2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Laptops

QCN network map of the United States

We're often surprised by the unforeseen applications that emerge when lateral thinking is applied to new technology - and this is certainly one of them. The Quake-Catcher Network aims to create the world’s largest earthquake monitoring system by linking internet-connected computers. The key to the system is its ability to take advantage of Sudden Motion Sensors or Active Protection Systems that are already found in many recently manufactured laptop computers. Day-to-day, these sensors are designed to protect the computer's hard disk from vibration, but by running specially designed networking software they become a far-reaching, low-cost solution for a seismic detection and early earthquake warning system.  Read More

The Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell has released a big brother for its Inspiron Mini 9. Perhaps aiming for the customer that thinks a 9 or 10-inch display is too small, but a full size laptop is overkill for their needs, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 features a bigger-than-your-average-Netbook 12.1-inch WXGA display, and runs on Netbook standard Intel Atom CPU. The hard drives are of the traditional platter variety in 60GB or 80GB sizes instead of the SSD drives found in the Mini 9 and the Mini 12 comes with 1GB of RAM, a built-in webcam and Windows Vista Home Basic – although XP and Ubuntu variants are due by year’s end.  Read More

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

ExpressCard brings high-bandwidth (2.5Gbps) PCI Express connectivity to laptops, and allows you to connect a range of audio interfaces, hard drives, wireless broadband modems, and (if you buy an adapter) FireWire 800/eSATA devices. So far, three manufacturers have managed to squeeze an ExpressCard/34 port into their 9/10" netbooks, opening up a range of possibilities for the road warrior.  Read More

The FireWire 400 connector

October 22, 2008 For those of you hoping Apple's October notebook event would see the announcement of a recession-priced, sub-12" MacBook, the new MacBooks might have already been a little disappointing. For others, the lack of a single port has completely killed the MacBook, and crippled the MacBook Pro when compared to previous generations. Gizmag's Tim Hanlon takes a closer look.  Read More

New privacy screen for Dell Latitude E6400

Wide angle viewing attributes are a plus for flat screen TV's, but sometimes the opposite can be said for laptop computers, especially for road warriors working on planes and trains who might prefer that the information they are viewing isn't visible to the person sitting next to them. Dell has announced a software based solution to this problem as an option on its semi-rugged Latitude E6400 model.  Read More

solargorilla portable laptop charger

The solargorilla is a portable power solution for laptops and other electronic devices from UK based Powertraveller that provides an off-the-grid recharging option wherever the sun is shining. Able to work as a stand-alone device or in conjunction with the company's more conventional powergorilla portable charger, the clam-shell design solargorilla is geared for outdoor use with its durable, water-resistant, rubberized casing and a design that allows it to be attached to vehicle or tent.  Read More

Samsung’s X360 - the world’s lightest 13.3-inch laptop

With Apple’s Macbook Air firmly in its sights, Samsung was showing off the new X360 laptop at IFA in Berlin and touting the new model as, “fully featured and lighter than air”. Both claims turn out to be true with the X360 claiming the title of the world’s lightest 13.3-inch laptop coming in at just 2.8lb, (1.27kg), which is just under the Macbook Air’s 3lbs, (1.36kg), while featuring 3 USB ports, HDMI and VGA out, ExpressCard/34 slot, a 7-in-1 memory card reader, Ethernet socket and a 128GB SSD.  Read More

The HP EliteBook 2530p

The release of new ultra-portable laptop computers continues unabated with HP’s introduction of three ultra-portable laptops designed to lighten the load for business travelers, including an ultra-thin, convertible tablet, a budget unit and HP’s smallest and lightest laptop with a built-in optical drive.  Read More

Dell's new Latitude range

Dell’s new line of Latitude laptops provides something for just about every business scenario - from high performance users looking for a desktop replacement to road warriors looking for an ultra portable or, for those whose laptops cop a bit of abuse, a semi-rugged laptop. The range includes the lightest ultra-portable in the company’s history and for the first time Dell will offer colors on the new Latitude laptops, which feature full-frame magnesium alloy construction and all-metal hinges.  Read More

Lenovo ThinkPad W700

Lenovo’s $2,978 ThinkPad W700 will be available in September, offering consumers a high performance mobile workstation with a great capacity for graphic design and digital content creation. The laptop incorporates a built-in digitizer and color calibrator, NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB graphics, the Intel Centrino 2 processor, dual hard drives with RAID configuration, up to 8 GB of memory, wireless connectivity, and an optional Blu-Ray DVD player.  Read More

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