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Sony VAIO S ultraportable pre-sales kick off at $875

Sony VAIO S ultraportable pre-sales kick off at $875

Sony only announced the VAIO S Series late last month, but the company has already thrown the 13.3-inch ultraportables up for pre-order. Priced from $874.99, the big sales point of the S Series is the runtime: up to 15hrs if you pair the notebook with the optional $150 "slice" battery.

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MacBook Pro early 2011 benchmarks confirm huge performance leap

MacBook Pro early 2011 benchmarks confirm huge performance leap

We've already been impressed by the quad-core speed boost shown by our early 2011 MacBook Pro review unit, but it seems the performance jolt is across the board with Apple's refreshed machines. Primate Labs - responsible for the Geekbench tool SlashGear uses to profile notebooks - has pulled together benchmarking results for the new range, and the improvement is dramatic.

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Apple Store open: Get your new MacBook Pro!

Apple Store open: Get your new MacBook Pro!

It's been down for a few hours now, and the contents of the updated shelves are now known to us, but the Apple Store has finally come back online. That means all of the new MacBook Pro models are available to buy, with the standard configurations shipping out within 1-2 business days. Pricing kicks off at $1,199 for the updated 13-inch model.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2011 official

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 official

The new Apple MacBook Pro range is official, and it's quite the star line-up. The entire 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch spread has been updated, with Intel's Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors across the board. Apple has also cast out NVIDIA, replacing GeForce GPUs with AMD's Radeon graphics on the 15- and 17-inch machines. The 13-inch, meanwhile, makes do with Intel's integrated graphics alone. Perhaps most interesting is the addition of Apple's new Thunderbolt connector, based on Intel's Light Peak technology and promising up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Full details after the cut.

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New MacBook Pro specs leak, plus Apple Thunderbolt Light Peak branding

New MacBook Pro specs leak, plus Apple Thunderbolt Light Peak branding

New rumored specifications for the imminent MacBook Pro refresh have emerged, building on earlier leaks tipping 16GB mSATA boot SSDs across the range. According to French site MacGeneration, the 13-, 15- and 17-inch models will all be updated, complete with a Core i3 switch in the 13-incher, and the option to replace the SuperDrive DVD burner on the two larger versions with an SSD. Meanwhile, fscklog has acquired what's said to be a Apple's logo and branding for Thunderbolt, the company's name for Light Peak.

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HP EliteBook and ProBook business notebooks launch: up to 32hrs battery

HP EliteBook and ProBook business notebooks launch: up to 32hrs battery

HP has outed a range of updated business notebooks, including two all-metal EliteBooks, and multiple ProBooks spanning various hardware configurations. The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p wrap MIL-STD 810G military-standard casings around a choice of Intel Core i7 quad-core and Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors, up to 32hrs of battery life, and 14- and 15.6-inch displays respectively.

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Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one wraps touch-bezel around multitouch screen

Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one wraps touch-bezel around multitouch screen

Sony's third VAIO launch of the day is the new VAIO L Series, all-in-one touchscreen desktops packing 24-inch Full HD displays and a new "edge access" system of touch-sensitive shortcuts integrated into the bezel. Packing a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics and a 1920 x 1080 multitouch display, the L Series also hides a Blu-ray drive and both HDMI input and outputs.

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Sony VAIO S Series: 13.3-inch ultraportable with 14hr runtime

Sony VAIO S Series: 13.3-inch ultraportable with 14hr runtime

Sony has outed its latest ultraportable range, the 13.3-inch VAIO S Series. Just 24mm thick and around 1.75kg, the S Series can be paired with a slice battery for up to 14hrs runtime, uses up to Intel's Core i7-2620M and 8GB of DDR3 memory (in the Sony VAIO VPC-SB1A9E/B) along with up to a 128GB SSD and AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics doing double-duty with an Intel HD GPU.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W520 quadcore desktop replacement outed

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 quadcore desktop replacement outed

Lenovo's sixth notebook of the day is the ThinkPad W520, a 15.6-inch desktop replacement packing a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors - up to the 2.5GHz Core i7-2920XM - along with up to 32GB of RAM, up to 160GB of SSD storage (or 500GB of HDD) and either NVIDIA Quadro 1000M 2GB or Quadro 2000M 2GB GPUs.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T420s, T420 and T520: up to 30hrs battery life

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s, T420 and T520: up to 30hrs battery life

Lenovo has revealed its latest T Series ThinkPad notebooks, promising all-day battery life and super mobility. The Lenovo ThinkPad T420s, T420 and T520 offer a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, along with 14-inch (1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900) or 15.6-inch (1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080) displays, USB 2.0, eSATA and a choice of optional WiMAX, EVDO or HSPA integrated cellular broadband.

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Lenovo ThinkPad L420 and L520 entry-level notebooks outed

Lenovo ThinkPad L420 and L520 entry-level notebooks outed

Lenovo has outed its latest set of entry-level ThinkPad notebooks, the L Series, with pricing kicking off from $899. The Lenovo ThinkPad L420 and L520 pack a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors - up to the 2.7GHz Core i7-2620M - along with optional WiMAX/EVDO/HSPA, a 720p HD webcam and a choice of HDD or SSD storage.

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Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition is new hexacore flagship

Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition is new hexacore flagship

Intel has released its latest high-end processor, the Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, packing six 3.46GHz cores and 12 processing threads. Capable of being overclocked to 3.73GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost technology (and likely higher again, when the aftermarket modders get their hands on the chip), the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition comes with unlocked multipliers so that tweaking the speed is more straightforward.

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