Computex 2006: Pretty Fly, for a Notebook

A new FlyBook hinge design and a 7900 GTX SLI Notebook.

The notebook scene has been a little sparse here at Computex but then considering how many notebooks pass through our labs, it’s not surprising. In fact, generally speaking there isn’t a lot here that hasn’t been shown at CeBit or released in the interim.

Some of you might recall that Riyad quite recently took a look at the Dialogue FlyBook which didn’t quite live up to his expectations. Dialogue’s latest notebook however, takes things to the next level.

As you can see from my quick collage of photos, the hinge system on the VM series is quite unique. One moment it’s a standard notebook, then the next it may as well be a portable DVD player. I often discover when flying that if the person in front of you moves their seats back, just opening your notebook lid can be an issue. This 12” notebook seems small enough that you can open it and work, but using this new hinge system you can also watch films on it fairly well. Without the keyboard in view, you are no longer constantly reminded that you are watching your movies on a PC.

Over on the nVidia stand, very little attention was being drawn to this 19” notebook. Unlike the recently reviewed 20” Acer, this baby from Alienware is sporting ”’two”’ 7900 GTX mobile chips, in SLI. The chassis itself is identical to the AJP SLI 19” Notebook I took a look at recently, but sprayed up to look prettier.

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