Thursday, September 13, 2007

Acer to Acquire Gateway in $710-Million Deal

Putting an end to the rumors, PC vendor Acer Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gateway Inc., the fourth-largest PC company in the United States. Acer is now the third-largest PC company, behind Dell and Hewlett-Packard. The announced combination will create a multibranded PC company with more than $15 billion in revenue and shipments in excess of 20 million PC units per year.

Under the terms of the agreement, Acer will buy Gateway for $710 million. (Those fearing an end to Gateway's signature black-and-white cow branding have little reason to worry; Acer plans to keep the Gateway brand just the way it is.) On a worldwide basis, the merger pushes Taiwan's Acer to the No. 3 position, replacing Chinese rival Lenovo.Acer to Acquire Gateway in $710-Million Deal

NVousPC Launches New Notebook Line

If Sony's or Dell's notebook styles aren't doing it for you, check out NVousPC. This new company is giving customers the ability to design their notebooks with custom paint jobs and graphic designs using its Web site. For the first time, users can upload any image for placement on the panels of their machine. Users can also opt to have any of the four notebook panels painted with their choice of colors.

After submitting the designs online, customers receive a preview of their artwork via e-mail, at which time they have the opportunity to interact with an NVousPC designer to complete the design. NVousPC then individually paints each notebook with a durable high-quality finish that the company says is similar to what you'll find on a luxury car.

The catch is that there are only two base models to choose from. The current models offered are the 14.1-inch Mercury and the 15.4-inch Ether. Both notebooks come with a minimum of 1GB of RAM, the option to upgrade to an Intel Core2Duo T7600 CPU, and Windows Vista. NVousPC also offers after-market custom painting for consumers who already own notebooks. Stay tuned for a full review of an NVousPC notebook.

Lenovo Unveils the ThinkPad Reserve Edition

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the original ThinkPad, Lenovo has unveiled its limited-edition ThinkPad Reserve Edition notebooks. These notebooks--only 5,000 will be made--combine style and executive-class personal service offerings for business professionals.

Clad in hand-stitched, saddle-grade premium French leather, the Lenovo ThinkPad Reserve Edition offers plenty of eye-catching flair, which is where only part of your money goes. In addition to good looks, each user receives around-the-clock, 24/7 support from a trained PC specialist. This tech support includes a local toll-free and an international phone number; a promise that incoming calls will be answered before the fourth ring; and a repair technician that can be at a customer's location within four hours. These executive-class support features last for three years.

Under the hood runs Intel's Centrino Pro mobile technology, the Ultra Connect II integrated pop-up antenna, and optimized WAN performance for broadband connectivity while on the go. Lenovo rates the eight-cell battery for up to seven hours of life. The Lenovo ThinkPad Reserve Edition is available for purchase now.

HP Launches the Compaq 6720s and 6820s

Today, HP expanded its business notebook catalog with the introduction of two new systems that sport a fresh look and wallet-friendly value: the Compaq 6720s and Compaq 6820s.
Designed for small businesses and mobile professionals, the notebooks feature the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an SD Card reader, three USB ports, an ExpressCard/54 slot, and optional DVD-RW drives with LightScribe technology. Device Access Manager for HP ProtectTools helps prevent unauthorized users from moving data, and HP Drive Guard prevents data corruption and system failures caused by shock. The HP Compaq 6720s and 6820s are both available for purchase now.
Starting at $649, the HP Compaq 6720s is a 15.4-inch notebook that users can outfit with either an anti-glare display or an HP BrightView display for a more vivid image.
The HP Compaq 6820s (starting at $999) features a roomy 17-inch display and a full-sized keyboard. ATI's Mobility Radeon X1350 graphics card is included for delivering rich visuals.

Westinghouse's Bargain Bundle

Westinghouse and Wal-Mart are teaming up and targeting students and budget conscious consumers with one of the most pocket-friendly deals available: A laptop and an HD-ready television for less than $1,000. What's the catch you may ask? Well, that depends.
The Westinghouse NB-14w2 laptop features a 14.1-inch, 1280 x 800 widescreen display, an Intel Celeron M 410 (1.46 GHz) processor, ATI Xpress 200M graphics card, 60GB hard drive, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Wi-Fi, 4-in-1 card reader, microphone input, and a dual-layer DVD burner. Not a powerhouse, by any means; but not a bad option for someone looking for a straightforward productivity tool to do e-mail and surf the Web with.
The TV is a Westinghouse LTV-19w6 19-inch widescreen that features dual HD inputs and integrated speakers. You can hook it up to your new laptop for increased productivity. And when you're not writing reports or surfing the Web, you can kick back and zone out to repeats of Road Rules.
This bundle isn't for everyone. If you need a television for the bedroom, dorm room, or your home office, and you need a basic laptop for you or someone you know, it's worth taking a closer look. If you have an interest in working with multimedia (photos, music, video), or want a laptop with legs, you might consider taking a pass on this.
The laptop/television bundle is available exclusively at Wal-Mart for $989.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dynabook TX, a new NoteBook with HD DVD-ROM, by Toshiba

Toshiba is a major actor in the HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war. This time, its the Dynabook TX which is fitted with an HD DVD player...a sweet way to enjoy the enxt generation of DVDs on the "Clear Super View" 15.4 inches monitor (1280x800), Core 2 Duo T7100, Intel GM965 Express, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, all this for 1420€.

LaVie en couleur!

Yep, that's a french title in the english section, but every good Geek always has got a quick translating software at hand on the internet!

Just to say that the Nec LaVie notebooks decided to rock new colors and that's not a bad idea, not at all!
Right now, people will have the choice between 6 colors to go with their 15.4 inches monitor (WXGA 1280x800), AMD M690-V using the EX2 Liquid Crystal technology...120GB HDD, DVD DL burner, 1GB RAM (max 4), Turion 64x2 @ 1.6GHz (TL-52) and other goodies...

