MSI launch CR600 laptop

February 18th, 2010

MSI CR600-234US laptop

MSI have just cranked out a bunch of new laptops for your perusal. There are three new models in the CR620 range, but we shall take a look at the latest addition to the CR600 range, the CR600-234US model. The new CR600 is powered by an Intel Dual-Core T5400 processor, managed by Windows 7 Home Premium and has a 16 inch LCD display. Other snazzy features include an HDMI output, brushed aluminium touchpad and built-in webcam and microphone. The full details on the CR600-234US are as follows

* Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core T4500 2.3GHz 800 MHz FSB Processor
* Windows 7 Home Premium OS
* Black or Silver options
* 16 inch 1366 x 768 res WXGA LCD 16:9 display
* GeForce 8200M G GPU
* 1W x 2 internal speakers
* 3 GB memory
* 320 GB SATA HDD
* DVD Super Multi Optical drive
* 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection
* 802.11b/g/draft n WLAN Card built-in
* 4 in 1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/XD)
* 1.3 MP webcam
* 3 x USB 2.0 outputs
* VGA, HDMI output
* Headphone, Mic-in, Line-in ports
* 14.73 x 9.73 x 0.63 – 1.18 inches

It all sounds quite impressive to us and with price tag of $526.20 at Amazon the MSI CR600
looks very attractive indeed. As we’ve discussed a large number of laptops recently we thought we’d point out a couple of units that are just priced above the MSI CR600. For $800 Alienware’s M11x compares nicely but admittedly it’s aimed at a different market and Lenovo’s IdeaPad G560 with the same $800 price tag sports an extra 1 GB of memory over the CR600’s spec. So if you’re looking for a laptop under $600 then the MSI CR600 seems like a good option to us.


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ATI Radeon HD 5450 card with three outputs

February 5th, 2010

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5450

AMD have just unleashed a cheap graphics card with three outputs, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.2 support. The ATI Radeon HD 5450 has a measly $60 price tag and will apparently

Expand your visual real estate across up to three displays and get lost in the action with ATI Eyefinity Technology.

Here are the numbers on the ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card

* 80 Stream Processing Units
* 8 Texture Units
* PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
* DirectX® 11 support
* OpenGL 3.2 support
* Three independent display controllers – Drive up to three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
* Display grouping – Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
* ATI Stream acceleration technology
* ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology
* ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology
* Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
* Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
* Independent video gamma control
* Support for H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Adobe Flash
* Dual-stream (HD+SD) playback support
* Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP14 – Max resolution: 2560×1600
* Integrated DisplayPort output – Max resolution: 2560×1600
* Integrated HDMI 1.3 output – Max resolution: 1920×1200
* Integrated VGA output – Max resolution: 2048×1536
* 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support
* Integrated HD audio controller
* Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
* Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
* ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology
* Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Three independent outputs, integrated HD audio support and only for $60. We reckon the Radeon HD 5450 is a bargain in anyone’s books. Here are three reviews for you to read if you’re still not convinced from Techspot, HotHardware and LegitReviews. Admittedly HotHardware say its not a great card for gamers, but all agree if you need a card with three outputs the ATI Radeon HD 5450 is pretty hard to beat.

Source: AMD


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Brando Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA adapter (Y-1034)

December 30th, 2009

Brando Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA adapter

The guys at Brando have very kindly come up with a very cunning device, the Y-1034 USB 3.0 to SATA adapter. Attach the Y-1034 to any old SATA HDDs and then plug the other end into your shiny new USB 3.0 port on your desktop and the files on the HDD will become available at the theoretical USB 3.0 speed of 5.0 Gbps. This ‘theoretical’ speed is ten times faster than USB 2.0 – now you’re interested! Here are some more details on the Y-1034 USB to SATA adapter from Brando

* USB 3.0 connectivity
* Plays nicely with Window 7 / Vista / Xp, Linux
* 69 x 40 x 12mm
* 67g

The price tag on this is a mere $48, how can you say no? And for IDE devices you’ll need an extra gizmo, the ‘Docking Convertor’, but that’s only $16. So for $64 tops, you can grab an old HDD and convert it instantly into a USB 3.0 external HDD. How cool is that?

