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Acer® to launch Timeline Notebooks in April

Acer’s Timeline Series notebooks have been making news, way back from mid 2009, when Acer launched their first versions of thin and ultra-thin notebooks, with one of the main features being high computing power with the new Intel range of processors. The main USP (Unique Selling Point) was over 12 hours of battery backup time.

In 2009, Acer introduced its Timeline series of notebooks using the Intel 1.4 GHz, SU3500 Core 2 Solo processors. The other processor used in the higher range included the Core 2 Duo SU 9400 processor from Intel. Later in March 2010, Acer announced its next range of Timeline X Series notebooks with a choice of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, paired with ATI Mobility graphics, 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Optimization and reduction of energy consumption has been the main focus of Acer, along with powerful graphics processing capabilities.

The Intel range of new processors has been one of the major factors in the optimization of energy consumption with the introduction of Intel’s dynamic adaptation of available power to workload requirements, allowing each chip to function as required, with the optimal power needed. The other factor helping in power consumption control has been the Intel Display Power Saving feature using the LED Backlit screen, further reducing power consumption by almost 30 percent in the display area.

Soon after an announcement of the new range, delays were inevitable due to issues regarding the Intel Sandy Bridge processors. Intel recalled its defective chipsets and subsequently introduced their amended versions. This brought about a further delay in the introduction of the much hyped Acer Timeline Series notebooks into the market. With the settling down of the Sandy Bridge issue, Acer has finally announced the supply of their ultra slim Timeline series notebooks, in the early part of April 2011.

Courtesy Sandy Bridge, April 2011 is going to see the launch of many a notebooks and netbooks from Acer and the likes of ASUS, Lenovo, Dell, Hitachi and many others. With Apple launching the iPad 2, and Motorola Atrix, innovative products like these and a range of other tablets from HP, LG, Motorola and many others, a lot of hype is being created about the future of notebooks and laptops.

Acer, as a group believe that these tablets are going to have no effect on notebook sales and are busy developing a range of new offerings due to hit the market in the second quarter of 2011. No doubt, the tablet euphoria will definitely impinge on the netbooks and notebook markets. It is certain that both these market segments are completely different, and laptops and notebooks are here to stay. Tablets have their limitations in various aspects of computing and are principally not designed for hardcore computing.

Acer’s new range of ultraslim Timeline Series notebooks include 3 versions ranging from 13 inch to the 14 inch and the 15.6 inch models.

PC makers roll out laptops with Intel® Sandy Bridge processors

The latest Sandy Bridge processors from Intel have advanced power saving features and deliver efficient performance. The top PC makers including, Lenovo and Sony, have already declared and shipped Intel Sandy bridge processor for the launch of their new series. Sony and Lenovo have already declared their new series launch while Dell and Apple are in the process of doing so.

Sony has announced the new VAIO C series laptops which will be powered by Intel’s latest Core i3, i5 as well as i7 chips. On the other hand Lenovo announced its new ThinkPad T, L and W series of business laptops. The laptops announced are going to be fitted with dual core and quad core processors and attached Sandy bridge chipsets.

A halt to shipment was declared for those PC makers who roll out new Sandy bridge laptops as Intel discovered a design flaw in the making. PC makers who roll out new Sandy Bridge-powered laptops have boasted that the new processor is much more power saving compared to the previous one of Intel and hence a good extended hours of power backup has been the main point which grabbed attention.

Intel for the first time had this innovation where graphics processor and CPU are embedded in one single chip. Other unique feature include Turbo Boost 2.0 where inactive processing core not in use can be closed down and which actually enhances the speed of the cores completely based on the level of processing.

Lenovo rightly estimated the power of this chip when it declared that its ThinkPad T420 will be able to deliver 4 hours extra battery backup with a battery of nine cells compared to its 11 hours backup with its earlier processor embedded models.

Intel has also included a new graphical feature into the core chips that increases the speed while seeing a video. Named it as quick sync where high definition video gets converted according to the format for smartphones within seconds. Sony on the other hand has portrayed this new feature named wireless display 2.0 where wireless transfer of high-definition content from PC to HD television is possible.