A New Lappy From Fujitsu

Dubbed the AMILO Xi, two new laptops were announced from Fujitsu today with one (the 242 coming in at a slightly cheaper price than its big brother the 2528.

The 2428 sports a 15.4-inch screen and weighs 6.6 pounds, while thei 2528 offers a 17-inch display and a whopping 8.8 pounds.

Both offerings sport a Core 2 Duo, up to 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS graphics with 256MB RAM, an integrated webcam, and support for HDMI, FireWire and ExpressCard to name a few.

The 2428 sports a 250GB hard drive, while the 2528 can support up to two hard drives if you so fancy.

The 2428 will go for $1,404 and the 2528 will retail for $2,909 when it's fully equipped.

Look for them in the fourth quarter.

The new LOOK T from Fujitsu

The Fujitsu LOOK T used to be the "hot" product that you needed to look cool, for some reason this is not really the case matter what, here comes the latest version equipped with a 10.6 inches widescreen, a Core 2 Duo U7600 CPU (to replace the U2500) @ 1.2GHz. Add to this an 80GB HDD, DVD DL burner, WiFi, BlueTooth and just over 1kg.

SONY VAIO Type F, with Blu-Ray and Hybrid HDD!!

Here comes a sweet update of the Sony VAIO Type F with nothing less than a Blu-Ray drive!

Depending on the version you'll have the choice between various CPU but let's focus on the top notch...the FZ71!
It features a 15.4 inches monitor, GeForce 8400M GT, Wifi A/B/G/N, 200GB of Hybrid HDD (256MB of Flash), 1 to 4GB RAM, Core 2 Duo T7250 @ 2GHz (BTO up to 2.8GHz), webcam and HDMI!

The update of the VAIO Type T

Update or upgrade, call it as you want. Anyway, the Sony VAIO Type T, TZ2 to be precise, now features a 11.1 inches monitor with 1366x768 resolution, Core 2 Duo U7500 @ 1.06GHz good for 8 to 11 hours of autonomy, 80GB HDD, DVD DL burner, 1GB RAM, WiFi, BlueTooth, 1Seg, 0.3MPx webcam and no more than 1.22kg.

The women have their VAIO!!

And it's the Type C! Sony is putting on sale a new VAIO aimed at the women and available in four colors: Rose, Red, Blue and White.

Here, the specifications are not the key as the women shouldn't worry too much about it, just for the geeks, let me say that those machines feature a 14 inches monitor, WXGA, Core 2 Duo T7250 or Celeron, Radeon X2300…The most important effort was made on the presentation with, for example, a LED frame (around the screen) which brightness depends on the user...a sweet effort from Sony and 20 pictures for your eyes only!

NEC rolls out Blu-Ray, HDMI, Hybrid HDD and "face Pass" new LaVie Laptops

NEC rolls out yesterday 3 new LaVie Series with the LaVie C, LaVie L Advanced Type and LaVie L Standard Type, and honestly we are not going to bother by talking about the two later one, but we will rather concentrate our attention on the very interesting LaVie C series. In a nutshell, our PC is available in different flavor but the top of the range model, the LC950/KC, offers quite some nifty functions like the "Face Pass" a face recognition system which will let you logon into your computer once you shows up you cute little face to the computer web camera. Also this model receives a BLu-Ray disc drive (read only) as well as an HDMI output for your HD Video pleasure, but also a Hybrid HDD of 160GB with Flash Memory (256MB). Otherwise we have some quite basic specifications like a Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz), a 15.4" LCD screen with a WXGA+ resolution, 1GB of RAM and an AMD ATI Radeon Xpress 1250.

Santa Rosa and Hybrid HDD for the VAIO S

An excellent upgrade/update for all the Sony VAIO Type S lovers and especially the VGN-SZ74B/B!

The Santa Rosa chipset found yet another new home and came with a good friend: an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 CPU @ 2GHz but also a 160GB HDD (hybrid is an option), Nvidia Graphics Card (GeForce 8400M GS) and Intel GM965 Express...

3 new Samsung Notebooks

Just so you know, Samsung is putting 3 new Notebooks on sale: the R60plus, R20plus and R25plus.

What's "plus" about those? We sincerely wish we knew, anyway, from what we know, those babies are powered by top notch Intel CPUs (Core 2 Duo...but which one??), monitors of 15 and 14 inches and ATI Radeon Xpress 1250.
The R25 plus stands out a bit with an ATI Radeon X2300 and 14 inches monitor.

Kohjinsha upgrade its SSD UMPC

Kohjinsha came from nowhere and in a short period of time managed to be one of the most innovative and fast growing UMPC manufacturer. Their latest wonder, the SH8 series, which were running on an Intel A1XX series CPU (a Pentium M) had a boost of performance and now receive an Intel A110 at 800MHz (against 600Mhz on the previous model). Our little wonder still keeps its 32GB SSD (Solid State Drive) but can also receive a new HDD with a boost of 20GB giving now 120GB or memory in total available. As for the other component are concerned there is no change in that matter and we still have a 7" screen with a WSVGA resolution and 1GB of RAM. will carry these new models within this week on their catalog.

The m-Book P550

Here comes another Mouse Computer Japan (MCJ) notebook, with a very nice price regarding the possible specs, possibly because it's sold in BTO configurations.

The m-Book P550 features a 15.4" monitor rocking a 1280x800 WXGA resolution and a GeForce 8600GS; it can be powered by various Core 2 Duos (2 or 2.4GHz), 1GB RAM, DVD burner, A/B/G WiFi and 1GB of ReadyBoost. All of this for the cool price range of 890-1080€.

Lesanse NB CL213SW-TypeM, for those of us who don't want Vista!

Believe it or not, even in Japan, many customers are looking for computers running Windows XP, instead of the "Killer OS" Vista, don't ask me why, you already know the answer... anyway, PC-KOUBOU has put a couple new laptops on sale, such as the new Lesanse NB CL213SW-TypeM. With a weight of 1.88kg, it is equipped with XP Home, a T2300 Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB RAM, SiS M617 and Chipset SiS 968, 100GB HDD and a DVD DL burner... displayed on a 12.1" (1280x800) monitor.

