The ASUS U2E 11" ultra-mobile notebook goes on sale

Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2008 - 08:58 PM |
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Well, if you were interested in the ASUS U2E notebook that we recently reviewed, you'll be glad to know that the standard hard drive model, the U2E-A1B is now on sale.  Newegg.com has it for $2099.99 - a little bit higher than the price ASUS quoted us but reasonable none the less.

Alienware strikes back

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Seeing as how Dell and other names not previously associated with heaping gobs of power in notebooks are busily gaining a reputation for spewing performance all over the laps of mobile gamers, Alienware has responded.  Of course it's not exactly a competition, it's really just Dell versus Dell.

Anyways, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is not quite worth it's own weight in gold, but DriverHeaven's review does show that it is worth a lot when it comes to bragging rights.

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ASUS to officially offer Eee PC with Windows XP

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 01:25 PM |
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For those of you that were interested in the ASUS Eee PC that we reviewed last year, but were hesitant based on the custom-built Linux OS that ASUS made you use with it, there is good news across the wire today.  Details are still slim, such as price changes or model number differences, but ASUS is now officially saying that getting an Eee PC with Windows XP is right around the corner.

Source: 3DCenter

CeBit 2008: ASUS Eee PC gets competition from ECS

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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While not the first competitor to the ASUS Eee PC, the ECS G20IL (umm...) looks pretty sexy and offers some impressive specs.  The price is set to be sub-$500 and will offer three USB ports, WiFi, HSDPA, webcam and more.  No info yet on the other hardware specs.  Check out Engadget for more info.

Source: engadget

ASUS and the new 9" Eee PC

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2008 - 07:06 PM |
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We have been big proponents of the ASUS Eee PC since it was first released for sale in October of last year.  It is an inexpensive, small and function Linux-based notebook that will run you about $300-400.  One of the drawbacks and complaints of the Eee PC was the small 7" screen and it looks like ASUS is set to release a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen:

ASUS' incredible shrinking laptops

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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Ryan's new favourite laptop is the ASUS U6S 12.1" Ultra-mobile Notebook, that offers some well thought out styling as well as great performance.  With the screen limited to 12" and graphics begin powered by a GeForce 8400M, you won't be doing much gaming, nor will the battery last as long as you might hope.  On the other hand, at 4lbs and perfectly capable of playing movies, this is a great laptop if you are on the go.

CeBit sneak peak of ASUS products

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2008 - 09:06 PM |
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It looks like someone snuck into the show floor at CeBit and snagged some photos from the ASUS booth a bit early.  First up, ASUS is pushing the Eee PC brand with a host of new accessories including a VoIP phone (but not the Skype phone we looked at previously), an 802.11g wireless access point, HSDPA card and slim external DVD-RW drive. 

Power per pound

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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The Dell XPS M1730 is just over 10lbs of serious power.  It has a 17" 1920x1200 LCD, SLI, PhysX, it can handle RAID 0 or 1 as well as up to 4Gb of DDR2 800.  All in all it is serious competition for the Alienware m9750 that Ryan tested recently.  Check out the current pinnacle of laptop performance at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

Laptop Luge

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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When Phoronix spends a day in the snow sledding on the Otterbox 7030, and the ThinkPad R52 that was inside it, and the thing still works in the evening, you know they've got a good product.  Head on over to watch the videos of this protective case in action, and some of you can marvel at the ground being covered in the white stuff.

Source: Phoronix

An IBM by any other name

Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Lenovo's T-Series ThinkPads have arrived at Think Computers.  The widescreen T61p is 1.1-inches thick, weighs only 5lbs and comes in both 14.1" and 15.4".  Apart from the screen size, the two biggest differences are that the 15.4" model comes with a C2D T7700
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570, while the 14.1 has a C2D T7300 and Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M.  Check out the full review for more.

Power in an ultra portable

Subject: Mobile | February 13, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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With a C2D T7500 at 2.2GHz and 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, the ASUS U6S packs a fair amount of power into a 3.46lb package.  One drawback to putting that much power into an ultra portable is battery life.  About 2.5 hours really isn't that impressive a time for this type of machine, but those looking for a little extra power while the battery lasts may not mind at all. 

Source: HotHardware

ASUS takes on ... itself?

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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The ASUS F5R Notebook uses the ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset with a which supports 667MHz DDR2.  The different flavours are Intel's Celeron M (Merom core), Pentium Dual-Core and Core2Duo.  As far as features go, you may not need 16 levels of screen brightness but it does make sure you can't complain about choices, and the touchpad can be used as a simple calculator.  Head to X-bit Labs to see how this office oriented laptop fares against the ASUS X51R.

Source: X-Bit Labs

You can see their bare circuits

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Anyone into electronic pr0n should drop what they are doing and head to [H]ard|OCP where they can see shots of naked Air.  The first thing that you might notice is just how much work it takes to get one apart, even for something as simple as a battery change.  Then again, MacBook's aren't really designed with user serviceability as the top priority.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Getting more from your gaming notebook

Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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NZXT's Cryo LX Notebook Cooler is built like a tank, has four USB ports and three adjustable 120mm fans.  It is designed for 17" to 19" laptops, and thanks to NZXT putting some thought into how the airflow would behave it should cool any notebook that fits on it.  Although their ears weren't too happy with teh cooler, even at low speed, Big Bruin did find that this cooler works as advertised, and the one place they could find it for sale was onl

Source: Big Bruin

Prehensile Power

Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviewed the Powermonkey, a very handy device if you are on the road and find yourself with a gadget that is running low on power.  It has a wall socket adapter that can handle around 130 different countries plugs, and can charge a huge amount of phones, PDAs and other mobile devices.  There is also a Powergorilla for your laptop.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

MSI using Intel Diamondville to combat Asus Eee PC

Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 11:25 AM |
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According to Engadget MSI is working on an Eee PC competitor using Intel's Diamondville, ultra-low power processing platform.

Source: engadget

Squeal like a pig

Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2008 - 05:41 PM |
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Make your Eee squeal out it's name and beg for mercy with the help of these tips from Hack a Day.  Adding all the functionality will take some time, and a certain amount of skill, but this huge write up gives you a chance to make the Eee all that it can be.

Source: Hack a Day

Intel Penryn mobile chips delayed

Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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This has got to be one of the weakest news "sources" I have ever seen: a report from a guy that got a message from resellers from a Lenovo rep.  But hey, it sounds good, right?  The rumor speaks that Intel's 45nm Penryn-based chips are seeing some delays - and this is not the first time we've heard of this - and that notebook vendors worldwide are in for a swift kick in the ass from customers. 

Source: engadget

Wonder where your Santa Rosa refresh is?

Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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If you have been curious about the lack of Santa Rosa-based platform notebooks recently, part of it might be the upcoming Montevina platform's fault.  According to this story, with the launch of Montevina, and the updated Intel processors for it, coming in in May, some vendors are planning on by-passing the refresh launched just this January.

There are a TON of CPUs set to be unveiled for Montevina including some that go as low as 10 watts TDP! 

Source: Digitimes

A smaller die size embiggens the battery

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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The new mobile Penryn processors didn't gain an incredible amount of speed or power along with their die shrink, in fact they use less power which should translate into longer battery life.  AnandTech had the chance to test this theory and it turns out to be true.  The added time you can expect does depend on your chosen application, but the lowest increase AnandTech saw was a gain of 23 minutes in Reader 2007.  You even get a boost in the benchmarks they ran to make the deal even more a

Source: AnandTech