Gateway is after the student demographic with their NV Series Notebooks. Available in black, blue, red, or brown, most feature a 15.6-inch LCD (1366×768,) 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, webcam, DVD burner, HDMI and Vista Home Premium. The NV5214u, with a price of $499.00, comes with a 2.1GHz dual-core AMD Athlon 64 CPU and ATI Radeon 3200 graphics while the NV5807u has a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and an Intel 4500MHD graphics chipset at a price of $599.00.
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Intel and Nokia are teaming to build better electronics. Intel wants to utilize their smaller, lower power chips for netbooks to be used in Nokia’s smartphones. The companies will also be collaborating on improving open-source software for mobile devices. The thinking is that having Intel inside Nokia phones will sell more of them. This may be, although no specific products have been announced thus far.
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Dell has come out with two new desktops, the Inspiron 545 and 545s. Options include six different processors, including Intel Celeron, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. It doesn’t stop there, as AMD Sempron, Athlon X2 or Phenom X4 can be selected. The 545 will hold up to 8GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Add to that 6 USB ports, optional HDMI and Blu-ray drive, and 8 available colors. No price or due date has been released.
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The Danish company Zepto has launched their Notus A12 notebook. The computer has an 800MHz Intel CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 12.1-inch LED WXGA with 1280x800 max resolution. With an 80GB, 4,2000 rpm hard drive, it also features a waterproof keyboard, integrated WiFi and an Ethernet connection. Optional are Windows Vista or XP, an additional 1GB memory, an external DVD burner and TV tuner. Prices start at ~$1,380.00.
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Dell has officially announced the newest member to their netbook family of mini laptops, the Inspiron Mini 12. The Mini 12 comes with an Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz or the Z530 1.6GHZ processor, 80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, a Webcam and a 12-inch display. The laptop comes loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic, and has a starting price of less than $600. The Mini 12 is currently only available in Japan, but will come to the U.S. soon.
The specs make this a very capable machine, but running Vista with only 1GB of RAM make take some of the wind out of its sprint. You could always load it with XP when it arrives and then have a very fast machine, the likes of the MacBook Air, but for a fraction of the price.
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Another laptop has entered the competition at minimal cost. In addition to the Asus EEE and the OLPC, the Intel 2g0 PC has also been designed mainly for students. It features an Intel Celeron M CPU with 915GMS chip, 512 MB RAM (which is upgradeable to 1GB,) and 40GB storage. The 9-inch device also has a 800 x 480p resolution, and room for an SD card. Available in the next couple of months, the 2go should retail for ~$400.00.
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Somebody at Intel has decided that the company needed a
name change to go along with some of its new tech, the first out since their PentiumPro was released in 1995. Atom is what they now call their low-power processors and low cost MIDs that will become available sometime later this year. They believe that the market is right for pocket sized “netbooks” priced at around $250.00. The chip itself is about 25 square mm, and were previously referred to as Silverthorne and Diamondville. In an even kinder move, the Atom MID was formerly code named Menlow.
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Ever since Penryn chips started making their way into mobile computers, we all knew it was just a matter of time before Apple bumped their mobiles to the latest chips from Intel as well. This morning, in their Tuesday update, they did just that. Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro are now rocking the Penryn Core 2 Duo chipset. If you are eyeing the MacBook Pro, those have the added bonus of a 6 MB L2 cache if you choose a 2.5 or 2.6 GHz chip, and Multi-Touch trackpads are now standard . That’s hot.
For the MacBook, pricing starts at $1099 for the base model, which includes a Combo drive instead of a SuperDrive, a 2.1 GHz chip, a 120GB hard drive, and 1 GB of RAM. For $200 more, you get a 2.4 GHz chip, an additional gig of RAM, a SuperDrive, and a 160 GB drive. If you need more hard drive space than that, you can get the Black MacBook, which hooks you up with 250 GB of storage.
Over on the MacBook Pro side of things, $1,999 gets you a 2.4 GHz chip, 2 GB of RAM, a 200 GB hard drive, double-layer SuperDrive, and a 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT. If you move up to the $2,499 model, you are bumped up to a 2.5 GHz chip (with 6 MB L2 cache!), a 250 GB hard drive, and a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT. For $2,799, you get all the same specs, but you are bumped up to a 17-inch screen, if that’s your thing.
All in all, we’d say this is a worthy upgrade if your mobile computer is looking a bit long in the tooth.
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It’s been almost three years since the iMac has enjoyed a redesign, when it went from the old-school lamp stand look to the current “monitor with chin” enclosure. Well, the rumor mill is churning again, this time with speculation that Apple will be updating the iMac with another new look by August. The expectation is that the design will feature a 2-inch thick aluminum enclosure, which would make it look similar to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro. Furthermore, it is believed that the 17-inch iMac will go the way of the dodo, as Apple looks to release the newer model in 20- and 24-inch sizes only. Lastly, it would only make sense that these models get a bit more horsepower under the hood as well - that should come by way of Intel Santa Rosa processors at speeds up to 2.4 GHz, as well as 1.3 megapixel iSight cameras. We know, August can’t come fast enough.
For the first time, Apple has released 10.x.10 update to one of their operating systems, due likely to the delay of Leopard. In any event, if you are running OS X, kick Software Update into gear and download the new version. We are running Intel-based Macs, and the download weighs in at 49 MB exactly, and includes the following improvements:
- RAW camera support
- Mounting and unmounting external USB devices
- Support for 3rd party software applications
- Security updates
With that out of the way, we can now look forward to the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard. You can get the full scoop on the update straight from Apple at the link below.
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