What's New: the latest products for the week commencing December 5, 2007

What's New: the latest products for the week commencing December 5, 2007

Asus Eee PC

Eee stands for "Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play", and is Asus' new laptop designed around Internet applications. The machine features a 7-inch screen, runs off an Intel CPU and 512MB of RAM and is based on a Linux operating system. The hard drive typically found in notebooks has been replaced with a 4GB flash hard drive. Designed as a very low cost and highly portable computer, the Eee PC includes Internet capabilities and an in-built camera to add to its appeal for school and travel purposes. The Eee PC is lightweight (less than 1kg), and offers industry standard connectivity. Users may opt for Windows Vista or XP.

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RRP: $499


The LG A1-P.AB20A ultralight machine weighs 1kg with a standard battery and has a 10.6-inch WXGA Fine Bright Technology screen, but offers the functionality and power of a larger notebook. With a 100GB hard drive, and Nvidia's GeForce Go 7300 graphics card, the A1 is powerful enough to run multimedia applications. The notebook also features Dolby Digital sound for entertainment applications and has an Intel Pro Wireless 802.11a/b/g dual hexaband antenna, gigabit Ethernet, v2.0+EDR Bluetooth and a 5-in-1 multimedia card slot. The A1 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor U7600 running at 1.2GHz, and features the mobile Intel 945PM Express chip set. The model comes with Windows Vista Business edition.
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RRP: $3299

Panasonic CF-W5 Toughbook

The CF-W5 Toughbook is the latest in a 10-year series of field-mobile notebooks for users in mission-critical environments. For protection against the shocks and vibration of the mobile environment, the CF-W5 is factory-tested to withstand a one foot drop; it has also undergone a pressurised vibration test of up to 100kg of force (kgf). The notebook is travel friendly with an integrated DVD multi-drive, 12.1-inch anti-glare LCD, and weighs 1.2kg. Panasonic claims it is ideal for mobile professionals who demand the standard features found in larger notebooks at a decreased size and weight. With a battery life of up to 10 hours, the CF-W5 aims to be as useful on an airline tray table as it is in the boardroom. Distributed by Multimedia Technology and J Mills.
RRP: $3599

Lenovo ThinkPad X61

Lenovo claims the X61 is the smallest and lightest notebook in its class. Designed with road warriors in mind, the machine comes with an integrated pop-up antenna to increase throughput and range. The X61 features several connectivity options such as WWAN, WLAN with 802.11n technology, gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth or modem, and has a 12-hour battery life with an eight-cell standard battery and optional extended life battery. There's also 32-bit hard drive password protection and optional I/O port disablement capabilities, as well as an optional fingerprint reader. Users can disable any port on the outside of the system, from a CD/DVD drive to a USB or firewire port, to prevent information leaks to external sources.
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RRP: $3099

Toshiba Portege R500

Toshiba's new Portege notebook with optical drive features a 12- inch widescreen display and weighs under 1kg. Toshiba claims the R500's light and slim design lies in its proprietary High Density Mounting Technology. With this process, Toshiba engineers have shrunk the notebook's motherboard by 35 per cent, added a super-thin LCD screen and 7mm DVD SuperMulti drive, and reduced the weight of the notebook hinges. The notebook offers up to 12.5 hours of battery life. According to Toshiba, it can withstand everyday knocks and spills, making it a good choice for road warriors. The notebook also incorporates Toshiba's EasyGuard technology offering advanced security, system protection and connectivity.
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RRP: from $3300

Fujitsu LifeBook P1610

The LifeBook P1610 convertible tablet PC features an 8.9-inch WXGA transflective LCD. In addition, features like the touchscreen LCD and pen input capabilities provide easy navigation and make this notebook a more functional tool. The P1610 weighs just under 1kg. It has wireless connection functionality and supports 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth. Fujitsu said that to enable HSDPA, the P1610 offers a slot for a SIM card from the telecommunication's provider. The LifeBook P1610 with HSDPA is bundled with Windows Vista.
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RRP: $3099

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