TriGem have announced another new model in their Averatec line of home computers, in the shape of the N3400 ultraportable. While it may resemble a netbook, in fact the aluminum-clad notebook packs a dual-core Pentium T3400 2.16GHz processor, 3GB of RAM (8GB supported) and a 250GB hard-drive, together with a 13.3-inch display.
Pre-order pages for Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810T CULV ultraportable have seemingly confirmed the 11.6-inch notebook's price. The 1810T, Acer's 1.4GHz SU3500 replacement for the underpowered Aspire One 751, is available to preorder from European online store Notebook.de, at €499 ($711) including tax.
Details on the 3G-equipped Timeline 1810T after the cut
Details of Acer's new mainstream business notebooks have emerged, the Acer Travelmate Timeline series. As the name suggests, the range is based on the existing 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch Aspire 3810T, 4810T and 5810T Timeline models, complete with their CULV low-voltage processors. However the new Travelmates have magnesium alloy chassis for improved durability, together with dedicated anti-shock software and biometric security.
What the world needs now, sang Viewsonic, is Ion, sweet Ion, and so they gave us this. The Viewsonic VOT 130/132 nettop may look like a pale VHS cassette but it's actually one of the items in the company's new product range, accompanied by two other compact desktops, two netbooks and a PMP. Of the lot, though, it's the VOT 130/132 that's most interesting, having as it does optional NVIDIA Ion graphics.
Acer subsidiary Packard Bell are set to release a CULV ultraportable for the European market. The Packard Bell Butterfly S FC has a 13-inch display and uses Intel's 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard-drive.
Intel has continued its attempts to coax the industry into CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) so-called "ultra-thin" notebooks rather than netbooks, highlighting the shortcomings of the latter devices which, ironically, are generally based on the company's own Atom N270 processor. Speaking during Intel's earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Paul Otellini described ultra-thins as "an affordable notebook that has more functionality [than a netbook]."
Release timetables for Intel's ultrathin and regular notebook processors have been leaked from industry sources, together with its Lynnfield desktop CPU range and new Xeon server chips. According to the leaks, Intel will roll out Celeron SU2300 and Celeron 743 processors for ultrathin notebooks by the end of September, with the Core 2 Extreme XE 2GHz, Core 2 Quad P2 1.73GHz and Core 2 Quad P1 1.6GHz - all part of Intel's Clarksfield notebook processor range - will see a launch sometime around the Q3/Q4 crossover point.
Of all of MSI's X-Slim series of ultraportables, the X600 has been perhaps the most mysterious. All that looks set to change, however, as the first review units start to slip out: NewGadgets.de have acquired one, and recorded a full hands-on of the 24.5mm thick notebook together with a comparison to the X340.
Video hands-on after the cut
Acer's plan to replace the Aspire One 751 netbook with an 11.6-inch Timeline ultraportable - which we reported last month - has apparently come to fruition with this, the Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T. According to macles, the 11.6-inch 1366 x 758 16:9 notebook swaps the AO751's anemic Atom Z520 processor for an Intel ULV SU3500 1.4GHz CPU, up to 4GB of RAM and the Intel GS45 Express Chipset with integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics and hardware HD video decoding.
It has been an eventful week in the geek world with all sorts of new products and important announcements turning up for the first time. The big story of the week was the launch of the iPhone 3GS last Friday. Word came on Monday that the 3GS sold a whopping 1 million units in its first three days of availability. Unfortunately, for some users, it took them an extra three days just to get their shiny new iPhone 3GS activated. Despite the fact that activation failures were on AT&T's side of the iPhone equation, Apple offered users $30 in iTunes credit as a sorry AT&T sucks peace offering to new owners.
Acer's Timeline range of notebooks spans the gamut from 13.3-inch ULV ultraportable to 15.6-inch mainstream laptop, promising prolonged battery life with an affordable price tag. The company sent over their Aspire Timeline 3810T, a 13.3-inch 1.4GHz ULV machine with heady runtime estimates and an $899 sticker, for SlashGear to try out; check out the full review after the cut.