New Bits: Toshiba Satellite A300/P300, Fujitsu 500GB Hard Drive, Acer Adds Blu-ray

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Toshiba A300/P300 Penryn notebooks unveiled

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The new Toshiba A300 and P300 notebooks have been unveiled; they are the expected successors of the current Satellite A200 and P200. The A300 has a 15.4-inch widescreen display, new design, harman/kardon speakers, integrated webcam and fingerprint reader, and either a Merom T5500 or Penryn T8100 processor. The P300 has similar specifications, but with a 17-inch display. There is no information on pricing or availability.

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Fujitsu introduces 500GB 2.5″ hard drive

Fujitsu today introduced its MHZ2 BT 2.5-inch hard drive line, which has capacities of up to 500GB. The drives will go on sale at the end of May 2008.

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Intel to drop shipments of older Centrino notebooks

To smoothen the transition to its new Montevina platform, Intel will begin to drop shipments of Napa Refresh and Santa Rosa notebook platforms in the second quarter of this year. Montevina will take up about 18% of Intel’s notebook shipments after Q2, and by the end of 2008 it will be 90%. The older Napa platform will be completely phased out by the end of Q2.

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Acer to ship new Blu-ray notebooks in Q2

Acer is banking that adoption of Blu-ray will start with notebooks, and will launch Blu-ray supporting notebooks in Q2. Acer believes that a notebook with a Blu-ray drive and HD display will have more advantages over a stand-alone player, given that most homes do not yet have 1080p full HD.

The firm will launch two new notebooks in Q2; one will features an 18.4-inch display and the other a 16-inch. The maximum prices will be around $2,000.

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Asus Eee PC torture test

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If you have the stomach, watch as the Asus Eee PC is tortured in various ways. It is dropped from heights onto hard floors put in extreme temperatures to name a few.

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