All eyes may be on the iPhone 4 right now (or, more accurately, on its chubby little signal strength meter and whereabouts your fingers are in relation to the antenna) but that doesn't mean we'll bypass a good Mac Pro rumor. According to one of Hard Mac's "better sources", Apple is preparing for a Mac Pro refresh at the end of the summer, to hopefully tap into the "back to school" period. Meanwhile they'll be swiftly followed by an iMac refresh.
Getac has updated its ruggedized convertible tablet PC, the Getac V100, with a 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor. That, the company claims, is good enough for a 47-percent performance boost over the last-gen model - in no small part thanks to Turbo Boost - making it the fastest dual-core ruggedized convertible on the market (a pretty small ecosystem, they must admit).
ASUS has outed their latest Republic of Gamers motherboard, and unlike many of its predecessors the Rampage III GENE packs its punch into a much smaller area. A microATX board, the new ROG Rampage III GENE supports up to hexacore Intel Core i7-980X processors thanks to its X58 chipset, as well as USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.
So, NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology seems to be making the rounds as of late. Not that that's a bad thing at all -- we're actually glad to see the prominently dependable and fantastic tech being utilized on as many systems as possible. And with today's announcement from AVADirect, that's just another hardware manufacturer working to bring the best pieces of the market into one frame.
Acer has unveiled its latest multimedia behemoth, the Acer Aspire AS8943G Series, a range of 18.4-inch Full HD aluminum-clad monsters each packing Intel Core i7 quadcore CPUs and Dolby Home Theatre support. There's also ATI Mobility Radeon HD5850 1GB graphics and a nifty trackpad that doubles - thanks to some backlit icons - as a media controller.
Acer has announced two new sets of mainstream notebooks, with the Acer Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 offering up to Core i7 CPUs, discrete graphics and optional multitouch displays, while the new regular Aspire notebooks kick off from $429.99 and have a choice of Intel or AMD chips and integrated or discrete graphics. The AS5745 has a 15.6-inch display, Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU, while the AS7745 gets a 17.3-inch display, Core i7 CPU and ATI Radeon HD 5650 GPU, Blu-ray and room for a second HDD.
Toshiba has unveiled their latest ultraportable, the Toshiba Portégé R700, and while it may look like your average thin-and-light in some key ways it's actually pretty unique. The 13.3-inch R700 - which will also go on sale as the consumer-focussed Satellite R630 - uses a new airflow cooling system that, by pulling in cool air over the hotter components, rather than pushing out hot air, means Toshiba can not only use regular Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors rather than their less-powerful ULV counterparts, but do so in a machine that stays cool to the touch.
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Lenovo has unveiled its first 3D-capable notebook, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d, complete with a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 TriDef 3D display and polarizer glasses, a choice of Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, and ATI Radeon HD 5730 1GB graphics. The TriDef 3D solution used in the IdeaPad Y560d can not only show native 3D content but create pseudo-3D graphics out of 2D images and video.
Toshiba's final batches of note notebooks may lack the 3D magic of the A665 or the glossy ultraportable scale of the T200 Series, but the new Satellite C600 Series and Satellite L Series both have affordability to recommend them. The C600 Series kicks off at under $500 with the 14-inch C645 and the 15.6-inch C655, each available with a choice of Intel or AMD processors, while the L Series includes the 13-inch L635, the 14-inch L645, the 15.6-inch L655 and the 17.3-inch L675, all with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 CPUs, or AMD Athlon II, Turion II, or Phenom II triple/quad core CPUs.
Toshiba have announced a vast bounty of new notebooks, and we're kicking off with the Toshiba Satellite A665 and the Satellite M645. The 15.6-inch A665 maxes out with an Intel Core i7-740QM processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350MB Optimus graphics, while 14-inch M645 gets its choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 chips or the new AMD Phenom II quadcore CPUs, optional GeForce 310M and GT330M with Optimus, and DDR3 memory.