Death of the notebook greatly exaggerated

There have been predictions from every two-bit pundit capable of jabbing two fingers at a keyboard telling us that the era of the notebook will soon be over for some time now, but it would seem that someone forgot to tell every manufacturer under the sun, or the people shelling out for new hardware on a daily basis.

The Consumer Electronics Show, currently taking place in the middle of a desert somewhere, is awash luggable lappies from everyone from Acer to Sony. Some of them are in production and available, and other are prototypes which may or may not see the light of day.

Top of the 'oooh that's pretty' pile is Samsung's bizarre but strangely intriguing semi-transparent OLED display strapped to a standard looking clamshell notebook. Samsung reckons there are commercial applications galore for the see-thru screen, but we can see security issues for government employees doing a spot of work of on the 5.45 to Penge.

Asus is punting a brace of boutique models in daft colours for the $100 haircut crowd, and keeps banging on about design awards and fashion and style. With shells made of bamboo for the treehuggers and polished mirror-finish aluminium for those with OCD (must remove the fingerprints, scratches are evil, smears... smears... smears).

For those more likely to be living in their mother's basement than a Hoxton loft, Asus is offering the ROG73Jh gaming notebook which will have the FPSFPS (first person shooter frames per second) crowd drooling down their pepperoni-smeared T-shirts. An Intel Core7 processor, DX11 Radeon HD5870 graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 8 channel HD audio should have the gamer geeks queuing up for one of these, despite there being no pricing as yet.

MSI is also in on the act with a range of anorexic Macbook Air wannabes under the X-slim banner. The X360 notebook is apparently the first to feature Intel's Arrandale processor

Toshiba is showing off its 'ultrathin, not ultraexpensive' Satellite T100 marque with 11.6 and 13-inch screens selling between $650 and $700, though you'll have to cough up some extra cash if you want an optical drive.

Sony's new Viao F notebook also has a debut at CES with a 14.6-inch screen Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce graphics.