Lenovo has its ThinkPad computers fully loaded with Intel’s Core Vpro platform. This enables software and hardware technology to gel well and provide IT guys to remotely keep a check on the security of laptops. This particular platform has unique features like Anti-theft 3.0 which allows IT administrators to remotely access and disable the system in case of theft or loss via Wi-FI or other transferrable mode. Later the system can be reused on recovery via a special security code which will be provided by the company’s IT department.

Gateway’s enters the red hot segment of all-in-one PCs!

Gateway has recently launched it new range of ZX all-in-one desktop PCs. This is not an unexpected step, as leading PC manufacturers have shown a keen interest in entering this segment. In fact, most of them are ready with their versions of the all-in-one PCs! These PCs have revolutionized the dying market for desktop PCs, as they are compact and have a great aesthetic appeal.

The all in one PC trend was started by Apple with its iMac and other competitors have followed suit. A first look at Gateway’s new product reminds you of iMac, with its sleek design. Like other all-in-one PCs, it has a touch screen display providing for great interaction between the user and his applications! The wireless keyboard and mouse, webcam and integrated high definition speakers make it a compact system, thus giving it a very modern look. It is ideal for home as its contemporary looks make it suitable for installation in any room.

The ZX series has two models with which it will enter the market- ZX4300 and ZX6900.
The ZX4300 is the low end system and comes with a 20” screen, 2.7 Ghz AMD Athlon II X2 dual- core CPU, integrated ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics, Windows 7 Home Edition (64-bit), 640 GB hard disk, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Multi DVD drive, built in 5W speakers, six USB 2.0 ports, an adjustable LCD stand and many other exciting features!

On the other hand, the ZX6900, comes with a larger 23” screen, Core i3-530 processor (2.93 GHz), Intel’s GMA integrated graphics, an HDMI output, Blu ray/DVD drive and eSATA port. Rests of the features in the ZX6900 are the same as the ZX4300.With ZX6900 the user can indulge in high definition entertainment with its larger screen and Blu Ray supporting capabilities. It is ideal for those looking for unmatched performance in computing. ZX 6900 is priced at $1,019.99 making it a high end purchase, while the ZX4300 is a good buy at $749.99 and serves all general computing needs along with those of entertainment. Each is expected to be ready for shipment from June onwards.

Though both the products look great, they will face stiff competition from the already successful manufacturers in the all-in-one PC segment. This segment has seen a lot of growth in the last few years. Companies like Apple, HP and Dell are already big players in this segment and it will take Gateways quite some time to cement its place in the market. However, Gateway has surely done its calculations and is aware of this fact!

The all-in-one PC segment has taken the market by surprise. Leading analysts predict that these PCs will control over 40 % of the desktop market in the next 3 years. Gateway, knowing this, has surely made the right decision by coming up with the ZX family of all-in-one PCs. These fresh looking PCs are sure to challenge its competitors and who knows, they might even succeed in becoming the top choice in this segment!

Atom Takes On Core i3

When it comes to desktop computers there are many different types on the market. Every now and then two models are pitted head to head. Atom and Core were clearly designed with different goals in mind. Atom is intended to be affordable machines for convenience, while the Core i3 is meant to provide users with full features, serving as a powerful processor for desktops. Both competitors can be compared in a variety of ways including cost, style, functionality, and of course efficiency.

Atom

Atom sells for several hundred dollars, making it the most affordable option. This allows people at the lower end of the spending spectrum to afford it. This is especially important when it comes to developing nations, as it will go a long way to helping future growth and global connectivity. Its low price naturally alludes to its limited range of features. Its performance is average, and the processor is slower. The downside with this is that these types of processes require the use of more power.

If you just need a computer for the simple things like keeping in touch with friends and family via e-mail and going online to keep up to date with the latest happenings then the Atom is a great machine. If you need it for business then it will let you down. The overall design of the machine is smaller and simpler. It features only what is necessary, and holds off on adding the bells and whistles.

