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Dell Studio 15 Multimedia Laptop Launches


By Shane McGlaun

With the sales of laptops down significantly you might think that computer makers like Dell would holding off on introducing new notebooks. Dell is still coming up with new gear for those with the money to buy and the latest new notebook is the Studio 15.

As the name implies the Studio 15 has a 15.6-inch LCD supporting 720p and full 1080p resolution. The machine can be optioned with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 discrete graphics card with 256MB of 512MB of RAM.

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Samsung Launches New Rugged Notebook Hard Drive


By Shane McGlaun

I once managed to fling my notebook computer across the room where it landed flat on its back with a thud. I just knew when I opened it up the LCD would be shattered and it would never work again. The only thing broken was the hard drive and after replacing it I was back surfing the net again.

Samsung has a new hard drive that is ruggedized to prevent just the sort of damage my notebook received. The hard drive is called the Spinpoint M7 and can withstand shock up to 400G/2ms while operating. The 2.5-inch drive is available in 250, 320, 400, and 500GB capacities.

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Acer Unveils Massive Multimedia Notebook


By Shane McGlaun

I can understand why some users would be interested in multimedia notebooks. The machines tend to be feature packed, have good graphics, and be able to play movies while you are on the go. The downside to the class of machines is that they are usually expensive and can be very large.

Acer has announced a new multimedia computer called the Acer Aspire 8935G. Some specifications of the machine are not announced at this time. What we do know is that the machine will use Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, run Windows Vista Home Premium, and sports a massive 18.4-inch LCD.

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HP DV2 Breaks Cover


By Shane McGlaun

Ever since the MacBook Air launched consumers have had a bit of a fascination with super thin notebooks. Back at CES 2009 in January, HP was showing off its new thin notebook called the DV2. The thin little machine wasn’t as svelte as a MacBook Air, but it looked more usable to my eyes.

HP has announced that the DV2 is now officially available starting at $799, making it much cheaper than the Air. The machine uses the new AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU that it aimed specifically at ultra-portable machines. Other features include a 12.1-inch LCD with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 and LED backlighting.

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Cheap Gateway P-7811FX Gaming Notebook is Perfect for College

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It’s back-to-school time across much of the country, and many people are out buying the notebooks for the coming school year. I’m sure there are many students headed off to college for the first time, who would like to take a nice gaming notebook with them. The reality is that most decent gaming notebooks cost around $5000, more than most college students can afford.

Gateway announced that it has added a new, affordable gaming notebook to its FX series called the P-7811FX. The cost of a notebook is only $1399.99 at Best Buy, making it very price competitive with basic notebooks on the market. Despite the low price, Gateway packs it full of higher-end features that you wouldn’t expect to see at this price.

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Everex Talks About Revisions To The Upcoming CloudBook

Everex Cloudbook (colors)

By Luke Anderson

Asus made waves when they launched their tiny (and cheap) Eee PC. Who could resist such a light and mobile laptop for as little as $299? Naturally with the response that was generated, other miniature mobiles would be announced. The first one to make it to the market will be the CloudBook from Everex, which is due to hit stores February 15. What’s interesting is that even with the release still a few days away, Everex is already talking about future revisions.

The $399 machine already has the potential to knock down the Eee PC as the reigning champ of the low-cost laptops with features like a 30GB hard drive, digital video out, high quality webcam and memory card reader. However, Everex is looking to really pull ahead with options like solid state drives, touch screens and a variety of colors sometime after launch. There is even talk about larger screens, all the way up to 22 inches.

The CloudBook will be hitting your local Walmart stores next Friday for just $399. I’m curious to see just how it stacks up against the Eee PC.

[ Everex ] VIA [ Laptopmag ]

FlipStart Gets An $800 Price Cut

FlipStartBy Luke Anderson

Last year we saw a lot of compact PCs that were really overpriced. Take for example the FlipStart which featured a 1.1GHz Pentium processor and 512MB of RAM and a 5.6-inch screen. It ran a full version of Windows XP (now even Vista) which was cool, but the $1,499 price tag was huge turnoff. In a huge surprise move, they have drastically dropped the price down to $699. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

In a world that has the Asus Eee PC, the FlipStart really didn’t have a hope of surviving at its current price, so it was a smart move to bring it down. My favorite feature is the integrated Sprint EV-DO Rev A chipset which lets you get net access almost anywhere (for a fee of course). It might not be as comfortable to type on as the Eee PC, but it may give it a run for its money now.

[ FlipStart ] VIA [ RegHardware ]

Rumor: $1,500 Sub-Notebook From Apple To Be Released At MacWorld, In January

apple macbook proBy David Ponce

File this under the rumor section, but there’s a very good chance Apple will announce their smallest notebook ever at MacWorld, in January 2008. The rumors are so strong, a price tag is even being tossed around: $1,500.

CNBC show host Jim Goldman has said in a financial TV report broadcast today and observed by AppleInsider. The presenter refers to alleged sources close to Apple’s manufacturing plants in southeast Asia who have seen the 12-inch notebook and appear to confirm earlier details of the computer, which include a design half as thin as today’s systems and the use of slimmer, more efficient flash memory for storage.

No shipping date is suggested, though production has already begun, which could mean availability as soon as it’s announced. Our own Evan is likely to attend MacWorld, so tune in during that week to get first hand reporting on this.

VIA [ Electronista ]

Belkin Takes A New Approach To Laptop Security

Belkin USB Alarm

By Luke Anderson

I’m highly protective of my laptop, as it’s my portal to the rest of the digital world when I’m away from home. Rarely does it leave my sight, unless it’s locked away securely somewhere. However, some people will use their notebooks in a more public place such as a cafe, and leave it for short periods where it could be easily taken. That’s why Belkin created this USB Laptop Security Alarm.

Rather than locking the laptop down to a table or desk, this alarm is able to be secured to a sturdy object, and is plugged into an available USB port. If it is unplugged without the key being inserted, it will sound a rather loud alarm. This would stop just about any thief in their tracks. Peace of mind is yours for just $25.

[Belkin] VIA [EverythingUSB]