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India to Help Develop $10.00 PCs

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, PC / Laptop

India PCs

India has agreed to work on the planet’s cheapest laptop. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari says that the country will try to develop $10.00 units for school kids. Back in 2006, the Indian Government decided not to go for the OLPC program but seems to have changed its mind. The project will be funded by the Reliance Anil Dhirubahi Group and will launch in Maharashtra’s Khairat village. They are hoping to cover about 25,000 towns 6,000 villages by the end of this year.

 

Read More | India eNews

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Olens Technology XPJ Projector

XPJProjectorOlens Technology’s XPJ Projector is a digital video projector that can be used with gaming systems, home computers, and for watching DVDs and VHS Tapes. The PEP (Personal Entertainment Projector) is portable and can project an image from 40 to 70-inches with a resolution of 640 X 480 pixels (VGA.) It features built-in stereo speakers and an audio-out jack allows sound system connection. The XPJ comes with a VGA connector, AV composite and s-video ports, an RCA audio/video cable, a remote, and an extra 270 W lamp. Its MSRP is $279.99.

(Thanks, Todd)

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Dell and Wal-Mart Create Solution Station

Dell/Wal-mart logosIt would appear that Dell is teaming with Wallyworld to create Solution Station, a service to help the electronically challenged. Help is offered for setting up PCs, TVs, wireless networks, entertainment centers, etc. Wal-mart plans to offer their service in the Dallas area in about 15 stores this month. Don’t try to pull a fast one on them as they only deal with “Dell and other branded systems.” Think of it as a bargain basement Geek Squad.

Read More | Electronic House

Dell Launches Best of Web Site

Best of Web

Dell has decided to get in on the Internet sales force with their new Best of Web site. Offering discounts, it includes categories of shopping, travel, games, music, movies, interaction, sharing and learning. The deal here is that if you are a Dell customer, you get a discount of up to 50% on purchases from Kodak, Wild Games, and Blockbuster, etc. While we are not all that impressed with the site for the general user, take a peek if you own a Dell. It certainly is not be convincing enough to buy our next computer from the company.

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Fujitsu LifeBook Notebooks

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, PC / Laptop

Lifebook A6210Fujitsu has released 6 LifeBook Notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 Processors. Here is a basic peek at the new line.

  • The A6210 has a 15.4-inch LCD display, wireless USB, an E-SATA port, and a touchpad for $1,149.00.
  • The T5010 is the successor to the flagship LifeBook T4220 convertible notebook with a 13.3-inch dispay and weighing 4.5 lbs. for $1,769.
  • The T1010 has a 13.3-inch display and weighs 5.3 pounds at a price of $1,299.00 with a $50.00 mail-in rebate.
  • The E8420, S6520 and S7220 notebooks are available now and come with prices starting at $1,359.00, &1529.00, and $1,299.00 respectively.

All of the LifeBooks come with a 1 year warranty and can be customized for an extra charge.

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Arm-Rested Table Pad

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, PC / Laptop

Arm-Rested Table PadThere are plenty of mice that have been designed ergonomically to ward off Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and now there is an Arm-Rested Table Pad to ease a wrist, arm, and shoulder. Made of plastic, the pad features rubber pads, and can turn 180º when not in use. The grey device can handle up to a 5 cm thick desk, comes with its own mount and screw, is simple to assemble, and is available for $19.99.

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Hitachi to Build 5TB Hard Drive

Hitachi logoHitachi is planning to release a 5TB 3.5-inch hard drive within the next two years. They will accomplish this with Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane Giant Magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) magnetic read heads. The company’s Dr. Yoshihiro Shiroishi says that two of them will “provide the same storage capacity as the human brain.”

The way we figure it, if we only use one of them, we would still have plenty of space left. We know we lost a few cells back there somewhere in the last decade or so.

Read More | Register Hardware

Vye S41 Notebook

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop

Vye S41 Notebook

It seems everything we found today comes in a mini-size. The Vye S41 Notebook features an optical drive and a convenient swivel screen. Features include a 7-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600) TFT and TSP touchscreen display, holds an 80 GB HDD, GPS, and an internal DVD burner. The device has been loaded with Vista Home Premium, an Intel A110-800MHz processor, and carries a price of $1,499.99. We think that if you get a Vye and a Willcom 9, you have saved some space the next time you board a plane so they can’t charge you for extra baggage. 

 

Read More | jkOn The Run

Hyundai 3D LCD W220S Monitor

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop, Peripherals

3D Monitor3D Glasses

Hyundai has unveiled a new 3D LCD monitor that utilizes TriDef Technology. The 22-inch W220S appears normal to the naked eye, but add a pair of the nerdy glasses and you get interlaced stereoscopic 3 dimensions. The screen features a a WSXGA+ resolution (1680x1050,) a brightness of 300cd/m², a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a HDM/DVI-D interface, and 2 built-in 3W speakers. Available so far only in Japan, it carries a price of €590 (~$908.00.)

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HP Mini-Note 2133 first impressions

HP Mini-note 2133

I just got my hands on one of the Mini-Note 2133 ultra-portable notebook (netbook?) computers. A few first impressions are below, a taste of our upcoming HP 2133 vs. Eee PC 900 Battle Royale:

HP Mini-Note 2133 wins:

  • 2133 has a much nicer keyboard
  • 2133 has a cleaner design
  • 2133 has a faster processor (1.6Ghz vs. 900Mhz)
  • 2133 has more RAM (2GB vs. 1GB)

PC 900 wins:

  • Eee PC is cheaper ($550 vs. $729-819)
  • Eee PC is slimmer and lighter (2133 battery protrudes downward)
  • Eee PC has more USB 2.0 ports (3 vs. 2)
  • Eee PC is easier to dual boot with Ubuntu

Obviously the HP 2133 has a lot going for it, however it’s significantly more expensive. Stay tuned for more in-depth information about these trendy new netbooks and how they compare for power, usability, and value.


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