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Asus U46SV 14″ Notebook, Now Available for Pre-Order

Written on September 21, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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A new ASUS laptop has just been added to the ExcaliberPC archive. The U46SV-DH5 model is already available for pre-order, with a shipping date set for October 1.

Asus’ thin-and-light laptop, U46SV-DH51, is now up for pre-order at EXcaliberPC.com, the manufacturer announced recently. This anticipated device comes with a 1366×768 display, and has a diminutive black bezel that lets a 14-inch display to reside in a 13-inch body frame.

The said notebook was first announced in mid-July along with its brother, the 15.6-inch U56. The U46SV-DH51 features a “Brushed Champagne” housing that measures 10.8-inches thick and 4.85 pounds. It is powered by Intel’s 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M processor that can run from 2.30GHz up to 2.90GHz, paired with a whopping 4GB RAM (expandable up to 8GB of DDR3), a 640GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics, and a DVD burner.

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider, Set to Arrive on Late September to US

Written on September 15, 2011 by Lulu

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ASUS already announced the arrival of its Eee Pad Slidder in the US.

ASUS announced the details regarding the arrival of Eee Pad Slider to US during the Pepcom event last Wednesday night. The firm’s unique, tilt-sliding tablet will be arriving in the US shore by the end of September; and will cost about $475 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version and $575 for 32GB. The models for US will ship in with Androiod 3.2 already installed.

The said device is fundamentally similar to the relatively popular Transformer with the following features.

– 10-inch IPS-based touchscreen
– NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
– Five megapixel rear camera
– 1.2 megapixel front camera

ASUS design is intended for those users who wanted the Transformer’s keyboard dock in an integrated design. However, the Eee Pad Slider is heavier and thicker than the earlier device. It comes around 2.12 pounds and 0.68 inches thick. The sad part is, its battery life will be shorter than the Transformer union’s 16 hours.

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September 2011’s Must-Have Gadgets

Written on September 05, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Spruce up your new school year with these five must-have gadgets!

Technology is changing constantly, which is why you have to get ready for what Fall has to bring. Check out GADG’s fresh lineup of gadgets that are due to arrive this month by hitting the break.

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MacBook Air: Stealing the Thunder from Intel, ASUS and ACER

Written on August 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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While Ultrabooks are soon to take the laptop and netbook market, MacBook Air has already took the spotlight.

Sooner or later, laptops and netbooks will have to make way for a device that is thinner, lighter and houses more features than its chubbier rivals — the Ultrabook or ultra-portable laptop.

Ever since Apple released its iPad last April, many consumers were swayed by its sleek looks and audio-visual charms. Hence, the world’s largest chip maker – Intel – has set up a $300 million Capital Ultrabook Fund to support technology that will boost the introduction of ultra-portable laptops.

Taiwan’s ASUS is likely to be the first to launch Ultrabooks in India with its UX21. The said device will arrive in the country during the first quarter of 2012 with an estimated price of Rs 50,000. ACER also plans to roll out a Ultrabook soon after.

However, it could be possible that by the time Ultrabook hits the market, much of its thunder would have already been stolen. Although it is not categorized as one, Apple’s MacBook Air is the first Ultrabook that is already in the market.

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Apple: The Only Major PC Maker in Western Europe That Still Grows

Written on August 18, 2011 by Lulu

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A new study showed that the Apple is the only PC maker based in Western Europe that is still growing

Gartner stated that Apple was the only major computer manufacturer based in Western Europe that is still growing. That is according to a continent wide breakdown on Wednesday. Apple increased its shipments by half a percent to hit 7% of the market, while other Windows-based PC makers dropped in the same timeframe. HP and Delli gained shares, but still saw their shipments drop by 6.1% and 12.7% respectively. ACER, on the other hand, faced a disastrous flop after its abnormalities in overstock forced it to ship 44.6% fewer PCs, and drop to 2nd place at 16.7%.

The pattern was largely consistent from country to country. Apple gained shares in the UK and had a boost in France where its raw shipments were increase up to 6.4 points. Enough to put it in the top five for the first time. Samsung was one of the few others to see an upside in any area, but only registered in the top five in France.

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ASUS Rolls Out Eee Pad Slider’s Official Page

Written on August 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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ASUS reveals full Eee Pad Slider specs through its newly launched page.

