Fixing a big oops

Subject: Mobile | December 3, 2007 - 10:21 AM |
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Madshrimps have a very specfic review, covering some surgery on a Gateway laptop, but their experiences can be carried over into other laptops.  Opening up and upgrading a laptop is a bit more time consuming and frustrating than a full sized PC, so if you have never tried it before this article will give you a good idea what is involved.

Source: Madshrimps

Cooling for the laptops that need it

Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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Tiny notebooks can produce some heat with their 14.1" screens, but they are nothing compared to the larger gaming style laptops with their 17" displays and more powerful components.  Evercool's widescreen laptop cooler, called the Space Station for reasons best known to their marketers, will keep your large laptop nice and cool, although Virtual-Hideout recommends picking up Micro QuietFeet Sticky Feet to help with airflow.

Build your own laptop

Subject: Mobile | November 20, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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ASUS is trying the upgradeable laptop idea again, this time with their C90S.  It comes with a lot already, from a high quality screen, stereo speakers and a finger reader and 4 cooling fans, among other things.  The big feature is that by removing only 4 screws, you have access to the interior of the laptop, and can start swapping out parts.  See how well this worked for Neoseeker in their full review.

Source: Neoseeker

Back to the paperless book

Subject: Mobile | November 14, 2007 - 03:33 PM |
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Sony revists the eBook with their Sony Reader, a 7"x5"x.3" e-book reader.  In a move from their usual ebooks they have not included only proprietary inputs, this will accept SD cards and will play AAC and MP3 files.  If you are even a little tempted, check out the review at Ars Technica to see the other new tricks that are included in this 9oz reader.

Source: Ars Technica

Vista and Santa Rosa, dream or nightmare?

Subject: Mobile | November 9, 2007 - 01:15 PM |
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If you head over to X-bit Labs, you can learn a lot about Santa Rosa.  They start off by covering all the features included on Intel's new mobile platform and how laptops that conform to their standard should operate.  Then they jump straight into real life testing, with 3 Santa Rosa notebooks, so you can see how this standard actually performs.

Source: X-Bit Labs

The bionic notebook

Subject: Mobile | November 6, 2007 - 10:31 AM |
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ASUS has rebuilt the idea of a notebooks physical construction with the U1F Ultra Compact notebook.  The shell is formed from carbon fibre, giving it great strength without adding to the weight, extras like a backlit LCD that is 1366x768 and treated with some special goop from ASUS that is designed to make the image much better than other screens.  Drop by X-bit Labs to

Source: X-Bit Labs

The internets are full of pervs

Subject: Mobile | October 31, 2007 - 10:40 AM |
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With the Eee from ASUS finally being sold, and released to reviewers, we can expect to see lots of reviews of this slightly more expensive than advertised, but still small and light notebook to appear.  Normal, well adjusted sites, like us here at PC Perspective, opened up the Eee to test how well it runs and what software it comes with.  Other, morally challenged, sites like TweakTown took the arrival of an Eee in their testing labs as

Source: TweakTown

A handy guide for the partial upgrader

Subject: Mobile | October 30, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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AnandTech has published a guide that anyone looking at picking up a Wolfdale or Yorkfeild processor.  After speaking with the major motherboard manufacturers they have compiled a list of motherboards that will be compatible with the new CPUs.  In many cases it is as simple as a BIOS flash, but there is some bad news as well.

Source: AnandTech

nVIDIA plans to invade the mobile market

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2007 - 08:49 AM |
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According to discussions Ars Technica has had with nVIDIA, the GPU maker is working on developing mobile versions of their graphic processors to be used in phones.  Instead of relying strictly on gamers, they want to be the ones to supply the hardware that people use to watch YouTube or stream video with on their smart phones.  It isn't as easy as just jumping in and making chips though, so read on to explore the implications of choosing ARM over x86, and what their competition

Source: Ars Technica

Mobile cooling for the big guys

Subject: Mobile | October 23, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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Keeping a smaller laptop cool is important, but it is the big 17" or 19"ers that someone has managed to shoehorn an SLI setup into that really need serious cooling.  Dragon Steel Mods has posted a review of the Vizo Ninja II (Sumo Size) Laptop Cooler, for larger size notebooks.  It is the better part of 3 pounds of aluminium, so the portability isn't wonderful, but your 17" notebook isn't made of feathers either.  It was certainly capable of cooling o

Gigabyte leaps into the UMPC biz

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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Gigabyte has certainly been diversifying their product lines recently.  The newest is the U60 UMPC, a 1GHz VIA C7-M, 704 MB of DDR2 667MHz PC2-5300 and runs WinXP SP2.  TweakTown immediately ran 3DMark2001 SE and managed a score of 901 ... this little 740g UMPC ran all the tests, try that on another manufacturers UMPC!  The final verdict was "The GIGABYTE U60 is the equivalent of your desktop PC five years ago."

