The new Centrino on the block

Subject: Mobile | October 11, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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The next generation of Centrino, Santa Rosa in other words, is showing off the strengths of Intel's mature mobile platform.  The MSI MegaBook PR200X is the newest notebook from MSI and sports a C2D T7300 at 2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a 12.1 display and some thing kind ogf new.  They call it Intel Turbo Memory, and is essentially Vista's ReadyBoost for Centrino platforms.  Read on over at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

The Newton Lives!

Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2007 - 06:27 PM |
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boingboing has noticed that an ambitious hacker has finally found a use for Apples failed PDA, the Newton.  Since he lives in Britain, the hack works much better than it does in North America, but the chances are good going on great that this is only a temporary problem.  If you are wondering what exactly this hacker has done, he has turned the Newton into an iPhone ... more or less. 

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The Zonbu is breaking all the rules

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM |
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For $99 you can get a Zonbu with a 2 year subscription to their online storage service, or $249 without.  As it only has 4GBs of flash memory onboard, the online storage can come in very handy, but that same fact keeps the power drain below 13W!  It comes pre-loaded with Gentoo Linux and FireFox, the Evolution mail client, OpenOffice.org, the Gimp and more.

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Is your notebook full rugged, or only semi?

Subject: Mobile | September 26, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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The Panasonic Toughbook series is designed to take the abuse that most notebooks receive at some point in their lives, often just before they fail.  XYZ Computers reviews the W5 model, which has a Core Duo U2400, and 1.5GB of DDR-533 and weighs in at about 2.9lbs.   They have trimmed down on a few extras, like a wide screen backlit LCD, but the overall design feels nice and spacious and sturdy.  Too bad that XYZ didn't try testing it to destructino though.

Blackberry or lemon?

Subject: Mobile | September 21, 2007 - 03:37 PM |
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The brand new Blackberry Curve 8300 has been trimmed down in size and weight, as well as missing some features that many might consider necessary.  Neither Wi-Fi nor 3G are supported, your only wireless connection is via EDGE, which is good enough for many people, but has caused some head scratching.  There are some other nice features that may make 8800 users jealous, check them out at Hardware Zone.

Back to school tools

Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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... or in some cases maybe a bribe.  Ars Technica examines the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the HP Pavilion dv6500t , Sony's VAIO VGN-FZ180 and the Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617, all priced between $1,200 to $1,400, if you don't count the Blu-Ray player on the Sony.  They rate the laptops on a number of different areas, focusing more on portability and productivity than gaming, which is a good thing in the case of the Toshiba.

Source: Ars Technica

HD ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Lenovo's new ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4" display, which is nothing interesting, but the display goes to 1920x1200, which is.  Driving that is a QuadroFX 570M with 256MB, so you won;t be gaming, but your multimedia will look great.  You should see what other features Digital Trends uncovered in this Santa Rosa based notebook.

"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."

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OQO First to Ship 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2007 - 11:18 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 10 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that OQO Inc. is the first manufacturer to ship the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor in the latest configurations of its award-winning model 02 product line.

The higher-speed processor in this update of the OQO model 02 - the world’s smallest full-featured Windows Vista PC – further increases the device's performance and thus enables mobile professionals to enhance their anytime/anywhere productivity.

Ultraportable Santa Rosa power

Subject: Mobile | September 6, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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The ultraportable Dell XPS M1330 is up for review at the Hardware Zone.  It sports a widescreen 13.3" WXGA TrueLife LED monitor, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, and a T7700, all in a 2kg package, including the battery.  As you would expect, the notebook is customizable depending on whether you need a more powerful version, or just a portable workstation.  Along with the new chipset comes a new shell design,

Packard Bell Makes It Easier To Stay Connected with its New 950-gram Notebook

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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Packard Bell, one of the leading consumer electronics brands in Europe, today announced the launch of its new EasyNote XS, a 7-inch notebook which combines advanced portability with a full featured PC running Windows XP Home Edition. Designed to be your everyday mobile companion, it's the perfect choice for mobile users that find full-sized notebooks too big and PDAs too limited.

