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Jetway Ecomani EM130A 13.3-Inch Notebook

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Jetway is about to showcase their latest 13.3-inch notebook ‘Ecomani EM130A’ at the upcoming Computex 2011. Based on AMD Brazos platform, the system packs a 1.6GHz Hybrid E-350 dual-core processor, up to 4GB RAM, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port and an optional biometric fingerprint scanner. Pricing info is still unknown at the moment. [Softpedia]

Acer Iconia F54W Hits The Japanese Market

Acer will release the Iconia F54W dual-screen notebook in Japan later this week. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5-480 processor, a 4GB of RAM, a 640GB of hard disk drive, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and a couple of 14-inch (1366 x 768) displays. The Acer ICONIA F54W is priced at 150,000 Yen ($1,840). [Akihabara]

Clevo P170HM-3DE 17.3-Inch 3D Gaming Laptop Now Available At AVADirect

Planning on getting yourself a new 3D gaming laptop anytime soon? Why don’t you check out this newly launched P170HM-3DE from Clevo. Available via AVADirect online shop, the P170HM-3DE offers a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit matte 3D display, a 2nd generation Core i7 processor, a 2GB GeForce GTX 485M graphics card, up to 16GB DDR3 RAM, one/two hard drives or solid state drives, a webcam, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a 9-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. The P170HM-3DE sells for 2,322 and comes bundled with a NVIDIA 3D Vision kit (Shutter Glasses and Embedded IR Emitter). [Product Page]

Fujitsu Celsius H910 And H710 Workstation Laptops

Fujitsu has unveiled a couple of new workstation laptops namely the Celsius H910 and H710. The Celsius H910 is a 17.3-inch notebook that features an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an nVidia Quadro 4000M or 3000M graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. The Celsius H710 is a 15.6-inch laptop, which is aimed at the CAD/CAM user. The H710 features an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an nVidia Quadro 1000M graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. Pricing info is still unavailable at this time. [Geeky Gadgets]

Dell XPS 15z 15.6-Inch Notebook Available Now

Dell has just announced the availability of their new 15.6-Inch notebook, the XPS 15z. Specs-wise, the system is packed with a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 WLED-backlit display, a 2nd generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB/2GB graphics card, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, up to 750GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a DVD writer, a 9-in-1 card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. Price itself starts at $999.99. [Product Page]

Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600 For Laptops

The Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600 is not an ordinary laptop heat pad. The device has a retractable 5-inch multitouch trackpad and media functions buttons, which are wirelessly connected to your laptop via Logitech’s unify USB dongle. The Touch Lapdesk N600 heat pad should be able to fit in a backpack or a messenger bag.

Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook 31 Rugged Laptop

Panasonic has decided to upgrade the Toughbook 31p rugged laptop with the latest generation of Sandy Bridge processors. The new Toughbook 31 features an Intel Core i5 (2540M/2520M) or i3 (2310M) processor, up to 8GB of RAM (1333MHz), an ATI Radeon HD6750 graphics card, a 13.1-inch XGA LCD screen with the Panasonic CircuLumin technology for viewability outdoors in the sunlight, up to 13.5-hour of battery life (20 hours with optional extended life media bay battery) and the Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit). Other specs include WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G. In addition, this laptop is also MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified for shock-proof, drop-proof, vibration-proof, extreme temperature-proof, high altitude-proof, water-proof and dust-proof. The upgraded Panasonic Toughbook 31 will be available in the US in June 2011 for $3,299. [Panasonic]

Acer Aspire One AO532h 10.1-Inch Netbook For Only $239.95

Looking for a new netbook with an affordable price? Why don’t you take a look at this Acer Aspire One AO532h over at B&H online shop. Priced at only $239.95, this mini laptop offers a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LED-backlit display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, an Intel GMA 3150 graphics card, a 1GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a webcam, a card reader, WiFi, a 3-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 Starter 32-bit OS. [Source]

Sony VAIO S Series 13.3-Inch Ultraportable Laptop

A new 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop from Sony has recently entered the market. Called the VAIO S Series, the system sports a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900 LED-backlight display, an Intel Core i5-2410M/2520M or Core i7-2620M processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6470M 512MB or AMD Radeon HD6630M 1GB graphics card, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, up to 640GB HDD or 512GB/1TB SSD, an HD webcam a DVD or Blu-ray drive, an SD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port and runs on Windows 7 OS. Price starts at $999.99. [Product Page]

