Introduction and Design
We have our heads in the clouds. Once a dream, cloud computing is now common and used to support everything from file sharing to email. Here at PC Perspective, for example, we often make use of Dropbox. Storing certain files “in the cloud” is much easier than directly emailing them to and fro.
Google is one of the cloud’s most ardent supporters. The Internet seems to be Google’s answer to everything from emails to file sharing to document editing. All these tasks can be accomplished online through a browser with a Google utility.
When Google announced that it was going to develop an entire OS based off its Chrome web browser there was much shock, speculation and excitement. In hindsight, however, this development was probably inevitable given the company’s love of everything online. Now, Google Chrome OS is a retail product. Let’s find out if a cloud OS can compete with more traditional options.
Subject: Mobile | August 4, 2011 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Aspire TimelineX, acer
Acer's Aspire TimelineX series comes in three sizes, from a Core i3 powered 13.3" model with no optical drive to a Core i5 15.6" model which is the largest and most powerful of the three. Hardware Secrets just reviewed the smallest member, the AS3830T-6417 which has a i3-2310M, 4GB of DDR3-1066, a 500GB HDD, HDMI out, two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port along with audio and card reader ports. Apart from the annoyance of a very reflective screen, they peg this notebook as a decent investment at its MSRP of $650.
"The TimelineX is Acer's name for ultra-thin laptops with simulated surround sound that promises over eight hours of battery life. TimelineX laptops can be found under Acer's TravelMate (TM) and Aspire (AS) series, with Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors. There are two TimelineX series under the Aspire series, the "old" and the "new." The new Aspire TimelineX comes with a blue casing, instead of the gray and black casing that was used before, and second-generation Core i CPUs ("Sandy Bridge"). The AS3830T-6417 is part of this new series."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Asus A53E-XA1 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Android 3.2 on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer: Tested @ AnandTech
- Thunder in the Air: Ars reviews the mid-2011 MacBook Air
- HP TouchPad (Wi-Fi) Review @ TechReviewSource
- Will a tablet be your next laptop? @ t-break
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 @ TechSpot
- T-Mobile G2x Review: Gingerbread-Infused @ AnandTech
- Casemate Tough Case for iPhone 4 Review @ Tech-Reviews
- HTC Trophy Cell Phone Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Motorola Droid 3 Review - Third Time's a Charm @ AnandTech
- Aprolink Shell Luminous iPhone 4 Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- BlackBerry Bold 9900 Smartphone Review @ t-break
Subject: Mobile | June 27, 2011 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tablet, honeycomb, Android, acer
As the table in AnandTech's review demonstrates, the interior of most tablets is dominated by a 1 Ghz ARM Cortex A9 with Tegra 2 doing the heavily graphical lifting. This puts the onus for standing out among the crowd on the look of the tablet and the compatible peripherals as well as the pice. Acer's design was not particularly well received at AnandTech, with several seams reducing their enjoyment of the tablet. On the plus side is the peripheral support, with HDMI and both a microSD card reader and a miniUSB port you will have no problems interfacing with your other gadgets. With a cost just under $400 AnandTech does like the tablet but they can't help but point out that with quad core ICS/Android 4.0 and Kal-El just around the corner you might want to wait for the next generation.
"Next in our series of Honeycomb tablet reviews is the Acer Iconia Tab A500. The A500 was the second Honeycomb tablet to go on sale, and is one of four on the market at present, all of which are very similar. They share basic specs—10.1” 1280x800 displays, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 underhood, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 16-64GB onboard NAND, front and rear facing cameras with HD video capture, basic wireless connectivity options, and stock versions of Android 3.0/3.1 Honeycomb (albeit with different preloaded software packages). The hardware similarities makes things like design and price that much more important, and the latter is where Acer seemed to have an edge."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Samsung Series 9 laptop @ The Register
- Samsung Series 9 laptop review @ The Inquirer
- HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition Review @ TechReviewSource
- Dell Inspiron 17R Review @ TechReviewSource
- BlackBerry PlayBook Review @ t-break
- Motorola XOOM Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Samsung Droid Charge Cell Phone Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Samsung Droid Charge Review - Droid Goes LTE @ AnandTech
Acer recently announced two new additions to its Ethos notebook lineup, which specialize in HD media and gaming. The Acer Aspire Ethos AS59516 and Ethos AS89516 specifically, feature all black, brushed aluminum chassis with a magnesium alloy cover. A 1.3 megapixel webcam, back-lit keyboard, and a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass LCD display are features of both models. External Ports include HDMI, USB 3.0, a combination USB/eSATA port. Further, internal hardware includes Intel’s 2nd generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, between 500GB and 1.5TB of hard drive storage, a NVIDIA GT550M, and a WiFi radio, and Blu-Ray (or DVD) optical drive are all available options.
The removable touchpad/remote.
With the general hardware out of the way, the most interesting feature that the two models share is a new touchpad that is able to detach from the laptop and act as a media remote control. Upon removal, the touchpad can be oriented horizontally or vertically and presents LED buttons to start, pause, and play music “from across the room.” While the idea of a removable remote has been done before, on HP notebooks especially, the integration into the touchpad will certainly encourage me to not misplace the remote lest I be forced to memorize keyboard shortcuts to use the computer. Further, the remote control does provide controls for easy music playback; therefore, this seems like a good evolution of the idea that Acer has on their hands.
