Friday, April 16, 2010

Portable computer: Fujitsu introduces the Lifebook MH330 mini-notebook

The maker Fujitsu continues introducing new models of its Lifebook notebooks line. This time, the company has revealed to the public (and media) the Lifebook MH330 mini-notebook, which is a new netbook model that was just unveiled in Asia.

This mini-notebook includes some interesting features: It has a thickness of 18.5 millimeters at the front side and 24.5mm at the back side. Its processor is an Atom N450 at 1.66GHz, similar to other Lifebook models previously marketed by the company.

The Lifebook MH330 has a 250-Gigabyte hard drive, a 10.1-inch WSVGA screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, LED-backlit system with 400:1 contrast ratio, stereo built-in speakers, and 5-in-1 card reader.

Other features include 1GB of RAM memory, a very strong and robust keyboard, and a weight of just 1.1kg (2.4 pounds). Regarding the connectivity capabilities of the netbook, it supports the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n standard and Bluetooth 2.1. Fujitsu has launched this computer without a CD/DVD reader/writer in order to reduce the weight but the system includes a software to read shared DVD discs, which will allow you to use an optical disc drive via a wireless connection with other computers.

Will Apple launch a new 27-inch LED monitor and an updated Mac Pro?

Rumors come and go all the time about Apple and its products. This time, some news are appearing regarding a possibility: Apparently, the Cupertino company would be preparing the launch of new 27-inch LED Cinema Displays and, besides that, an update in its Mac Pro line.

As for the displays, there won’t be changes (technologically speaking) because, according to some reports, the new displays will be similar to the 24-inch ones that currently exist in the market, which were introduced in October 2008.

With this, the company would pretend to introduce another additional screen with similar size to the 27-inch iMacs that have had a successful reception. This thinking is really logic, so the introduction of a device with these characteristics to generate some additional money for Jobs and his company is not an unrealistic plan, but rather a reasonable move.

But why now and not before? Well, a possible reason is that Apple would have been waiting for a fall in the high price of LCD panels that support a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, but apparently, the new products are being developed since a long time ago.

On the other hand, regarding the Mac Pro computers, the updates are related to the use of Intel Xeon Processors: The Xeon 5600 Series (12 cores) will be used in new Mac Pro models, while another version will be using a single processor model, with only six cores and a lower price.

Mini computer Sony Vaio M: It will be launched at the end of March in Europe

The new Sony Vaio M will hit the European stores at the end of March. That is a new medium-end netbook whose price has not been revealed yet; however, we think that, as usual with the Vaio lines, the price will be higher than the average prices of other netbooks. The launch was confirmed by some British representatives of the company Sony. The Sony Vaio M will be introduced as a computer with a 10.1-inch screen and a battery that will be able to provide energy during about 8 hours before needing a recharge.

Screen will be LED-illuminated (of course!) and, although at this time we don’t know what resolutions it will support, judging by the size of the monitor, it is very possible that the default resolution will be 1024 x 600 pixels. Once again, a Pine Trail chip will be the heart of the processor for this new netbook. Specifically, we are talking about the Intel Atom N450 at 1.66GHz.

As you can imagine, the operating system of the Sony Vaio M will be Windows 7. The storage capacity is defined by the 2.5-inch hard drive that will be installed by default inside the Sony Vaio M; that is to say: 250GB. In addition, those netbooks will have a single RAM module (pre-installed) with a capacity of 1GB (at least it will be the standard feature for the basic version).

Regarding connectors, there is no surprises; just the regular things of a normal computer. This new Sony Vaio M will come with Bluetooth support (a “must-have” feature nowadays), three USB 2.0 ports, and network card compatible with Wi-Fi systems.