Notebook News: Dell Power Adapter Recall, Fujitsu S6220, NotebookReview Awards, MSN Direct Watch Giveaway

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Dell Power Adapter Recall

Dell is recalling up to 38,000 power adapters that have been sold the world over, if these faulty power adapters are used with power cords from third party manufacturers there’s a chance they can cause electrical shock.

The Dell Combination Auto/Air Adapters being recalled was sold between December 2003 and May 2004 as an accessory with Latitude and Inspiron notebooks.  The adapters allow those notebooks to use either a standard AC wall socket or a DC power outlet such as a cigarette lighter in a car.

When this adapter is combined with a power cord other than the one provided by the manufacturer, Mobility Electronics, the adapters could pose the risk of an electrical shock. No reports of electrical shocks have reached Dell, but the company is recalling the adapters to prevent any such problems from occurring.

Customers will receive a new power cord and adapter inserts that prevent any other power cord from being used with the adapter. Dell is in the process of contacting customers who purchased the adapters.

Dell has set up a website ( for that features more information and local telephone numbers for international customers.

Fujitsu LifeBook S6220 with Pentium M 735 1.70 GHz processor Now Shipping

The popular Fujitsu Lifebook S6200 series just got a new addition to the family.  The Fujitsu LifeBook S6220 is now shipping and is the first in the S6000 series to include a Pentium M Dothan generation processor.  The Fujitsu S6000 is designed as a thin and light notebook for a mobile user that still wants some power and definitely wants some style.  Here are the specs on this machine:

• Intel® Pentium® M Processor 735 (1.70 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache)
• Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
• 13.3″ Crystal View XGA display
• 512 MB (256 MB x 2) DDR333 SDRAM memory
• 60 GB hard drive¹
• Modular Super-Multi DVD drive
• Integrated multinational² 56K³ V.90 modem and 10/100 Base-Tx Ethernet
• Integrated Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g)
• One-year International Limited Warranty Outstanding Forum Contributor Awards

Each month we tip our hats to four people in the forums that have been doing a great job responding to questions or just contributing information to the forums for the previous month.  In no particular order we announce the winners for July that are being recognized for the work the contributions they made in June:


We’ll be sending along a $30 gift certificate to each of these individuals.  Great job guys! Suunto n3 Microsoft MSN Direct Competition

Our sister site, a website for MSN Direct watch enthusiasts, is running a competition right now to give away a free Suunto n3 MSN Direct watch.  This watch retails at $300 and this competition ends on July 21st.  Brian, a Administrator writes the following:

“All you have to do is submit a brief summary of how your current watch and MSN Direct service are helpful to the way you live your life. Don’t have a watch yet? Well, your responses will be centered on how you think the technology would benefit you should you win the contest. This contest will remain open for two weeks, closing at 11:59pm on July 21st. The winner will be announced 7-10 days after the contest concludes. Participants should email their entries to The judging will be completed by a panel of and MSN Direct representatives.”

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