Dell Studio XPS 13 Unboxing (Engadget)

Engadget managed to get their hands on Dell’s Studio XPS 13, their soon-to-be latest 13-inch laptop. From the gallery and release information back in December of last year, it looks like there have been a few slight changes. Engadget notes that the display has a … Read more

U Leader Design Altro Announced

U Leader Design Altro Last week, the 13.3-inch U Leader Design Altro was officially revealed at CeBIT 2009 (it had made a brief appearance in January at CES 2009). The Altro is the first in the new “U Leader Design” series from Olidata S.p.A. It has a very elegant design, and a very competitive price – Under 1.000 Euros ($1280 USD), with availability being sometime in 2Q 2009. While it weighs under 3.5 pounds (1.6kg), it’s still able to compete with the 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air (especially on price), with the optical drive being external as well. That brings the maximum thickness down to 0.86 inches (21.8mm). It’s running on a Intel Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Core 2 Duo/Centrino 2 platform.

Although it’s not as much of a name brand in the US as it is in other parts of the world, Olidata plans on changing that, with widespread availability of this line, according to the CEO of Olidata (Antonio Masenza):

“U Leader Design is not just a new notebook, it will be a line of products that Olidata is developing with support from Intel Corporation. These products represent a mileston in the IT market for two main reasons; first, the stunning innovation and state of the art notebooks we are bringing to the end user at an acceptable price;, second the strategy behind U Leader Design. U Leader Design notebooks will be available worldwide through an international alliance strategy……Thanks to this alliance, all leading OEMs in the computer industry will be able to bring innovative and competitive notebooks to market”.

Apparently, accelerometers will be used in several different ways – as part of the “SmartDisk” function to protect the HDD should the notebook be bumped or dropped, and as a part of the “SmartAlarm” that will trigger an anti-theft application and sound an alarm should the notebook be moved by an unauthorized users. The anti-theft measures can be armed and disarmed through the normal Windows logon process. It can also detect the orientation of the notebook and rotate the screen accordingly.


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MSI Shows Off X-Slim X340, X600 Before CeBIT

Ahead of next week’s CeBIT 2009, MSI is showing off what is being called the 13.3-inch MSI X-Slim X340, alongside the 15.6-inch X600 which is almost as thin. How it fits in as far as the X-Slim X320 series is unknown – chances are they … Read more

Dell Latitude XT2 Hands-On (LAPTOP Mag)

Yesterday, the new 12.1″ Dell Latitude XT2 launched and LAPTOP Magazine has posted their hands-on preview of the convertible. It’s been upgraded to Intel’s Centrio platform, and the battery life has been extended over the original Latitude XT and it still retains its capacitive multi-touch … Read more

Dell Latitude XT2 Tablet Launches Today

We thought the new 12.1″ convertible Dell Latitude XT2 Tablet would be launching tomorrow, but Dell has decided to officially take the wraps off today. The multi-touch XT2 (dual digitizer) converts between a normal laptop form factor and a Tablet PC form factor. You can … Read more