New Notebook Releases: Dell Inspiron XPS, Fujitsu N5000, HP zd7000

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Fujitsu yesterday announced a new Lifebook N5000 notebookthat includes the new Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.2GHz chip (“Northwood” Pentium 4 chip).  Rumor has it that Dell will very soon release a new Inspiron, the Dell Inspiron XPS, a gaming notebook with the Pentium 4 3.2GHz chip and next week HP will make available it’s Pavilion zd7000 machine with the new Pentium 4 processor.  These notebooks are targeted at gamers and high-end users.

The new Dell Inspiron XPS will be a game-oriented notebook and should be available this week. The notebook will offer Intel’s Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor, a 15.4-inch wide-angle display and a top-of-the-line graphics card.

HP next week will add the option to include the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chip to its popular desktop replacement notebook, the Pavilion zd7000.  The zd7000 comes with a 17-inch wide angle display.  When configured with 512MB of RAM, 60GB Hard Drive, and an ATI Radeon 9600 graphics card with 128MB the price should be about $2,425 for the zd7000 with the new Intel chip.

The HP zd7000 will offer the option for a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.2GHz chip next week

Fujitsu Computer Systems on Tuesday refreshed its LifeBook notebook line, adding a faster desktop-class processor as well as an updated wireless module. The Fujitsu LifeBook N5000 is priced begining at $2,099, for a model which includes a DVD-RW drive.   Fujitsu has designed tthe N5000 to be a desktop replacement, and the 10.34-pound notebook uses either a 3.0-GHz or 3.2-GHz “Northwood” class desktop Pentium 4.

The new Fujitsu N5000 powered by an optional Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor

The Lifebook N5000 includes up to 2 Gbytes of DDR 333 memory, the option to choose between a 40-, 60-, or 80-GB hard drive, an integrated floppy, a secureDigital/MemoryStick slot, as well s four USB 2.0 and an IEEE 1394 connection. Users can choose between a DVD-RW or DVD/CD-RW. The notebook uses an ATI Radeon Mobility 9600 graphics chip paired with the company’s “Crystal View” 16-inch SXGA+ display.

Alienware already sells a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition notebook but the price starts at $3,400 for the Area 51m system so the competition for gaming and high-end notebooks seems to be heating up.

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