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Apple to Announce at Macworld Expo: 17-in Unibody Mac Pro and Mac mini

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The Macworld Expo will start tomorrow and it will be the last one Apple will take place without Steve Jobs. Yes, this news doesn’t sound good for Apple fans. But, the good news is tomorrow Apple is announcing its upcoming 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro laptop after some delays and new Mac mini computer.

The 17-in MacBook Pro not only will utilize the unibody technology, but also it will come with irremovable internal battery like MacBook Air.

The new Mac Mini is also adopting some important changes:

- using new NVIDIA's MCP79 platform

- A Mini DisplayPort and a Mini DVI connector

- A FireWire 800 port and a fifth USB port

- No FireWire 400 port available in this model

Tomorrow you can find the rundown of the event in this blog

So keep in touch.

Source: Apple insider

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Cheaper Netbooks with Longer Battery Life by Freescale i.MX515 CPU?

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Netbook are cheap small size laptops that their prices stand in the range between $300 and $600. But consumers still like to see cheaper netbooks in the market. I think it rather comes true because of the direct relationship between demand and production and every month many new netbooks enter to the market and gradually make the market overwhelmed. However, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. thinks that it can speed up this process with its new low-powered CPU that is showcasing at CES 2009 this week (Jan. 8-11).

Freescale’s i.MX515 CPU is a chip based on ARM that has been made for netbooks and the computing devices with basic functionality like surfing web and checking emails. Freescale believes that its i.MX515 processor can cut the prices of cheapest netbooks (that naturally run on Linux OS) back to $200.

Freescale claims that not only will its CPU decrease the whole price of netbooks, but it will also increase the battery life. It means that i.MX515 CPU uses less power than Atom CPU and creates less hit, also.

Reuters reported:

The company said the chip would allow a netbook with an 8.9-inch display to receive eight hours of battery life. Freescale's reference design features the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system.

Freescale expects to start shipping this CPU from the middle of 2009 and it will be used in the 8.9-in and 10-inch netbooks.

The current netbooks using Intel Atom processor often deliver a battery life up to 3.5 hours with standard battery. These are the good advantages that i.MX515 CPU is going to bring for netbook users. Well, the important question is that “will i.MX515 CPU as powerful as Atom processor?”

Already company has emphasized the netbooks powered by i.MX515 CPU would only support Linux operating system. So, my guess is that this upcoming processor must not deliver better performance than Atom CPU or maximum it will perform as powerful as Atom. If the later possible happens, it will be another giant step in the netbook market and the market of laptops.

This matter of mere using Linux as the OS can also bring big limitation for the Freeescale-based netbooks. So, will this limitation allow this new processor can spread among netbooks easily? Or maybe the other good sides of i.MX515 CPU meaning longer battery life and cheaper price effect this big limitation and help to Freescale to become good rival for Intel?

VIA is also going to launch its processors in 2009 too. So, we must have a competitive market among hardware companies this year!

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AMD Q+A: Yukon to Outperform Atom, Not Destined for Netbook

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amd1Talk about taking your lumps. At a time when traditional notebook sales were relatively flat, AMD sat and watched as Intel’s Atom processor ran away with the red-hot netbook (or mini-notebook) market, which grew a whopping 160 percent in Q3 2008.

Let Intel have netbooks, says AMD. Instead, the company has been planning its attack that will focus the bulk of its energy on slightly larger but still affordable ultraportables with its new platform for ultrathin notebooks (think affordable systems like the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 which happens to sport Intel’s Atom). The first of its kind is the HP dv2, which AMD and HP launched today. The ultra thin and stylish dv2 sports a 12-inch screen and a starting price of $699.

We have got the full specs of both the HP dv2 and the low down on the new AMD processor and platform here. But we also spoke in depth with David McAffee, AMD’s product manager for low-power product platforms, about where AMD hopes to go with the new not-quite netbook platform. In our hour long interview McAffee revealed that the Yukon platform:

  • Will outperform Intel’s Atom: AMD’s Yukon platform will have 100 to 150 percent better performance, and will cost 30 to 35 percent more than Intel’s solution.
  • Is intended for11 to 13 inch laptops. However, OEMs may choose to put this platform in smaller notebooks.
  • Can exclusively be found in HP’s dv2 but is expected to broadly adopted by other notebook manufacturers.
  • May not live up to Intel Atom’s battery life as it is expected to get 3 to 4 hours depending on the system.

Check out the whole interview below. The notebook market just got a whole lot more heated and interesting.

Why has AMD ignored the red-hot netbook category thus far?
David McAffee: It’s fair to say that we’ve taken a wait-and-see approach to understand how netbooks evolve. Given the position that AMD is in currently, we have to be careful about where we place our investments and where we focus our energies. The platform for ultrathin notebooks fills an interesting market above where netbooks exist today, and that gives us a differentiated position from Intel.

What makes AMD’S platform for ultrathin notebooks different from Intel’s Atom CPU?
We’ve leveraged the same architecture we use in our mainstream notebook processors and have brought that down into a frequency and power envelope that fits well into a smaller form factor notebook design. It’s a core difference between Atom and our Athlon Neo processor. We’ve enabled a native discrete graphics interface off of the Northbridge [chipset]. The ability to add discrete graphics represents a huge step in what can be done in terms of performance and pricing.

Does the platform for ultrathin notebooks offer better performance than Intel’s Atom?
There’s a substantial difference in terms of raw performance. An Intel Atom–based system that costs 30 to 35 percent less than a given Yukon platform is going to have 100 to 150 percent less performance. Neo’s performance falls in between dual-core low-voltage processors and the Atom processor. We’ve seen faster transcode times for audio and video. The price-performance trade-off is competitive even against more-expensive ultraportable systems.

What market segment are you going after with the platform for ultrathin notebooks?
AMD sees the opportunity to go after the space that’s in between Atom-based netbooks and expensive ultraportables to match the best of both worlds. These devices are probably the second PC for the home, or primary PCs for students, college kids, and young adults. Our configurations offer the ability for OEMs to have native display options like HDMI, DisplayPort, or DVI. This makes it easy for a consumer to plug [a Yukon-enabled system] into their entertainment setup or their TV to enjoy the high-def content they have on their computer.

Which screen sizes are you targeting?
We see the platform for ultrathin notebooks in the sweet spot around 12 inches; 11 to 13 inches is a good range that OEMs would design this around. Others may see a need or opportunity for a 14-inch Yukon system, or an 8.9-inch one. We provide guidance to OEMs, but we’re not dictating what the system needs to look like or what the configuration needs to be. I would project that if someone were to build a smaller 9 or 10 inch form factor based on Yukon, it would not be cost competitive with what Intel has enabled with its Atom processor.