Of course, WiFi is supported. 635€ is the price!

3 new Sharp Mebius with AMD CPU

Sharp decided to equip the new Mebius laptops with AMD CPU's... and it's a shame... those products could have probably had a better life with one of the many, many Core 2 Duo CPUs available, but that's how it is...

If you're a big Sharp fan, and don't mind trading the performance for a name, you'll get on the PC-WT70V, PC-WE50V and 40V a Turion 64 X2 TL-52 or Sempron 3400+. The screen is a 15.4 inches WXGA, and an ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 is also part of the deal.

The new X-Note from LG

Did you notice how we can hardly spend a week without presenting a new LG product? Talk about productivity!!
Anyway, this morning in Korea, LG showed for the first time their latest laptop from the X-Note range: the E200.

What you can see is a 12.1 inches monitor, what you can't is an hybrid 120GB HDD with 256MB of Flash Memory, Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2GHz, L2 2MB, FSB 800) CPU, 1GB RAM, HDMI and built-in webcam 1.3MPx SmartCam).
The price is set around 1100€ (1400000Won).
Unfortunately, none of the girls is included in the package.

The ENDEAVOR NJ5100Pro notebook

Here comes Epson's latest notebook available in BTO (Built to Order), what you won't choose is teh screen size (15.4 inches), other than that, you may go for a Core 2 Duo T7800 @ 2.6GHZ, WUXGA resolution in 1920x1080 (on a 15 inches monitor), ATI Mobility FierGL V5600 with 512MB VRAM as graphics card, 1GB Turbo Memory, DVI HDCP, A/B/G/N WiFi, BlueTooth, Audio S/PDIF out...all this for 365x270x28mm and 2.96kg.

TwoTop has got a couple new Notebooks

TwoTop is a cool shop here in Akihabara which builds its own PCs and NoteBooks...talking about notebooks, they've got two more coming up: the ViP Note-WXS and VIP Note-MW3s.

The VIP Note-MW3s features a 12.1 inches monitor (WXGA) and is available in BTO, among the CPU possibilities are a T7300 Core 2 Duo but also a GM965 Express Chipset, 80GB HDD, DVD, A/B/G WiFi...1.9 kilogram.

The ViP Note-WXS is equipped with a 17 inches monitor with 1920x1200 resolution, 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300, 2GB RAM, a GeForce 8700GT (512MB), 160GB HDD, DVD, A/B/G/N WiFi, 1GB ReadyBoost...and the almighty PM965 chipset...available in BTO aswell.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Samsung Creates First LCD with DisplayPort Video Interface

Seoul, Korea – July 25, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, announced today that it has developed the world’s first LCD panel using the next-generation video interface – “DisplayPort.” Sanctioned by VESA (the Video Electronics Standards Association), DisplayPort will serve as a replacement for DVI, LVDS and eventually VGA.

For Samsung’s new 30-inch LCD, the DisplayPort interface transmits graphics data at a total data rate of 10.8Gbps. This speed enables 2560x1600 resolution without any color smear. By using a transmission speed more than double that of today’s interfaces, Samsung’s new LCD only requires a single DisplayPort interface, instead of the two DVI (Digital Visual Interface) ports now used.

In a joint undertaking with Genesis Microchip Inc. (Santa Clara, California), Samsung developed its 30” panel using a new four-lane, 2.7Gbps/lane interface chip. The interface technology processes 2560x1600 pixels of graphics data at up to 10 bits of color depth or 1.07 billion colors, a feat that would normally require at least three DVI or four LVDS interface chips.

“We are pleased to be the first LCD manufacturer in the world to create a panel with a DisplayPort interface,” said Brian Berkeley, vice president, Samsung LCD Business, who is leading the company’s DisplayPort development efforts. “We have received many inquiries from computer integrators interested in DisplayPort-based LCD panels, which prompted an acceleration of our R&D for this first DisplayPort LCD panel.” Samsung was the only LCD panel maker participating in the original DisplayPort working (standards) group formed in 2004.

Samsung’s new 30” LCD also offers the company’s proprietary Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (S-PVA) liquid crystal technology for 180° viewing angle, and 300nits brightness.

Mass production of the 30-inch panel is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2008.

Display size 30”
Resolution WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600 pixels)
Response time 6ms
Viewing angle 180°/180°
Contrast ratio 1000:1
Mode S-PVA
Brightness 300 nits
Colors 16,777,000
Color saturation 100%
Interface DisplayPort

DisplayPort: This interface technology supports both internal (e.g. for notebook PCs) and external (box-to-box) connector links between PCs and monitors. DisplayPort has a scalable AUX channel for two-way communications, embedded clocking for higher speed, fewer wires, reduced electromagnetic emissions, and a micro-packet architecture for flexible design configurations. Its transmission range is wider than that of other interface standards and can be easily expanded. Besides Samsung, Display Port also is supported through VESA by many PC integrators, graphics chip makers, timing controller silicon makers, and the world’s leading producers of digital connection devices.
Digital Visual Interface (DVI): An existing interface that has a top transmission speed of 1.65Gbps/lane between PC and monitor.
Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS): An existing interface between an analog-to-digital (A/D) board and the timing controller inside a monitor. Its top transmission speed is 0.945Gbps/lane.
DVI/LVDS: Current video interfaces for monitors use DVI to transmit data between external sources and the monitor A/D board. LVDS is used between the A/D board and the timing controller.
Nit: This term is a measure of brightness, also referred to as “candela per meter squared” (cd/m2).

2 New Desktops at 3GHz From Samsung

Samsung just released this morning two desktop model called "Magic Station BP70 (For corporate use)/ MZ60 (For end user)" and these two models are designed Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.
This new CPU supports 3.00GHz Cluck Speed (Max) and 1333MHz front side bus (FSB) and this is about 30% higher than the old version. In case of BP70 model, it includes DDR2 800MHz memory and over 500GB capacity and SATA type ODD.

