HP Updates Pavilion dm3z with New AMD Technology

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Hewlett-Packard has updated the HP Pavilion dm3z 13.3″ ultraportable consumer notebook, which is now based on new 2010 AMD processors and graphics.

The Pavilion dm3z CPU choices include the AMD Athlon II Neo K125 at 1.7GHz, K325 at 1.3Ghz, or K625 at 1.5GHz. The dm3z features the ATI Radeon HD 4225 integrated graphics only or a switchable solution including both the IGP and the Radeon HD 5430 512MB dedicated GPU. The laptop has up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 640GB of hard disk space or a 128GB sold state drive, a 6-cell battery for up to 6 hours run time, and optional external DVD burner or external Blu-ray combo.

Its LED-backlit BrightView display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

HP’s dm3z also includes a HP TrueVision web camera, digital microphone, Altec Lansing stereo speakers, HDMI and VGA outputs, 802.11n WiFi, Gigabit LAN, optional Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband powered by Gobi, four USB ports, and a 5-in-1 digital media reader.

The 4.17-pound laptop is “less than one inch thick” and has a stylish “Modern Argento” brushed aluminum chassis.

The HP Pavilion dm3z runs Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional edition and can be purchased at the HP online store for a base price of $499.99.

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Acer Aspire One AO721 Ultraportable Now on Sale in US

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The Acer Aspire One AO721 (721) 11.6-inch AMD-based ultraportable netbook is now on sale in the US.

The first model offered is the Aspire One AO721-3574. It features the AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor at 1.7GHz, ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive with Windows 7 Home Premium OS pre-installed, a LED-backlight display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, and a 6-cell battery for up to 5.5 hours of run time.

The 3.1-pound 721-3574 also includes a built-in 1.3MP web camera, HDMI and VGA outputs, microphone, 802.11n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB ports, a multi-in-1 card reader, and a multi-gesture touchpad.

Th Acer Aspire One AO721-3574 is available via Amazon.com for $480.94.

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AMD Ultrathin-Based MSI Wind U250 Coming This Summer

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MSI has presented the AMD Ultrathin Platform-based Wind U250 12.1-inch laptop at an event in France.

The Wind U250 includes the AMD Athlon II Neo K325 processor at 1.3 GHz, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and the most likely 1366×768 display resolution.

MSI’s U250 runs Windows 7 OS and is expected to hit the market this summer.

There’s no info on pricing.

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HP ProBook 4425s Business Laptop

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The HP ProBook 4425s 14-inch business laptop based on the new 2010 AMD Mainstream Notebook Platform is now available for purchase.

The ProBook 4425s comes with the AMD Phenom II Quad-Core P920 processor at 1.6GHz, Turion II Dual-Core P520 2.3GHz, or Athlon II Dual-Core P320 2.1GHz CPU, ATI Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard disk space, and a DVD burner.

Its LED-backlit anti-glare or optionally glossy display has a resolution of 1366×768-pixels.

HP’s new laptop also includes an integrated 2MP web camera, stereo speakers, a microphone, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit LAN, three USB ports, an eSATA/USB port, an ExpressCard slot, a media card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs, a spill-resistant keyboard, and a multi-touch trackpad.

The HP ProBook 4425s with the standard 6-cell battery starts at 4.71 pounds without the optical drive, or 5 pounds with ODD.

Operating system choices include Windows 7 (Professional, Home, and Starter), Vista and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11.

The ProBook 4425s is available via THE HP official site for the starting price of $619.

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Lenovo G455, G555 Notebooks Announced

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Lenovo has released the G Series G455 and G555 affordable notebooks for mainstream consumers.

Both 14-inch Lenovo G455 and 15.6-inch G555 feature AMD Turion or Athlon processors, ATI Radeon graphics, and Windows 7 OS.

The G455 and G555 start at $449 and will be available in the U.S. beginning in March.

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HP Compaq Presario CQ61Z

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HP Compaq Presario CQ61Z

The HP Compaq Presario CQ61Z is a recently released 15.6-inch series laptop, advertised as a classic style notebook for easy everyday computing.

The Compaq Presario CQ61Z comes with the AMD Sempron single core M100 or AMD dual core CPUs (M300, M320, M500 or M520), the ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner or optional Blu-ray combo drive.

Its 15.6″ display has a resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels and optional LED backlight.

HP’s new notebook also includes an optionally built-in web camera, stereo speakers, a VGA output and optional HDMI, wireless LAN and Ethernet LAN connections, optional Bluetooth, three USB ports, and a 5-in-1 media card reader.

The CQ61z weighs 5.9 pounds with its standard 6-cell battery and runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.

The laptop starts at $399 at HP.com.

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Lenovo AMD-based Business Laptop

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ThinkPad X100e

Lenovo is going to release the ThinkPad X100e, a 11.6-inch AMD-based ultraportable business laptop, according to leaked specifications.

Along with the AMD Athlon Neo MV40 1.6GHz single-core processor, RS780 chipset, and the 1366×768 display, the ThinkPad X100e includes up to 4GB of RAM, up to 320GB of hard drive space, a 3- or 6-cell battery for up to 5.1 hours of run time, optional 3G and GPS receivers, a full-size keyboard with trackpoint, a multi-touch trackpad, and Windows 7 or XP operating system

The 3-pound mini-notebook also sports a 0.3MP web camera and microphone, stereo speakers, 802.11 WiFi, Gigabit LAN port, optional Bluetooth, three USB ports, a 4-in 1 media card reader, and a VGA port.

The laptop will will be available in black, white, or red, and will start at $449 reportedly. There’s no info on availability date.

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AMD ATI Mobility Raden Graphic Card

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AMD today unveiled the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830, the world’s first graphics processors based on 40nm technology that enables higher energy efficiency.

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and 4830 feature 3D engines derived from the ATI Radeon HD 4800 desktop GPU series with support for DirectX 10.1. In addition, the Mobility Radeon HD 4860 supports GDDR5 memory with “nearly twice” the memory bandwidth of GDDR3.

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The new mobile graphics cards include the second generation AMD Unified Video Decoder (UVD) chips for full 1080p HD video playback, and advanced power-saving ATI technologies: PowerPlay, PowerXpress, and Switchable Graphics.

The first notebooks with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and 4830 are expected to hit the market in Q2 2009.

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AMD Tigris Laptop Platform

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AMD will showcase a new mainstream notebook platform called Tigris at the upcoming 2009 Computex Show in Taipei, Chinese Commercial Times reports.

The Tigris includes a 45-nanometer dual-core “Caspian” processor and the RS880M chipset.

According to AMD’s laptop roadmap, the Caspian will be paired with DDR2 800MHz memory and a DirectX 10.1-compatible integrated or dedicated video card, depending on configuration. Both video solutions include the UVD2 chip for hardware decoding of HD content and support PCIe Gen 2.

Commercial Times says the AMD Tigris will target 14-inch and larger notebooks, while Yukon and Congo platforms will be used in laptops with 13-inch and smaller screens.

In 2010, the chip maker is reportedly going to unveil a new notebook platform that will feature quad core processors and support for DDR3 memory.

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