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

Dell to Allow Overclocking on Core 2 Duo Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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Well, not on all of them, but on some of them it seems; namely the new XPS M1710 notebook that we reviewed back in July.   This new model will feature the Core 2 Duo T7600G or T7200 CPUs and 512MB GeForce Go 7950 GTX or 256MB GeForce Go 7900 GS cards from NVIDIA.  And if you get the daddy-mack configuration, Dell is going to give you the keys to overclocking that dual core processor all on yo

Source: engadget

NVIDIA Announces GeForce Go 7950 GTX

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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DIGITALLIFE—NEW YORK, NY—OCTOBER 12, 2006— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) has once again raised the bar for notebook graphics performance with the release of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU)—the world's fastest notebook GPU on the marketi. Notebooks with the new GPU are available for order from select top gaming notebook makers in North America and Europe. Gamers can experience the power of this new GPU in Dell notebooks at DigitalLife 2006 in New York City.

Source: 3DCenter

Pretty on the inside

Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2006 - 05:39 PM |
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As Hardware Zone accurately describes the F3JM, from the outside this ASUS laptop is no-frills and nondescript.  On the inside it shines.  From DVI out to support for Core 2 Duo up to a 2.13GHz T2600, 1GB of DDR2 memory and a GeForce 7600 Go with 512MB, this laptop hides a lot inside it's shell.

Intel(R) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology Gets Multiple New Features, Improvements

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - Today Intel Corporation disclosed details
of its next-generation Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology platform

that will enable laptops to operate faster and with enhanced wireless
communication capabilities. At the heart of the platform, the Intel®
Core™2 Duo processor will deliver greater performance and power saving
capabilities.

Fill this laptop with booty of your own choosin

Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2006 - 06:58 PM |
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[H] be impressed mightily by a barebones laptop from the lads at ASUS.  It be an empty chest, just awaitin some swabbie ta fill it with their best booty.  It be beating burying your swag by many a fathom.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A8Js Notebook Series with World's First NVIDIA GeForceR 7700 GPU

Subject: Mobile | September 13, 2006 - 05:27 PM |
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ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers, today announced the A8Js notebook series empowered by the latest visual processing capabilities. Based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor, the slim and lightweight A8Js is the world's first notebook series to adopt the NVIDIA GeForce® 7700 GPU for a spectacular graphics performance.

Source: ASUS

PC Perspective Spots the New RIM Blackberry Pearl

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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I was at a party this past weekend where I bumped into an old friend of mine who works at RIM. After some small talk, the conversation went something like:


Me: "So have you used the new Pearl?"


RIM Friend: "You want to see it?"


Me: "SURE!!"


When it comes to cool new gadgets and toys, I have no shame in revealing my uber geek. ;-)


This new consumer-oriented Blackberry has an integrated camera, plays MP3s, and does videos.