News Bits: Alienware m15x User Review, Cloudbook Sells Out, Dell XPS M1330 Gets Penryn

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Alienware Area-51 m15x reviewed

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Forum member Packer445 has recieved his brand new Alienware Area-51 m15x gaming notebook and done a thorough review of it in the forums. It features a 15.4-inch widescreen display, Nvidia 8800M-GTX 512MB, and Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz processor. Scoring nearly 9,500 marks in 3DMark06, it is a serious performer. Packer445 reports the machine is built well, has a sleek design, and the exterior has a beautiful finish. The m15x features different lighting zones including an optional backlit keyboard, which add to the whole experience.

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Everex Cloudbook sells out before release

The Everex Cloudbook has sold out before it even went on sale. The "initial allotment" has been sold, but there is no information on how many. Engadget questions whether the Cloudbook ever went on sale and if it did, where are the reviews and comments? coverage of the Everex Cloudbook
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MacBook Air with SSD = no performance boost

Many wonder if that extra $1,300 for the SSD option in the Apple MacBook Air is worth it. Ars Technica ran it through a series of tests and came to the conclusion that it did not offer much at all in terms of performance and battery life where SSDs are supposed to excel. There was a minor boost in performance overall and battery life was a mere 29 minutes longer, but on average did not last any longer than the hard drive equipped Air. Review of the MacBook Air
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Core 2 Duo for under $500: upgrade an Acer 3690

Don’t want to spend a lot on a notebook but want dual-core performance? All hope may not be lost – forum member krazyphire has done a run-down of how to replace the single-core Celeron M in the Acer 3690 with a much faster Core 2 Duo. The upgrade can be done for cheap as Core 2 Duo T5200/T5300 processors can go for under $100 on eBay.

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Special thanks to TeeJay 44 for submitting this bit

Penryn now available on Dell XPS M1330

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Dell is now offering the new Intel Penryn Core 2 Duo on the XPS M1330. The Penryn Core 2 Duo is manufactured on a 45nm process and has better performance and battery life as a result. Dell charges $275 for the lowest T8300, $400 for the T8300, and $675 for the highest-end T9500. Ouch! Review of the XPS M1330

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