Which companies will be making Yukon-based notebooks and when can we expect them?
HP will be the only partner with this platform at launch. Other OEMs will make products based on the platform for ultrathin notebooks, but it’s initially just HP. We expect the HP Pavilion dv2 to be available to consumers in April or late March. We see the dv2 as a product that targets a digitally connected lifestyle: mobility, connectivity, and consuming multimedia. Beyond HP, we’re engaged with all of the global OEMs. We’ve seen an enormous amount of interest and traction with a number of them. We expect this to be adopted broadly.

How much do you expect ultrathin notebooks using the platform to cost?
We’ll see platforms in the $500-and-up range, and scaling up from there depending on whether it has discrete graphics, different drives, etc. Keep in mind that much of the cost is from the hard drive, panel, and memory. AMD’s contribution doesn’t dramatically drive the cost of the product.

What type of 3D performance will Yukon deliver?
In our discrete solution platform for ultrathin notebooks, we’re seeing a 10X 3DMark improvement over our unified memory architecture (UMA) configuration; our platform offers more features and horsepower. It has DirectX 10.1 capabilities and our universal video-decode engine. MPEG2, MPEG4, and H.264 video content is off-loaded from the CPU and run through the graphics engine. You can play games like The Sims and turn on a lot of the richer, more immersive capabilities with this ultrathin notebook platform. On an Intel-based solution you have to scale back the level of detail.

Will the battery life be long enough for highly mobile users?
Based on our own and HP’s testing we’re expecting to see around 4 hours or so of battery life in this platform, depending on the configuration; it could be 3 to 4 hours depending on the system. Both performance expectations and battery life expectations scale inversely with the size of the product. I’m sure the battery life comparisons with Atom will be made. That product has a wide range of battery life configurations depending on the battery size, the system configuration, etc. Both performance expectations and battery life expectations scale inversely with the size of the product. The smaller you get the longer battery you expect, but you don’t expect as much performance. That holds true across the entire category of products. It’s one of the reasons we think our middle positioning is a good spot for us.

What OSes will best be paired with the Yukon platform? Do you expect Linux to be a widespread option for this plaform?
Our driver set is capable of supporting Vista Premium, Vista Basic, Windows XP, and even Linux. As for Linux, not really. There’s not a need in mature markets. I expect Linux in other parts of the world. PCs are a Swiss army knife; there’s no one application people use them for. Windows is too comfortable and familiar for Linux to easily come in and upset. I think a simplified shell environment as a first PC for kids with a basic level of controlled tasks could be a play for Linux. But the challenge with Linux is when you get beyond the surface and have to do something like install or connect to a wireless network the model breaks down and is unfamiliar and unusual, people don’t have the tolerance to learn it all over again.

Do you think people want affordable ultraportables over netbooks?
We do think that slim-line notebooks, as a category, offer a large market for secondary, tertiary, and primary notebooks. There is a lifestyle consideration in this. For that segment of consumers who are attracted to design, we think it’s highly attractive. It’s important that consumer expectations are set. Size drives a lot of that expectation; when you see small things you don’t expect it to scream, but you expect killer performance out of a 17-inch notebook.

Can Yukon help AMD regain notebook market share given that Intel has such a commanding lead?
Not too long ago, processor brand was in the top 3 of purchase criteria factors. Now I don’t think the brand or frequency is even in the top 5 of what people care about. Price and OEM brand in our research are the key drivers in a decision.h

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HP Mini 2140

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While HP’s recently released Mini 1000 is designed for consumers, its new HP Mini 2140 Notebook PC caters to the mobile professional. An update and replacement to HP’s original 2133 Mini-Note, the 2140 sports the same durable chassis and well-designed keyboard as its predecessor but adds a larger 10-inch screen and an Intel Atom processor that pays off in 7-plus hours of battery life (with a six-cell battery). Add in fast-charge technology and hard drive protection, and the $529 Mini 2140 is our top netbook pick for road warriors.

Compact, Road Ready Design

While HP claims that the Mini 2140 is partially aimed at the education market, its design will surely appeal to business travelers. It sports a brushed silver, all-aluminum lid and a solid magnesium alloy chassis (similar to the original 2133 Mini-Note). Making the netbook even more durable are its metal alloy hinges complete with hardened steel pin axles; HP claims this build can endure the closing and opening of the lid ten times a day for six years (or 25,000 cycles).

When placed next to rival 10-inch netbooks (the Samsung NC10, ASUS Eee PC 1000H, Lenovo IdeaPad S10, and the MSI Wind), the 10.3 x 6.5 x 1.1-inch Mini 2140 is certainly compact. In fact, like its cousin the Mini 1000, it compares favorably to smaller 8.9-inch netbooks, such as the Acer Aspire one and Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (see our measurement chart below). However, it weighs 3.0 pounds with its six-cell battery (2.6 pounds with the flush three-cell battery), making the Mini 2140 heavier than other netbooks equipped with six-cell batteries, including the 2.6-pound MSI Wind and 2.8-pound Samsung NC10. Nevertheless, when we took the netbook with us on a weekend trip, it fit in a small shoulder bag, and even with its AC adapter (which brought the travel weight to 3.4 pounds) we felt no strain.

Same Great Keyboard, Awkward Touchpad

We’re glad that HP didn’t change the keyboard on the Mini 2140 from the 2133 Mini-Note. This netbook features a 92 percent full-size keyboard treated with a coating that HP claims makes the keys 50 times more resistant to visible wear than a standard keyboard (it’s also water-resistant). The panel had absolutely no flex, and the right Shift key is full-size and directly below the Enter key.

To accommodate the spacious keyboard, HP kept the same touchpad and buttons as on the 2133 Mini-Note. At 2.3 x 1.1 inches, the Mini 2140’s touchpad is very narrow, requiring more movement and backtracking than we would like. Also, HP retained the awkward vertical mouse buttons, which flank the touchpad. The touchpad has a button above it for turning it off completely and a dedicated scrolling bar, which was useful for moving through long Web pages.

Ports

The HP Mini 2140 is surrounded by two USB ports, an SD Card reader, mic and headphone jacks, a VGA port, and an Ethernet jack. While most netbooks have three USB ports, HP used the space for an ExpressCard/54 slot, perfect for adding a mobile broadband card. (HP may offer integrated mobile broadband as an option in the future, but the company hasn’t finalized its plans.)

