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Intel’s Next Unit of Computing to cost around $400

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing to cost around $400

Intel seems to be dabbling in a few different areas right now. The company has the desktop and laptop market locked down pretty tight, and is now attempting to breach the mobile space with Medfield, and may be looking to target miniature computers and HTPCs next. Back in April the company unveiled its “Next Unit of Computing” box, which packed a Sandy Bridge chip, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB all into a 10cm by 10cm box, and now rough pricing has been revealed.

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Dell updates Inspiron 15R and 17R

Dell updates Inspiron 15R and 17R

In addition to the Inspiron 14z, Dell has unveiled two other Inspiron models, the 15R and 17R. The R is designed to bring a bit of a performance boost over the standard offerings, although the base models of both laptops still feature Sandy Bridge processors (Ivy Bridge upgrades are available). They’re certainly heavy, with the lightest laptop coming in at 6.05 lbs, but the prices are low too, with the 15R starting from $549.99 and the 17R starting at $599.99.

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Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook ships June 19th from $699.99

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook ships June 19th from $699.99

Dell has today announced a new Ultrabook in its lineup, the Inspiron 14z. Dell is hoping that the budget offerings will entice students, and the design has been tweaked to add some more supple curves. If you’re hoping to find Ivy Bridge lurking beneath the chassis, you’ll be in for a disappointment: the Ultrabook comes equipped with a ULV Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor, although Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge upgrades are available.

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Samsung Series 7 Slate PC hands-on

Samsung Series 7 Slate PC hands-on

Samsung’s final trick for Computex is the return of the classic slate tablet. In this case it’s the Series 7 Slate PC, a revamped version of the slate of old, this time running Windows 8. It makes use of Intel’s Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, which means you’ll be getting the full Windows 8 experience and not just Windows RT. As you’d imagine, there’s full touch screen support, and you can mix things up with a digitizer pen or Bluetooth keyboard.

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Lenovo announces IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge

Lenovo announces IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge

The avalanche of news for Intel's newest Core series of processors has truly begun, and Ultrabooks are up next. Lenovo has announced updates for their consumer IdeaPad line with the 13-inch U310 and 14-inch U410, both scheduled to go on sale today in worldwide markets and later this month in the U.S. and U.K. both notebooks keep the, well, "notebook" style of the previous high-end entries in the IdeaPad line, but bring the prices down considerably lower than other Ultrabooks.

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Intel Next Unit of Computing packs palm-sized power

Intel Next Unit of Computing packs palm-sized power

Intel could take on Raspberry Pi and compact set-top boxes with a new, budget PC, the NUC or "Next Unit of Computing," set to launch in the second half of 2012. Dressed in a 10 x 10 cm demo box, the NUC is a full Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge computer complete with Thunderbolt, HDMI and USB connectivity, Sweclockers reports, while inside there's a pair of laptop memory slots and a pair of mini PCIe headers.

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Fujitsu refreshes LIFEBOOK laptops with Sandy Bridge

Fujitsu refreshes LIFEBOOK laptops with Sandy Bridge

Intel is poised to launch its desktop and laptop Ivy Bridge processor shortly, but Fujitsu is content not chasing the latest and greatest. The company has refreshed two of its laptops using mobile Sandy Bridge processors, the 15-inch LIFEBOOK AH532 and 14-inch LIFEBOOK LH532. The designs of both laptops have alos been refreshed, with the AH532 seeing a chiclet-style keyboard, and the LH532 gaining a soft touch finish and integrated touchpad into the palmrest.

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Sandy Bridge based Chromebook demoed at IDF Beijing

Sandy Bridge based Chromebook demoed at IDF Beijing

While the Chromebook hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google expected it to, OEMs are still working on them. Samsung demoed a Chromebook at this year's IDF in Beijing that would have an “instant on” boot thanks to new Coreboot code, a Linux-based BIOS replacement that talks to the computers hardware. Why does Coreboot sound so familiar? Just last week there was news that Google added code to Coreboot for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processor support. Is that what was on display at IDF?

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Ivy Bridge chipset detailed: native USB 3.0 and faster PCIe

Ivy Bridge chipset detailed: native USB 3.0 and faster PCIe

Intel will be releasing its next iteration of CPUs, codenamed Ivy Bridge, in the coming weeks. While the CPUs won’t be available to purchase for another three weeks, Anandtech has had some hands-on time detailing the improvements and new features of the Ivy Bridge chipset on various motherboards. If you’re looking for performance reviews, you’ll have to hold on a little longer, but there are some interesting tidbits to note from the chipset.

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