News Bits: Another Atom-powered Eee PC, New ThinkPads now available

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Lenovo T, R, W Centrino 2 ThinkPads now available

As we mentioned back in July, Lenovo recently launched its Intel "Montevina" Centrino 2-based ThinkPad T, R, and W-series notebooks. The T500/R500 and T400/R400 have 15.4- and 14.1-inch screens respectively. All feature DDR3 memory and all are now available for purchase on the Lenovo wbsite.


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The T-series is 30% more power efficient than the previous T-series according to Lenovo. The T-series is available with LED-backlit displays, Solid State Disks (SSDs), and Blu-ray optical drives. It features switchable graphics – use the integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics while on battery, and switch to the dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470/3650 while plugged in. Lenovo also claims the new T-series is the coolest and quietest T-series ever.

The T400 starts at $1,130, and the T500 $1,159.

T-Series Product Page


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The R-series is the most affordable ThinkPad, but does not skimp on build quality. It is available with Blu-ray and Core 2 Duo processors. Select models of the R400 are available with switchable graphics like the T-series.

The R400 starts at $956, and the R500 $1,010.

R-Series Product Page


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The ThinkPad W-series is a workstation version of the T-series, which Lenovo says is "the ultimate mobile workstation." It is available with Core 2 Duo processors and Intel Active Management Technology (AMT). It is available with the premium features on the T-series, such as LED-backlit displays and Blu-ray optical drives. The W-series is ISV certified and comes with 512MB dedicated ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 graphics.

The W-series starts at $1,904.

W-Series Product Page

ASUS introduces Atom-powered Eee PC 900A

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ASUS has introduced yet another Eee PC model, the 900A. The 900A is essentially the original Eee PC 900 design with an Intel Atom processor instead of the Celeron. It features an 8.9-inch 1024×600 display, 1GB RAM, 8GB SSD, and 4-cell 4400mAh battery (supposedly good for four hours).

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ASUS fails to hit target notebook shipment goal in 1H’08

ASUS has failed to hit its notebook shipment target goal for the first half of 2008. It will be looking to outsource some of its notebook business in Q4’08. Asustek president Jerry Shen says he is confident that the company will be able to ship five million Eee PCs in 2008, despite the part shortages. Asustek’s current notebook shipment goal for 2008 is 6.6 million units, though Shen said that it will be difficult to hit. He predicts part supplies will be more consistent in the second half of this year.

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Sager NP5796 Montevina gaming notebook user review

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NBR Forum member auburncoast has done a thorough review of his brand new Sager NP5796 gaming notebook. The NP5796 is based on the Intel "Montevina" Centrino 2 platform and  features a 17-inch widescreen display, DDR3 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce 9800M-GT 512MB graphics.

Read the review in the forums



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