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.

Acrobatc netbook launch

Subject: Mobile | November 21, 2008 - 04:22 PM |
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Toshiba's new lineup of netbooks was witnessed by Hardware Zone.  The Toshiba Portege R series was updated with the R600 and a new series was introduced, with the Toshiba Portege A600.  Bigger and heavier that the R series, it also doesn't cost nearly as much.  Finally there was the 8.9-inch Toshiba NB100, that manages to hide a 120GB drive in it's tiny body.

HP's take on the netbook

Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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HP have always been a big name in the laptop industry and are making a splash with their new HP 2133 Mini-Note, a netbook with an 8.9" screen.  Powering it is a VIA C7-M processor on a VIA VN896 chipset and it runs SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop OS.  InsideHW did like the netbook overall, but are really looking forward to the upcoming Atom version.

Source: InsideHW

MSI announces new GX630 gaming notebook for only $799

Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – November 12, 2008 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to it Gaming Notebook Series – the GX630-028US.

Source: MSI

Divergent species

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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ASUS has two very different schools of thought when it comes to mobile computing.  On the one hand you have the tiny little Eee PC, which pares down everything it can in the name of extended battery life and lower weight.  Then there is the gaming laptop, like the ASUS G50V series.  Built purely for power, with little thought given to overall weight and battery life.  The mode

(Note)Book of the Dead V2.0

Subject: Mobile | November 7, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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If you have seen Evil Dead and various other horror movies, the paint job on the Smoothbook DR will bring back fond memories, as it is a bang on reproduction of the Necronomicon. 
Don't think that the beauty of this machine is only skin deep, there is a Q9500, 4Gb of DDR2-800 and two 8800M GPUs inside, as well as an SSD and a Blu-Ray drive.  Check it out at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

TOSHIBA INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST LAPTOPS WITH THREE NVIDIA GPUS

Subject: Mobile | November 6, 2008 - 01:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008 - When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

The many colours of EEE

Subject: Mobile | November 4, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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The new EEE 901 comes in many colours, all of them with rather odd names like Infusion Sakura, Sweet Pea, Urban Metropolis, Peony White, Pearl White, Fine Ebony, Navy Blue and Chocolate Gold.  For those far more interested in what is inside, you can get either XP Home or GNU Linux.  Depending on which OS you choose the hardware varies slightly but you can always expect an SSD for storage, a 8.9" display, 1GB of DDR2 and an Atom N270.  R & B Mods liked the weight and battery life, but did find the

One serious laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 30, 2008 - 05:53 PM |
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For a 15" laptop to weigh 7.3 pounds and be 1.6 inches thick is to make a statement in today's mobile world where every other model is emulating the heroin chic look you usually see sported by runway models.  The C2D 2.26GHz processor, 4GB of PC-5300 DDR2 RAM and a 320GB HDD, partnered with a 512Mb 9800M GS mean that this laptop offers more than just a sturdy exterior.  Digital Trends got 45 minutes of battery time going full out, and enabling all the power savings tricks and limiting themsel

Not just for sedentary systems anymore

Subject: Mobile | October 27, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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You have seen Smooth Creations incredible paint jobs before, they created the system we gave away for Memorial Day.  They have branched out from full sized systems to include netbooks, which gives you a chance to show off a incredible paint job without having to cart around over 10lbs worth of PC.  TECHGAGE did find the WiFi to be a little under-par, and wanted a little more power under the hood for the price, but no one can argue that you have to pay a

Source: TECHGAGE