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Ultra-Slim Notebook Now Available Stateside

Lenovo has finally released the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 ultra-slim notebook series in the US market. Measuring at only 0.84-inch thin and weighing at 3.7 pounds, the laptop meets 8 military ruggedness standards. This rugged laptop is powered by either a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M or a 2.1GHz Intel i3-2310M processor, an integrated graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 160GB solid state drive, or a 320GB hard disk drive. Additionally, the X1 is the first ThinkPad to feature a display covered with damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The LED display is also outdoor-viewable, providing a 350-nit brightness and a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. Its battery provides enough juice for up to 5.2-hour of operation time on a single charge. Additional specs include a spill-resistant keyboard with a backlight, Lenovo UltraNav trackpad and TrackPoint stick, Dolby Home Theater audio, a low-light sensitive webcam, Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connections, a USB 3.0, an eSATA/USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort connectors, a fingerprint reader and a 4-in-1 media card slot. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 starts at $1,199. [Laptoping]

Sony VAIO F Series 16.4-Inch Entertainment Laptop

The VAIO F Series is the latest entertainment laptop from Sony that sports a 16.4-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlight display (3D optional), an Intel Core i7-2630QM, i7-2720QM or i7-2820QM quad-core processor, a 512MB GeForce GT 520M or 1GB GT 540M graphics card, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, up to 640GB HDD or 256GB/512GB SSD, an HD webcam, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, an SD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and runs on Windows 7 OS. Price starts at $1,100. [Source]

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560p With Intel Core i5 For Only $764

LogicBUY has started selling the family-friendly IdeaPad Y560p for only $764 with a coupon. The laptop comes equipped with a 2.30GHz second generation Intel Core i5-2410M processor, a 1GB discrete AMD Radeon HD 6570M graphics, a 6GB DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM hard disk drive, a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, a 1.3MP webcam, a DVD burner, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 802.11b/g/n and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. [Source]

HP EliteBook, ProBook Business Laptops for 2011 Announced

Friday, May 27, 2011

The 14-inch EliteBook 8460p and 15.6-inch EliteBook 8560p belong to higher-end professional laptop offerings and have business-rugged HP DuraCase chassis that meets MIL-STD 810G military-standard. The laptops include a platinum color tone finish, the Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, integrated graphics or AMD Radeon HD 6470M dedicated video card, USB 3.0 technology, and various storage, wireless connectivity, and battery options, including the HP Ultra-Capacity Notebook battery that provides the EliteBook 8460p with up to 32 hours of battery life.

The mainstream HP ProBook b-series 13.3″ 6360b, 14″ 6460b and 15.6″ 6560b have a magnesium-reinforced ABS chassis with a new smudge-resistant and wear-resistant tungsten-colored design. There are also Intel Celeron processor choice in addition to the Core i3, i5 and i7, Intel's integrated graphics, and optional AMD Radeon HD 6470M in the 6460b and 6560b.

HP's ProBook s-series laptops are designed for budget-minded small and midsize businesses, and include the HP ProBook 4230s (12.1″), 4330s (13.3″), 4430s (14″), 4530s (15.6″), and 4730s (17.3″). The notebooks are available in a brushed-aluminum finish in metallic gray color. S-series systems have the same CPU options as the b-series, and integrated graphics in all models except the 17.3-incher that will sport a dedicated GPU.

The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, while the HP ProBook b-series starts at $799. The HP ProBook s-series starts at $579. All laptops are expected to be available in the United States on March 15.

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Toshiba Launches Satellite R800 Laptops

The new Satellite laptops feature “Intel's latest full-performance CPUs”, a slim design, new cooling technology, USB 3.0, HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and a built-in optical drive. The R830 has a magnesium alloy casing, while the R840 and R850 sport new High Stiffness Resin cases.

The company has also revealed that the R830 and R840 have up to 8GB RAM, up to 640GB hard drive space, a built-in webcam, 1,366 x 768 LED-backlight displays, and a battery life of up to 8.5 and 8 hours, respectively.

Toshiba's Satellite R800 notebooks are estimated to be available during the second quarter 2011 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. There's no info on pricing and availability in other parts of the world. Toshiba, however, says that the laptops will be affordable.

