Seagate Technology has carried the notebook’s data security one step further by announcing that it will start offering its hard drives with built-in encryption in the first month of 2007. Meant for the notebook PCs, the new Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (aka tha Full Disk Encryption 2) will come integrating a special encryption chip that will keep a check on the data security. It would not be possible for anyone to read the data from the disk and boot up the system without the required authentication. The 2.5 inch 5400 rpm hard drive will come in the storage capacity of 80GB, 120GB, or 160GB. While the users can personalize the password for data access, it might be possible that notebook vendors will come out with other techniques like fingerprint and smart card readers. The notebooks stuffed with hard drives featuring data encryption will start shipping shortly after Seagate makes available these special hard drives in January.
The good folks at Kingston Technology have rolled out the new 2GB 533MHz and 667MHz ValueRAM SO-DIMMs in a view to get some extra performance out of your little machines. Specially designed for notebooks and miniPCs, the new ValueRAM SO-DIMMs will add some more power to the performing capability of your notebook. Well, these new ValueRAM memory don’t come under the Kingston’s HyperX performance memory. While the price tags of $589 and $640 repectively might seem a bit heavy but it will let the users stuff 4GB of Kingston memory into a two-slot motherboard. Both the ValueRAM SO-DIMMs are available for sale.
The appealing limited edition Prada lappy was in news a long time back and was set for a release sometime in 2006. Well, the new Prada Asus S6F has just been released in time for the holiday season and the most tempting thing (for ladies) is that the lappy comes colored in tempting pink. Well, the specs of the good looking pink Prada Asus S6F might not convince the men but women will love the notebook owing to its lovely appealing pink make. The salient features of the notebook include a small 11.1″ WXGA display, 1.66 GHz Core Duo, 2GB DDR2 RAM, DVD burner and WiFi. The pink Prada Asus S6F will set you back $2500. It seems to be a hefty price but pink deserves it, Women out there know this very well.
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.
Around three months back, Dell announced to introduce AMD powered notebooks and a few days back, it came with its Dell Inspiron 1501 stuffed with AMD processor. Now, the second Dell notebook to get the AMD fever is the 15.4-inches Dell Latitude 131L. The Dell Latitude 131L can be equipped with an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core with costs starting $899 or a Mobile Sempron processor for $629. Other key specs include ATI R485M integrated graphics with 224MB shared memory, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, 56K modem, four USB ports, and a 3-in-1 media memory card reader. Well, we don’t have much info on the specs of Latitude 131L since there is no product page for the machine. We will let you know more about the notebook later.
Bling thing lovers! Here is something new just for you from the house of Medion. The exclusive limited edition Medion Swarovski notebook is embossed with 300 Swarovski crystals. No doubt, it is aimed straightforward at the female users. The grandiose SIM 2060 laptop, other than the glittery exteriors, features a 1.73GHz Core Duo processor, a 12.1-inch display, 1GB DDR2 RAM, a 100GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, a SD/MMC/Memory Stick card reader, an ExpressCard 54 slot, and a dual-layer DVD burner. What? It will set you girls back a mere £1,000 ($1,900). The Swarovski studded limited edition Medion laptop is on sale at its website.
Blending the splendor with brawn, Asus has officially announced two new notebooks namely 15.4-inch G1 and 17-inch G2 aimed specifically at the hard-core gamers. While both the machines have almost the same specs, G1 touts green outer LEDs while the G2 has red. The salient features of the might gaming notebooks are: 1) Intel T7600/T7400/T7200/T5600/T5500 Core 2 Duo processor 2) Up to 2GB DDR2 RAM, Up to 160GB SATA hard drive 3) Dual-layer DVD burner, Integrated 1.3Mpix webcam, Bluetooth, and 802.11a/b/g 4) ExpressCard slot, Flash card reader, USB 2.0 ports The G1 features a WXGA / WSXGA Color Shine LCD with a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go7700 graphics set while the G2 comes rocking a WXGA display and the 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 card. Unfortunately, there is no news about the pricing but one thing I am sure of is that both the machines will certainly pick on your pockets.
November 13 is the date scheduled for the release of world’s first WiBro-enabled notebook PC from KT. The new 12.1-inch KT WiBro is said to be an upgrade of the ‘NT-Q35′ notebook with added WiBro functionality. A company official claimed the world’s first WiBro-enabled notebook PC to let the users enjoy services via high-speed WiBro. That means there is no need of an extra WiBro SIM card. The notebook also integrates WLAN and DMB capability that offers a kind of ‘convergence’ service for WiBro-DMB. Weighing 1,89kg, the price of the KT WiBro will range from 1,600,000 (KRW) and 2,000,000(KRW) depending on the subsidies of 90,000(KRW) to 240,000(KRW) offered by KT to its WiBro-service subscribers.
While Sony has revealed its plans to ship the lightest 12.1′ notebook Vaio G weighing 1.98 pounds in December, Evesham at the moment claims to have the lightest 12.1′ notebook ever to feature an optical drive. The ‘Light Book” weighs 2.65 pounds and is 1.4-inches thick. Other than the flamboyant DVD/CD-RW/DVD-RW drive, the Evesham Light Book rocks an Intel Core Solo low-voltage processor, Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, 512MB RAM, 60GB hard disk, a 4-in-1 card reader, WiFi, fingerprint reader, and battery life of five hours. The lightest laptop with the optical drive will set you guys back £999 ($1,910 US).
Aimed at the fairer sex, the new ‘Portege M500 white-pearl’ notebook has been introduced by Toshiba Korea in the Korean market. The 12.1-inches and 4.1 pound machine rocks an Intel’s T2250 Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 1.73GHz, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 80GB SATA hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 5-1 multi card reader, integrated microphone. The Portege M500 white-pearl comes with a fingerprint sensor, ‘Easy Guard’ system with spill-resistant keyboard, and a “Quick Play” function to play DVD without the need to boot OS. Anyway, you can also opt for the one in black. If you happen to be in Korea, you can make the machine yours for a price of 1,390,000(KRW).