BP70: Intel Core Duo E6550-E6850 CPU/ DDR2 667/800MHz Memory/ Nvidia Gforce Graphic card/ SATA DVD Super-Multi, SATA 2 HDD
MZ60: Intel Core Duo E6550 CPU, 2GB DDR2 667MHz Memory/ Nvidia Graphic card/ PATA DVD Super Multi, 500GB HDD

The LuvBook J120S by Mouse Computer Japan

MCJ presents its LuvBook J120S, a 12.1 inches laptop available in BTO.
It is (can be) equipped with Core 2 Duo T7100 CPU (GM 965), 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD (SATA), DVD multil burner and its screen resolution is 1280x800. As usual it features A/B/G WiFi and will cost you a nice ¥120000 (990€).

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Dell Inspiron 1520

If you fancy a notebook that will keep you connected, productive, and entertained on the go, the Dell Inspiron 1520 is quite a compelling option. Featuring a more attractive design than the E1505, with rounded edges and your choice of eight colors, this notebook packs a speedy Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 802.11n and Sprint's EV-DO Rev. A connectivity, as well as discrete graphics. Dell also goes the extra mile by offering 3GB of free online backup, the choice of ordering your system free of trialware, and--for the first time ever on a Dell consumer notebook--3G mobile broadband. We just wish it were more travel-friendly.

With the 1520, Dell ditches the familiar (but heavily aged) silver-with-white-trim look for one that has more flash. Our model came with a colorful soft-touch Ruby Red lid, but you can also get it in Jet Black, Alpine White, Espresso Brown, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Spring Green, and Sunshine Yellow. We were disappointed that the interior didn't offer as much flair as the exterior, but removing the white plastic bumpers found on the E1505 was a step in the right direction. We would like to have seen a sleeker chassis; at 6.7 pounds and measuring 14.1 x 10.6 x 1.5 inches, the 1520 is hefty compared with other 15.4-inch notebooks. But with that heftiness comes a solid build that feels like it can take a few bumps (view photo gallery).
The 15.4-inch (1680 x 1050-pixel resolution) display looked good from a variety of angles, whether we were surfing the Web, viewing photos, or working in Word docs. We noticed that flesh tones were a bit muted when we watched DVDs, however. Beneath the LCD sits a full-sized, flex-free keyboard that was comfortable to use even for extended periods. The touchpad is plenty big nd features firm, quiet mouse buttons.
The very edge of the front bezel houses handy multimedia controls, but we were disappointed to discover that the stereo speakers are angled upward from the bottom of the system's base, resulting in weak volume. An optional two-megapixel webcam is included, but its picture quality was no better than that of the typical 1.3-MP cameras found in most notebooks. Recorded video was jerky as well.
Powered by a 2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB), and a 5,400-rpm 160GB hard drive, the 1520 delivered a solid PCMark05 score of 3,579. (If you're looking to save money, the 1521 comes with an AMD Turion Dual-Core TL-50 processor for about $100 less than the 1520's starting price.) Nvidia's GeForce Go 8600 graphics processor churned out a 4,233 3DMark03 score that was capable of handling Vista's transparencies and Windows Flip 3D without a hitch.
In our F.E.A.R. test, the Inspiron 1520 notched a pretty good score of 48 frames per second on the autodetect settings, but maxing out settings saw the game chug along at an unplayable 12 fps. On our DVD rundown test, the nine-cell battery lasted 2 hours and 35 minutes before needing a charge. That's a good 20 minutes above average for a mainstream notebook, but most of those come with six-cell batteries. Either way, you can expect to see closer to four hours of runtime with standard use and Wi-Fi off.
Our configured unit came with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, which moved data along at an excellent 16.7 Mbps and 15.1 Mbps at 15 and 50 feet away from our access point, respectively. Dell's Wi-Fi Catcher is included so that users can search for available signals without powering on the notebook. When outside of hotspot range, the embedded Sprint EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband connection (a $150 option) kept us surfing at a brisk pace; we were able to download Firefox, a 5.7MB download, in only a minute. Uploading a 1MB photo to our FTP server was also swift; we were able to post the file in just under 30 seconds.
On the expansion front, the 1520 offers an ExpressCard slot, as well as FireWire, VGA, S-Video, and four USB 2.0 ports. Dell allows users to select an optional Blu-ray drive ($700) instead of the standard 8X DVD+/-RW drive, but with the lack of an HDMI port, there's no way to export video to a big screen. With only a 15.4-inch screen, you might as well skip high-def.
Photos, music, and video are always just a button press away with Dell MediaDirect with Instant Office, which let us swiftly access multimedia content--as well as view contacts, appointments, and PowerPoint presentations--without booting into Windows. Bundled with our system is Dell's Travel Remote Control ($15) and noise-isolation earbuds that come paired with the webcam for a total of $30. The handy remote, which slides easily into the ExpressCard slot, allowed us to kick back and control our media in comfort. The earbuds were loud and clear, with sufficient bass.
Dell tosses in two convenient services designed to make your computing life easier: DellConnect, a remote diagnostic and repair service, and Dell DataSafe backup solution, which lets users save up to 3GB of data on Dell's secure servers. If you're in need of more storage, you can upgrade to 10GB ($10), 20GB ($20), or 30GB ($30). Dell backs the 1520 with a one-year warranty and 24/7 tech support.
Although it's a bit bulky, Dell has crafted a fine machine in the Inspiron 1520. Priced at a reasonable $1,807, our configuration is a stylish and powerful notebook. But with a starting price of $869, less souped-up versions of the this system, without bells and whistles like mobile broadband, should appeal to a wide audience.

