CES will kick off this week and bring with it lots of new gear for us to look at. CES also tends to have some really cool concepts that turn up at the show as well. MSI is showing off a couple of the concept devices that it will have at CES 2011 ahead of the official start of the show.
Welcome to the first Week in Review of 2011! I hope your hangover is gone and you had a good time this weekend! Last week was an eventful one leading up to CES 2011 kicking off this month and lots of cool stuff turned up. A British DJ created a cool set of records that when overlapped form the CMYK logo. I want them and I don’t even know what kind of music the artist makes.
Last we heard, MSI was focusing on Android slates rather than its WindPad U100W Windows 7 based tablet, but it seems the 10-inch device is still headed to CES 2011 next week. NetbookNews grabbed some pre-show hands-on playtime with the U100W, which runs Intel's Atom Silverthorne Z530 processor and has a 32GB SSD.
The market obsession with tablets has left netbook manufacturers facing significant price cuts and even abandoning the segment altogether, according to channel sources. DigiTimes claims that ASUS has slashed the retail cost of its latest Atom N450 and dual-core N550 netbooks after attempts to position them based on style and specifications fell short, while MSI is tipped to be "phased out of the market" altogether.
ASUS may have been content to tease details of its Eee Pad EP121 tablet, but other sources aren't quite so restrained. According to DigiTimes, the ASUS EP121 is targeted at enterprise customers - hence the content creation focus and Windows 7 - while two $499 to $599 10-inch Eee Pads will take on the consumer side from March 2011. One will run Windows 7 on Intel Oak Trail chips, while the other will run Android on NVIDIa's Tegra 2. ASUS won't be the only ones with a tablet presence, either; ECS and MSI are also tipped to be bringing slates to the show.
I think that most of us only think about green practices like power saving computers and LED lighting as ways to make the environment better and don't stop to consider that by going green you can also save on your electric bills as well. The massive department store chain Macy's is migrating 86 of its stores from traditional incandescent lights to green LED lights and will save millions over the decade lifespan of the bulbs.
We have already talked on a few occasions about the NVIDIA GTX 580 that landed yesterday and the new gaming desktops that have been coming out all over the place. MSI has its own branded version of the GTX 580 with the long and very drawn out part number N580GTX-M2D15D5.
If you are after a notebook that offers up the best of both worlds when it comes to graphics performance and power sipping miserly operation the MSI FX600MX might be just what you need. The new notebook is a full-size 15.6-inch notebook that packs in graphics switching tech.
With the latest video cards from AMD hitting the market late last week, it's natural that we see more and more makers offering up their own branded version of those new video cards. MSI has pulled the wraps off its own R6850 and R6870 video cars for gamers to peruse.
MSI has become the latest company to hold off on Windows 7 tablet plans, freezing the launch of its WindPad U100 until sometime in mid-2011 at the earliest. According to DigiTimes, MSI has announced it will instead launch an Android 3.0 Gingerbread slate by the end of March 2011, with a sub-$500 price tag and HDMI connectivity.