Bigger Display, Less Pixels

The speakers that straddled the screen on the 2133 Mini-Note have been moved to accommodate a larger 10.1-inch, 16:9, glossy, LED-backlit display. However, its native resolution of 1024 x 576 is not only lower than that on the 2133 (which was 1280 x 768), but it’s even lower than that on most other netbooks, which sport 1024 x 600-pixel resolution screens. However, HP will also offer a higher definition 1366 x 768 display option starting in mid March.

One of the first 10-inch netbooks with a true 16:9 aspect ratio, the Mini 2140 allowed us to view a DVD using an external optical drive without the small borders along the top and bottom of the screen. While some may appreciate this aspect ratio on larger 16-inch notebooks, we don’t see the benefit of it on a smaller screen that one won’t use frequently to watch movies. Similar to the BenQ Joybook Lite U101, the subtraction of 24 vertical pixels also limits the amount of space you have vertically on the screen. In a side-by-side comparison with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution netbooks, the HP Mini 2140 consistently showed one to two less lines of text on Web pages, resulting in more scrolling for end users.

The flush glass screen, which is coated with a scratch-resistant treatment, makes for a bright desktop. We were able to keep a Web page and a document in Microsoft Word 2007 open side by side. We appreciated HP’s software tool in its Quick Launch that allows for easily adjusting the size of desktop icons and fonts. An episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia streamed on Hulu.com looked extremely clear and detailed, and tilting the screen back 45 degrees (which is as far as it goes) didn’t produce distracting glare. Horizontal viewing angles were not as forgiving, but decent for sharing the screen with another person.

Webcam and Audio

A 0.3-megapixel camera and dual stereo microphones are embedded in the bezel above the display. In a video call over Skype the image quality was solid, but our caller complained of blurriness typical of VGA resolution. The built-in stereo speakers, now hidden below the screen, were surprisingly loud and we heard our caller loud and clear.

Performance

HP nixed the VIA C7-M processor it used in the 2133 Mini-Note for Intel’s reliable and power-efficient 1.6-GHz Atom N270 processor. Along with 1GB of RAM, the Mini 2140 provided the typical netbook performance we’ve seen in many similarly configured systems. We couldn’t run our usual PCMark05 test on the system, but in our hands-on experience, the machine’s Windows XP performance was snappy. Firefox and Windows Media Player opened quickly, and we saw no performance hit when conducting video calls over Skype, surfing the Web with multiple tabs open, and writing this review in Microsoft Word 2007.

The Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics chip with 64MB of memory delivered a score of 748 in 3DMark03 and 125 in 3DMark06; the former is about 70 points below the category average, and the latter is about 130 points below average. Still, the Mini 2140 scored higher on 3DMark06 than the ASUS Eee PC 1002HA (678) and the Samsung NC10 (730). Watching an episode of Heroes using an external DVD drive at full-screen was smooth.

Hard Drive Performance

The Mini 2140’s 160GB, 5,400-rpm Hitachi SATA hard drive (which is protected by HP’s 3D DriveGuard accelerometer) booted Windows XP Home in 57 seconds; that’s a few seconds better than the average netbook. The LAPTOP Transfer Test (copying a 4.97GB folder of mixed media) took a speedy 5 minutes and 22 seconds, a rate of 15.8 MBps. This is higher than the category average of 13.2 MBps and right smack between the Lenovo IdeaPad S10’s 17.4 MBps and the Samsung NC10’s 12.4 MBps. As with the HP Mini 1000, the Mini 2140 will also be available with a solid-state drive option.

Ambient Heat

Compared with the 2133 Mini-Note, which got extremely warm during heavy usage, the Mini 2140 stayed relatively cool. The keyboard and touchpad remained at room temperature during frequent use. However, the bottom of the Mini 2140 got slightly warmer than the rest of the system, registering 96 degrees during our battery test.

Battery Life

The HP Mini 2140 outshines not only its predecessor when it comes to endurance but all other netbooks equipped with six-cell batteries. On the LAPTOP Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi), the system lasted a very impressive 7 hours and 19 minutes. This runtime blows away the mini-notebook average of 3:48, and it beats out even the Samsung NC10, the longest-lasting mini-notebook to date, by 45 minutes. If you can live with the added bulk of the six-cell battery, it’s more than worth the $30 premium. Still, the smaller three-cell battery lasts a solid 3 hours and 32 minutes.

HP also includes its Fast Charge technology in the Mini 2140, which can charge the netbook’s primary battery up to 90 percent within 90 minutes when the system is off. A completely drained six-cell battery on the Mini 2140 took 98 minutes to charge up to 98 percent with the system powered down; by comparison, the ASUS Eee PC 1000H (also with a six-cell battery) recharged up to 84 percent in the same amount of time.

Wireless

The HP Mini 2140’s 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi card provided stellar performance on our tests, delivering a strong 24.5 Mbps and 20.4 Mbps from 15 and 50 feet, respectively. These scores blew away the 802.11n-equipped ASUS Eee PC 1002HA (20.6/17.2 Mbps). The Mini 2140 maintained a strong connection during our day-to-day Web activities; streaming music over Pandora was fluid, and streaming video clips on Hulu.com were void of any pauses.

As mentioned above, HP may offer integrated mobile broadband as an option on the Mini 2140, as it has done on the Mini 1000. However, given that HP charges a steep $199 for this module, some many want to pick up a much cheaper (or free) external ExpressCard or USB modem.

Software and Warranty

Beyond Windows XP Home, HP bundles the Mini 2140 with a 60-day trial of McAfee Security Center and Microsoft Office 2007. HP covers this netbook with a one-year warranty and 24/7 toll-free technical support.

Verdict

The $529 HP Mini 2140 (starting at $499) rises above the majority of the netbook competition by incorporating a well-designed keyboard, a durable design, and more than seven hours of battery life. Some may prefer the $499 Samsung NC10 (also a LAPTOP Editors’ Choice winner). It’s $30 less than the similarly configured HP Mini 2140, and its six-cell battery doesn’t bulge from the bottom of the chassis like the Mini 2140. But the extra cash buys a more durable case and more endurance.

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Lenevo Bring Out Y450, Y550 and Y650 Laptops

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There is no doubt that it is the time of economic recession. We are expected to hear gloomy news about car sales in USA shortly. However, the good news for laptop makers is that there is no sign of decreasing demand for laptops. So, I think that Lenevo has introduced three new laptops at the right time. Their price is midrange- not cheap or expensive.