Dell XPS M1330

If any single notebook can bring Dell out of its recent slump, the XPS M1330 is it. This portable's combination of light weight, stylish design, powerful performance, and built-in mobile broadband makes it a top choice for business travelers and hipsters alike (view photo gallery). Add in a stellar screen and keyboard and long battery life, and you have one of the top contenders for notebook of the year.
The M1330's soft-touch, crimson exterior is a new look for Dell, but the round logo on the lid is reminiscent of the one on the XPS M1210, this system's predecessor. Only 4.8 pounds (or as light as 4 pounds, depending on the battery), our configuration came with a built-in webcam, nine-cell battery, and travel remote. Although the VGA webcam no longer swivels as it did on the M1210, this one comes with tons of capabilities via software, including pan and zoom, face tracking, and special effects. All the webcam features worked reasonably well, and the picture was bright and clear, albeit washed out.
Along the right side you'll find an ExpressCard slot (with a mini remote control inside), a slot-loading DVD+/-RW drive, a Wi-Fi Catcher, and one USB 2.0 port. The left side houses another USB port, along with FireWire, VGA, Ethernet, and HDMI ports. An 8-in-1 memory card reader, dual headphones jacks, and a microphone jack grace the front.
We're big fans of the multimedia buttons along the top of the keyboard deck, although in general we'd prefer real buttons to touch-sensitive ones. Nonetheless, the Eject, Rewind, Stop, Play/Pause, Fast-Forward, Mute, and Volume buttons all worked well for us. You'll also find a Media Direct button for accessing your content without booting into Windows. The full-sized keyboard has a light, bouncy feel, which made touch typing a pleasure. The track pad and mouse buttons were both responsive, and we like the horizontal and vertical scrolling function on the track pad. A fingerprint reader sits off to the right.
Even with its slick external design, the display steals the show. The epic battles in our 300 DVD looked sharp and spectacular on the 13.3-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel widescreen. Colors were vivid, thanks to Dell's backlit WLED display. This panel is a welcome upgrade to the 12.1-inch screen on the XPS M1210.
We found the notebook's speakers plenty loud but the base weak, especially at the top volumes. Dell bundles noise-isolating earbuds, which sounded spectacular for both movies and music. We'd like to see some visual feedback when adjusting volume with the media buttons and the remote, but beyond that, watching movies or listening to music on a plane will be a blast with this screen and earbud combo.
Like its predecessor, the XPS M1330 packs a lot of power into a compact frame. Intel's 2-GHz Next Generation Core 2 Duo processor, along with 2GB of RAM, paced this system to a very strong PCMark05 score of 4,545; that's about 1,000 points higher than average for a thin-and-light system. Regular productivity tasks were speedy as well, even with several windows open, and the M1330 handled Vista's Aero interface with ease.
This notebook pumps out plenty of eye candy, at least for casual gamers. Thanks to Nvidia's GeForce 8400M GS graphics card with 128MB video memory, the M1330 turned in a way-above-average 3DMark03 score of 5,196. The M1330 garnered decent F.E.A.R. scores of 56 and 15 frames per second on autodetect and maximum settings, respectively. Having an HDMI output on board means you'll be able to output video and audio to a larger screen via a single port, whether you're playing games or watching movies. Too bad Dell doesn't include a Blu-ray or HD-DVD drive option..
Wi-Fi scores were also impressive at 19.1 Mbps and 16.9 Mbps at 15 and 50 feet, respectively. We saw very good speeds with the integrated Verizon Wireless EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband connection. We uploaded a 991K image file to our FTP site in 38 seconds (208 Kbps) and downloaded it in an even faster 11 seconds (720 Kbps). Likewise, we downloaded Firefox (a 5.7MB file) in just 53 seconds. To date, only the Panasonic Toughbook CF-W5 has been faster, at 37 seconds. Other Rev. A. notebooks hover between 1:01 and 1:07. And when surfing the Web on a bus ride to New Jersey from Manhattan, Web pages loaded quickly, with only a little trouble while we were in the Lincoln Tunnel, understandably so.
We saw solid battery life of 2 hours and 24 minutes on our DVD rundown test with a six-cell battery and 3 hours and 47 minutes with the included nine-cell battery, which added $60 to the price of our tested configuration. That's five minutes longer than average for this class, and you should expect about 4.5 to 5 hours of productivity time.
Our system came with Windows Vista Ultimate, but you can save yourself $199 if you go for Home Premium. You also get a trial version of Norton AntiVirus. Dell backs the M1330 with a one-year next-business day, in-home service warranty on parts and labor.
Whether you compute on campus, during your commute, or while flying from coast to coast, the Dell XPS M1330 has the power and multimedia chops you're looking for. It's one of the few no-compromise lightweight notebooks we've seen, and we like this one the best because of its unbeatable combination of performance, portability, and style. Dell is back.

HP Pavilion dv9500t

The HP Pavilion dv9500t is a fun and fast entertainment notebook that delivers excellent performance and multimedia features in a slick design. The system sports a beautiful (if somewhat low-resolution) 17-inch widescreen and offers plenty of space for your music, photos, and video. The included HD-DVD drive and HDMI port allow users to watch high-def movies on the display itself or on a big-screen TV. Priced at $2,074, the dv9500t is a smart choice for home users looking for a powerful but reasonably priced desktop replacement that will turn heads.
An update to the dv9000 series, the dv9500t sets itself apart with the refreshed Centrino Duo mobile platform (codenamed Santa Rosa) and other welcome upgrades, such as the addition of a fingerprint reader and a VGA webcam. Weighing 7.7 pounds and measuring 15.2 x 11.7 x 1.6 inches, this desktop replacement is light enough to tote around the house. Keeping the same layout and design as the previous model, the dv9500t offers a shiny black coating, a sleek silver inside, and a new Radiance Imprint pattern on both surfaces.

