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Gucci unveils their own 3D glasses, available for the holidays at $225

Yep, along with Oakley who’s releasing 3D glasses in the holidays for the Tron Legacy movie, luxury designer label Gucci is also following the bandwagon with their own. And you heard that right, it’s currently priced at $225, also scheduled for a holiday release. What’s in store that would make the price tag reasonable (aside from the brand of course)? Read more to fund out.

Gucci tells us that these pair of glasses have “optically-correct” 6-base curved lenses. Now what in the world does that mean? They’re saying that having will eliminate the “crosstalk” from the screen to your eyes — creating a much more clear experience of the movie than before. Aside from normal 3D, these are also optimized for use in Real D 3D cinemas. The other side of the glasses, on the other hand, have a “multi-layered mirror coating” which would make the glasses act as a mirror without any distortion.
The question is, are you willing to spend that much for these pair of 3D glasses? Just make sure that you don’t leave them at the cinemas.

Microsoft Employees Will Get Free Phone 7 Devices

Quick activation is guaranteed for at least 89,000 of the Windows Phone 7 smartphones from Samsung and HTC that debut next week. Microsoft is giving free Phone 7 devices to its employees, adopting a tactic also used by Google and Apple. An analyst called Phone 7 “highly advanced,” but Gartner thinks Microsoft’s market share may actually decline.

No one can predict how the new devices powered by Microsoft Windows Phone 7 will sell when they hit the market next week. But the software giant can be sure that at least 89,000 of the smartphones made by HTC and Samsung will be quickly activated. The company is giving them away to all its employees.

‘Smart Idea’

While that number of users is too small to have much of an impact on the analytics of major web sites and industry trackers who keep tabs on smartphone traffic, it will quickly get the phones on the street and in the eyes of consumers in time for the holiday shopping season.

“The first step toward getting the word out is naturally to give it out internally,” said analyst Gerry Purdy of MobilTrax. “When you think about it, each person could show the phone to at least 10 people. Before you know it, almost a million people have seen it as a result.”

Google and Apple have also given out their smartphones to employees, and Purdy said Research In Motion often gives free BlackBerry devices to analysts.

Microsoft’s emphasis on brand loyalty was clear last week when Melinda Gates, wife of cofounder and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, told The New York Times there are no products from rival Apple in their home, and her kids have been denied iPods. “You may have a Zune,” she said she told them.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined comment about which smartphones are being offered to employees and whether service will also be comped. News of the freebies came after CEO Steve Ballmer told the company’s Professional Developers Conference on Thursday that he believes the company can rebound from its stumbling efforts to enter the smartphone market, where its devices lag behind those powered by Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, and Nokia’s Symbian.

“There’s no question we’re early” in the effort to keep up, Ballmer said. Microsoft suffered a setback last summer when it discontinued a line of social-network-oriented KIN phones aimed at younger users after only six weeks on the market. Those phones ran on software acquired by Microsoft when it took over Danger, maker of the then-popular T-Mobile Sidekick devices.

Dire Prediction

Purdy, who has seen demonstrations of Windows Phone 7, called it “highly advanced” and a “whole new ballgame” compared to previous Windows mobile systems.

But Gartner Research sees Microsoft essentially running in place, with a slight bump expected from the Phone 7 debut on Nov. 8. It predicts only a 3.9 percent share of the smartphone market by 2014, down from Microsoft’s present 4.7 percent share.

At that time, Symbian and Android devices will be about tied for domination, with 30.2 percent and 29.6 percent of the market, respectively, Gartner predicts.

Facebook launches quirky ‘friendship pages’

It lets users load all the interaction data between them and individual friends.

Facebook today launched a feature called “Friendship Pages,” which lets users load up the interactions between themselves and individual friends, or between any two friends, on the social network. You’ll see their posts on one another’s walls, events to which both RSVP’d, photos in which both are tagged, and other interactions that you would otherwise be able to access on either friend’s profile (i.e. nothing that wouldn’t otherwise be public).

Friendship Pages are live as of Thursday but are not yet accessible to all members.

