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ASUS Eee PC Karim Rashid Collection & U-Series Bamboo notebooks live

ASUS Eee PC Karim Rashid Collection & U-Series Bamboo notebooks live

Looking for a bright pink or bamboo notebook?  ASUS have got your back either way, unveiling both a netbook collaboration with designer Karim Rashid and a U-Series notebook with real bamboo in the casing.  The ASUS Eee PC 1008P Seashell Karim Rashid Collection is the more eye-catching of the pair, thanks to a diamond-textured (and vivid pink) shell that's supposed to create the illusion of moving light, while the ASUS U Series Bamboo uses a plastic-injected bamboo material cladding Intel 32nm Arrandale CPUs and USB 3.0 connectivity.

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HP multitouch TouchSmart tm2 notebook & Mini 5102 netbook debut, plus N450-based Mini 210/2102

HP multitouch TouchSmart tm2 notebook & Mini 5102 netbook debut, plus N450-based Mini 210/2102

HP have outed their latest notebooks and netbooks at CES 2010, and like we've seen from other manufacturers the theme seems to be touch-sensitivity.  Biggest is the HP TouchSmart tm2, a convertible tablet PC which replaces the company's tx2, with a 12.1-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor and optional ATI Mobility Radeon GPU.  However there's also a 10.1-inch Atom N450 netbook, the HP Mini 5102, which has a multitouch-touchscreen option of its own.

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HP leak tips Pine Trail Mini 210 netbooks; Pavilion dv4i ultraportable; Core i5/i7 Elite desktops

HP leak tips Pine Trail Mini 210 netbooks; Pavilion dv4i ultraportable; Core i5/i7 Elite desktops

CES 2010 doesn't kick off until mid-week, but some of HP's new products have seemingly leaked ahead of time.  Several desktops, notebooks and netbooks have been prematurely unveiled, complete with partial specifications and pricing, including a Pine Trail netbook, the HP Mini 210 HD Edition, and a 14-inch ultraportable, the HP Pavilion dv4i.  As for the desktops, Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors make appearances in multiple HP Pavilion Elite HPE machines.

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Acer Aspire One AO532h $300 netbook gets Atom N450

Acer Aspire One AO532h $300 netbook gets Atom N450

Acer have announced their latest netbook, the Aspire One AO532h, and as you'd expect it's based on Intel's new Pine Trail processor.  The AO532h has a 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU, 10.1-inch WSVGA display and 1GB of RAM, along with a 160GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g/n.  According to Acer, it can run for up to 10 hours on the high-density 5,600mAh 6-cell battery (or 8 hours on the regular, 4,400mAh pack).

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NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA haven't held back recently with their Ion 2 news, but it's good to see the company reconfirming their plans to launch a Pine Trail-compatible version of the graphics chipset and attach a date to its roll-out.  As we heard before, the new Ion 2 for Intel Pine Trail will be a standalone GPU rather than the combined Northbridge/GPU chipset as offered for the current Intel Atom models, and it's arriving in Q1 2010.

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Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 netbook latest on the Pine Trail train

Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 netbook latest on the Pine Trail train

We were less than impressed with Fujitsu's first attempt at a netbook, the Atom N270-based Amilo Mini Ui 3520, and so we're hoping the company makes a stronger showing with their Atom N450-powered Fujitsu LifeBook MH380.  The MH380 has a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 display, a 250GB hard-drive and 1GB of memory, as well as Intel's newest Pine Trail 1.66GHz processor.

The 2.97lb netbook is also said to manage up to 7hrs of runtime with its standard 6-cell battery, and we're glad to see Fujitsu have made both WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth standard.

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