The power of bamboo

Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Perhaps bamboo might not seem a good material to make a laptop out of but the engineers at ASUS would disagree, as you can tell by the ASUS UV6 Bamboo laptop.  Measuring 15.2 x 9.6" with a 12.1 LCD and containing an Intel P8600 and 3GB of RAM as well as a DVD drive and 250GB HDD, the UV6 packs almost as much power as their Lambourghini model.  That slight lessening of processing power results in much longer battery life, a feature that t-break was very happy to see.

Source: t-break

When the power you need won't fit inside the box

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2009 - 05:09 PM |
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You can always get more functionality or storage by adding external devices, but an external graphics processor is a fairly unique item.  The Amilo SA3650 Laptop with XGP Graphic Booster is a joint project between Fujitsu Siemens and AMD, a laptop with an external Radeon HD 3870 that still manages to run as a PCIe 8x card.  Using the external box will give you good gaming performance and the ability to push out 1080p to multiple monitors; pretty impressive for a small laptop.  Guru of 3D did have some suggestions, as well as a bit of good news at the end of the article,

Source: Guru of 3D

For those who prefer a a casual relationship with their laptops

Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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If you need a laptop that can handle media, but won't break your bank account, the Acer Extensa 5630G is worth a peek.  The C2D T5800 @ 2GHz is nowhere near top of the line now, but certainly offers enough power to do what you would need and the ATI Radeon HD3470 will help ensure your graphical experience is not distressing.  InsideHW did wish it had Bluetooth functionality, but

Source: InsideHW

ASUS Upgrades Eee PC 1000HE with Atom N280

Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Sooo.....this is interesting news from ASUS with an interesting way of spreading it.  ASUS sent out a press release today that the 1000HE is going to be the first netbook to offer the Intel Atom N280 and promises up to 9.5 hours of battery life. 

What's more interesting to me?  Rather than providing a link to the ASUS.com page for more information and pre-order locations, instead they are pointing us all to a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6297967631

Source: 3DCenter

This Lenovo runs Linux

Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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As is their wont, Phoronix went out and picked up a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and removed the installed WinXP SP3 and replaced it with Ubuntu 8.10.  Thanks to the steady evolution of Linux, the laptop and all of it's accessories worked perfectly, much like the Samsung NC10.  The Samsung was used as the comparative model in their benchmarking, and the IdeaPad fared fairly well.  There was a feature included that impressed them, as well as a few qualities that they thought could be improved upon; which you can read abou

Source: Phoronix

MSI Launches GT627 Gaming Notebook featuring NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS

Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - January 26, 2009 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series - GT627. The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).

Source: MSI

What have I got in my pocket?

Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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At 635g and 279mm x 199.8mm x 23.6mm, the Sony VAIO Pocket is one of the smaller Atom based UMPCs available.   Don't let the small size fool you, it has 2GB DDR2 and a 60GB HDD or 64GB SSD for storage which will help it run Vista at an acceptable speed.  All in all, apart from the bill you will get from Sony for any repairs; this will give you a fair amount of mobile power without the hernia.  Hardware Zone's claims of it being a total chick magnet may be a bit exaggerated though.

It's a notebook, not a punching bag

Subject: Mobile | January 14, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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Toshiba's new Tecra R10-10S has a very flexible cover, designed to take the rough handling that comes with being on the road.  Inside is a C@D SP9300 running at 2,26 GHz,  2GB DDR2 and an Intel X4500MHD to power the 14.1" screen.  In their final analysis, InsideHW felt this notebook was a brilliantly balanced design, not the lightest, nor the fastest, but perfect for business travel applications.

Source: InsideHW

Video: NVIDIA Ion Platform up close and personal

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2009 - 11:39 PM |
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I am sure you have already read about NVIDIA's Ion platform, the company's attempt to pair their GF9300 chipset with the Intel Atom processor to make a higher performing netbook or low-cost PC design. And while you might have seen images of it seeing the video below should put things in perspective: the entire platform is TINY!  In the video you'll see the chipset and CPU (with the Atom being the smaller chip on the right) with integrated HDMI output, networking support and more.

Samsung's take on the Atom

Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2009 - 02:35 PM |
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Samsung has placed a Intel Atom N270, 1GB of DDR2-800 and a 160GB 5400RPM HDD into a shell with a 10.2" WSVGA 1024 x 600 display and called it the NC10 Netbook.  Even with it's diminutive size, Samsung has managed to fit an almost full sized keyboard, as well as a 6 cell battery that will keep you going for a long while.  Phoronix being who they are, quickly installed Linux to see how compatible the netbook was.  See the results here.

