News Bits: Dell Latitude E4200 and E4300 Available, Kensington Wireless Docking Station

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Dell Latitude E4200, E4300 now available

The Dell Latitude E4200 and E4300 are now avilable for sale on The 12.1-inch, 2.2 lb E4200 starts at $1,999, and the 13.3-inch, 3.3 lb E4300 starts at $1,749. Both notebooks are based on the latest Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform. The E4200 comes with Ultra Low-Voltage (ULV) Core 2 Duo processors, while standard Core 2 Duos are in the E4300.

Dell Latitude E4200 Product Link
Dell Latitude E4300 Product Link

Kensington introduces wireless docking station

Kensington’s new wireless docking station works with notebooks that have wireless USB functionality. Users can connect up to five USB devices to the docking station, and an external monitor. The wireless range is 15 feet. Gizmodo reports the device works well, and has a small form factor. The wireless external monitor functionality is definitely no good for video streaming, but otherwise works problem-free.

The Kensington Wireless USB Docking Station has a retail price of $229.99.

Kensington Product Page

HP to lay off 25,000 employees by 2011

HP has announced it will cut 7.5% of its work force, or 24,600 employees, by 2011. Half of the employees the company are laying off are US-based. The layoffs come as a part of HP’s plan to utilize their recent purchase of Electronic Data Systems, a tech outsourcer.

Despite the layoffs, HP will be hiring around 12,000 new employees by 2011 to fill new positions.

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Samsung makes $5.85 billion cash offer for SanDisk

Samsung today offered $5.85 billion in cash for flash memory maker SanDisk. The offer amounts to $26 per share, almost twice the company’s $15.04 closing stock price today. SanDisk has rejected the offer, claiming Samsung is undervaluing the company.

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