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Old December 8, 2010, 03:40 AM
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I've done a quick search myself through the usual suspects, but so far haven't come across any yet.

IMO, the perfect notebook config would be a small(ish) SSD with a high bandwidth connection to an external HDD.

Has anybody come across a sub-$1K notebook with a USB3 port on it? If not, are there any suggestions that they're on the horizon?
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Old December 8, 2010, 04:29 AM
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SOME of the Asus' Bamboo line for example come with USB 3.0 but they are hard to find, same goes for the other sub 1k notebooks. USB 3.0 notebooks that A) dont suck and B) dont cost a fortune are rare right now as there basically is only ONE host controller chip in mass use (and its still going for still like 4-5 bucks, which better than the 9 it originally went for is still $$$).

This should change in the nearish future as the FL1000 controller chip was just apporved (only the second host controller chip actually) and most of the big mfg'ers put in big orders for this single port host controller. TBH, IF you can wait a little bit longer another option should in theory pop up (no idea on costs though) as Intel did announce its next gen will have usb 3.0....so either FL1000 equipped lappys or Intel lappys will start popping up in early to mid 2011. :)

EASIEST way to get USB 3.0 RIGHT NOW is to buy a lappy you like and just make sure it has an expresscard slot. You can get some pretty reasonably priced ones, even ones that seat damn near FLUSH. Just dont expect to get full USB 3.0 speed as you will be limited to the 1.0 std UNLESS it specifically states its 2.0 compatible (which was only ratified last year IIRC)....then again 2.5Gbit/s is not too shabby either!
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Old December 9, 2010, 04:37 PM
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Thanks for the info, I'll pass it along.

I was surprised that it wasn't becoming the norm on all notebooks. Seems like one of the few non-powersaving related tech advances that's almost custom tailored for portable use.

I'm going to mention the bamboo series (we were initially looking at ASUS branded laptops), but I think I'm also going to recommend waiting a month or two to see what comes out. IMO, this is really something that would be worthwhile waiting on.
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Old December 20, 2010, 03:57 AM
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lenovo comes with both, t510, w510 and others
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