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Monday, August 21, 2006

The Newest Addition to my Gadget Collection

My penchant for technology and gadgets seem to be increasing by the day. I have now added another IT product to my collection of IT gadgets and accessories – a HP Compaq Presario V5233EA notebook. The notebook made a comeback in the Middle East region and to mark this entry, HP invited selected journos from the UAE for the launch at Carrefour in Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, at an unearthly hour – 11 pm!

However, those journos who turned up for the launch were in for a surprise. The officials gave away 50% discount coupons to journos present at the launch event. The notebook was already available at an introductory price of 3,499 dirhams (Rs. 44,500). For journos however, with the 50% discount coupon, the price of the notebook translated to just 1,750 dirhams (Rs.22,250). Plus add to it 200 dirhams (Rs. 2,550) gift voucher from Careefour, which makes the effective price of the notebook as 1,550 dirhams (Rs. Below Rs. 20,000) – which is awesome!

The specification of the notebook is also quite mind-blowing.

Microprocessor: 1.60 GHz Intel Core Duo processor T2050 with Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
Microprocessor Cache: Level 2 cache 2MB
Memory: 1024MB DDR2 667-MHz (2 x 512MB)
Memory Max: Up to 2GB
Video Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Video Memory: Up to 128 MB (shared)
Hard Drive: 100GB (5400-rpm)
Multimedia Drive: Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
Display: 15.4” WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800)
Fax/Modem: High speed 56K modem
Network Card: 10/100 LAN Ethernet integrated
Wireless Connectivity: Intel Pro/Wireless 2200 802.11b/g Integrated Wireless LAN
Sound: Altec Lansing speakers
PC Card Slots:
• One type I or II PC card slot
• One ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
External Ports:
• 6-in-1 Memory Reader (xD, SD, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multimedia Card)
• 1 VGA port
• 3 USB 2.0 ports
• 1 IEEE-1394
• 1 RJ 11 modem connector
• 1 RJ 45 Ethernet connector
• S-video TV out
• Remote control infrared port (Remote Control optional)
• 1 Headphone-out w/ SPDIF Digital Audio, 1 Microphone-in port
• Cable docking connector
Weight: 2.98 kg (6.6 lbs)


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