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Dell Inspiron 11z 11.6-inch CULV ultraportable hits $399 price point

Dell Inspiron 11z 11.6-inch CULV ultraportable hits $399 price point

Dell may have canned their Inspiron Mini 12, but they've replaced it with a new CULV ultraportable in the shape of the Inspiron 11z.  The new notebook has an 11.6-inch display running at 1,366 x 768, paired with Intel's Celeron 723 1.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard-drive.  Thanks to stepping up to CULV rather than Intel's Atom range, the 11z gets past the CPU/storage limitations the chip company insists upon; that should mean buyers get a more capable ultraportable for their money.

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Advent Altro bargain CULV notebook takes on MacBook Air

Advent Altro bargain CULV notebook takes on MacBook Air

UK retailer Dixons is preparing its own MacBook Air rival for the holiday shopping season, in the shape of the Advent Altro.  The 13.3-inch CULV ultraportable measures 21mm thick and weighs 1.6kg, and packs 3GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron processor.  Unlike the Air, however, the Altro will start at just £600 ($987; the Air retails from £1,149 in the UK).

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MSI X-Slim X600 gets reviewed: decent GPU and super-skinny chassis

MSI X-Slim X600 gets reviewed: decent GPU and super-skinny chassis

With official photos, full specifications, an unboxing and demo video behind us, all that's left for MSI's X-Slim X600 - before a post eventually saying it's been retired, of course - is a full review.  Happily LaptopMag are on hand to deliver just that, putting the 15.6-inch CULV ultraportable through its paces to see if it's more than just good looks or falls flat like its smaller X340 sibling.

Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T shows up in wild

Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T shows up in wild

Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810T ultraportable has begun to show up in the wild, with at least two sites - ITC.ua and PCHome.net - getting their hands on the CULV ultraportable.  As you might expect, first impressions are that - in terms of the hardware you can see - the 1810T is very similar to the Acer Aspire One 751 it in effect replaces; unfortunately there's no benchmarking feedback as yet to prove whether the ultraportable runs better than its lethargic predecessor.

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Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Viewsonic VOT 130/132 and VOT 120/121 nettops get video demos

Of Viewsonic's new ULV lineup from last week it was the nettops that prompted the most interest.  The Viewsonic VOT 130 and 132 (on the left) and the Viewsonic VOT 120 and 121 (on the right) offer such notable features as NVIDIA Ion (in the VOT 132), a magnetically-attached DVD drive (the 13x models) and 1.3GHz CULV processor (the VOT 121).  NetbookNews stopped by for a couple of video hands-on demos with the nettops.

Video hands-on after the cut

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HP 11.6-inch CULV ultrathin and 10.1-inch netbook refresh promised in 2H09

HP 11.6-inch CULV ultrathin and 10.1-inch netbook refresh promised in 2H09

Earlier this week word slipped out from Acer and ASUS that N-series netbooks were on hold until the launch of Pine Trail in early 2010, with the two companies focusing on CULV "ultrathins" instead.  Now it seems that they'll have significant competition from HP, who are believed to have commissioned a new 11.6-inch machine that will go into production next month, with production of a 10.1-inch netbook revision beginning in September.

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