A new chipset may mean a new price

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2009 - 02:20 PM |
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The new ASUS Eee PC 1004DN is a 10inch (1024x600) netbook with a keyboard 92% normal size, which will be a big plus to those with standard sized hands.  A 1.66GHz Atom N280 along with 1GB of DDR2 help the GN40 chipset to provide high quality video and a 6-cell battery to allow you to watch more than a single movie.  Head over to InsideHW for a look at its other features; just don't ask for a price as they haven't been told what it will be.

Source: InsideHW

No, it doesn't sport the cow motif

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2009 - 10:39 AM |
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At just $599, the 13.3" Gateway UC7807u contains a 2GHz T640, 3GB DDR2-667 5-5-5-15 and uses the Intel 4500MHD to provide its graphical power.  Perhaps because of the choice of graphics, the screen is limited to 1280x800, which may prove a little small for some users.  TECHGAGE found the included software, especially the Norton products was a little over the top, but overall were quite happy with it

Source: TECHGAGE

Which flavour is your netbook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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If a company wants to bring down the price of a netbook, one of the easiest ways to accomplish that is to remove the Windows license from the machine and install Linux or another open source OS.  By not installing Windows you can sell a netbook for a noticeably
lower price and in some cases Linux will allow the netbook to perform better.  The question of which distro of Linux to use still remains, so Phoronix loaded up a Dell Inspiron Mini with OpenSolaris and then with Ubuntu to see which is the better OS for this application. 

Source: Phoronix

Look what just washed up

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2009 - 03:26 PM |
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ASUS has spent a large amount of time and money on their Seashell line of netbooks, of which the EeePC 1005HA-PU1X
is a great example.  Long battery life is the goal, while still making this portable device usable for the worker, gamer or entertainment
fan on the go.  An Intel Atom N280 and a single DDR2 DIMM will keep the power requirements down; but will it offer enough power to do what you need?  Find out at Legit Reviews.

This thing eats netbooks for breakfast

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 10:31 AM |
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Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life.  The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories.  Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target

Source: Extremetech

Logic to rest of world: NVIDIA working on successor to ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 08:49 PM |
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In what can only be described as "blatantly obvious" news, Fudzilla is reporting that NVIDIA is in fact working on a successor to the wildly popular ION chipset.  Here's the deets:

Source: engadget

Mobile 720p for $720

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 03:32 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 - 01:46 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 - 11:55 AM |
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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 - 12:31 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 - 11:53 AM |
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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 - 11:33 AM |
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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 - 11:02 AM |
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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 - 09:00 AM |
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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 - 09:22 AM |
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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 - 03:20 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 - 03:07 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 - 12:04 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 - 11:27 AM |
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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 - 12:02 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!"