News Bits: New Sony Laptops, Western Digital Increases HDD Capacities, New USB Soundcard

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Sony introduces NS, CS series notebooks

Sony introduced two new notebooks featuring Blu-ray optical drives, the NS and CS series. The NS is a mainstream 15.4-inch notebook starting at about $1,000 for models with Blu-ray, and about $650 for models without. Other features include a Core 2 Duo processor and three different color options – nightfall blue, silk white, and granite silver.

The CS series is similar to the NS except it has a 14.1-inch display. It has a “12-tone music analyzer that translates your music into a colorful LED light show that plays out beneath the palm rest of the PC.” The model will start at about $920, and Blu-ray equipped models will go for about $1,070.

Sony Press Release
Via (Laptoping.com)

Creative introduces X-Fi USB soundcard

Creative today introduced X-Fi Go!, an external USB soundcard. It is a plug-and-play device, and all installation software is pre-loaded on its internal 1GB memory. It is available in Europe now for €49.99.

Full Story (HEXUS.net)
Creative Press Release (HEXUS.net)

Lenovo ends online sales of Linux-based products

Lenovo is ending online sales of Linux-based computers. Linux will still be available to business customers, but to ordinary customers, Windows is the only choice. Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman said in a statement “Our commitment to Linux has not changed.” He said Lenovo made the decision not to offer Linux online since the number of sales was not high enough.

Full Story (ComputerWorld.com)

1TB Western Digital 2.5-inch drives coming in 2010

Just as Western Digital announced their latest 500GB 2.5-inch hard drive, sources are saying the company, along with Seagate, will have 750GB drives next year, and 1TB drives by early 2010.

Full Story (ChannelRegister.co.uk)

Nvidia 9-series GPUs support hybrid graphics

Nvidia today announced that Sony, Fujitsu Siements, and BenQ have introduced notebooks with hybrid graphics – the ability to switch between integrated and dedicated video cards. All GeForce 9M series graphics cards support hybrid graphics, but it is up to the notebook manufacturers to allow support for the technology. The hybrid graphics feature is currently available in the following new notebook models:

  • Sony VAIO Z series ultra-light laptops with GeForce 9300M GS GPUs
  • Fujitsu Siemens Amilo XI 3650 entertainment laptops with GeForce 9600M GT GPUs
  • BenQ Joybook S42 ultra-light laptops with GeForce 9600M GT GPUs

Users can switch between the integrated graphics provided by the Intel chipset and the Nvidia graphics. Using the integrated graphics allows longer battery life, while the use of the Nvidia video card allows for the best 3D performance.

Nvidia Press Release

Dell introduces notebooks with Qflix drives

Dell has teamed together with Sonic to make downloading and recording DVD movies easy with the first PC-based Qflix drives. Customers can search for a variety of Hollywood hits from CinemaNow, download them to their PC, transfer the files to devices in their home, and finally burn them to DVD discs.

The Qflix drive is available now in the US as a $120 option on most Inspiron, Studio, and XPS notebooks, as well as through Dell’s Entertainment, Software, and Accessories online store. The bundle includes an external Qflix-enabled drive, two recordable Qflix DVD discs, Roxio Venue and CinemaNow software, and a USB cable.

 

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