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Back in 2006, Hewlett-Packard bought Voodoo, makers of exotic gaming rigs. That had people scratching their heads about what HP was going to make under their newly acquired nameplate. Apparently it wasn't just exotic gaming desktops they were after; it's the straightforward exotic lappie market they wanted as well. HP rolled out a bunch of new models today, but perhaps none so interesting as their ultra-mobile Voodoo Envy 133 notebook. It's thinner overall than a MacBook Air, and mighty powerful. Oh yes -- bring money. Measuring just over half an inch thin and weighing less than 3.4 pounds, the Voodoo Envy 133 is a showcase of ultra-mobility and thermal engineering in a tiny, sophisticated chassis.... Read more...
One of the more curious items spied at this week's Computex trade show in Taipei, is an Asus laptop prototype with a built-in mini projector. There is still not too much known about the unlabeled notebook, other than that the laptop has a large space above the display's bezel, in which a working, pivoting mini projector is housed.  Mini projectors are just now starting to hit the market. Earth Trek recently just released its 90-805R mini projector, and Samsung showed off its P400 Pocket Projector prototype in May. Both Texas Instruments and 3M have developed micro-projector technologies, which will be driving many of these new mini projectors. In fact, Foxconn was displaying a micro... Read more...
You might remeber the name "Splashtop" from when DeviceVM, made a, er, splash, with DeviceVM's announcement last October that it was partnering with Asus to integrate the light-weight Splashtop OS into Asus motherboards. Asus calls the technology "Express Gate," and includes it with a number of its motherboards. Beginning in June, Asus will be integrating Splashdot/Express Gate into a some of its laptop models as well. "Splashtop software enables users to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music, chat with friends, share photos, and more - just seconds after turning on their PC. Express Gate is already available on a wide range of PC motherboards from ASUS. The notebooks announced today... Read more...
In preparation for the upcoming release of the Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform, Super Talent has just announced a DDR3-1333 capable SO-DIMM.  The part number for the product is W1333SA1GS.  It has a 1GB capacity, support for frequencies up to 1333MHz (PC3-12800), and it has a CAS latency of 9.  A photo of the new SO-DIMM and the full press release are avaialble below. Super Talent Launches DDR3 SO-DIMM for Next Generation Laptops Offers Higher Transfer Rates and Lower Power Consumption San Jose, California – May 27, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced immediate... Read more...
"Weird" simply isn't sufficient to describe this laptop, now being auctioned at eBay.I purchased this a few years back as a project but it just ended up sitting in my closet. This is a rare Xentex Dual Screen Laptop. Each screen is 13.3" and one pivots so that one can be facing you and the other one facing the person sitting on the other side of the laptop. This was a prototype and is missing some parts but does turn on so I have no doubt someone can make this work with the right skills.This has to be the worlds largest laptop when unfolded which measures about 19.5" across when you unfold it. This company had a great idea on the hinging concept because the entire laptop folds twice making it... Read more...
Apple MacBooks are due to get a LED backlighting as part of a future upgrade that will continue to raise the Cupertino-based firm’s green credentials.  Apple first introduced LED backlighting in their 2007 MacBook Pro refresh, and since then they’ve also added it to the svelte MacBook Air. The movement is part of the company's charge towards "a greener Apple," which kicked into overdrive last year amid increased pressure from shareholders and environmental organizations who accused the electronics maker of dragging its feet when it came to removing environmentally harmful toxic chemicals from its products.  As part of an open letter on the matter, chief executive Steve Jobs said plans... Read more...
Eurocom launches world's first Montevina FSB1066 based 15.4-inch gaming-class Notebook powered by nVidia GeForce Go 9800M GTX with 1GB of Video, 8GB of DDR3-1333  Memory, 320GB of 7200rpm SATA-300 and Blu Ray drive.Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, introduced the EUROCOM M860TU Montebello 15.4-inch Gaming Notebook or Mobile Workstation based on Intel Montevina processors, Intel Cantiga PM45 chipset, DDR3-1333 Memory and next generation  Nvidias GeForce 9xxx series upgradeable VGA technology. EUROCOM M860TU Notebook PC provides gaming and/or workstation-calibre performance, powerful graphics capabilities, high performance... Read more...
