Age of the MicroPC

Subject: Mobile | January 24, 2007 - 06:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a look at the MiniPC, something that didn't really exist until the past year.  PDAs have been common for a while, as well as browser enabled phones, but neither really had the functionality of a laptop.  With the MiniPC, or UMPC as it was first called, you have a much more useful device, and in a much smaller package than a laptop.  Read the editorial for an overview of what these little wonders can do, and if smarter phones, like the iPhone, will replace them before they can even

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range

Subject: Mobile | January 23, 2007 - 01:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 — Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks.

Sittin' on the dock by the bay

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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The Vantec Piano 101 laptop dock is up for review at OCMODSHOP.  It contains a fan for additional cooling, 2.1 stereo speakers and USB 2.0 ports, among other handy add-ons.  Since it only weighs 3lbs, it can actually be part of your kit on the road, although it may be a bit large to stick in your laptop bag.

"Let's take a look a Vantec's new laptop station: the Piano 101. Piano? I am a veteran pianist, but what do speakers, fans, and

ports have to do with a classical instrument? Perhaps the great sound?

Source: OCMODSHOP

AMD Delivers the ultimate mobile graphics performance with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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AMD is ushering in a new era of high performance mobile gaming with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900 available today inside the Alienware Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook. The Mobility Radeon X1900 features an ultra-threaded 3D architecture that radically improves high definition video playback, video game performance, and display enhancements for all of today's mobile entertainment; allowing professionals, enthusiasts and gamers alike to achieve a superior visual experience.

Source: AMD

Gateways new desktop replacement

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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The Gateway NX860XL doesn't really game well and it's battery life is nothing to brag about.  This may sound like a bad thing until you consider it in the light of a desktop replacement for work as opposed to a gaming machine.  [H]ard|OCP likes what they received from Gateway, from the product itself to the Tech Support, and call this notebook a winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

LED-based Notebooks Coming Soon

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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If the LCD screen on your notebook just isn't the quality you demand, then the upcoming releases of LED-based notebooks from both HP and Apple is likely to peak your interest. 

HP's new LED-based notebooks will feature Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) and will aim at high-end, multimedia uses, the sources said, adding that using LEDs as the backlight source for large-size applications will become more popular thanks to more models of such kind from US-based notebook brands.


Source: Digitimes

Power Your Notebook for a Month

Subject: Mobile | December 28, 2006 - 03:57 PM |
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Using fuel cell technology, Samsung was able to build a dock that could power a notebook for a full month.  Sign me up for one of these. 

Fuel cell-based notebooks are nothing new to frequent readers of DailyTech. In early June, we reported on Toshiba's early efforts with a fuel cell notebook dock that was able to power a Portege notebook for 10 hours.

Source: Daily Tech

Laptops to Outsell Desktops in 2007

Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2006 - 05:38 PM |
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We've known this was coming for some time, and now it looks like 2007 will be the year the shift takes place

However, it seems that 2007 could be the year that notebooks, more than desktops, become the bigger revenue generator for major PC makers like Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo.

The first hints of this sea change in the PC market can be found buried deep in a Merrill Lynch financial report written Dec.

Source: General

VIA to take aim at UMPC market

Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2006 - 01:32 AM |
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We'll be meeting with VIA while at CES next month, and the UMPC definitely seems to be where VIA is heading

VIA Technologies is restructuring its business and taking aim at the Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) market, with the company expecting solid growth in the segment in 2007, according to VIA Technologies president and CEO, Wen-chi Chen.


Chen also indicated that 2008 and 2009 will be a turning point for VIA in the UMPC market.

Source: Digitimes

Twinhead Durable Notebook Reviewed

Subject: Mobile | December 20, 2006 - 12:34 PM |
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HardOCP has reviewed a notebook from a company called Twinhead that claims to be spill proof and quite durable for everyday use.  Are they impressed at all though?

What we've got here is a very basic, but very reliable, mobile computing solution. What it lacks in cutting edge technology, it makes up for in physical endurance.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Is better battery life the next killer app?