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Alienware M14X details leaked

The Alienware M14x that was rumored about earlier this week might turn out to be the real deal after all. Chinese tech site, Zol.com.cn, posted a full review of the laptop alleged to be the M14x online, and provided some clear snapshots to go along with the details of the computer. According to the report, the Alienware M14x features an Intel Core i7-2820QM Sandy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics, 750GB drive and a Cougar Point HM67 chipset. No mentions of the tablet's weight or dimensions were mentioned, but it does look like the real deal. Unfortunately we won't know for sure and until we receive an official announcement, we should take this report with a grain of salt. Read the full report of the Alienware M14x.

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Fujitsu LifeBook PH701 12.1-Inch Laptop

Fujitsu has introduced another one of its upcoming 12.1-inch laptop namely the LifeBook PH701. Powered by a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, the system is equipped with a 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 SuperFine LED-backlit display, an Intel HD 3000 graphics card, a 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, an SD/SDHC card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, an HDMI port, a 6-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium OS. Pricing and release date are still unknown at the moment. [ePrice]

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Samsung Sandy Bridge SENS SF311 Notebook now available in Korea

Announced pretty much everywhere else and already available in certain countries, Samsung's new Sandy Bridge powered Notebook, the SF311 is now also available in Korea. Available in White, Purple and Pink, the SF311 in Korea is powered by an Intel Core i5 2410M, comes with a 13.3" LED monitor with a 1366c768 screen, 4GB of RAM, 320GB of HDD, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and an Nvidia GeForce 520M with 512MB of VRAM, a nice little upgrade of the already quite powerful everyday SF310.

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MSI add AMD's Fusion technology into its extra slim X370

This Friday, MSI announced that is has introduced a new 13" X370 ultra-slim notebook the X370. Far from being as powerful that on its Core i5 Version this new X370 will however provide you with an increase battery life and acceptable performances for your everyday computing needs.

Like most Fusion based laptop, this X370 comes with AMD's E-350 Zacate APU, a Radeon HD 6310, the choice between three HDD capacity including a 320, 500 and even 640Gb drive, a 13.4" LED backlight screen with a 1366×768 resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI, VGA and a the choice between a 4 or 8 cell battery.

Taipei - MSI has rolled out its new generation X-Slim Series X370 laptop computer which has a gorgeously slender body graced with flowing curves. Less than one-inch thin, it tips the scales at a mere 1.4kg. The X370 sports MSI's etched checkerboard design and the cover is sheathed in MSI's exclusive shimmering color film print to underscore the X370′s extraordinary style.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that the new generation X370 laptop packs AMD's new generation dual-core E-350 processor, endowing the machine with powerful processing and display capabilities, but more importantly, it only uses 18 watts of electricity. Couple that with MSI's own ECO Engine power-saving technology and the X370′s battery supplies up to ten hours of power per charge.

New generation AMD processor, 10 hours on battery

New AMD APU architecture processor: The MSI X-Slim X370 is equipped with AMD's new generation (2011) dual core E-350 processor. In addition to packing the x86 architecture core, the APU (Accelerated Processing Units) processor sports the AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 discrete class display chip which supports DirectX 11, offering powerful processing and display performance on par with discrete graphics cards. 10 hours of battery power: The X370 not only offers the ultimate in high performance multimedia and processing capabilities, MSI's exclusive ECO engine power-saving technology lets you select from among five power management levels - Video Game, Film, Presentation, Word Processing, and Turbo Battery. And the AMD E-350 processor uses only 18 watts of power. Together these give you to ten hours of extended battery life. *Actual battery time will vary with differences in computer use and settings.

The perfect fusion of high tech and art

Feather pattern: The X-Slim X370 is less than one inch thin and tips the scales at just 1.4kg. The cover is sheathed in MSI's own lustrous color film print with checkerboard pattern which is set off by the laptop's silver trim and the metallic sheen of the borders around the power button, LED status indicator lights, and the touchpad as well as MSI's Chiclet keyboard. All these details come together to form a stylish notebook that is elegant without being ostentatious.

SRS PC Sound™: The X370 features the latest SRS PC Sound™, so whether you use the internal speakers, external speakers, or earphones, this new generation technology can expand the overall sound field to reproduce a natural, true-to-life wrap around sound experience to satisfy the desire of consumers for faithful sound.

