Panasonic have outed their latest rugged notebook, the Toughbook F9, a 14-inch machine that weighs a mere 3.6 pounds; that makes it the industry's lightest 14-inch notebook, despite the extra-sturdy build. Based around a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor with a 320GB hard-drive and optional Qualcomm Gobi WWAN, the F9 boasts up to seven hours runtime.
As promised, Dell has updated their Alienware M11x gaming ultraportable with some new Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options. The 11.6-inch notebook can still be specified with the same Pentium dual-core as before, but now buyers can also pick either a 1.06GHz Core i5-520UM or 1.06GHz Core i7-640UM. Meanwhile there's also NVIDIA Optimus graphics thanks to the GeForce GT 335M GPU.
MSI's new tablets weren't the only interesting tech on show from the company at Computex this week; they also brought along a few notebooks, including a concept model called the MSI Sketch Book that's aimed at digital artists. It has a detachable keyboard section which, when flipped over, reveals a large touchpad digitizer which can be used for drawing or writing.
Intel have officially announced their latest ultra-low voltage (ULV) Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which will be finding their way into ultraportable notebooks in the not-too-distant future. The chips all use 32nm Nehalem processes and that adds up to performance gains and power frugality: Intel reckon up to 32-percent more grunt and up to 15-percent less battery consumption compared to existing chips.
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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Fujitsu have outed two new mainstream notebooks, the LifeBook A530 and the LifeBook AH530. Each has a 15.6-inch 16:9 widescreen display - available with glossy or matte finishes - together with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, 500GB of HDD storage and optional Gobi 2000 WWAN.
The spread of Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 processors continues, with Motion's rugged tablet PCs the latest to pack the vPro chips. The Motion F5v and C5v both meet MIL-STD-810G and IP-54 standards - meaning you can get them wet or drop them and still keep working - but now have faster CPUs and up to 4GB of RAM. Motion reckon you'll see not only a 50-percent increase in performance but up to 30-percent increase in battery life.
Fujitsu's LifeBook T730 has made a quiet debut, after having been spotted clearing the FCC back in April. Packing a 12.1-inch WXGA convertible touchscreen, choice of CPUs including an Intel Core i5-520M, i5-540M and i7-620M, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics, the T730 comes as standard with an active digitizer (for use with a special stylus) but can be specified with a dual-mode panel that reacts to both stylus and multitouch finger gestures.
Lenovo's reassuringly green ThinkPad L412 and L512 notebooks have gone on sale, and they bring with them a pleasant boost in basic specs. Rather than the $649 Celeron base model we initially heard about, both the 14-inch L412 and 15.6-inch L512 kick off at $599 with an Intel Core i3 CPU. An upgrade to a Core i5 processor is just $150.
The IdeaPad Z series aren't the only mainstream notebooks Lenovo have to announce this morning; the company has also taken the wraps off of the new Lenovo IdeaPad U series. Admittedly the new IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s aren't quite as interesting as the U1 Hybrid, but the 11.6-inch U160 and 14-inch U460 and U460s do slide in at under an inch in thickness while still packing Intel's new Core and Core ULV low-power processors.