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Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2006 - 12:32 PM | Jonathan Hung
2 weeks ago, we published our review of the 17" Asus A7J laptop. In that review I stated that the primary SODIMM isn't upgradable, even though Asus' product page states it.
Well it turns out you can uprgade that RAM, but it's not a clear procedure and it's very tricky to do! With the help from Asus' A7J Service Manual, I've added a short guide on how to upgrade the RAM on your A7J.
Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2006 - 04:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
I've posted a small update to the Asus A7J laptop review we posted last week. It's a small detail concerning the hinge but may have a significant impact on discerning laptop buyers.
"Update: June 6th, 2006 I've taken a closer look at the Asus A7J's hinges and they are indeed steel hinges.
Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2006 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This is no tablet, it runs WinXP professional edition. Scheduled to be released in July, with a ~$1,800 price tag, this tiny PC offers a lot of possibilities. Drop by Digital Trends (once called Designtechnica) for a sneek peek.
Subject: Mobile | June 6, 2006 - 08:04 AM | Jonathan Hung
Toshiba announced yesterday that they will begin production on the world's highest density 2.5" hard drive in August. Weighing in at 200GB, this will finally give mobile users the needed breathing space to do more without having to constantly backup to other media. The MK2035GSS will use the new Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology and will likely come in different RPM offerings for budget to high-end price points.
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2006 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sean at Hot Hardware has managed to put down the new Alienware Aurora m9700 long enough to write a review of this ~ $3600 notebook. Drop by and see just how powerful this new Aurora is, and how Sean thinks it could be improved.
You can also check out Jon Hung's review of the ASUS AJ7 right here, with it's 17" screen and a 2 hour battery life.
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2006 - 10:49 AM | Jonathan Hung
CNet has posted a review of the Dell XPS M2010 portable computer that was first spotted at E3 a few weeks back. This computer isn't quite a laptop considering it comes with a large base unit and a bicep-popping 20 pounds with the AC adapter! It has some sexy specs though...
Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2006 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Saiger 9750-C that [H]ard|OCP ordered is a very powerful laptop, but it is fairly heavy, and the battery really won't last long. Considering the components they chose, including an X2 4200+, 2 Gigs of RAM and a GeForce Go 7800GTX, that really isn't a surprise. Drop by to see just how powerful a laptop it is.
Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2006 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HardwareZone has snuck a peak at the upcoming Turion64 X2 processor, and what it will do to AMD laptops. Check out the review of this fully loaded MSI notebook.
Subject: Mobile | May 18, 2006 - 10:44 AM | Jonathan Hung
Following yesterday's announcement from ATI of their new Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset, MSI today is announcing the availability of the new Megabook S271 supporting the Turion 64 X2 dual core CPU. The S271 is an ultra portable notebook with an aluminum alloy body and comes in black, red, and blue.
Subject: Mobile | May 17, 2006 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
ATI is announcing their latest mobile chipset the Radeon Xpress 1100 which supports AMD's latest Turion 64 X2 and DDR2 memory. The Xpress 1100 boasts a graphics core that is 33% faster than the Xpress 200M. More interestingly is the 5th generation Powerplay scheme which now adjusts graphics voltages and clock speed in additon to CPU frequency and voltage.
Subject: Mobile | May 12, 2006 - 10:22 AM | Jonathan Hung
Hot on the heels of Alienware's announcement of a 19" SLI notebook two days ago, Japanese laptop manufacturer PC-Koubo is launching a 19" GeForce Go 7800 GTX SLI unit. It comes loaded with a 100GB 7200RPM HDD, 1GB of RAM, and a Turion MT40. Akihabara News has additional details as well as some pictures.
Also, Engadget has a hands-on preview of a concept Dell XPS mobile PC.
Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2006 - 12:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
The guys at The Inq snapped some pics of the new Toshiba Qosimo laptop with HD-DVD built in. The pictures show a new touch-pad design that has tap-sensitive areas that macro to actions (i.e. e-mail, web browser, print) and to top it off the pad is also backlit. It's not a huge innovation, but it's still good to see something different on a laptop.
"The best of the bunch was the backlit trackpad function buttons.
Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2006 - 02:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
HP has gone with a new process to make the exterior shells for their laptops. Starting with their next generation Compaq V3000 series and HP DV2000 consumer-level units, HP will apply advanced molding techniques provided by Nissha Printing Co. in Japan. The laptops look pretty sharp and is a nice step from the typical bulky HP notebook.
Alienware also has announced some new SLI notebooks for your gaming pleasure.
Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:58 AM | Jonathan Hung
Nokia and ATI have announced a working relationship that will help bring better multimedia to your cell phone. Cell phones seem to be doing a lot more than just making calls these days, so strategies like this will likely benefit the consumer.
"Nokia today announced a long-term strategic relationship to bring enhanced mobile multimedia experiences to Nokia customers.
Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:54 AM | Jonathan Hung
Yesterday I read two of the most illogical laptop stories - Apple's decision to legally threaten Something Awful, and professors who are banning laptops from the classroom.
The story behind the Apple vs. Something Awful blows my mind. The issue is a thread in the Something Awful forum that links to a manual hosted at Apple. Apple lawyers, apparently, think this is illegal since it violates their client's IP. SA isn't even hosting said file!
Subject: Mobile | May 3, 2006 - 10:40 AM | Jonathan Hung
Blazenews is reporting this morning that Acer will be launching a new 17" laptop line that will feature Core Duo CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics. Toss into the mix Blue Tooth, and a 1.3 MP web cam and you have yourself a very affordable yet fully-featured desktop replacement.
Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2006 - 01:21 PM | Jonathan Hung
Over the past few years, we have experienced a fundamental shift in the way we use at personal computers. No longer is it enough to have access to information and communication, we want it NOW and in our hands. Our thirst for information has lit a fire in the mobile computer industry and today, for better or worse, we're bombarded with countless ads, products, and opinions on the latest laptop.
What makes our understanding of all this worse are the constant innovations and sometimes competing technologies vying for your hard-earned money. Does Blu-ray or HD-DVD make sense?
Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2006 - 02:02 PM | Jonathan Hung
It looks like Dell is going to launch a 12" gaming laptop outfitted with a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 or an ATI X1300. There will be an optional integrated camera and best of all it's a small package.
This could be a significant product for Dell as it will be their first 12" laptop with graphics better than an Intel GMA900/950.