Lenovo to Release ThinkPad TopSeller T410i, T410si, T510i Models

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Lenovo is going to release the ThinkPad TopSeller T410i, T410si, and T510i business notebooks, according to a document published on the PC maker’s website.

Unlike the standard ThinkPad T410, T410s, and T510 featuring the Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and optional dedicated NVIDIA graphics, the 14-inch T410i and T410si, and 15.6-inch T510i include the lower-end Core i3-330M CPU and the integrated Intel GMA HD GPU only.

The TopSeller models listed in the document come with Windows XP or Windows 7 pre-installed.

The new notebooks are expected to hit the market by the end of this month. We have no info on pricing.

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Optimus Switchable Graphics Technology

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NVIDIA has announced Optimus technology, a switchable graphics solution for laptops combining NVIDIA’s dedicated and Intel’s integrated GPUs on-the-fly.

Optimus “chooses the best graphics processor for running a given application and automatically routes the workload to either an NVIDIA discrete GPU or Intel integrated graphics – delivering great performance while also providing great battery life”.

“When playing 3D games, running videos, or using GPU compute applications the high-performance NVIDIA discrete GPU is used. When using basic applications, like web surfing or email, the integrated graphics processor is used. The result is long lasting battery life without sacrificing great graphics performance”, NVIDIA says.

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According to the GPU maker, Optimus extends battery life by up to 2 times compared to similarly configured systems equipped with discrete graphics processors.

Laptops with NVIDIA Optimus technology will be available soon, according to the press release. The first notebooks with Optimus will be the Asus UL50Vf, N61Jv, N71Jv, N82Jv, and U30Jc.

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Acer Aspire One 532G with NVIDIA Ion and Optimus Coming Soon

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Acer has announced the 10.1-inch Aspire One 532G, the first netbook with the HD-capable NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics and Optimus technology for GPU switching on-the-fly.

Besides the next-generation NVIDIA ION video chip with 512MB of dedicated memory and the Intel Atom N450 processor with the GMA 3150 integrated graphics, the Acer Aspire One 532G includes 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a battery life of “up to 10 hours”, an HDMI port, WiFi, and optional 3G mobile broadband connection.

The netbook provides 720p high-definition video playback on its sceen, as well as 1080p on an external display through the HDMI port.

The 2.2-pound 532G is 1 inch thin and will be available in Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red and Pearl Silver colors.

It will start shipping at the end of Q1 2010. Currently, there’s no info on pricing

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ThinkPad W Series Coming Soon

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Lenovo is going to release soon the new ThinkPad W Series 17-inch mobile workstations – the standard W701 and dual-screen W701ds, according to leaked product details.

The W701/W701ds laptops feature the latest Intel processors, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M and 3800M professional video cards, four memory slots for up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard drive space and up to 256GB of solid state drive storage, and a DVD burner.

Display options include a WUXGA screen with 100% gamut and a 280nit brightness, and a WXGA+ 200nit choice. The W701ds additionally has a second 10.6-inch display.

The ThinkPads also sport an optional Wacom digitizer on the palm rest, optional color calibrator, a 2MP webcam, DVI, VGA and Display Port outputs, a fingerprint reader, Firewire, WiFi, Bluetooth, five USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB/eSATA combo), an ExpressCard slot, and a 5-in-1 media card reader.

The ThinkPad W Series W701/W701ds are scheduled for release on February 23rd. The price is expected to be around $2,000 for the W701 and more higher for W701ds.

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HP Pavilion dv8 18.4″ Laptop

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The HP Pavilion dv8, Hewlett-Packard’s upcoming 18.4-inch etnertainment notebook, features the Core i7 mobile processor and the NVIDIA GeForce dedicated graphics, according to a leaked product page at hp.com.

The specifications of the dv8-1080 model include the Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz CPU, the GeForce GT 230 video card with 1GB of video memory, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 640GB of storage using two hard drives, a Blu-ray combo drive, and a full HD display resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

HP’s desktop replacement laptop sports Altec Lansing speakers with integrated subwoofer, Dolby Home Theater sound technology, a web camera with microphone, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit LAN, HDMI and VGA outputs, four USB ports, an eSATA/USB connector, an ExpressCard slot, Firewire, a 5-in-1 media card reader, and a fingerprint reader.

