Serious mobile power if you don't mind the weight

Subject: Mobile | April 2, 2010 - 03:01 PM |

Not everyone is satisfied with a 13.1" screen, no matter how sleek the form factor it is attached to is.  For serious mobile viewing satisfaction something like the Gateway NV7901u with a 17.3" 1600 x 900 screen seems more appropriate.  There is of course a trade off as it weighs 7.4lbs and will probably be quite noticeable after carrying for a while.  Inside is a Core i5 430M and 4GB of DDR-3 1066, a full 1GB of which is dedicated to a Radeon Mobility 5650. 

Source: TweakTown

ASUS hits the market with an Optimus laptop

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2010 - 02:49 PM |

The ASUS UL50Vf has a Core2Duo SU7300 @ 1.3 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 1066MHz and a Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset with ICH9M but the start of the notebook is the NVIDIA GeForce G 210M with 512MB GDDR3 and Optimus Technology.  That means that your nVIDIA GPU will have the ability to turn its self off and on as your programs demand it.  That pushes the average idle battery life into the realm of the netbook though perhaps not the full claimed 12 hours.  Under load the battery life is reduced but still beats some Eee systems and other notebooks. 

Not your bosses' ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2010 - 02:54 PM |

IBM's ThinkPad series, now brought to you by Lenovo, has an iconic no nonsense business like look.  Square edges, a matte black coating, they are probably one of the most recognizable pieces of tech on the planet.

Source: t-break

NVIDIA Optimus technology demonstrated visually

Subject: Mobile | March 22, 2010 - 10:45 PM |

Since our initial look back in February at NVIDIA's Optimus technology and how it can drastically change the way mobile computing is accomplished with discrete GPUs, we have seen the product officially roll out and even have notebooks for sale.  ASUS was the first major partner, with models like the N61J-X2 offering discrete graphics and integrated in a truly user frien

Spending some time with a CULV

Subject: Mobile | March 22, 2010 - 01:51 PM |

The awkwardly named mobile form factor from Intel, the CULV doesn't represent the utility of notebooks that utilize this processor line.  The Tech Report has been using an Acer Aspire 1810TZ for a while now and wanted to let people know just how this notebook worked out for them.  It will run you a bit more than an Atom based netbook but the return is rather nice.  An 11.6" screen that has a 1366x768 resolution powered by the Intel GS45

Acer 11-inch TimelineX 1830T Leaked Specs

Subject: Mobile | March 17, 2010 - 03:00 PM |

Acer has revealed a new line-up of TimelineX laptops, and perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is the TimelineX 1830T. The 1830T is an 11-inch 1366x768 notebook featuring an Intel Core 2 Solo CPU and the Intel GS45 chipset. Using the Intel integrated graphics, the new 1" thick notebook is reported to last 8 hours. Connectivity includes HDMI, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, three USB 2.0 ports, SPDIF digital output, and gigabit ethernet.

Source: General

ASUS combines the power of a mobile Core i5 with Optimus

Subject: Mobile | March 16, 2010 - 01:49 PM |

The ASUS N61Jv-X2 is a 16" notebook with some serious power under the hood, a Core i5-430M with 4GB of DDR3-1066 and nVIDIA's GeForce GT325M 1GB Optimus powering the 1366x768 screen ...

Source: AnandTech

MSI Announces the X-Slim X360

Subject: Mobile | March 10, 2010 - 09:22 AM |

Today MSI is announcing their latest X-Slim series notebook, the 13.3" X360.
We first saw this notebook back in January at CES 2010 and now we have firmer details on the specifications that will be available.

Source: MSI

Warpia Debuts Wireless Laptop Docking Station

Subject: Mobile | March 9, 2010 - 02:47 PM |

Warpia is announcing Easy Dock, a new wireless docking station that allows any notebook or netbook (including Macs) to wirelessly dock with a separate display, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. A USB transmitter is attached to your system, while a receiver with 2 USB ports, DVI output, and line-out audio attaches to your peripherals.

This allows you to put your notebook nearly anywhere, while giving you the creature comforts of a desktop configuration. This could potentially be useful in tight places, clean installations, and multi-user environments.

Source: General

The ASUS G73J; how long can an 8-cell battery power an HD5870?

Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2010 - 12:29 PM |

It is not quite available yet but when the ASUS G73J hits the shelves it will be among the best gaming notebooks on the planet.  Inside will be a Intel Core i7-720QM @ 1.6 GHz on an Intel HM55 board, with 8GB of DDR3 and a mobile HD5870 with 1GB of RAM.  Add in a 17.3" monitor @ 1920x1080 and you have a notebook that outclasses most desktop systems.  Of course the MSRP is going to top $2000, so it will also be more expensive than most desktops.  Drop by InsideHW f

Source: InsideHW

MAINGEAR Launching New 15" Multimedia Notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2010 - 02:30 PM |

MAINGEAR Computers, the makers of custom desktop and notebook PCs, is announcing a new 15.6" notebook called the mX-L15. The mX-L15 features the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, ATI Radeon Mobility 4570 with 512MB of RAM, and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

Source: General

Call it 'ION:The Next Generation'

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2010 - 02:02 PM |

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

Intel to Release Atom N470

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:38 PM |

This coming Monday, Intel is expected to introduce the Atom N470 netbook processor which bumps the frequency from the current 1.66 GHz in the N450, to 1.83 GHz.

Optimus and Dell Mini 10 with Crystal HD Now Available

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:20 PM |

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.

Source: Dell

CompuLab's Fit-PC2 NetTop is more of a palm top

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 12:48 PM |

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

Source: Phoronix

Toshiba Begins Shipping 12" Intel Core i7 Tablet PCs

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 10:13 AM |

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).

Source: Toshiba

Lenovo Unleashes High Performance ThinkPads

Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2010 - 10:15 PM |

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:

Source: Lenovo

Lenovo to Update ThinkPad X100e with 10.1" screen and Atom 450? Seems Likely.

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2010 - 03:34 PM |

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.

Source: Lenovo

Apple MacBook Pros likely to implement NVIDIA Optimus technology

Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2010 - 03:49 PM |

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". 

Source: General

LG offers a laptop for those on a budget

Subject: Mobile | February 18, 2010 - 12:36 PM |

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. 

Source: t-break