The AS59516 is the smaller of the two new notebooks, and features a 15.6” display at 1366x768 resolution. On the audio side of things, it features 5.1 surround sound output in addition to two built-in speakers and “TubaBooster” technology which seeks to enhance the bass of the sound. The laptop has a starting MSRP of $1399.99 USD, and will be available this week at numerous retailers.
On the other hand, the AS89516 is a much larger affair, which sports a 18.4” display and HD 1920x1080 resolution. It further includes five dolby-tuned built-in speakers in addition to a subwoofer using Acer CineSurround and CineBass technology. The notebook carries a MSRP of $1599.99 USD and will also be available for purchase starting this week. You can check out more images of the new notebooks over at cnet.
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2011 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: acer, amd, desna, bobcat core, APU, AMD z-series, brazos
AMD's C-series and E-series of APUs have been selling quickly, with an estimated 1/2 million processors sold already to tablet and SFF PC builders and putting plenty of pressure on Intel's Atom+ION lineup. AMD has made themselves so popular by providing better performance at a lower TDP and power draw, mostly because of the age of the Oak Trail based CULVs, once Huron River arrives we may see that change drastically.
Now we learn that Acer has orders in for 80K of the new dual core 1GHz APU, with a TDP of 5.9W. Obviously AMD and the OEMs purchasing the chips are intending these for tablets and SFF PCs running Windows. There will be no need to wait for Win8's ARM architecture support if you are looking to run a Win7 ultramobile PC right now. ARM, Tegra and even Intel's announced Moorestown pull less power and are more appropriate for smart phones, so don't expect to be seeing Desna in that particular form factor.
"Acer has recently placed orders for 80,000 Z series APUs from AMD for use in tablet PCs, targeting the enterprise market, according to sources from upstream component makers. However, both Acer and AMD did not confirm the orders.
In addition to Acer, Micro-Star International (MSI) is also developing tablet PC models using AMD's APU.
Since Google Android 3.0 currently still has issues which need to be resolved, while the next-generation Android operating system codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich will not appear until the end of 2011, some tablet PC vendors have decided to launch Windows 7-based tablet PCs targeting the enterprise market to maintain their shipments.
Since Intel's Oak Trail-based Atom processor is higher in both price and power consumption, several notebook vendors have already started considering AMD's platform. In addition to Acer and MSI, some vendors have also started inquiring about AMD's Z series APU.
AMD's Z series APU is produced through Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 40nm process and is already shipping, targeting the Windows-based tablet PC market, noted the sources adding that they expect shipments of Z series APUs to reach at least 500,000 units in the second half of 2011, creating strong pressure on Intel's Oak Trail processor."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel starts talking about 8nm node @ SemiAccurate
- iCloud without Apple: your platform-agnostic alternatives @ Ars Technica
- Ex-Google engineer dubs Goofrastructure 'truly obsolete' @ The Register
- Canon REALiS SX80 Mark II Review @ TechReviewSource
- Wii U Specification Rumours @ XSreviews
- Computex 2011 recap: Intel Z68 motherboard dominates but AMD Bulldozer missing @ The Inquirer
Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2011 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: laptop, dual lcd, acer
The Acer Iconia 6120 is a little like a Nintendo DS, in that where you would expect input buttons you have another LCD. Powered by an Intel Core i5 480M, an HM55 with IntelHD graphics powering the two 14" 1366 x 768 displays. Benchmark Reviews demonstrates using it as both a dual display laptop and as a laptop screen and a touchscreen keyboard. Check it out.
"We've seen little innovation in laptop design in the last few years. Most companies seem to think that using a brushed aluminum finish or adding Intel's latest mobile CPU is all they need to do to freshen a product line. Still, Acer's not the first company to introduce a laptop with dual screens; the short-lived Toshiba Libretto W100 comes to mind, and gScreen Corporation's Spacebook has been touted since 2009, although it's still not available at the time of this writing. The Acer Iconia 6120, though, is a computer you can buy right now. Its dual screens offer new capabilities but come with some drawbacks as well. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at this unique laptop to see if it's worth your consideration."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Motorola Xoom Tablet @ Hardware Secrets
- iPad 2 Tablet @ Hardware Secrets
- iPhone App of the Week - iShopaholic @ t-break
- OtterBox and Incipio Cases For The Motorla Atrix 4G Smartphone Reviewed @ Legit Reviews
- It's unfinished, but we definitely want more: Ars reviews RIM's PlayBook
- BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet @ TechSpot
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 Review @ TechReviewSource
- HTC Thunderbolt Review: The First Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone @ AnandTech
- OtterBox Reflex Series Case for iPhone 4 @ OCIA
- Mobile CPU Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
- Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Preview: Both Tablet and Netbook @ InsideHW
- Verizon 4G LTE: Two Datacards and a WiFi Hotspot Massively Reviewed @ AnandTech
- Toshiba Satellite M645: The Steady March of Progress @ AnandTech
- HP TouchSmart 610 Review @ TechReviewSource