Without any noticeable actions, ASUS finally kicked off an official page wherein people could take a look at the confirmed specifications for the Eee Pad Slider device. The tablet will still be sporting Tegra 2 processors, with 1GB RAM and a 16GB or 32GB storage like the Transformer. However, since the device features a built-in keyboard, the Eee Pad Slider will be much heavier — measuring 2.12 pounds and 0.68 inches deep.

Moreover, the manufacturer announced that they will be upgrading the tablet from Android 3.1 into Android 3.2.

The ASUS Eee Pad Slider also comes with plenty of ports, such as a USB, a mini HDMI, a headphone jack and a microSD slot. The 10.1-inch tablet takes pride in having a 1280×800 display resolution with great camera features similar to Transformer. It brings a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash.

This unique tablet from ASUS is slated to hit the market sometime in September 2011. Its 16GB version is expected to be retailed for $400, while the 32GB model gets a $550 price tag.

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Intel Starts Funding for MacBook Air-like Ultrabooks

Written on August 11, 2011 by Lulu

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Intel raised $300 million fund for the development of an ultrabook that is similar to MacBook Air.

Intel’s capital division pledged itself to their ultrabook concept in earnest late Wednesday by beginning the Ultrabook fund. This fund is worth $300 million and will be allocated for the companies’ ultraportable developments, as well as software to take advantage of them. The said budget will be divided over the course of the next three to four years.

The company has been predicting that their ultrabooks will be an important area for innovation in computers as a whole, which were estimated to be worth $261 billion. PC builders have already been working closely with Intel from the start, and have were getting unusually direct guidelines for what they should use to create the thin and light PCs. Intel also gives them guidelines for the price ranges and choice of materials. Depending on the screen size, ultrabooks should be no thicker than 0.7 or 0.8 inches and will often have real metal shells and solid-state drives.

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ASUS X101, to Serve as Linux Tablet Alternative

Written on August 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Despite bearing the hallmarks of a netbook, ASUS will offer its Eee PC X101 as a Linux tablet alternative.

As posted on ASUS’ blog, its Eee PC X101 will serve as an alternative to small laptops despite bearing the hallmark of a netbook. First, at 0.69 inches thin and two pounds in weight, it will be thinner and lighter than a typical netbook. Second, it runs MeeGo Linux instead of Windows 7. While the latter has been the predominant OS for netbooks over the past few years, MeeGo Linux is more suitable to ultrasmall designs which typically doesn’t have the horsepower to efficiently run the Microsoft OS.

Third, the ASUS Eee PC X101 does not have Ethernet ports and VGA.

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Pegatron Plans to be the Second iPhone 5 Supplier

Written on August 03, 2011 by Lulu

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Pegatron is still on track with their plans to be the second iPhone 5 supplier, and would ship in the devices in September.

Pegatron is still on track with its plan to be the second supplier of the iPhone 5. The said firm’s order is now expected to be at 10 million rather than its previous hinted order at 15 million. However, it will still ship finished products in September. The said data partly contradicted the rumor that the new Apple smartphone might not be released until October, since Pegatron would be shipping directly to Apple and customers.

Pegatron, the primary manufacturer of CDMA iPhones, is known in the manufacturing base. However, it currently plays runner-up to Foxconn which handles GSM iPhones. As Verizon revealed that the iPhone 5 might be a dual-mode phone, it may turn Pegatron’s production into a compliment rather than a vital responsibility. This kind of strategy might prevent the chronic shortages and international delays that plagued most iPhone releases to date — and might also occur on the iPhone 5.

Irrespective of the iPhone plans, Pegatron is hoping to boost its responsibility to include the iPad and Macs. iPhone margins are said to be small, and leaves the company eager to diversify its contracts. Pegatron was originally ASUS’ manufacturing wing and still produces notebooks for ASUS and other companies. These includes eight to ten million planned for Acer in 2012.

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Dell, HP, Lenovo to Release MacBook Air-Influenced Notebooks by September

Written on July 26, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Dell, HP, and Lenovo are planning to head off MacBook Air with the upcoming release of their ultrabooks.

Three giant manufacturers – Dell, HP, and Lenovo – are teaming up with Acer and ASUS in order to release ultrabook models this coming September. The suppliers pointed out that this attempt was made to battle the current MacBook Air products from Apple. By this, the three are planning to produce ultrathin notebooks that have the similar Intel’s concept like the MacBook Air.

ASUS would be the first one to accomplish this plan. According to Digitimes’ sources, the supplier will be shipping a number of 100,000 UX21 models for the whole second half of 2011.

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