HP dv8000z 17" screen AMD Turion Multimedia Notebook Released
HP mentioned they'd be releasing another dv family notebook soon, and it has now appeared on the HPShopping.com website in the form of the dv8000z 17" screen multimedia notebook. Deviating from other dv model HP notebooks, this machine has an AMD Turion processor instead of the Pentium M processor found in the dv1000 and dv4000 14.1" and 15.4" notebooks. Following are some basic specs for the dv8000:
Some might be pretty disappointed at the fact the graphics processor is a low-end ATI X200, not ample enough to play high-end games, so this is definitely not a gaming machine but more a desktop replacement multimedia style notebook. It does have the instant DVD and music playback feature that some like (makes booting to Windows unnecessary to play movies or music). The screen is sure to be nice as well. Although 8.1lbs is heavy, it's actually lighter than the other HP zd8000 17" notebook that weighs 9lbs.
HP Battery Recall for Notebook Batteries Sold Between March 2004 and May 2005
And now for some not so good HP news. HP is recalling 135,000 batteries sold internationally between March 2004 and May 2005 due to overheating concerns.
If you purchased a notebook from HP during this time period please visit the following link and see the instructions for determining if you have a faulty battery and steps to take:
HP Battery Recall Website: http://bpr.hpordercenter.com/bpr/
Intel and Lamborghini to Sell Lamborghini Branded Notebooks
Acer and Ferrari joining hands to make notebooks? Sure, Acer makes notebooks and they simply use the Ferrari branding to add extra appeal to their high-end machines. But Intel and Lamborghini joining to make notebooks when neither is in the business of making notebooks -- just chips and cars? But according to CNet Asia this is what will happen next year. Sources at CNet Asia say notebooks will be sold online via the Lamborghini website and will feature the new Intel dual core processors when they're released early next year.
Acer to Overtake Lenovo/IBM as #4 notebook seller -- Aims at Toshiba Next
Acer has reported record monthly consolidated revenues for September, with industry sources predicting that the company stands a good chance of becoming the world's number four notebook vendor this year and number three next year.
Compared to its September revenues last year, Acer said its revenues in Europe grew 55%, while sales grew 157% in the US, 65% in the Asia-Pacific region and 56% in Greater China.
Sources with Taiwan's notebook makers estimated that Acer will ship 6.2-6.5 million notebooks this year, taking the world's number four position from Lenovo, which is expected to ship about six million units.
Although Toshiba will remain third this year with shipments of 7-7.5 million units, the sources said the Japan vendor is expected to lose its position to Acer next year. Judging from orders that the two vendors have placed for next year, Acer and Toshiba are expected to ship 9-9.5 million and 8-8.5 million units in 2006, respectively, the sources added.
Acer makes such popular notebooks as the Aspire and Ferrari line.
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