News Bits: Dell (PRODUCT) RED notebooks, Eee PC with XP, HDX with 8800M GTS

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Dell and Microsoft offer (PRODUCT) RED PCs

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Dell and Microsoft have announced that they will provide customers with a new way to make a difference by offering (PRODUCT) RED branded PCs and a printer. The (PRODUCT) RED Dell XPS M1330 and M1530 notebooks will come with Windows Vista Ultimate edition, unique themes, and wallpapers. Dell is the exclusive partner of (PRODUCT) RED. The laptops will start at $1,149 each; Dell and Microsoft will contribute $80 in total from the sale of each. Dell will contribute an additional $5 if a (PRODUCT) RED 948 all-in-one printer is added.

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Alienware m15x finds its way into the hands of customers


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One of our forum members, mrwater, has received his brand new Alienware m15x gaming notebook. The m15x was on display at CES and proved to be a real show-stopper. We covered the launch of the notebook on November 19 in NYC. It features a 15.4-inch widescreen display, available Nvidia GeForce 8800M-GTX graphics, and Intel Core 2 Extreme processors. At present, the m15x is offered in $2,099 and $2,699 configurations, with a $1,499 configuration in the works.

Read More in the forums – The Official m15x Owners Lounge
Product Page (Alienware.com)

HP Pavilion HDX now available with GeForce 8800M-GTS


The HP Pavilion HDX entertainment PC is now available with the Nvidia GeForce 8800M-GTS 512MB graphics card option. It is a $250 upgrade from the base 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600XT. Key features of the HDX include a 20.1-inch widescreen display, internal HDTV tuner, and HD-DVD drive.

NotebookReview.com Review of the HP Pavilion HDX
Product Page (HPShopping.com)

Asus Eee PC available in Japan with Windows XP

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The Asus Eee PC has finally been released in Japan, but the models released there are not quite the same as in the US. The Eee PC 4G-X as it is called is the same as the standard 4G model, except that it comes with Windows XP Home edition as standard equipment instead of Linux. A 4GB SDHC card is included with the machine since XP takes up most of the Eee PC’s internal 4GB flash memory. The Eee PC 4G-X is available in Japan for about $468 in white or black.

NotebookReview.com Review of the Asus Eee PC
Read More (Engadget.com)

Dell XPS M1330 available with Ubuntu, Spain-only (for now)


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Dell has announced that it will be offering its 13.3-inch XPS M1330 in Spain pre-loaded with Ubuntu 7.10. U.S. customers will have to "hold on a week or so" according to the Direct2Dell blog.

NotebookReview.com Review of the Dell XPS M1330
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VIA announces 64-bit Isaiah processor

VIA today announced a new processor architecture, dubbed Isaiah. It was developed by subsidiary Centaur Technology, and is designed to minimize power requirements. It is based on 65nm technology and is claimed to be four times more efficient than the company’s current C7 chips. Specifications include 1MB of L2 cache, up to a 2.0GHz clockspeed, and a FSB from 800MHz to 1333MHz. Products based on the new processors will be shipping during the first half of this year.

Read More (HEXUS.net)

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