Apple has just announced that their next event will be taking place this coming Tuesday (read: five days from today), confirming rumors that October 14th would be the day that new notebooks would be unveiled. The company sent invitations to select media this morning, with a graphic of a notebook featuring the sub-heading “The spotlight turns to notebooks.” So, what should you expect to see? Well, if the rumor mill is correct, we’ll see updates across the board in the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, including a new manufacturing process that sees the notebook casing carved out of a single block of aluminum. There are also rumblings of a true netbook from Apple as well, possibly launching in the $800 range.
HP has finally gotten around to getting their monstrous 18-inch HDX powerhouse ready for shipping. You can head over to their online store now to start configuring these bad boys. As a refresher, this is an 18-inch entertainment beast, with a full HD display and amazing HP Imprint finish. Prices start at $1,549.99 (which, actually, isn’t that bad for an 18-inch notebook with this much power), but if you pimp this thing out, it’ll easily go over two grand. Be sure to check out our video of the entire HP fall line, which includes the HDX 18t, after the break.
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In the world of gadgets, thin is definitely in. Apple and HP are both aware of this, and the companies currently ship the two thinnest notebooks available in the world. We’re talking about the MacBook Air and the Voodoo Envy 133. We were able to get our hands on both notebooks, and figured we’d put them side-by-side, just so that we could give you a look at the two thinnest portable computers in the world, and allow you to judge for yourself. What do we mean? Well, we think this one is a toss up, due to the shapes of both notebooks. Hit the video, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
HP just unleashed a couple of new notebooks earlier today, including their new 16- and 18-inch HDX units, just in time for the holiday season. We were able to spend some time with HP’s Kevin Wentzel to get a look at the entire consumer notebook lineup for this holiday season. It features the aforementioned HDX, a new HP Imprint finish for the dv5 and dv7 Pavilions, and their tablet as well. These things are affordable, and some are even powerful enough to replace your desktop at this point. In fact, we also have a look at HP’s notebook docking station as well, which fits right in with that line of thinking.
Hit the video for the full scoop on everything, and try not to droll over those hot-looking HDXs, mkay?
Dell has announced 2 new Precision laptops and 6 new Latitudes aimed at the business crowd.The Precisions start at $1,449.00 and their M2400 weighs a mere 4.77 lbs. The Latitudes are available in five different colors and the company claims better battery life. They start at a price of $869.00. The E4300 weighs about 3.3 lbs., making it their lightest, and the E6400 ATG meets military standards for dust, humidity, and vibration. All but two of the Latitudes are available now.
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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.
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There’s good news for travelers. The Transportation Security Administration will soon allow those with laptops to leave them inside their “checkpoint friendly” cases. In order to qualify, the cover must have a designated laptop-only section that would lie flat when it rolls through the X-ray machine. It cannot have metal zippers, snaps, buckles, or inner pockets. The new rule will take effect Aug. 16. Already approved are bags from Mobile Edge, Tagus, and the Skooba Design Checkthrough that will become available in the next few weeks.
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Looking for inexpensive solar power? This 20000 ma/H gadget can be plugged into a wall or car and comes with plenty of adapters so that you can use it on 5V MP3 players, cell phones, or other small devices. It is also good for 16 or 24V laptops. The high capacity charger features overcharge, discharge, short circuit, and heat protection. The 205 x 282 x 18mm charger takes about 3 hrs. by AC, 8 to 10 on solar power, and can be yours for $149.25.
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Fujitsu 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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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.
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