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BenQ Introduces Joybook R43

Dell Unveils XPS One Desktop

AMD Introduces Spider Platform

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BenQ Introduces Joybook R43

BenQ today added a new member to its Joybook product line - the Joybook R43, featuring a bright 14.1" UltraVivid widescreen display, the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Windows Vista operating system, Wi-fi connectivity and a brand new lid design.

Inspired by the lights from the windows at city night, the BenQ Joybook R43 is designed to capture the spirit of a great metropolis. The Joybook R43 features a deep black lid accented by an original ornamental band imprinted with Laminar Film technology to outline a metropolis' skyline in pop art style. Consumers can see points of illumination appear, particularly when the ambient light is low. The nocturnal urban feel is extended when users open the lid, displaying a luminous blue-lit power button and indicator lights.

Equipped with a vivid 14.1" widescreen panel, the Joybook R43 benefits from BenQ's exclusive UltraVivid technology, with DBEF (Display Brilliance Enhancement Film) increasing screen brightness and sharpening details. The Joybook R43 is also outfitted with BenQ's QData Trove technology that ensures information security. With a single press of Alt and F10 keys, a backup of the entire system drive can be initiated into a single designated image file.

Featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processor and SiS Mirage 3+ chipset with Windows Vista operating system, the Joybook R43 provides multimedia applications, digital home features in combination with performance and data security. The Joybook R43 also allows easy access to the Internet using high-speed Wi-fi networks, and connects easily to Bluetooth-capable phones and peripherals, such as mice and keyboards.

The complete specs are here.

The BenQ Joybook R43 will firstly be available in China in December, with other countries to follow in the coming months.

Source: BenQ

Dell Unveils XPS One Desktop

Dell today unveiled the Dell XPS One desktop that initially will be offered in Japan and the U.S. Customers in Japan will also be able to pre-order the XPS One in select Bic Camera stores, with systems expected to arrive in early December.

The XPS One features a 20-inch, widescreen, edge-to-edge tempered glass display on an aluminum stand and smoked-glass base. Side-mount speakers frame the high-definition display. The system also includes a webcam with dual-array microphone.

One of the more innovative and delightful features of the XPS One is the use of motion-sensing technology in the multimedia keys. When the user’s hand approaches the display, the media keys, and slot-load drive come alive with a soft blue glow.

The system comes with a single cord for power, while any other connections are handled wirelessly right out of the box, including the wireless mouse and keyboard. All systems include built-in Wi-Fi for network connectivity and internal Bluetooth 2.0 connecting peripherals like headphones and printers.

U.S. systems include a built-in TV tuner and can be configured with an optional Blu ray disc drive.

A media-card reader (8-in-1) and multiple ports are discretely positioned on the sides of the display for easy access. Additional ports are located on the back and take advantage of the specially designed cable management routing guide.

U.S. customers will also get Adobe Elements Studio software preinstalled, including Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Premiere Elements 4 software as well as Adobe Soundbooth CS3.

Prices for typical configurations start from $1499.


  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors
  • Intel G33 Express chipset
  • Windows Vista OS
  • 2GB of Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (667MHz, 2 DIMMs)
  • Up to 500GB SATA-II HDD
  • DVD±RW or Blu-ray Disc Drive
  • Integrated Intel UMA7 graphics or ATI Mobility Radeon HD X2400
  • Hybrid NTSC/ISDB-T (seg 13) + BCAS (Japan) TV Tuner
  • 20" WSXGA (1680x1050) display; contrast ratio up to 1000:1 typical, 5ms response
  • HD Audio and 2x5W Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Base-T), 802.11 a/b/g/n Draft 2.0 Wi-Fi
  • XPS One RF mouse, XPS One Full size RF QWERTY keyboard
  • 6 x mini-USB 2.0 ports, IEEE1394a, S/PDIF, 2.1 audio out/in, S-video and analog RCA jacks, RJ-45, mini-IEEE1394a
  • 8-in-1 Media Reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD Picture Card and some variations)
  • 23.2" x 16.5" x 8.7" (590mm x 420mm x 220mm) dimensions
  • 22 lbs (10kg) weight

Source: Dell

AMD Introduces Spider Platform

AMD today unveiled its new platform codenamed "Spider" that combines the introduction of AMD Phenom quad-core processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series graphics processors with Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support, AMD 7-Series chipsets with CrossFireX and AMD OverDrive software.

The features of the new platform include the new HyperTransport 3.0 that together with a Phenom processor is capable of providing throughput of up to 14.4 GB/s. Also, the memory controller integrated into Phenom CPUs supports DDR2-1066 memory.

The CrossFireX technology allows for using three and even four Radeon HD 3800 graphics cards. Besides, 42 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 supported by the AMD 790FX chipset also promise more than enough performance for enthusiasts.

Another part of the platform, the AMD OverDrive software, allows to tune various Windows parameters for maximum performance.

New chipsets also feature the AutoXpress technology designed to squeeze more from certified memory modules (Intel and NVIDIA also have similar innovations.)

Speaking of energy saving, Phenom processors outran the predecessors. At 95W TDP the claimed average energy consumption is 29-32W. Cool'n'Quiet 2.0 and CoolCore technologies allow to adjust clock rates separately for each of four processor cores.

The 7-Series chipsets have TDP of 10-12W.

So far AMD officially announced only two Phenom CPUs (pricing for 1,000-unit quantities):

  • Phenom 9600 (2.3 GHz) - $283
  • Phenom 9500 (2.2 GHz) - $251

Also, the ATI Radeon HD 3850 with 256MB of GDDR3 memory begins at $179 MSRP and the ATI Radeon HD 3870 with 512MB GDDR4 memory from $219.

Source: AMD

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