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The sharp eyes in the forums at Notebook Review have come across some very interesting information regarding Dell's upcoming notebooks by using a simple search on Google. This search exposed a spreadsheet on Dell's FTP server that outlined in explicit detail the company's plans for launching their wave of Intel Core Solo and Core Duo notebooks. Taking a quick glimpse at the suggested MSRP's for these notebooks, mobile users can rejoice as it appears we'll be getting much more "bang for the buck" than we're used to. Looking for more infos about new Dell notebooks? Just make a simple search on google by using the following keywords:... Read more...
If you own a Dell, you've got another fire hazard to worry about. As The Inquirer reports, Dell has recalled 22,000 batteries from various Dell units, including the Latitude, Inspiron, and Precision series of notebooks. Potentially affected batteries were sold with the following models of Dell notebook computers or separately as secondary batteries: Latitude D410, D505, D510, D600, D610, D800, D810 Inspiron 510M, 600M, 6000, 8600, 9200, 9300, XPS Gen 2 Precision M20, M70   "In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dell is voluntarily recalling and offering free replacements for certain notebook batteries that were... Read more...
The Dell XPS 400, it's advertised as a gaming machine, but can it live up to the claim? Well, not really. Infact it seems to have some serious software issues, which is one of the last things any gamer would want to deal with. "Even more troubling is that our Dell XPS 400 did not live up to its billing as a gaming machine that is suitable for ANY gamer. The software compatibility issues we saw lead me to question just how Dell tests their products. Certainly a serious gaming computer company would insure their solutions work with some of the most popular gaming franchises on the market. The Dell XPS 400 is a good example of how you cannot just... Read more...
We just received word from Dell that they have just significantly increased security in their mobile products through BIOS-level hooks for Absolute Software's Computrace PC Tracking and Loss Control Service. Beyond the standard-level protection, these new BIOS-level hooks make defeating the program significantly more difficult. Fortunately for all new customers, these BIOS level hooks are a standard option on nearly all new mobile systems. Exisiting customers can also download a new BIOS complete with these additional features by going to Dell's support site. Those looking for more information on the Computrace security software can find more details in this whitepaper from Dell's website.ROUND... Read more...
After weeks of rumors circulating around the web, Forbes reports that Dell has informed it's contract manufacturers of plans to build devices based on AMD CPU's."Dell Inc has informed its Taiwan contract makers of plans to develop devices based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc's microprocessors, and these suppliers are awaiting orders for global shipment, the Economic Daily News reported, citing industry sources."Is it all just a matter of time?... Read more...
Well folks, tonight we've got some driver news for you all. From the Nvidia camp, Forceware version 81.85 has been officially released and can be downloaded on their main site. As for ATi. they have made their 5.10a beta driver available for download. This driver package fixes some issues with Quake 4, and also includes the OpenGL performance enhancements. Goodnight all! Dell XPS 600 Generation 5 desktop system @ Hardware-Review.net "Companies like Alienware, VoodooPC, and Monarch Computer have been building systems geared toward gamers for years and now Dell is getting into the mix. One system we have from Dell that falls in this category is the XPS 600 Generation 5 desktop system. It's... Read more...
Iwill ZPC64 Review @ AMDZone: "We have been testing Iwill boards since their early VIA Socket 462 offerings, and to tell you the truth we were a bit surprised to see them jump into the small form factor crowd. They did with a lineup that has certainly been different than just the normal bread box style solution. Amongst their most interesting offerings is the very small ZPC64 which at a mere 75mm wide still manages to fit a power AGP video card in it. Before we get to our testing of the ZPC64 lets look at the full specifications." Creative Xtreme Fidelity (X-Fi) @ CoolTechZone.com: "It's been quite a while since we have seen any major activity in the sound card arena. It was around... Read more...
Off to school we go! Yes, it's that time of year again for many. But fear not! All is not lost, for it's also notebook hunting season. Of course, even if you enjoy going back to school, it's still a rare treat. After all, you are choosing a companion to help you stave off hours of boredom, and at the same time choosing an hombre to make your life a little easier. Mind you, this is one partner you will likely be stuck with for more than a year or two, so as always, choose carefully. For the majority of those in "back to school" mode, shopping for a notebook will be limited to ultraportables or traditional form factor notebooks (14.1" or 15.0" displays). Why, you ask? Well frankly,... Read more...
Hello again, HH fans!  I just wanted to pop back in to let you all know that there is some NVIDIA news today.  They are launching a pair of new nForce 4 SLI chipsets, one for the AMD platform and the other for Intel, that sport a pair of true x16 PCI Express graphics slots. The current crop of nForce 4 SLI boards have a pair or x8 electrical connections.  On top of this, NVIDIA is also announcing a new relationship with Dell.  Here's a snip from the official Press release... NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Powers the Dell XPS Gaming Desktop Now Available: The World's First NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16-based PC Get the ultimate gaming system with the first ever NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16-based... Read more...
Our previous coverage of the Inspiron XPS Gen 2 was mainly intended for prospective gaming and performance sensitive buyers. However, this perspective doesn't completely explore the multimedia possibilities of the XPS Gen 2, which can be configured with Microsoft's MCE 2005. So of course, we had an Inspiron XPS Gen 2 from Dell configured with that OS and all the necessary multimedia add-ons for those curious about its full audio/video possibities. Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 Specifications Processor •_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache •_Supports 533MHz FSB Chipset •_Intel 915PM/ICH6-M •_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB Memory •_Two... Read more...