MSI software makes your life convenient

S-Bar toolbar: MSI's X-Slim X370 not only offers the most powerful hardware available, both its hardware and software were designed with the user in mind. The S-Bar toolbar, located at the top of the screen, consists of shortcuts for major OS programs, for hardware, and for MSI's own applications. Use it to control all system functions, auxiliary programs, and applications as well as an array of programs, such as software to save power and boost performance as well as MSI's multimedia software, the webcam, the projector, the wireless, Bluetooth, volume control, screen brightness, and standby mode. Operating multimedia was never easier.

i-Charger: The X370 also comes with MSI's i-Charger technology which pumps more power through the USB slots, so you can recharge devices up to three times faster. Now, while others sit around waiting for their mobile devices to recharge, you can be using yours.

MSI EasyViewer photo manager: The X370 comes with Easy Viewer which lets you show pictures three dimensionally. You can use the multipoint touchpad to enlarge and reduce photos, maximize them to full screen size, and even display them in an automated slide show. Slide mode lets you edit photos, enlarge or reduce them, rotate them gradually or by 90 degrees. HDII image enhancement, intelligent white balance, and image sharpness can by employed to make images richer and enhance contrast and layering.

Easy Face facial recognition: The X370 comes equipped with MSI's own facial recognition software which works in concert with the high definition webcam to protect data biometrically. Easy Face remembers passwords for MSN accounts as well as login passwords for websites and systems and can integrate all passwords for your personal accounts under one lock and key - your unique facial features. It remembers your passwords, so you don't have to.

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Dell Inspiron M102z AMD Fusion Ultraportable Laptop

Dell has rolled out the new Inspiron M102z ultraportable laptop PC in selected Asian countries and Australia. This laptop is powered by either a 1.6GHz AMD E-350 dual-core processor with the AMD Radeon HD 6310 or a 1Ghz AMD C-50 single-core processor with the AMD Radeon HD 6250. Both hardware configurations support high-definition 1080p video playback via the embedded UVD decoder. Other specs include a 11.6-inch (1366x768) LED backlight display, the AMD Fusion APU technology, a choice of 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard disk drive and a standard 6-cell battery with up to 9-hour of battery life or optional 9-cell unit for up to 14-hour of run time on a single charge. The Dell Inspiron M102z gadget has a base price of AUD$599 (around US$622) in Australia. [Dell]

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Lenovo B560-433028U 15.6-Inch Multimedia Laptop

Here's another budget-friendly multimedia laptop for you to grab from Lenovo, the B560-433028U. Available via BestBuy, the system packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, a 2.13GHz Intel Pentium P6200 processor, an Intel GMA HD graphics card, a 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a webcam, a DVD burner, a 4-in-1 card reader, WiFi, a 6-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. The Lenovo B560-433028U sells for just $349.99.
Lenovo G560 Series 0679ALU 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
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Acer Liquid mt review

Acer may not be a huge player in the North American smartphone market, but it has slowly been improving its game, and it's had some measure of success with its Liquid E -- which, for a little while at least, was one of the better budget-priced Android options around. That phone has now gotten a proper successor in the form of the Liquid mt (otherwise known as the Liquid Metal), which first rolled out in Europe last fall and recently made its North American debut on Rogers in Canada. We managed to get a brief look at the phone at Mobile World Congress last month, but we've now had some additional time to properly test the phone and see how it stacks up. Will it finally earn Acer a bit of respect? Read on for our full review.

Hardware

The Liquid mt certainly isn't the thinnest or sleekest Android phone around, but it is unquestionably a big step up for Acer, and may just even be capable of turning a few heads. As the name suggests, the phone is largely enclosed in metal, including some shiny chrome around the edges and a stainless steel back that's been given the appearance of carbon fiber. It slides up to reveal the battery, SIM card and microSD card slot -- the latter of which is blocked by the battery, which can be a slight inconvenience but seems to be an increasingly common occurrence.


On the front of the phone you'll find four capacitive touch buttons that keep things as minimal as possible, along with a 3.6-inch display that boasts a standard 800 x 480 resolution. The glass on top of the display is also slightly curved, which unfortunately allows for a bit more glare than the screen would presumably have otherwise. Visibility proved to be even worse outdoors, where we sometimes struggled to see anything on the phone in particularly harsh lighting conditions.