It’s another feature, like the redesigned Facebook Groups, that highlights the intimacy of real-world connections projected through Facebook, something that has been obscured as the massive social network has grown far beyond 500 million users around the world and has become a hub for everything from FarmVille crop-tending to “Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong In?” quiz results. I’m a Ravenclaw, by the way.

This is the brainchild of a single Facebook engineer, Wayne Kao, who built the feature at one of the company’s all-night “hackathons” along with a designer. “One of my favorite Facebook moments is browsing photos from friends in the News Feed after they’ve begun a new relationship, gotten engaged or gotten married,” Kao wrote in a blog post. “It gives me a fun and meaningful glimpse of the friendship between two people I know. I realized that a similarly magical experience was possible if all of the photos and posts between two friends were brought together.”

It’s cute, if a little creepy that I can now dive into the digital (albeit public) interactions between two individuals to find out when they started dating, whose Halloween keggers they attended together, or whether there is a chance that their Facebook posts to one another hint that they are in cahoots in a nefarious plan to gang up on me.

Then there’s the fact that, well, ideally our most meaningful friendships will at least have some memorable moments that happen outside of Facebook’s reach, however eye-of-Sauron its scope may be at this point.

The real utility of Facebook friendship pages for me, rather, will be to chart and catalog the long history of insults and snark that my younger brother and I fling at one another on our Facebook walls. This week he pointed me to the results of a survey that suggest being a younger sibling may make you shorter than you would be otherwise, and used my Facebook wall to sarcastically thank me for shaving inches off his height. Me: “You’re already tall enough. If you got those extra 3-4 inches you’d have trouble buying pants and a significantly more embarrassing portfolio of nicknames.”

Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

 

Mobile number portability (MNP) enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator toanother.

31 October 2010 is the day when mobile number portability (MNP) will be implemented in India, but there are several things about MNP that are not known to the public. Let us take a look at what it is all about.

General overview

MNP is implemented in different ways across the globe. The international and European standard is for a customer wishing to port his/her number to contact the new provider (Recipient) who will then arrange necessary process with the old provider (Donor). This is also known as ‘Recipient-Led’ porting. The UK is the only country to not implement a Recipient-Led system, where a customer wishing to port his/her number is required to contact the Donor to obtain a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) which he/she then has to give to the Recipient. Once having received the PAC the Recipient continues the port process by contacting the Donor. This form of porting is also known as ‘Donor-Led’ and has been criticised by some industry analysts as being inefficient. It has also been observed that it may act as a customer deterrent as well as allowing the Donor an opportunity of ‘winning-back’ the customer. This might lead to distortion of competition, especially in the markets with new entrants that are yet to achieve scalability of operation.

Technical details

A significant technical aspect of MNP (Mobile Number Portability) is related to the routing of calls or mobile messages (SMS, MMS) to a number once it has been ported. There are various flavours of call routing implementation across the globe but the international and European best practice is via the use of a central database (CDB) of ported numbers. Network operator makes copies of CDB and queries it to find out which network to send a call to. This is also known as All Call Query (ACQ) and is highly efficient and scalable. Majority of the established and upcoming MNP systems across the world are based on this ACQ/CDB method of call routing. One of the very few countries to not use ACQ/CDB is the UK where calls to a number once it has been ported are still routed via the Donor network. This is also known as ‘Indirect Routing’ and is highly inefficient as it is wasteful of transmission and switching capacity. Because of its Donor dependent nature, Indirect Routing also means that if the Donor network develops a fault or goes out of business, the customers who have ported out of that network will lose incoming calls to their numbers. The UK telecoms regulator Ofcom completed its extended review of the UK MNP process on 29 November 2007 and mandated that ACQ/CDB be implemented for mobile to mobile ported calls by no later than 1 September 2009, and for all other (fixed and mobile) ported calls by no later than 31 December 2012.