I am quoting from a press release:

Lenovo's latest IdeaPad Y Series laptops deliver powerful Hi-Definition entertainment in new sizes that are smaller, thinner and lighter than the previous generation to give more choices to consumers. The three Y Series laptops – the Y650, Y550, and Y450 – share the same modern soft black design featuring an interlocked hexagon pattern on the top cover along with a discrete copper accent around the perimeter of the laptop.

Lenovo delivers its first 16-inch widescreen laptop, the IdeaPad Y650, to the distinction of being the thinnest and lightest laptop in its class1. In fact, the laptop weighs even lighter than many 15-inch laptops, providing users with an additional inch of screen space without compromising on mobility. Making use of special materials like carbon fiber, as used in the aerospace and automotive industries, Lenovo has engineered the laptop down to a slender one-inch at its thinnest point with a weight of just 5.6 pounds.

The expanded Y Series add three new 16:9 screen sizes: the 16-inch Y650, the 15.6-inch Y550, and the 14-inch Y450 laptops. The new Y Series laptops are configurable with up to 500GB of hard drive storage space and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory.

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Lenovo S10 Netbook Gets Additional Features

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Just a year ago, very few people thought that netbooks would become so influential segment in laptop market. Whether you like them or not- netbooks are here to stay and they would soon dominate the industry. Lenovo S10 netbook today announced the addition of some features.

I am quoting from a press release:

Lenovo today announced the latest additions to its Idea brand of personal computers for consumers. The new PCs push the envelope in the pursuit of thinner and more stylish designs, and combine these attributes with unique features like facial recognition and high-definition entertainment technologies to give consumers a computing experience like no other. There are four new IdeaPad laptops – the IdeaPad Y650, the thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptop in its class1, the Y550 and Y430 laptops with a similar family design to the Y650, and the thinnest all-in-one desktop PC, the IdeaCentre A600. With the explosive growth of social networking, Lenovo also continues to enhance its IdeaPad S10 netbook with new instant on capability, facial recognition and easy access to Lenovo's social networking community.

"With the launch of our global consumer Idea brand a year ago, we've shown the world that PC technology can be powerful and beautiful," said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Consumer Business Group, Lenovo. "This year, we will keep pushing the limits of good design, balancing form and function, as you'll see exhibited in our super-thin, 16-inch laptop and all-in-one desktop. This unique blend of design and engineering sets us apart from competitors and gives consumers a new kind of entertainment and computing experience."

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MSI U115 Hybrid Storage Netbook

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It is the first Hybrid Storage netbook in the world. It means that this netbook can work on both SSD and HDD hard drives at the same time. Its processor is Intel Atom Z530 1.60GHzand OS is Genuine Windows XP Home. I like Windows XP and I am happy to see that Microsoft is promoting XP for netbooks. As for memory, DDR2 533MHz 1 GB sounds quite good to me and it has the ability to support up to 2GB. I liked its 10" display and I wish that all netbooks had at least this amount of display.

I am quoting some from a press release:

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- The World's First Hybrid Storage Netbook

The U115 Hybrid is equipped with MSI's Exclusive Hybrid Storage Technology; the very first notebook computer in the world that is capable of operating both SSD and HDD hard drives simultaneously, combining all the features of SSD and HDD in the U115 Hybrid for your enjoyment.

One of the things that prevented me from buying an Asus Eee PC is the small display. 1024x 600 resolution is something I feel comfortable with to browse Internet. It has good battery life too and hybrid storage is ideal for extending battery life. As far as storage is concerned, there are two options:

120Gb/160Gb HDD 2.5" SATA HDD

8Gb/16Gb SSD

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Windows 7 beta Better than Vista and XP?

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I have to say it more than once that I’m not a big fan of Windows Vista. I loved and still like XP. That’s why, I got mixed feeling that with the news that Windows 7 Beta or perform that both windows vista and Windows XP. A test was carried out by Adrian Kingsley-Hughe of Zdnet and he used two computers running on AMD and Intel. 23 test were carried out and I am giving here some of them:

1. Install OS - Time it takes to install the OS

2. Boot up - Average boot time to usable desktop

3. Shut down - Average shut down time

4. Move 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another

5. Move 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another

And the verdict is that Windows 7 Beta is better than the other two. So, I am now eagerly waiting for the real 7. What is fascnicating to see is that Adrian Kingsley-Hughe did not go for any benchmark test. Instead, he did something raw and something that most people can easily understand.

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Windows 7 build 7000 outperforms Vista and XP

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Itunes Music is now DRM-Free With iPhone 3G Music Downloads

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Today, at Macworld, Apple announced that iTunes songs are now DRM (Digital Rights Management) free with songs costing $0.99 cents, $0.69 cents and $1.29. The pricing will also be offered in three tiers now, instead of just one.

Out of 10 million songs, 80 per cent are available on the music store from major music labels including Sony BMG, Virgin, Warner music, American Recording without DRM in the store, while the remaining two million songs would be made available by this spring.

DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology tries to prevent piracy by placing some restrictions on how the customers may use the music they purchase from their store. Apple's strong FairPlay DRM technology requires a customer to authorize his/her PC to play purchased tracks and they allow only a few computers to be authorized.

You can easily upgrade your existing DRMed tracks to DRM-free versions at $0.30 per song while the music videos can be upgraded at $0.60 each. The songs would be high in quality with Apple's DRM-free 256kbps AAC.

Not only that folks, Apple also announced that, from today, iTunes music store would also be available over the mobile phone networks via 3G, as well as over Wi-Fi. There would be no additional fee and all DRM-free at 256kbps AAC.

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Download Google Picasa 3 beta for Mac OS X

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Google Picasa is a Free photo management tool with good editing capabilities which lets you create slideshows, movies , collages,etc. You can easily manage,edit and share your photos online with Picasa. It works very well with Google's free Photo sharing site Picasa Web Albums.

Until now, Google's online photo application was only available to Mac users through a browser and iPhoto plugin.Now, the same features that have been on Windows and Linux for years are now ready for Mac users... finally Google released the Mac version.

Here is the Screenshot of the Picasa 3 Beta for Mac OS X:

Google Picasa 3 Beta for Mac


There are some features missing in this Google Picasa 3 beta version for Mac including the feature to order prints, Picasa photo viewer,screen capture, webcam capture,etc.

System Requirements to install Picasa for Mac:
» You need a Picasa Web Albums account
» Mac OS X 10.4 or later versions required
» iPhoto 4.0 or later required to use the iPhoto plugin.

You can Download Picasa 4 for Mac here. I hope it performs as fast as the Windows version did.

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Britney Spears, Obama, Rick Sanchez Twitter accounts hacked!!

