News Bits: New Toshiba Satellite Pro Notebooks, Bamboo-covered Laptops, Dell Turns Pink

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Toshiba refreshes Satellite Pro notebooks

Toshiba announced the addition of five new models to its Satellite Pro line of notebooks. The Satellite Pro is aimed at business users on a budget. The company introduced the 17-inch L350, 15.4-inch L300/L300D, 14.1-inch M300, and 13.3-inch U400. The new Satellite Pro models start at $699.

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ASUS and Dell to introduce bamboo-covered computers

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ASUS may be planning to launch bamboo-clad notebooks as early as June of this year according to a report in a Chinese newspaper. The notebooks promote environmental friendliness and do it while looking great.

Dell also has bamboo-covered computers in the works. The machine pictured here is not a notebook but is Dell’s smallest computer. It is 81% smaller than a standard desktop and uses 70% less power. Dell says the machine should be available later this year for between $500 and $700.

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Dell introduces Flamingo Pink M1530

Dell has added a Flamingo Pink version of its XPS M1530 notebook. Like the other color options, it carries a $25 price tag.

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WiMAX-enabled Montevina notebooks from Acer coming in June/July

Acer is planning to launch notebooks based on the upcoming Intel Montevina platform with WiMAX in June/July according to Acer chairman JT Wang.

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ASUS fixing Eee PC 900 battery issue

The Internet was flooded yesterday with reports of ASUS shipping lower-capacity batteries in the new Eee PC 900 than they were reviewed with. Today ASUS is fixing their blunder by offering their Hong Kong customers with a free battery upgrade.

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OS Performance comparison galore

Forum member trebuin has done a thorough comparison of several different operating systems on his notebook to find which has the best performance. 32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, Vista w/ SP1, and Server 2008 were tested on a Dell XPS M1330 notebook. The results may surprise you, this is well worth the read.

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