ASUS combines the power of a mobile Core i5 with Optimus

Subject: Mobile | March 16, 2010 - 01:49 PM |
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The ASUS N61Jv-X2 is a 16" notebook with some serious power under the hood, a Core i5-430M with 4GB of DDR3-1066 and nVIDIA's GeForce GT325M 1GB Optimus powering the 1366x768 screen ...

Source: AnandTech

MSI Announces the X-Slim X360

Subject: Mobile | March 10, 2010 - 09:22 AM |
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Today MSI is announcing their latest X-Slim series notebook, the 13.3" X360.
We first saw this notebook back in January at CES 2010 and now we have firmer details on the specifications that will be available.


Source: MSI

Warpia Debuts Wireless Laptop Docking Station

Subject: Mobile | March 9, 2010 - 02:47 PM |
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Warpia is announcing Easy Dock, a new wireless docking station that allows any notebook or netbook (including Macs) to wirelessly dock with a separate display, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. A USB transmitter is attached to your system, while a receiver with 2 USB ports, DVI output, and line-out audio attaches to your peripherals.

This allows you to put your notebook nearly anywhere, while giving you the creature comforts of a desktop configuration. This could potentially be useful in tight places, clean installations, and multi-user environments.

Source: General

The ASUS G73J; how long can an 8-cell battery power an HD5870?

Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2010 - 12:29 PM |
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It is not quite available yet but when the ASUS G73J hits the shelves it will be among the best gaming notebooks on the planet.  Inside will be a Intel Core i7-720QM @ 1.6 GHz on an Intel HM55 board, with 8GB of DDR3 and a mobile HD5870 with 1GB of RAM.  Add in a 17.3" monitor @ 1920x1080 and you have a notebook that outclasses most desktop systems.  Of course the MSRP is going to top $2000, so it will also be more expensive than most desktops.  Drop by InsideHW f

Source: InsideHW

MAINGEAR Launching New 15" Multimedia Notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2010 - 02:30 PM |
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MAINGEAR Computers, the makers of custom desktop and notebook PCs, is announcing a new 15.6" notebook called the mX-L15. The mX-L15 features the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, ATI Radeon Mobility 4570 with 512MB of RAM, and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

Source: General

Call it 'ION:The Next Generation'

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2010 - 02:02 PM |
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No matter how oddly nVIDIA chose to name the ION 2, the important thing is that this is not one of their traditional rebadging of previous generation hardware, it is rebadging of current generation hardware.  The same 40-nm GT218 you've seen in the GeForce 210 and 310 are hidden inside ION 2's tiny little shell.  The addition of Optimus technology allowing on the fly enabling and disabling of the onboard GPU makes that even more attractive to those who want   The performance of the GT218 as a discreet solution left a little to be desired but as an embedded GPU there is hope.&nbs

Intel to Release Atom N470

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:38 PM |
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This coming Monday, Intel is expected to introduce the Atom N470 netbook processor which bumps the frequency from the current 1.66 GHz in the N450, to 1.83 GHz.

Optimus and Dell Mini 10 with Crystal HD Now Available

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:20 PM |
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Earlier this month Ryan took a very detailed look at NVIDIA's Optimus technology and discovered that the graphics switching technology worked really well and produced some significant battery conservation while providing the necessary performance when needed. For those of you who have been itching to get your hands on an Optimus enabled notebook, your time has come. NewEgg has made available the Asus N71JV-X1, a 17.3" unit sporting the Intel i3 350M and a GeForce GT 325M.

Source: Dell

CompuLab's Fit-PC2 NetTop is more of a palm top

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 12:48 PM |
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At 101 x 115 x 27mm (4 x 4.5 x 1") it is almost hard to believe that the CompuLab Fit-PC2 NetTop hides a US15W SCH and GMA 500 chipset with WiFi, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 1GB of DDR2 system memory, one Gigabit Ethernet port and six USB 2.0 ports.  The power draw is equally incredible, less than 1W idling and when playing a 1080p H.264 video it is pegged at 7W or less. As you might expect from a review at Phoronix, this is a Linux box specifically Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and there is a gu

Source: Phoronix

Toshiba Begins Shipping 12" Intel Core i7 Tablet PCs

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 10:13 AM |
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Not to be outdone by Lenovo's announcement yesterday of the X201 Tablet, Toshiba has begun selling a new Portege M790-S7240 tablet PC. Besides the awkward product name, the Portege M790-S7240 has some interesting features notably an Intel Core i7-620M CPU, 4GB RAM, 1280x800 12.1" touch/pen screen, and a DVD burner (the ThinkPad X201 Table does not have an optical drive).