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Just a few days after the phishing scam fooled thousands of Twitter users, it seems like another security hole has been found by....someone. Twitter reported on its official blog earlier today that around 33 twitter accounts of famous celebrities including US President elect Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Rick Sanchez of CNN have been hacked. This is not related to the phishing scam that happened last weekend.

According to Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter, these accounts were hacked by an individual who hacked into the tools used by Twitter support to edit the email address associated with their twitter account. Twitter presently removed these tools offline,but they might put them back after necessary security measures are taken.

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HP to Present bunch of new Laptops and Mini 1000 Mi Netbook at CES 2009?

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There are some evidences to show that HP is going to demonstrate bunch of new laptops at CES 2009 that will be launched from January 6th or some later in 2009.

AMD-based 13.3-in HP Pavilion dv3z, AMD-based 15.4-in HP Presario CQ60, Intel-based 16-in HP Pavilion dv6t, 17-in HP Pavilion G70 and 10-in HP Mini1000 Mi netbook.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi will be a new netbook that will be launched from January 6th and will come with new linux-based OS likely Splash Top (that you got familiar with it by Lenovo IdeaPad S10e) and SSD storages.

The price will start from $379.99.

HP Pavilion dv3z is a budget ultra portable laptop with starting price from $800.

The laptop will be available from January 6th.

It is powered by Turion Ultra or Athlon dual-core CPUs, up to 8GB DDR2 RAM, SSD storage and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card. The laptop sports a 13.3-inch widescreen BrightView display.

The laptop features Web Camera; HDMI; 802.11n; Bluetooth, Optional fingerprint reader. It runs on Windows Vista and weighs about 4 pounds.

HP Pavilion dv6t with the starting price of $680 is a budget desktop replacement laptop that will be released on January 6th. It is powered by Core 2 Duo; up to 8GB DDR2 RAM, and DVD Burner. The laptop sports a 16-inch (16:9) BrightView widescreen display which nice for watching DVD. It is designed with Mesh Imprint in mixture of onyx & chrome colors.

The system features HDMI, WebCam, 802.11a/b/g/n; and Bluetooth.

It is nice to mention that :

-HP Pavilion dv6 Laptop with Centrino 2 CPU/ 4GB Memory Available Online

HP Compaq Presario CQ60 with starting price of $470 is a mainstream laptop to hit the market soon. There is not enough information about this laptop. We just know it is based on AMD and sports a 15.4-in widescreen display.

HP Pavilion G70 with starting price of $800 is going to be successor of Pavilion dv7z laptop. The release date is not clear yet. The only thing we know about this laptop right now is that is a 17-in laptop based on AMD.

Via: Engadget

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Acer Aspire One with 10.1-inch Display to Come Out in February 2009?

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Acer Aspire one has stayed on top since a few weeks after releasing, and Acer could overtake Asus in netbook sale from Q3 2008. Although there were always some rumors about the new variant of Aspire one with bigger display to come in 2009, there has hardly been important news or report about it.

It seems that the long wait for the new Aspire One is gradually ending. There are some features and snap shots of new aspire one have been leaked out in the web.

The up coming Acer Aspire one will utilize a bigger 10.1-in LED-backlit display (with the same resolution of 1024×600) and the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor. If the information is right I am happy that Acer is using the same processor of the current Aspire One in its new model.

One of the differences between the current Aspire One and the upcoming system is the exchange of the current Expansion storage slot with SD Card reader (media card reader) slot.

The second difference comes to the trackpad. The mouse buttons will change to one button underneath the touchpad. However the keyboard stays the same.

You will also find optional Bluetooth and 3G mobile broadband connectivity on the new model.

The 10-inch Aspire one will feature up to 2GB of RAM, HDD, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi and VGA out port. The netbook will only run on Windows XP.
The laptop with be available in good-looking white, black and red color options.
The laptop should end up in February 2009.

Source: jkkmobile

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BlackBerry Storm: A Mobile Phone or a Netbook?

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The answer to this question seems to be very obvious to all of us. Of course, BlackBerry Storm is a mobile phone. It can never be a netbook. A netbook is a laptop not a mobile phone. Well, Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of RIM does not think so. He feels that Storm is a netbook. He was asked a question by Cnet and he replied:

“No, I think I can put Netbooks in here [referring to the BlackBerry Storm]. These are Netbooks. They are just smaller.”

This has caused some storm in the tea cup at Engadget. The readers have made fun with Mike Lazaridis about his claim.

Let us talk some serious matters. I think that BlackBerry Strom has the potential to challenge netbooks but it would not happen in 2009. It may happen in 2010. What is your idea about it?

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Voodoo Firefly Gaming Laptop with Dual Display/ Multi-touch trackpad Hands-on

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Surely, we are expecting to see many new innovative laptops at CES 2009 despite of economic slowdown. HP Voodoo Firefly Gaming Laptop will be one of them to stimulate hard-core gamers with its unique striking feature set.

Voodoo Firefly Gaming Laptop can play the latest 3D heavy games like Far Cry 2 or Fallout 3 smoothly without any disruption. Of course this 17-inch laptop with weight of 13 pounds is not for carrying; nonetheless it can be a very nice replacement for the desktop computer.




Voodoo Firefly resembles HP’s Blackbird desktop system with flavor of Voodoo laptop line and uses the imprint design that found on HP Pavilion dv laptop lines up. The upcoming machine utilizes the customizable backlighting keyboard- the feature is particularly found on Alienware Area 51-m17x or m15x gaming laptops, a night vision webcam, HP’s QuickPlay controls, a multi-touch trackpad placed totally on the right side of keyboard (which you can not find on other laptops. The reason is because mouse is normally located on the right side of keyboard by users) and secondary 4.3-inch touch-screen LCD display with 800 x 480 resolution that even you can watch a youTube video on it. This display settles beneath the main 17.1-inch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution similar to the one we have seen on Fujitsu LifeBook N7010 (with this difference that this display sits above the keyboard on N7010).


As the laptop is a house power system, it will feature Quad Core processor (like 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme) that is able to overclock, 4GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive with 7200 rpm and a couple of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs that running in CrossFire mode.

Another striking feature of this gaming laptop is its audio part. Unlike other laptops it utilizes an advanced Creative’s X-Fi audio technology, which features Dolby sound and support for 5.1 surround sound speaker sets (there are only two speakers placed above keyboard). The combination of sound quality and high graphics quality of game on this laptop brings a lot of pleasure for the user.

-The night vision webcam on this laptop supports an infrared mode to enable video chatting at night in total darkness or in dim light.

