MobilityGuru has some fine slideshows on its site that compare the two new quality notebooks from the house of Gigabyte-the 12.1-inches W251U (pictured left) and the 15.4-inches W551N (pictured right). The slideshows have been made on the basis of different tests including the 3DMark05 PCMark05, MobileMark 2005, Display Brightness and the Contrast tests. Anyway, the prominent difference is the display size. While both the notebooks are bestowed with the Core 2 Duo processors, the W551N supports Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 graphic processor and the W251U features Intel GMA 950. The W251U runs on a 2GHz T7200 processor while the W251U features a 1.83GHz T5600. To know the detailed info on both the Gigabyte’s machines, do watch the slideshows that will give you a proper analysis of the two.
Core 2 Duo
Just in time for the holiday season, Asus has rolled out two new leather bound notebooks named the W6 and upgraded S6. The Asus W6 comes rocking a 13.3′ WXGA widescreen with an option of stuffing Intel’s T5500 / T5600 / T7200 Core 2 Duo processor. And for the gadget-freak ladies, Asus S6 comes blushing in camel color along with a 11.1-inch WXGA screen, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth, S-Video out, five USB 2.0 inputs, and an ExpressCard slot. The Asus S6 runs on a Intel Core Duo L2300 / L2400 processor. There is no word on the pricing and availability of the two.
Earlier, we talked of the new feature in the new MacBook Pros and that was the green LED indicator. This time, a new thing has come into the limelight that the new MacBook Pros run cooler than the earlier ones. Jason at blogs.zdnet has revealed the fact that his old MacBook Pro clocked at 2.0GHz (2GB RAM and 160GB hard drive) reached the soaring temperature of 162° Fahrenheit after one hour usage while the new Core 2 Duo enabled MacBook Pro running at 2.33GHz ran for around 4 hours and the temperature rose to mere 122° Fahrenheit. The expected reason for this upgrade might be the upgrade to the System Management Controller that directs the power functions. Is there anyone out there else than Jason who has experienced the same with their new Core 2 Duo powered MacBook Pro?
Japanese company Frontier Kouziro has rolled out a new 15.4-incher laptop named FRNV71 BTO powered by the Core 2 Duo processor. You can also opt for the base configuration that integrates 1.46GHz Celeron M 410 CPU. The new FRNV71 BTO clocks at 1.66GHz T5500 Core 2 Duo processor and features a wide 15.4′ WXGA screen with not so tempting 1,280 x 800 display. Other salient specs include 256MB of RAM, 60GB HDD, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, as gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, a multi-card reader and ExpressCard/54. Surely, the connectivity options make the machine worth a pick. The Frontier FRNV71 BTO is priced at 129,900 yen ($1,106).
By and by, we are coming across new revelations about the new Core 2 Duo powered MacBook Pros. Firstly, the green LED that tells the users about the integrated camera status came into notice. Then we stumbled upon the fact that new MacBook Pros run cooler than the earlier ones. This time, Macworld has revealed that the new MacBook Pros show a self-effacing increase in performance when compared to the Core Duo powered machines. Other than the upgrade to Core 2 Duo, the new 15-incher MacBook Pros boasts processors clocked at 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz while the earlier versions were running on 2GHz and 2.16GHz. Macworld found a 10 percent bump on the new 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros like the Core 2 Duo enabled iMacs when compared to the 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo MacBook Pros running the Speedmark benchmark. All we need to do now is to wait for the 17-inches MacBook Pros to arrive and let you geeks know something new and exciting.
The world’s largest chip maker, Intel has finally taken wraps off its Core 2 Extreme QX6700 that will give up to 70 percent bump over the currently available chips. The new Core 2 Extreme is compatible with Core 2 Duo chips. The chip dubbed Kentsfield boasts four processing cores that will enable multitasking at swift speeds. Clocked at 2.66 GHz, the Core 2 Extreme manages to bundle two Core 2 Duos together resulting in 8MB cache. Intel cited that the new processor will target the gamers and programmers who need quality performance with the machines. While we don’t have any hearings on the pricing, the new Core 2 Extreme is expected to cost the same as the 2.93-GHz Core 2 Duo Extreme Edition X6800 that is approximately $1000.
Gateway is bringing its new Core 2 Duo powered 15.4-inchers dubbed NX570 all shined up for the holiday time. The high end NX570XL will come rocking a 1.83GHz processor, 1920×1200 display, and 128MB ATI Mobility RADEON x1400 graphics while the lower end NX570X model goes down with a 1.6GHz processor, and a mere 1280 x 800 display. There is the option of upgrading both the models to upto 2GB of DDR2 RAM, dual-layer DVD burner, and 80 to 120 GB SATA drives spinning at 5400rpm or 7200rpm. Pricing start at about $900.
So, the news has finally arrived. Apple has finally made announcement for its 13.3-inches MacBook stuffed with Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz and 2.0GHz processors. Well, Apple says that new Core 2 Duo MacBooks will offer 25% more performance than the previous ones. The salient features of the New MacBook are: Up to 2GB of memory, Up to 200GB hard drive ,Intel GMA 950 card ,Mini-DVI port ,DVI, VGA and S-Video output ,Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet ,Up to 6 hours Battery life ,Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger The pricing for the new dazzling white or glossy black MacBook Core 2 Duo MacBook starts at $1099. Well, Apple has delayed its shipments for 17-inches MacBook Pros at the moment. Hope this doesn’t happen with the new MacBooks too.
Epson has rolled out a budget friendly notebook, Endeavor NJ1000 integrating an Intel Celeron M 410 (1.46GHz) processor. The budget notebook comes for less than $600. The key specs of the Endeavor NJ1000 laptop are: -15-inch XGA display -256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive -Dual-layer DVD burner -2GB of DDR2 memory Well, if you think the Celeron processor doesn’t meets your requirement, you still have the option to upgrade the machine to Core 2 Duo.
Though it is not confirmed wholly, Apple has silently added the draft 802.11n-compatible wireless card into its lately announced Core 2 Duo MacBooks. Think Secret has revealed that the wireless chipset put into use is the Atheros AR5008E, the very same chipset stuffed in the Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros. While Apple integrated the 802.11n compliant chipsets first of all in the Core 2 Duo iMac but that was a Broadcom chipset. The exact speed of the MacBooks will be taken in only after Apple comes up with some Mac OS X drivers.