updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu May 10, 2007
Two Top Santa Rosa laptops
The flood of Santa Rosa announcements continues, with Two Top joining NEC in pushing the platform for Japan. The premiere laptop is the ViP Note-ZS (pictured), which has a 15.4-inch WXGA (1280x800) display, a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, and Nvidia's newly-announced GeForce 8600M for video. The system comes stock with 2GB of RAM and 120GB of hard drive space, plus a Super Multi DVD drive. It should be available by the end of the month for 159,800 yen ($1,333).
The Progress GXT7500 should, in theory, completely dominate the ZS, since it has a 17-inch screen capable of 1080p, as well as a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo; the video card is only a GeForce Go 7950 GTX however, which despite twice the memory (512MB), is not capable of all the rendering effects of the 8600M.
The low-end system is the Lesance MS212IW-C2D-GT, which has similar specifications to the ViP Note-ZS, but defaults to integrated graphics and shrinks the screen to 12.1 inches. It should ship at an unspecified date for about $1,326; the GXT7500, meanwhile, will cost approximately $2,476. [via Akihabara News]