Source: Brando


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Dell unleash small Desktop Optiplex 780 USFF

December 12th, 2009

Dell Optiplex 780 USFF

Aimed at the business user with space consideration a top priority, Dell have launched the Optiplex 780 USFF (Ultra Small Form Factor). The base on this unit measures a mere 9.4 x 9.4 inches yet the box contains the usual bits and pieces you’d associate with a ‘normal’ sized desktop. The Optiplex 780 USFF also has a neat $624 price tag with customisations and for that you get the following bells and whistles

* Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic SP1
* Intel® Celeron® 450 (2.2GHz, 512K, 800MHz FSB)
* 1GB DDR3 Non-ECC SDRAM, 1066MHz, (1 DIMM)
* 160GB 2.5 inch SATA 3.0Gb/s
* Integrated Video, Intel® GMA 4500
* Dell USB 2-Button Entry Mouse with Scroll, Black
* Dell USB Entry Keyboard

Of course there’s no optical drive or monitor, but with most workplace installs done over a network and monitors chip as chips, well almost, the 19 inch Dell E190S will set you back $169, for a touch over $800 you get yourself a corporate desktop. As usual with Dell PCs you can ramp the base Optiplex 780 up a touch with a Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 (2.93GHz) powered unit with 2 GB memory, 320 GB HDD and 8X DVD+/-RW SATA optical drive costing $902. Not bad if you’re looking for something compact for your office workstations.

Source: Dell


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Highpoint launch Rocket 600 SATA PCI Express cards

November 2nd, 2009

Highpoint Rocket 600 SATA PCI Express cards

Looking to unleash the speed of SSD drives without upgrading your motherboard and you have a PCI-Express slot available? Well Highpoint have a couple of PCI Express cards just for you, namely the Rocket 620 and Rocket 622. Both offer SATA 6 Gb/s connectivity to enable you to take advantage of SSDs with transfer speeds of 600 MB/s. The Rockets are also backward compatible with SATA I and II devices allowing you to hook up older, slower drives. Here’s the full list of features and specs on the Highpoint Rocket 620 and 622 SATA III PCI Express cards

* Interfaces SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
* Connector Types SATA (620) and eSATA (622)
* Bus Types PCI-Express 2.0 x1
* 600MB/s per (SATA and eSATA) port
* AHCI Compliant
* Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
* Out-of-the-Box Ready for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X 10.6 and above
* Compatible with SATA (III, II, I) Hard Drives and SSD
* Support up to 2TB Hard Drives

According to Electronista these units will be priced at $70 for the 620 and $80 for the 622. Not bad upgrade prices to enable your system to utilise those blistering SSD speeds.


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Hannspree HannsNote 10″ laptop

August 23rd, 2009

Hannspree HannsNote 10″ laptop
Hannspree have unleashed their latest laptop, the HannsNote, in the USA. US$380 (or US$320 at Amazon) will get you either a Pearl White or Pearl Black version which weighs in at only 2.9 lbs (1.17kg) including a six-cell Li-Ion battery which will last six hours at full charge. Sounds good to you? Well, read on for some more bits and pieces on Hannspree’s lightweight laptop.

* Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz Processor / 512KB Cache / 533MHz FSB
* Windows® XP Home Edition SP3
* 1GB DDR2 (Up to 2GB Max)
* 10 inch 1024 x 600 TFT res LCD display
* Intel GMA 950 Graphics
* Mic & headphone sockets and built-in stereo speakers
* 160GB SATA 2.5″ Internal HDD
* 1.3MP webcam
* 3-in-1 Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS
* 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 LAN, Bluetooth® 2.0 connectivity
* VGA Output, USB 2.0 x3
* 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (Up to 5 hours of operation with full charge)
* 10.2″ x 1.8″ x 7.1″ (with battery)
* 2.9 lbs. with 6-Cell Battery

An optical drive is optional add-on but that’s the way with all these ultra-portable laptops these days and for portability the HannsNote is difficult to beat. So if you are on the look out for a lightweight laptop then the HannsNote may just be what you are looking for.

Source: Hannspree HannsNote


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$300 Compaq laptop at Walmart

August 3rd, 2009

HP Compaq CQ60-419WM laptop

According to FatWallet, Walmart are offering the HP Compaq CQ60-419WM laptop for only US$300 at their stores only. There’s no indication if the offer has a time limit and the Walmart website states the Compaq is only available in-store giving no pricing details. This offer makes the HP laptop as cheap as a netbook but sporting laptop specs and of course laptop weight. For a full list of details on the Compaq CQ60-419WM read on

* AMD Sempron SI-42 Processor 2.10 GHz with 512Kb L2 Cache
* 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
* 160 GB Hard Drive SATA
* CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)
* 802.11 b/g WiFi & 10/100Mbps Wired Ethernet
* 15.6″ Diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Display
* Three USB 2.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, VGA output, 56k Modem and LAN port
* 6 cell battery for up to 4 hours of laptop time
* Vista Home Basic OS
* 9.9″ x 14.88″ x 1.72″
* 9.55 lbs

Along with the $300 price tag all this makes the HP Compaq CQ60-419WM a great purchase and this is backed up by the 21 out of 30 customers who rated this as 5 out of 5 stars on the Walmart site. If you’re on the lookout for a cheap laptop and netbooks are not your thing, then it may well be worth a visit to your local Walmart, but we reckon you should be quick!

Source: FatWallet


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