Notebooks and Netbooks Take Center Stage at the 2009 CES

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Notebooks and Netbooks Take Center Stage at the 2009 CES

by Scott Ferguson

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The Toshiba Portege R600 is an ultraportable, lightweight laptop for enterprise users and SMBs. The Portege R600 offers a 12.1-inch display and an ultra-low-volt Intel processor. The laptop weighs about 2.4 pound and measures less than 1 inch thick. Pricing starts at about $2,000.

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The Toshiba Portege A600 is a slightly heavier but less expensive version of the Portege R600. The A600 weighs about 3.2 pounds but still uses an Intel processor and costs about $1,300.

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In addition to its other notebooks, Toshiba showed off a special version of its Portege R600 laptop at the 2009 CES. This version of the R600 is running Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating systems instead of Microsoft Windows.

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At the 2009 CES, Sony made big news with the debut of its Vaio Lifestyle VGN-P500 laptop. This extremely small notebook offers an 8-inch LCD display and uses an Intel processor running at 1.33GHz. It also offers 2GB of main memory and an option for a solid-state drive. Pricing for the 1.4-pound notebook starts at about $899.

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The MSI Wind Notebook U100 is an example of several netbooks that were on display at this year's CES expo. This netbook offers an Intel Atom processor and a 2.5-inch hard disk drive, and it runs Microsoft Windows XP.

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The Dell Mini Inspiron 910 is a netbook that uses an Intel Atom processor, but instead of Windows it runs the Ubuntu operating system.

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Here's an example of an Asus Eee PC running an Intel Atom processor.

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The Acer Aspire One-03 is another example of the small-form-factor netbooks that were on wide display at the 2009 CES. This Acer Aspire is using an Intel Atom processor and is running Microsoft Windows XP.

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The Hewlett-Packard Elitebook 2730P debuted a few months before the 2009 CES, but it's a laptop that HP hopes will appeal to small and midsize business users.

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For the first time ever, HP showed off its new HP Pavilion dv2 notebook at the 2009 CES expo. This HP notebook offers a 12.1-inch display and is built around Advanced Micro Devices' new "Yukon" platform for ultraportable and lightweight notebooks.

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The HP Mini 2140 is a type of mininotebook that Hewlett-Packard believes will appeal to more business users than will a typical netbook. The Mini 2140 uses an Intel Atom processor and offers more robust configurations compared with HP's other mininotebooks and netbooks.

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