Come off it, India. Get real. Seven quid for a laptop? And not only that, but seven quid for a laptop with 2GB of RAM and wi-fi?
But that, apparently, is what Indian technicians will be unveiling later this week, with the country's top scientists managing to build a low-power (two Watts when charging, ideal for solar power), low-cost (£14 initially, dropping to £7 a unit once manufacturing costs come down) machine to get the nation's poverty-stricken rural school population online.
Facebook will welcome the news, plus we could all soon be flying to Delhi to pick up a netbook once we're back from New York with a TV...
Many laptops these days are starting to arrive with HDMI ports and Blu-ray drives, so you can use your new laptop to hook up your massive 40" telly and enjoy HD content via your PC. Many people play PC games on massive monitors, too. But what do you do if you don't have a graphics card with a HDMI output?
You buy one of these. Plug one end into a spare USB port and the other into your TV, and voila - a 720p, or 1280 x 720, display. It'll take care of the sound too, via the HDMI cable. Best of all, you're not limited to just one of these - you can plug in as many as you have USB ports. Fancy rocking seven in a row? 8960 x 720 resolution!
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There are very few true PC gamers that'll willingly buy a laptop over a desktop, primarily because the performance-price difference is so great. Rock's just added an Intel Q9000 chip to its flagship gaming laptop - the Xtreme 780, but I suspect the majority of gamers out there simply won't care.
It's not even that great a machine. Quad-core aside, the 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS is merely adequate, the 2GB of memory will look very meagre before the end of 2009, and a 250GB hard drive is considerably less than most gamers will need. For £1700, which is what the Xtreme 780 costs, you could make two desktop PCs that outspec this laptop.
HP has announced a couple of new notebook PCs in its Pavilion range, and a successor to its high-end Blackbird desktop - the Firebird. Let's take a look at the notebooks first.
They're named Pavilion dv2 and Pavilion dv3. The dv2 is a slim-and-light machine, with 3.8 pound weight, and thickness of just one inch. The full specs aren't available, but it'll include an AMD Athlon processor, 12" display, "nearly" full-size keyboard, discrete graphics and up to 500GB of hard disc space. There's an optional external Blu-ray drive, too.
Pity it's just a concept, but at least one laptop that HP will be showing off at CES next week looks *amazing*. Laptop Magazine has managed to get a hands-on of the HP Firefly - an innovative gaming laptop. Click over the jump for the full details of this beast.