Surely this laptop will not come to market soon, so if you get any opportunity to attend the CES 2009, it would be great to see this laptop closely. As you saw, there were many innovative ideas used in this laptop that could bring best experience of playing game for users. The power features were not new ideas, but the combination of secondary display, mouti-touch trackpad and the stunning night vision webcam make this laptop a great one for the hardcore gamers and addicted users to their laptops.

Source: laptop magazine

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Dual-core Nano 3000 the Rival of Atom CPU! Why to Come Very Late?

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VIA is trying to bring out a competitive CPUs to challenge Intel in the market of Netbooks and Nettops (small or low-performed desktop computers). Since the beginning of 2008, several news items have been released about the VIA upcoming CPU using 45-nm technology; first called Isaiah then changed to the codename, Nano processor. However, it has not been launched in the market yet and now we are again hearing new news about the upcoming Nano 3000 that is supposed to challenge Intel’s latest dual-core Atom CPU in late 2009 or beginning of 2010!

Intel is using dual-core Atom 330 in the nettops now.

Nano 3000 processor will be very low-powered CPU based on ARM chip using either a Fujitsu 45-nanometer or TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) 40-nanometer technology. The chip will feature a dual-core graphics engine to enhance the graphics quality of netbooks or mini-notebooks.

However, VIA will release VIA Nano 1000/2000 based on 65nm technology first. They will support latest 1333MHz V4 Bus, 64Bit instruction and built-in 1MB L2 Cache.

Although Via's C7-M processor was the first processor deployed in netbooks like HP mini-note 2133, Intel Atom processor could become a best replacement rather than other sorts of alternatives for netbooks. If you look at briefly to the netbooks available in the market today, they only differentiate from each other with few features and nearly there are no differences between them in terms of CPU and very often memory and Ports, slot and Network connectivity.

It will be very nice to see other CPU options in the netbooks market to bring more variety and more choices for the consumers.

Source: Cnet, HKEPC

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Sony VAIO P Is Not a Netbook! But a Slow Budget Ultra Slim Laptop for $974

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Everybody expected to believe that sony VAIO P will be another upcoming fashionable netbook in the market, but it is not. Yesterday, more specifications of this laptop were leaked out and made the laptop more distinct than what was predicted- a netbook. As you know Netbooks can not have more than 1GB of RAM by default and their prices will be more than $600.

The upcoming chic VAIO P from Sony will not follow these two strict rules.


Featuring a slow 1.33GHz Atom Z520 (rather than a CPU at 1.6GHz, I am afraid), VAIO P ultra slim laptop will corporate an ample 2GB of RAM, standard HDD with SSD storage for option, 8.9-in diplsay (1600 x 768-resolution), and extra nice facilities necessary for regular travelers such as GPS, and a 3G WWAN mobile broadband card. The laptop will run on Vista OS Which doesn’t sound nice for this slow laptop.

VAIO P keeps the tradition of Sony laptops for its sheer attractive designs and high prices and will cost about €700 ($974).

You read about the other specs that were leaked 3 days ago here.

Source: Engadget, image source: forum pocket tables

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Sony VAIO P Series Laptop Coming Soon

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We all love small and inexpensive laptops. We like to call them as netbooks or mini-notebooks or mini-laptops. All the laptop makers are now serious about addressing this market segment. Now, Sony has joined the race with its upcoming Sony VAIO P Series laptops. It created some attention in Internet and some leading blogs like Engadget talked about it. Well, the news got leaked and that is why I could not find a lot of information. Still, I found mainly these features:

8" display

1600 x 768-resolution

Intel processor 1.33GHz

60 GB hard disk or 128GB SSD

Vista OS

Bluetooth Suport

802.11n WiFi

Mobile Broadband Capability

So, this will be quite a laptop from Sony. I am just concerned about the small display size as it will not be comfortable to browse Internet or read something. I am still wondering about the price.

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Apple and Sony Netbooks, New Enlarged iPod & Mac Mini to come out in 2009?

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Apparently, Apple has made many plans for 2009. If it was silent in 2008 and just released its revamped Mac Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops by the end of 2008, it is going to make lots of buzzes in Web from time to time in 2009.

Here I am just briefing the rumors have spread in Web recently:

- A new Mac Mini will be unveiled officially at Macworld Expo 2009 next week. The Mac Mini will have an aluminum finish and a SATA optical drive to be exchanged with a second SATA hard drive when necessary.

- Quanta Computer, Taiwan`s largest contract manufacturer of NB PCs that has orders from leading laptop makers as Acer, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard and BenQ is taking order form Sony and Apple to manufacture netbooks of theirs in 2009. So, we are supposed to see




- iPod touch device with large screens of 7" or 9-inch to be released in the second Half of 2009. The current iPod Touch utilizes a 3.5" screen the price tag starts from $230.

-Surely the Sony mini-notebook or netbook should be Sony VAIO P that its specification has recently leaked through web: an 8-inch LED display with 1600×786 resolution, 1.33GHz Intel processor, up to 60GB HDD or an immense128GB solid state drive, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi, and mobile broadband support.

Source: Techcrunch, Taiwan Headlines, TUAW, Engadget

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The Best Laptops of 2008 (list Round up)

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The year of 2008 was year of netbook laptops- a new category in the market of laptops that targets any group of consumers; from pupils to students and any sort of adult users. Although, economic recession has affected every industry, it has raised the demand for netbooks because of their very affordable prices and small sizes brought out the variety of netbooks launched from unknown companies to leading laptop makers time to time last year.

Though, when we talk about the best laptops of market in 2008 we have to consider many factors. As you know, laptops are launched with different purposes and in different fixed categories. Best laptops are the all-purpose machines in their own categories or classes in terms of different factors including price, innovative feature set, functionality, portability, and battery life.

So, now the question is that how is a best laptop chosen among the thousands systems available in the market?

The brief answer is depended on which category a laptop belongs to, the price, innovative feature set, functionality and portability are compared and the best laptop in each category is chosen. Laptops are categorized in two ways:

- In one way laptops are categorized according to their applications as netbooks, business laptops, multimedia laptops, gaming laptops and workstation laptops particularly targeting professional animators, engineers and photographers.

- In another way, laptops are categorized according their portability and the size of their screens: thin and ultra slim laptops, ultra portable laptops, mid size laptops, mainstream laptops and desktop replacement laptops.

We have another sort of category that is not as important as the last two ones. We can classify laptops as said by their prices: cheap laptops like netbooks, budget standard laptops that their price is in the range from $600 or $700 up to $1500 or $1600 and expensive laptops that their prices start from $1700 up to above.