Source: Phoronix

HP seems at least partly interested in NVIDIA's Ion

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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We have posted a fewnews bits over the past weeks about NVIDIA's Ion platform and the company's attempt to get into the world of netbooks by offering up a new chipset solution for more graphics-savvy mobile computing.  While the technology is compelling, at least a few sources are saying that Intel is preventing NVIDIA from entering the market by forcing OEMs to buy Intel's core logic chipsets as well as the Atom CPU in a bundle. 

Source: Digitimes

New MSI Wind offers both SSD and standard HDD

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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Color me confused, but I just don't get all the excitement I am seeing online today for the announcement of the new "hybrid" storage solution Wind U115 netbook.  The system is nice enough:

  • 10" LED back lit LCD
  • 1024x600 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Source: Mad Penguin

VIA accounts for as much as 15% of the netbook market

Subject: Mobile | December 29, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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An interesting report over at Digitimes, quoting a Chinese tech news source, claims that VIA accounts for as much as 10-15% of the technology shipped in netbooks through 2008.  That's pretty much all there is to the news - but I am personally surprised to see this number so high and yet VIA's profits have continued to fall into the red over the last sevaral quarters. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel pretends to let NVIDIA in on the Atom action

Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2008 - 08:56 AM |
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Earlier in the week we posted a new story looking at the NVIDIA Ion platform, an attempt by NVIDIA to enter the netbook market with a low power version of their GeForce 9300M chipset.  However, rumors are persisting that Intel was preventing that partnership by forcing companies to buy a 945 chipset along with every Atom processor sold, effectively locking out NVIDIA from getting a foot in the door. 

Source: engadget

Why you need a dual-screen notebook computer

Subject: Mobile | December 23, 2008 - 03:01 AM |
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Okay, I really can't justify this one at all, but damn if it isn't freaking cool!  Lenovo has made official plans for the W700ds notebook that includes both a 17" primary display as well as a 10.6" secondary display that slides out of the primary monitor.  I'm not making this up:

Source: engadget

Flip top head

Subject: Mobile | December 16, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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No matter how many "t"s you put in it, the next evolution in useful ultramobility will be a net enabled tablet PC, like Gigabyte's new M192.  For just under $900 you get a netbook looking device with an 8.9" LCD running at 1280x768 that can flip back to be completely level with the keyboard, thus earning it the tablet moniker.  A 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB DDR2-533 and Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950 provide the power and a 5,400-RPM 160GB platter drive give you plenty of storage space and keeps the price down.  The T

Gaming on a 10.2" screen

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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What do you get when you cross an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
with a GeForce 9300M GS 256MB DDR2?  The ASUS N10Jc-A1, which seeks to become a gaming netbook, and succeeds as long as you stick with UT2K4 or FarCry, newer titles tend to be stutterific.   The Tech Report was able to use the HDMI out to play 1080p movies without a problem though it did monopolize the CPU to the point where you can't expect to be able to run anything apart from the movie.

Story time with the ASUS Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | December 5, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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When you buy a high end laptop, you expect extras.  I'm not convinced that anyone expects a story book, a leather interior and engine noises to be included in those extras, but they are there in the ASUS Lamborghini VX3.  Not included is a top of the line mobile GPU or an SSD, which seems odd in a $3000 laptop.  It still does have some serious power, and will floor any Lamborghini fanatics out there.  Check out t-break to see why.

Source: t-break

Just enough to do what you have to

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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The new HP Compaq 6735s runs an AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 @ 1,9 GHz on a 790G mobile chipset, sporting a Radeon HD3200 and it has 2GB DDR2.  With 250Gb of storage and a DVD-R drive, being able to take a lot on the road with you is quite easy. Check out the laptop that InsideHW calls a workhorse here.

Source: InsideHW

Looking for a little extra mobility this Christmas?

Subject: Mobile | November 26, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are thinking about picking up a laptop or netbook this Christmas, let The Tech Report help you out a bit.  On display are about a half dozen laptops that range from an Apple to a low cost HP model to a giant 17" gaming laptop from OCZ.  It's not just about the stats on the laptops themselves, there is also a look at the philosophy of shopping for a laptop.  Read on and see if some of the confusion surrounding the mobile market disappears.