We weren't exactly disappointed by the Alienware M11x gaming ultraportable's performance when we reviewed it a few months back, but nor would we turn our noses up at a speed boost should Dell be so kind. As the rumors suggested, Dell are apparently planning to slot Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs into the 11.6-inch notebook, and according to Pearce Clune, Head of Consumer Operations for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, we can expect it next month.
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NVIDIA haven't been particularly upfront about their mobile plans for the Fermi GPUs but, according to a premature product page from gaming notebook maker Eurocom, it looks like we can expect some movement in June 2010. Eurocom are listing an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Fermi GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory as arriving that month, a 40nm chipset that will add $380 to their 18.4-inch X8100 Leopard notebook.
I mentioned earlier this morning that rumors were surfacing that the Eee 1201PN netbook would offer next generation Ion without using Optimus tech. More information on the 1201PN and another netbook called the 1215N has surfaced in Italy.
Update: According to NVIDIA, "ASUS decided to use the same motherboard without Optimus to go to market and launch Optimus later with the same design and a dual core CPU" - thanks Laura!
The Apple Store is back, and as expected there's a range of new MacBook Pro notebooks on offer complete with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics. The 15- and 17-inch MBPs get the most significant updates this time around, with the former kicking off at $1,799 with an Intel Core i5 2.4GHz CPU, 320GB hard-drive and GeForce 320M 256MB GPU, while the 17-inch MBP starts at $2,299 with the 2.53GHz Core i5, 500GB hard-drive and GeForce 320M 512MB GPU.
We got our hands on the cool and smallish Alienware M11x late last month and had some fun playing with the machine in our review of the little rig. If you were intrigued by the smallest Alienware machine around and are thinking about ordering one up for yourself, you might want to put that off until the summer.
The ASUS U30jc was one of the more interesting models from ASUS' notebook portfolio, and the company have now taken the wraps off the 13.3-inch machine officially. Packing an Intel Core i3 350M processor, paired with NVIDIA Optimus graphics - automatically switching between the integrated Intel GPU and the discrete GeForce GT 310M - and a battery apparently good for up to 9.5hrs of runtime, the U30jc comes in at a smudge under $900.
How does the sound of discrete graphics performance with integrated graphics power frugality strike you? If you're anything like us, you'll be whimpering and drooling like teased hyenas at the thought of it; happily that's just what NVIDIA are promising to unveil in February 2010, in the shape of NVIDIA Optimus.