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It seems Fujitsu’s got a thing for morphing PCs. Way back in 2006, we saw this mysterious tri-fold concept, which was rumored to be making the rounds inside Fujitsu R&D, and now the outfit's short-listed this déjà-vu-inducing transformer for its 2011 “Life with Future Computing Award.” The Flexbook, designed by Hao-Chun Huang, features a foldable 21:9 touchscreen and similarly flexible keyboard that allow its users to switch from laptop to tablet to book-like e-reader. It's also been designed to sport a number of interchangeable sleeves in a Benetton-esque array of colors and patterns. It might have seemed impractical five years ago, but with convertibles coming of age, we’d say the Flexbook isn’t really all that far out.

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Flexbook concept serves up candy-coated convertible originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 May 2011 18:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Extreme products make people do extreme things — take, for example, all of those phones we’ve dumped in glasses of water and various things we’ve run over with cars. When it comes to demonstrating ruggedness, G-Form is no slouch. After dropping a bowling ball on its iPad case (iPad inside, naturally), the company hit YouTube again to toss a MacBook encased in a new Extreme Sleeve from a 20 foot balcony — a fall it survived unscathed. These heavy-duty cases are made up of PORON XRD, a flexible material that absorbs 90 percent of impact energy, which the company also uses it to make things like skateboarding knee pads and biking accessories. The laptop case starts shipping on May 31st for $69.95, so heads up when walking under windows this summer. Extreme press release and video of gadget abuse after the break.

Continue reading G-Form Extreme Sleeve gives new reasons to throw a MacBook out a window (video)

G-Form Extreme Sleeve gives new reasons to throw a MacBook out a window (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 May 2011 07:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ThinkPad aficionados mourning the loss of the X300 series of ultraportable laptops might have something mighty fine to look forward to in the near future. A ThinkPad X1 has shown up at Swiss e-tailer Tell IT systems and other online locations, replete with a 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M CPU, a 160GB SSD, a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass screen, and as you can see above, a profile thin enough to rival the likes of the Samsung Series 9 and Apple MacBook Air. The X1 is said to be 21.5mm thick, so it doesn’t quite match those crazy cats, but — provided we’re not looking at an extremely elaborate hoax here — it’ll still be the thinnest ThinkPad by far when it launches. One 8GB stick of RAM, an SDXC card reader, and a 1366 x 768 resolution fill out the list of salient specs, while a price of 2,585 CHF ($2,920) sits alongside a promised delivery date of May 20th on Tell IT’s website. You’ll find a couple more images of Lenovo’s purported new bread slicer after the break.

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Continue reading Lenovo ThinkPad X1 shows up online, looks freakishly thin

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 shows up online, looks freakishly thin originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Being that doomsday and the robotapocalypse are nearing quickly, now seems an appropriate time to gaze into the future of laptop design, right? Well, maybe those anomalies aren’t actually around the corner, but you know us — we always fancy a warm cup of concept tea. Designer Park Hyun Jin over at Yanko recently posted some renders of the Fujitsu Lifebook X2, a laptop that allows for two orientations thanks to its four folds. The design features a full QWERTY keyboard that can used when the notebook is folded out in full, as well as a half-folded option with an onscreen keyboard, pictured above. Naturally, we’d love for this concept design to become a reality, but we can’t wrap our brains around the seam between the two screens. Well actually, we could probably get used to it.

Continue reading Conceptual Fujitsu Lifebook X2 folds into quarters, makes regular notebooks look lame

Conceptual Fujitsu Lifebook X2 folds into quarters, makes regular notebooks look lame originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 03:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The LIFEBOOK X2 concept takes a different approach to portability. It’s not only thin, but also folds into quarters which leads to some interesting features. Open the LIFEBOOK X2 halfway and you have sort of an ultra widescreen palm top. Unfold it completely and you have one full size notebook. This denotes a seam running right across the LCD which is enough for me to dismiss it but the idea is intriguing. What’s say you?

Designer: Park Hyun Jin

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Has the iPad 2 not proven its versatility to you yet? Well, buy one of those “don’t call it a case” Smart Covers that Apple launched with it and you’ll be able to turn your new dual-core slate into a bona fide FridgePad. Just add fridge.

