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MSI U270 And X370

Posted by Alan at 8:31 PM on January 7, 2011

MSI is showing off their new laptops today at CES.  The U270 and X370.  Boasting outstanding performance and comfortable-sized screens, these thin, slim, power-sipping laptops are the ideal choice for on-the-go individuals, because you can use them all day without worrying that they will run out of energy before you do.

Both the U270 and X370 pack an AMD landmark dual core E-350 processor which incorporates the AMD Radeon HD 6310 Discrete-Class Graphics chip which supports DirectX 11.

The Wind U270 comes with a 12-inch 16:9 ratio display and is less than 1 inch thick.  It comes with MSI’s own ECO power-saving design which allows the battery to last more than twice as long as those in conventional notebooks.

The X370 has similar stats, but despite having a larger screen, comes in at just slightly less in weight.

There are no specific stats available yet, such as processor, RAM, or hard drive size, and no pricing or dates either.  But MSI has become something of a cult favorite in the industry thanks to their solid netbooks.  So I expect these to be reasonably prices and good competitors in the industry.

Verizon And HP Introduce 4G Notebooks

Posted by Alan at 7:54 PM on January 6, 2011

Today Verizon partnered with HP to announce their new 4G LTE laptops – HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr Notebook PC and the Compaq CQ10-688nr.  They are claiming that customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband (LTE) coverage areas.

The Compaq CQ10-688 will offer a 10.1 screen, an Intel Atom N455 CPU, digital card reader, webcam (undisclosed resolution), and a veriety of connection options (presumably USB and HDMI).  It also boasts an 8.5 hour battery life.

The HP Pavilion dm1-3010 comes with an 11.6 inch screen, HP CoolSense technology (which they claim “combines advanced hardware and intelligent cooling software for a notebook that feels noticeably cooler”), a 1080p display, a 320 GB hard drive, digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby sound, GPS, and battery life of a stunning 9.5 hours.

Both the HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr and Compaq CQ10-688nr can be turned into mobile hotspots to allow other WiFi enabled devices to connect to their integrated “Internet Connection Sharing application”.

Like many things on display at CES there is no pricing or release date as of yet.  The HP certainly grabs a lot more attention than the Compaq, which seems completely average except for it’s LTE connectivity.  The HP is the real powerhouse here, but it’s likely there will be a noticeable price difference.  I don’t expect it to be too long before these are on the market – my guess would be mid-2011, but that’s just a guess.