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Product News: The latest solid-state notebooks for the week commencing 1st October, 2008

Product News: The latest solid-state notebooks for the week commencing 1st October, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

An upgrade over Lenovo’s previous X300 solid-state drive (SSD) notebook, the new X301 has a 13.3-inch LED back-lit screen and comes with either a 64GB or 128GB SSD or HDD. With no moving parts, SSD technology offers greater shock resistance as well as better energy efficiency, and also lowers the weight of the system and gives users a faster boot time, Lenovo claims. Featuring an optical drive, the X301 also has a full-sized keyboard, a Web cam and dual cursor controls. The notebook is 0.9-inch thick and weighs 1.42kg. It is based on an Intel 1.4GHz SU9400 processor, which has been designed to be physically smaller than other chips in its class and reduces power consumption and heat output to a minimum. Other features include Wi-Fi a/g/n connectivity, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and GPS capabilities. Exterior connections on the X301 include three USB slots, a microphone/speaker port, VGA-out, DisplayPort and Ethernet. The X301 comes with Windows Vista business and features a range of Lenovo productivity software and McAfee VirusScan Plus.

Distributed by Ingram Micro, Synnex, Cellnet and Dicker Data.

RRP $3699


Toshiba Portégé R500 128 SSD 3G

The lightweight Toshiba Portégé R500 128 solid-state drive (SSD) 3G notebook weighs as little as 887g and comes with a DVD SuperMulti drive. The R500 incorporates SSD capacity of 128GB in place of a mechanical hard drive, which the vendor claims results in a faster and more power-efficient user experience. Toshiba also has built the notebook to be ruggedised with enhanced reliability and durability, making it a suitable travelling companion for mobile users. The Portégé R500 series has a 12.1-inch widescreen transreflective LED back-lit display to produce better quality outdoor viewing. This model also comes with built-in 3G HSDPA for instant access to wireless broadband. The notebook also features integrated 802.11a/g/n wireless connectivity, three USB ports, one gigabit TX LAN, 1GB DDR2 memory expandable to 2GB and a six-cell battery that the vendor claims gives users eight hours runtime. Users have the option to downgrade to Windows XP Professional Media.

Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Dicker Data and BMS Technology.

RRP $3850


DreamBook Power M57T

With a black-and-orange finish, the DreamBook Power M57T has been designed for entertainment and gaming use. This custom configurable notebook features an Intel Core 2 Extreme 3.06GHz processor X9100, 64-bit 6M Cache 1066Mhz 45nm and has a 17-inch widescreen WUXGA+ (1920x1200) TFT screen. It runs off an Nvidia GeForce Go 9800M GT 512MB PCI Express graphics card and 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 RAM and uses a 128GB solid-state disk SATA II hard drive. Other features include a fingerprint reader, Kensington lock and BIOS password for extra security and Intel Wi-Fi link 5300 802.11 b/g/n for wireless connectivity. Users also get a 7-in-1 card reader supporting MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/ MMC and RSMMC formats. The notebook comes running Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, and for entertainment offers users a DVD and Blu-ray drive, TV tuner and Web cam. The DreamBook Power also features an express card slot, three USB ports with an eSATA port and HDMI output options.

Distributed by Pioneer.

RRP $5249


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