Mar 15 2010

MSI Pumps Out Yet Another Laptop: The GE700 Gaming System

MSI, creators of the oh-so-popular Wind line of netbooks, really likes announcing new laptops as well, and now there is another child joining the rapidly expanding family of their products.  Behold: the GE700 laptop, an enhancement over the recently announced GE600 laptop.  Specs are below, and they are pretty good:

  • Intel Core i5
  • ATI Radeon HD5730 with 1 GB VRAM
  • 17.3” “HD+” LCD
  • DDR 3 RAM (2 Slot)
  • Up to two 500 GB HDD
  • Optical Drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • HDMI Port
  • e-Sata Port
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • HD (720p) Webcam
  • 6 or 9 cell Battery
  • 7 lb (3.2 kg)
  • A Subwoofer

The GE700 also has MSI’s GPU Boost technology, to enable and disable discrete graphics, and MSI’s ECO Engine Power Saving Technology. Pricing is not out yet, but don’t be surprised if this hits the market pretty soon.  It looks as if MSI plans on giving Alienware a challenge for the gaming notebook market.

Via Engadget, MSI.

Feb 11 2010

Gaming on an iPad

When I first saw the iPad, I bet that I wasn’t the only one who initially thought, “It’s a larger iPhone.” As it turns out, that might not be such a bad thing after all.

Because the iPad OS is basically an augmented iPhone OS, any app that was available to the iPhone can be used on the iPad. Now a quick question: what type of app makes up the majority of those available online?

Games. Games are among the most downloaded and most popular apps from the App Store. As of the moment I’m writing this article, of the top ten paid apps, seven are games, of the top ten free apps, six are games, of the ten top grossing, eight are – that’s right – games.

College students were bad enough in class when it was only the iPhone with its admittedly limited screen size. But the iPad’s screen is 9.7 inches. The iPhone has a 620 MHz processor, Apple states the iPad will pack 1GHz. Faster processor and larger screen? Oh man, I don’t know what the next generation of multitouch and accelerometer based games are going to be like, but I definitely want to be there to find out.

Via The Economic Times, image via Examiner.

Feb 3 2010

Alienware’s “Gaming Netbook,” Coming Soon

Dell’s gaming wing is making a big splash into the world of netbooks with its M11x system, which was introduced at CES a couple of weeks ago.

Unfotunately, the M11x won’t be available until March 1, but Dell has decided to let people pre-order from their site. The price starts at $799 for the base configuration, which includes an Intel Pentium SU4100 1.3GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and the new nVidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card with 1GB of graphics memory. It comes running Windows 7 Home Edition on a 11.6-inch LED-backlit display, and Dell claims that the M11x will deliver “the graphics power of a 15-inch laptop in an 11-inch form factor.”

Upgrades for this baby include a beefier Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU, up to 8GB total in RAM, and larger hard drives in the 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB size, or a 256GB solid-state drive for an arm and a leg. You may think I’m joking about that last part, but historically, prices have gotten jacked up for SSD configurations.

Color choices include black or silver, and following Alienware tradition, you can choose different color options for the system’s LED lighting.

Via ZDnet.com

Nov 17 2009

Quartics Qvu Brings Netbooks and Notebooks “Beyond HD”

Quartics, Inc. is announcing a new solution designed to improve movies, gaming, and media streaming on netbooks and laptops. It’s called Qvu, and it’s designed to deliver video quality that’s “Beyond HD” while conserving power use.

Qvu is also designed to bring non-HD content up to near-HD levels. It’s already been picked up by a number of OEMs including Acer.

Most netbooks don’t have the hardware to rock HD video, but Qvu means to solve that problem, according to Quartics executive VP Derek Meyer:

“Consumers have raised the bar on the experience they want with video content. Qvu is the only solution to be created with this goal in mind. Any Netbook or Laptop enabled with Qvu will be unique in its ability to provide true enjoyment through incredible video realism and detail like never before.”

Forward Concepts president Will Strauss piped in with his own summary of Qvu:

“Netbooks are one of the hottest new product categories. But they have lacked an ability to deliver an immersive video experience – until now. Solutions such as Qvu from Quartics help fulfill the promise of Netbooks and other portable products as a dynamic platform for the consumption of video from any source. This can only increase their appeal to consumers, and holds the potential to further grow Netbook and ultraportable device markets.”

It will be incredibly exciting to see where this new technology goes and to see how it is implemented in netbooks.

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