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HP EliteBook

Finally HP launched the longer battery backup laptop called EliteBook-6930p. Which can deliver up to 24 hours of battery runtime.

“All-day computing has been the holy grail of notebook computing,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, HP. “With the HP EliteBook 6930p, customers no longer have to worry about their notebook battery running out before their work day is over.”

HP batteries benefit from a combination of HP engineering and energy-efficient notebook components such as Intel solid-state hard drives (SSD) and mercury-free LED displays. The HP Illumi-Lite LED display boosts battery run time by up to 4 hours compared to traditional LCD displays, while the Intel SSD provides up to a 7 percent increase in battery life compared to traditional hard drives.

The initial Energy Star-qualified HP EliteBook 6930p configuration weighs in at 4.7 pounds (2.1 kilograms). It features a 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen display and is available with an optional, mercury-free Illumi-Lite LED display.

Built for the corporate road warrior, it features a shock-resistant hard drive, enhanced display panel and spill-resistant keyboard to help defend data against bumps, drops and spills. It was designed to meet the tough MIL-STD 810F military-standard tests that measure levels of environmental reliability and operation at extreme temperatures, while withstanding vibration and high humidity.

The inner magnesium shell of the notebook’s HP DuraCase is equipped with a honeycomb pattern that is thermally bonded to anodized aluminum for a solid construction.

Customers will be able to purchase an HP EliteBook with the new Intel high-performance SSDs in October.

HP hopes to remove all mercury – a material commonly found in notebook screens – from its entire notebook line by the end of 2010.

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September 9, 2008 Posted by | Notebooks | | Leave a comment

Dell’s New Inspiron Mini 9

 

Dell has officially unveiled the Inspiron Mini 9 – a small, easy-to-carry device targeted at teens, tweens, travelers and “Tweeters”.

Calling it an Internet companion, Dell maintains that the Mini 9 can be fine-tuned to fit users’ specific needs. With a starting weight of 2.28 lbs, the Mini 9 features a durable design, with sealed keyboard, solid state drive (SSD) memory storage, an 8.9-inch glossy LED display (1024×600) and standard built-in Wi-Fi, webcam and Bluetooth.

Dell has teamed up with Box.net to offer exclusive web-based file storage, access and sharing to Inspiron Mini users, including a free Basic plan with 2GB of remote storage space, expandable to 25GB. 

The Inspiron Mini will include a direct link to a Dell-exclusive home page on Box.net, providing users with a way to add incremental online storage space to manage their digital lives. Individuals can upload files of any type to their Box, including photos, videos, music, documents and presentations, and then access those files from almost anywhere on any device.

 

Box.net’s service requires no software to download. With its OpenBox platform, Box.net enables people to edit documents and photos directly from their web-browser and post media to their blog or social networks, further enhancing the mobility and user experience on the Inspiron Mini.

 

Individuals have a choice of two colors for the device – Obsidian Black or Alpine White. They can also choose between Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04. The Inspiron Mini with Windows XP Home is available immediately starting at $399.

 

Inspiron Mini devices featuring an intuitive Dell-developed custom interface are expected to be available in a few weeks with a starting price of $349. 

The device also has an entire line of custom “Designed for Dell” backpacks, messenger bags and convertible cases from merchants including Timbuk2, though they are currently available in the United States, Canada and Europe only.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is available now on http://www.dell.com/mini in the U.S., Japan and select countries in Europe. Availability elsewhere will be handled on a country-by-country basis.

September 6, 2008 Posted by | Notebooks | , | Leave a comment

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Has Hidden Built-In 3G

Dell launched a new laptop. Its userfriendly and lots of futures like with 8GB SSD, 1GB memory, Bluetooth 2.1, Windows XP, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. Pricess starts from $349. take a look.

