If you’re trying to decide whether to put a GPS or mini notebook on your holiday wish list, you’re in luck. Fujitsu announced two new mini notebooks today, the 8.9 inch Lifebook P1630 and the “I can just about fit it in my pocket” 5.6 inch U820. Both come with super-sharp WSXGA touchscreens and offer full Windows functionality, but the 1.3-pound, itsy-bitsy U820 includes a 1.6GHz Atom processor, integrated GPS, and comes preloaded with Garmin Mobile PC, effectively turning it into a high-end nüvi with the added ability of being able to navigate directly to your Outlook contacts. The U820 comes with a starting price of $1,049.
If you don’t want or need the navigation feature (and have adult-sized fingers), the P1630 includes a 1.20 GHz Core 2 Duo, built-in accelerometer, 64GB SSD option and a piggy-bank-raiding base price of $2,179.
It took them about eight months since the last spec bump in the line, but we are still stoked that Apple today announced that their newly redesigned MacBook Pro is here, and available immediately. The notebooks are still sporting their aluminum exterior, but now they are built using a new process that involves carving a solid piece of aluminum rather than the old school welding technique. That means one part rather than many, which Apple is calling the “Unibody.” You’ll also notice, fairly quickly, that the MacBook Pro now sports an iMac-ish black bezel around the screen, along with a glass covering. Back to that whole aluminum and glass thing.
The display will now only be available in a glossy finish, gone are the days of matte Apple notebooks. The trackpad has also been re-imagined as well. It’s made entirely from glass, and no longer has a separate button. Instead, the entire trackpaad is the button. The glass trackpad is multi-touch compatible, and Apple has introduced new gestures in the product to boot.
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 microDVI has been replaced by a mini DisplayPort, which we are seeinc across the board with Apple.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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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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Lenovo introed new notebooks at CES, our favorite being the U110, (named for its 11” widescreen), which is as sexy as it is compact. First we loved the gorgeous and eye-catching red, textured casing. Open it up and you’ll type on the glossiest keyboard ever, as pretty as it is comfortable. But the U110 is not just a fashion statement, it’s a solidly-built machine, with a 64 GB solid-state drive (SSD), which there are no moving parts whatsoever. Also includes a 1.3 MP webcam. Available in April for $1800 USD.
Many companies showed of Solid State Disks (SSD) at CES, but none so cost effectively as Sandisk. As usual Sandisk is bringing a product to market that beats the price of it’s competitors while still not skimping on features. SSD drives are an effective way to increase performance and battery life on notebooks without requiring re-engineering. Available now in a variety of capacities and price points - look for them in stores or devices soon.
During this morning’s MacWorld keynote, Steve Jobs announced the new MacBook Air notebook. We’ve all been expecting some sort of Apple sub-notebook, and this one looks amazing. Apple it touting this as the “world’s thinnest notebook”. The MacBook Air is 0.16-inches to 0.76-inches. The thickest part of the Air is thinner than the thinnest part of a Sony TZ series notebook. That is impressive. The device features an 80 GB 1.8-inch hard drive, with a 64 GB SSD drive as an option. It ships standard with 2 GB of RAM and a 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, with the option to switch to 1.8 GHz. Other features include a 45-watt MagSafe, 1 USB 2.0 port, a Micro-DVI port, and audio out. There is no Ethernet port (otherwise they couldn’t have gotten it this thin) so you will have to rely on the built-in 802.11n WiFI and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The MacBook Air also leaves out the optical drive, but you can purchase an external SuperDrive accessory for $99 USD. It also ships with software that allows it to “borrow” the optical drive of another Mac or PC. Expect 5 hours of battery life out of this one - or more if you opt for the SSD drive. The MacBook Air will hit retail in about two weeks, and will cost $1799. Pre-orders start today.
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We visited Samsung and learned about their new Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC). They’re basically palm-sized computers with the power of a laptop. Their line starts with the Q1 Ultra, which runs Windows XP or Vista has a standard 80GB hard drive, a battery life of 4 ½ hours with WiFi enabled, includes a webcam, 2 USB ports and an SD Card slot, weighing only 1.5 pounds at a price of $1300 USD. There’s also the Q1 Ultra SSD, with a 32 GB solid-state drive for increased boot time and access to data. Finally, there’s the just-launched, award-winning Q1 Ultra Premium, with a powerful Intel Pentium Mobile Processor, 80GB hard drive, and a battery life up to 7.5 hours with WiFi enabled. Available at the end of the month for $1500.
Continuing on with the content we were able to catch at the HP Your Life is the Show event, we chat with Ted Clark, Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Notebook Global Business Unit. Ted’s the man when it comes to HP’s portable computers, and we were glad to get a few minutes of his time to go over a couple of the company’s new business laptops. In this episode, we focus on the HP Compaq 6820s, along with the amazingly mobile HP Compaq 2710p, which features a 32 GB SSD flash hard drive. We’ve gotten a lot of interested readers letting us know they were excited about finally seeing SSD flash drives hit tablet notebooks since Stcy Wolff first showed it to us at Gnomedex. Enjoy the footage, and stay tuned for more from the Your Life is the Show event.