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ThinkPad W700ds with secondary screen enabled.

Lenovo's W700ds has an ingeniously concealed second screen built into the lid that "pops out" via a spring loaded mechanism. There's also a laundry list of features including a built in webcam, fingerprint scanner, 5 USB ports, a FireWire port, a DisplayLink port, both VGA and DVI graphics, big bright 17" 1920x1200 display, 2 ExpressCard slots, an SD card reader, and couple of features that are rather specific to high end photography and graphics design. Gizmag's Dave Weinstein has been putting the W700ds to the test, read on for his full report.  Read More

The Panasonic Tough Book 19

Pansonic’s Toughbook 30 clamshell rugged laptop and its Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet computer have both received upgrades that include 1,000 nit LCDs, circular polarization technology and anti-glare (AG) plus anti-reflective (AR) screen treatments to enhance screen viewability as well as improved security and remote management thanks to Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology, expanded memory capabilities, 40% longer battery lives, larger capacity hard drives, and optional SSDs.  Read More

The MSI Hybrid can switch between SSD and HDD at the user's will.

The MSI U115 Hybrid notebook uses both a Solid State Disk and a Hard Disk Drive, allowing users to switch between them at will. The 1kg notebook measures 26cm by 18cm, with a 10-inch widescreen LCD display (1024x600), and supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN and Bluetooth.  Read More

Lenovo adds lightweight 16-inch Laptop

Lenovo has announced the the IdeaPad Y650, one of the thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptops available at just 5.6 pounds. The new Y650 was one of three new additions to the IdeaPad laptop lineup alongside the 15.6-inch Y550, and the 14-inch Y450. All are configurable with up to 500GB of storage space and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory.  Read More

The 2140 Notebook PC

HP's 2140 notebook PC uses a low-power Intel Atom processor, and includes integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN, a VGA webcam, and optional Bluetooth 2.0. The lightweight model will be available later this month from USD$499  Read More

ThinkPad W700ds

Lenovo has been forced to announce the ThinkPad W700ds ahead of the planned CES announcement after a page on the IBM website went live early - and if there's ever been a laptop worthy of being referred to as "the hamburger with the lot", it's this one. The 11 pound monster sports a 17-inch display and a secondary 10.5-inch display that folds out to the right - click through for the laundry list of other features.  Read More

Logitech Comfort Lapdesk

Despite the name, many of us find laptops to be an uncomfortable proposition when the situation demands that we actually have to use them on our laps. Logitech's take on tackling this problem is the new Comfort Lapdesk, a portable pad designed to keep roaming computer users comfy, whether at home, in the office or on the road.  Read More

Fujitsu Siemens GraphicsBooster

Fujitsu Siemens has announced one of the first portable external graphics cards, the GraphicsBooster. Featuring an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 graphics card with 512MB dedicated memory and DVI-I and HDMI outputs, it's enough to turn your laptop into a quad-screen-pushing, Crysis-playing beast.  Read More

Lenovo's IdeaPad S10

Netbooks are typically a "me too!" product, created by manufacturers who think their Intel Atom-based, small form factor notebook is going to stand out from the countless others, despite little to no attention being paid to the areas that could differentiate their product from the rest. Lenovo's IdeaPad S10 is a welcome deviation from the norm that's just as suited to the touring musician as it is to the couch surfer. Read on for our full review.  Read More

OLPC Give 1 Get 1 laptop program

Having already distributed more than 500,000 XO laptops in 31 countries, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) has launched its “Give 1 Get 1” program for 2008. The scheme raised more than USD$35 million in 2007 to fund the delivery of tens of thousands laptops to kids in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mongolia and Rwanda.  Read More

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