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Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony has unveiled its latest performance ultraportable, the Sony VAIO Z Series, tipping the scales at under 1.2kg but still offering - thanks to a docking station that uses the same Intel Thunderbolt connection technology as Apple recently adopted - solid graphics performance with an external video card. The new 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 notebook runs up to a Core i7-2620M 2.7GHz processor paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 256GB SSD, while the Sony Power Media Dock VGP-PRZ20C/VGP-PRZ20A packs an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory, a choice of DVD or Blu-ray drives, and support for a further two simultaneous monitors.

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General Dynamic GD2000 rugged ultra-mobile notebook can survive harsh conditions

General Dynamic GD2000 rugged ultra-mobile notebook can survive harsh conditions

General Dynamics has been offering the Itronix line of rugged and ultra-mobile notebooks for a long time. In fact, the latest version called the GD2000 looks almost just like the MR-1 from back in 2008. The hardware under the hood is different though. The new GD2000 makes use of an Intel Celeron M ULV722 processor running at 1.2GHz and sporting an 800MHz FSB. The machine has 2GB of DDR3 RAM plugged into a MicroDIMM slot. The video card can use up to 256MB of that RAM.

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Black MacBook Air Got Scrapped

Black MacBook Air Got Scrapped

The imminent launch of the next-generation MacBook Airs brought along new rumors, one of which was that the ultraportable notebooks would be available in a premium black finish. MacRumors had first reported on the rumor after it received the tip from several sources. But today, it looks like the black version never made the cut.

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Computex 2011: Day One Wrap-Up

Computex 2011: Day One Wrap-Up

Hard to believe it, given the torrent of tech yesterday, but Computex 2011 only really kicked off properly in Taipei this morning. Intel delivered the biggest keynote, announcing its Ultrabook platform which, the chip giant hopes, will supplant generic ultraportables and grab 40-percent of the market by the end of next year. Sandy Bridge and, in 2012, Ivy Bridge processors will be inside, with slick sub-0.9-inch chassis and price tags under $1k on the outside. Read on for the rest of our Computex day one wrap-up.

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Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel isn't willing to let ARM grab all the ultraportable mindshare, and the chip behemoth has obviously decided that some judicious rebranding is what's needed. At Computex 2011 day one, Intel announced its new Ultrabook segment, initially using second-gen Sandy Bridge Core processors (before graduating to 22nm Ivy Bridge chips in early 2012) in sub-0.8-inch thick chassis and with "mainstream price points" that come in under $1,000. Intel expects Ultrabooks to account for 40-percent of consumer laptop sales by the end of 2012, with the first models on the market in time for the 2011 holiday season.

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Computex 2011: Day Zero Wrap-Up

Computex 2011: Day Zero Wrap-Up

Did you dream about a hybrid smartphone/tablet? It's only morning in North America, but already the Computex 2011 pre-show presentations have been and gone, ahead of the show-proper opening on Tuesday. There's plenty to see, too, with the East Asian companies bringing out their take on tablets and attempting to find a gap in the iPad's armor, among other things. Read on for the full SlashGear Computex Day Zero wrap-up.

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