Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 15.6″ AMD Laptop Now Available

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Lenovo has released the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Z565 affordable multimedia laptop.

Unlike the Intel-based Z560, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 features AMD’s processors. Available models in the U.S market have the Turion II P520 2.3GHz or N530 2.5GHz dual-core CPUs, ATI Radeon HD4200 integrated or Radeon HD5470 512MB discrete graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory expandable to 8GB, 320GB of hard disk space, and a DVD burner.

The 15.6″ LED-backlit display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

The IdeaPad Z565 includes a 0.3MP web camera, stereo speakers, mic, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, three USB ports, an Express Card slot, a 5-in-1 digital media reader, and HDMI and VGA outputs.

It weighs 5.7 pounds with its standard 6-cell battery which provides “up to 4.5 hours” of run time and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.

Prices of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 range from $619.99 to $698.80, depending on model.

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Samsung Announces SE-S084D Slim External DVD Writer

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Samsung has announced the SE-S084D, a new slim external DVD burner, designed for use with laptops and netbooks.

According to the manufacturer, the Samsung SE-S084D optical drive is 20% smaller and 25% lighter than other DVD writers. It is round shaped and available in seven colors.

The SE-S084D has the following recording speeds: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R, 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD±R dual layer, 8X DVD+RW, and 6X DVD-RW. It features Buffer Under Run technology to prevent writing errors and enables PC multi-tasking. The drive is compatible with all operating systems including Windows 7 and Mac OS.

The Samsung SE-S084D is available worldwide for $69.99.

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