Seeing those distorted videos and blank screens on your MacBook Pro? It’s not your fault. Rather, it appears to be because of a problem with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M graphics chip that is embedded on the notebook. Following a class action lawsuit filed against NVIDIA, the company has agreed to offer free repair to any user that has an 8600M embedded notebook and is facing these issues. The litigation website is here and you may check if your notebook model is covered on this website. Basically, the list includes the MacBook Pro, Inspiron, Latitude, Precision, XPS, Vostro, Presario and Pavilion notebooks.
Do note that the replacement does not start immediately. The website notes,
“The Court will hold a hearing on December 20, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., to decide whether to approve the settlement. If Judge Ware approves the settlement, the processing of replacements is expected to begin shortly afterwards. Reimbursements will be paid after all claims are filed.
Please be patient.”
Until now, notebook users who wanted a 3G connection from AT&T had to sign up for one of those long term contracts. Considering that many of these users also travel frequently, a PAYG plan makes much more sense. AT&T has finally opened up their Pay-as-you-go data services to these users.
Unlike contracts, these plans can be purchased pre-paid and the user gets to access a predetermined amount of data for a specified duration of time. There are three different plans to start with – a daily pass that costs $15, a weekly pass for $30 and a monthly plan for $50. These plans come with a data cap of 100MB, 300MB and 1GB respectively.
These plans are definitely not for the heavy user considering the frugal data bandwidth on offer. Nevertheless, if you are one who simply would not want a contract, this is a better alternative.
Hewlett Packard have unveiled a brand new version of their 13.3″ Pavilion DM3 notebook that comes with an Aluminium finish and integrates a CoolSense technology that will help in better heat management. Also, the redesigned model cuts down on a lot of flab and measures less than 1-inch in thickness and weighs not more than 3.99 pounds.
There are a good few enhancements on the specifications as well. The 13.3-inch display notebook runs on a 1.2 GHz dual core Intel Pentium processor that is supplemented by Intel’s HD Graphics chip. It is however reported that an alternative ULV Core i3 processor could be offered as an alternate processor down the line. In addition to this, other features include a 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB Hard drive, a 7,200 RPM hard disc and connectivity offered by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The highlight is definitely the CoolSense technology that can control the fans depending on whether the laptop is actually on your lap or is elsewhere. The notebook comes with a 6-cell battery that can power your device for a good 7.5 hours.
HP Pavilion DM3 is now available at a starting price of $550.
Fujitsu has just announced a new LifeBook to its portfolio and unlike the earlier LifeBook notebooks we have discussed in the past, this one is relatively larger and comes with a 15.6″ high definition display with pixel resolution of 1366×768. The device comes powered by the Intel Core processors and price depends on the series that you pick. Other features on the notebook include a 1GB ATI RADEON HD 550v graphics card, an 8GB RAM, a 500GB Hard drive storage and a 1.3-megapixel camera. The latest Fujitsu notebook includes other ports and accessories like an HDMI output port, DVD burner, optional Blu-Ray drive and support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
Fujitsu has not unveiled the price and launch date of the LifeBook AH530 notebook. The device is expected to be shipped to Europe, Africa and Middle East this month. Colors available include black and blue.
First and foremost – Timespad is not a tablet; it’s a notebook. You are not going to be seeing too many marketing promos or advertisements for this one. The TimesPad is being made by a Chinese company and is making news because it is powered by Intel’s recently launched Atom N550 dual core processor. The TimesPad is a device with a good 11.6-inches large screen with an impressive 1366×768 pixel display resolution. The ultraportable laptop comes with all the standard specifications that include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI ports and a battery that is noted to offer a good 12,000mAh battery backup. The processor frequency is said to be 1.5GHz, internal memory 2GB and storage space is 320GB.
The device is on sale for the western customers at Alibaba. But click ahead only if you are a distributor. The price is set between $325 and $365 but that comes at a minimum order quantity of 500.
We had written about the MSI FX600 notebook sometime back. Did you like it? If you did, here is something interesting. The notebook is now also available on an AMD Phenom II processor. And it will now be called the MSI FX610. If you are not aware of the specs, here’s a quick rundown.
The MSI FX610 will feature a 15.6″ TFT LCD display with LED backlight. The notebook comes equipped with a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5470 GPU along with the AMD processor. You will remember that the FX600 had an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card instead. Other features include a 4GB DDR3 memory, a 500GB storage space, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & HDMI and a built-in 720p webcam.
Now there is no confirmation on the pricing, but expect it to hover around the $900 mark like the FX600.
MSI is out with yet another notebook from its FX series. The new MSI FX400 looks to be a more compact version of the MSI FX600 that we had reviewed last month. Unlike the large 15.6-inches display on the FX600, the FX400 notebook comes with a 14-inch LCD display screen that runs on an Intel Core i5 processor. Multimedia consumers are one of the key target segments for this new device and it is no surprise that this new notebook will come with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M graphics card.
Other features on the MSI FX400 include a Turbo Drive engine, a 500GB storage space, HDMI connectivity, Bluetooth support, etc. We are yet to hear the official price of this device, but considering that the larger FX600 is priced at $899, expect this one to come much less than that.
Asus is launching a new B-series of notebooks that come powered by the Boston Sonata Long Life Battery that are known for their exceptionally long battery life – no, I’m not talking about the power backup. Instead, their lifespan is said to be nearly three times more than the average notebook batteries. That means, you will never need to replace your notebook battery ever – especially considering that the manufacturers offer a 3-year warranty just on the battery.
But that’s not the only thing about the new Asus B53. The notebook features a 15-inch display and is run on powerful Intel Core i5/i7 processors. This is enhanced by Radeon 5470 graphics processors from ATI Mobility. Customers also have a choice to go with an Intel graphics card instead. Other features on the new Asus B53 notebook include a 2GB/4GB memory, a hard drive with storage capacity of 320GB and ATI Eyefinity to support the use of two additional displays.
The Asus B53 model does not come cheap. The basic model is priced at $1,099. The notebook is already out in the markets.
Gamers listen – We know how big a problem overheating notebooks or laptops can be. If you are looking at ways to keep your notebooks cool when a hot gaming session is on, here is something you should seriously look at. Evercool has launched a new gaming notebook cooler accessory aptly named ‘Battle Hero‘ that the manufacturers claim will keep your notebook cool with the help of additional fans.
The Battle Hero notebook cooler is made of Aluminium and measures 324x270x35 millimeters. It contains a couple of fans spinning at 1500rpm, but with a sound output of just 16dBA, don’t expect too much of noise when the cooler is at work. Evercool claims that the device is perfect for notebooks that measure between 9-inches and 15-inches of screen size.
Sounds impressive, but we still do not have a word on the price. How much are you ready to pay?
Gateway launched their new notebooks in the ID series – the ID49, ID59 and ID79 a few weeks back in the US. Now if you are a Canadian and are anxiously awaiting your turn to have fun with these new machines, word is out that Gateway has now launched the ID series of notebooks for sale in Canada.
The ID series notebooks come packed with Intel Core i3 and i5 processors with ID49, ID59 and ID79 getting iteratively improved specs. The Gateway ID49 has a 14-inches HD screen that packs 1366×768 pixels in its display while the Gateway ID59 and ID79 notebooks come with a 15.6-inches and 17.3-inches screens respectively.
The computers have storage capacities of close to 500GB and offer up to 8GB of DDR4 internal memory. Other specifications include an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU, 1.3-megapixel webcam and multi-format memory card reader.
In Canada, these notebooks are priced between CAD $609.99 and CAD $1049.99