Comfort is the first word that came to mind when we opened up the system. The large touchpad is soft and has an integrated scroll bar that makes scanning long Web pages a cinch. The touchpad also has an On/Off button, which is useful when you want to use an external mouse. Like other desktop replacements, the system features a full-sized keyboard and includes a 10-key numeric keypad. Above the keyboard are light touch multimedia QuickPlay buttons. You'll also find Altec Lansing stereo speakers, which sounded very good during our tests.
The 17-inch glossy display offers only 1440 x 900-pixel resolution, but this Ultra BrightView panel is no ordinary screen. HP claims that it improves the color gamut by 72 percent, and we think it's worth the extra $125. The screen provided very sharp and bright images, and the roomy screen allowed us to keep numerous windows open at the same time. If you want more resolution for enjoying HD-DVD movies, you can opt for the 1680 x 1050-pixel panel, which costs $75 less but doesn't offer the sweet Ultra BrightView treatment.
To get a true 1080i or 1080p high-def experience, you can use the dv9500t's HDMI port to output the notebook's audio and video to your HDTV using a single cable. When watching the HD-DVD version of Dreamgirls on the notebook's screen, we could see Beyoncé's detailed makeup, but we could actually count her pores when we switched over to a 42-inch Sony LCD TV.
Above the screen resides the VGA-resolution webcam, which delivered clear Skype video calls even in low-light conditions. We also loved the convenience of the two built-in microphones that straddle the webcam; other callers could hear us quite well, even as we moved around the room.
Thanks to its 2-GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and 2GB of RAM (upgradable to 4GB), the dv9500t can handle anything from standard chores to hardcore multitasking. We couldn't get PCMark05 to run, but running two chat programs, surfing on Firefox, and playing a HD-DVD movie didn't slow down the system enough to affect playback. However, we did notice a lag in speed when switching programs. Likewise, when we ran a virus scan and installed program updates while watching a movie, there were no interruptions in the audio or video. In terms of handling Vista, the system gets a 4.5 (out of 5.9) base Vista experience score and a subscore of 4.6 on the graphics card that tests Vista's Windows Aero interface.
The Nvidia 8600M GS graphics card, complete with 256MB of dedicated video memory, gives the dv9500t pretty good gaming muscle. The dv9500t notched a good but not great 3DMark03 score of 6,221, as well as a respectable 67 frames per second using F.E.A.R.'s autodetect settings (25 fps with the settings maxed out), not bad for a nongaming notebook.
On our DVD rundown tests, the dv9500t lasted an above-average 2 hours and 21 minutes. The 802.11n connection wasn't exactly blazing; 13.2 Mbps of throughput at 15 feet and 12.5 Mbps at 50 feet.
For a little more than $2,000, you get a whole lot of power and style in this desktop replacement. The HP Pavilion dv9500t gives you a gorgeous screen, HD-DVD playback, and plenty of multimedia might.

The new line of ESPRIMO Mobile from Fujitsu Siemens ComputersThe new line of ESPRIMO Mobile from Fujitsu Siemens Computers

The Fujitsu Siemens Computers introduced a new line of professional laptops for a primary and secondary market segments.
Mobile laptops ESPRIMO will be available in August at a price of 1,099 euros.

The series includes three models: ESPRIMO Mobile U9200, U9400 and D9500, which can support such devices as latch port or extra battery (universal for the series of this laptop).

12.1-inch ESPRIMO U9200 Mobile is based on the Intel Core 2 Duo, weighs only 1.8 kg and is a good choice for frequent business travellers.

14.1-inch ESPRIMO Mobile M9400 weighs 2.1 kg.

ESPRIMO Mobile D9500 with 15.4-inch display weighs 2.5 kg and is a Class desktop replacement.

All models are equipped with integrated UMTS standard and widescreen displays. A second laptop battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous work.

According to information from IDC, ESPRIMO Mobile will strengthen position of Fujitsu Siemens Computers in the market of professional laptops.

ZINK Mobile Printer without using Ink

No more ink cartridges required thank you very much.

Zink Imaging has unveiled a new mobile printer that produces on-demand color images and photos without ink, ribbons or toner.

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Using ZINK's patented paper, an advanced composite material with dye crystals embedded inside and a protective polymer overcoat layer outside. Zink's process embeds the ink into the paper.

When it encounters heat, different layers of ink are activated and appear on the paper.

"We can make incredibly small and easy-to-use printers that can print images with the touch of a single button," says Zink Chief Executive Wendy Caswell, a former Polaroid executive. "When you don't have to deal with ink, you don't have to deal with the complexity that ink requires. This lets us get the size of the printer down to the size of something that can fit in your pocket, or which can be embedded into any type of electronic device."

Imagine now the ability to print more effortlessly with no hassle of worrying about low or empty ink cartridges.

The printer is expected to sell for $99 and $20 for 100 sheets of paper.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Color Picker Software! How it can help you?

How many times when you was going to make you own, profitble website about different interesting facts you was thinking about colors?? Many times! It's true. Colors at your website is very important, because all your visitors will receive devastating chromatic effect.
Many people think that Photoshop will help them to solve that problem, yes it is. But it's very expensive... don't you think so? To solve this problem, you can use the AdesDesign’s color picker tool, AdesClrPicker, that permits you, with just one click, to select the right color to use: go with the color picker directly over the color on the screen you are interested in, Make your mouse click and color picker will show you the exact color value in HTML, RGB, C++, VB and Delphi formats (last 10 colors are saved into program cache). And use it on other parts of your site to reach the perfect chromatic effect (colorpicker doen't occupy your windows bar, just a little icon in your tray)!

Color picker is sold for just $9.90 and pay via PAYPAL

On Ades Site, there is also a very nice blog, full of interesting information and facts. Take a look:

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Seagate Delivers 160 GB 7200 RPM Notebook HDD

Seagate started presenting great products lately like the DAVE project, the new encrypted HDD and the Savvio hard drive. They recently unveiled another such a product under the brand Momentus 7200.2.The new device is a 2.5″ hard drive for laptops that uses perpendicular recording technology to achieve higher memory density therefore higher storage capacity for the same form factor. Having 160 GB as the maximum capacity the Momentus 7200.2 also offers a performance boost due to the 7200 rpm (compared to the regular notebook hard drives that offer 5400 rpm) and SATA high-speed interface (up to 3 Gb).
Another useful feature that can be added to the device is the acceleration sensor which can detect falls greater than 8″ (about 200 mm) high. Upon the fall detection the device will park the read/write heads achieving a better reliability for the stored data and the hard drive.

