HP Slate 500 Goes The Route Of Official, Costs $799

The HP Slate 500? Its got the official badge now, readers. As usual with new product launches, LaptopMemo will cut striaght to the chase and tell you what the HP Slate 500 has to offer:  a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD and Broadcom’s Crystal HD accelerator for managing heavy 1080p video, an included dock which has an HDMI-out port to hook up to your big screen, and finally an 8.9-inch capacitive touch screen which runs Windows 7 Professional. The Slate 500 also has a bonus Wacom active digitizer (for leisure) and front-facing as well as 3 megapixel camera on the behind.

On one hand, I have to give it to HP for not producing something potentially crappy. But then charging $799 for it doesn’t quite make sense. Even the Galaxy Tab on Verizon is priced cheaper, and that’s saying something.
HP Slate 500 Press pics

Promo video after the jump/break/cut/bounce!

Phosphor World Time E-Ink Watch Review

It’s a watch and it’s a gadget. It’s an e-ink watch! That’s right; the same technology used in your Kindle, Nook, Alex, or what have you is in fact now in a decently priced digital watch with built-in date and day, world time, and a “night” mode. Jump on after the break to see what is good (or bad) about the Phosphor World Time E-Ink watch review unit that I’ve tested for a week.

Windows 7 Has Sold 240 Million Copies In One Year. That’s A Lot

Do you know what’s really selling? Windows 7. Within one year the new operating system representing Microsoft has sold 240 million copies, or licenses. While the Mac has 5% of market share, Windows 7 has 91% of it. While the execs at Microsoft jump in their seats with the outstanding success of Windows 7 and the release of Windows Phone 7 on November 8th, one thing comes to mind:  who doesn’t own a Windows PC? Via: Reuters

Dell’s New XPS Laptops Now On Sale With USB 3.0 And JBL Speakers

Talk about a premium computer. The new XPS line of laptops, have primarily Core i5 processors, 460M processors, Nvidia GeForce 420M graphics cards, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drives, which is the basic package. You can beef up the price to get Blu-Ray drives, Core i7 and such. Each lappy has a 720p HD recording webcam (zing!), USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, JBL speakers, and HDMI 1.4.

The 14-incher weighs 5.35 pounds (2.4kg), and the 17-incher is 7.57 (3.4kg). The XPS 14 is $899, the 15-inch$849 and 17-inch $949. Not bad, Dell. Via: Dell

T-Mobile HTC HD7 Launches On November 8th For $199.99

Going ‘Back To Windows Phone 7′, the Microsoft-developed mobile OS with plenty of promise will have its flagship — the HTC HD7 — debut on T-Mobile this coming November 8th, for $199.99 on a 2 year agreement. This beast has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch screen, 16GB of onboard storage, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, Netflix and T-Mobile TV support. Mmm.

Via: T-Mobile

Call Of Duty: Black Ops PC Requirements Leak

If you’re not into all this Apple news right now and want, let’s say, a game to be in your news, have no fear. I’m pleased to say that the Call Of Duty: Black Ops specs leaked for PC today, and it’ll be available via Steam, which is also a requirement (that you have an account). Here is the list for Black Ops, coming out on November 9th (same day as CES Preview, where I’ll be):

Call of Duty®: Black Ops Download Minimum System Requirements

* OS: Windows® Vista / XP / 7
* Processor:Intel® Core™2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 or better
* Memory: 2GB
* HDD:12GB**
* Video: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600GT / ATI Radeon® X1950Pro or better
* Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
* DirectX: 9.0c

I don’t know about you, but these specs are pretty decent, and I’ll run it with the M11x I unboxed earlier, on high settings. What about you? Via: Kotaku

Alienware M11x R2 Unboxing (video!)

What makes the Alienware M11x have the naming scheme “R2″ next to it? It stands for Revision 2, because it includes the new Nvidia Optimus graphics switching tech based on the same discrete GeForce 335m graphics setup with Intel HD graphics. This particular unit also has a Core i7 ULV CPU running at 1.20 GHz, and can be overclocked via the BIOS to a freakish 2.26 GHz while still staying moderately warm, but not hot. The screen is the same 11.6 WLED with 1336×768 resolution, and this particular unit (again) has a matte black finish with a rubber feel The unboxing is above, available in glorious HD.

The full review comes next week, along with more unboxings and surprises.