MAINGEAR's eX-L 15 notebook is eight months old, so the company has dragged it back into the lab and given it an upgrade-style polish. The new version packs the latest Core i5 and Core i7 processors, while out goes the eX-L 15's original GeForce GTX 260m graphics, to be replaced by the newer ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GPU paired with some different display resolution options.
Lenovo has announced the newest entrants to its ThinkPad range, the L Series, and according to the company they're the greenest notebooks on the market. Packing Intel Celeron, Core i3 and Core i5 processors together with either a 14-inch 16:9 display on the L412 or a 15-inch 16:9 display on the L512, the range kicks off at $649 but offers up to 8hrs of runtime.
Toshiba have announced a refresh to their Satellite notebook range, including four new models each with a multimedia bent. Top end is the Toshiba Satellite A660, with a choice of Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, a 16-inch LED-backlit 1366 x 768 display and up to 640GB HDD/8GB RAM. However there are also Satellite L670, L650 and C650 models which offer more affordable computing.
Oh, it just gets better and better. Hot on the already pretty sparking heels of the 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 comes the card we've perhaps really been waiting for, the ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870. First spotted in the wild last month, the ROG MATRIX 5870 takes ATI's new Radeon HD 5870, tickles the core GPU clock speed to 894MHz and then throws in ASUS' Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) that automatically overclocks the card depending on what it's being used for. So, ASUS reckon, you'll see an average 19-percent performance boost in FPS games set to maximum detail, or a whopping 50-percent boost to 2D graphics.
Wondering where on earth that ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 came from? Why, it's just the latest card build on ATI's new Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition video card platform, promising to be the first card capable of over 1bn pixels per second in real-world gaming. Packing a full 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 is capable of 12 times 1080p Full HD resolution by squirting out six separate Mini DisplayPort signals shared - thanks to ATI Eyefinity technology - over six separate panels.
Remember ASUS' beastly ROG overclocked Radeon HD 5870 graphics card we saw leaked a while back? The new ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 doesn't look to be quite the same card, but it's not hard to see the family resemblance: packing an overclocked 850MHz Radeon HD 5870 GPU paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the card has a full six Mini DisplayPort connectors for driving six monitors separately.
If you're in the mood for a new ASUS laptop, set aside half a day or so to go through the company's upcoming models. Notebook Review forum member - and patient soul - David grabbed ASUS' latest brochure and went to work snipping out photos and spec sheets of what's just around the corner. Many of the laptops have already been announced, or at least have some partial specifications attached, but there are some gems in there too.
Acer have outed a new line of notebooks, the Acer Aspire Ethos series, which promise slick design along with multimedia performance. Two models have been announced initially, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G and Aspire Ethos 5943G, with a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 18-inch 1920 x 1080 and 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 displays respectively, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD5000 graphics.
Spotted in the plastic back at CeBIT 2010, but with nary a sign of pricing or availability, ASUS have spilt some more details on the upcoming multitouch Eee Top ET2010AGT and its non-touchscreen ET2010AG cousin. European buyers will apparently be able to pick up either machine in early May 2010, with the ET2010AGT priced at €649 ($867) and the ET2010AG coming in at €599 ($800).
MSI's Wind12 U230 range are described by the company as netbooks, but with 12.1-inch displays we'd say they slot more into the consumer ULV segment; either way, one of the newer models, the U230-040, has shown up for a review over at TestFreaks. Based on a dual-core AMD Athlon Neo X2 processor, along with ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, MSI reckon it's a step up from the regular Intel Atom based crowd.
ASUS' next-gen all-in-ones have been spotted at CeBIT 2010 this week, lurking at the company's booth. Two new models were on show, the EeeTop ET2010PNT first tipped back in January, complete with NVIDIA Ion 3 graphics, and the EeeTop ET2010AGT with an AMD Athlon II X2 250u processor and ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics.