AMD to showcase Tigris notebook platform next month

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 02:22 PM |
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During Computex next month, AMD is apparently going to be showcasing the new Tigris mobile platform that features a host of new chips.  The heart of the platform is the CPU codenamed Caspian, of which little is known.  We know it will be built on a 45nm process and will likely still be a dual-core part but other than that, we are currently in the dark.  The chipset it uses is the RS880M that is likely a 55nm chip that supports integrated graphics with DX10.1 technology. 

ASUS isn't afraid to show off its size

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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In a world of mobile tech that is trending towards lighter and lighter devices, the ASUS W90 18.4" Notebook
almost seems to not fit in.  There is a subset of mobile users who are quite willing to tote around 12lbs or more of laptop if it is powerful enough.  The W90 certainly has that power, an HD4870 X2 powers the graphics and a C2Q 9000 along with 6GB of DDR2-667 power the rest of the notebook.  Techgage took it gaming, and it had no problems with current generation

Source: TECHGAGE

Not intended for use on a rainy day

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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iUnika, a very green laptop maker in Spain has been showing off some interesting little netbooks.  Made with a starch and cellulose casing, the casing is biodegradable, but one might rightly assume that the CPU, motherboards and other components are not.  Some models sport a solar panel, allowing the laptop to recharge while shut down, a feat made possible by the fact that these netbooks will be in the 3W to 4W power range.  Check them out at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Half a litre of mobile power

Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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When you look at an ION platform from nVIDIA, you might mistake it for a router or maybe an external HDD cage, but hidden in that box is a full PC.  The GeForce 9400 and Intel Atom beat the pants off of the Intel 945GC, but unless you want to replay Quake 4 at 800x600 with an average frame rate hovering around 20fps you may not want to use it at a LAN party.  On the flip side, with HD content in H.264, VC-1 or  MPEG-2, you can expect great performance, no dropped frames and a CPU utilization that stays well under 50%.  If you do try some other formats, you might run into s

Source: X-Bit Labs

Feeling early adopter rage?

Subject: Mobile | May 6, 2009 - 05:18 PM |
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If you just picked up the Kindle 2, you are probably not a very happy person.  Amazon just released the Kindle DX, roughly 2.5 times the size and only $130 more.  It has a 9.7" 1200x824 screen @ 150 dpi, and 16 levels of grey, and 3.3GB of storage, all adding up to a much bigger device than it's little brother.  You will need to wait until the summer to get your hands on it, but unless the tiny size of the Kindle 2 is a good thing for you, you are best off waiting for the DX. 

Source: Wired News

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