Samsung today added five new models to its Series 9 line of ultra-thin laptops, and no one can accuse the company of bringing a knife to a gun fight. Certainly not Apple, whose MacBook Air is still slinging Intel's Core 2 Duo weaponry, at least until the upcoming refresh. In the meantime, the new Series 9 models roll into the war zone armed with Core i3, i5, and i7 canons, mighty big weapons given their stature.
Lenovo on Monday officially announced the wafer-thin ThinkPad X1 laptop. If like us, you were closely following all the recent rumors and leaks pertaining to the X1, you already know most of the details. In any case, hit the jump for the detailed specs and price of this rugged ultraportable.
Hewlett-Packard is bringing an enterprise version of its competitively priced Pavilion dm1z ultraportable to the market. Dubbed a “mini executive” by the company, the HP 3105m is essentially the dm1z with different branding save for a couple of trivial differences. Hit the jump for more.
Those holding their breath for Lenovo’s AMD Fusion-toting ThinkPad x120e ultraportable will have to keep doing so until March 8. The notebook was originally scheduled to begin shipping today, but Lenovo has pushed back the launch to next month for reasons unknown to us. However, we do know a lot of other things about this machine, including its innards and price. All that after the jump.
Dell did what it could to keep its Adamo line alive and well -- a price cut here, and price cut there -- but ultimately decided to pull the plug and discontinue the Adamo series and brand name, CNet reports. The Adamo was Dell's answer to the MacBook Air, and a good one at that. The aluminum casing looked sexy and measured just 0.65 inches thin (the Adamo XPS measured just 0.39 inches), it didn't weigh much (a little under 4 pounds), and it boasted a respectable spec sheet.
The 3.04-pound notebook features a 12.5-inch HD display, Core i3/i5 ULV processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320 GB HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, VGA and HDMI output. You will have to fork out $899 for what is Lenovo’s “first single piece design made of magnesium-aluminum alloy materials."
MSI has begun shipping its revamped Wind12 U230, a shrunken down version of the original 12.1-inch model with the same model number. So how do you tell them apart? For starters, the new 11.6-inch Wind12 U230 is being described as a "light notebook," while the original version was dubbed a "netbook."
Don't try wrapping your head around that one, you'll just end up with a headache like we did. Much easier to fathom is the spec sheet, which includes an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 4-in-1 card reader, 1.3MP webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, a 6-cell battery, and other netbooky "light notebooky" specs.
"The Wind12 U230 Light is another extension of our very successful ultra slim U Series notebook line," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales and marketing for MSI North America. "It's a special combination of solid processing performance, HD display, and a full sized keyboard for the feel of a notebook, yet it's packaged in an ultra slim design with remarkable battery life and stylish good looks, which has proven to be very popular with consumers."
The redesigned U230 Light is available now for $400.
Measuring about an inch thick and weighing a mere three pounds, Toshiba claims its Portégé R700 is the world's lightest 13.3-inch full-performance ultraportable equipped with an integrated DVD drive.
"Portégé ultraportable laptops are not only a demonstration of Toshiba's superior engineering and craftsmanship, but our ability to innovate to meet the demands of businesses," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "The Portégé R700 delivers the ultimate mobile experience at breakthrough prices that businesses have been waiting for, providing both performance and battery life within an extremely thin and light, yet durable form factor without compromising key features such as an integrated DVD drive."
Aimed at the business user, pricing starts out at $890 and includes a Core i3 350M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, DVD burner, two dedicated USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, memory card reader, Intel HD graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Several upgrade options abound, including Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and solid state drive options.
Building a thin and light ultraportable notebook means making a few concessions, and in some cases, that includes removing the optical drive. Not so with Gateway's new EC series, the company's first ultraportable to sport an integrated DVD drive. Kicking off the new series is the 11.6-inch EC14D01h.
"Customers understand how convenient it is to have a notebook PC that is portable enough to take nearly anywhere to stay connected and have fun -- and the new EC14D01h brings a new element of entertainment to customers with the ability to watch DVD movies, play games on CD and DVD and more," said Chris Chiang, product manager for Gateway Canada. "The integrated DVD drive in such a compact device will be a huge benefit for customers who want the flexibility to enjoy and share different movies, music, photos, and more stored on a DVD or CD."
Other hardware consists of an Intel Peniu. SU4100 ULV processor (1.3GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz frontside bus), integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 4GB of DDR2-667 memory (upgradeable to 8GB), 320GB hard drive, memory card reader, Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and S/PDIF, multi-gesture touchpad, 6-cell battery,a nd Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Gateway said it will begin shipping the EC14D01h later this month in Canada for 580 moose bucks ($574 USD). No word on when, or if, Gateway plans on shipping this one south of the border.
Jumping on the CULV bandwagon, LG is gearing up to release its XNote Ultralight notebook, and it's one of the sexiest we've ever seen.
LG's 11.6-inch ultraportable runs on a CULV battery but gives buyers the option of bumping the processor up to a Core 2 Duo chip. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 320GB or 500GB hard drive, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and other odds and ends. It also ships with Windows 7.
There are a couple of downers, however. First is the approximate $1,000 price tag, at least in Korea. And secondly, it's only available overseas, with no word yet on when, or even if, LG plans to bring this one Stateside.