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What's New: Tablets, Laptops, Desktops

University Business, May 2012

 Affordable Android

The ZTE Optik 3G Android tablet from Sprint is an e-reader, media player, and portable computing device. The 7-inch touchscreen display has a WXGA 1280x800 resolution and pinch-to-zoom technology and operates on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb system with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The 7.6 inches tall, 4.7 inches wide tablet, weighing less than 1 pound, costs as low as $99.99.

Zero Client Monitors

LG’s P Series Network Monitor uses zero client virtual computing technology to connect a server host while redistributing its capabilities to multiple users­—allowing IT directors to deliver mass computing capabilities with a smaller budget. A Teradici PC-over-IP Chipset and VMWare software deliver a virtual solution that broadens integrated computing beyond designated labs to offices and classrooms. Pricing begins at $385.

Eye-Catching Display

The new Retina display on the third generation Apple iPad delivers four times (3.1 million) the pixels as the iPad 2. The new iPad features an A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing photos and 1080p HD video. With iOS 5.1, Apple’s newest mobile operating system, users get an updated camera app and access to iCloud. Pricing starts at $499.

Flexible Computing

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga ($1,199) multimode notebook combines a 13.1-inch 1600x900 resolution HD tablet with an ultrabook in a 360-degree flip-and-fold design for added ease of use and functionality. The 0.67-inch thin 3.1-pound product can be used in notebook, tablet, stand, or tent mode and is powered by the Intel Core Processor family with a Windows 8 operating system. The YOGA supports eight hours of battery life with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD and will be available in the second half of 2012.

Next-Generation Notebooks

Samsung’s second generation Series 9 13.3- and 15-inch notebooks, weighing 2.5 to 3.5 pounds, have 1600x900 resolution screens featuring SuperBright Plus 400 nit technology to optimize viewing photos and documents. The notebooks feature 128 GB SSD and an Intel Core i5-2467 processor and can boot in as little as 9.8 seconds. Pricing ranges from $1,400 to $1,500.

Micro Sharing

The Toshiba Excite 10 LE 10-inch tablet is 0.3 inches thin and weighs 1.18 pounds. Operating on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb system with a 1.2GHz LPDDRS RAM Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 multicore processor, it features a 1,280x800 resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and micro USB and micro HDMI ports for importing and displaying files. The cost begins at $530 for the 16GB and $600 for the 32GB.

Secure Thin Clients

The HP t510 Thin Client and HP t610 Flexible Series Thin Client offer hard identification security for sensitive computing environments. Both have dual-core CPUs and offer graphics cores that offload computing from the server to the chipset, enabling users to stream multimedia and work with HD graphics. The HP t510 and HP t610 also enable the use of multiple monitors and remote connections. The HP t510 Thin Client costs $259 and up; the HP t610 Flexible Series Thin Client begins at $399.

Durable Portability

The XPS13 laptop is Dell’s most compact and portable Ultrabook, weighing in at 2.99 pounds. At less than a quarter-inch thick at its thinnest point, the XPS13 features a full-sized, backlit chiclet keyboard and a 13.3-inch HD WLED, 300-nit 720p screen with edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass. The built-in 47WHr 6-cell battery offers almost nine hours of battery life. Pricing starts at $999 for an IntelCore i5 processor, 128GB SSD hard drive, and 4GB of memory.



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