Samsung entering US notebook market
Samsung yesterday announced that it will be entering the US notebook computer market. It will have five lines of notebooks with screen sizes ranging from 10 to 16 inches: Premium Thin & Light, All Purpose, Business, Desktop Replacement, and Netbooks. The lineup is as follows:
- N-series: 10-inch netbook, $499
- Q-series: 13.3-inch, $1,200 – $1,350
- X-series: 13.3-, 14.4-inch, $1,700 – $2,500
- P-series: 14.1-, 15.4-inch, $1,200 – $1,300
- R-series: 16-inch, $1,050
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Toshiba Satellite netbook uncovered
Toshiba unveiled its NB100 netbook at the company’s first “Mobility Conference” in Zurich. Trusted Reviews comments it is “reminiscent of the Eee PC 901” and is made of matte black plastic with silver accents. It has typical netbook specifications including an Intel Atom processor, and surprises like a three USB ports, a 2.5-inch hard drive and DDR2-800 memory.
Dell Studio 15 gets Centrino 2
Dell has finally refreshed one of its notebooks with the new Intel Centrino 2 platform. The Studio 15 with Centrino 2 starts at $999 with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2-year warranty, 15.4-inch WLED WXGA screen, 256MB ATI HD 3450 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.
Nvidia’s new GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
Apple introduced its new MacBook notebooks yesterday with Nvidia’s new GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor. The 9400M boasts impressive specifications for an integrated GPU, including a 128-bit memory bus and 16 stream processors. Nvidia claims it has 5x the performance of Intel’s GMA X4500.
Expect to see the Nvidia GeForce 9400M appear in notebooks from other companies shortly as the 9400M-G (the 9400M is exclusive to Apple).
PC market grows thanks to low-cost computers
Even though PC shipments have risen 15 percent over last year, a significant percentage of that growth came from low-cost netbooks. Netbooks, which typically sell for less than $500, have small profit margins and some makers have been slow to adopt them. PC sales growth was unimpressive this year at 4.5 percent.
Target now selling ASUS Eee PC
Target is now selling the ASUS Eee PC. Two 8.9-inch models are available; one features Linux and a 4GB SSD for $299.99, and the other Windows XP and an 8GB SSD for $349.99. 7-inch Eee PCs are also available from $269.99.