Every year the important known technology websites like Cnet, Laptop magazine, etc submit their lists of best laptops of 2008. Here I have collected list of 5 known websites including Cnet, Laptop Magazine, PC World, Yahoo, and Tech News world. Please before purchasing any laptop are making your mind check out these lists. Surely, they will help you to distinguish the suitable laptop with suitable price from many other resembled laptops made by different manufacturers.

-Cnet
has made a fair list of 5 best laptops of 2008. Well I like the list although I can not accept their opinion about the best netbook of 2008.

Here is the list:

1- 17-inches Gateway P-7811FX is one of the best gaming laptops in the category of desktop replacement laptops because of the high-end components and low price.
Read more:
-Gateway Launches $688 LT1001G Netbook along other 3 Laptops in Singapore
-Gateway P-172X FX and M-6850FX Editions Available for Sale
-Which One Do you Prefer, XPS M1730 or Gateway P-171XL FX? Review and Comparion

2- 13.3-inches LenovoThinkPad X300 is one of the Best of thin and light laptops because of its wide display, full-size keyboard, sleek, lightweight case and every feature that corporate users require. (Price: $1,889.00 - $1,889.00)
Read more:
-Samsung X360 First Impression: Challenging Air; Thinner and Lighter than Envy 133 and ThinkPad X300

3- 13-in Apple MacBook is one of the Best of thin and light laptops because of its upgraded CPU for the same price; same great design; the modest performance gains and Leopard operating system. (Price: $1,185.73 - $1,776.60)

4- 17-inches Alienware Area-51 m17x is one of the best gaming laptops in the category of desktop replacement laptops because of highest-end components, impressive design; and fantastic excellent performance.
Read more:
-Alienware Area-51(R) m15x with NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M Available for Engineers and Designers
-Area-51 m15X with NVIDIA 8800M GTX; See, Review, Benchmark and 15 Cool Pictures

5- the 8.9-in Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook is a best netbook laptops of 2008, for it is more configurable than other Netbooks; good battery life; and XP and Linux OS options. (Price: $349.00 - $349.00).
Read more:
-Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Netbook Review Round up (3 reviews); Mini 12 vs. Mini 9?


-Laptop magazine

has made a list of 16 all-purpose laptops of 2008. According to the article, the best laptops of 2008 are the laptops which have been able to combine “sharp design and ergonomics with innovative features and excellent performance.”


1- 13-in Apple MacBook: because it comes with dge-to-edge LED backlit display and multi-touch track pad, high power and endurance, better graphics performace because of Nvidia’s new GeForce 9400M graphics (Prices: $1,499.95 - $1,599.00)

2- 15.4-inch Toshiba Satellite A305-S6883 laptop because it is full-featured and stylish all-purpose laptop. It comes with some striking features such as fashionable fusion finish design, enough portable, responsive, touch-sensitive multimedia keys and USB ports with Sleep and Charge technology, fast performance and long battery life. (Price: $899.00).
Read more:
Toshiba Satellite A305-S6845: 15.4" Penryn Laptop for $1250 Available for Sale

3- 15.4-inch HP Pavilion dv5t a nice multimedia laptop. It provides a crisp and bright edge-to-edge glass panel (up 1680 x 1050-pixel resolution) and loud Altec Lansing speaker. The laptop delivers Best-in-class performance, and comes with sleek new liquid-metal design, the graphics card what is good enough for gamers and built-in hard drive protection. (Prices: $579.99).
Read more:
-HP Pavilion dv6 Laptop with Centrino 2 CPU/ 4GB Memory Available Online

4- 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One netbook or mini-notebook because of Good feature set for the money, Attractive design, Good Wi-Fi performance, and Comfortable keyboard. (Prices: $349.99)
Read more:
-Acer Aspire one with Enabled 3G Only for $100 if you Sing up at AT&T

5- 10-inch MSI Wind PC netbook because of broad 10-inch screen display, fast boot time, Long battery life (more than 5 hours), comfortable full-size keyboard, and one-touch TurboDrive CPU overclocking. (Prices: $619.97). “The toughest part is finding this system in stock!”
Read more:
-MSI to Expose Wind U110, U115, U120 & Affordable 13.3-in U300 at CES 09

6- 13.3-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X301 ultra and thin laptop due to being super slim and Extremely light, an integrated DVD drive, and integrated mobile broadband, Mobile WiMAX technology, broad LED-backlit display, fantastic keyboard as well as both a pointing stick and a touchpad, Durable solid state drive, Centrino 2 processor and great performance. (Prices: $2,889.82 - $3,194.99).

7- 13.1-inch Sony VAIO Z (VGN-Z540) an advance ultraportable laptop owing to the first 13.1-inch notebook with a 16:9 aspect ratio display (brilliant XBrite-Duraview with 100 percent color saturation), can working on two open windows side by side, the first notebook allowing to switch between using Nvidia graphics to Intel integrated graphics, optional Blu-ray drive, Comfortable isolated keyboard, Fast integrated mobile broadband, Five hours battery life with the standard one and Fast integrated mobile broadband. (Prices: $1,315.00 - $2,050.95).
Read more:
-Sony VGN-SZ650N/C Reviewed
-Sony Makes official Its VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops based on Centrino 2
- The Specs of New Laptops of Sony VAIO Z series Based on Montevina Leaked

8- 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8930G desktop replacement laptop because of 16:9ratio, 18.4-inch screen offers true high-quality 1080p LCD panel and about 180-degree viewing angle, true 5.1 speaker to deliver Dolby sound, fast performance and improved 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT graphics, blazing hard drive, Very good webcam, CineDash touch control panel. (Price: $1,699.00).
Read More:
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9- 16.4-inch Sony VAIO FW Series (VGN-FW290) desktop replacement laptop: because of being one of the first laptops to feature a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, support 3D games with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 graphics, very good performance, Blu-ray player/burner, good software bundle, cylindrical hinges, and isolated keyboard design. (Prices: $1,259.00 - $1,277.00)

10- 17-inch Alienware Area-51 m17x gaming laptop. It is among the top laptops of 2008 because of top-notch gaming performance, Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 processor, Crysis looks absolutely stunning on the 17-inch, high-definition (1920 x 1200) display, 9800M GT video cards with SLI, it scors high rate of 161 frames per second in Call of Duty 4 (game), 182 fps in F.E.A.R., and 215 fps in World of Warcraft, customizable backlighting, large, beautiful display, terabyte of storage, HDTV tuner, blu-ray drive. (Prices: $2,199.00).

