updated 03:50 pm EDT, Fri May 18, 2007
Santech Santa Rosa
Santech became one of the earliest regional PC builders to join in the launch of notebooks with Intel's Santa Rosa and faster NVIDIA video as their basis. Forming the foundation is the T34, which in spite of its 13.3-inch screen is driven by a new 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo and uses a 256MB GeForce 8400M GS for full-speed visuals in Windows Vista. The PC house also boasts 1GB of RAM, 802.11n wireless, and the option of either a 160GB 5400RPM drive (for the T3410) or a 100GB 7200RPM drive (for the T3420).
The system builder is also planning a slightly advanced 14-inch model known as the V35. Performance will be close to the T34 series with the exception of a slightly faster GeForce 8400M GT and the option of a 1GB Turbo Memory cache to speed access on the premium V3520.
A final model, the X36, will hold the company's current performance crown: in addition to a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, the system should gain a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT for gaming-level performance. RAM is doubled to 2GB while the faster 100GB 7200RPM drive is made standard. It should also be the company's primary media center notebook with a 1680x1050, 15.4-inch display and the option of a TV tuner.
Although the company's whole Santa Rosa line has been made public, Santech has yet to announce official pricing or when its systems will ship. All three PCs are primarily intended for Italian buyers. [via Notebook Italia]