Lenovo's IdeaCentre all-in-one range has been given a polish, with the IdeaCentre A700 getting an injection of Intel's Core 2010 processors (albeit from the laptop rather than the desktop range) and the IdeaCentre B305 raiding AMD's line-up instead, with a choice of Athlon II X4 CPUs. Each has optional touch-sensitivity, with the A700 using Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology more commonly found in medical settings. The A700 has a 23-inch Full HD widescreen display, while the B305 is a little smaller at 21.5-inches though still packs Full HD resolution.
Lenovo have outed a new line of affordable mainstream multimedia notebooks, the IdeaPad Z Series, three new machines that kick off from $649. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 and Z560 offer a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 315M graphics, while the Z565 gets a choice of AMD Phenom II processors and ATI Mobility Radeon graphics. Screen sizes on offer include 13.3- and 15.6-inches, both supporting HD resolution and coming in at 16:9 widescreen.
Samsung's BD-UP5000 Blu-ray player and its problems coping with the new Avatar disc showed that not all media - or firmware - are created equal, but true to their word the company have swung into action with a firmware update. Posted to the Samsung support site this week, all that's mentioned in the firmware release notes is that v1.5 "improves playback compatibility in some movies."
Denon have outed their latest range of Blu-ray players, complete with 3D "readiness", which slot into the company's "universal" range. That means the DBP-2011UDCI and DBP-1611UD won't just play Blu-ray and DVD discs, but CD, DVD-Audio and SACD as well. In fact, Denon reckon the pair can handle "virtually all 5-inch silver discs", which seems like an invitation to a lawsuit to us.
The Samsung BD-UP5000 may have offered the best of both worlds for fence-sitting indecisives unable to choose a side in the Blu ray/HD-DVD war, but it seems they're paying for that compromise now. Multiple complaints are being heard about the BD-UP5000's inability to play the new Avatar Blu-ray, a problem which Samsung confirm is down to the firmware.
ASUS USA may have beaten them to it when it comes to getting a NVIDIA Optimus notebook on the market, with the U30jc, but ASUS' UK arm has a 16-inch machine of their own that takes advantage of the automatic graphics switching tech. The ASUS N61JV packs a 2.27GHz Core i5-430M CPU along with 4GB of DDR3 memory, but of course the interesting part is the dual-GPU thanks to both Intel GMA 4500MHD and NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M 1GB graphics.
Sharp Japan has announced their latest range of HDTVs, the AQUOS DX3 series, with screen sizes ranging from 32- to 52-inches and each packing an integrated Blu-ray recorder. The Sharp AQUOS LC-52DX3, LC-46DX3 and LC-40DX2 all support Full HD 1080p resolution on screens measuring 52-, 46- and 40-inches respectively, together with 2m:1 contrast ratios, ethernet and BD-LIVE support.
Sony UK have announced their 2010 3D HDTV range, which is set to go on sale from June. Interestingly, rather than outing a flagship first and then gradually pushing out cheaper sets, Sony reckon their 3D debut - the BRAVIA HX800/HX803 - will be "affordable", though exact prices aren't yet revealed and you'll need to shell out a little extra for the necessary 3D glasses and IR emitter unit. Meanwhile the PS3's 3D firmware upgrade will arrive in sync with the 3D HDTVs, complete with some free 3D games for those who buy a new set.
If you're in the market for a beastly mobile workstation then Dell have you covered; the Dell Precision M4500 has finally gone up for sale, complete with a choice of dualcore Core i5 or i7 CPUs or Intel's quadcore Core i7 chips. Either one or two hard-drives can be specified (either up to 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD) and a choice of NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M or FX1800M graphics.
Having been spotted up for sale once before, before being unceremoniously yanked from the virtual shelves a few hours later, Samsung's 3D-capable Blu ray player, the BD-C6900, is now finally shipping. Announced back in January at CES 2010, the BD-C6900 obviously supports Full HD 1080p content but also includes both wired and WiFi connectivity for streaming media and internet-connected widgets.
Samsung is into home theater in a big way with all sorts of products including some of the most popular HDTVs around. Samsung is set to start selling its 3D TVs and will offer product demos in Sears stores this summer. Samsung has unveiled the pricing and availability on some of its new home theater systems that were on display at CES to go along with its new TVs.