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May 2, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LapLogic Aerogel Extreme LapDesks are handy little pads filled with Aerogel that protect your lap from the heat coming off of your laptop. They won't help cool the notebook, and might even make it warmer, but you will be protected. I4U were also impressed by the surface, which did not let the laptop slide around at all, and it's made with Aerogel!
April 30, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
April 29, 2008 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
April 22, 2008 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
April 19, 2008 - 07:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
April 16, 2008 - 09:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
April 14, 2008 - 09:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
April 8, 2008 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
April 6, 2008 - 09:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
April 5, 2008 - 10:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
April 3, 2008 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
April 3, 2008 - 08:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
March 28, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
March 26, 2008 - 09:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
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!
March 24, 2008 - 04:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
March 20, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
March 18, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
March 14, 2008 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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