During this mornings notebook event, Apple announced that the MacBook Air was getting a bump in some of its specs. First and foremost, the Air is getting updated to the new NVIDIA 9400M graphics chipset, which should be a nice upgrade. Even better, if SSD is your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that a 128GB solid state drive is now available, along with a standard 120GB drive if that is more your thing. microDVI has been replaced by a mini DisplayPort, which we are seeinc across the board with Apple. You can grab the base model for $1799, or go with the SSD model with 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo for the lowered price of $2499 (that one is due in November.)
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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.
Panasonic is preparing to release some new Toughbooks. Included is the F8, which the company calls the planet’s lightest 3G-ready notebook. With a weight of only 3.7 lbs., the 14.1-inch system features an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 4GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It has the usual magnesium alloy chassis, flexible inner connectors, spill resistant keyboard, and the addition of a handle. Wireless options are also available. The company also has 2 more new Toughbooks designed for those who have a tendency to drop and/or spill. Look for them in November.
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Sony’s VaioTT Series Notebooks are wrapped in carbon fiber, less than an inch thick, and weigh only 2.87 lbs. With a 11.1-inch wide screens, they will play Blu-ray in full HDTV as well as one recording, storing, and playing personal content with BD media. Another has an a dual channel 256GB SSD with RAID. The basic TT is priced at $2,000.00, the BD version is $2,700.00, and the SSD is $2,750.00. Choose between gold, red, and two shades of black
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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?
Sony has released their new VAIO FW Notebook and you know that this one is for those who love their videos. Available in various configurations in a series, the premium model weighs about 6 lbs., is powered by Intel Centrino 2, and plays Blu-ray Disc HD in full 1080 resolution when connected to an HDTV. It has a 16.4-inch LCD with HD, and their XBRITE-HiColor LCD technology. That extra width minimizes black bars on the screen. The FW comes with MusicBox and Click to Disc/Editor software so you can become the moviemaker you always wanted to be. Choose between titanium gray and powder white. The standard notebook carries a $1,000.00 MSRP while the premium has a $1,750.00 price.
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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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Earlier this morning we put up our Voodoo Envy 133 gallery, and once we glanced at our MacBook Air, we knew it was so on. It was time to put them head-to-head, in an epic battle of the world’s thinnest notebook computers. So, we put together another gallery, where the MacBook Air and Voodoo Envy 133 sit side-by-side. We take pit them together from a few different angles. Now, the Envy 133 does take the victory for being the thinnest notebook computer - but the thin side of the MacBook Air is technically thinner than the uniform thickness of the Envy. Really, it all comes down to what OS you want to run, and if you don’t care, then it comes down to form factor. Oh, and of course, the Envy 133 has way more ports (including HDMI) than the MacBook Air can even dream of having at this point.
Hit up our MacBook Air vs. Voodoo Envy 133 gallery for all the goods.
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