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Subject: Mobile | June 22, 2010 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner is the $500 Acer Aspire 5542 with a dual core AMD Athlon II M300 CPU, the chipset is the AMD RS880M and the SB710 and the graphics are powered by the ATI Radeon HD 4200. In the other corner is the $550 Gateway NV5933u with Intel's dual core i3-330M, the Intel HM55 chipset
and Intel's new HD Graphics. It is not just the internals that they tested, as LCD quality and battery life also play a big part in determining a winner. Can Intel's new integrated graphics push their performance closer to AMD's and does AMD's new chipset bring anything new to their mobile pla
Subject: Mobile | June 22, 2010 - 09:55 AM | Jonathan Hung
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2010 - 10:42 AM | Jonathan Hung
NEC will be releasing their LifeTouch tablet in Japan this October. The unit will be running Android 2.1, supports 800x480 resolution, and weighs just 400 grams. Under the hood will be an ARM Cortex A8 processor (no word on the speed), 256MB RAM, SD slot, a full and mini USB port, 801.11b/g WiFi, GPS, 3MP camera, and up to 8 hours of battery life.
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2010 - 10:07 AM | Jonathan Hung
You read that right. Lenovo is preparing to release the IdeaPad Y560D - a 15.4" notebook featuring an ATI HD5730 mobile GPU and the ability to view 3D content using DDD's TriDef. Thus far, the stereoscopic 3D world has been dominated by NVIDIA and their 3D Vision technology (which we have reviewed previously and tested on the Asus G51J-3D), so this is the first AMD GPU based product supporting 3D in some way.
Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2010 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a speedy laptop then the MSI GX640 review on AnandTech is a must see. The 2.26GHz dual core i5-430M should be able to keep up with the star component, the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 1GB and having 4GB of DDR3-1333 certainly doesn't hurt either. You will be pushing that HD5850 fairly hard with a 15.4" @ 1680x1050 screen, though that screen and the 7200RPM HDD are going to be pushing your 9-cell 85Wh battery just as hard. MSI has made mobile gaming a little bit more acc
Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2010 - 11:20 PM | Jonathan Hung
Toshiba is announcing today a pair of new laptops that leverage NVIDIA's Optimus and 3D Vision technology.
First up is the Satellite A665 that comes with a 16" screen and a choice of Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 processors, or a AMD Phenom II Quad Core CPU (no word on the processor models and speeds). NVIDIA Optimus can be found on the Intel SKUs, although the press release only specifies "select models".
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2010 - 01:53 PM | Jonathan Hung
The long awaited Asus Eee T101MT is finally going to be released... but in Japan. The Eee T101MT is an Intel Atom based netbook with a convertible screen for a tablet-style interaction. The screen is 10.1" with 1024x600 resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, an Atom N450 CPU, and 2GB of RAM.
It will begin selling in Japan next week at a cool 62800 Yen, or about $685 dollars. While I like the design and the concept, I think the price will make many customers think twice. It's definitely a niche product which I suppose justifies the price tag.
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2010 - 01:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
It seems Fujitsu has solved one of life's biggest computing annoyances - the pervasive problem that you need to use a mouse or keyboard to interact with a computer. The new Lifebook AH series features a special camera that is designed to track your hand movements. In the preview posted at Akihabara News, a middle-aged man is seen making awkward (and perhaps even suggestive) circular motions in the air which allowed him to control the Windows Media Player.
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2010 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Packard Bell is a name you may not have heard in a while though that does not mean that they are gone, proof being the new DOT S2 Atom based netbook. The stats look familiar to anyone who has seen an Atom based netbook, the difference is in the shell and keypad. The model that t-break had in for review was a pure white exterior with silver highlights. The keyboard is well designed, giving as much room for the keys as possible while still leaving enough of a gap that you shouldn't hit mor
Subject: Mobile | June 7, 2010 - 04:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The time has come and the new iPhone, plus the new iPhone OS is upon us and we can finally see how it stacks up to the current competition. Engadget matches it with the EVO 4G in their overview here, listing the most important things that they know for sure. The screen on the iPhone 4 is slightly smaller, but with a higher resolution which ought to make browsing a little more attractive. The primary camera of the iPhone has a few less megapixels than the competition but then again it is
Subject: Mobile | June 3, 2010 - 11:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
While Microsoft is parading around WEC7, Google has announced that they will be releasing Chrome OS this fall sometime between September 22 and December 21. It's a pretty good bet that there will be some tablets featuring this OS at time of launch.
Subject: Mobile | June 3, 2010 - 10:40 AM | Jonathan Hung
For a full list of Computex news and coverage, check out http://pcper.com/computex
A few days ago Asus announced the Eee Tablet 101TC, a 10" tablet running Windows Embedded Compact 7. Today we're hearing more details on this new OS from Microsoft.
The details are still fairly broad at the moment and none of it particularly surprising. WEC7 key features include:
Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2010 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot offers a quick and dirty look at 4G and how it will improve upon 3G. 4G is set to become commonplace in some markets by the fall and new models of phones and other mobile internet devices so many are biding their time before buying anything new. The question you should ask yourself is just how much the new communications protocol will help you. It is faster, but only in the sense of starting a data transaction, the actual maximum throughput is not changing that
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2010 - 01:15 PM | Jonathan Hung
Currently Android and Windows are probably the two best known OSes for
tablets, netbooks, and other portable devices (well, there's the iPhone
too, but that's only one vendor). But there is an upcoming darling in
the industry called MeeGo and they are
an alternative to the Big 3 and offers an interesting platform for
portable computers and small devices.
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2010 - 09:56 AM | Jonathan Hung
While Asus' annoncement of the Eee Tablet and two Eee Pads grabbed most of the headlines yesterday, the company is also letting loose some new updates to their popular products as well as a new app store.
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2010 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Before the NVIDIA keynote yesterday David Ragones walked us through a host of new Optimus enabled notebooks from the likes of ASUS, Clevo, Toshiba, MSI, Gateway and more. Also, we look at a couple of new netbooks using ION+Optimus technology and even some interesting ION nettops; one of which is even outputting 3D-enabled content to an enabled TV!
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2010 - 01:24 PM | Jonathan Hung
MSI is announcing their new Wind Pad tablet PC today at Computex. The Wind Pad is a 10" device featuruing 3G, WiFi, GPS, USB, HDMI and a webcam. To top this off, the device is just 800 grams (1.7 lb., a little heavier than the 1.5 lb. iPad) and lasts 8+ hours on a battery charge. Windows 7 is the OS of choice.
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2010 - 11:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
Asus has just announced another new mobile product called the Asus Eee Tablet. The tablet features a 2450 dpi touch-sensitive screen, Micro SD, and a 2 MP camera. The device allows the user to create content using the stylus to draw diagrams or take notes, and is also an e-book reader.
The Eee Tablet will feature a media player, as well making it not only appropriate for making making notes, but also for recreation.
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2010 - 10:49 AM | Jonathan Hung
The company who invented and marketed the first netbook is hoping lightning strikes twice with their new line of slate PCs. Asus revealing their new Eee Pad EP121 and Eee Pad 101TC slate devices both featuring Windows.
The EP121 is as 12.1" unit with a CULV Core 2 Duo, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The battery is reported to run 10 hours. The EP101TC is a 10" unit that uses Windows Embedded Compact 7 as an OS and NVIDIA Tegra. No word on the Android slates we know Asus has in their boxes somewhere.