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Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 and B305 all-in-ones get optional touchscreens

Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 and B305 all-in-ones get optional touchscreens

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.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z360, Z560 and Z565 get official: $649 from June

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360, Z560 and Z565 get official: $649 from June

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.

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Samsung BD-UP5000 firmware 1.5 update promises Avatar Blu-ray support

Samsung BD-UP5000 firmware 1.5 update promises Avatar Blu-ray support

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."

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Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

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.

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ASUS N61JV brings NVIDIA Optimus to UK

ASUS N61JV brings NVIDIA Optimus to UK

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.

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Sony 2010 3D HDTVs coming June with PS3 3D upgrade

Sony 2010 3D HDTVs coming June with PS3 3D upgrade

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.

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Dell Precision M4500 hits virtual shelves: Core i5/i7 and Quadro FX graphics

Dell Precision M4500 hits virtual shelves: Core i5/i7 and Quadro FX graphics

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.

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Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray deck finally on sale

Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray deck finally on sale

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.

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