• Feb 24th 2010 at 7:01AM
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Just how many MotoGP World Championships does it take to get your very own signature line of computers? Well... everybody's favorite Doctor and Packard Bell have answered unanimously. Nine is the number! Valentino Rossi has agreed to sign off with the continued Yamaha racing partner, which will officially badge a line of notebooks the VR46 lineup.

The view comes from 11.6 inches of HD screen space. To ensure you catch all the action while replaying your favorite MotoGP clips, Diamond View LCD technology is said to keep things clear on those mind-bending high-speed straights. A built-in six-cell battery will allow you to make use of the webcam and microphone, as well as connecting to the outside world via a 3G module, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for up to eight hours. Finally, a full-size keyboard and multifunction touch pad should make searching for the latest race results as easy as a good victory lap wheelie.

Don't worry, you won't have a hard time spotting the VR46 in the lineup at your favorite electronics depot. Design partner Aldo Drudi lends his famous Star and Moon artwork to the lid, making it a replica of the one you see Rossi sporting on the track. Each point of the star is one-of-a-kind to honor the five continents where GP racing takes place. The same number 46 that has become a Rossi family tradition is visible on the front cover and the inside just as it is on the front-running YZR-M1.

If you need another excuse to daydream about bar-to-bar battles in the corkscrew at Laguna, we recommend taking a moment when pulling out your VR46. Now, send an note to your boss explaining why you need some time off to make a local track day!

[Source: Ultimate Motorcyling]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Packard Bell, Duke 3D and yelling at my mom to hang up the phone because my buddy and I were trying to play a one on one deathmatch over dialup.


      Those were the good old days...

      /All out of gum.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doom, Duke 3d, X-com, Grim Fandango.....man, those were the days
      • 5 Years Ago

      What does this have to do with The Doctor and Doctor Who? I don't see a connection or a Tardis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh, the commenting system ate my snarky comment tags.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What ever happened to evolution? Packard Bell's were so crappy I thought they became extinct until I read this. At least come out with an R version and slap a big ol' PBR sticker on the cover.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Packard Bell.... really?

      I don't care who's name is on it... a Packard Bell, nor any computer that looks like that, is ridiculous. Buy a real HP, if you want something, instead of their cut-rate bargain brand...

      Did this become the cast off news from Engadget, or something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, Packard Bell is the cheap version of Acer. Even back in the day I don't think it was owned by HP. Compaq was/is the HP cheap line.

        Still, I'm with you on what to buy. This American/Wal-Mart it's gotta be the cheapest thing around mentality cracks me up. Smart consumers buy on value, not price. The cheapest thing out there is rarely the best value. Same goes for the most expensive... Although in terms of cars, I've heard the Veyron is an unbelievable bargain, compared to how expensive it actually was to develop and manufacture.
        • 5 Years Ago
        E-Machines is legit now. They bought Gateway and actually improved their quality.

        Computers are like electronics are like appliances are like cars. Price means nothing as to how reliable it will be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice catch... I had forgotten that PB went to Acer...

        I remember a friend of mine that had a PB desktop in 1997, and it was an utter piece of cheap junk then. I had hoped that PB had just faded away. It makes eMachines look legit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, commercialism at its finest!!!! I'm still waiting for the Ferrari/Shumacher toilet seat. Build it and they shall buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having just had my HP laptop die after only 2 years, I don't recommend them either. A lot of people have had bad Packard Bell experiences. A friend stopped me from buying one and I bought a Dell instead. Didn't have any trouble with that one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was my early morning not-thinking-straight mistake... PB is not HP subsidiary, as noted above. Sorry about that. I haven't even THOUGHT about PB in years and years.

        ...and I work with laptops for a living. Never Packard Bell, though. Gateway was a big enough burn.

        As such, I would never suggest someone buy a laptop without an extended warranty. The machines take too much movement, heat, and are too vulnerable to impact to not have the warranty cover a fix, if possible. A dead HP after two years should get replacement parts under warranty until it is perfect, or else should be replaced under warranty.

        A desktop with standardized, cheaper circuit boards and other components is a different matter, and replacement parts can be sourced all over the place. Laptops are FAR more specific, and expensive. Warranty is worth every penny, especially with accidental damage coverage.

        Take it from someone who does that every day for end users.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Packard Bell? I haven't heard that name in years. I wasn't aware they still existed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Packard Bell? Someone kill it with fire, because it has to be a zombie....

      Back in the day my parent's bought me a PB for college. When I went to add memory to this brand-new computer, someone had labeled some of the components "BAD" in sharpie....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it. 11 Comments so far.

      11 people (12 if you include me) thinking "PB still exists? WHY?"
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