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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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Sandy Bridge E Processors for Mac Pro Update, Coming on November 15

Written on September 10, 2011 by Lulu

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A report claims that Intel will be releasing a Sand Bridge E processor, which is suitable for the Mac Pro update on November 15, 2011.

Turkish site, DonanimHaber, suggests that Intel will be releasing its high-end Sandy Bridge E processors on November 15. While not said in the report, server class Xeon versions of those processors – which would be candidates for inclusion in an updated Mac Pro lineup – are likely to ship at the same time.

Other rumors also suggest that the updated Mac Pro models might ship in early August, even though no suitable processors that are known to the public that is available for such refresh. It is noted last month that the rumored period of time came and went without even a single release, and reviewed Intel’s roadmap that pegged suitable processors for a release during the fourth quarter of 2011.

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HP Updates Pavilion DM1 with Beats Audio and New Apps

Written on September 08, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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HP refreshes its Pavilion DM1 laptop with few spec bumps, a new design and some software add-ons.

HP has finally updated its Pavilion DM1 laptop. The 11.6-inch crossover notebook is now equipped with a Beats Audio processing system, providing better sound quality from the speakers and headphones. It is also updated with AMD’s Fusion-based, 1.65GHz E-350 and low-voltage Intel chips — which is expected to make the device faster than before.

The Pavilion DM1 ultraportable laptop also gets a revamped software. An HP Launch Box has just been added, therefore, allowing the applications to be easily organized by grouping them on the Windows 7 taskbar. A simple mouse click would open an application directly from the taskbar, which frees up screen real estate on the notebook’s desktop. The new battery is also notable, as it could support up to 11.5 hours of usage.

There would be two versions for the Pavilion DM1: A charcoal gray model and a unique ash black variant with a soft finish. The gray models will be shipped on September 21 for a price of $400; it will feature an E-450 processor, a Radeon HD 6320 video, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. The variant with Intel processors will be available in charcoal on October 30 for $600; while the ash black versions will be rolled out sometime in fall.

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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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Lenovo Releases IdeaPad S100 with MeeGo in Europe

Written on August 23, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Lenovo IdeaPad S100 with MeeGo OS is now available on all European markets for €180.

At last, Lenovo has finally released its MeeGo OS-based IdeaPad S100. Now available on all European markets, the device is believed to be the manufacturer’s first netbook that runs on Linux-based, Intel- and Nokia-developed OS. It features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom N435 processor, and a 10.1-inch display with 1024×600 pixels resolution. The S100 also gets 160GB of HDD, 5,400 RPM hard drive, 1GB of RAM and 6 to 7 hours of battery life.

Lenovo has not yet disclosed any comments if whether they would offer the IdeaPad S100 with MeeGo in U.S countries or not.

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Intel Promising a Fix For the 320-Series SSD Issue

Written on August 16, 2011 by Lulu

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Intel has promised a fix regarding to their 320-series SSD issues within two weeks.

Intel promised a fix for their 320-series SSD drives within two weeks via firmware update. MacWorld reported that the chipmaker has isolated the issue which saw a number of 320-series solid state drives fail after a power outage, resulting in a Bad Context 13x error. The firmware fix promises to avoid future problems that may occur. However, it will not recover the lost data for owners who are currently suffering from the said issue.

Reported a month ago, Intel was put in boiling water because of their slow response to the said problem. The chip maker acknowledged the issue in late July, and advised the current owners of such SSD drives to carefully shut down their computers. They also recommended frequent backups.

Apparently, the primary fix has fully wiped the SSD with a secure erase, destroying any data on the drive. Intel also replaced disks for a number of customers. As all the solutions involve losing every data on the disk, back-up becomes even more necessary nowadays. The firmware is currently in final validation testing based on a report from Intel. However, they did not announced a specific date for the release.

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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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Intel Ultrabooks, Unable to Compete with MacBook Air on Price

Written on August 05, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Intel finds the technology needed for the production of Ultrabooks too costly, making them incapable of undercutting the MacBook Air Prices.

Since then, Intel was aiming to produce a number of energy-efficient products that are capable of grasping a large percentage of the market sales. They started this goal by introducing a new version of laptops addressed as “Ultrabooks”. These so-called Ultrabooks are believed to mimic some features of Apple’s MacBook Air, but with a much thinner and lighter feel. It is also expected to cover up 40% of the laptop market by the last quarter of 2012.

In order to achieve this goal, Intel has to work on producing cheaper laptops. However, sources close to the company said that the manufacturers are facing difficulties on pricing their devices lower than Apple’s MacBook Air, thus, affecting their aimed success in the market.

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MSI GT683DX, Revealed

Written on August 04, 2011 by Adam Eve

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MSI just revealed a dandy gaming laptop. Make way to the GT683DX!

MSI revealed its dandy gaming laptop – the GT683DX – which houses Intel Core i7 2630QM processor, 16GB of DDR memory, GeForce GTX 570M graphics card, and 1.5GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. But that’s just the beginning.

Check out MSI GT683DX’s other specs after the cut.

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New MacBook Air Uses a Cheaper Thunderbolt Cheap

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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An investigation revealed that Apple is using a tinier and cheaper Thunderbolt chip on their new MacBook Air.

An investigation into the new MacBook Air’s internals showed that Apple is using a new, relatively untested Thunderbolt chip. The said Thunderbolt chip is called Eagle Ridge which has two 10Gbps bidirectional lanes (40Gbps), while the Light Ridge chip in the iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac mini has a full four.

The said part tracked down by AnandTech can only drive one display over Thunderbolt, but is also much smaller and cheaper, a key to fitting it into the 11-inch, $999 Air.

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