Acer, Gateway, and Lenovo have made available new laptops with AMD Llano Accelerated Processing Units. The notebooks are mainstream and affordable systems with 15.6″ displays.
The new laptop from Acer is the Aspire AS5560G-SB485. Priced at $700 (Newegg), the AS5560G-SB485 packs the AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M APU with the Radeon HD 6470M graphics, 4GB DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a DVD burner. According to the laptop image on Acer.com, it has a slightly changed design when compared to other AS5000 series notebooks.
Acer’s subsidiary Gateway has on offer the entry-level NV55S03u, which delivers the A4-3300M with dual CPU 1.9GHz cores, Radeon HD 6480M GPU, and also 4GB RAM/500GB HDD/DVD burner combination for $480 (Amazon). It belongs to the recently updated NV series.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z series Z575 is offered via the company’s website in two variants. The first has the same core component specs and price as the Gateway NV55S03u, while the second configuration features the AMD A6-3400M quad-core with the HD 6520G, as well as 4GB RAM, a 750GB HDD, DVD writer, and $679 price tag.
All of these notebooks have 1366×768 display resolution, built-in web cameras, HDMI outputs, 6-cell batteries, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Other previously released AMD Llano-based laptops include the HP Pavilion and ProBook, and the Toshiba L Series. Sony is also expected to release an E series VAIO 15.5-incher with the APU.