ASUS M50S Multimedia Notebook First Look

Subject: Mobile | April 30, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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ASUS was kind enough to send over one of the soon-to-be-released M50S notebooks for our perusal - and this is a hell of a machine at first glance.  While not as powerful as notebooks like the Dell XPS M1730 or the Alienware M9750, it's also not nearly as heavy and should actually be considered PORTABLE to most people. 

We'll have a review up of the system pretty soon but for now I just thought you all would like to see some shots of the sexy M50S beforehand.

Budget laptop with a lot of features

Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2008 - 05:40 PM |
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ASUS has put a lot of extras into their M51S laptop, without pricing it beyond the value market.  With four USB ports, support for both DVI/VGA and TV-Out, webcam and a lot more, keeping the price of this 15" notebook at the $1000 is no easy task.  The laptop is billed as being mostly a multi-media machine, but TECHGAGE fired up Crysis at 1280x800 and it was playable, as were other newer titles.  All that power does have a price; you won't see the battery make it to the 2 hour mark, even with light

Source: TECHGAGE

A quickly changing market

Subject: Mobile | April 22, 2008 - 05:12 PM |
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A few years ago, the majority of laptops came with onboard memory, and that was about it.  There were a few specially designed mobile graphics cards, but they were rare, expensive and rather disappointing. 
Fast forward to today and you need a huge list to keep track of all the cards available.  Thankfully TechARP is up to the challenge with their list of 133 GPUs, from old Radeon IGPs to 9800M GTXs are covered.

Source: Tech ARP

ASUS Eee PC 900 series gets MORE official

Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2008 - 10:24 AM |
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Though we have already covered the official launch of the new ASUS Eee PC 900 series in the Asia and Europe markets, the US branch decided to get in on the action finally as well.  Apparently those of us in the US aren't worthy of the larger screened, and multi-touch-pad version of the popular notebook until May 15th - nearly a full month after its release in the far east and far west.

Source: 3DCenter

Make sure you know what you are getting

Subject: Mobile | April 17, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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Sure, UMPCs are designed to look great, are very light and seem like a great idea.

Source: AnandTech

ASUS Eee PC 900 series gets official

Subject: Mobile | April 16, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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It has been no secret that ASUS was releasing a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen (or nearly 9") and other changes.  Well today ASUS made the announcement official even though the product won't be available in the channel for a bit longer. 

What rhymes with Eee?

Subject: Mobile | April 14, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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If you are looking for a second opinion on the new ASUS Eee that comes with Windows XP, drop by The Tech Report.  Otherwise, if you skipped Ryan's review of it, go read that one first and then head to The Tech Report.  For good or for bad, the hardware layout of the Eee XP is unchanged from the original, the only difference is that it is running XP, not Linux.  If you looked longingly at the original, but were scared off by the commitment learning a bit of Linu

A must have for the new gaming notebooks

Subject: Mobile | April 8, 2008 - 05:06 PM |
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Now that you can get pre-overclocked and SLI or Crossfire capable gaming notebooks, the mobile cooling industry is taking off.  Don't even consider letting one of those notebooks even get close to your lap, you'll be feeling more than just the pain of defeat.  At Madshrimps, they have gathered coolers from six different manufacturers, and you can see just how well these coolers do at keeping your notebook, and yourself, at reasonable temperatures.

Source: Madshrimps

ASUS Eee PC 4G-X with XP - Review and available at Best Buy

Subject: Mobile | April 7, 2008 - 12:20 AM |
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The ASUS Eee PC has been a runaway hit with the press and buyers looking for a strong dose of mobility, and the line gets a big boost today with a release of the first Eee PC's with Windows XP pre-installed.  My review covers the hardware, which remains completely unchanged from the original Linux-based system, as well as what you can expect from the system while using Windows XP.  The short of it: more flexibility and usability.

Windows XP lives on!

Subject: Mobile | April 5, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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In case you were worried that your beloved Windows XP was going high-tail it out of here like the Dodo, have no fear: as long as your buying super lower power mobile machines it should continue to be available until June 30, 2010.

