Alienware gets hot n' heavy

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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BCC Hardware recently picked up a $2534CDN Alienware M17 CrossfireX gaming laptop, and almost injured themselves as it weighs the better part of 15lbs.  As the weight implies, this laptop is not intended to be carted around everywhere and the components guarantee you will want to be near a power outlet when you fire up this beast.  Their particular configuration has C2D P8400 @ 2.26GHz, 3GB of DDR3-1066 memory and a pair of mobility Radeon HD 3870 cards, they

Source: BCCHardware

Tiny notebook or high end netbook?

Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2009 - 03:06 PM |
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HP's new Pavilion dv2 straddles the line between netbook and notebook.  It's keyboard is 93% of the normal size, it weighs just under 4lbs and it's measurements never break the foot mark at 11.5" x 9.45" x 0.93-1.29.  It's size makes you think netbook, but it's internals are a little different than your normal Atom powered netbook.

What to get your little bundle of joy

Subject: Mobile | April 24, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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If you pick up an Alienware Area-51 m17x, the chances are you will pick up a hard case made of DU, a killer gaming mouse, LED lights and random USB gadgets and generally just pimp the smeg out of it. 
A netbook on the other hand is lucky if it is not just tossed into a gym bag, with no protection and no funky accessories at all.   Why not change that by taking a look at this kit from Targus that Futurelooks just reviewed.  Doesn't your netbook deserve a little bling?
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Source: futurelooks

DIY on a smaller scale

Subject: Mobile | April 17, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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OCZ has been selling DIY laptops for a while now, you buy a shell lacking a processor, hard drive, memory, or an operating system.  You then get to pick which components you put into the machine, ending up with a laptop built to your specs and for less than buying it full assembled from a retailer.  They've now moved onto netbooks, offering up a little kit about twice the size of a game case, with a 10" screen and an Atom N270 1.60GHz, the HDD and DDR2 choices are left to you.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at

You can teach an old notebook new tricks

Subject: Mobile | April 13, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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I4U decided that an aging Thinkpad X40 could use an upgrade to an SSD for both the performance enhancements and the noise reduction it would bring.  Specifically, they picked a KingSpec SSD which will supposedly just drop in and work.  It's a 1.8" MLC SSD that claims average access times of

0.2ms, sustained read

of 65MB/S

and write

at 47MB/S.  While i4U didn't get around to benchmarking the drive, they did prove just how easy it is to get a lot more from your X40, X41 or X41T.

Source: I4U News

Think big, not dense

Subject: Mobile | April 7, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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4kg for a laptop seems heavy to those carting around a netbook, but there are no netbooks with a 18.4" screen that displays at 1900x1080.  Powering that display is a GeForce 9600M GT with 1GB of DDR2, the total system memory being 4GB of DDR2 and a 2GHz C2D T6400 runs it all.  Scoring 3977 in 3DMark06, it won't be a gaming powerhouse, but it should be able to push most games at it's native resolution without too much tweaking.  A preview of this laptop can be found at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

ASUS offers discrete mobile gaming performance

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2009 - 01:36 PM |
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Based around a 1.6GHz T9550, 4GB of DDR2-400 and a Mobility Radeon 4650 the ASUS N81Vp gaming laptop is still relatively portable thanks to the 14.1" display and 6 cell battery.  Don't underestimate that small screen, with a 1366x768 resolution you will be quite happy with the image quality and don't overestimate the battery, you have a bit over an hour on battery with the power savings turned off.

Value priced laptops worth peeking at

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Before you completely ignore them, realize that the 17" Acer eMachines G520 runs just over $500 and the G620 model is only a bit more.  Both are capable of 1440x900 resolution and have 2GB DDR2, a DVD-RW and a 160GB HDD, the differences lie in the chipsets and CPUs used.  The 520 has a 2GHz Celeron M 575 running on an Intel GL40 chipset with Intel X4500MHD powering the graphics.  The G560 hides a 2GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 on a nVIDA 9100M.  Niether one will beat any speed records, but at a similar price to a netbook and without any of the eyestrain,

Source: InsideHW

Ruggedized laptop/tablet

Subject: Mobile | March 19, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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The Intel Convertible Classmate PC doesn't really sound all that interesting, but it is definitely worth a look.  It's an Atom powered netbook, with a display that not only swivels but can be reversed and flipped down to make this into a tablet PC.  The carrying handle doesn't do much for the aesthetics, but this is no Macbook Air as the colour scheme should give away.  It is more of a Fisher Price theme, designed to work well and put up with the abuse a young child dishes out everyday.  Drop by The Tech Repor

Paper just too old school for you?

