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Sony Updates Three Notebook Lines

Toshiba Announces 4 New Qosmio Notebooks

Sony To Sell PTFE-Coated Mouse

Dell Announces Dual-Core Precision 380, Dimension XPS Gen 5 Systems

Sony Updates Three Notebook Lines

Not only Toshiba, but also Sony decided to update its notebooks series — VAIO A, S and F.

The A Series includes several models with 15.4" wide displays suppporting 1280x800 resolution, TV tuners and Windows XP Home Edition (SP2). The senior VGN-AS53B bases on Pentium M 740 1.73GHz CPU and Intel 915GM Express chipset, while the junior VGN-AS33B has Celeron M 370 1.5GHz and Intel 910GML Express bundle.

The prices will range from $2,200 to $1,900. Other features of A series include 512MB DDR2, 100GB HDD, DVD burners, IEEE 802.11b/g adapters, FeliCa wireless interface, Memory Stick, PCMCIA Type II, Ethernet, 3 x USB2.0, IEEE1394 and Office Personal Edition 2003. AS53B will work for up to 2.5 hours, AS33B — for 1.5 hours. Sized 373.2x276.5x37.2-46mm, each notebook weighs 3.4kg.

The A Series also includes a more powerful 17" VGN-A63 on Pentium M 750 1.86GHz CPU and Intel 915PM Express chipset, with 512MB DDR2, 100GB HDD and MOBILITY RADEON X600 graphics. Sized 405.5x280.1x42.2-45.2mm, it weighs 3.94kg.

The S Series now offers two new models: VGN-S73PB/B and VGN-S53B/S on Pentium M 750 1.86GHz, Pentium M 730 1.6GHz and Intel 915PM Express chipset. Both are to be shipped with Windows XP Professional (SP2) and Office Personal Edition 2003 and feature 512MB/256MB DDR2 memory, 80GB/60GB HDD, 13.3" 1280x800 displays, DVD burners, PCMCIA Type II, 2 x USB 2.0, IEEE1394, Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b/g.

S73PB/B is claimed to work for 3.5 hours, S53B/S for 4.5 hours. Sized 312.5x224.8x29.9-35.4mm, each model weighs 1.95kg. The price ranges from $2,400 to $2,000.

Finally, the F Series offers five new models at once: VGN-FS71B, VGN-FS51B, VGN-FS31B, VGN-FS21B and VGN-FS21. All shipped with Windows XP Home Edition (SP2) and Office Personal Edition 2003 (excl. FS21). Besides, all noveltie feature MPEG-2 hardware coders.

All notebooks are based on Intel 915PM Express chipset and feature a number of processors: FS71B — Pentium M 1.86GHz, FS51B Pentium M 1.73GHz, FS31B — Celeron M 1.5GHz, FS21B — Celeron M 1.4GHz. The most powerful model has 1680x1050 display and GeForce Go 6200 graphics. Novelties have 512MB of memory (excl. FS21 that has 256MB), 100GB hard drives (though FS31B, FS21B and FS21 have 80GB and 60GB drives).

Sized 364x364.5x25.4-36.4mm, each notebook weighs 2.85kg. Battery operation is claimed to be about 2 hours. VAIO F Series systems will cost $1,300 to $2,350.

Source: PC Watch

Toshiba Announces 4 New Qosmio Notebooks

Toshiba announced 4 new Qosmio notebooks that will go on sale late in April. All novelties will have Windows XP Home Edition (SP2) and Office Personal Edition 200 installed.

The new notebooks now feature hardware antialiasing and FNR (frame noise reduction).

Qosmio G10/390LS bases on Pentium M 725 1.6GHz CPU and Intel 855PM chipset, has 512MB DDR SDRAM, 2 x 80GB HDDs, IEEE 802.11 b/g controller, NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700 graphics, 17" Clear SuperView display (500cd/m² brightness, 1440x900).

Qosmio F10/390LS has similar features, but instead of 2 x 80GB drives has 1 x 100GB. It also has smaller 15.4" display, 1280x800, 450cd/m².

Qosmio G10/390LS has dimensions of 373x285x43.1mm and weighs 4.4kg. F10/390LS weighs 3.9kg.

Qosmio E10/375LS, 370LS models utilize Celeron 360 1.4GHz processors and Intel 852GM chipset, have 15" Clear SuperView displays (600cd/m² brightness, 1024x768). E10/370LS just lacks the IEEE802.11 b/g option.

Both models are sized 338x285x43.1mm, weigh 3.6kg.

Source: PC Watch

Sony To Sell PTFE-Coated Mouse

Such an unusual mouse is to go on sale on April 23 from Sony with the MSRP of $50:

The VGP-UMS50 has rather original design and has bottom coated with PTFE fluorocarbon resin reducing friction between the mouse and the table or other surfaces.

Positioned as an accessory for Sony VAIO F Series the mouse supports 800 dpi resolution and has dimensions of 60.8x113.7x37.3mm at 90g weight. The cable length is 80cm.

Source: PC Watch

Dell Announces Dual-Core Precision 380, Dimension XPS Gen 5 Systems

Dell recently announced that its Precision 380 workstation and Dimension XPS enthusiast systems will include Intel´s new dual-core processors.

In addition to including the Intel Pentium XE 64-bit dual-core processor, the Dell Precision 380 features 64-bit Pentium 4 600 series processors with 2MB L2 cache. The new workstation can support up to 8GB of memory. The Dell Precision 380 also features a new chassis that supports either tower or desktop orientations. The new chassis includes rotating optical storage so that the correct orientation is presented to the user regardless of how the system is installed. Other Dell Precision 380 features include: Intel 955X Express chipset supports up to four SATA II drives and RAID 0, 1,5,10, DDR2 ECC memory, future support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64, Rack-mountable chassis.

Dell Dimension XPS

As of Dimension XPS Gen 5 will work with dual-core technology and up to 4GB of DDR2 dual-channel memory. Other features available on the Dimension XPS include: Intel 955X Express chipset with integrated Intel XD antivirus protection, 1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x4, 1 x PCIe x1 and 3 x PCI slots, Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Media Center Edition 2005.

Pricing and availability for the Dell Precision 380 will be announced in the coming weeks. The Dimension XPS will also be available soon starting at $2,999.

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