If you are looking out for some chic yet safe case for your lappy, Fabrix has taken wraps off its three new laptop casings in its sleeve collection. The newly announced cases are Black Angus, Red Fury (when red meets black) and a limited printed designed Black Flora. All these modish laptop sleeves feature soft paddings inside to ensure the safety of your valued and loved laptop. These catchy lappy sleeves will cost you $33 with optional $10 (short fabric) or optional $12 (short leather) for handles.
In case, you own an Apple PowerBook Pismo and are a bit disappointed with the battery performance (I don’t think you would be facing such probs but anyways), then Fastmac has come out with a neat solution to make your Pismo’s battery last longer. Fastmac has introduced the highest capacity extended life battery upgrade i.e. the 84 Whr battery for your PowerBook Pismo PC. The new battery is based on the TruePower technology and delivers 68% more capability than the original Apple battery used in the machine. The Fastmac’s TruePower battery can also be configured with the G4 550 MHz processor for the PowerBook Pismo. In case, an undesired short circuit is detected, the integrated sensors in the circuit power off the battery. Fastmac’s TruePower line of battery comes with a one-year warranty and ships within 10 days of order for a price of $139.95.
Intel has quietly announced a new Core 2 Duo processor by the name of T5200.The T5200 is cheaper as compared to the previous T5500 owing to its reduced Front Side Bus. While the Merom1.66GHz, the brand new T5500 clocks at 1.60GHz. For now, T5200 can’t be configured on a custom-built machine from the global leaders like HP and Dell. However, the Core 2 Duo T5200 stuffed pre-built laptops are available via online stores.
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.
While we saw the special edition Sony Ericsson James Bond handset, It’s time for the ‘James Bond’ laptop. Sony guys seem to have taken a break from the battery explosion issue and unveiled a “James Bond” series featuring the Sony Vaio TX laptop and a Cyber-shot 7.2 megapixel digital camera as a part of promotional tool for the upcoming james Bond movie “Casino Royale”. Coming in eye-catching dark briefcases, the Casino Royale spy gear boasts evry item marked with ’007′. So, the limited edition James Bond laptop will be named Sony VAIO VGNTX007C. The salient features of the machine are a 11.1″ WXGA widescreen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels integrating the XBRITE technology for quality color and brightness. The special edition Sony VAIO VGNTX007C will start shipping from November 15 for a price of US $4,299.99.
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.
Toshiba has finally launched the 14′ entertainment notebook ‘Satellite M100′ for the Korean market. The salient features of the M100 notebook are the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Harman-cardon speaker, ultra-slim remote control, ATI mobility Radeon X1400 256MB graphics, and a ‘clear view LCD’. The Satellite M100 is expected to hit the Korean stores for around 1,640,000 KRW.
Dell is finally offering the budget-friendly 15.4-incher Inspiron 1501 that can be configured with AMD processors including the Turion 64 X2 Core Duo TL56/TL50, Turion 64 MK-36 or the Sempron 3500+ processor. The Inspiron 1501 offers upto 2GB of DDR2 RAM, ATI Radeon Xpress1150 256MB built-in graphics, CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, 802.11b/g, and 80GB SATA hard drive. The pricing range for the budget Inspiron E1501 starts at $549. This levelheaded price tag will certainly attract the eyes of the customers who can’t afford the Merom stuffed high-end lappies.
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?