New technology from processor makers Intel and AMD has paved the way for some nice advancements as far as laptop features are concerned. While laptops have generally gotten powerful enough to replace desktop computers for most people, that power has come at the expense of weight, heat and battery life in many instances.
Lenovo’s upcoming Y460p and Y560p IdeaPad line leverages Intel’s new chipset and promises to be able to boot into Windows 7 in just 10 seconds—most computers take 30 seconds or more.
That’s possible with an optional hybrid storage configuration that uses solid state memory alongside a traditional hard drive. Those machines will be out on January 18th and will start at around $900.
HP has also announced the Pavilion dm1, an 11.6-inch computer that “combines the performance of a notebook with the mobility of a netbook.” It weighs 3.5 pounds, will start at $450, and makes use of AMD’s new Fusion graphics technology to provide up to 10.75 hours of battery life when configured with a solid state drive.
It’s also got a full size keyboard, to boot. So the promise is that you’ll get full notebook computing power in a package that’s priced, sized, and features the battery life of a netbook. It’ll be available from HP.com starting January 9th and other retailers later in the month.
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