Monthly Archives: May 2006

Intel’s Updated Mobile CPU Roadmap for 2006

Last week Intel updated it’s 2006 roadmap for Intel’s upcoming mobile CPU offerings. This is in reference to the CPU series unofficially called “Merom” and officially called “Core 2 Duo”. According to Daily Tech, no shipping date has set, however pricing for the full lineup is in place. The Core 2 Duo lineup starts at $209 for a 1.66GHz CPU (5500) with 2MB of cache and goes all the way up to a 2.33GHz CPU with 4MB of cache (the 7600 CPU) and a price tag of $637. Continue reading

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Announced: Acer Ferrari 1000 (F1000)

Continiuing with the AMD Turion 64 X2 (Dual Core) upgrade that many AMD-based notebook lines are now receiving, Acer (UK) has announced the Acer Ferrari 1000 (F1000). It is powered by the aforementioned AMD Turion 64 X2, a CPU that was just announced a few weeks ago, and comes with a 12.1-inch “Acer CrystalBrite” display and utilizes ATI’s RADEON XPRESS 1150 graphics chipset (better than many of the integrated graphics chipsets these days). It weighs just over three and a half pounds (1.7kg), and has an “Acer OrbiCam” webcam mounted in the display. Continue reading

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Review: Acer C200 (lifekludger)

lifekludger has posted a new review of the
Acer TravelMate C200, a unique “convertible” ultraportable – Tablet PC functionality combined with a physical keyboard. The C200 is unique in the way it converts – it has a “sliding-track mechanism” rather than the typical swivel mechanism where the screen swivels around and lays down against the keyboard. It’s powered by an Intel Pentium M and has a 12.1-inch non-widescreen display.

Dave looks at it differently than most reviewers – namely from the perspective of somebody that has to use it differently than many of us (i.e. without hands) Continue reading

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Announced: MSI S271

Micro-Star International (MSI) has announced one of the first AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual Core powered ultraportable notebooks, the MSI S271.

It has a Aluminum/Magnesium Alloy case, weighs around 4 pounds, with a 12.1-inch widescreen “Super Glare” display (i.e. it handles glare better than many other displays) as well as an internal dual-layer DVD Writer. It utilizes an ATI chipset, can handle up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, and has an ATI Radeon Xpress200 for the graphics chipset. Continue reading

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Announced: Samsung Q30-SSD (Solid State Disk)

Samsung has announced their “new” Q30-SSD ultramobile notebook. It’s based on the Q30 with a few major differences, chief among them, the harddrive is no longer mechanical/spindle based – it’s made from 32GB of NAND/flash memory and is referred to as a “Solid State Disk” (SSD). What this means is that it reads 300 percent faster (53MB/s) and writes 150 percent quicker (28MB/s) than normal hard drives.

It’s also better on the battery life, completly quiet (they are using a Celeron M and therefore no fans in the notebook), and is much more shock-proof than traditional harddrives. It has a 12.1-inch display, starts at around $3700 USD, and will be available in Korea, starting in June (no word on availability outside of the US).

This is the first time that a NAND flash-based harddrive has shipped in a computer. Continue reading

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