A-DATA have announced their latest SDHC card, the Turbo Series Class 10 offering up to 22MBps transfer rates with devices that support the SD v3.0 standard. The 16GB SDHC card is intended for DSLR and HD video users, and promises 1920 x 1080 HD support and burst sequential shot support.
Synaptics invited SlashGear to their headquarters in Santa Clara this week to take a look at their latest capacitive touch-panel technology. The company has rebranded their existing ClearPad capacitive system to ClearPad 2000, so as to make room for their new flagship ClearPad 3000. This new panel can recognize up to 10 simultaneous finger touches together with complex multi-finger gestures such as pinch, pivot-rotate and rotate, with reduced latency and increase accuracy over what we've seen from capacitive panels to-date.
Video demo of ClearPad 3000 after the cut
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A-DATA have unveiled what they're calling "the first flash drive compatible with Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)", though as far as we've heard there haven't been many reported problems with existing drives and the Windows 7 RC. Still, if you're looking for up to 64GB of portable storage then the A-DATA XPG Xupreme may be the drive of your dreams.
Acer have announced new 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch notebooks, the Aspire Gemstone Blue range, priced from just $479.99. The 15.6-inch AS5536 has a 16:9 display, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.1GHz dual-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, together with a 320GB hard-drive, DVD burner and WiFi b/g/n.
LG and NComputing have announced a new range of "Network Monitors", LCD displays with integrated thin-clients that can be used as virtual desktops or with cloud computing systems. Unlike most thin-client systems, however, LG's looks straightforward enough for home or SOHO implementation, requiring just an X550 PCI card to be installed into the server PC, the included vSpace virtualization software installed and then up to five N-series monitors hooked up via ethernet cable.
Two Gartner analysts have lent their weight to ARM processors and the Google Android platform as potential players in netbooks and smartbooks, tipping the pairing as possibly headed for prime time. While they recognized that Android still needs fettling for the larger displays and broader usage patterns of a netbook-style device, Christian Heidarson and Ben Lee, analysts at Gartner, nonetheless praised its "snappy" performance on ARM-based sub-notebooks.
Acer's Timeline range of ultraportable notebooks has been priced for the US, and whereas we were expecting a starting price of around $699 Acer are actually delivering a $598 entry-level machine. That gets you the 15.6-inch Timeline with Intel's 1.3GHz Pentium SU2700 and 3GB of DDR3 RAM; if you want one of the 14-inch or 13.3-inch models budget $699.99 or $899.99 accordingly.
Sprint have announced that they too will be offering the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 "Intelligent Mobile Hotspot", expected to launch on Verizon's network come May 17th. As with the Verizon version, the Sprint MiFi 2200 will share its EVDO Rev.A data connection with up to five WiFi clients; it will also offer access to the hotspot's GPS functionality, something the Verizon version does not.
Acer have finally taken the wraps off of their 11.6-inch netbook, the predictably-named Acer Aspire One 11.6. The subject of numerous photo-leaks over the past months, the 11.6-inch Aspire One packs the usual Intel Atom processor, paired with the Mobile Intel US15W Express Chipset, 160GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.
Lenovo have announced two new desktop PCs in their ThinkCentre range, aiming to be low-cost and environmentally-friendly options in response to the bleeding economy. The Lenovo ThinkCenter M58e, shown here, is targeted at mid-market and larger businesses, while the ThinkCenter A58, shown after the cut, is aimed at small to medium business clients. Each have a choice of Intel Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors and up to 1TB of storage.