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Come on, you knew this was coming! Oh yes, Apple’s pulling the curtain off its new MacBook Pro family, and compared to the last refresh cycle, there are a serious amount of updates. Just as we had heard, all three will be getting new Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6000M graphics (bye bye, NVIDIA!), FaceTime HD cameras, and some super fast Thunderbolt I/O transfer speeds. There are two new 13-inchers, two 15.4-inch versions, and one lone 17-inch model. How much will they cost you and what are the exact specs? You’ll want to hit the jump for all of that and the official press release.

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Continue reading Apple refreshes MacBook Pros with Sandy Bridge processors, AMD graphics, Thunderbolt I/O tech, and HD cameras

Apple refreshes MacBook Pros with Sandy Bridge processors, AMD graphics, Thunderbolt I/O tech, and HD cameras originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 09:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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We’re aware, the “exclusive” green and orange neon color of Sony’s VAIO CB and CA laptops can make your eyes bleed, but Sony’s pretty excited about the aesthetic and the way it radiates light around the edges of the laptop. Oh, and don’t forget how the touchpad “emits a beautiful glow.” It’s true, the rigs do have an interesting glow stick-like look to them — at least, we thought so when we saw them last month — however, we found their innards and features to be more enlightening. Starting at $800, the 14-inch CA10 and 15.5-inch CB10 will both be available with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics, and Blu-ray drives. Select models will also pack Intel’s WiDi 2.0, which lets you stream 1080p video to your TV. And remember Sony’s Remote Keyboard, which lets you navigate your PS3 or Bravia TV with the the laptop? Yep, the CA and CB both have that functionality baked in as well. What’s that? You’d be interested if they didn’t blind you? What if we also told you they will come in black and white? We thought that might change your mind, and according to the official press release below there will indeed be alternative color versions. You’ll be able to pre-order them both on March 13th, but until then you can always see if the neon grows on you with the photos below.

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Continue reading Sony VAIO CA and CB pack the latest Core i5 power for those who can look past the neon

Sony VAIO CA and CB pack the latest Core i5 power for those who can look past the neon originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Razer may be best known for its well-regarded line of angular, extreme gaming peripherals for the core PC gaming set – think mice, keyboards, mouse pads and yes, motion controllers – but the San Diego-based company is looking to branch out into an area you may not have expected: efficient (and graphically anemic) netbook computers.

While it’s an unusual move for the peripheral maker, it’s not a departure from their core competency. Gaming laptops may have whittled down the bulk required for a high-end gaming experience but they’re still far from portable. Inversely, netbooks are steadily becoming increasingly capable laptop replacements, but fall short when performing the most demanding tasks … like video gaming.

Gallery: Razer Switchblade (CES 2011)

Continue reading Razer Switchblade impressions: It’s a 7″ gaming PC with an LCD keyboard

JoystiqRazer Switchblade impressions: It’s a 7″ gaming PC with an LCD keyboard originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Oh yes, that up there is Samsung’s new 13.3-inch 9 Series laptop, and yes, it’s said to be the “thinnest and lightest 13-inch notebook available.” Revealed ahead of Samsung’s CES presser, the duralumin machine weighs just 2.89 pounds and measures .68 inches thick — in comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air measures 0.11 to 0.68 inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds. Those specs seem pretty darn comparable to us, but there’s no denying this thing is rail thing, so we guess we can let Samsung slide with its lofty marketing claims. Unlike the others that have attempted to craft incredibly thin Windows laptops (see: Adamo XPS), Samsung has managed to cram this thing with power, ports, and features. There’s no optical drive, but it has Ethernet, HDMI, and USB sockets and a headphone jack. Perhaps even more impressive is what’s Inside — it’s got a brand new Core i5 2537M processor, 128GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. Not enough for you? Its backlit keyboard, 400 nit LED-backlit display, and two 1.5-watt speakers and a sub-woofer should seal the deal. So, how much for that beauty? Samsung says it should be around $1,600, though it isn’t providing a release date right now. We are bursting at the seams to get our hands all over that daring black chassis — stay tuned for some hands-on impressions.

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Samsung 9 Series laptop unveiled, ready to slice some MacBook Air originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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