Dell XPS 15 Overview

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Dell today officially launched the new XPS entertainment laptop lineup, including the 15.6-inch Dell XPS 15.

As same as the XPS 14 and 17, the XPS 15 provides a choice of Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors and Nvidia’s Optimus switchable graphics technology, which saves battery life. It comes with the dual core i5-460M or i5-560M, or with quad core i7-740QM or i7-840QM. Besides the Intel HD integrated graphics, the XPS 15 has the NVIDIA GeForce GT435M or GT420M dedicated video card. The notebook is offered with 6 or 8GB of RAM, up to 640GB 7,200rpm hard drive or up to 256GB solid state drive, and a DVD burner or Blu-ray combo.

Dell’s new 15.6″ XPS has a LED bakclight display with a full HD 1080p resolution or lower 720p.

There are also a built-in JBL 2.1 speaker system with a total 20W output and Waves MaxxAudio technolgy, optionally integrated TV tuner, a 2.0MP web camera, and various networking options including 802.11n, WiMAX, HSPA and EVDO-HSPA mobile broadband, Bluetooth, and Gigabit LAN. The laptop has optional GPS, two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0/eSATA combo port, a 9-in-1 media card reader, mini DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 video outputs, and NVIDIA 3DTV Play technology which alows you to “connect your laptop to your 3D-enabled TV and effortlessly project your favorite Blu-ray 3D movies and 3D photo slideshows.”

Regarding design, the notebook has rounded edges, a silver aluminum lid, and black aluminum palmrest.

According to the product specifications the XPS 15 provides a battery life of up to 5 hours and 14 minutes with its standard 6-cell battery or up to 9 hours and 9 minutes with the extended 9-cell unit.

The Dell XPS 15 runs Windows 7 OS and starts at $849.99 at the Dell.com online store.

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MSI FX600 15.6″ Entertainment Laptop Now On Sale

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The MSI FX600, a 15.6-inch notebook that belongs to the company’s new entertainment-oriented F Series, is now available.

Newegg offers two FX600 models – the MSI FX600-002US with the Intel Core i5 450M processor and a DVD writer and MSI FX600-003US with Core i3 350M CPU and a Blu-ray combo drive. Both configurations feature the Nvidia GeForce GT325M 1GB dedicated graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and 500GB of hard disk space. The product page of the FX600-002US says the laptop includes NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics and THX Surround Sound technology. It is not clear if these features are available in the FX600-003US.

The notebooks’ 15.6″ display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

MSI FX600 has a 720p HD web camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, three USB ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, 4-in-1 card reader, ExpressCard slot, and HDMI and VGA outputs.

The 5.28-pound laptops include a 6-cell battery which provides up to 3 hours of work time and run Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Both models are priced at $799.99.

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Asus N53JN, N73JN Multimedia Laptops Released in U.K.

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Asustek U.K. has released two new models from their N entertainment notebook series: the 15.6-inch N53JN and 17.3-inch N73JN, both featuring ASUS SonicMaster / Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio, Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics technology, and the latest Intel processors.

According to the computer maker, SonicMaster-compliant laptops like the new N Series incorporate large speaker chambers, more powerful amplifiers and extensive software processing to deliver breathtaking audio fidelity.

The Asus N53JN features the Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz or i3-370M 2.4GHz processor, Nvidia GeForce GT325 or 415M dedicated graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 320 or 500GB of hard disk space, a Blu-Ray combo drive, a 1366×768-pixel display resolution, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

The Asus N73JN features the Intel Core i5-520M, GeForce GT325M, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 640GB of storage with two 320GB hard disk drives, a Blu-Ray combo drive, 1600×900-pixel screen, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

The 6.39-pound N53JN and 7.5-pound N73JN also include webcams, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, multi-in-one card readers, HDMI and VGA outputs, and full-sized keyboards with numeric pads.

The Asus N53JN and N73JN are available in the UK with a starting price of £649.99 (about $1,002) and £1,099 (about $1,695), respectively.

The N73JN (N73JN-X1) is already available in the U.S. for $999.99.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 Now On Sale

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Lenovo’s recently released 15.6-inch IdeaPad Z560 entertainment laptop is now on sale.

The IdeaPad Z560 offered by Lenovo.com comes with the Intel Core i3-350M processor at 2.26GHz or i5-450M at 2.4GHz, Intel HD integrated or NVIDIA GeForce 310M 512MB dedicated graphics, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, a 320GB or 500GB hard drive, a DVD writer, 1366×768 LED-backlit display, a chiclet-style keyboard, Bluetoooth, HDMI output, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 starts at $739.

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MSI Announces F Series Laptops

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MSI has announced the F Series fashionable 14- to 17-inch laptops for entertainment.

The FX400, FX600, FX700, and FR600 feature the Intel Core i5 processor, while the FX610 sports 2010 AMD Mainstream Notebook Platform. The notebooks have a sound system designed by Dynaudio and THX, and, in select models, switchable graphics with the Nvidia GeForce GT325M 1GB discrete GPU.

MSI’s FX400 has a 1.3MP web camera, while the other F series notebooks include the 720P HD cam.

The laptops have a textured black finish and chrome-plated MSI logo in the center of the cover.

There is no word on pricing and availability.

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Acer Aspire AS5745, AS7745 Entertainment Laptops Announced

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The new Acer Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 entertainment notebooks are now available in the US, the company has announced.

The Aspire AS5745 has a 15.6-inch 1366×768 display, whereas the AS7745 Series touts a 17.3-inch 1600×900 screen, both with LED backlight. The laptops come with the Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, discrete graphics options, Dolby Home Theater audio, and a multi-touch display in select AS5745 models.

