Laptops: New Offerings at Spring Computing Expos

 4 Jun 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+

For those of you who thought the iPad had killed the last of the laptops, you were wrong. This spring’s tech expos around the world are showcasing some wild and wondrous portable machines that will keep Apple from ruling the world for a couple more years. Let’s take a look at some of these little gems as we delve into the next generation of lap-capable computing starting with Gigabyte’s M2432.

Gigabyte’s M2432

One of the more interesting offerings to come out of Computex this spring is the Gigabyte M2432. It’s a laptop with some serious functionality for those on the go. It features a 14 inch LCD monitor capable of supporting resolutions up to 1,366 X 768. Internally it’s packing an Intel Core i5-2410M processor which can speed along at up to 2.49GHz. That power is coupled with Intel’s own HD Graphics 3000 unit and a memory arrangement (4GB) of DDR3 RAM.

Laptops: New

The 500GB hard drive isn’t that huge but it can read/write data at up to 7200 rpm. The computer comes standard with a DVD burner but if you want to skip the optical drive you can customize your rig with a second battery for longevity that would make a marathon runner jealous.

As far as ports go, you should be all set. The M2432 has an HDMI out for your high definition video, a VGA output for those of us who are still a little old skool, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combination port, and not one but two USB 3.0 ports.

Of course you’ll get 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 as well as Windows 7 Premium onboard.

What’s really surprising about this laptop though is the compatible dock. Gigabyte’s extra offering comes with six more USB 2.0 ports, a DVI out, and another HDMI port (in case one just isn’t enough). However, inside the dock there’s also a NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 graphics card with 1GB of RAM onboard, so you can feel free to unleash a little graphics-intensive applications once in a while (like, perhaps, your favorite first-person-shooter).

This puppy won’t be cheap, and Gigabyte has been pretty tight lipped about a timeline but, with the mobile dock thrown in, it’s almost like having a portable desktop PC instead of just a laptop—so keep your eyes peeled.

Compal’s Ultrabook

Yes, the Compal Ultrabook sounds like a really bad comic book character from the seventies, but it looks like something from outer space. This sleek and “ultra mobile” machine is a 15 inch laptop packing an Intel Core i7 under the hood. It comes with a plethora of ports as well (USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, SD card reader, etc.) and still manages to keep its girlish figure.

Compal’s Ultrabook

Compal is putting a lot of faith in its Ultrabook line, saying that it (and Windows 8, of course) may be singularly responsible for the upsurge in laptop computers next season. However, with stylish good looks and specs that can put most desktop PCs to shame, it’s no wonder the company is so excited.

The internal specs are still a little hard to come by—so keep your eyes peeled—but if Compal paid as much attention to the internals as they did to the beautiful exterior, these Ultrabooks may just be all they are cracked up to be.

ASUS Eee PC 1015PX

Netbooks aren’t dead. In fact, ASUS is set to launch a new and exciting line of little machines that run on Linux (for all you Windows haters).

ASUS Eee PC 1015PX

The flagship of the line will be the ASUS Eee PC 1015PX. It is a 10.1 inch machine which supports 1024 X 600 resolution. It comes standard with an Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor clocked at 1.66GHz. It also comes equipped with a 500GB hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 RAM.

In addition, the little case is packed full of connectivity options. It supports Bluetooth 3.0, LAN, VGA, and the ubiquitous 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

While the laptop is currently available in two configurations (the MU17 model with a 10 hour battery and the PU17 with an 11 hour battery),  if you want the Linux (Ubuntu) model you’ll have to wait just a little longer.

Check out the official Ubuntu site for more details and certification.

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