Core i3

Core is much more expensive, and is aimed at a market that wants a machine that can perform faster and better. What makes it shoot up in price is the cost of the chips. Added to that is the chipset, platform and processor. Core is worth its weight in gold and performs well with using less power, so the efficiency has been greatly improved upon. This is what the newer versions like the Core i3 and i7 are fitted with, a marvellous step up from the Core 2 predecessors.

In recent times the Atom 230 was compared to the rather basic Core 2 Duo E7200m, and they were similar in performance but Core still took the checkered flag. Only several months later, the dual-core Atom 330 was put against the Core 2 Duo platform, but as much as the Atom had improved, it still shied in comparison to the Core.

Conclusion

It is clear that Core i3 can trump the atom on desktop any day, but one has to keep in mind that they are designed for two entirely different markets. They are both great machines in their own classes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. How efficient is it for you, depends entirely on what you need the computer for in the first place. It will be very interesting to see what the manufacturers come up next, and whether Atom will ever be able to compete in the same league and Core. For now, no matter which way you slice it though, Core i3 comes out on top.

Toshiba Announces New Satellite Notebooks

Toshiba has recently introduced four new models of Toshiba Satellite notebooks. The four new models are A660, L670, C650 and L650 Toshiba Satellite notebooks.

The Toshiba Satellite A660 notebook is a high end model which has 16 inches TruBrite High Definition backlit display that can support a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. For processors, there is a choice between Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The Toshiba Satellite A660 notebook can support maximum of 8 GB RAM along with the 620 GB of hard drive.

Coming to the Toshiba Satellite L670 and L650 notebooks, these notebooks are mid range notebooks. The Toshiba Satellite L670 has a 17.3 inches display while the Toshiba Satellite L650 has a 15.6 inches display. Both the notebooks have a choice to make from Intel Core i3, Core i5 and AMD processors. Supporting maximum storage of 500 GB, the models offer Slimline design along with the features like dedicated numeric keypad, flat designed keypad and a redesigned speaker setup that adds style to the notebooks.

The last model is Toshiba Satellite C650 which is the lower end model in this group. The Toshiba C650 notebook comes bundled with 15.6 inch TruBrite display along with the Intel Core i3 processor. The Toshiba Satellite C650 notebook can support maximum memory of 4 GB RAM along with the storage space of 500 GB.

Some of the common features of all the four notebooks are:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI Port
  • eSATA/USB
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Windows 7 Operating System
  • Optional Blu-ray optical drive on select models.

The initial release in European market is scheduled to be around May and June of this year. The new notebooks in Toshiba Satellite series will be available in US later this year.

Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX Launched

Toshiba has launched another notebook named as Toshiba Satellite U50-1EX. This notebook from Toshiba comes with some great features like touch screen and can deliver good performance. Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX has a 13.3 inch TruBrite WXGA TFT screen with high brightness that can support maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Toshiba is known for delivering very high performance. So this power packed notebook has Intel Core i3-330 CPU, clocking at 2.13GHz. Toshiba Satellite comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 320GB storage. Basically Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX is not meant for gaming so it has an Intel GMA HD Graphics card instead of the Graphics card by NVIDIA and ATI. Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX also has an HDD 3D Impact Sensor which can automatically protect the hard drive from sudden impacts and make your data along with the hard drive safe.

The Toshiba Satellite notebook has some cool features to admire. There is a chrome strip round the edge, Easy Control bar is backlit with brilliant white light, the full size jet black keyboard and touch pad is also backlit with the same brilliant white light. Toshiba Satellite notebook has a maximum battery backup of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Coming to the connectivity, Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX has 2 USB 2.0 ports along with an eSATA/USB 2.0 which can transfer data at e very high speed and can be used for charging MP3 players and iPhone. There is DVD Super Multi drive, an Express Card slot, VGA, HDMI and a 5-in-1 card reader.

The only drawback with Toshiba Satellite is of its size. This notebook measures 29.5 mm from front and the bottom is 38.2 mm. With such great features and these bulky dimensions, Toshiba Satellite weighs about 2.2 kg and looks like an executive briefcase.

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