Zune HD and Tegra come out of the closet

Subject: Mobile | August 19, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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Sure, we told you about the news of the Tegra being the powerhouse behind the upcoming Zune HD from Microsoft, but apparently NVIDIA wanted to make a press release about it anyway.  We also have known about the various technologies and processors in the tiny chip since June of 2008 - we posted an overview of the SoC that you should definitely be checking out.

The fresh smell of ASUS

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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The ASUS N50Vn is a 15.4" notebook with a native 1280 x 800 resolution and comes with a "Air Ionizer" button.  Push the button and the notebook will purify the air around you, though it won't clean up what you choose to display on the screen.  Inside the model that InsideHW reviewed you will find a C2D T5850 @ 2.16GHz, 4GB of DDR2 and a nVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT, all

Source: InsideHW

It's about the cooling, not the arm strain

Subject: Mobile | August 12, 2009 - 05:10 PM |
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If you are the proud owner of a gaming laptop, your problems are a little different than the average mobile user.  You are neither concerned about weight, nor about battery life, your top concern is heat.  Laptop coolers have been around for a while now, first to deal with the inefficient cooling of older laptop lines and now to cope with gaming laptops and desktop replacements.  The Thermaltake Massive23 CS
may be the first one with a 230mm fan to provide the air flow, the multicoloured LEDs are just icing on the cake. 

ShamWow finally finds a use polishing Seashells

Subject: Mobile | August 6, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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As some of you may have seen on the live version of PC Perspective Podcast #68 last night, the subject of Ryan's newest video review is the ASUS 1005HA Seashell.  Available for less than $400, the stylish mirror finish looks great as long as you carry something to occasionally wipe
off your fingerprints.  Check out the full review to see what this netbook has inside it and some handy upgrade tips her

The dangers of impulse laptop buying

Subject: Mobile | August 3, 2009 - 04:20 PM |
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With a display of 11.6", both the Aspire One 751 vs. Gateway LT3103
are a touch too big to be called netbooks, even if the Acer does use an Atom processor.  The Aspire depends on the Atom Z520 along with 2GB DDR2-667 and
the same GPU that powers the iPhone, regardless of how it is branded.  In comparison the Gateway offering is powered by an A64 L11, 2GB DDR2-667 and an ATI Radeon X1270.  When The Tech Report started the all important HD video playback testing, well ...

Could it really be, or will the same discussion be going on in a year?

Subject: Mobile | July 31, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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Could it be a funky netbook?  A monstrous iTouch?  A Kindle killer?  A glorified resurrection
of an old, much beloved childhood toy?  It is hard to say what goes through the mind of Steve Jobs at the best of times and predicting what a product that as been talked about and opined on as this little device which may or may not have a possibly upcoming release date sometime in the near future is almost impossible.  Cyril at The Tech

Priced to sell

Subject: Mobile | July 29, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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Inexpensive netbooks have really put a dent in the sales volume of the lower cost small laptops.  The Atom might not have the power of a mobile dual core processor, but add in a decent onboard graphics solution and that Atom has no trouble playing back BluRay quality video.  Laptop makers are left with a choice of focusing on netbooks as a replacement for their smaller laptops and not producing any laptops under 17" or they could slash costs on their smaller laptops.  AnandTech has taken a peek at those laptops which have been reduced to under $500, from vendors like WalMart and

Source: AnandTech

A new chipset may mean a new price

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2009 - 05:20 PM |
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The new ASUS Eee PC 1004DN is a 10inch (1024x600) netbook with a keyboard 92% normal size, which will be a big plus to those with standard sized hands.  A 1.66GHz Atom N280 along with 1GB of DDR2 help the GN40 chipset to provide high quality video and a 6-cell battery to allow you to watch more than a single movie.  Head over to InsideHW for a look at its other features; just don't ask for a price as they haven't been told what it will be.

