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postheadericon Dell Vostro 3000 updated with Sandy Bridge processors, affordable prices go untouched

Not another business laptop updated with Sandy Bridge processors! We know, it’s getting a bit repetitive at this point, but what if we told you this group blends together some awesome features and won’t cost you more than $600? You’d be willing to hear more, right? Well, Dell’s indeed refreshing its 13-, 14-, 15-, and 17.3-inch Vostro 3000 series laptops with those fresh Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, but it’s leaving intact everything we loved about the series the first time around — including, its aluminum build, backlit keyboard, and matte displays. On top of that it’s also adding SRS Pro sound, HD webcams, and a new chiclet keyboard, which is a lot like the one we like so much on the Inspiron 14R and M101z. See we told you the features were worth hearing about. Internally, all four systems will be available with a selection of Sandy Bridge processors (with the 17.3-inch version getting some quad-core options), a variety of hard drive and SSD options, six- and nine cell batteries, and up to 8GB of RAM. We don’t have the exact configuration pricing, but according to the press release below the 13-inch 3350 will start at $599, 14-inch 3450 and 15-inch 3550 at $499, and lastly the 17-inch 3750 at $549. See, mighty tempting prices — especially after you take a look at the hands-on pictures below.

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Dell Vostro 3000 updated with Sandy Bridge processors, affordable prices go untouched originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon GE’s new phase-change based thermal conductor could mean cooler laptops — literally


It’s no secret: if your laptop sits atop your lap for an extended period of time, you’re going to get burned — okay, so maybe not burned, but you’re definitely going to feel the heat. Luckily GE has been working (under contract for DARPA) on a new phase-change based thermal conductor that promises to cool electronics twice as well as copper, at one-fourth the weight. The breakthrough means big things for those of us who’d like to make babies one day, but we doubt that’s why DARPA’s shelling out the big bucks — the new material functions at 10 times normal gravity, making it a shoo-in for on-board computing systems in jetliners. Using “unique surface engineered coatings” that simultaneously attract and repel water, the new nanotechnology could mean not only lighter, cooler electronics, but also an increase in computing speeds. Goodbye scrotal hyperthermia, hello cool computing! Full PR after the break.

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GE’s new phase-change based thermal conductor could mean cooler laptops — literally originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Samsung Series 9 laptop hits tomorrow for $1,649, 11-inch version coming in April

Sure, we saw some pricing leaks of the super slim Series 9 this morning, but Samsung is finally coming clean now with all the official details. Starting on March 17th (yep, tomorrow!), the 13.3-inch laptop with its Core i5-2537M processor, 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium will be available for $1,649. Sure, it’s a bit more than we expected, but we guess when you consider its solid state storage and 400nit display it makes a bit more sense. Still, there’s a big part of us that wishes there was a more entry-level configuration of the beautiful duralumin machine — in fact the only other configuration will be a $1,699 model with Win 7 Professional. The 13-inch model will be up for grabs at Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Amazon, and a number of other e-tailers.

Wondering about that 11.1-inch Series 9 model that we saw hanging around a few weeks ago? That one is a bit farther out, though not by much. Samsung isn’t releasing pricing on the smaller, 2.3-pound version, but it will be hitting in mid-April with a older Core i3-380UM processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. It sounds like that one will be kinder on the wallet, but we’re still convinced there are a bunch out there that will opt for the larger screened machine. We’re hoping to bring you a review of the 13-incher very soon, but in the meantime hit the break for the official release.

Update: A few retailers seem to have the 13-inch version up for pre-order already, but Dynamism’s actually showing the 11-incher for $1,149. Samsung still isn’t giving official pricing on that version yet, however.

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Samsung Series 9 laptop hits tomorrow for $1,649, 11-inch version coming in April originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Samsung Series 9 laptop priced at $1,649, makes our wallets gently weep

The feature-rich and utterly gorgeous Series 9 laptop from Samsung has just received its US pricing and unfortunately it’s a bit of a whopper: $1,649. For that outlay, you’ll be getting a 13.3-inch screen, an LED-backlit display with 400 nits of brightness, Intel Core i5-2537M dual-core processor running at 1.4GHz, 4GB of RAM, and one super-speedy 128GB SSD. It’s an intriguing proposition, as both price and specs are decidedly high-end, but the decision as to which one wins out we’ll leave up to you. Hit up Samsung’s site below for a list of retailers — the Series 9 is listed for pre-order at the moment, but we doubt it’ll be long before delivery trucks start rolling out with ultrathin laptop boxes in tow.

[Thanks, Dave]

Samsung Series 9 laptop priced at $1,649, makes our wallets gently weep originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon ASUS U30S appears overseas with Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA GT520M graphics

You know who has been relatively quiet on the Sandy Bridge front? ASUS. Sure, it’s released some new gaming rigs with fresh Core i7 CPUs, but we haven’t really heard a peep out of the company when it comes to its mainstream U or UL series laptops. Well, that should all be changing soon as the guys over at NetbookLive got their hands on a U30S, which packs a Sandy Bridge Core i5-2410M processor, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA’s 520M graphics with Optimus, and a eight-cell 84Wh battery. Yep, it’s one nicely spec’d machine, and according to the benchmarks it not only runs quite fast but it also lasts over five hours on a charge. The only thing the reviewer seems to take issue with is the size and weight of the 1.3-inch / 4.2-pound machine, and we really don’t blame him — it looks identical to the U30Jc we reviewed exactly a year ago. All that said, we’re betting this thing has a sweet price tag attached to it when it finally gets an official unveil — until then, hit the source link for a glimpse at what’s coming.

ASUS U30S appears overseas with Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA GT520M graphics originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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