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17 Inch MacBook Pro, Toshiba Matsushita Display is 3D, NEC CRVD Display, Sony Vaio P

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So, Macworld was earlier today and it's already finished. I didn't get to watch it, since it was live while i was at school, but i read some information about it. It seems to me that this was the most interesting news that was said during the keynote. As the title of the blog post says, this notebook will have a screen measuring 17 inches. This MacBook Pro will be available at the end of this month. It will be under an inch thick and will weigh about 6.6 pounds. Apple claims that this is the "thinnest and lightest 17' notebook on the market." The battery life has incredibly improved since it's last model, although it is non-removable. This battery will last you "7 hours with discrete graphics, 8 hours with integrated graphics." and will last around 1000 recharges. Apparently, this is 3 times more than the average notebook. The screen will have a resolution of 1920x1200 and will have "an impressive 700:1 contrast ratio and 60% greater color gamut than the last 17-inch display. There is an optional anti-glare coating that you can add on for another $50 USD. As you may have noticed, i haven't mentioned the base price of the system yet. But, i think now would be a good time. Actually, no, not after some more specifications. This notebook will have a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, a 320 GB hard drive and your choice of either the Nvidia GeForce 9400M or the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT. Finally, the price? A whopping, $2,799 USD. The specs were pretty good for an Apple notebook, but the price is very Apple-like. Time to save up money for this, no?

Toshiba is currently working on the Matsushita Display, which will be capable of projecting 3D, without the need of those awkward glasses. This will be shown at this year's CES. These displays will be capable of showing 2D and 3D on the same screen and in high resolution. They are "adapting a 3D film for use with 3- and 9-inch displays." These displays will run a new technology called OCB (Optically Compensated Bend) in their LCD's. Interesting Stuff. I'd like to see Killzone 2 / Starcraft 2 in 3D, it would be sweet.

NEC is going to be hitting the market by storm with this 42.8 inch slightly curved screen. The display will weigh around 45 pounds, but will have an amazing 2880 x 900 resolution with under a 0.02 ms response time, which is an excellent thing. It's also more than double the price of the new 17 inch MacBook Pro, that i just finished talking about. You thought $2,799 was a lot? This monitor, dubbed the name NEC CRVD, will cost you $6,499 when it ships in April.

Remember that Sony Vaio netbook that i've talked about before? Well, here's a picture of what it looks like. Engadget mentions that this picture was taken off of the display monitors at CES. Apparently, it has a tiny keyboard and a tiny pointing nub. We'll have to wait until CES this weekend to know more information on this netbook.

17 inch MacBook Pro: http://i.gizmodo.com/5124514/17+inch-macbook-pro-is-unibody-2799
17 inch MacBook Pro picture: http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/01/06/17.inch.unibody.mbp/
Toshiba Matsushita Display, 3D: http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/toshiba-matsushita-display-teases-handheld-high-res-no-glasses/
NEC CRVD Display (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/video-nec-crvd-display-hands-on/
Sony Vaio P (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/sonys-vaio-p-ultraportable-revealed/

The MacBook Wheel, More From Logitech's G-Series, HTC S743, Motorola A3100

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So, last night, i slept right after my last blog post. This morning i woke up at 6:15 a.m. and i showered at 6:30 a.m. I got to school at 8:30 and after the announcements, our Religion teacher talked about Semester 2. Apparently, in Semester 2, the "late rule" will be more enforced. You can even get suspended. This is good news because i can tell my mom this and she might even let me use the car to get to school, now that i have my G2. Anyways, i had a boring Religion and Advanced Functions class this morning. So, let's move on.

The Onion has created a MacBook Wheel Parody. It's a video on the new, but fictional, MacBook Wheel which will be 'hitting shelves' in 3 to 15 months. It's a really funny video and i don't want to spoil it for you. So, you can watch it for yourselves. The video is below, courtesy of tuaw.com.