Subject: Mobile | December 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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Laptops have come a long way in the past 6 years.  With Alienware and others putting high end gaming components into their systems, it quickly becomes apparent that battery technology just hasn't kept pace.  The Tech Zone looks at batteries in general, and the top 5 technologies that are most likely to take us into the future.

Intel Demonstrates Its First Mobile Wimax Baseband Chip

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 01:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HONG KONG,
Dec. 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced design completion of
its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip. Combined with the company's
previously announced single-chip, multi-band WiMAX/Wi-Fi radio, the
pair creates a complete chipset called the Intel® WiMAX Connection
2300. This development marks another major step in Intel's efforts to
deliver an 'always best connected' mobile Internet experience for
future laptops and mobile devices.

Rock on to the Extreme

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews the monstrous and appropriately named Rock Extreme SL Pro, a 20 inch, 4.9kg (15lbs) laptop.  You will get a workout carrying this beast around, but it us worth it, it gets an average of 78fps in F.E.A.R. running at 1400x1050 with 4xAA and 16xAniostropic Filtering.  If you want a portable gaming beast and have $5000 burning a hole in your pocket, you should think about buying a Rock.

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Racing notebook

Subject: Mobile | November 23, 2006 - 01:03 PM |
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HotHardware reviews the ASUS Lamborghini VX1.  They expected a sleek body, awesome power for gaming, maybe to the point  of overheating issues, and a fairly low battery life ... sort of a PC equivalent to a Lamborghini.  Read the full review to find out if ASUS could come close to meeting expectations.

You can see Jon's take on this machine at the top of the news page.

Source: HotHardware

ASUS G1 & G2 Gaming Notebook Series

Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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Fremont, CA: Nov. 10th,
2006 - ASUS, a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers,
today announced its fist two notebooks designed for mobile gamers. Based
on the latest Intel Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology with advanced graphic
solutions, the G1 and G2 revolutionize the way games are played: blistering
speed and true-to-life video and audio performances - on the go!

Source: ASUS

The next generation of Lenovo Thinkpad

Subject: Mobile | November 13, 2006 - 04:53 PM |
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The new Thinkpad is no slouch with a 1920x1200 LCD panel and an ATI FireGL V5200, powered by a Core 2 Duo and up to 4 gigs of RAM.  Add to that the reliability of the Thinkpad series and the limited amount of extra software installed, HotHardware may have found the best Lenovo laptop yet.

'In 2005 IBM sold the Thinkpad line to Chinese computer maker, Lenovo making it the 3rd largest computer vendor in the

world.

Source: HotHardware

G2P - Gaming laptop from ASUS

Subject: Mobile | October 31, 2006 - 04:18 PM |
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HotHardware reviews the ASUS G2P Gaming Notebook.  Very stylish looking, in black and red, with some structural improvements designed around gamers needs on the outside, the inside hides an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2GHz) and an ATI Radeon X1700 512MB. 

Source: HotHardware

VIA and Everex Launch World's Most Energy Efficient Notebook

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 26 October 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading
innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform
solutions, and Everex Systems, Inc., a world leader in the design and
production of personal computers, today unveiled the StepNote NC1500
notebook: the first Everex notebook to make use of the advanced VIA
C7®-M processor.

Velocity Micro's Core 2 Duo laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 24, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, the newest system to undergo their thorough system evaluation is Velocity Micro's L80, with a T7200 (2 GHz) and a Go 7600.  Head over and find out how well this $2300 laptop performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A tour of a Turion

Subject: Mobile | October 18, 2006 - 04:27 PM |
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The MSI Megabook S271 is based around a Turion X2, in the model AnandTech reviews, it is a TL-50 (1.60 GHz with dual 256K L2 cache).  Recently they compared this laptop to a Core 2 Duo based machine; this review is all MSI.  They cover everything from customization and betery life to MSI support.

Source: AnandTech