HP Compaq branded notebooks are known to be cheap but usually do compromise on the performance and battery life. The HP Compaq Presario CQ57-371EA packs a dual core AMD processor E-450 which is an AMD Fusion based platform that promises an integrated graphics that can handle full HD playback and a good battery life all for under £300.
After announcing a refresh of their smallest gaming notebook Alienware M11x R3 series Alienware decided to announce a notebook for the big boys that need ‘true’ gaming hardware in a notebook. Enter the AlienwareM18x notebook. A gamer’s dream come true featuring a full HD 18.4 inch screen (1920 x 1080 px), an overclocked 4.0 Ghz Intel Core i7 Extreme (yes 4.0 GHz – not a typo), a selection of highend AMD CrossFireX and nVidia SLI graphics and up to 32 GB DDR3 RAM all packaged in an anodised aluminium chassis.
Lenovo announced 4 new all-in-one desktop PC models at CES 2011. We had a look at the Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 a week ago and were quite impressed with it apart from graphics performance so we hope Lenovo addressed some of the issues in the upcoming models. Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 was dubbed worlds slimmest all-in-one desktop PC by Lenovo while IdeaCentre B520 is world’s first frameless multi-touch all-in-one and the IdeaCentre B320 is a computer that is also a TV. With Lenovo C205 is a compact all-in-one at an affordable price and is not a part of IdeaCentre line-up. All the models have been upgraded with latest Intel Sandy Bridge or AMD Fusion platforms.
It’s no secret that AMD have kept trying to produce a competitive platform for portable notebooks but until now failed due to marginally weaker battery life then Intel’s platforms. But it looks like AMD have finally got its act together with the launch of AMD Fusion platform that features a multicore CPU, DirectX 11 graphics and parallel processing engine. It all sounds promising to us. One of the first notebooks announced at CES to feature AMD’s latest platform was HP Pavilion dm1-3020us.