Prior to March 2008 it took a minimum of 5 working days to port a number in the UK compared to 2 hours only in USA, as low as 20 minutes in the Republic of Ireland, 3 minutes in Australia and even a matter of seconds in New Zealand. On 17 July 2007, Ofcom released its conclusions from the review of UK MNP and mandated reduction of porting time to 2 working days with effect from 1 April 2008. On 29 November 2007, Ofcom completed its consultation on further reduction to porting time to 2 hours along with recipient led porting and mandated that near-instant (no more than 2 hours) recipient led porting be implemented by no later than 1 September 2009.

In a decentralised model of MNP, a FNR (Flexible Number Register) may be used to manage a database of ported out/ported in numbers for call routing.

Number Lookup Services

Service providers and carriers who route messages and voice calls to MNP-enabled countries might use HLR query services to find out the correct network of a mobile phone number. A number of such services exist, which query the operator’s home location register (HLR) over the SS7 signalling network in order to determine the current network of a specified mobile phone number prior to attempted routing of messaging or voice traffic.
All about MNP

MNP is the facility that lets a mobile phone subscriber retain his/her original mobile number even after moving from one service provider to another. This is implemented in two different ways around the world. Some countries have the subscriber wanting to port his/her number to contact the new provider, also called the Recipient first. The Recipient then has to work with the old provider known as the Donor to arrange for the smooth transfer of the number. This method is known as Recipient-led porting.

Another, though a less popular way, is to have the subscriber to contact the Donor to obtain a Porting Authorization Code (PAC), which he/she has to provide to the Recipient. The Recipient then has to contact the Donor to complete the porting process. This is known as Donor-led method, but is not popular because there is a chance that the Donor may lure a subscriber to retain his subscription, leading to distortion of competition.

In India, MNP has been elusive so far. It has been implemented the world over and we are one of the last countries left to implement MNP – even our neighbor Pakistan implemented MNP way back in March 2007.

But the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made clear that there won’t be any further delays and it will surely be implemented on November 1, 2010. To use MNP facility, the subscriber will have to pay a non-refundable fixed charge of Rs.19, while the dipping charge is left to mutual negotiation between the telecom service providers and the MNP service providers. The porting charge shall not exceed the per port transaction charge of Rs.19, according to TRAI directive.

In India, the Recipient-led porting procedure will be used. The porting process would involve a break in service when a number is detached from the donor and added to the recipient, which should not take more than two hours during which no mobile service will be available. After this, the recipient operator has to carry out subscriber verification according to guidelines for acquiring a new user, within five days of receiving a written request. Once verified, the request is forwarded to the donor, seeking its clearance. The donor then has to verify and get back to the recipient with details within two days. MNP is then implemented.

To be able to cope up with the enormous logistics involved, mobile number portability will be carried out by dividing the country into two zones for the purpose of security and reliability. The zones are as shown in the map.

Implications of MNP

The general opinion is that this is a good initiative, but is it really so? We need to consider a few things MNP will impact.

The first and foremost thing to note about MNP is that it will promote healthy competition. Mobile subscribers will no longer be faced with the dilemma whether they should shift to a better operator and lose their mobile number, or to stay dissatisfied with the current one and retain their number. They will now be empowered to go to any operator who they think will serve them better. Effectively, this will stimulate mobile operators to better their services to retain their subscriber base and prevent subscribers from looking towards greener pastures .

This is also like a double-edged sword. It can actually push established mobile operators towards the edge if people start moving towards a newer operator who has nothing to lose and is able to lure subscribers just because of good advertising, and no actual track record.

Postpaid mobile subscribers must have no outstanding bills on the date of application of porting. Prepaid users will lose their balance amount after number porting. Thus, you essentially start off with a clean slate, with the original number.

Though most do not know, the rule is that MNP is available within a telecom circle. This usually means a state. Therefore, you cannot retain your number if you shift from one state to another for change of residence due to your job. (Of course, you can retain your number the old way with expensive national roaming).

It will be impossible to easily ascertain the location of a number. Currently, the first few digits of a mobile number are enough to give you the location of the mobile number as well as its mobile operator. But with MNP in place, the number is not bound to any region or operator, making it very difficult to identify the physical location and telecom operator. Again, as noted in the last point, you can’t port number between circles, so as of now at least it would be possible to identify the circle to which a number belongs.