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft has announced that it plans to extend its
support of Windows XP, its nearly seven-year-old operating system,
because many computers in the market today are simply unable to run
Windows Vista.

Source: TG Daily

Intel's plans for the future of mobility

Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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The VR-Zone has compiled a roadmap of Intel's upcoming processors for Ultra Mobile Personal Computers and Mobile Internet Devices.  It looks like their System Controller Hub, a combination of the MCH and ICH into a single chip, is on schedule to arrive with the first of the Atom processors.  Read more by following the link.

Source: VR-Zone

VIA and Everex to Demonstrate New CloudBook Max with Built-In WiMAX Capability

Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 2 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Everex, a pioneer in developing next generation ultra mobile computing devices, has adopted the VIA C7-M ULV processor for the new Everex CloudBook Max, a stylish mini-note with a stunning 8.9" screen and integrated single-chip Mobile WiMAX solution from GCT Semiconductor for use with Sprint’s high-speed XOHM wireless network.

Windows XP-based Eee PC Preview

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2008 - 01:13 PM |
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Laptop Magazine has posted a quick preview of the new version of the ASUS Eee PC that will be shipping with Windows XP rather than Linux.  Not much as changed though...

Short On Storage Space

A big improvement in midrange mobile performance

Subject: Mobile | March 28, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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The Gateway P-6831 FX offers some impressive performance for a sub $1500 laptop.  With a Core 2 Duo T5450, 3GB of Samsung DDR2-667,an nVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS 512MB and a 17" screen with a native resolution of 1440x900.  All that in a package that weighs under 10 lbs.  AnandTech was really impressed at the value that this laptop offers, hopefully some of the other manufacturers will take the hint and offer some of their own.

Source: AnandTech

Updated: New touch panels for Eee PC coming, add only $10 to price

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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Update: we seem to have not only confirmation of the touch screen debate but more new information as well.  The updated Eee PC will also possibly include a GPS integration and will sell for $500.  Nice!

Source: Digitimes

Intel to sell $400 classroom notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 24, 2008 - 07:52 PM |
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Like ASUS needed more competition for their Eee PC, Intel is going have their own classroom PC that retails for $400.  Specifications look pretty familiar and it will be using Windows XP, a step over the embedded Linux that ASUS has used up until now.

Source: engadget

Flavoured Air

Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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Don't like the taste of Mac OSX, but still want something nice and light like the Macbook Air.  Why not go with the familiar texture and taste of Windows?  It's a Santa Rosa notebook, so it really isn't that hard to do, assuming you've got a USB optical drive to plug into it. 

X-Bit Labs did a full install with Bootcamp and a bit of work, find out how.

Source: X-Bit Labs

The split personality of the ASUS U3S

Subject: Mobile | March 18, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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The most interesting feature of the U3S is that it has two separate on-board graphics chips, not to be used for SLI or Crossfire.  The Intel GMA X3100 is for low powered usage and will extend battery life, the nVIDIA 8400M is for when you need graphical power and are plugged into a wall socket.  Drop by X-Bit Labs for more information on this 'stylishly mobile' ultra portable laptop.

Source: X-Bit Labs

The difference a little SLI can make

Subject: Mobile | March 14, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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Gaming notebooks are really benefiting from SLI, perhaps more so than PCs.  Many PC cards can be overclocked, or have an oversized cooler slapped on them, and there is always liquid cooling and other arcane heat management techniques.  With mobile platforms, the tolerances are much tighter and large internal cards are simply not an option.   With SLI, there is a way to get more graphics power inside a small(ish) laptop, and let users have a good gaming experience.  AnandTech has reviewed the

Source: AnandTech

Cheap mobility

Subject: Mobile | March 11, 2008 - 05:23 PM |
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$400 can get you on the road with the Everex VA1500V, a 15" barebones notebook.  What you get on the laptop won't get you anything but strange looks at a LAN party, but it is an easy way to get a hold of everything you need on the road.  engadget has scoop, so head over there and check it out.

Source: engadget