little war paint that is sure to turn heads."
Custom paint jobs typically put the squeeze on your wallet, but iBuyPower is offering up these new colors for a mere $19 premium over the standard black version. And this is actual paint, not a vinyl decal.
"The newest editions feature a colored border front with a black backlit grill, painted side panel, and top including the integrated handle," iBuyPower says.
Not a bad deal for less than $20, with baseline configurations starting at $750 (AMD), $800 (Intel P55), and $1,000 (Intel X58).
The slow and agonizing death of Windows XP has been blogged about many times here on Maximum PC, but today marks the final milestone for what is still the most popular operating system on the planet. Starting today, PC makers are no longer allowed to preload Windows XP on new PCs. Most OEMs had completed the switch over to offering Windows 7 on most desktop’s and laptop’s, but the OS was still fairly popular in the netbook space.
Sad as this may sound, those who simply can’t get enough Windows XP still have the option to exercise their downgrade rights, which are part of every single Windows license sold. Anyone who purchases a copy of Windows 7 actually has the ability to use the product key with Windows Vista, or XP as long as they can get their hands on the DVD installer.
This little known loophole is one of the reasons its difficult to accurately gage exactly how many “active copies” of each new OS actually get sold. Many companies simply buy machines with the most modern OS license, then drop on an image file of whatever version of Windows they have standardized upon. In most cases this is still Windows XP which, at least in the case of Vista, could have drastically distorted the number of copies in use.
Long story short Windows XP will continue to be downgradable until at least 2015, just don’t expect to find it pre-installed on new machines going forward.
Boutique system vendor CyberPower today unveiled its new LAN Party EVO series of small form factor (SFF) desktop gaming systems. These configurable portable PCs come housed in either a Silverstone SG-07B Mini ITX case (LAN Party EVO Mini) or In-Win's chain-link armor inspired Dragonslayer mini tower (LAN Party EVO Xtreme, Commander, and Ultra models).
The mini-ITX version is perhaps the most interesting, if only because CyberPower manages to cram an impressive amount of hardware in such a small space. This one comes with an Intel Core i7 870 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, ATI HD 5770 videocard, and a 1TB hard drive for $1,079. These can all be upgraded.
"The LAN Party EVO Mini is known as one of the smallest footprint gaming systems but can accommodate even the monstrous ATI Radeon 5970 graphics card," CyberPower says.
All four baseline configurations include a liquid cooling solution and low dBA fans. In addition, CyberPower says users have the option of outfitting the Ultra model with sound absorbing foam, anti-vibration fan mounts, and power supply gaskets.
A New Hampshire company called NextComputing announced its latest rugged mobile PC, the Vigor Evo. This little beast was created for military and homeland security chores and comes configurable with up to three displays (integrated 17-inch HD display and optional 2nd and 3rd swing-out displays for panoramic viewing) so three people can run mission critical apps at once.
"Our Vigor series rugged portable workstations and servers have been known in the industry for their top-end performance and flexible, modular design approach which allows the systems to be extremely versatile, while remaining small, lightweight, and efficient," says Bob Labadini, President & CTO of NextComputing. "Our unique FleXtreme architecture allows us to adapt our products quickly to changing market needs. The Vigor Evo Plus is a perfect example of this engineering philosophy, and was designed to satisfy the compute-intensive requirements of today’s C4ISR programs."
Hardware consists of a rugged mil-anodized external chassis and shock-mounted internal chassis, up to two Intel Xeon processors, up to 16GB of ECC RAM, 11TB of storage, and up to six full-length PCI Express cards.