From experiences of mobile subscribers abroad, especially in the UK and New Zealand, the process of changing your mobile number may not exactly be a pleasant ride. Subscribers in these countries have had to endure a lot of hardships owing to MNP. They have had to run between Recipient and Donor operators, re-submitting applications and documents again and again, having to wait for a much longer period for the porting to take place even though it should happen within a stipulated number of days (due to the enormous logistics involved in the process), and also facing with an interim period of uncertainty when you are actually a customer of both operators, thus having to pay monthly rentals to each one of them.

Once having changed your operator retaining the same mobile number, the TRAI directive states that the subscriber has to remain with the new provider for a minimum lock-in period of 90 days before shifting to another provider using MNP. While this sounds fair enough from the operator’s point of view so that he gets a fair chance to prove himself , it may be a nightmare for the subscriber if this new operator is even worse than the previous one. However, if you have a quick second thought, you are given the liberty of withdrawing your porting request within 24 hours of the submission of the application. The porting charges will not be refunded.

If you use an iPhone locked to a certain network, then the chances are that you will not be able to use it with another network even though you can technically change your operator keeping the same number. In a similar manner, if you want to move from one technology to another, such as CDMA to GSM or vice versa, the handset won’t work due to incompatibility.

To summarize, considering all the pros and cons, mobile number portability is a good thing that is happening and is something that should have been implemented many years ago. As is the usual case with all new technological implementations, there will be hiccups with MNP too. But we surmise that the end result will be good, or at least let us hope for the best.

A new page will load giving you full, up to date instructions for porting your mobile phone number from one Indian mobile phone provider to another. The process is quick and simple and importantly to you, convenient. NOTE: Details are not yet available but we will have them here as soon as mobile number portability data is available!

http://www.mobilenumberporting.in/

Asus Eee PC 1215N

This Net book is very much similar to Asus Lamborghini VX6 in the internals of the netbook if we see, but externals are really not as tempting as if that one. you will only  You get a dual core Atom D525 running at 1.8GHz, which is plenty for rudimentary tasks like surfing the net or working on office documents.

For that extra punch you have Nvidia’s next generation ION technology embedded, which can easily playback 1080p videos that you can output to an HDTV via the HDMI out port. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all this goodness minus the fancy branding?

Well, Asus seems to have foreseen such a demand, and come next month, we’ll be able to get our hands on it. Asus will not be selling the 1215N in retail stores, as it will only be available on back to back order. So you’ll have to make an inquiry with Asus and they will arrange one for you.

We managed to snag a review sample from Asus and today we’ll find out what this netbook is capable of.

Design

gsmarena 001 Asus 1215N features dual core Atom, ION and Optumus, strikes fear into the hearts of other netbooks

The specifications are very similar to the VX6, almost identical actually, but it is configurable. Our review sample came with 2GB of RAM (upgradable up to 4GB), Atom D525, 250GB hard drive (optional 320GB). The 1215N has a slightly different styling, but looks stylish nonetheless. The entire body has a matte finish, which reduces finger prints and is a lot easier to maintain. The 12.1″ netbook is light enough to be carried around with ease and is really slim like the rest of the Seashell series.

The maroon shade is pleasing to the eye and breaks the monotony of silver and black.

There is a compartment in the bottom for swapping the RAM.

The left features a USB port, HDMI, card reader and VGA. The vent is also placed here since the rear is taken up by the battery.

The right side bears the headphone and microphone jack, two USB ports, LAN jack and Kensington lock.  This review unit did not have USB 3.0 ports, but it is mentioned on the Asus site as an optional feature, so when placing your order don’t forget to check if it’s there.

The front of the netbook only has status lights.

The chiclet keyboard makes its return in the 1215N. The keys are spaced out very well, so typing should not be a problem. There are two shortcut buttons on the top, one for toggling the Asus Super Hybrid Engine power modes and the other for WiFi. The unit that we have also supports WiMax, but we doubt this will make it to the Indian retail model. The palm rest is nice and wide making it comfortable for people with large hands.

