CULV

MSI X-Slim X340 gets blasted: “cheap, nasty & tacky”

MSI X-Slim X340 gets blasted: “cheap, nasty & tacky”

If MSI thought they could rest easy on the back of a good review for their X-Slim X340 ultraportable, they've a disappointment coming today.  ZDNet Australia have been playing with the first Intel CULV notebook to the market, and they're really not impressed.  Ranking the MacBook Air-a-like a mere 5 out of 10, reviewer Craig Simms is most disappointed by the "cheap, nasty and tacky" keyboard.

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MSI X-Slim X340 reviewed: $899 bargain Air-alternative

MSI X-Slim X340 reviewed: $899 bargain Air-alternative

MSI's X-Slim X340 ultraportable may be all about the skinny glamor, but once you've succumbed to its slender charms you want a machine that can handle at least the minimum of mobile processing tasks.  According to LaptopMag's X340 review, as long as you're not looking to game or edit video, that shouldn't be too much of an issue: the 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo CULV chip may rack up only half the PCMark Vantage points as a ThinkPad X200, but it's good enough to run Vista, Office 2007, crank up tabs in Firefox or play 720p video.

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Intel netbook & notebook plans revealed: N280 facing the axe

Intel netbook & notebook plans revealed: N280 facing the axe

Leaks from manufacturers have revealed Intel's notebook and netbook plans for the remainder of 2009, and there are a few surprises in store.  Low interest in the Atom N280 CPU and GN40 graphics chipset has led them to consider retiring the combination, with the N270 and 945GSE pairing holding the netbook torch until September.  Meanwhile the next-gen Capella notebook platform will arrive in Q3, targeted at the high-end $1,200+ market for 14- to 18.4-inch machines.

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MSI X-Slim X340 headed for price cut?

MSI X-Slim X340 headed for price cut?

MSI prompted some consternation last month, when official listings for its X-Slim X340 ultraportable appeared with a $1,099.99 price-tag.  That might seem vaguely reasonable for a super-skinny 13.4-inch notebook, but considering MSI had been bellowing beforehand about a sub-$1k sticker there were some understandably disappointed would-be buyers.  Now, the listings have changed - the X340 is still not in stock, but its price has flipped to TBD ("To Be Determined")

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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 to get CULV

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 to get CULV

According to a leak, Lenovo is apparently working on a new ThinkPad X200 that features a CULV processor. While this rumor is not confirmed, it would make sense since Lenovo has themselves admitted they are thinking about creating a CULV ThinkPad in the future, though they did not commit to a timeframe.

The ThinkPad X200 models currently feature a SL-series Core 2 Duo processor. This has made the price go up considerably, but with a 1.2GHz Celeron M chip, the cost would decrease, as would the voltage use. The new system would also have a 160GB hard drive and 2GB of memory.

Pricing is not known, nor is a release date. It may not even come to pass. We'll just have to wait and see. But it would make sense in this economy for Lenovo to be looking to drop their price point a bit.

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