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HP announce new Pavilion, Elite, Slimline & Compaq Presario desktops

HP announce new Pavilion, Elite, Slimline & Compaq Presario desktops

HP have announced a new range of consumer desktop PCs, together with an update to their MediaSmart Server software for TouchSmart PCs.  Slimline, Pavilion and Elite desktops have all been announced, together with a new Compaq Presario desktop.  In addition, HP have announced that select consumer PCs bought from today onwards will be eligible for their Windows 7 Upgrade Program.

 

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Gateway SX SFF and DX mini-tower PCs announced

Gateway SX SFF and DX mini-tower PCs announced

Gateway have rolled out two new small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PC ranges, its SX Series and DX Series, offering a choice of AMD or Intel processors, HDMI connectivity and compact desk footprints.  The first SX model is the Gateway SX2800-01, a Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz desktop with integrated GMA X4500 graphics, 4GB of DDR memory, 640GB hard-drive and a DVD burner.

 

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Sony VAIO NW: 15.5-inch Blu-ray notebook from $880

Sony VAIO NW: 15.5-inch Blu-ray notebook from $880

Sony have announced a new VAIO laptop, the NW-series, packing a 15.5-inch WXGA XBRITE display, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor and an optional Blu-ray drive.  The Sony VAIO NW is also being priced competitively: the standard model is $800, while adding Blu-ray to that is just $80 more.

 

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AMD Congo detailed: dual-core Neo plus Radeon HD 3200 GPU

AMD Congo detailed: dual-core Neo plus Radeon HD 3200 GPU

AMD may have convinced HP to slap their new Congo into the updated dv2 ultraportable, but if you've been waiting to hear a little more about the dual-core chipset then we've some more detail for you.  Targeted at thin-and-light notebooks rather than taking on Intel's Atom N-series chips, Congo is a combination of the new dual-core AMD Neo processor, updated ATI graphics and an improved chipset.

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AMD show Athlon II X2 250, Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition & ATI Theater HD 750 worldwide HDTV tuner

AMD show Athlon II X2 250, Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition & ATI Theater HD 750 worldwide HDTV tuner

AMD have announced two new desktop processors, the dual-core 45nm Athlon II X2 250 and the X2 550 Black Edition, their first-ever dual-core AMD Phenom II.  The former boasts a TDP of 65W and nifty throttling to cut power consumption by as much as half when its full capabilities are not needed.  Meanwhile desktop and mobile users will soon have the option of watching worldwide HDTV no matter the broadcast standard, thanks to the AMD ATI Theater HD 750.

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ATI Radeon E4690 embedded GPU with HD & 3D decoding

ATI Radeon E4690 embedded GPU with HD & 3D decoding

AMD have announced a new version of embedded graphics chipsets, with more than triple the 3D performance of their earlier offerings.  The ATI Radeon E4690 bundles a second-generation AMD Unified Video Decoder for hardware acceleration of HD video with 512MB of graphics memory and support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0.

 

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MSI Wind Box DE200 nettop with ATI graphics

MSI Wind Box DE200 nettop with ATI graphics

Hot on the heels of ASUS' new Eee Box nettops comes rival MSI's new Wind Box DE200.  Sporting a new tapered design that reminds me of a Cylon's helmet, the Wind Box DE200 pairs Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 4350 GPU and HDMI output.

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ASUS Eee PC 1000HV benchmarked: discrete graphics make big difference

ASUS Eee PC 1000HV benchmarked: discrete graphics make big difference

ASUS' Eee PC 1000HV has been benchmarked, putting its discrete ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics to the test.  Based on the same Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor as the 1000HE, the 1000HV uses its graphical grunt well: it racks up a CrystalMark R3 score of 37,430 versus the 1000HE's 28,923.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around.  We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99. 

That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day.  Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months.  The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.

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ASUS Eee PC 1000HV with ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics

ASUS Eee PC 1000HV with ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics

An unannounced ASUS netbook has turned up for pre-order online, packing discrete ATI graphics.  The ASUS Eee PC 1000HV pairs Intel's Atom N280 1.66GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 3450 video card with 256MB of its own memory; it also has a 10-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.

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MSI X-Slim X400 and X600 get official

MSI X-Slim X400 and X600 get official

MSI has officially announced their X-Slim X400 and X600 CULV ultraportables, together with confirming that the 14-inch and 15-inch notebooks will land before the end of June.  The MSI X-Slim X400 weighs just 1.5kg while the larger X600 is 2.1kg; each notebook is less than 1-inch thick and have a 16:9 aspect LED-backlit display.

 

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AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched with 1GHz speed

AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched with 1GHz speed

AMD did something a bit surprising today. They've announced a new version of their ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics chipset that will be factory-overclocked to bump up the standard speed from 850MHz to 1GHz.

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