Externalizing your power

Subject: Mobile | August 31, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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AC Ryan has released a universal notebook external battery, called MobiliT.  It weighs about 1.5lbs, and provides 6600 mAH (105WH), and lives up to it's universal claim by coming with 8 output tips and input connectors.  DV Hardware found adding 2 hours or more of power on the go was well worth the price.

Source: DV Hardware

It's the extras that make it special

Subject: Mobile | August 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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If you are going to spend the money to get an Alienware laptop, what is the point in going with the basic model?  AnandTech asked themselves that when they decided to review the Area-51 m9750, and then busied themselves adding the extras that make Alienware the envy of laptop gamers everywhere.  Read on to see what they ended up adding to the machine, and how much it set them back to get blazing hot graphics on a laptop.

Source: AnandTech

AGEIA Enhances Mobile Gaming With The Launch Of World's First AGEIA PhysX Mobile Processor For High

Subject: Mobile | August 22, 2007 - 12:41 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - August 22, 2007 - Mobile gaming just got better: AGEIA Technologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and a leader in console games, today announced the world's first PhysX Mobile processor, the AGEIA PhysX 100M, for high performance gaming notebook PCs.

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New mobile workstation from Lenovo

Subject: Mobile | August 21, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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The new ThinkPad T61p is quite powerful for a notebook, even a ThinkPad.  With a C2D T7700, 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570M (256MB) with a 15.4" 1920x1200 display.  Vista's built in experience benchmark places it at 4.8, the lowest score being the RAM.  Give this notebook a good look over at XYZ Computing.

Empowered by PC Club?

Subject: Mobile | August 15, 2007 - 05:30 PM |
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The PC Club Enpower ENP660 is essentially an HP dv6500t, with different options available.  What does make it stand out is the full-size keyboard that includes a numpad.  On a 15.4" notebook, that is a rarity, but it also the only thing that really stands out on this notebook.  AnandTech spent a bit of time with this system, and you can see what they learned about it in their review.

Source: AnandTech

Luddites, or the enlightened?

Subject: Mobile | August 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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This may seem a little blasphemous, but Tech ARP has questioned the usefulness of PDAs!  They tested a dedicated PDA against the old analog style personal organizer.  Paper versus digital meet in a battle for supremacy.  Before anyone points out that the paper organizer can't make phone calls it needs to be pointed out that the test is against a true PDA, not the multi-function PDA smart phones that have become available fairly recently.

Source: Tech ARP

Sony's snazzy new notebooks

Subject: Mobile | August 3, 2007 - 04:32 PM |
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The VAIO lineup has been updated with 2 new models, the CZ and TZ, and Hardware Zone was there to get some pictures and specs.  The CZ is full sized, with a 14.1" screen and an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.80GHz on a PM965 Express based motherboard.  It comes with some nice features, including a built in 1.3 megapixal camera in a 2.5kg package.  The smaller TZ is only 1.5kg, but it still manages a 11.1" screen as well as Centrino C2D support on a Source: Hardware Zone

Semi-portable heavyweight

Subject: Mobile | July 30, 2007 - 02:51 PM |
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At 8lbs, and enough high powered components to drain the battery in no time the Alienwaire Aurora m9700 notebook isn't terribly portable.  As a desktop replacement however, this notebook has more than enough power for any gamer in it's most expensive configuration.  The Tech Lounge couldn't resist picking one up to review, and you just know they didn't get the basic model.

A big laptop shopping list

Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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XYZ has compiled a list of 9 notebooks, each of which they rate as a dream machine.  Some, like the Alienware, you will have a hard time getting your company to pay for, but others are very light and have extended battery power.

Big fun with ThinkPads

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2007 - 02:38 PM |
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The ThinkPad series is billed as a rugged laptop that is able to survive whatever it might encounter in the day to day life of a mobile employee.  Tech ARP witnessed a demonstration of the technology that allows it to survive everything from liquid spills to drops, and tests of how well they work.  By the end of the demonstration, the laptop did end up a bit worse for wear, but fun was had by all.

Source: Tech ARP