The screen itself is otherwise decent, although we noticed that the color temperature leaned considerably towards the cool side of the spectrum. It's not to the point of being distracting when you're actually using the phone, but it is certainly noticeable when compared to other devices. Both the front and back of the phone are also unsurprisingly something of a fingerprint magnet and, as you can see, the phone is also somewhat bigger than it had to be given the screen size, although it's certainly still more pocketable than most jumbo phones. On the whole, however, the phone is solidly built and looks good even next to some higher-end phones, which is no small feat.

Performance-wise, the phone is... decent. It packs the same 800MHz Qualcomm msm7230 processor found in the likes of the T-Mobile G2 and managed to score around the 1100 mark in our Quadrant tests (that's in unmodified HTC Evo 4G territory), but the phone just felt a bit more sluggish than we would have liked in general use. In fact, navigating around Android proved to be noticeably less snappy than something like the LG Optimus One (and its various iterations), which only has a 600MHz processor. That sluggishness was prevalent when using both Acer's "Breeze" Android skin or stock Froyo (more on that later), though stock did fare ever so slightly better.


Battery life is also solid but unremarkable. It'll easily handle a day of average use, but you'll likely run into trouble if you leave the next day without remembering to charge it. One other nice little touch is a hidden status display at the top of the phone, which shows the phone's charging status when plugged in, and flashing icon when you have new email -- something that we wouldn't mind seeing on more phones.

As for call quality, it's decent as well, although we found the volume to be a tad low for our tastes -- folks we talked to didn't seem to have any trouble hearing us, though. The Liquid mt is also actually Rogers' first phone to support 14.4Mbps HSDPA, although we unfortunately weren't in an area where we could test those speeds.

Camera

Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot to say about the Liquid mt's 5 megapixel camera (with an LED flash). You'll get some decent enough stills and video outdoors under ideal conditions, but just about any other situation will likely leave you wishing your brought a point-and-shoot along as well. Even in the best conditions, however, we found our shots to be excessively sharpened (see a 100% crop here), and the colors were generally just a bit off in most every situation, and occasionally a lot off. Check out the gallery below for a general idea of what it's capable of.
Acer Liquid mt sample shots


Software

As is its nature, Acer has chosen to customize Android with its own skin, dubbed "Breeze." It actually includes a few features we like -- most notably multiple lock screens with widgets that you can customize, another idea we'd like to see on more Android phones. It also replaces the usual slide to unlock screen with a nifty page turn animation, but, for the most part, Acer's customizations hurt more than they help. The status bar actually moves around the screen depending on what you're doing, for instance, and the apps menu confusingly splits up the screen and is less than intuitive to navigate. There's also unfortunately quite a bit of bloatware pre-loaded on the phone, both from Acer and Rogers, but nothing that can't be moved out of your way.


The good news is that Acer has made it easy for you to simply switch to stock Android 2.2 -- the option shown above is right under applications in the settings menu. That, of course, offers few surprises, but it's certainly a better experience overall. As we mentioned earlier, we also found that the phone performed slightly better with stock Android than with Acer's skin, and it also returns the capacitive buttons to the behavior you'd expect -- when using the Acer UI, the menu button actually brings up the applications screen.

One problematic thing we noticed in both instances, however, is that Acer has for some reason chosen not to include a silent ringtone for notifications. You can add your own, of course, or turn off notifications altogether -- but out of the box, we had no way to silence email notifications while still receiving other notifications, which is a pretty basic thing for Acer to overlook.

Wrap-up

We didn't have huge expectations for the Acer Liquid mt, so we can't really say we were disappointed by it. The phone performs about as well as you'd expect for a mid-range Android device, and it even manages to punch a bit above its weight when it comes to design and construction. Unfortunately for Acer, there's simply a lot of much better options available for the same price or just a little bit more -- at least when when it comes to the Canadian market.

In the case of Rogers, for instance, the Liquid mt is priced the same as the Samsung Captivate on a three-year contract and, at $400, is only $150 less off-contract. Elsewhere on the Canadian landscape, the Motorola Atrix is just $20 more on-contract on Bell, while Telus is currently offering the HTC Desire HD for free on-contract. Acer may well have a winner on its hands if the phone were, say, $200 off-contract like the aforementioned LG Optimus One is on some carriers but, as it is, it's a pretty tough sell.

