There's never a convenient time for your notebook to run out of juice when you're on the road, yet somehow the low battery indicator always manages to pop up at the worst possible moment. Like after boarding a cross-country flight, as opposed to five minutes ago when you sat in the terminal right next to a power outlet. Nvidia's Optimus technology won't prevent such a scenario from playing out altogether, but it does offer a bit of insurance against Murphy's Law, giving you more time in between charges by intelligently switching between integrated and discrete graphics depending on the load. And it's now available on Maingear's Clutch-15 notebook series.
A few days after LG showed off the Core i7-powered 11.6-inch P220 at Computex 2011, another ultra-thin notebook from the company has broken cover. This time it’s a 13.3-inch model called P330. We have the specs of this powerful yet svelte notebook waiting for you after the jump.
Duke Nukem Forever is actually going to ship despite the absence of an apocalypse, and Nvidia wants to make sure you'll be able to play the long awaited follow-up on gaming notebooks. That's where Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip comes in, one of two mobile GPUs Nvidia unwrapped at the Computex convention in Taiwan. As the more powerful of the two, Nvidia says "the GeForce GTX 560M and Nvidia Optimus mean gamers get 50 frames per second in Duke Nukem Forever and five hours of battery life in Microsoft Office," which translates into "real power and real portability."
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.
Digital Storm on Monday announced a "new breed of affordable laptops" the company pegs as ideal for a variety of multimedia apps and high performance gaming, all while intelligently sipping power.
The new xm15 line utilizes Nvidia's Optimus Hybrid technology, which as you now by know is an effective way to extend battery life without any user intervention. Nvidia's Optimus technology auto-switches between the integrated and discrete graphics chipsets based on what the task calls for, giving users a performance boost when needed.
A baseline config starts out at $1,000 and includes an Intel Core i5 520M processor, 4GB of DDR3-1066 memory, 320GB hard drive, Nvidia GT 425M GPU, and a DVD burner.
There are three other starting points to choose from, including the "Level 4: Ultimate" for $1,400. This one comes standard with a Core i7 640M processor, 8GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a 6X Blu-ray reader. Other features include built-in eSATA and USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Acer today is launching a new a lineup of Aspire notebooks geared for entertainment and productivity, including the 3D-ready Aspire 5745DG.
The Aspire 5745DG sports a 15.6-inch 120Hz LCD screen with a 1366x768 resolution and adds Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, which consists of a pair of 3D shutter glasses with a built-in IR receiver. Other features include an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 420M graphics, 500GB hard drive, four USB 2.0 ports, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, media card reader, 1.3MP webcam, and a 9-cell battery.
Also among the handful of new notebooks are three non-3D models, the Aspire AS5642G, AS5745, an AS7745. These range in size from 15.6 inches to 17.3 inches (1600x900) and are powered by Intel's Core i3/i5/i7 processors. All four models include Nvidia's Optimus technology.
Pricing start out at $650, with the 3D-ready AS5745DG available in late October for $1,000.
The whole 'desktop replacement' category exists largely because of gamers, who demand the same kind of power from their notebooks that they're used to getting from their desktop PCs. But that doesn't mean gamers have little regard for battery life, they just usually don't have a choice in the matter.
Enter Eurocom, which just unveiled a line of "gamer-friendly notebooks" sporting Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching technology inside. With Optimus working behind the scenes, Eurocom's new notebooks intelligently flip a virtual switch between the integrated Intel HD graphics and the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GT330M chip inside for added pixel pushing power.
The notebook line comes in both 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch flavors, both of which run a native resolution of 1920x1080. Processor options abound, starting with an Intel Core i3 330M chip clocked at 2.13GHz, and on up to an Intel Core i7 620M clocked at 2.66GHz.
Other features include up to 16GB of DDR3-1333, a bevy of ports (including a single SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port), 9-in-1 card reader, optional Blu-ray reader, and up to 1.6TB of hard drive storage (1TB + 640GB).
Pricing starts out at $1,000 for the 15.6-inch model and $1,200 for the 17.3-inch unit.
ATI is no greenhorn when it comes to switchable graphics, but the company's version has always required manual intervention on part of the end user. It doesn't need to be that way, and Nvidia proved as much when the rival graphics chip maker introduced the world to its Optimus technology, a switchable graphics solution that automatically determines whether the task at hand requires the additional power of discrete graphics or can get by with the integrated GPU.
From what we're hearing, ATI isn't content to sit on the sidelines and watch Nvidia rule over the switchable graphics market, not with ATI's mobile chipsets so prevalent in the marketplace. Word on the Web is that ATI is working on its own version of Optimus, which notebook manufacturers expect will be ready by the end of the year.
Specifics aren't yet known, though we don't imagine ATI's version will differ much from Nvidia's solution. It will be interesting, however, to see if one of them ends up having a leg up over the other.
Asus today launched what it describes as a "strikingly stylish" 13.3-inch notebook, the U30Jc. The thin and light laptop is the world's first notebook to pair Intel's Core i3 processor with Nvidia's Optimus technology for a "perfect blend of performance and power management."
Nvidia's Optimus architecture plays a big role in the above mentioned blend, which stretches battery life by intelligently switching back and forth between the integrated Intel GMA chipset and Nvidia's GeForce GT310M discrete graphics. Fire up a game, for example, and the discrete graphics will kick in, but will take a back seat to the integrated solution when you're composing an email.
Other features include 4GB of DDR3-1066 memory, 320GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 0.3MP webcam, HDMI port, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and an 8-cell battery.