The divide between gaming desktops and laptops just got a bit smaller. Today Seagate announced that its 2.5-inch, 320GB, 7,200-rpm, Momentus 7200.3 hard drive is now available as an option in Dell XPS laptops and will be available soon in some Alienware laptop models."Seagate's new 2.5-inch hard drive delivers up to 320GB of capacity and combines a fast Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface with 7200-rpm spin speed and a 16MB cache to enable the highest-performance laptops ever. The drive also is offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor technology, to help prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a laptop PC is dropped."Dell's online configurator for the XPS M1730Hard drives... Read more...
A pair of thieves were caught by the tech-savvy owner of one of the laptops they pilfered, using the "Back to My Mac" remote desktop software to find her Mac and take control of it - and to take a picture of one of the thieves, as well.Here in White Plains, a break in the case came on Tuesday when a friend of Ms. Duplaga’s sent her a congratulatory text message on the return of her stolen computer. “She said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ and her friend said, ‘Well, you popped up as being online,’ ” Mr. Jackson said.He said that Ms. Duplaga immediately signed on to another Macintosh computer and, using a feature called “Back to My Mac,” was able to gain access to her missing laptop... Read more...
There was a fire in LG Chem's plant in South Korea in March of this year. "So what?"  you might ask. Well, that plant makes lithium-ion batteries, and that's helping to limit the supply of laptop computers. "I think maybe the battery shortage may hurt every brand," said J.T. Wang, chairman of Acer, at the company's investor conference two weeks ago.But the head of the world's largest independent notebook battery maker, Simplo Technology, said he expects the lithium-ion supply to return to normal in the third quarter and allow battery makers to substantially increase production. "The LG Chem problem has had a big impact on supplies, but we're working with customers and they understand," said... Read more...
All right, they didn't really give Vostro laptop owners the meaty middle digit.  However, they gave them something that would require a reconfiguration of your typing mindset: a screwed-up keyboard layout.Flickr user Jake Gordon is angry. He ordered a new Dell Vostro with a UK keyboard and found that Dell has monkeyed subtly with the bottom row of keys, rendering the computer useless for anyone who touch-types.Of course, that only matters if you touch-type.  Check out the keyboard below and compare the placement of the Z (should be between the A and S) vs. the above normal keyboard. Dell admitted to the problem:A limited number of Dell Vostro 1310 and 1510 laptops in Europe have been... Read more...
Never heard of Quanta Computer? Can't blame you. They don't put their own nameplate on the laptop computers they build in Taiwan. They manufacture units for most all major computer vendors, so if you've got a Dell or an HP in your lap, for instance, the chances are pretty good that Quanta made it, or one just like it. They even make the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's laptop. Since they serve so many masters, their sales outlook is useful in gauging worldwide demand for laptops in general. The company has factored in the shaky global economy to its 2008 laptop shipment forecast, Leung said. "It looks like there will be some impact on the notebook market in the U.S., but Europe and other areas... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Gigabyte Technology will release a low-cost laptop in June that uses the new Intel Atom processor. The M912 will include an 8.9-inch display that will run either Windows XP or Linux."The Gigabyte M912 is being designed in-house by the company in order to enable it to control the development schedule, specification and quality, the sources noted, highlighting that this will allow the company to remain flexible based on market feedback."The M912 should be one of the very fist devices available that uses Intel's new, low-power, 45nm Atom processor. It will be interesting to see how well the M912 stacks up against other ultraportables, such as the Eee PC and the soon-to-be-released... Read more...
ASUS Celebrates the Unveiling of the ASUS-Lamborghini VX3 Laptop in Hollywood Style Fremont, CALIFORNIA (April 24, 2007) – ASUS introduces the ASUS-Lamborghini VX3 third generation laptop with a Hollywood-style celebration co-sponsored by Intel at the Lamborghini Orange County dealership. Celebrities and industry partners will walk the yellow-carpet as they enter the ASUS-Lamborghini VX3 celebration. Photo opportunities are available via various press walls which feature the ASUS-Lamborghini VX3 and Lamborghini automobiles. The latest addition to the ASUS-Lamborghini VX series family is a design combination of luxury, portability and superior performance. The 12.1 inch, 3.6lb ASUS-Lamborghini... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.Intel has had quad-core CPUs on their road map for some time now, but the details have been very hard to come by until recently.  Rumor has it that the high end part, the QX9300 will cost over $1000 and will feature a faster FSB to go with it's increased TDP:“The Core 2 Extreme QX9300 will be manufactured at 45nm and have a core frequency of 2.53GHz. The CPU will come in a socket P package and support FSB speeds up to 1066MHz. The chip will include 12MB L2 cache and have a maximum TDP of 45W.”The CPU should be available in the third quarter, just in time... Read more...
