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Packard Bell dot VR46 netbook gets Valentino Rossi stylings

Packard Bell dot VR46 netbook gets Valentino Rossi stylings

We'll admit to being a little confused as to the appeal of super-branded laptops like Acer's Ferrari series - it smacks a little of wearing a Ferrari jacket while you're driving your Accord - but where there's a market there'll be products to sate it.  Enter Packard Bell's Valentino Rossi netbook, the Packard Bell dot Netbook VR46, likely to exaggerate the difference between Rossi's high-powered motorbike and an underpowered CULV netbook even more.

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Packard Bell iPower X2.0 gaming PC

Packard Bell iPower X2.0 gaming PC

It subscribes to the "built like a shuttle-bay door" school of design, but look past the vents and bulges and Packard Bell's iPower X2.0 gaming PC should be pretty impressive.  While various levels of spec exist, the only one we're really interested in is the top-end, Intel Core 2 Quad machine: 8GB of RAM, a healthy 3TB of storage and Asustek watercooling.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 39 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 39 2008

Netbooks made their typical strong showing this week, with ASUS announcing their intention to put 3G HSUPA into the Eee PC 901.  Meanwhile their N10 was reviewed and deemed the first netbook "suitable for serious gaming", a promising title indeed.  Lenovo's S10 also hit reviewers' benches, making a strong - if at times warm - case for the smallest IdeaPad, while Packard Bell unveiled their 'dot', targeted much more at the budget end of the scale.  They'll have a fight on their hands, though; SlashGear reviewed the Acer Aspire One this week too, and when it comes to value for money it's a tough one to beat.

Arguably the biggest news of the week, however, has been T-Mobile's G1 - the first Android-based handset to be officially announced.  Our sister-site AndroidCommunity.com ran a Live Blog of the whole event (and gave away a G1 to one lucky forum member), and we've got the photo galleries and hands-on video to show for it.

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Packard Bell ‘dot’ netbook announced

Packard Bell ‘dot’ netbook announced

Packard Bell are the latest to weigh into the netbook arena, with the "dot" [pdf link].  Packing the usual combination of Intel's 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM and an 8.9-inch display running at 1024 x 600, the only real area of mild interest is the 160GB hard-drive which is perhaps a little larger than the norm.

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