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Intel® AtomTM Processor (1.6GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB)

Operating System

Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition SP3

Ubuntu Linux 8.04 with custom Dell interface

Memory

Up to 1GB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

Chipset

Intel® 965PM / GM Express Chipset

Graphics

Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950

LCD Display

Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)

Audio and Speakers

One external speaker

Hard Drives

Up to 16GB configured with a Solid State drive.

Optical Drives

None

Ports

USB 2.0 (3)

Integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45)

15-pin VGA video connector

Audio jacks (1-line out, 1 mic-in)

3-in-1 Media Card Reader

AC adapter connector

Power

4-cell 32WHr Li-Ion Battery

Camera

Optional 0.3MP or 1.3MP webcams

Wireless

Wi-Fi Options:

802.11g mini-card

Bluetooth Options:

Bluetooth® Internal (2.0) mini-card

Ports, Slots, Chassis

Externally Accessible

USB 2.0 (3)

Integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45)

15-pin VGA video connector

Audio jacks (1-line out, 1 Mic-in)

3-in-1 Media Card Reader

AC adapter connector

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.13″ (232mm)

Height: 1.07″ (27.2mm) front / 1.25″ (31.7mm) back

Depth: 6.77″ (172mm)

Weight: Starting weight of 2.28 lbs. (1.035 kg)3(8.9″ display, 4 cell battery). Weights will vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Notebooks | | Leave a comment

Acer Aspire One Netbook

It should come as no surprise to anyone that netbooks have suddenly become the most active segment in mobile computing over the past few months. These diminutive laptops offer excellent VFM, with their small size and excellent battery life. This has led to practically every manufacturer introducing some netbook variant or the other. It’s Acer’s turn now, with a launch under the ‘Aspire One’ brand. Let’s find out how it fares.


One thing that’s annoyed me about netbooks ever since this nascent industry launched is the design of current offerings, which embodies what the gaming industry would call ‘EPIC FAIL’. All of them look virtually the same, to the point where it looks as if there’s a single OEM that’s making tons of money by providing these companies with the same chassis and specifications.

However, Acer seems to have kept this factor in mind, and in a styling reminiscent of its Gemstone Blue range, designed the Aspire One to look more like a stylish high-end ultraportable than the budget laptop it actually is. This is a welcome move, and the Aspire One looks sleek and slim. Its lid has a mirrored finish, with a range of available colors: dark blue, green, red, black, and white. The same mirrored finish extends to the bezel of the LCD panel, but the keyboard area gets a flat matte finish in a color similar to that of the lid.

The hinges are fairly thick and though they are colored oddly, are pretty solidly made. The body of the Aspire One is quite sturdy, with no audible squeaks anywhere. The material used in its construction is pretty lightweight and this shows in the overall weight, which is just 1.26 kg for the 120GB HDD model. If you choose to opt for the SSD model, the weight drops to a mere 0.98 kg. Its overall size of 245 x 165 x 25 mm makes it among the smallest in the netbook segment.

The keyboard is very functional. Not only is it decently sized, it offers good spacing between keys, and adequate tactile feedback. This is a welcome move, as in laptops this small, keyboards tend to get too cramped and make typing a miserable experience. But on the Aspire one, I was able to comfortably type for a few hours without suffering from keyboard fatigue.

In comparison, however, the touchpad of the Aspire one suffers quite badly. Not only is it really tiny, it’s mouse buttons are not very responsive. While it’s certainly not unusable, it’s troublesome enough to get a negative mark against the Aspire One.

The LCD panel is easily the best I have seen in any netbook till now. It’s an 8.9 inch backlit LED panel with a native resolution of 1024 x 600 and offers a very good experience. Its color, contrast and blackness levels are top-notch and give a vivid viewing experience usually found in much more expensive laptops. Surprisingly, it even had decent side viewing angles.

Connectivity-wise, the Aspire One is similar to other netbooks. It has three USB ports, a 0.3 MP camera, a multi-format card reader, VGA out and the standard audio plugs for speakers/headphones.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Notebooks | , , , | 3 Comments