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

On the left side (from left to right) is a picture showing the "G13, G19 keyboard, G9x mouse, [and the] G35 headset." After releasing the G13 gameboard recently, they are now announcing 3 more releases to the G-Series. The upcoming G19 keyboard will have a small LCD screen with a resolution of 320x240. The keyboard will also have 12 keys that can be programmed for 3 macros each. This keyboard is scheduled to be released in March for $200 USD. It will support both Mac and Windows. The G9x mouse is said to be an update to the previously released G9 mouse. It will be able to track up to 5,000 DPI and will even have customizable cover plates and adjustable weight. You can even change the LED colours. Unfortunately, the G9x's "full feature set will be available only to Windows." Sorry Mac users. This is scheduled to be released in April for $100 USD. Last, but not least, the G35 headset. This headset will produce 7.1-channel surround sound. It "should ship in March for $130" USD.

HTC is releasing the S743 to US markets now. This phone, unlike most of HTC products, will be non-touchscreen. But, it does have a couple of good features. It has a 2.4 inch screen and has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, they took the 3G out of the phone and replaced it with "HSDPA 850 / 1900 for North American use." Okay, maybe the phone's specs are pretty bad. If you still want this, you should look out for it this quarter. I prefer HTC's touchscreen phones, as they tend to be excellent.

Meet the Motorola A3100. This is a touchscreen phone that will have "integrated Wi-Fi, a 3-megapixel camera with a secondary VGA shooter, Google Maps, Bluetooth" and a bunch of the regular stuff that all other phones have. It will run on a "Windows mobile OS that will allow users to customize the UI with widgets." It will hit China first and there are actually no plans on releasing this on US markets right now.

MacBook Wheel Parody (and video): http://www.tuaw.com/2009/01/06/the-onion-creates-macbook-wheel-parody/
Logitech G-Series (and picture): http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/01/06/logitech.g19.g35.g9x/
HTC S743 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/htc-not-done-with-non-touchscreens-yet-brings-s743-to-us-market/
Motorola A3100 (and picture): http://ces.cnet.com/8301-19167_1-10131981-100.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

HP: Quad-Core Firebird, Pavilion dv2 and Pavilion dv3

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Today (Tuesday), HP has confirmed the new HP Firebird. For the price tag of $1,799 USD, you get "an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU, twin NVIDIA GeForce 9800S graphics cards in an SLI configuration, ... 320GB hard drives (two of 'em) and an advanced thermal management system to keep things cool, calm, collected and quiet." The Firebird will be released on January 9 from Voodoo. If you want to wait a little bit, it will be released to retailers on February 1st. Let's back-track a little bit. I mentioned that the graphics cards will have an SLI configuration. So what exactly does that mean? Well, SLI stands for Scalable Link Interface and this is, basically, when you link 2 graphics cards together to make one single output. In the end, this will free the graphics load off of your CPU. Moving along.

This week's CES we will see this new notebook from HP, the Pavilion dv2. It will be on "AMD's new Neo platform." This 12.1 inch notebook will weigh in at around 3.8 pounds and will have "a 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 processor." This laptop is loaded. For $699 USD, you get: "Bluetooth, HDMI-out, an integrated webcam and 3.5 to 4-hours of battery." This laptop is upgradeable for: up to 4GB of memory and 500GB of space, optional 802.11n Wi-Fi and WWAN support, which is short for Wireless Wide Area Network. For $899 USD you can configure it with "ATI Radeon HD3410 discrete graphics and an external Blu-ray player." Quite a bunch of stuff in this notebook. Did i mention that it is less than an inch thick? Wow. Looks like a beauty and it even has some designs to the left of the touchpad.

This HP Pavilion dv3 is actually out today, so if i talk about it and you want it so bad, go and get it. So anyways, the HP Pavilion dv3 is AMD-powered and has a wide range of specifications. The dv3 will have "WiFi / Bluetooth, a dual-layer DVD burner, gigabit Ethernet, an ExpressCard slot and a satisfactory array of ports including three USB 2.0 sockets, VGA, HDMI, eSATA combo and audio in / out." You can choose from a "2GHz (Athlon X2 QL-62) to 2.4 GHz (Turion X2 Ultra ZM-86) ... up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, 160/250/320/400GB hard drive choices." I'll end it off by saying that this laptop has an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card and starts at a price of $799 USD.

HP Quad-Core Firebird (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/hp-officially-launches-firebird-with-voodoo-dna/
HP Pavilion dv2 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/hps-12-1-inch-pavilion-dv2-dont-call-it-a-netbook/
HP Pavilion dv3 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/06/hp-greets-us-with-13-3-inch-pavilion-dv3-entertainment-laptop/