Another Dual Screen Mobile Computer

After we presented you the new Canovo dual touchscreen, we have now another device from this category. Estari 2-VU Model DC15 is a new dual touchscreen. The device is powered by an Intel Dual Core Processor 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM and 60GB hard disk the standard model. When a buyer makes a purchase, he can choose additional features like 100GB hard disk, USB floppy or built-in Intel/Pro Wireless 3945 802.11(a/b/g) LAN Card. The system operates using the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system. The Estari Dual-Screen Mobile Computer allows its users to work with two documents simultaneously in the same application or different applications. Estari DC15 combines the best aspects of a laptop, desktop, tablet PC and e-Book reader. The suitcase design strengthen the idea of business travel mate. But, as you know, the technology is not cheap. Estari 2-VU Model DC15 costs $4,350 the standard model.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sony Vaio L series - dream or the real thing?

Sony tries to surprise us with the new looks of Sony Vaio L series. It no longer looks like a laptop, but looks like complete machine that has as much faces as you need. The polycarbonate frame makes the chassis very light, durable and strong enough for a big 15.4-inch LCD display and smart to support the 2 speakers of 3W enhanced by Sound Reality audio chips and SoundFLOW software, all these for crystal clear sound quality.
You should know that there is no release date on Sony Vaio L series because it’s not real. It’s a future project only that right now brings joy to our eyes and to our techy brain. As a hardware all-in-one PC we should note that the new series of Sony Vaio are powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz processors, have 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 120 GB hard disk drives and have a foldable touchpad and keyboard. Save money for it if they plan to release it in the near future.

Two World Of Warcraft XPS M1710 Priced At Nearly $12,000

That is the result of an eBay charity auction organized by Dell and Blizzard. The two XPS M1710 Dell notebooks have two signatures by Dell Chairman Michael Dell and Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice- President of Gaming Rob Pardo, and there cases also replicate the artwork on the new World Of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade game boxes. Gorgeously looking the two new gaming laptops are among the best portable computers currently available on the market including numerous high-end hardware components.
The two lucky winners are Trip Hoover from Texas, USA and Daniel Marinow from Germany who together spent almost $12,000 on these special notebooks. However the money will not take Blizzard’s or Dell’s direction as they will be a charity donation to America’s Second Harvest.
If you are sad about these two notebooks you still have a chance of winning a WoW customized computer because a new contest is available at where, by answering a few questions on World Of Warcraft, you can win one of the five XPS 710 H2C Gaming PCs and 27″ wide screen monitors.

The C1 Express Dual From LG

Lately all the media coverage regarding LG has been mainly directed to the mobile phones area, and especially to the Chocolate phone and the new Prada phone. I will try to change this situation by offering you a little piece on a great LG portable computer, the C1 Express Dual.Like all the new high-end notebooks the C1 packs all the computer power offered by an Intel Core Duo processor assisted by a GeForce Go 7300 graphics card that has the role to provide the best image quality for the 10.6″ LCD display. The input devices are the usual keyboard and touchpad but there is also the possibility of using a stylus for this task. And, speaking of possibilities, let me add the 5-in-1 card reader, the 3 USB 2.0 ports and a DVD writer as ways of interconnectivity for this device.If all this features seem common let me add that the thickness of the C1 Express is not larger than 27 mm (approx. 1.1″) and that this small form factor can pack a battery with a lifetime of up to five and a half hours. From all this info it is obvious to me this device was built around the concept of mobility and apparently it’s a success.

BenQ’s Joybook Series Gets An Upgrade

…with three new laptops enhanced for Windows Vista, the S73V, the R55V and the S31V.The new products are aimed at bringing more features to the older line of existing models from BenQ. The S73V is the first of the new comers being equipped with an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card ready to deliver all the new eye-candy from Vista’s UI (user interface) on the 14.1″ LCD screen. The other two, the S31V and the R55V come equipped with 15.4″ respectively 13.3″ LCD displays and the computing power is provided by the Intel Core duo processors.

Buffalo’s wireless USB adapter

Stick type USB2.0 radio adapter “WLI-U2-SG54HP” from Buffalo is capable of boosting your wireless range with 210%. So, using this Wi-Fi adapter you can catch signals from far distances. The improvement is around 170 m than the normal wireless adapter incorporated in your laptop. All you need to do is to place the Buffalo's WLI-U2-SG54HP on the back of your display and then to plug it in. Satisfaction is guaranteed for only $31.

Asus Lamborghini VX1 Laptop Gets An Upgrade With The VX2 Model

The famous Taiwanese computer manufacturer announced last week the availability of the VX2 laptop. Just like its predecessor, the VX1, the new notebook is branded after the sports car producer Lamborghini. Yet, the similarities with the old version don’t stop here as the VX2 is dedicated to provide extreme performance trough the Intel Cored Duo processor, following on the VX1’s footsteps. Just like the Lamborghini cars, this device will impress not only with its performance, but with its design too. With the accent being put on the details you won’t remain unimpressed by the metallic keyboard, the high performance LCD display or the leather bound palm rest area. “We are very pleased to say that the VX2 is a perfect translation of Lamborghini - in both body and spirit” said the President and CEO of Lamborghini according to the press release.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Fujitsu Introduces The LifeBook P7230 Notebook

Last week Fujitsu launched a new Ultra-Portable notebook and this one is a really slim one as it measures just 1.17″ in thickness. Available in Leather Black or Leather White colors the P7230 is built on a Intel Core Solo U1400 processor and it features a 10.1″ widescreenwidescreen LCD display and the option of adding a built in digital camera.