The dv8 weighs 8.95 pounds and runs Windows 7 OS, according to the specs sheet.

We have no info on release date and pricing.

HP is also expected to release the Core i7-powered Envy 15.

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The HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition

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HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition

The HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition series is Hewlett-Packard’s new 15.6-inch notebook.

Unlike the standard Pavilion dv6t, based on the Intel Core 2 Duo dual-core processor, the dv6t Quad utilizes the latest Core i7 720QM or 820QM quad-core CPU. The Quad Edition includes the Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 1GB video card, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner or Blu-ray combo drive. The 15.6″ display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and uses LED backlight.

The new entertainment laptop sports an optionally integrated HDTV hybrid tuner, a web camera with microphone, Altec Lansing stereo speakers, HDMI and VGA outputs, G or N wireless LAN, an 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 dv6t Quad weighs 6.34 pounds with the standard 6-cell battery. It has a “liquid metallic” chassis and comes in Espresso Black or Moonlight White color.

The notebook runs Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional and starts at $999.99 at the official HP store.

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New Laptop with NVIDIA Ion

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Lenovo Ideapad S12

The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbook models with the NVIDIA Ion multimedia-oriented platform are now available for purchase.

The Ion-based IdeaPad S12 features a 12.1-inch 1280×800 display, a 256MB dedicated graphics card supporting full HD video playback, the Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU and Windows 7 OS. The first two released models – the 29595FU and 295954U – include 2GB and 3GB of DDR2 RAM and 250GB and 320GB hard drives, respectively. Both netbooks have a 6-cell battery, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a black chassis.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S12 29595FU and 295954U are priced at $599 and $649, respectively at Lenovo.com.

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Dual Video Cards Dell Gaming Laptop

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Dell Alienware M17X

Dell launched today the Alienware M17X “All Powerful”, a 17-inch gaming laptop PC with Nvidia’s graphics, Intel CPU technology, and a new design.

The M17X features up to dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M 1GB video cards in SLI mode and the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, upgradeable to quad-core Core 2 Quad / Extreme. Other components include up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 1TB of hard drive space or up to 512GB of solid state drive storage, a slot-load DVD burner or Blu-ray optical disc, and an additional integrated GPU that can be used to save battery when dedicated graphics is not needed.

Display resolution options include 1440-by-900 or 1920-by-1200.

The M17X also sports stereo speakers, 5.1 surround sound audio support, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA video outputs, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, four USB connectors, an eSATA/USB combo port, an ExpressCard slot, an 8-in-1 media card reader, and a FireWire port.

Design features include an anodized aluminum chassis with black and silver color options, a personalized laser engraved nameplate, backlighting for the keyboard, number pad, and touchpad, and trim lights.

Alienware’s M17X starts at 11.7 pounds with its 9-cell battery.

The basic configuration, which includes a Core 2 Duo at 2.4GHz, a GeForce GTX 260 GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD, is priced at $1,799. The laptop can be purchased at Dell.com.

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Nvidia GeForce New Graphic Card for Laptop

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Nvidia GeForce GTX280M

Nvidia announced today the GeForce GTX 280M and 260M GPUs for enthusiast laptops, as well as the GeForce GTS 160M and 150M GPUs for high-performance, sleek notebooks.

“GeForce GTX 200M and GeForce GTS 100M Series GPUs make playing the latest HD games on a portable platform a reality by delivering blistering frame rates that are up to 50% faster than the previous generation products they are replacing, all without increasing overall power consumption. Using NVIDIA SLI technology, which enables close to double the graphics performance over a single GPU, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs can be paired to offer the fastest notebook graphics solution available today,” Nvidia’s press release says.

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The new chips support NVIDIA HybridPower swithcable dedicated/integrated GPU technology and NVIDIA CUDA computing architecture.

ASUS, Clevo and MSI are all showing notebooks based on the new GeForce GTX 200M and GeForce GTS 100M Series GPUs at the ongoing 2009 CeBit Show in Hannover, Germany.

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