11- 17-inch Gateway P-7811 FX gaming laptop is a full-featured all-purpose affordable gaming laptop. It is among top laptops of 2008 because if its best 3D performance for the price, beautiful high-definition display, HDMI and eSATA ports, good productivity performance, powerful GeForce 9800M GTS graphics card, With 90 fps on Call of Duty 4 and 135 fps in F.E.A.R., it is to get for gamers on a budget. (Price: $1,359.00)

12- 13.3-inch Dell Vostro 1310 business laptop good graphics performance, lots of configuration options, omitting trialware, Sleeker design than Vostro 1400, Network Assistant, online backup, automated maintenance tools, and personalized support, a fingerprint scanner, TPM circuitry, magnesium alloy chassis, reinforced hinges, and sealed comfortable keyboard, durable laptop. (Price: $629.00).
Read more:
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- Dell Studio 15 and Studio 17 under Tests: Review Round up

13- 14.1-inch HP EliteBook 6930p business laptop comes with striking features such as 24 hours battery life, durable design made of brushed metal deck, brushed anodized aluminum lid, and sturdy magnesium alloy chassis, the best performance in its class, spill-resistant keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and TPM security, Bright display with good viewing angles, E-mail and calender access without booting Windows, 2GB of RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), plus an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 graphics card and three-year parts-and-labor warranty.(Prices: $1,095.00 - $1,320.00).
Read more:
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14- 12.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X200 business laptop comes with highlighted features such as Extra-long battery life, Excellent keyboard, Smooth performance and snappier than what ThinkPad X301 delivers, Handy ThinkVantage Utility, a fingerprint reader, TPM circuitry, a shock-mounted 160GB hard drive, mobile broadband connectivity and Bluetooth, excellent, full-size keyboard (but no trackpad and no optical drive). (Prices: $1,068.00 - $1,476.60)
Read more:
-ThinkPad X200, SL, T& R series based on Centrino 2 with vPro

15- 12.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet is a top-tires business laptop because of excellent tablet functionality, active digitizer and touchscreen, excellent keyboard, Handy ThinkVantage utility, lightweight, designing with carbon fiber and glass fiber shell. (Price: $1,844.00)
Read more:
-The Montevina-Based ThinkPad Laptops- R, SL, T, X, X Tablet and W series Available for Purchase

16- 13.3-inch Panasonic Toughbook 30 rugged laptop is among top laptops of 2008 because of its nice striking features such as Extremely durable, turdy silver and black magnesium alloy chassis with a built-in, briefcase-like handle, Touchscreen display, Great battery life (7 hours), Good wireless range, water-proof, dust-proof, sealed, all-weather design, shock-mounted removable hard drive, optional Gobi mobile broadband and a GPS receiver(Prices: $3,357.99 - $3,679.99).

-PC World
has published its list of Top 10 All-Purpose Laptops too. If you notice you will find out that this list is much different than the lists presented by Cnet and Laptop Magazine. It is mystified why there is no Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro or Alienware m17x in offering in this list.

1- 14.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 (2743-25U) business laptop with starting price of $650. Some of the impressive features consist of HDMI port, a fingerprint reader, a Webcam, a four-pin FireWire port, a WWAN card, and GPS, and backlit keyboard.

2- 15.4-inch Micro Express JFL9226 laptop is a budget-friendly road warrior.

3- 15.4-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 laptop with starting price of sub-$1000 come with highlighted features like touch-sensitive shortcut buttons line, the wide responsive keyboard, a handy Novo button serves as a one-touch power management tool, Dolby speakers with an integrated subwoofer, 3 hours and 42 minutes of battery life, and nice array of multimedia features for a good price.

4- 13.3-inch Toshiba Satellite U405-S2854 business laptop is an inexpensive (costing $949) ultra portable system that is all-purpose laptop too. Some of the important features of the laptop includes: decent performance, an enormous hard drive and 3GB of RAM, bundled Microsoft office applications, the glossy and bright screen is plenty readable in most lighting conditions, indoors or out.
Read more:
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5- 14.1-inch HP Compaq 6530b multimedia laptop with price of $1195 comes with matte coating makes it more amenable to broad-daylight computing, durable rigid hard-plastic casing, spill-resistant keyboard, backlit touch-sensitive buttons above keyboard, 3D DriveGuard technology for protecting the hard drive, and HP ProtectTools Security Manager.

6- 14.1-inch Samsung X460 thin-and-light laptop that can be compared with ThinkPad X300. some of the highlighted features comprises a discrete 256MB nVidia GeForce 9200M GS GPU, solid performance, descent battery life (4.5-hour), integrated optical drive, HDMI port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, and bright 14.1-inch-diagonal backlit LED screen.
Read more:
-Samsung X360 First Impression: Challenging Air; Thinner and Lighter than Envy 133 and ThinkPad X300

7- 15.4-inch Sony VGN-NR485 laptop delivers solid performance although it is a cheap laptop. Nonetheless, it stands among all-purpose laptops. It comes with about 4 hours of battery life, SD and Memory Stick slots, four USB ports, and an ExpressCard/34 slot, comfortable keyboard and spacious keys.

8- 16-in Gateway MC7803u is a entertainment laptop. However, it can not deliver a decent game experience. it comes with 2-GHz Core 2 Duo T5800 CPU, 4GB RAM, and a 512MB AMD Radeon HD 3650 GPU, 3 hours, 48 minutes of battery life.
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9- 15.4-inch Toshiba Satellite A305-S6864 budget gaming laptop with the price tag of $1149 comes with 2.26-GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and 4GB of RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 256MB GPU, FireWire and eSATA ports, built-in Harman/Kardon speakers, supported by a downward-firing subwoofer.
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10- 15.4-inch (readable indoors/outdoors display) Gammatech Durabook D15TS semi-rugged laptop offers extra protection without sacrificing looks, weight, affordability, features, or performance.

-Yahoo

has shared its list of the best and worst Tech products of 2008 here. Among the best tech products, you can find names of two laptops including Gateway MC7803u laptop and Lenovo IdeaPad S10. Fortunately, there is no laptop mentioned among the worst tech product of 2008.

-Tech News World

has published its list about the best software, and gadget products of 2008. in this list you can find one laptop and that is an ultra portable Lenovo ThinkPad X301 business laptop. The write thinks this laptop is pa perfect one because
-it is small light and portable
- Long battery life about 7 hours
- A quiet laptop with a great performance
- Although it is pricy and costs
a mid-US$2,000 price tag, it comes with competitive price compared to its rival like HP envy Voodoo 133.


The author has also mentioned a desktop PC:
Second Generation HP TouchSmart PC which is competitor of Apple iMac.

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