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.

NVIDIA TEGRA-BASED DEVICES REVOLUTIONIZE THE 'MID' MARKET

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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COMPUTEX 2009 - TAIPEI - JUNE 2, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation and industry partners today unveiled 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, the world's smallest and lowest power computer-on-a-chip. These new Tegra-based devices, which include netbooks and tablets, deliver desktop-class Internet browsing with Flash video and animation acceleration, and up to 1080p video playback.

Source: NVIDIA

Computex 2009: ASUS shows off new EeeNAS, EeePC Tablet and Eee Seashells

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2009 - 11:09 PM |
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ASUS is having a press event today to announce a host of new products focused on the Eee brand as you might have guessed. First up  is the touch screen tablet EeePC, the T91:


NEW NVIDIA-POWERED DELL LAPTOP FEATURES KILLER HD VIDEO AND GAMING TO GO

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 28, 2009-Todays students and young professionals need a versatile notebook that can serve as their workhorse by day and entertainment center at night.

Source: NVIDIA

AVADirect First USA Company to Offer Core i7 Notebook

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2009 - 01:51 PM |
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Twinsburg, OH (MMD Newswire) May 27, 2009 -- AVADirect, a leading customer computer integrator, has begun offering a Core i7 notebook for sale on its website. AVADirect will be the first official consumer and business retail outlet for this new notebook. AVADirect has already begun taking pre-orders as of last week and plans to ship out the notebooks to expecting customers first week in July.

This new notebook being offered is a big step toward a truly workstation replacement.

Source: Email

Small wonder

Subject: Mobile | May 25, 2009 - 05:32 PM |
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Although very difficult to find on sale, the Acer Aspire One Linux Netbook
will run you about $100 less than the Windows powered version, so slightly over $200.  At that price you cannot expect a supercomputer, but this 8.9-inch netbook runs Linpus Linux Lite on an Atom N270 processor with 512MB RAM, and 8GB flash NAND storage, Intel 945GME graphics, Wi-Fi and numerous other features common to netbooks so you are not missing out on anything. Drop by The Tech Zone for a look at t

ASUS really excited about Eee PC Seashells

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2009 - 12:26 AM |
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Yeah, ASUS is really excited about the upcoming release of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell notebooks...