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

What's up Mac?

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 02:15 PM |
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Ars Technica has put together a large, as in two parts, review of the new Apple MacBook Pro.  The first part deals with the aesthetics, the packaging and the extras that come with it.  The second part delves into it's capabilities, general benchmarks as well as Windows gaming performance.  See how well it stacks up to the hype.

Source: Ars Technica

Toshiba Turns to NVIDIA to take Gaming Notebooks to New Heights

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today released the Qosmio X305-Q708 gaming laptop, the latest iteration from its flagship gaming line.

Source: Toshiba

Lenovo's take on the ultra portable laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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At about 3lbs and 1" thick, the Lenovo X300 13.3" ultraportable laptop designed along the same lines as the Macbook Air.  The inclusion of a DVD burner is going to make a lot of people prefer Lenovo's model to the Air, the Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 and 64GB SSD just make the deal sweeter.  Think Computers was very happy to see that the keyboard remains the same as on other larger Lenovo laptops, preferable to the shrunken, flexible keyboard some ultraportables possess.

Intel will attempt to woo Apple back home

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 AM |
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An interesting discussion is starting between Intel and press/analysts on what they are going to do about losing the design win for Apple's MacBook's and MacBook Pro's choice chipset, as we predicted and saw this week.

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA INTRODUCES INDUSTRY-CHANGING, HIGHLY INTEGRATED GPU

Subject: Mobile | October 15, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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Demand for better visual computing
performance continues to grow as more and more applications tap the massively parallel
processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for more than just graphics. As gamers,
video enthusiasts, designers, and now creative professionals require optimized PC solutions, the
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU brings a 5x performance increase over integrated core-logic to
today’s sleek notebook designs.

"Today marks a flashpoint for users around the world," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president,
GPU business at NVIDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

You think EEE PCs are dumb? 700k people last month don't

Subject: Mobile | October 10, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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This number is simply amazing - 700,000 Eee PCs shipped in September.  Obviously the 901 and 1000-series are continuing the promise on the brand even though many of us thought the brand would be weighed down by now.

Asustek Computer shipped around 700,000 Eee PCs in September this year, a new monthly high for the company.

Source: Digitimes

Lightweight, bullet resistant lap protection

Subject: Mobile | October 7, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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The LapLogic G800 Aerogel Extreme is a pad to place between your laptop and your lap to prevent your legs from being slow cooked while you are working.  It's outer shell is ballistic nylon and it's interior is two layers, one of Aerogel and one made from LapLogic's own special heat resistant material.  Those layers protect you and do a great job of removing heat from your laptop as well. 

NVIDIA sued again, this time with friends

Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2008 - 03:37 PM |
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Back in September we told you about a lawsuit being placed against NVIDIA and its CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, by NVIDIA shareholders, claiming that NVIDIA held back information about its problems with poor manufactured mobility GPUs.  Now, NVIDIA is being taken to court once again, this time with friends HP and Dell in hand.  

Source: General

AMD demos mobility Radeon 4000 in Japan

Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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Apparently in Japan AMD is publicly showing off an updated version of their mobility discrete graphics product that will fall under the Radeon HD 4000-series moniker.  The new part will obviously offer improved graphics and gaming performance but also adds full hardware decode support for Blu-ray video.

Source: Guru of 3D

Dell goes Atomic

Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2008 - 02:42 PM |
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The new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is an 8.9" netbook powered by an Atom N270 (1.6GHz) with 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM.   It's 60GB SSD drive runs a flavour of Ubuntu and it features wireless support as well as a host of input and output plugs.  Hardware Zone did find out that it is expected to sell at $799, but they didn't manage to get a firm number for the battery life of the netbook.

Another site thinks NVIDIA will be in new MacBooks

Subject: Mobile | September 22, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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Hmm, well this is interesting.  Arstechnica is reporting that MacSoda is reporting that Expreview is reporting that we might see the NVIDIA MCP7A chipset in the new MacBooks coming next month.

Source: Ars Technica

Worry about eye strain, not back strain

Subject: Mobile | September 15, 2008 - 06:37 PM |
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If you are headed back to school and find yourself in need of a notebook that doesn't take up much space or add weight to your backpack you have probably at least considered a netbook.  These have become quite popular over the last year and there are a huge amount of models and manufacturers to choose from.  Dropping by The Tech Report may help you out.  They've compiled stats on the best that are out there, plus they take a look at what will be available to you soon.

It's so tiny it's almost cute

Subject: Mobile | September 9, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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The new Eee from ASUS PC 901 netbook is tiny, 8.86" wide by 6.9", just over twice the size of a CD case.  Powered by an Atom N230 running at 1.6GHz and with 1GB of 533MHz DDR2, the tiny size doesn't mean you will be lacking in power. You can also keep using it on long flights, it is rated 7.8 hours of run time thanks to some interesting power savings tweaks.  Check out the new face of ultra mobile at The Tech Report.

Power in your pocket

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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If you don't have an Altoids tin handy to make a MintyBoost, or just aren't that into creating your own homebrew projects, you may find you really like a company called Ecosol.  Their Powerstick, a USB powered portable charger with a big pile of connectors that will let you hook up to and recharge just about anything.  Check it out at AnandTech.

Source: futurelooks

Building a better battery

Subject: Mobile | August 29, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Tech Knowledge Arena takes a look at the current state of laptop batteries and the new types we can expect to see in the not too distant future.  Currently
Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium batteries are the main players, each with different benefits and drawbacks.  Soon we may see fuel cell and virus powered laptops.

OCZ goes with DIY laptops

Subject: Mobile | August 26, 2008 - 01:04 PM |
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One segment of the market that just hasn't grown the way enthusiasts would like is the ability to make your own laptop.  The 15" laptop chassis that OZC provides is fairly customizable, except for one small component.  You are stuck with a 8600M GT as your graphics chip, that is not customizable.  Check out the full deal at PC Mechanic.

Source: PC Mechanic

The new and improved Eee

Subject: Mobile | August 20, 2008 - 02:51 PM |
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The new Eee PC 1000 has a 10.2" display and measures 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.5, slightly larger than the original, and much blacker.  Inside is a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB of DDR2-533, an 8GB SSD for storage along with a 32Gb internal SDHC card.  See what The Tech Report thought of this Xandros-based Linux netbook.

A good thing gets better

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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AnandTech was rather impressed by the Gateway P-6831, a powerful gaming notebook with a $1300 price tag.  Gateway has updated that model with the P-7811, which not only has updated components, but also offers longer battery life.  Their testing didn't all go smoothly however, read on to see what problems they encountered.

Source: AnandTech

Help finding a way through the mobile GPU maze

Subject: Mobile | August 12, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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Recently, laptop enthusiasts have been seeing a lot of action in the mobile graphics world.  Not only are there built in chipsets, but the mobile offerings from nVIDIA and AMD have been expanding at an incredible rate.  If you find yourself struggling to keep up with the changes, TechARP has compiled a list of 138 mobile GPUs and their respective stats.  Take a look and save yourself a lot of searching.

Source: Tech ARP