High-tech product releases: MacBook Pros, 99-euro Android tablet, colorful notebooks
Wednesday 02 March 2011
High-tech product releases announced the week ending March 2 include the new series of MacBook Pro laptops, the first ever market-ready tablet for less than €100, a low-priced tablet for high-end consumers, colorful 14" laptops, and a compact projector that will light up the room for decades.
An updated range of Mac laptops for professional users
Apple's updated range of MacBook Pros are equipped with high-speed Thunderbolt data transfer technology, next-generation Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors and FaceTime HD cameras. The 13", 15" and 17" laptops retain the same look and feel as their predecessors but clock in at super-fast speeds, outperforming even some Mac Pro desktop workstations. The new range of MacBook Pros are available now starting from $1199 for the base model 13", $1799 for the 15" and $2499 for the 17".
The first ever 7" tablet for less than €100
Archos launched a new range of low-priced, entry-level Android tablets under the ARNOVA banner this week, the cheapest of which is the Arnova 7, a 7" touchscreen device that lets users surf the web, play the latest games, keep up with news and and download the latest apps from the AppsLib store. The Arnova 7 will be available in the second quarter of 2011 from €99.
A low-priced tablet with high-end features
The flagship model of Archos's new Arnova range is the Arnova 10, an affordable Android-powered tablet with a 10.1", high-definition (1024 x 600p) resistive touch screen. The tablet is just 13.5mm thick and weighs 570g. It has a micro SDHC slot, front-facing VGA camera, microphone, USB port, WiFi and support for HD 720p video playback. The Arnova 10 is priced from €199 and is available now.
Colorful notebooks with "light emitting" style
Sony's latest Vaio C Series notebooks are bright and colorful laptops that stand out from the crowd. The range comes in five different colors, two of which scatter light along the edges of the translucent PC lid to create a "dramatic glow effect." Inside the 14" laptop is an HD web camera, a WEB button for speedy internet access and email checking without a full boot-up, an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 320GB of HDD space, Windows 7 Home Premium, Bluetooth, four USB ports, an HDMI out and a multitouch trackpad. The 14" Vaio C Series notebooks are available from March or April (depending on your region). Pricing is yet to be announced.
The first Thunderbolt-compatible external hard drive
LaCie's Little Big Disk external hard drive features Thunderbolt technology for ultra-fast data and video transfers between Thunderbolt-compatible devices (Apple's new Macbook Pro range are currently the only PC's that ship with the new technology). The storage device is able to "deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance." The Little Big Disk will be available in mid 2011. No price has been announced.
A projector that (almost) fits into your pocket
LG's HX330G pocket projector is a portable 16cm by 6cm device that packs in loads of handy features for consumers wanting to wow the room with their multimedia presentations. The projector comes with a built-in media center, FM transmitter (so you can wirelessly send audio to the nearest FM tuner), built-in speakers, support for DivX HD, MP3 and JPEG files, and an LED lamp that lasts for 30,000 hours (approx 4 hours a day for 20 years). The HX300G projector is available now in the US for $799 and on pre-order in the UK.
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