Source: InsideHW

No, it doesn't sport the cow motif

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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At just $599, the 13.3" Gateway UC7807u contains a 2GHz T640, 3GB DDR2-667 5-5-5-15 and uses the Intel 4500MHD to provide its graphical power.  Perhaps because of the choice of graphics, the screen is limited to 1280x800, which may prove a little small for some users.  TECHGAGE found the included software, especially the Norton products was a little over the top, but overall were quite happy with it

Source: TECHGAGE

Which flavour is your netbook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2009 - 02:03 PM |
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If a company wants to bring down the price of a netbook, one of the easiest ways to accomplish that is to remove the Windows license from the machine and install Linux or another open source OS.  By not installing Windows you can sell a netbook for a noticeably
lower price and in some cases Linux will allow the netbook to perform better.  The question of which distro of Linux to use still remains, so Phoronix loaded up a Dell Inspiron Mini with OpenSolaris and then with Ubuntu to see which is the better OS for this application. 

Source: Phoronix

Look what just washed up

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2009 - 06:26 PM |
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ASUS has spent a large amount of time and money on their Seashell line of netbooks, of which the EeePC 1005HA-PU1X
is a great example.  Long battery life is the goal, while still making this portable device usable for the worker, gamer or entertainment
fan on the go.  An Intel Atom N280 and a single DDR2 DIMM will keep the power requirements down; but will it offer enough power to do what you need?  Find out at Legit Reviews.

This thing eats netbooks for breakfast

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life.  The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories.  Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target

Source: Extremetech

Logic to rest of world: NVIDIA working on successor to ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 11:49 PM |
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In what can only be described as "blatantly obvious" news, Fudzilla is reporting that NVIDIA is in fact working on a successor to the wildly popular ION chipset.  Here's the deets:

Source: engadget

Mobile 720p for $720

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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As far as the stats go, the Acer Aspire Timeline has an Intel Core 2 solo SU3500 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 320GB of storage, and a 14-inch 1366 x 768 powered by the Intel GMA 4500MHD.  It is very mobile, at 3.5lbs and not much more than an inch thick; not quite as thin as a Macbook Air, but nowhere near the price either.  Acer claims an 8 hour battery life, a claim that I4U checked out using Battery Eater with all the Aspire's battery saving features off.  Even with that abuse they were seeing a 4 hour lifespan

Source: I4U News

How do they get the liquid into the centre?

Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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Tech-Reviews has picked up a strange liquid based laptop cooler from Nexus called the TDD-9000.  While it may look like a mouse pad, it is instead a liquid filled base for you to place your laptop on which is intended to provide cooling.  It did feel like it was filled with gel, as opposed to a true liquid which could be very important if it was ever introduced to a sharp object.  Their testing did not go so well for the Nexus product; perhaps if you used it on a model with a fan on th

Source: Tech-Reviews

NVIDIA at risk of losing the Apple deal

Subject: Mobile | July 1, 2009 - 02:55 PM |
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While this shouldn't really come as a big surprise to anyone that pays attention to these sorts of things, a post over at Semiaccurate is saying that in all likely hood NVIDIA is "being shown the door" when it comes to future Apple system designs. 

Source: General

One size fits all?

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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On paper, the Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Adapter sounds like a brilliant idea.  A 95W power adaptor with 8 different plugs and a USB socket on the side that can provide a variety of Wattage and Amperage to charge all your USB and mobile devices, including phones.  Unfortunately, the model shipped to Tweaknews for testing had some incompatibilities, some that could be overcome and others that could not.  Along with the problems they had, they were also disappointed that there was no pricing information. 

Source: Tweaknews

The mysterious Samsung ION notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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We know very little about the Samsung ION notebook, apart from the fact that it could be a serious help to nVIDIA getting the ION platform recognition as a competitor to the Intel-made chipset for Atom, even with the sales incentives that Intel offers.

  • Model name - unknown

  • Specs - nVIDIA ION processor

  • Pricing - unknown

  • ETA - sometime soon

Source: NVIDIA

Ubuntu puts on a tie

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped.  That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme.  Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu.  Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.

Source: Phoronix

It's not all about the Eee

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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The Asus Pro61s
is a 15.6" notebook sporting a C2D T5850, 3GBs of DDR2-800 and an HD4870.  The full size keyboard will come in handy if you decide to use this as a gaming machine, the DVD RW is handy if you are more into watching movies.  R&B Mods found in their testing that the battery is good for over 2 hours, so while it last longer than a lot of notebooks with this kind of design, it won't last you on a long flight.  See it here.