Over the past year, it has been interesting to see the emphasis that the big names are willing to put on the "enthusiast" crowd, in regards to notebooks. In the past, notebooks have been targeted towards businessmen and the like. These days, however, the variety is so wide that there is a notebook targeted to just about every niche and need. Consider this: a few years ago there were a handful of names making true blue notebook gaming rigs, i.e. Alienware, albeit in small quantities.  But as the gaming generation grows, so does the interest in these powerful systems. So, it really comes as no surprised to us to see Dell and HP joining the fray. The difference is that Dell has really... Read more...
Good Evening Folks!  We're going to kick off the weekend right, with a little notebook review action courtesy of Andrew, by way of Dell.  We've just posted a new review of Dell's Latitude D810 notebook. The D810 is the latest in Dell's line of business class notebooks, that's powered by a powerful Intel Pentium M processor, the i915 chipset, and ATI Radeon graphics. Click here and check it out...... Read more...
The Notebook Lab here at Hothardware.com is currently full of business and professional class notebooks, but don't fret, we will get to some interesting consumer class designs soon. In the meantime though, there is still plenty to keep us busy, including our latest arrival, Dell's new business powerhouse - the Latitude D810.  The Dell Latitude D810 sports an Intel Pentium-M processor with 2MB of L2 cache (Dothan core), riding on the i915PM chipset, with ATI Radeon X300 or X600 powered graphics. Dell Latitude D810 Specifications Processor •_Designed for Intel Pentium-M/Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache •_Supports 533MHz FSB Chipset •_Intel 915PM/ICH6-M Chipset... Read more...
Hey folks, today we've got a couple of announcements from Intel. You can read about the "New WiMAX Silicon Solution" below, and you can check out the one on Dual Core PC's. Good night all :) Intel Introduces New WiMAX Silicon Solution To Expand The Reach Of Broadband Internet SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 18, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of its first WiMAX product, providing equipment manufacturers and carriers the ability to deliver next-generation wireless broadband networks around the world. In addition, several service providers worldwide announced plans to begin commercial WiMAX trials based on Intel silicon products later this year, giving consumers and... Read more...
  With the next notebook refresh cycle right around the corner, we are taking the time to look at some of the more recently refreshed notebooks. In the meantime, there is a lot of buzz surrounding the AMD Turion platform, which we have been eagerly anticipating. The news so far (directly from a few system vendors) is that it does surprisingly well in power consumption. We are hearing that quasi-thin and light/lightweight desktop replacements using an 8-cell battery should get just under 200 minutes of use  This is just preliminary news we are hearing with what seems to be the first official batch of drivers and hardware. When compared to comparable Centrino systems, we are hearing that... Read more...
Good evening folks :) Tonight we have a roundup of motherboards based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, a look at the Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC which comes with a 624MHz CPU, and a couple other items. I decided to do some spring cleaning today, so now I'm off to organize all my hardware junk and figure out if it should go in a rig, or be sold on ebay. Good night. Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC Review @ The Tech Zone "The powerful Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC features a large 3.7" VGA display that provides brilliant, clear images at 640x480 resolution. This was previously unheard of in a handheld device. The large viewing area makes documents easy to see so you can work smart and fast. In addition... Read more...
About three weeks ago, we tested a new Acer notebook powered by ATI's Mobility Radeon X700. With our testing complete, we found the Mobility Radeon X700 to be a well-balanced mobile GPU that offered very good performance, in a thin and relatively light form factor. Then, a few days after that article went live, we were contacted by representatives from NVIDIA and given an opportunity to test a different sort of animal. NVIDIA told us they'd be releasing a new mobile GPU meant for high-end, desktop replacement notebooks. What we ended up getting our hands on was a new Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 with a GeForce Go 6800 Ultra pushing the pixels. The GeForce Go 6800 Ultra incorporates all of the technology... Read more...
Good morning folks!  Today is definitely much busier on the news front than yesterday.  I've only been away from the keyboard for a few hours (ie sleeping), and the news box is loaded with good stuff.  I'm going to get right down to business and get it posted because I've got some benchmarking to do.  The FedEx man was good to us today... VIA Boosts Hard Drive Security with VIA PadLock Tru-Delete Latest software utility and source code from VIA enables enhanced disk wiping performance utilizing the VIA PadLock RNG Taipei, Taiwan, September 15th 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today made... Read more...
Good evening folks!  Thankfully, I have completely recovered from this weekend's festivities (my girl threw me an awesome surprise party for my birthday), and decided to stop in for a quick shot of news.  Most of the action today was dominated by NVIDIA's SLI announcement and Intel's Nacona news, but there were some other goodies posted as well.  Here's goes...  Dell Inspiron XPS Notebook Review @ Hard|OCP: "The Dell Inspiron XPS brings forth a level of game playability that allows you the power to easily head off to any LAN game and compete, or to enjoy the latest 3D adventure in the privacy of your home. And then without issue, you can use it for those daily computing... Read more...
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