While most vendors are simply installing Windows 7 across their existing range, a number of new laptops will be available for purchase now that Microsoft's new operating system has hit the market.
HP's Envy 13 and 15 finally hit Australia last week, along with its Mini 311 and Pavilion dm series. Toshiba's Satellite U500 has a touchscreen built in, whereas Asus' M60J and G60J (complete with Core i7 processor) should be available soon. Asus also has its UL series out-featuring ultra low voltage processors, including the UL20A, UL30A, UL50Vt and UL80Vt.
MSI's Wind 12 U200 should be released shortly, and in the last few weeks Sony's new X series has set hearts aflutter, although they won't talk about what CPU is inside — leading to speculation it's yet another low powered machine based on Intel's unannounced new Atom.
Speaking of not talking about internals, Dell has been showing off its crazily thin Adamo XPS, at an awe-inspiring 9.99mm thick. It's also released a raft of updated Inspirons, and one 17-inch Studio model. Not to be left out, Acer has also hit the market with its touch-enabled Aspire Timeline 1820PT and Aspire 5738PG, and its 3D notebook the Aspire 5738DG, which with the help of 3D glasses is more impressive than we initially gave it credit for — although you do have to sit directly in front of the screen or the image de-interlaces.
Click through for more information on each of the new Windows 7 ready laptops.
Voodoo's Envy series finally hits Australia under the HP brand. While it's thin and stylish, we have a feeling that the upcoming Dell Adamo XPS may take the wind out of its sails.
Vital statistics Screen size: 13.1-inch, 1366x768 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 or SL9600 GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 (switchable) RAM: Up to 3GB HDD: 250GB 5400rpm or 160GB SSD ODD: External DVD+-RW Weight: 1.67kg Dimensions: 320(W)x215(D)x20.5(H)mm
MSI's Wind 12 U200 is expected in October — although by the time it arrives it may be sporting a completely different spec than what we've seen already. The version we saw wasn't a netbook, but rather a ULV processor crammed into a small chassis, offering greater power.
This hot little laptop is only as thick as the VGA port attached to it, and Sony execs like showing off its toughness by standing on it, Lenovo style. Unfortunately it's also yet another overpriced Atom-based machine from the vendor, making it only worth it to those who like throwing money away.
Vital statistics Screen size: 11.1-inch, 1366x768 CPU: Intel Atom Z540 or Z550 GPU: Intel GMA500 RAM: 2GB HDD: 64GB or 128GB Solid State Drive ODD: None Weight: 0.655 - 0.760kg Dimensions: 278(W)x185(D)x14(H)mm
RRP AU$1699 (Atom Z540, Windows 7 Home Premium)
AU$1899 (Atom Z540, Windows 7 Professional)
AU$TBA (Atom Z550, 128GB SSD, Windows 7 Professional)
Yep, at 9.99mm thick, the Adamo XPS sure is an impressive bit of kit, so thin you have to rub on it to open it. It's apparently surprisingly sturdy too, and while the lion's share of specs aren't yet known, this is one laptop we're definitely looking forward to getting our hands on.
An update to Dell's big screen Studio series will include Intel's new i7 processors to bring it up-to-date with the latest desktop replacements. Screen size: 17.3-inch, 1600x900 CPU: Intel Core i7 720QM or 820QM GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 RAM: Up to 8GB HDD: Single or dual 500GB 7200rpm ODD: Blu-ray Weight: 3.2kg Dimensions: 413.6(W)x280.6(D)x39(H)mm
While the PG version is a multi-touch notebook, the DG version of this laptop includes a polarising filter and glasses that enables watching of 3D content. You can either watch content that's been created with 3D in mind (surprisingly good), or use Acer's built in technology to make 2D images 3D (varying success). Either way, you have to sit directly front on or the image starts de-interlacing.
Vital statistics Screen size: 15.6-inch, 1366x768 CPU: Intel core 2 Duo T6600 GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4570 RAM: 4GB HDD: 320GB 5400rpm ODD: DVD+-RW Weight: 2.79kg Dimensions: 383(W)x250(D)x37(H)mm