Update: more pictures at Notebook Review.
Archive for January, 2009
New laptops and netbooks: Apple Macbook Pro 17 Unibody, HP dv2, Sony Vaio P, MSI X-Slim X320, Asus Eee PC T91 and T101H…Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Macworld, CES… January brings a lot of newcomers to the laptop scene. As I’m out of time, I’m going to comment briefly the models I think are the most interesting:
The long-awaited 17″ Macbook Pro refresh was launched with the expected upgrades: unibody chassis, dual GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics with Hybrid SLI… The new model promises up to 8 hours of battery life, that is a lot for such a big laptop. It can be preordered immediately from 2799 USD (1949 GBP), to be shipped in 3-4 weeks. You can watch some videos and pictures at Engadget.
Two tablet-Eee PCs have been released: Eee PC T91 (8.9″) and Eee PC T101H (10″). Besides the tablet-PC features, the rest of the configuration is typical of a netbook. They are expected in the following 3-6 months. There are a few hands-on published.
Asus also presented the first laptops in the market with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600 graphics:the N81VP (14.1”) and N51Tp (15.4″).
It is not a laptop but I found it nice, the Eee Keyboard is a computer integrated in the keyboard, much like most personal computers in the 8-bit era!
Dell launched the Studio XPS 13 (AKA 1340) and Studio XPS 16 (AKA 1640), with new graphics cards, DDR3 memory… Immediately available from 1199 USD (849 GPB) the Studio XPS 13 and 1199 USD (799 GBP) the Studio XPS 16. There are already reviews available for the Studio XPS 16 at Notebook Review, PC World and PC Magazine.
For me, the most interesting laptop released by HP is the Pavilion dv2: the first laptop with an AMD Neo processor, a single-core, low-power CPU offering a performance between an Intel Atom and a Core 2 Duo. The laptop is 12.1″ and weights 1.7 kg, with an starting price of 699 USD. Optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 graphics card and external BD drive make it one of the best multimedia options below 2 kg. Available in the US from April. You can see the first look at Notebook Review.
The X-Slim X320 is very similar to a Macbook Air, but sports an Intel Atom processor. Rumors point out that it is based on Nvidia’s Ion platform, so the graphics card would be a GeForce 9400M, but this is not confirmed at the moment. Small Laptops put together a good deal of information, including pictures comparing the X320 with an Air. The price of the X-Slim seems to go up to 900 USD.
There was a big expectation about a 8″ ultraportable with 1600×768 screen resolution, and the Sony Vaio P is already at the Sony sites (US link; UK link). It weights less than 0.7 kg and is 25 cm long. It uses Intel Atom processors and has 2 GB of RAM, 60 GB HD or 128 GB SSD and Windows Vista. You can get one from 899 USD (849 GBP in the UK). You have pictures and videos at Engadget.
Here you have the laptop reviews of the week:
- Asus N10E (10″): Notebookcheck (very positive opinion).
- Asus N10JC (10″): AnandTech (Gold Editor’s Choice).
- Fujitsu Lifebook N7010 (16.4″): Laptop Magazine (3.5/5).
- Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds (17″, dual monitor): Laptop Magazine (4/5).
- MSI Megabook GX620 (15.4″): Notebookcheck (85%).
- MSI Wind U120 (10″): MSI Wind en español (Spanish; 1st part, 2nt part; 3rd part pending).
- Toshiba Satellite U400-S2854 (13.3″): PC World (80%).
Year 2009 has arrived while I try to write the review of my Dell Studio 15. It is still in the works, but at least I can wish you a happy 2009 full of health, love, successes and good feelings!