News Bits: Dell M1710 Gets Blu-Ray, Fujitsu Announces 300GB Notebook HD, Global Mobile Broadband Notebook

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Dell XPS M1710 gaming notebook receives Blu-ray drive upgrade

Dell today announced the introduction of the Blu-ray optical disc format into its product line. Dell will be offering a Blu-ray drive on its high-performance XPS M1710 gaming notebook (see Dell M1710 review).

Blu-ray discs can hold more than five times that of a dual-layer DVD – 50GB. They support playback of high-definition feature-length films. The XPS M1710’s Blu-ray drive can read and write CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

The Blu-ray disc format has the support of over 170 major companies, and Dell is actively involved in advancing the technology. Customers worldwide this holiday season can purchase the Dell XPS M1710 notebook with Blu-ray technology for prices starting at $3,699.

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Fujitsu to Introduce 250GB and 300GB 2.5″ Notebook Hard Drives in early 2007

Fujitsu today announced a new breakthrough in hard drive capacity storage for the 2.5″ notebook sized hard drive. The MHX2300BT series of mobile hard disk drives (HDDs) will begin shipping in early 2007 and offer storage capacities of 250GB and 300GB. Fujitsu is using perpendicular magnetic recording technology to achieve this increased capacity on such a small sized drive. The drives also feature low power consumption (1.6W), high shock tolerance and near-slient operation. Here are the stats on the new ultra-high capacity hard drive from Fujitsu:

  • Capacity: 250/300GB
  • Rotational Speed: 4200 RPM
  • Interface: SATA 2.5, ATA-8
    • DIPM and HIPM Supported
    • Native Command Queuing
    • Staggered Spin Up & Active LED Supported
    • Hot Plug
  • Best in Class Read / Write Power Consumption: 1.6W typ.
  • Idle Power Consumption: 0.5W typ.
  • Track to Track Seek Time: 1.5ms typ.
  • Host Transfer rate: 150MB/s max.
  • Operating Shock: 300G (2ms)

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HP and Cingular Wireless introduce first global mobile broadband notebook PC in U.S.

HP and Cingular Wireless today announced the first notebook PC in the United States to feature built-in global mobile broadband capabilities. The HP Compaq nc6400 (see nc6400 review) business-class notebook PC can be equipped with Cingular Wireless UMTS/HSDPA-based technology, which allows for broadband connections to the Internet without being tied to an access point in over 115 countries where networks are available.

The HP Compaq nc6400 will be jointly marketed by HP and Cingular Wireless. The nc6400 with integrated Cingular Wireless BroadbandConnect is slated to be available at the end of December, starting at $1,599. Unlimited BroadbandConnect service is $59.99, with available International plans.

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Quanta Computer sees 10% increase in notebook shipments

Quanta Computer shipped 2.2 million notebooks in November, a 10% increase from October’s 2.0 million.

Shipments from other manufacturers in November included 1.74 million from Compal Electronics, and 900,000 from Asustek. Wistron shipped 1.04 million, and Inventec 880,000.

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Real Cost of OLPC XO almost $1,000 according to report

According to a report, the OLPC XO $100 laptop could end up costing over $900. Originally, the OLPC XO machine had a $100 target price, although later on that price grew to $140. Now, analysts say that the true cost, including hidden costs not actually associated with the hardware, of the OLPC could end up being over $900.

Other factors contributing to cost besides the manufacturing include shipping and packaging. Another cost would be having teachers trained to use the laptops. Training is very important to the success of OLPC. Repairs, insurance, theft, and training will cause costs to go up.

Compared to a standard laptop, the OLPC XO is much less. Competition from Intel’s Classmate PC and Encore Software’s Mobilis Tablet will help drive costs down.

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