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Asus's latest Lamborghini laptop has break lights; can almost choke you with smokes

Not an unusual encounter, Asus and Lamborghini have yet again teamed up for yet another new round of bloody expensive laptops with very odd shapes and some raw powers ready to tear Crysis 2. The raging bull has supplied design touches to various Asus laptops over the past few years, and this marks the seventh generation of car/computer collaboration. Yes, it's been seven generations. Called the VX7 and inspired by the latest Aventador from Italy, this Asus laptop features leather-lined palm-rests, a Lamborghini logo atop the clamshell lid and a set of Lambo-inspired taillights out back. And that's just the looks.
ASUS VX7-A1 Lamborghini 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
Available in Orange or Carbon Fiber, the VX7 utilizes a 2.0-GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, and boasts 16GB of RAM. Yes, they don't care if you need it. And the chip that's going to drive your Crysis 2 adventure is this magnificent GeForce GTX 460M graphics card with 3GB of dedicated memory, and there's a Blu-Ray combo drive and a massive 1.5-TB of storage thanks to a dual hard-drive setup. There's more, a 2.0 megapixel webcam, an 8-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, one USB 3.0 port, two speakers, a HDMI output, and an 8-cell battery.

Like any self-respecting machine carrying the Lamborghini badge, this bad boy won't come cheap - the pre-order asking price is €1,995. Yet again Asus defines 'overkill' in an elegant manner. Well, what you pay is what you get.

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Acer unveils svelte and spiffy Aspire Z5761 all-in-one, on sale in May

Yes, laptops and tablets are all the rage these days, but there's still quite a few of us who enjoy the expansive screen real estate of their sedentary computing brethren. That's why Acer's unleashed a sleek and svelte new all-in-one dubbed the Aspire Z5761. This latest AIO keeps the same fabulous form factor of its cousin, the AZ3750, but sports a larger 23-inch Full HD display, your choice of Sandy Bridge Core i5-2400s, Core i5-2500s, or Core i7-2600s CPUs, up to a 1.5TB SATA II HDD, a Blu-ray or SuperMulti drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT440, GT435M, or GT420 graphics, and a hybrid TV-tuner card so it can do double duty as your boob tube should you be so inclined. Connectivity comes courtesy of gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and eight USB 2.0 ports. In addition, the system's preloaded with the company's Clear.fi tech, so you can grab multimedia content residing on other Acer devices (assuming you have any) with the greatest of ease. Touching down for £799 ($1305 for those of us residing on the right side of the Atlantic), this desktop dandy is set to go on sale in early May - we know, we can't wait either. Full scoop's in the press release after the break.

Press Release:
New Acer Aspire Z5761:
A touch of style and performance

London, 6th April 2011 – Acer introduces the new Acer Aspire Z5761: combining great performance, excellent entertainment and stylish modern design, this all-in-one desktop heralds next generation computing.

Thanks to the screen with multi-touch functionality, the Aspire Z5761 not only offers a dynamic user experience, but also delivers one of the easiest ways of interacting with your PC and integrating all your multimedia contents. Starting point for this smarter way to access the PC and the web, the Acer TouchPortal provides a truly hands-on experience bringing together a full suite of touch enhanced applications and gadgets for fun and entertainment:

* TouchBrowser is a touch-friendly web browser designed for searching, retrieving and presenting information from the Internet.
* TouchCam features handy touch controls to add fun video effects while chatting online, or do theme-style recording and share with friends on YouTube™.
* TouchMusic, lets you browse, manage and play your favourite music.
* TouchPhoto integrates photo management with photo sharing capabilities and is designed to interact with both local images and online albums.
* TouchVideo includes video management and sharing features. It allows you to enjoy Blu-ray or DVD movies and home videos, as well as browse and share your videos to YouTube.

But the Acer TouchPortal is not the only way the Aspire Z5761 brings your digital life together. It also comes with Clear.fi, Acer's new media sharing system based on the idea that it's easier if all multimedia content is simply brought into a single system with a common interface. No matter where they are. Clear.fi is a cross-platform solution that works straight out of the box, automatically detecting the Clear.fi-enabled devices connected to the wireless home network, and then allowing all digital content stored on any of these to be shared seamlessly using the Clear.fi media interface.

