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Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute.  Those are iPad sort of rates.  But Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware spruced up with brushed aluminum, and clever marketing. The company targets tech-savvy business consumers and home users who want light, durable notebooks that offer extended battery life built with the latest technology. The notebook we're reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we reviewed earlier... Read more...
Is it too late to consider a new notebook for Christmas? Not if you're asking Digital Storm's opinion! The custom PC maker has just revealed their newest machine, the XM15 laptop. It's a new "hybrid" breed of gaming machine, which also sips power when you aren't taxing the GPU. NVIDIA's Optimus graphics solution is at the helm here, offering better battery life whenever you could use an IGP. There's an NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M (1GB) video card, but the separate integrated Intel graphics chipset can be called on when you aren't in need of serious graphical horsepower. The switching is automatic, and it senses whether or not you need the extra power based on what application(s) you use. Three basic... Read more...
Maingear's usually first out of the blocks with new gaming desktops once new technology is revealed, but this week they're introducing two new ones on the mobile side. The company has announced the Alt-15 and Alt-17 gaming notebooks, which resemble each other in always every way aside from the panel size. The Alt-15 in a 15.6" machine, whereas the Alt-17 has a 17.3" LCD. Both units have NVIDIA's Optimus technology inside, which allows the discrete GPU to be flipped off when it's not need for gaming or other pro app usage. They both also share NVIDIA's GeForce GT 425M GPU (with 1GB of GDDR3 memory), a choice of Intel's Core i5 or i7 Mobile CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM and up to a 512GB SSD. There's... Read more...
It's another week, which means that it's time for another MSI notebook. The company's latest is a standard sized, classically styled machine, with the FX600MX offering a 15.6" form factor and plenty of power for handling most multi-media demands. There's a Core i3 or i5 processor, NVIDIA's GeForce 310M discrete graphics (512MB) and automatic graphics switching in MSI's GPU Boost control panel. Obviously, NVIDIA's Optimus is onboard. It also features MSI's anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating, a chiclet keyboard and raised multipoint touchpad. It ships with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI/VGA outputs, a 320/500GB hard drive, DVD SuperMulti drive, two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card... Read more...
Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia's Optimus technology. At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking too much punch ourselves, because the XPS brand never went anywhere, right? That's both true and false. The XPS moniker never died off completely, but it was relegated to Dell's Studio line and XPS One all-in-one (AIO) desktops for a time. Dell tells us they've listened to their customers and decided to simplify their brand structure. After deciding that... Read more...
Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia's Optimus technology. At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking too much punch ourselves, because the XPS brand never went anywhere, right? That's both true and false. The XPS moniker never died off completely, but it was relegated to Dell's Studio line and XPS One all-in-one (AIO) desktops for a time. Dell tells us they've listened to their customers and decided to simplify their brand structure. After deciding that... Read more...
There's little debate, if you took a poll of the notebook-toting business community, with respect to what the most popular workhorse machine has been over the past decade or more, the response would likely be the Lenovo (formerly IBM) ThinkPad.  Whether it's due to IBM and Lenovo's innovations over the years, like the venerable TrackPoint, having the first built-in wireless NIC, first built-in fingerprint reader for security, or the ThinkPad's undeniable reputation for durability and performance, it's obvious the ThinkPad line has earned its stripes with road warriors and casual portable computing users alike.  It almost sounds a little over-the-top actually but Lenovo is celebrating... Read more...
For years, Intel's integrated GPUs were the laughing stock of gaming and a thorn in the side of everyone who purchased what they thought was a high-end laptop or desktop only to find its video solution suffered from a deep delusion of competence. Faced with lacerating low-end graphics competition from the likes of both AMD and NVIDIA, Intel responded with the surprisingly adequate 45nm GPU fused into its Arrandale and Clarkdale processors. Having proven its ability to wheeze once around the track, Intel has set its eyes on a loftier goal. According to industry sources, the GPU partnered with the upcoming Sandy Bridge processor will be capable of smoothly playing Blu-ray 3D. Sandy Bridge will... Read more...
Earlier this week, LG Electronics confirmed plans to use a dual-core processor from NVIDIA in its line of Optimus smartphones. This is a big win for NVIDIA, which has been working hard to expand beyond graphics chips for PCs and enter the smartphone market with its Tegra chip. To date, we haven't seen many noteworthy smartphones use the Tegra chip. Instead, many devices such as HTC’s Incredible and EVO use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor or Samsung's Hummingbird chip which is used in the company's own Galaxy S line of smartphones. Microsoft's Kin line used the Tegra chip, but since the Kin line failed so quickly, we think it's safe to say the Tegra chip didn't get the attention... Read more...
Eurocom has been producing high-end notebooks for years now, and they often get purchased by other companies and rebadged from there. But the company's newest machines aren't the usual. Rather than being big, beastly gaming notebooks, the new Fox line is more on the nimble side, and these show some respect for battery life with integrated NVIDIA Optimus. What's most unusual about the Foxes is the size. Usually, we see Optimus in systems that are smaller; ultraportable machines with switchable graphics are all the rage right now, as they can be used for both gaming and portable work. But Eurocom is included Optimus into larger machines. The two Fox laptops are 15.6" and 17", and both can be ordered... Read more...
NVIDIA has made themselves known as a hardware company, and more recently, an innovation company. The company used to battle with ATI in the GPU department, but now they compete with ARM, Intel and Qualcomm in the microprocessor market. But that's not all. NVIDIA is also one of the pioneers in 3D for PCs, and now that they have a solid footing in the graphics market, they're looking to really pull ahead with software innovations. You may wonder what software has to do with improved GPUs, but there's actually a huge link between the two. GPU performance relies heavily on drivers, and poorly written drivers lead to poor performance. NVIDIA recently made drivers a top priority, even going so far... Read more...
Android 2.2, otherwise known as "Froyo," is Google's next big leap in the mobile OS realm. It has just started rolling out to Nexus One owners, bringing native Tethering support as well as a refreshed home screen, improved performance and a Web browser that can handle Flash. Needless to say, it's an update that every Android user wants, and LG is hoping that by shipping their future Optimus line with Froyo built right in, some users of early Android phones will bite the bullet and upgrade to a new handset altogether. Announced today in the UK, the Optimus line is similar in a way to the DROID line; it's LG's new smartphone range/label, but around 10 devices will join to make it up by the end... Read more...
We found Alienware's M11x to be one-in-a-million when we reviewed it earlier in the year, but there's always room for improvement. Even Alienware recognizes that, and they've done quite a bit of improving with the latest edition of the planet's smallest hardcore gaming notebook. The new M11x still retains the tiny 11" form factor and typical Alienware design, but the components within are on another planet. Consumers now have the option to get a Core i5 or Core i7 processor within, and the best news is that battery life should be better thanks to using NVIDIA's Optimus graphics switching technologies. Alienware also allows users to overclock their CPU beyond the standard, and the NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday that we commented on how many new CULV notebooks had hit the scene, and how Intel had seemingly hit the proverbial sweet spot. These low-voltage Core processors fit perfectly between high-end netbooks and low-end mainstream laptops, offering enough power for most users in a package that would run for hours on end without a recharge. The price point was also good, with many CULV options listing for around $700 to $900. And then, the Core 2010 lineup of processors were launched, and Intel seemingly ate its own in a ploy to get even faster chips on the market. Today, we're taking a look at one of those very chips, a Core i3-350M that fits into the Arrandale platform.... Read more...
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