Overall, we liked the design and construction of the Asus 1215N. The screen supports HD, which makes it good for watching movies. It is also large enough for comfortably surfing the internet.

Performance

Note: The display drivers on this unit just refused to scale to the native resolution. We tried a bunch of drivers from Asus, Nvidia and Intel but still couldn’t get the native resolution to show in the graphics properties. Apart from this there wasn’t any big concern and we were able to complete out tests.

Real World usage

Thanks to the 2GB RAM and the 1.8GHz Atom D525, Windows 7 is pretty spiffy to use. Applications respond a bit quicker as compared a lower spec’d netbook.  For HD video playback we installed the K-lite video codec pack beforehand to ensure that the decoding work gets offloaded to the NVIDIA graphics chip. As expected, almost all the 1080p HD videos we threw at it were played back effortlessly. With respect to gaming, the Street Fighter IV benchmark played back a little laggy 23 FPS with maxed out settings. So forget playing today’s heavy-duty PC gaming on this thing. But it wouldn’t be so bad to run a NFS Most Wanted or any other game from that era.

The trackpad is smooth and very easy to use unlike the one on the VX6. However, the two mouse buttons are incredibly hard to press and they only give in towards the edges. We hope Asus corrects this in the retail samples that come to India; otherwise those buttons are as good as useless. We also noticed the 1215N expelling a lot of warm air even when just surfing the net, which could mean either the D525 or the ION chipset runs a bit on the hotter side, which in turn requires the fan to spin for most of the time, which could affect the battery life.
Battery life

The 1215N came with a 6-cell 47Whr battery pack. We let it run a 720p video in loop with full brightness and sound. Here, we made sure that WMP used the Intel onboard and not the ION chipset. By doing this we got a decent battery life of 2hrs and 30min, which is not the best, but not too bad either for a dual core Atom. But in doing non graphics-intensive tasks, like typing a word document in an online office suite and general surfing over Wi-fi, it delivered better figures. Here it was able to deliver just about 4hrs. Its stylish cousin, the VX6, managed a little more but that was only because it had a higher capacity battery.

Pricing and Verdict

The 1215N should be configurable when it becomes available towards the end of November. Asus stated an MRP of Rs.26,999 for the following configuration of the 1215N.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU : 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525
Chipset : Next Generation ION MCP79
Memory : 2GB  800MHz DDR2
Screen: 12.1″ HD LED backlit LCD (1366×768)
HDD : 250GB  5,400rpm
WLAN : 802.11 b/g/n with Bluetooth 3.0
USB : 2.0
Graphics : Intel GMA 3150 / Nvidia Ion
Dimensions (WD) : 11.7 x 8.0 inches 

Height : 0.9-1.4 inches

Screen size (diagonal) : 12.1 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapte : 3.3/3.9 pounds

This is a much better pricing compared to the VX6, as you’re basically getting the same internals for a lower price. You’re still losing out on USB 3.0 in this configuration, but hopefully it can be configured.

We really liked the 1215N for its good multimedia performance and decent battery life. It looks great and has a good screen for working or watching movies. My only gripe right now is the mouse buttons that are terrible and unusable (hopefully it’s just our unit). Also, we would have liked to see USB 3.0 included at this price.

Overview:

The good:

Includes Intel’s dual-core Atom CPU, plus Nvidia Ion graphics and Optimus graphic-switching technology; good game and video playback performance.

The bad:

Other low-cost ultraportables with AMD’s dual-core Neo are faster; flimsy keyboard; stiff mouse buttons.

The bottom line:

The Asus Eee PC 1215N combines Intel’s dual-core Atom CPU with Nvidia Ion graphics and Optimus GPU-switching for an impressive overall package, but one that still feels a bit too much like a Netbook.

Opera 11 alpha: Completing your Web browsing puzzle

Opera has launched version 11 alpha of its desktop browser. It comes with a host of improvements, most notable of which are support for extensions and a newer version of their layout engine, Presto 2.6.37, which promises even faster performance and more features.