Subject: Mobile | March 17, 2009 - 03:01 PM |
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The original Kindle failed to light up the hearts of most users and now they have released a successor, the Kindle 2.  For $360 you can have a 6" piece of electronic paper, at a resolution of 800x600 and with 16 stunning shades of grey.  There is enough storage onboard for about 1500 books, and a memory card slot will allow you to expand it.  Probably the biggest feature is it's WiFi connection, which allows you to subscribe to various perio

It probably makes a decent space heater as well

Subject: Mobile | March 4, 2009 - 03:24 PM |
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Eurocom is a company that believes in overkill; their upcoming laptop, the Clevo D900F Phantom i7 can support a Core i7 965.  It also handles triple channel DDR3, up to and including 12GB of DDR3-1333 if you feel so inclined.  If that impressesyou, then how about the pair of GTX 280M in SLI it will also run?  If you want a desktop replacement that sacrifices battery life in the name of sheer power, then save up for this release.  Check out the pictures and the original press release at AnandTech

Source: AnandTech

Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the Samsung NC20 12.1" Mini-Notebook

Subject: Mobile | February 27, 2009 - 11:21 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 27 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook.

Combining the power efficient 1.3+GHz VIA Nano processor with the highly-integrated VIA VX800 system media processor, the Samsung NC20 also features a stunning 1280x800 12.1" display, ensuring an outstanding video experience and enabling a full-size 12" notebook keyboard with optimiz

Personality conflicts

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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The laptop has become a prominent feature of many people's lives, and being more than a few feet from it can cause some to feel lost or uncomfortable.  The netbook has yet to catch on to the same degree, a lot of users are not yet willing to sacrifice the performance of their laptop for a device that is about the same size and weight as a hardcover book.  At The Tech Report, one of the reviewers is undergoing that transformation thanks to the Eee PC 1000H.  Inside lies an Atom N280 1.66GHz
and 1GB DDR2-667, gi

Look very carefully at that last letter

Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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HP has two notebook lines currently, both b & s, and

Source: InsideHW

Get your mobile game on

Subject: Mobile | February 17, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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The MSI GX630 is a notebook aimed at gamers that costs under $1000.  It has 4GB DDR2-667, a 9600M GT and a 15.4" TFT that can handle 1280x800, the big price break comes from the processor, an Athlon X2 QL-62 @ 2.0GHz.  By using AMD's product, the premium you pay for a C2D and compatible chipset never enters into the price.  The testing done by The Tech Report bears out witness to

The power of bamboo

Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Perhaps bamboo might not seem a good material to make a laptop out of but the engineers at ASUS would disagree, as you can tell by the ASUS UV6 Bamboo laptop.  Measuring 15.2 x 9.6" with a 12.1 LCD and containing an Intel P8600 and 3GB of RAM as well as a DVD drive and 250GB HDD, the UV6 packs almost as much power as their Lambourghini model.  That slight lessening of processing power results in much longer battery life, a feature that t-break was very happy to see.

Source: t-break

When the power you need won't fit inside the box

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2009 - 05:09 PM |
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You can always get more functionality or storage by adding external devices, but an external graphics processor is a fairly unique item.  The Amilo SA3650 Laptop with XGP Graphic Booster is a joint project between Fujitsu Siemens and AMD, a laptop with an external Radeon HD 3870 that still manages to run as a PCIe 8x card.  Using the external box will give you good gaming performance and the ability to push out 1080p to multiple monitors; pretty impressive for a small laptop.  Guru of 3D did have some suggestions, as well as a bit of good news at the end of the article,

Source: Guru of 3D

For those who prefer a a casual relationship with their laptops

Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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If you need a laptop that can handle media, but won't break your bank account, the Acer Extensa 5630G is worth a peek.  The C2D T5800 @ 2GHz is nowhere near top of the line now, but certainly offers enough power to do what you would need and the ATI Radeon HD3470 will help ensure your graphical experience is not distressing.  InsideHW did wish it had Bluetooth functionality, but

Source: InsideHW

ASUS Upgrades Eee PC 1000HE with Atom N280

Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Sooo.....this is interesting news from ASUS with an interesting way of spreading it.  ASUS sent out a press release today that the 1000HE is going to be the first netbook to offer the Intel Atom N280 and promises up to 9.5 hours of battery life. 

What's more interesting to me?  Rather than providing a link to the ASUS.com page for more information and pre-order locations, instead they are pointing us all to a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6297967631

Source: 3DCenter

This Lenovo runs Linux

Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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As is their wont, Phoronix went out and picked up a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and removed the installed WinXP SP3 and replaced it with Ubuntu 8.10.  Thanks to the steady evolution of Linux, the laptop and all of it's accessories worked perfectly, much like the Samsung NC10.  The Samsung was used as the comparative model in their benchmarking, and the IdeaPad fared fairly well.  There was a feature included that impressed them, as well as a few qualities that they thought could be improved upon; which you can read abou

Source: Phoronix