MSI X-Slim X340 Hands-On (SlashGear)

MSI X-Slim X340 SlashGear has posted a hands-on look at the new 13-inch MSI X-Slim X340 with several photos. They’ve also included the press release from MSI, where MSI better explains how the X340 differs from the X-Slim X320 which shares a similar size and design.

MSI describes the ultra-thin X340 as “Light, Slim, Aesthetic” and it’s definitely slim – its thickness measures from 0.24 – 0.78 inches (6mm – 19.8mm). The ultraportable/ultra-slim device also weighs in at less than 2.9 pounds (1.3kg). There will be three colors available: Splendid Champagne Gold, Elegant Pearl White and Stylish Techno Black

MSI explains that the X320 (based on Intel Atom/Menlow) is designed for those seeking longer battery life, while the X340 is intended for those who want something around that size, but who have multimedia requirements. As such, the X340 is based on Intel’s Centrino Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) paltform. With that, they claim the X340 still consumes one-sixth the power of other notebook notebooks (obviously not Atom-based notebooks/netbooks).

Among those multimedia-specific features, an HDMI port is included, and the LED-displaydisplay has an aspect ratio of 16:9.

As far as release dates and final pricing – that’s up in the air, although pricing should be under $1000 USD.

Read: SlashGear

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HP Mini 2140 Review (Pocket-lint)

HP Mini 2140 Pocket-lint has published their review of the 10.1-inchHP Mini 2140. The latest netbook in HP’s education/business/professional-oriented line (the HP Mini 1000 line is geared towards consumers) is powered by an Intel Atom CPU, and because of its 16:9 display, the resolution is 1024×576.

Besides the aluminum casing and solid keyboard, it has one feature that just about every other device in its class is lacking – an ExpressCard slot. Even more interesting, it’s an ExpressCard 54 slot. The 10-inch Lenovo IdeaPad S10 has an ExpressCard 34 slot, for comparison (the 54 handles both the smaller 34 as well as 54).

They mentioned that HP has the “HP Fast Charge” feature which will charge up your battery to 90% capacity in 90 minutes. They gave it a good score – 8 out of 10.

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Apple MacBook Gets 256GB SSD Option

Apple  MacBook October 2008 If you are in the market for one of the 13.3-inch Unibody/Aluminum MacBooks that was introduced last year, Apple has now added a new storage option.

It’s a 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD). It’s going to run you $900 USD. For a comparison, the baseline unibody MacBook costs $1,299, so it’s pretty pricey.

The 256GB SSD option is available for both MacBook models as well as the 15-inch MacBook Pros. This option is not available on the plastic/white MacBook.

Prior to this week, if you were buying through Apple, a 256GB SSD was only available on the 17-inch MacBook PRos.

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Asus Announces Eee PC 1008HA

Asus Eee PC 1008HA Asustek has announced a new member of their Asus Eee PC family, the Asus Eee PC 1008HA.

It’s being billed as a luxury-type netbook/mini-notebook, similar to their 10.2 Eee PC S101 and comes with a multi-touch enabled touchpad as well as what is called “SRS Premium Sound technology for pristine audio playback quality.”

It will have an application from Asustek called “Eee Docking” with one-click access to Eee-specific software. That software includes Eee Sharing, for syncing between multiple computers, as well as Eee Arena, which Asustek claims will offer easy access to thousands of songs, videos, radio stations, games, magazines and more.

Specifications:
– Multi-touch touchbad
– 92% full-size keyboard
– 802.11b/g/n
– Bluetooth 2.0
– 3.75G/ WiMax options
– Weight: 2.4 pounds / 1.1kg
– Thickness: 1-inch / 25.4mm

UMPCPortal has photos and jkkmobile has video, and SlashGear has a press release.

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Samsung NC20 in the US This Month, Hands-On (LAPTOP Mag)

Samsung NC20 For those in the US who have been wondering about the 12.1-inch Samsung NC20, it’s coming to the US later this month (March 16) and will be available exclusively through NewEgg, according to LAPTOP Magazine.

It will have a high-capacity battery (5900 mAh) and only be available in black. No pricing information has been released.

LAPTOP Magazine has also published a hands-on look at the NC20, and came away impressed with the performance of the VIA Nano-based device. They were able to play 720p High Definition (HD) video with the Windows Media Player 11, while browsing the web using Internet Explorer. The NC20 has a 1280×800 display which allows for 720p content.

It’s obvious that it pushes the envelope when it comes to what is popularly defined as a netbook with its larger display, and LAPTOP Magazine has published a few photos showing the size compared to the 10-inch Samsung NC10. The keyboard and touchpad are both larger than the NC10.

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