You've probably heard of the new Optimus OLED Keyboard from a famous Russian designer. Yeap, they came up with a sleek looking Mus2 mouse from Art Lebedev's studio. It's a two button mouse with a left and right-click button in vertical alignment. Mus2 does look like a mouse pointer in an operating system. It comes with a USB reeiver and it works for both Mac and Windows. Something fancy to be added on your table.
Sony and NEC has officially signed an agreement which would merge both of their optical drive businesses. With an agreement between Sony and NEC, each company will hold 55 / 45 percent respectively. The company would be named Sony NEC Optiarc Inc. and will be beginning to manufacture merged optical drives this spring.
Although it is known that Sony are supporters of the Blu-ray DVD format and the NEC supports the HD DVD format, they may both end up releasing optical drives that support both of them. So, lets see another great DVD drive out soon.
Dell just launched its latest Dell E1504 laptop, that looks similar to Inspiron 9400 or the latest E1705. This is probably a 15 inch version of the latest Core Duo line of theirs. The E1505 can be customised to the specs of up to a 2.0GHz Core Duo, Windows Media Center Edition 2005, 2GB of DD2 SDRAM, 15.4 inch WSXGA (1680 x 1050) display, 120GB drive and dual layer DVD burner. Not sure when will it come out, but look out for it.
HP just released its latest HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 Media Center PC. It comes preinstalled with Windows Media Center Edition, runs on a 3.0ghz Pentium 4, 512MB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, nVidia GeForce 6600 video card. ATI HD ATSC OTA and dual analog tuners, dual layer DVD-RW burner with lightscribe. At $1000, it is definately cheaper than the predecessor, the z555. It already comes with a Media Center Edition Update Rollout 2 and offers quieter performance. Expect this product to hit the shores soon.
The Shuttle X100 mini desktop PC is a small PC that works even better than a laptop. It's small, but small enough to fit a Intel Core Duo mobile processor, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics and a DVI-out, along with a SPDIF multichannel digital audio. It does have 250GB of hard disk space and 512MB of RAM. Even so, it reads most memory cards and has plenty of Firewire and USB connectivity. It is unsure when will this PC be launched.
Matrix Extio F1400 is a top end remote compter that allows connectivity of four monitors, a keyboard and a mouse to be seperated from their host computer by 820 feet of fiber-optic cable. It's a great idea to use your computer in the comfort of your home without being there. This would definately be advantageous to those who prefer the cosy and quiet surroundings of a house, rather than being in a noisy datacenter with whirling fans and the heat produced by a workstation. Expect them to be available in the 2nd quarter this year.
Shortly after the release of the Qosmio G30, Toshiba has launched their new Qosmio G35-AV600 in the recent CES. It still runs on a Intel Core Duo, with a nice 1440 x 900 widescreen, bundled with nVidia GeForce Go 7300 graphics, dual SATA drives, dual layer DVD writer, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, media adapter and all the rest. However, the latest newbies includes a 1-bit digital amplifier, Dolby Home Theater certification and harmon/kardon's Bass Reflex Speaker technology. The estimated retail price is about $2,399.
Lenovo has launched its Lenovo-branded laptops and desktops to target small businesses and sell at significantly lower than the company's IBM labeled products. The desktops will start at $349 and the laptops will sell for $500. This isn't really a good way on earning a good profit as anything that runs on budget spells small revenue. That's probably why IBM stopped doing that in years.