Source: Toshiba

Lenovo Unleashes High Performance ThinkPads

Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2010 - 10:15 PM |
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Yesterday we shared a bit of news about some updated specs on the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e. Today, Lenovo has let loose with some high performance mobile PCs all carrying the signature ThinkPad trappings.

Announced today are four new mobile products:

Source: Lenovo

Lenovo to Update ThinkPad X100e with 10.1" screen and Atom 450? Seems Likely.

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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The sharp-eyed folks at Netbook News have spotted that Lenovo has listed a new variation of the Thinkpad X100 netbook which includes an Intel Atom 450 processor, and a smaller 10.1" screen. This in itself is interesting and exciting news for those seeking an above-average netbook, or those with a ThinkPad fetish.

Source: Lenovo

Apple MacBook Pros likely to implement NVIDIA Optimus technology

Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2010 - 03:49 PM |
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In a story that will likely come as no surprise to those who read our full Optimus technology review from last week, AppleInsider is now saying that Apple has new "next-generation MacBook Pros that can switch between their integrated
and discrete graphics processors automatically". 

Source: General

LG offers a laptop for those on a budget

Subject: Mobile | February 18, 2010 - 12:36 PM |
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If you are stuck on a limited budget for your mobile computing but find a netbook simply too limiting the LG 14" Haier R450 barebones notebook might be an option.  Inside you will find what has become a rare beast, a chipset from SiS, specifically the SiS 672/968 with graphics handled by the SiS Mirage 3 which is tcehnically an AGP solution which takes 256MB from the system's 2GB DDR2-667 RAM.  An Intel T4400 CPU @ 2.20GHz does make this much more powerful than a netbook even with the dated graphics solution. 

Source: t-break

MSI Announces Four New "Classic" Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2010 - 09:14 PM |
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Today MSI is announcing the release of four new additions to their Classic Series line-up of mobile computers. The CR600, CR620-030, CR620-033, and CR620-031 all feature 16:9 HD displays at 1366x768 resolution, 802.11 b/g/n, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

The CR620 models come with Intel i3 or i5 Arrandle CPUsm 4 GB of DDR3 memory, and a choice of 320GB or 500GB HDD. All feature HDMI output, but the CR620-033 is the only one with a BD drive option.

Source: MSI

Lenovo is thinking different with their new bright red low cost laptops

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2010 - 12:59 PM |
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The new Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 is very different from any previous models in this series.  Aesthetically they have changed the outside to a quite brilliant red and inside they have changed the keyboard and a glossy screen.  The model that Hardware Zone received was powered by an AMD Turion Neo X2 L625 @ 1.6GHz, 2GB of DDR2 and the chipset features the AMD M780G and SB710, though apparently there will be Intel models as well.  It is nice to see AMD inside of a Lenovo product and once t

Acer announces Aspire One 532G: ION 2 and Optimus Technology

Subject: Mobile | February 15, 2010 - 01:50 PM |
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Today at the Mobile World Congress Acer took the covers off of its latest installment in the Aspire One series of notebooks, the Aspire One 532G.  What makes this netbook special is what is on the inside including an Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail processor PLUS the NVIDIA next-generation ION discrete GPU (otherwise known as ION 2). 

Which flavour of eInk do you prefer, Kindle or Nook?

Subject: Mobile | February 11, 2010 - 04:58 PM |
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Skipping the topic of the iPad altogether, Digital Trends takes a look a two very popular ebook readers in their latest review.  The Kindle 2 comes from Amazon, offering quick response in black and white with storage for 1,500 books and a very good connection to the web.  The Nook does offer colour, though that reduces battery life, storage space that initially matches the Kindle but can be expanded and the ability to lend books for free for up to 14 days.  If you haven't yet abandoned paper altogether then you will be less than impressed but

nVIDIAs' Optimus, teaching an old laptop new tricks

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2010 - 02:41 PM |
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It takes a little while to explain why people are so excited about nVIDIA Optimus and its graphics switching capabilities, first you have to explore the history of switchable mobile graphics.  In the past the graphics were adjusted with a manual switch and a complete reboot, not exactly the most convenient way to manage mobile graphics on the fly.  It has improved recently, to the point where you can change on the fly, assuming you have closed some necessary programs.  The new Optimus technology promises to free you from that necessity,

NVIDIA Optimus brings seamless switchable graphics

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2010 - 02:23 PM |
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If you haven't yet checked out my write up on the new NVIDIA Optimus Technology, you should definitely be hitting that up.  Here's the executive summary: