Acer, Dell, and Panasonic go with new set of laptops

Acer has today announced the Aspire 1551 Ultra-Portable Notebook, while Dell has released some updated Latitude E-Series laptops. Panasonic also weighed in, unveiling its new Toughbook CF-31.

The Acer notebook is a highly portable device with an 11.6-inch format and is less than 1-inch thin. It’s pretty light at 1.4kg, but its practical mesh finish cover ensures added durability. The screen is pretty bright, with 1,366x768HD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. It also comes with Optimized 2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room audio enhancement to ensure excellent sound quality.

The notebook boasts a full-size keyboard and palm rest along with a multi-gesture touchpad.

Inside it sports an AMD Turion II Neo dual-core processor, AMD M880G chipset, ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 640GB storage, making it a powerful machine despite its lean frame.

Wi-Fi is supported by the Acer SignalUp antenna, as is HDMI, while 3G or Bluetooth are optionally available.

It comes in black, silver, red and brown. No prices have yet been revealed.

Dell’s four new Latitude E-Series laptops are the E4310, E6510, E6410, and E6410 ATG, bringing the total to nine in that series.
Dell Latitude E-Series laptops
These laptops will focus on offering virtual image management and improve access to applications while increasing performance and security, according to sources at Dell. They will feature the Managed Virtual Client and Virtual Remote Desktop, which allows users to replicate their desktop on a remote device.

The laptops feature shock absorber technology, Intel Core processors, and Windows 7. They range in price from £400 to £1029, depending on model and configuration.

Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-31 also launched today, the start of a new range of ultra-durable briefcase-like laptops, replacing the Toughbook CF-30 which had good takeup in the military and other areas where your laptop might take some heavy knocks.


It features an Intel Core i5 processor with vPro technology,  2GB of RAM, and an ATI Mobility Radeon high-end HD 5650 graphics chip.

The 13.1-inch XGA display scren has the Panasonic’s Circular Polarizing technology to reduce screen glare and ensure added readability, while also being floating mounted to protect it from screen shocks.

Army personnel will love the embedded screen-mounted radio antenna, which offers optimal radio performance over WWAN, WLAN, WIMAX and Bluetooth, although some of these are optional.

Starting prices are £3,329.