I find the 2.5″ external drive drive as a nice feature as it gives you the possibility of either adding a DVD writer or a second battery pack to your notebook using it. Customers will find useful the security features the P7230 has to offer trough a biometric fingerprint sensor and an embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that can store data file passwords and keys on a single microchip.
Available immediately the new LifeBook LifeBook P7230 ultra-slim notebook has a starting price of $2.257.

Motorola Releases Rugged Laptops, Includes Heating Mechanism?

The inclusion of a heating mechanism in Motorola's new laptops isn't that far-fetched after all. The MW810 and ML910 are rugged laptops that include the usual array of features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even GPS, but most interesting is the heating device integrated into the laptop. No, it isn't an instant lawsuit creator (see: laptop fires), but the device will slightly warm up the hard drive in extreme cold situations to ensure that it will spin up.
Thinking about climbing Everest in shorts? This may be the perfect laptop for you. The MW810 and ML910 will be on display at FOSE 2007 in Washington, D.C., with a release coming in the later months.

Asus W7J Laptop All Dressed in White

No, it's not a blushing bride, but the Asus W7J laptop is completely decked out in an all-white casing, with the notable exception of a few silver highlights. You know, because every fluffy cloud has a silver lining... or something.This apparent successor to the W5A (which was also all-white) comes equipped with a 13.3-inch Color Shine widescreen display, integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam, up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and a DVD Super-Multi optical drive. Powering the elegant 1.95kg beast is a dual core processor (T2300/2400/2500/2600 series), 945PM chipset, and an nVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 graphics card. Connectivity comes by way of Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Intel PRO/Wireless 3945A/B/G for WiFi. And yes, it supports high-definition video.

Asus Ecobook Bamboo Laptop: More Than a Panda's Lunch

No, that's not laminate flooring you're looking at. It seems almost counter-intuitive that the Asus Ecobook features a real bamboo cover, considering that the bamboo may be better suited as panda's lunch than as a laptop casing. Maybe they're just catering to people that prefer a more natural look to their mobile computers?In any case, the exact specifications of this "eco-friendly" laptop have not yet been released, but we can tell you that it'll be ready to ship some time next year.
Man, I bet those koala pandas are getting pumped today!
Photos: The Asus EcoBook bamboo laptop

The Laptop Shade for Outdoor Laptopsmen

File this one under "so obvious, we wish we thought of it." It's a fold-up shade from the IT Helper, which essentially installs onto your laptop and folds out to shade the screen when you're outdoors. Simple and easy—but adds a bit of bulk to your laptop—it's one of those low-tech gadgets that's super useful for the people who need them. Which would be us, if we ever went outside. Seriously, we haven't opened our front door in a week. Our neighbors would think we died if it weren't for the noise and the fact that the stench is more leftover food and not decaying body.

Tattoos for Your Laptop: Safer Than Letting Your Mac Drink Jack and Ride a Hog

A Williamsburg tattooist, Scott Campbell, has come up with half a dozen designs that you can have lasered onto your laptop for $200. If you up the price by $100 he'll etch your own design onto your machine, just like he did above, for Brooklyn-based artist Kaws. If these take off, perhaps Apple will change their ad campaign, swapping Justin Long for a large and leathered-up hairy biker who answers to the name of Steel Ball (he lost the second one in a fight down Altamont way). Check the gallery for the six designs on offer.

Samsung M55 Laptop Shows HD-DVD Love

Either Samsung can't decide which side of the next-gen optical disc fence they're on or they want to capture every last corner of the market they possibly can. The Samsung M55 multimedia laptop is already available with the Blu-Ray drive, but the Korean electronics giant is sharing some love, now offering the same lappy but with an HD-DVD burner.Clearly designed with movie, music, and games in mind, the HD-DVD-ified Samsung M55 boasts a formidable 17-inch display, Core 2 Duo T7200 processor, 2GB RAM, 120GB SATA HDD, 256MB GeForce 7600 graphics, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Look for it at your favorite retailer in Korea for "slightly less than Ђ2,430." That works out to about $3200 of American green.

Prevent Lap Burn

If hot laptops have ever been a problem, here's the perfect, simple solution. Cooler Master NotePal all-aluminum coolers work for 15-and 17-inch laptops and even have a range designed for Apple's widescreens. The NotePal takes down heat with twin 2.8-inch fans (that have a life expectancy of 3000 hours), which also help with airflow around your laptop, shielding it from any direct heat. And bonus—it's fairly quiet as well. The NotePal is powered directly from your laptop and has two 2.0 USB ports and an on/off power button for the fans. The line starts at about $40.

Eight Laptop Coolers Reviewed (Verdict: They're All Pretty Meh)

Dan "Huevos" Ackerman's very protective of his groin. As such, he needs the best laptop cooler money can buy. He takes out eight (who knew there were that many) laptop coolers and rates them on looks, size, and how they feel on his creamy thighs.
The winner in terms of temperature (measuring at the lowest 74.4 degrees C) was the Xpad Laptop desk. However, since the default temperature without cooling was 80.8 degrees, none of these coolers really performed that much above the others, which means that you should pick one you like to look at the most and go with it.

Converting a Regular Laptop into a Touchscreen Tablet PC

Want the functionality of a Tablet PC, but don't want to fork out the big bucks to get the love of a touchscreen? What if you could convert a regular laptop into a Tablet PC for just $130? The "Laptop Tablet" from NAVIsis won't directly transmogrify that standard LCD screen, per se, but the small attachment latches itself onto the side of your display, effectively giving you a touchscreen-like interface. While no promises were made on the CeBIT floor, you'd assume that NAVIsis did their best to mimic TabletPC functionality and accuracy. Before we have to chance to take it for a test run ourselves, we'll withhold any sort of conclusion. At the same time, the "Laptop Tablet" -- which plugs in via USB -- is only 130 bucks, so it's not like you're breaking the bank to take a chance. PhotoShop'd be easier, that's for sure.