News Bits: Wal Mart $398 HP Notebook?, Dell Gives up Price War, Dell Orders from Asus, Atlanta Wi-Fi

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Wal Mart $398 HP Pavilion ze2000 Notebook on November 25?

Last week there was a Dell Inspiron 1200 notebook that could be purchased for $399 after use of coupons, you still had to pay for shipping though.  I was astounded at that price.  But HP and Wal Mart are apparently teaming up to sell a ze2000 model notebook for $398.  According to a site that posts deals for what Americans call “Black Friday” (Wikipedia Black Friday description), a big shopping day that kicks off the Christmas shopping season the Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday, a Wal Mart flyer to be distributed before November 25 advertises the following spec HP Pavilion ze2308mw:

  • AMD Sempron 2800+ Processor
  • 40GB 4200RPM Hard Drive
  • 256MB RAM
  • CDRW / DVD drive
  • 15″ LCD screen
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Price: $398

HP ZE2000 top view with lid closed (view larger image)

And that’s all we know as far as specs.  We reviewed the HP ze2000 recently, so checkout the review and keep the specs in mind and decide if you want to lineup early in the morning to get into Wal Mart and score on this deal!


Dell to Give Up on Price War — Says New Focus on Higher Prices and Higher End Products Will Cut Into Profit

While HP might be battling to lower prices and sell through Wal Mart, Dell is hitting the brakes on agressive pricing.  In a surprise announcement last night Dell indicated they have decided to sacrifice market share for profit growth.  According to Brent Bracelin, senior research analyst at Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, Oregon “Dell’s been less aggressive in the entry level,” he said, noting that the lowest-price Dell desktop system has moved up to $399 from $299. The company announced in September that it would also market a line of desktop and laptop computers as luxury models.

Dell’s stock value dropped 4% upon this announcement.  Instead of continuing to squeeze margins on laptops, Dell might focus more on luxury line sales such as with their XPS models.

“There have been lots of signals that Dell’s business was falling,” Mr. Bracelin said. He said he was not shocked by the news, but he still did not see a clear indication that the company had figured out a way to re-accelerate growth.


Asus to Manufacture Notebooks for Dell in 2006

Asus sells notebooks under it’s own Asus brand and for manufacturers such as Apple Computer., a Taipei based electronics news industry organization reports that Asus will be the ODM for Dell slim profile notebooks next year.  According to DigiTimes Asustek won out over Samsung on producing this notebook for Dell.


Atlanta Airport Rolls Out Wi-Fi Throughout Terminals — and the Cab Stand

If you’re travelling through Atlanta, a major hub airport in the U.S., then take your notebook with you because wireless is now available throughout the airport.  Not only that, but they stretched the network far enough so you can get it from the cabstand or on the tarmac while on board the plane.  Beautiful, now I won’t hesitate as much to board the aircraft.  Service is provided by WayPort:


FlyBook Version 2 Touchscreen Notebook / Tablet PC Announced

The Flybook Version 2 has just been announced over in Asia and will follow up on the really cool 2.6 pound 8.9″ touchscreen version 1 Flybook from Taiwanese company Dialogue.  The Flybook 8.9-inch screen supports a maximum resolution of 1024 pixels by 600 pixels and is fitted with a standard touch panel that can be operated by almost any stylus. Initially the machine will be available with either the Windows XP Home or Professional operating systems installed and later with a new version of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

Standard touch panels like that on the Flybook are not supported by Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system–Microsoft has insisted on more complex electromagnetic touch panels and stylus–but a relaxed version of the operating system will soon be launched that will include support.

The new machine is the most powerful member of the Flybook range to date. It is based on an Intel Pentium M ULV processor running at 1.1GHz. Other specifications include 512MB of memory and a hard-disk in capacities between 20GB and 100GB.

The machines are designed with mobile communications in mind and have internal Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. European versions also include Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) modems while U.S. versions include Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) support. Support for 3G cellular networks is also planned.  Availability in Europe and Asia should be November and the U.S. possibly early next year.




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