Mobile 720p for $720

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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As far as the stats go, the Acer Aspire Timeline has an Intel Core 2 solo SU3500 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 320GB of storage, and a 14-inch 1366 x 768 powered by the Intel GMA 4500MHD.  It is very mobile, at 3.5lbs and not much more than an inch thick; not quite as thin as a Macbook Air, but nowhere near the price either.  Acer claims an 8 hour battery life, a claim that I4U checked out using Battery Eater with all the Aspire's battery saving features off.  Even with that abuse they were seeing a 4 hour lifespan

Source: I4U News

How do they get the liquid into the centre?

Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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Tech-Reviews has picked up a strange liquid based laptop cooler from Nexus called the TDD-9000.  While it may look like a mouse pad, it is instead a liquid filled base for you to place your laptop on which is intended to provide cooling.  It did feel like it was filled with gel, as opposed to a true liquid which could be very important if it was ever introduced to a sharp object.  Their testing did not go so well for the Nexus product; perhaps if you used it on a model with a fan on th

Source: Tech-Reviews

NVIDIA at risk of losing the Apple deal

Subject: Mobile | July 1, 2009 - 02:55 PM |
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While this shouldn't really come as a big surprise to anyone that pays attention to these sorts of things, a post over at Semiaccurate is saying that in all likely hood NVIDIA is "being shown the door" when it comes to future Apple system designs. 

Source: General

One size fits all?

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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On paper, the Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Adapter sounds like a brilliant idea.  A 95W power adaptor with 8 different plugs and a USB socket on the side that can provide a variety of Wattage and Amperage to charge all your USB and mobile devices, including phones.  Unfortunately, the model shipped to Tweaknews for testing had some incompatibilities, some that could be overcome and others that could not.  Along with the problems they had, they were also disappointed that there was no pricing information. 

Source: Tweaknews

The mysterious Samsung ION notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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We know very little about the Samsung ION notebook, apart from the fact that it could be a serious help to nVIDIA getting the ION platform recognition as a competitor to the Intel-made chipset for Atom, even with the sales incentives that Intel offers.

  • Model name - unknown

  • Specs - nVIDIA ION processor

  • Pricing - unknown

  • ETA - sometime soon

Source: NVIDIA

Ubuntu puts on a tie

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped.  That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme.  Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu.  Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.

Source: Phoronix

It's not all about the Eee

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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The Asus Pro61s
is a 15.6" notebook sporting a C2D T5850, 3GBs of DDR2-800 and an HD4870.  The full size keyboard will come in handy if you decide to use this as a gaming machine, the DVD RW is handy if you are more into watching movies.  R&B Mods found in their testing that the battery is good for over 2 hours, so while it last longer than a lot of notebooks with this kind of design, it won't last you on a long flight.  See it here.

Intel and Nokia partner on new mobile devices

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Today Intel and Nokia announced an expanded partnership with the goal of creating a "new class" of Intel-Architecture mobile computing device.  Details on what exactly that means were scarce, but there were a couple of specific points brought up during this morning's conference call. 

Friendlier percentages

Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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At $199, the iPhone 3GS is twice as expensive as the basic 3G model and from AnandTech's testing it seems be about 50% faster.  Part of that reason is because the ARM chip that they are using runs at 600MHz as opposed to 412MHz, but the speed bump is not the only reason. The ARM Cortex A8 sports twice the L1 cache and also has a 256KB L2 cache, something that is completely missing from the ARM11 chip that the 3G uses.  It also manages to beat out the Pre.

Source: AnandTech

NVIDIA GeForce 200M GPU Update - Power numbers and efficiency

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 06:20 PM |
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Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs.  At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc.  We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.

Naptop? Letbook? Just don't call it a CULV!

Subject: Mobile | June 17, 2009 - 06:07 PM |
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HP and AMD are working together to give people who want a mobile computer just a smidgen
larger than a netbook with their dv2 series.  Three different Pavilion dv2s exist, all are powered by the Athlon Neo MV-40 processor,
the differences lie in the maximum amount of memory available, drive size, GPU and a few bundled features.  The low end 1010ea model utilizes an onboard X1250 the two more expensive models sport a Mobility Radeon HD 3410 512MB
card.  How do they fare against the Intel Atom N270
powered MSI Wind? 

Source: Hexus

Zune HD uses NVIDIA Tegra processor - confirmed

Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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There is a lot of news circulating today about some rumors of the new Zune HD using the NVIDIA Tegra processor.  Several websites have been following the rumor, that

Masochistic mobility

Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U.  Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose.  You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to. 

Source: I4U News

Not a laptop!

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs.  According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has

"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"

All the cool kids have them

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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AnandTech has a quick peek at the new Pre as well as the iPhone 3G, though not the new 3GS as those are fairly difficult to get a hold of right now.  They talk you through the internals of these devices and how they differ.  They also take a close look at battery life, as that is one of the most important things to a user on the road, topping even speed in many cases.  Drop by for a brief look at the brand new Pre and how it stacks up to the competition.

Source: AnandTech

Computex 2009: Lenovo silently introduces VIA-powered S12 netbook

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:10 AM |
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I know Lenovo has been making a big deal about the new S12 netbook that implemented the ION chipset with the Atom processor just this past month, but there was another revision of the S12 on display at Computex.  VIA was proudly showing this model of the S12, that has been looked over almost entirely, that uses all VIA-based chips. 

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows slick, dockable notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 12:29 AM |
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We aren't quite done with our Computex coverage quite yet - after a weekend of recovery I am still going through my memory cards to find what pictures are most interesting to present.  This time I found a really cool little Gigabyte notebook with a stand up docking station.


Apple's Pre-launch announcement

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2009 - 03:33 PM |
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If you aren't happy with the speed or battery life of your new iPhone, has engadget got an announcement for you.  The new iPhone 3GS was announced today at the WWGS and it is faster and longer lasting than it predecessors.  That speed comes at a premium, so for those looking for a basic model, the entry fee has been reduced to $99, not counting the contract.

Source: engadget

Great idea; lousy follow through

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 02:41 PM |
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At first glance the ASUS W90Vp looks like one incredible laptop; you get a Q9000, dual 320GB HDD, and 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM @ DDR2-667. The LCD is a high quality 1080p display
which makes sense as there are a pair of mobility HD4870's in Crossfire inside this beast.  Unfortunately, those cards will lead you to discover something horrible about the state of AMDs mobile driver, as AnandTech realized when testing this laptop.  Check out this 12lb powerhouse here.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Nano Processor Powers New Tongfong Thin and Light Notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform by Tongfong, one of China's leading notebook providers, for their new Tongfong S30A 13.3" thin and light notebook.

The Tongfong S30A includes the high performance yet power efficient 64-bit 1.3GHz+ VIA Nano U2250 processor coupled with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics for an HD video proficient, DirectX 10.1 certified notebook.