Featuring a modern, minimalist design, the Aspire Z5761 easily fits into any décor, gracing any living or working space with a sophisticated look and feel. Sharp-cut geometric lines set off the combination of aluminum with matt and glossy black surfaces, creating a luxurious effect. Cool blue lighting placed above the integrated speakers lights up the keyboard. When not in use the keyboard can be nicely tucked away below the PC, enhancing the overall minimalist look as well as increasing the free area in front of the desktop. Inspired by modern art, the silver stand is designed with a window for organizing cables while keeping a simple, yet stylish design.

Performance-wise, this is an advanced PC, rich of cutting edge technologies engineered to convey an enhanced computing experience. Exploiting the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family, that features Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, capable of increasing perfomance in response to the most demanding tasks such as editing multimedia files, or playing fast-paced games, this desktop can deliver optimal speed enabling smoother multitasking and ensuring maximised entertainment and productivity. What's more it combines turbo-charged computing power with energy efficiency.

Top-quality visual and audio components make the most of your entertainment. With a spacious 58.4 cm (23") Full HD 1080p 16:9 display, fast 5ms response and powerful graphics solutions, you will catch even the tiniest details of your favourite movies, games, pictures, and digital TV thanks to ultra-sharp and colorful imagery. Captivating and immersive audio is brought about by an integrated 5W stereo speaker system and professionally tuned Dolby® Home Theater® v4.

With a Blu-ray Disc™ optical drive (optional), multi-in-one card reader, and TV-tuner (optional) these models bring together all facets of your digital life, from movies to games, from TV to pictures: an all-in-one design also in terms of entertainment.

Full connectivity is ensured by the most advanced wireless and wired technologies: 802.11b/g/n network connection, Gigabit LAN and optional built-in Bluetooth® 2.1. The built-in microphone and high definition webcam will help you keep in touch with friends and family through video chats and conference.

In terms of storage, up to 1.5TB of capacity offers plenty of space for all your digital archives. Up to 8GB of DDR3 memory ensure seamless running of the most demanding application, while a total of eight USB port supplies handy connection to all your peripherals.

The Aspire Z5761 will be available in early May with prices starting from £799 including VAT.

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MSI FX420 And FX620DX Laptops

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MSI today launched two new laptop computers, the FX420 and FX620DX. Based on the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, these high-end laptops adopt several interesting technologies such as MSI GPU Boost, THX TruStudio Pro, a multipoint touchpad, HDMI, USB 3.0 ports, ECO Engine to save power and maximize battery use per charge, and MSI Easy Face biometric software. The MSI FX620DX is powered by a 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM or a 2.30GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, a 4GB DDR3 memory, a 750GB hard drive, a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) or HD (1366×768) LED backlight display, a DVD burner or an optional Blu-ray drive, an nVidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card (1GB DDR3 VRAM) and an HD webcam.

The MSI FX420 comes jam packed with a 2.30GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics card (1GB DDR3 VRAM), a DDR3 memory, a 750GB hard drive, a DVD burner or an optional Blu-ray drive, a 14-inch HD (1366×768) LED backlight and a 1.3MP webcam. No word on pricing at this moment.

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Acer Aspire 1430z-4677 11.6-inch Notebook Price Cut

The Aspire 1430Z-4677 is a lightweight laptop that comes equipped with a 1.33GHz Intel Pentium U5600 processor, a 3GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB HDD, an Intel HD graphics and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OS. Other specs include a 11.6-inch Acer CineCrystal display with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. The Acer Aspire 1430z-4677 gadget is priced at $369.99.

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ASUS refreshes Lamborghini VX7 with Sandy Bridge, mercifully offers a black option

Just in time for spring, ASUS has refreshed its Lamborghini VX7, a staple in the company's line of premium notebooks (and fugly smartphones) inspired by the storied Italian car maker. Available in orange and a more staid black, this 8.4-pound beast packs a quad-core Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor, Full HD 15.6-inch display, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics with 3GB of video memory, up to 16GB of RAM, an 8-cell battery, one USB 3.0 port (along with three USB 2.0 ones), HDMI output, a 2 megapixel webcam, and hard drive space ranging from 500GB to 750GB with speeds of either 5,400RPM or 7,200RPM. Or, you can opt for an SSD as large as 1.25TB. (ASUS likens the speeds to a 10,000 RPM drive.) No word yet on pricing or availability, though we're pretty sure Valentino Balboni won't be ponying up to type on one of these either way.
ASUS VX7-A1 Lamborghini 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
Update: A couple sites are taking pre-orders, with the VX7 consistently priced at $2,269. Have at 'em!

