We attended a media event tonight in which companies such as Gateway, IBM / Lenovo, HP, AMD, Targus and Toshiba were showing off their latest products. Following are a few of the sights and news bits we picked up while at the event.
HP / AMD
HP had their nx6125 business laptop on display that was announced last week. This laptop has the new AMD Turion 64 processor powering it (ML-28 1.6GHz processor). It is a 15″ screen business style notebook, relatively thin at 1.22 inches and an average weight of 6lbs. HP emphasized their commitment to AMD processors and obviously feel that AMD will be a strong partner for them going forward.
HP nx6125 (view larger image)
HP nx6125 has rather bland look overall, but hey, it’s a business notebook (view larger image)
Toshiba had on display four of their newer laptops. The Qosmio G25 multimedia notebook, new Satellite M55 budget/student targeted notebook, the ultraportable Portege R200 and the teeny tiny Libretto sub-notebook. The Qosmio costs close to $3,000 and has every multimedia port and feature you can imagine, including a built-in TV tuner. The 17″ screen was quite stunning, along with the overall look. But, the hefty price tag is a bit of a turnoff.
Toshiba Qosmio G25 (view larger image)
The Toshiba Portege R200 was also on display, this notebook is Toshibas entry into the ultraportable arena, it replaced the R100. This is a very nice looking notebook with its silver finish. It sports a Pentium M 1.2GHz processor, is 2.7lbs in weight and has a 12.1″ screen. The one disappointing thing we noticed was the amount of flex on the keyboard though, it was as springy as a trampoline.
Toshiba Portege R200 commemorative 20 year series look (view larger image)
If the R200 2.7lbs is too heavy for you, then there’s always the sub-notebook class Toshiba Libretto. This thing is tiny — too tiny in my humble opinion. It’s way hard to type on with the integrated 60% sized keyboard, but you can attach a full size keyboard for when you’re at your desk to counter that issue. The Libretto features a 7.2″ WXGA screen, Pentium M 1.2GHz, Windows XP Pro OS, 60GB HD @ 4200 RPM all in a 2.2lb weight form. That’s a lot for such a little thing.
The tiny Libretto (view larger image)
My hands aren’t that big, but they sure didn’t fit the Libretto keyboard (view larger image)
The Satellite M55 was also on display, it’s a 14″ screen notebook that’s sort of on the budget side if you get it with an Intel Celeron processor where it starts at a price of $1,049. You can get up to a 100GB hard drive, super multi-DVD burner and TruBrite screen. Nothing special really, just a basic standard 14″ notebook that doesn’t deviate from any past Satellite look.
Toshiba Satellite M55 (view larger image)
We recently reviewed the Gateway M680 17″ screen notebook (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=2391) and thought highly of it, it’s the lightest 17″ screen notebook available in the U.S., it weighs about 7.1lb. Gateway told us that they would be releasing this notebook with the nVidia Go 6800 graphics processor with 128MB VRAM in a couple of weeks. This will make the M680 a nice notebook to consider as a gaming laptop.
Gateway M680 Desktop Replacement Style Notebook (view larger image)
Gateway also told us that they would be introducing a new Tablet PC / Notebook in the fall that will be similar to and a competitor of the Toshiba R15 Tablet PC currently being sold.
IBM / Lenovo
IBM / Lenovo was showing off their X41 (IBM ThinkPad X41 Review), R52, T43 (IBM ThinkPad T43 Review ) and X41 Tablet PC notebooks. We keep busting their chops as to what they want to be called now with the Lenovo merger, but those guys just wouldn’t give us a straight answer. So we’ll just keep going with the IBM / Lenovo label. Or is it Lenovo / IBM?
As a side note, the IBM reps chose to make fun of this site for posting a picture of the X41 Tablet PC in front of a blue couch. We very much so like this picture and so here it is again:
Who put that darn X41 Tablet PC on the foot rest?