From Microsoft PressPass
"Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Mobility Center are among the enhancements designed to help people pursue their passion, whether at home or on the go.
REDMOND, Wash., July 23, 2007 – Holiday gift giving in July?
The holidays may be months away, but holiday spending brings out the expressive, the extravagant — and the exceptional. In preparation, Microsoft and computer hardware makers have been hard at work creating PCs that cater to the whim of givers and receivers alike. With Windows Vista, there are laptops for style mavens, gamers and lovers of all media. A person’s computer is often a statement about who they are, and they can rest assured that their computer will be well equipped, regardless of their choice.
Since the release of Windows Vista earlier this year, several companies have created PCs loaded with new mobility and multimedia capabilities. Windows Photo Gallery is designed to let users easily access all their photos and videos in one centralized place. Synchronizing content and personal information between computers and devices is also much easier; with Windows Mobility Center, Windows Sync Center and Windows Network and Sharing Center, users can ensure that content on their desktop, laptop, and Smartphone – or other mobile device – is consistent and up to date. "
The hardware coming out for Vista is just amazingly, aesthetically hot, here are three of my favorites:
Those who prefer a laptop designed for sleek lines and understated elegance may opt for the easy-to-carry Dell XPS M1330, which weighs in at four pounds. Use either computer as a portable entertainment center to tag, organize, share and view photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Noteworthy Design Details of the M1330:
• The M1330 starts at 0.9 inches in thickness, and weighs just under 4 pounds, making it one of the lightest 13-inch systems in the market
• An integrated 2.0 megapixel Web cam makes it easy to create a video blog or add video to instant message chats with friends and family
• The optional biometric fingerprint reader restricts access to the computer or key data by requiring a biometric password – the owner’s own fingerprint
A flip of the screen transforms the lightweight HPtx1000 tablet into a personal canvas for creative drawings, note taking and editing images. Plus, the new Sync Center will help users synchronize their Windows Vista based laptop, desktop, Smartphone and other devices, so they can always access their current contacts and appointments. The HP tx 1000 is designed to keep people stylish and on-time.
Noteworthy Design Details:
• The tx1000’s touch screen twists 180 degrees for presentations and DVD playback while traveling – and folds flat to capture hand-written notes and drawings
• The integrated fingerprint reader requires a swipe of the owner’s fingertips as part of the log-on process, and to access files and Websites that are password-protected
• A 1.3 MP Web cam and omni-directional microphone transform the tx1000 into the user’s own personal media hub
Stay connected anytime, anywhere with the Toshiba R500 Protégé. Among the thinnest laptops in the world (.77 inches thick), the Protégé is supremely portable, yet also powerful with a lengthy battery life. And with Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista, people can stay on top of the things they care about: display local weather, top news headlines, a gallery of favorite photos or content from one of Windows Sidebar’s hundreds of other mini applications.
Noteworthy Design Details of the R500 Protégé:
• Lightweight and durable, the R500 Protégé is designed to be a truly Mobile PC
• With a 64GB flash memory and 7-mm thin DVD-Super Multi Drive, the R500 Protégé does not compromise functionality for its lightweight design
• Along with a durable case, the R500 Protégé’s keyboard is also designed to resist liquids so people won’t have to worry about accidental spills
I’m surprised you can now get a Tablet at $999.99, the prices really are dropping. The main reason I wouldn’t mind having the R500 Protege is the 64 GB Flash memory drive. Although its small compared to what you will find in comparable or cheaper laptops, the Flash drive makes up for it in areas of performance and reliability and its deep integration with Vista.
I recently reviewed the Acer Ferrari 5000 which I consider to be a very nice mobile system which features really great technologies and specs such as a 2 GHz AMD Turion x2 64 bit processor, 2 GB’s of RAM, and 160 GB hard disk, integrated 1.3 MP Web camera, HMDI its definitely a fast system and it comes preloaded with Vista x64. I am also looking forward to learning more also about Dells forthcoming Dell Latitude Tablet PC.
Check out the Acer Ferrari 5000 review HERE
Check out the other Vista based formfactors here