Opera has always been a browser which took pride in having the most number of features built-in to the browser compared to other browsers such as Firefox, which had fewer features built-in but had support for extensions which dramatically increased its functionality. A while back Google added support for extensions in Chrome and recently, even Apple did the same with Safari. Now it seems Opera has suddenly seen the value in having extensions support on their desktop browser and hence 11 alpha comes with add-on support.

Right now the number of extensions is quite low, 19 to be precise, but you can expect it to grow eventually. We found a couple of useful ones such as a YouTube video downloader and bit.ly URL shortener. When you install an add-on, it becomes available immediately just like on Chrome and Safari and you don’t have to restart the browser like in Firefox.

To know how to create extensions for Opera, visit: http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/introduction-to-opera-extensions/. Extensions can be made using common web standards, such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. The extensions are curated before appearing on Opera’s website.

Hopefully, the support for extension will increase the user base of the browser as it currently has the lowest market share amongst all the top browsers. To download Opera 11 alpha for your Windows, Mac or Linux PC.

Try it out

To run Opera Extensions, you’ll need an Opera 11 Labs build that supports them:

Note that the current release is an experimental labs build, therefore the implementation, architecture and design may change before the final release. If you create a complex extension, it may require updates as our APIs mature.

Once you’ve installed Opera 11 alpha you’ll be automatically directed to http://addons.labs.opera.com. This is our online catalog of extensions. Please bear in mind that both Opera 11 alpha and the online extensions catalog is under continuous development.

MSI unveils 17-inch laptops Superior Multimedia Performance, Stylish Looks MSI FX700/FR700

Micro-Star International (MSI) has expanded its laptop lineup with the addition of FX700 and FR700 notebooks. Featuring Intel Core i5 processor, FX700 and FR700 come with MSI’s TDE Turbo technology.  

Both laptops come with 17.3 inch LED display, with anti-scratch and anti-smudge shells.

The laptops come in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB storage capacities preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium edition. While FX700 is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GT 425M (1GB) graphics, FR700 has Intel graphics solution.  FX700 also has Creative’s THX cinema-class wrap around sound technology.

The laptops also includes a standard DVD drive, HDMI/VGA outputs, two USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, 5-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 720p HD webcam, multipoint touchpad and a six-cell battery.

Both MSI FX700 and FR700 feature MSI’s Cinema Pro technology.

The MSI FX700 and FR700 feature MSI’s own anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating, Intel’s powerful Core i5 processor, and MSI’s TDE Turbo Boost technology for mobile computing platforms boasting the ultimate in style and performance.

Taipei—MSI’s all-new 17.3-inch FX700 and FR700 notebook computers with soft contours and gentle lines stand out from the crowd. In addition to chrome trim around the speakers, these laptops come with chiclet keyboards that offer a unique feel, raised multipoint touchpad, and a hot key zone with a brush metal finish. The FX700 and FR700 are also sheathed in MSI’s own anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating technology, putting them in a class all their own.

MSI Marketing Director Sam Chern adds that the beneath their chic exteriors, the FX700 and FR700 pack muscle. Under the hood, they pack the powerful Intel Core i5 processor and MSI’s TDE turbo technology. The FX700 comes with a discrete graphics card and MSI GPU Boost technology to greatly enhance system and multimedia performance as well as THX’ high-end cinema-class wrap around sound. MSI worked closely with world-renowned sound system and recording equipment designer Dynaudio to incorporate high quality sound technology into laptops to design mobile computing platforms featuring stylish exteriors and exceptional multimedia performance.

Stylishly refined
Perfect marriage of style and craftsmanship: The FX700 and FR700 laptops are proof that MSI continues to insist on the best. Their jet black covers are sheathed in non-peeling raised totem seal coating to prevent scratching and smudging. The centers of the covers are graced with MSI’s glowing platinum logo and the wrist rest areas with a soft raised diamond coating that not only soothes hands, but adds an extra touch of class. Precision technology: Every detail of the FX700 and FR700 was meticulously crafted by MSI’s design team. The power button is encircled by chrome which blends wonderfully with the cold, luminescent blue lights above the keyboard. The unassuming platinum trim around the speakers and body as well as the unmatched chiclet keyboard with its solid touch, raised multipoint touchpad, and the brush finish of the hotkey zone further underscore the taste and class of these two chic machines.

