Those of you rocking and rolling over in Europe have six new LED monitors to choose from today, all from Acer and all sporting slim profiles that measure just 13mm (barely more than half an inch, for the anti metric system crowd). These are TN panels ranging in size from 19 inches to 24 inches with contrast ratios of up to 100,000,000:1 (dynamic, of course).
Samsung this week unveiled a pair of new Galaxy Tab tablets sized 10.1 inches and 8.9 inches. Part of what makes these additions so special is that they measure a scant 8.6 millimeters, slightly thinner than Apple's trend-setting iPad 2, which measures 8.8
LG's E90 display is what happens when you give liposuction to a monitor, only you can't just chuck the extracted parts into a toxic bin like you can on the operating table. What LG did do, however, is cram all that excess fat into the base so that the display itself measures just 7.2mm thick, making the E90 LG's slimmest LED monitor to date.
"The E90 is the result of advanced technology and beautiful design coming together in perfect alignment," said Si-hwan Park, Vice President of LG's monitor division. "With its revolutionary features in terms of design and picture quality, the E90 is the leading example of the company's 'Super LED' monitor line that is setting new benchmarks for style and performance."
The E90 consists of a 21.5-inch widescreen panel with a 1920x1080 resolution and a 2ms response time. The power supply and connectivity options (S-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI) take residence in the stand. As a package, LG says the E90 consumes up to 40 percent less power than a typical CCFL-backlit LCD monitor.
The latest word is that LG plans to show off an ultra-thin OLED display at the 2010 IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin next month.
The 31-inch display is said to measure just 2.9mm thin, making it the slimmest OLED around. Jumping on the 3D bandwagon, the new display will come capable of churning out three-dimensional visuals with its 600Hz refresh rate.
Other details are pretty much non-existent at this point, including cost, but don't expect it to be cheap by any stretch of the imagination. Combining OLED with 3D is like mixing gold with platinum. For a point of reference, LG sells a 15-inch OLED 2D TV for $2,500, so it's safe to say the upcoming 31-inch set will cost at least twice as much.
Imagine running over a traditional hard drive with a steam roller and you have a pretty good idea of what Hitachi's new Z-Series ultra thin HDDs look like. Hitachi's billing these as the industry's highest capacity and fastest 7mm drives on the planet, and to the best of our knowledge, they're right.
Capacities are offered up to 320GB and are aimed at a variety of applications, everything from laptops and handhelds to PVRs and blade servers, Hitachi says. Hitachi wants these to replace today's standard 2.5-inch, 9.5mm drives and to help do that, each 7mm drives features common connectors and common mounting points.
"As a leading personal computing company, we are constantly evaluating and offering new designs and technologies that make computing more enjoyable and affordable for our customers," said Wentao Yang, vice president, Global Procurement, Lenovo Group. "Hitachi’s 7mm product family represents important advancements for the industry. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Hitachi and working together to innovate and take the computing landscape to newer smaller heights."
You'll find the Z-Series ported over to three product lines, including the Travelstar Z7K320 Family (7200RPM, 16MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s), Travelstar Z5K320 Family (5400RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s), and CinemaStar Z5K320 for A/V streaming devices (5400RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s).
Travelstar drives will begin shipping in volume in July, with the CinemaStar to follow suit in August.
MSI's upcoming X-Slim X610 notebook has been leaked to the Web, and along with it, a few detailed specs courtesy of Russian site 3DNews.
According to the Russian review site, the X-Slim 610 ditches the Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor found in the X-Slim 600 and instead rolls with AMD's 1.6GHz Athlon MV-40 processor. Not only did performance take a hit as a result of the CPU swap, but the site says battery life was also sacrificed, noting less than two hours of runtime under a heavy load.
Otherwise, the X-610 Slim retains the same 15.6-inch display as MSI's previous version and includes ATI's Mobility Radeon 4330 graphics, a 250GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM.
No word yet on price or availability, though we imagine it will sell for less than the X-600, which checks in at $800.
Just recently, MSI debuted their X-Slim netbook line over in China, and it’s because of that, we don’t know a whole heck of a lot about these puppies. But, what we do know is that they feature extremely thin form factors, don’t weigh much, come with 13.4 and 15.6 inch screens, and best of all, are low cost.
We’ve also recently found out that these will be packing some horsepower, putting a ULV Penryn chip under the hood, with GMA4500 graphics to boot. Pricing for the 13-inch version looks like it’ll be anywhere from $700 to $1000, but still no word on how much the 15-inch version will cost.