Acer launches Timeline notebook series – video hands on

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While the gentlemen from Acer were busy dropping the Windows 7 bomb, they were also launching a bunch of computers too. We were all quite excited by the prospect of getting out hands on the Revo and the bigger Acer Aspire One but, for me, they were all overshadowed by the Timeline series that had remained under wraps.

They may not have the colour of a bright happy Dell but there’s something in the matte finish on their aluminium grey chassis that gives them a proud sense of style in the flesh. Take a look.

Yes, you heard right. Each of the 13.3″, 14.1″ and 15.6″ sizes starts at £549 and finishes somewhere in the seven hundreds if I’m not mistaken. They’re all around an inch thick, nice and light and highly recommended. Do watch out though. The 13-incher doesn’t come with an optical drive whereas the others have DVD burners. I’d feel pretty good about having one of these myself, particularly as there’s plenty of room to add up to 8GB of DDR3 and the option of a dedicated GPU.

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The Timelines come loaded with Vista but Acer did make brief mention oo a new product for launch around the end of Q3 that will come with the option of a free Windows 7 upgrade if you buy it before 23rd October. That will be their All-in-One touchscreen machine, which’ll be Atom powered and come in 18.5″-23″ sizes. More on that one in the coming months no doubt but, fingers crossed, there’ll be some NVIDIA Ion action on that one too.

They did show us a demo of that graphics platform at work on the Acer Aspire Revo with its Atom chip and plethora of USB ports quite happily running a fps game at low graphics. It was as smooth as we’d been led to believe.

Last up, I finally got my hands on the bigger second generation of the fantastic Acer Aspire One netbook. This time it’s blessed with 11.6 inches of screen and a full size keyboard but somehow it’s lost a little of that style.

They’re out as of today and still running XP. Even if they’re not as pretty, you’ll never suffer from finger cramp again, you’ll have doubled the battery life and you even get Dolby Pro Logic sound thrown in too. Can’t say fairer than that.

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HP launches Pavillion DV3 – £699 entertainment PC

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Having launched their DV2 notebook, HP hasn’t decided to stop there. Today sees the announcement of the HP Pavillion DV3 entertainment laptop complete with 13.3-inch LED widescreen, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G105M GPU and DVD RW/Blu-ray drive. A good start if you’re serious about film watching and gaming to the degree of £699.

It’s out from next month month in two colours dubbed Espresso and Moonlight because of the swirly coloured imprints you’ll be able to make out on the cases just over the jump. Got to admit they look quite nice and I won’t break their hearts by referring to them as black and white. Whoops.

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You get a built-in 34mm remote control so you can set up and sit back, a 5-in-1 card reader for full compatibility and dual headphone jacks so that you and the Mrs/Mr don’t have to wake the baby.

It’s all served up with Windows Vista and the HP media software package and looks really quite reasonable for the cash. Naturally, the memory and processors will be negotiable on price.

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HP DV2 Preview:

ROUNDUP: New Apple Macbook rumours

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On Wednesday Tech Digest has been cordially invited to an Apple event called “The spotlight turns to notebooks”. There have been plenty of rumours swirling around regarding a cheap, netbook-y, Macbook arriving, but over the weekend a few more details surfaced about what we’re likely to see.

Firstly, it’s now pretty much given that Apple are going to dump Intel’s integrated graphics chipsets in favour of NVidia’s MCP79 platform. Don’t worry – I’m not expecting you to know what that is off the top of your head. Basically, the NVidia chipset is smaller, faster and more versatile than Intel’s integrated graphics chips…

RUMOUR: New Apple MacBook laptops on 14th October

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We may only just have had the Apple music press conference and launch of the new iPod family but where would the internet community be if it was not exposing the next products that Apple has in store before Steve Jobs intends to? The word today is that next up is the redesign of the MacBook laptop line.

No word, as yet, on what to expect but it’s thought that 14th October…

HP hopes Voodoo magic will defeat MacBook Air – world's new thinnest laptop

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While most of the computing world is dedicating itself to creating the smallest possible laptops from baked bean cans and bits of string, it’s easy to forget that there is still a market for full sized notebooks that look good and weigh next to nothing. Hewlett Packard hasn’t though; it has just launched the Voodoo Envy 133.

At 0.7-inches thick and sporting a 13.3″ display, there obviously one target in mind: the MacBook air. The Envy has a price tag of $2099, which also puts it in the same ballpark as the Air, and it offers the same choice of 1.6 or 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs and 64GB SSD or 80GB HDDs. The Air, however, is just a shade thicker, at 0.76-inches thick…

Toshiba adds five new models to their Satellite Pro range – the L300, L300D, M300, U400 and L350

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Rolling out the Satellite Pro laptops like they’re going out of fashion (which all laptops are, really), Toshiba has announced five new models.

Priced from $699 upwards, all models feature DVD SuperMulti drives, TruBrite widescreens, 1.3-megapixel webcams and microphones, plus the choice of Windows XP or Windows Vista….

HP Mini-Note 2133 jumps on the Eee PC Bandwagon, aims at students

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With the Asus Eee PC shredding up laptop charts (yes, apparently there are laptop charts now) and shooting to near overnight success thanks to its light weight and low price tag, other laptop manufacturers are practically falling over themselves to join in.

So it’s not really a huge surprise that HP, one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world, would want a piece of that market. This is the Mini-note – it weighs in at just 1.18kg, has an 8.9″, 1280 x 768 screen, runs on a VIA processor and offers either a 64GB solid state drive running SUSE Linux or Windows XP / Vista on a 160GB HDD. It is set to cost $500 for the Linux model or $600 for the Windows one…