Source: TweakTown

The new Centrino on the block

Subject: Mobile | October 11, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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The next generation of Centrino, Santa Rosa in other words, is showing off the strengths of Intel's mature mobile platform.  The MSI MegaBook PR200X is the newest notebook from MSI and sports a C2D T7300 at 2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a 12.1 display and some thing kind ogf new.  They call it Intel Turbo Memory, and is essentially Vista's ReadyBoost for Centrino platforms.  Read on over at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

The Newton Lives!

Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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boingboing has noticed that an ambitious hacker has finally found a use for Apples failed PDA, the Newton.  Since he lives in Britain, the hack works much better than it does in North America, but the chances are good going on great that this is only a temporary problem.  If you are wondering what exactly this hacker has done, he has turned the Newton into an iPhone ... more or less. 

Source: boingboing

The Zonbu is breaking all the rules

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2007 - 10:30 AM |
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For $99 you can get a Zonbu with a 2 year subscription to their online storage service, or $249 without.  As it only has 4GBs of flash memory onboard, the online storage can come in very handy, but that same fact keeps the power drain below 13W!  It comes pre-loaded with Gentoo Linux and FireFox, the Evolution mail client, OpenOffice.org, the Gimp and more.

Source: VIA Arena

Is your notebook full rugged, or only semi?

Subject: Mobile | September 26, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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The Panasonic Toughbook series is designed to take the abuse that most notebooks receive at some point in their lives, often just before they fail.  XYZ Computers reviews the W5 model, which has a Core Duo U2400, and 1.5GB of DDR-533 and weighs in at about 2.9lbs.   They have trimmed down on a few extras, like a wide screen backlit LCD, but the overall design feels nice and spacious and sturdy.  Too bad that XYZ didn't try testing it to destructino though.

Blackberry or lemon?

Subject: Mobile | September 21, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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The brand new Blackberry Curve 8300 has been trimmed down in size and weight, as well as missing some features that many might consider necessary.  Neither Wi-Fi nor 3G are supported, your only wireless connection is via EDGE, which is good enough for many people, but has caused some head scratching.  There are some other nice features that may make 8800 users jealous, check them out at Hardware Zone.

Back to school tools

Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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... or in some cases maybe a bribe.  Ars Technica examines the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the HP Pavilion dv6500t , Sony's VAIO VGN-FZ180 and the Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617, all priced between $1,200 to $1,400, if you don't count the Blu-Ray player on the Sony.  They rate the laptops on a number of different areas, focusing more on portability and productivity than gaming, which is a good thing in the case of the Toshiba.

Source: Ars Technica

HD ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Lenovo's new ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4" display, which is nothing interesting, but the display goes to 1920x1200, which is.  Driving that is a QuadroFX 570M with 256MB, so you won;t be gaming, but your multimedia will look great.  You should see what other features Digital Trends uncovered in this Santa Rosa based notebook.

"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."

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OQO First to Ship 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2007 - 08:18 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 10 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that OQO Inc. is the first manufacturer to ship the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor in the latest configurations of its award-winning model 02 product line.

The higher-speed processor in this update of the OQO model 02 - the world’s smallest full-featured Windows Vista PC – further increases the device's performance and thus enables mobile professionals to enhance their anytime/anywhere productivity.

Ultraportable Santa Rosa power

Subject: Mobile | September 6, 2007 - 11:00 AM |
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The ultraportable Dell XPS M1330 is up for review at the Hardware Zone.  It sports a widescreen 13.3" WXGA TrueLife LED monitor, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, and a T7700, all in a 2kg package, including the battery.  As you would expect, the notebook is customizable depending on whether you need a more powerful version, or just a portable workstation.  Along with the new chipset comes a new shell design,