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ASUS K53B 15.6-Inch Multimedia Laptop

ASUS has recently showed off their newest multimedia laptop called the K53B. Powered by either a 1.6GHz AMD E-350 dual-core or 1GHz AMD C-50 dual-core processor, the system packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, an AMD Radeon HD 6470M 512MB/1GB graphics card, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, up to 750GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 6-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 OS. Pricing and release date are still unknown at the moment.

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Eurocom Racer 15.6-Inch High-End Laptop

Here comes another high-end laptop from Eurocom, the Racer. The system is powered by either an Intel Sandy Bridge dual-core or quad core processor and features a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768, 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080) LED-backlit display, an optional GeForce GTX 460M, 470M, 480M, 485M, Quadro FX 2800M, 3800M, 5000M or Radeon HD 6970M graphics card, up to 32GB DDR3 RAM, up to 1.75TB of storage (two HDDs, SSDs or Hybrid), a 2.0-megapixel webcam, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a 9-in-1 card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, an 8-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 OS. Price starts at $1,472.

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HP EliteBook 8760w pleasing on the eyes, works great to increase mobile productivity

If you want a mobile workstation that is not only aesthetically pleasing (that is, your teenage son won't mind pulling it out from his backpack to use it in front of his peers) but powerful, the HP might have hit the nail on the head with the HP EliteBook 8760w. This puppy is huge to say the least, coming with a 17.3″ high-definition (HD) display, but check out what is underneath the hood and you will definitely appreciate all the work that has gone into it. For starters, you can choose between AMD FireProor NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics that boast up to 4GB of video memory, while configuring it with a trio hard drives and RAID 5 support - making it a first for HP mobile workstations. The HP EliteBook 8760w will also ship with precision aluminum-alloy hinges and cast titanium-alloy display latches for enhanced durability. If you love working late into the night, then the backlit keyboard is useful even as the lights around your are turned down or off so as not to disturb the rest of the household. The HP EliteBook 8760w, 8560w and 8460w will be priced at $1,899, $1,349 and $1,299, respectively, with an expected shipping date sometime in May. Bear in mind those are just entry level prices, and will vary depending on the configuration you opt for.

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Dell Alienware M18x 18.4-Inch Gaming Laptop To Be Available In Canada Next Month

Dell is preparing to unleash their latest gaming laptopAlienware M18x‘ in Canada starting next month. The system will have a starting price of $2,100. As a reminder, the Alienware M18x will sport an 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, a choice of either Intel Core i7-2630QM or i7-2820QM processor, an optional AMD CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI graphics card, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, up to 750GB HDD, an HDMI port, WiFi and an HD 5.1 Surround Sound System.

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HP EliteBook 8760w Notebook

HP today announced the availability of the HP EliteBook 8760w. This laptop is ideal for engineering, power-computing and content-creation customers who need the performance of a workstation with the portability and convenience of a notebook. The HP EliteBook 8760w offers a 17.3-inch diagonal, high-definition (HD) screen, a choice of high-performing AMD FirePro or nVidia Quadro professional graphics and up to 4GB of video memory. The EliteBook 8760w can also be configured with three hard drives and RAID 5 support - a first for HP mobile workstations. The HP EliteBook 8760w gadget will be launched in May 2011 for $1,899.

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Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX 15.6″ Offered for $300 at Best Buy

Priced at $299.99 at Best Buy, with free shipping included, the ultra-affordable Presario CQ56-115DX by HP incorporates a low-end and power-efficient AMD V-Series V140 2.3GHz single-core processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics. It also has 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard disk drive with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-loaded, a DVD burner, and a 1366 x 768 LED backlight display.

The battery life is up to 4 hours and 15 minutes, according to the product page.

HP's CQ56-115DX gadget has three USB ports, and Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN connections, but lacks a webcam and HDMI output.

It sports a simplistic black chassis and weighs 5.6-pounds.

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