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...

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