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Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2010 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:20 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 10:13 AM | Jonathan Hung
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).
Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2010 - 10:15 PM | Jonathan Hung
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:
Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2010 - 03:34 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2010 - 03:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
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".
Subject: Mobile | February 18, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2010 - 09:14 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | February 15, 2010 - 01:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
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).
Subject: Mobile | February 11, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2010 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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,
Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2010 - 02:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2010 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 10:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | January 26, 2010 - 05:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.