Turbo at the touch of a finger
Intel Core i5 processor: The FX700 and FR700 come with Intel’s powerful and energy-sipping Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost and Intel® Hyper-Threading technology with dynamic adaptive performance to handle more data and vastly increase overall system performance.

TDE technology: The FX700 and FR700 pack MSI’s TDE (Turbo Drive Engine technology). A touch of the mirror finish P1 hot key above the keyboard instantly throttles up system performance, so that your computer doesn’t bog down when it’s processing big load applications.

GPU Boost technology: The MSI FX700 comes with the nVidia GeForce GT 425M discrete graphics card with 1GB GDDR3 of display memory for high performance. It not only supports DirectX11, when your system needs extra processing power, the automatic graphics switching in MSI’s GPU Boost technology kicks over to discrete graphics card mode for superior, true-to-life multimedia enjoyment. When performing general word processing tasks or browsing the Internet, it automatically cuts to the power-sipping integrated graphics chip mode.

Awesome multimedia performance
THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound: MSI and world leader in sound design technology Creative worked together to incorporate professional theater-grade THX TruStudio Pro into the FX700 and FR700 NBs. It works with four top-end internal speakers to give you undistorted sound, regardless of music type or frequency band. The Smart Volume and Surround technology ensure crisp, clean sound and enhance mood.

Perfect speaker position: To build a laptop with superb sound, you need to be meticulous about each and every detail. Even speaker locations and sound field design have to be calculated with precision. MSI worked side by side with Dynaudio to carry out vast amounts of study and countless calculations to determine ideal locations to install speakers to obtain obstruction-free sound transmission.

Cinema Pro technology: The MSI FX700 and FR700 feature powerful multimedia processing and MSI’s own Cinema Pro technology for the best possible graphics. A touch of the Cinema Pro hotkey instantly switches to film mode for higher resolution and richer colors to bring you the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios.

Multiple HD hardware: The MSI FX700 and FR700 are equipped with a wide cinema-class 16:9 ratio LED display. Not only are colors rich and crisp, you don’t have those pesky black bars at the top and bottom or your screen when viewing HD films. And the HD720p webcam allows you to enjoy fast, smooth, bright, and high fidelity web calls with friends and family. If you want more than a high definition computer screen.

FX700 Spec

Processor Intel Core i5 Processor
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Memory DDR3-1066MHz up to 8GB
Display 17.3″ HD+ LED backlight (16:9)
Graphics NVidia GeForce GT 425M -1GB
Video Output 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
Hard Disk Drive 320/500/640GB
Optical Disk Drive DVD Super Multi
Interfaces 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 5-in-1 card reader
Sound 4ch speakers, Sound by Dynaudio, THX TruStudio Pro
Communication 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 1x Gigabit LAN
Webcam HD (30fps@720p)
Battery 6-Cell Li-Ion
Dimension 417.8×269.3×33.5~39mm
Weight ~2.8kg(w/Battery)
Features TDE (Turbo Drive Engine), GPU Boost, Cinema Pro

FR700 Spec

Processor Intel Core i5 Processor
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Memory DDR3-1066MHz up to 8GB
Display 17.3″ HD+ LED backlight (16:9)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Video Output 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
Hard Disk Drive 320/500/640GB
Optical Disk Drive DVD Super Multi
Interfaces 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 5-in-1 card reader
Sound 4ch speakers, Sound by Dynaudio, THX TruStudio Pro
Communication 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 1x Gigabit LAN
Webcam HD (30fps@720p)
Battery 6-Cell Li-Ion
Dimension 417.8×269.3×33.5~39mm
Weight ~2.8kg(w/Battery)
Features TDE (Turbo Drive Engine), Cinema Pro , Anti-Fingerprint, Color-Film-Print

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