Acer highlights the Acer Aspire AS5745G-6538 with the Intel Core i7 720QM quad-core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M dedicated graphics, the multi-touch Acer Aspire AS5745PG-3882 with the Core i5 and GT 330M, and the Aspire AS7745G-6214 with the i7 720QM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics, dual hard drives for up to 1TB storage, four SODIMM slots for up to 16GB RAM, and a Blu-ray drive.

The standard AS5745 and AS7745 start at $699, while the AS5745G, AS5745PG, and AS7745G start at $1,049, $899.99, and $1,399, respectively.

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Pavilion dv6t Select Edition Overview

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Hewlett-Packard has released the 15.6-inch HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition entertainment laptop.

The main differences between the dv6t Select Edition and new standard dv6t is that the SE has a touchscreen display option, quad-core processor choice, and a different case finish.

The Pavilion dv6t Select Edition features the Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU, up to the quad-core i7-820QM, a switchable graphics solution combining the Intel HD integrated and ATI Radeon HD5470 512MB or HD5650 1GB dedicated GPU, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 640GB of hard disk space or a 160GB solid state drive, and a DVD burner or Blu-ray optical drive. Configurations with quad-core CPUs come with the ATI Radeon HD5650 1GB GPU only.

The notebook’s HD LED-backlit Brightview display has a resolution of 1366×768-pixles. The touch-screen option supports multi-touch gestures and is accompanied by HP TouchSmart applications.

HP’s dv6t SE also includes a web camera with microphone, an island-style keyboard, Altec Lansing stereo speakers, 802.11n WiFi, optional Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB ports (fourth shared with eSATA), a 5-in-1 media card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs and optional fingerprint reader.

The 5.5-pound notebook has a brushed aluminum chassis with “stream argento” texture and comes with a standard 6-cell battery for up to 5 hours of run time or optional 9-cell battery which provides up to 7.75 hours.

The Pavilion dv6t Select Edition runs Windows 7 OS is available via HP’s online store for a starting price of $749.99.

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HP Envy 15 Series

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Hewlett-Pacakrd’s new high-performance entertainment notebook – the Intel Core i7-based 15.6″ HP Envy 15 – is now available.

Besides the Intel Core i7 i7-720QM 1.6GHz or i7-820QM 1.73GHz quad-core mobile CPU, the 1.04-inch thin Envy 15 features the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 1GB gaming-class video card, four memory slots for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive, and a 6-cell battery with an optional 9-cell extended unit. The laptop doesn’t include a built-in optical drive. Its 15.6″ full HD 1920×1080 display uses LED backlight.

HP’s Envy 15 also includes a web camera with microphone, stereo speakers, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, HDMI output, three USB connectors (3rd shared with eSATA port) and a 2-in-1 media card reader.

The notebook weighs 5.2 pounds with the standard battery and has a magnesium chassis with a metal-etched surface design.

Besides Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional operating system, the Envy 15 includes Envy Instant On, a mini OS that provides instant access to some basic applications without booting into the Windows.

The HP Envy 15 Series start at $1,800 can be ordered through the Hewlett-Packard online store.

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HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition

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The HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition series is Hewlett-Packard’s recently released 17.3-inch entertainment laptop.

The Pavilion dv7t Quad utilizes the latest quad-core Intel Core i7 720QM or 820QM processor, whereas the standard Pavilion dv7t comes with the dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. The Quad Edition includes the Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 1GB video card, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 1TB of hard drive space using dual HDDs, and a DVD burner or Blu-ray combo drive. The 17.3″ LED-backlight display has a resolution of 1,600×900 pixels and is offered with a choice of edge-to-edge glass.

The new desktop replacement notebook sports an optionally integrated HDTV hybrid tuner, web camera and microphone, Altec Lansing stereo speakers, HDMI and VGA outputs, G or N wireless LAN, a Gigabit Ethernet port, optional Bluetooth and 56k modem, four USB ports (4th shared with eSATA port), an ExpressCard slot, a 5-in-1 media card reader, a Firewire port on select models, an expansion connector, and an optional fingerprint reader,

HP’s dv7t Quad weighs 7.74 pounds with the standard 8-cell battery. It has a “liquid metallic” chassis and comes in Espresso Black or Moonlight White color.

The laptop runs Windows 7 Home Premium or Pro and starts at $1,150 at the Hewlett-Packard store.

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HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition

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The HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition series is Hewlett-Packard’s new 18.4-inch entertainment notebook.

The Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition utilizes the latest quad-core Intel Core i7 720QM or 820QM processor and replaces the 18.4″ Core 2 Duo/Quad-powered HDX18t, which is no longer available at HP.com. The dv8t Quad features the Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 1GB video card, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 1TB of hard drive space using dual HDDs, and a Blu-ray burner or Blu-ray combo drive. The display has a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and is covered with edge-to-edge glass.

HP’ latest desktop replacement laptop for consumers sports an optional built-in HDTV hybrid tuner, web camera and microphone, Altec Lansing stereo speakers, HDMI and VGA outputs, 802.11n WiFi, a Gigabit Ethernet port, optional Bluetooth, four USB ports (4th shared with eSATA port), an ExpressCard slot, a 5-in-1 media card reader, a Firewire port, an expansion connector, and a fingerprint reader.

The dv8t Quad weighs 8.77lbs with the standard 8-cell battery. It has a “liquid metallic” chassis and comes in Espresso Black color.

The notebook runs Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional Edition and starts at $1,300 at the HP online store.

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