It's another market, ruggedized laptops.  And since Dell is still in full recovery mode, given the opportunity, why not enter it? The Latitude XFR D630 is basically a Latitude D630 in full body armor built to withstand extreme temperatures, falls, moisture, dust, and more. Dell isn't really breaking any new ground here. Panasonic has been doing its Toughbook thing for a while now, and neither is Dell trying to beat Panasonic with lower prices. At a starting price of $3,899, that's more than the lowest-priced configuration of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-30, the Latitude's closest equivalent. So why rugged and why now? Is Dell "tough enough?"  It's certainly pricey enough, but while it's... Read more...
Since it seems many government agencies can't keep their hands on their laptops, a U.K. company has come up with a potential solution.Sold as a hosted service, Virtuity's BackStopp server monitors a protected laptop using any medium available, including the Internet, or locally using Wi-Fi or GSM.If a laptop is reported stolen -- or even just moved from a designated space - the system can reach out and execute a file deletion routine that clears the laptop of all important data.For laptops stolen while switched off, the location system can use RFID tags to make a judgement about whether that movement is within allowed parameters. A full log of all deletions is sent back to the service center... Read more...
In what many are calling an object lesson to computer repair shops that lose customer's PCs, Raelyn Campbell has filed a $54 million dollar law suit over the loss of her $2100 laptop at Best Buy.On the surface $54 million seems like a lot, but consider what this customer was put through.  First she paid the $300 fee for the extended warranty, then she drops off the laptop to be repaired.  For three months she frequently returned to the store checking on the status of her machine until she was eventually told that her computer was simply missing along with whatever personal data she had on it.  It's certainly easy to see how she'd be upset, but Best Buy obviously thinks that $54... Read more...
Dell XPS M1730 Laptop Continues To Rule Mobile Gaming ArenaAddition Of NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX With Dual SLI Technology Delivers 49 Percent Increase In Benchmark Performance Over Previous Generation Video Graphics  Award-winning  XPS M1730 and XPS M1730 World of Warcraft edition gaming laptops now support dual NVIDIA® GeForce®  8800M GTX graphics(2x512MB) with NVIDIA SLI™ Technology Delivers cinematic video experience with DX10 games like Crysis, and BioShock playing at high details and high resolution. XPS M1730 laptop configured with GeForce 8800M GTX with SLI technology are capable of posting up to a 13,500 3DMark 2006 score,[i] a 49 percent benchmark performance... Read more...
Apple's multi-touch technology is so popular among "the rest of us" that it seems destined to replace all existing laptop pointing devices shortly:“The next models to receive the oversized trackpads will be updated 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models due for an introduction in the next several weeks, people familiar with the company's 2008 product roadmap say.”It seems possible, if not likely, that Apple will eventually migrate their entire laptop lineup to the new muli-touch trackpads.  It also seems likely that the new MacBook Pro models due soon will feature the new Penryn-family CPUs that offer up to 6 MB of L2 cache and SSE4 support.  As usual, we expect the MacBook Pro to get the... Read more...
Laptops sales have been on the rise for several years now, and many have been wondering if or when they'll eventually exceed desktop sales.  While we don't have a crystal ball, we do know that hard disk manufacturer Seagate believes that they will ship more hard drives for laptops than desktops in 2011:“Recent market data analysis from Seagate Technology details what the hard disk drive industry expects in the near future. According to Seagate, the company claims there was a 20% increase in the number of desktop drives shipped from 2000 to 2007, roughly 120 million and 150 million respectively.On the other hand, notebook hard disk drive shipments show a 400% increase in shipments from 25... Read more...
Just like the rest of us nerds, Toshiba got to wondering what would happen if you put a Playstation 3 Cell processor into a laptop. They put one in one of their Qosimo G45 notebooks, which already sports an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.  They've named the system the Spurs engine. It allows the laptop to react to user hand gestures; scan through all your video files for particular faces and sort them into thumbnail lists; allows you to take a picture of your face and digitally alter it in various ways in 3D; and maybe most interesting, lets you change standard-definition video into sweet, sweet, 1080p. Toshiba had four demos running, the first of which transformed standard-definition video into 1080p.... Read more...
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