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:

ASUS really knows their gaming laptops

Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2010 - 03:46 PM |
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Jon just recently finished reviewing the ASUS G51J gaming notebook; $1500 and powered by a Core i7 720QM and the nVIDIA GTX 260M.  InsideHW received a different model, the G60J which keeps the same GPU and RAM but uses an i7 820QM.  Perhaps the biggest difference is the resolution of the 16" displays, the G51J sports a nice HD quality 1920x1080 where as the G60J is 1366x768.  The difference in price is indeterminate at th

Source: InsideHW

Alienware M11x Ready for Pre-order

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 10:00 PM |
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During CES, Dell made a buzz by announcing an Alienware branded netbook. The buzz wasn't so much that it was a netbook, but the fact it really wasn't much of a netbook at all. The Alienware M11x is more of a subnote sporting a Core 2 SU4100 processor, 2GB RAM (upgradable to 8GB!), and a NVIDIA GT335M GPU which is more than capable of running HD content and games on the 1366x768 LED backlit screen.

Regardless of the netbook / subnote classification, it's certainly one of the fastest performing systems for the size.

Source: Dell

Microsoft to Launch Zune Phone - Tegra Powered

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 09:23 PM |
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Last week speculation swirled around a Microsoft branded Zune phone, thanks to three new phone devices added to the Zune software .inf file.

Source: Gizmodo

ASUS trims the performance as well as the price in their new laptop

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 06:12 PM |
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There are differing models of the Asus UL50-V Laptop, one Core 2 Duo and one a Celeron but both have nVIDIA's G210M with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
powering the 1366x768 15.6" LCD.  The one option that seems to be lacking is ability to choose an SSD, all they offer are 5400RPM drives in three different sizes.  The model that R&B Mods tested utilizes the C2D Su7300 which did not fare well against the C2D T6400 based Samsung R720 but it comes in as a fair deal at the ~$800 price mark.

MSI Announces Special Edition U135 Netbook - Celebrates its Success

Subject: Mobile | January 26, 2010 - 05:30 PM |
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MSI is commemorating the millions of Wind netbooks sold worldwide by announcing a special edition Wind U135 Special Edition netbook. This new netbook is unique in that it features a raised keyboard giving keys 20% more surface area which will help improve user accuracy and generally make your computing more pleasant.

The U135 comes with the latest Intel Atom N450 , a 160GB or 250GB HDD, 1 GB DD2 memory, and Windows 7 Starter edition. There will be a choice of four colours (Silver, Charcoal, Ruby, and Sapphire) and will start at $309.

Source: MSI

What will make the Apple tablet special? Not NVIDIA Tegra.

Subject: Mobile | January 26, 2010 - 12:25 AM |
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While I don't profess to know as much about this major Apple product line revision as I did in the previous instance where NVIDIA invaded the entire mobile product line, what I DO know this time might be just as interesting.  After checking with quite a few sources I can say without a doubt that the upcoming Apple tablet device being announced on Wednesday will not have any version of the NVIDIA Tegra product powering it. 

The Eee-volution of ASUS' mobile product line

Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2010 - 05:36 PM |
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The new Eee PC 1101HA sports an 11.6" screen at 1366×768 and is powered by an Atom Z520 @ 1.33GHz, 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 160GB hard drive, relatively common for smaller sized mobiles.  Interestingly, it supports overclocking; Tech Spot had it running at 1.74GHz stably.  You still shouldn't expect huge results from an Atom processor but including overclocking in a Seashell, or any other notebook for that matter, is going to garner you some fans.

Source: Tech Spot

Dell Mini 10 with Broadcom Crystal HD Examined

Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2010 - 12:50 PM |
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A month ago, Ryan posted an interesting news article on the Broadcom Crystal HD, and raised the question what Broadcom meant by stating: "software support for Adobe Flash Player (v10.1), Windows Media Player (v12)".

Source: engadget

A Moment with Asus CEO Jonney Shih - Tablets, Smartbooks, and Wearable Computing

Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2010 - 10:35 AM |
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Silicon.com sat down with Asus CEO Jonney Shih to discuss current and emerging trends in mobile computing.

Source: General

Portable, Powerful, and Panasonic

Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2010 - 09:52 AM |
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Panasonic has done what some of you would be interested in - they stuffed an i7-620UM Arrandale CPU into a sub-note body. According to the specs at the Panasonic Japan site, the Let's Note R9 (aka.

Source: engadget

New ATI Radeon E4690 MXM Delivers Blazing-Fast Graphics for the Embedded Market

Subject: Mobile | January 22, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At the DIGITIMES Tech Forum (DTF) 2010, AMD today introduced the ATI Radeon E4690 Mobile PCI Express module (MXM) for the graphics-intensive embedded systems.

Source: AMD

VIA Revolutionizes Compact Embedded Design with the World's First Mobile-ITX Module

Subject: Mobile | January 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 19 January 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-T700: the first product based on the recently announced Mobile-ITX form factor.

The CULV bears an awkward name, but has the processing power to stand proud

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2010 - 01:49 PM |
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The Asus UL30A is another example of Intel's CULV mobile PC; not quite a full laptop but more than a netbook.  The screen is 13.3", the keyboard is 'chiclet' style, with well spaced out keys emerging from underneath the metallic body of the CULV and the trackpad is a series of holes punched into the body below the keyboard.  Inside you will find a a Core 2 Duo at 1.3 GHz, Intel's X4500MHD IGP, 4 GB of DDR3 and an installation of the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. 
If you need a portable computer on the small side that still has the power of a dual core CPU,

Source: InsideHW

NVIDIA Ion 2 Revealed to be GeForce G310?

Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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Over the past few weeks, the buzz about NVIDIA's ION 2 and it's coexistence with Intel's Pinetrail CPUs has been the subject of much speculation. As we near the 1/2 way of the first quarter of 2010, more details of NVIDIA's discrete graphics chip are being revealed.

Source: engadget