An easy tablet to swallow

Subject: Mobile | March 15, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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XYZ Computing reviews the Toshiba Portege M400-S4032, a tiny tablet PC.  At 11.6" x 9.80" x 1.53"
and weighing 4.5 lbs it won't stretch your arm out of the socket, and 1GB of DDR2-667 and a C3D T2400 1.83 puts a bit of power in that tiny shell.  Read on if you are looking for a well built tablet that won't set you back much more than a laptop.

It keeps going and gong and going ...

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a new How To.  In this case it's a step by step set of instructions on how to refill a laptop batteries.  It can also be used to mod your battery, by using more powerful cells, you can get a battery that last longer than the original did.  Make sure you read all the warnings, otherwise you or your laptop may end up quite sad.

Source: MAKE: Blog

ASUS Notebooks Coming to a Best Buy Near You

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2007 - 02:07 PM |
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Fremont, CA: February 28, 2007 — Beginning in late February, ASUS notebooks will be available for purchase at more than 150 Best Buy retail stores nationwide.  The decision by the two companies marks the beginning of cooperation between one of the world's largest notebook manufacturers and North America's number one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software, and appliances.   

Source: ASUS

HotHardware chills out

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2007 - 12:50 PM |
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So, what would you do if you had a brand new Inspirion XPS M1710 and it was -9°F (-22°C) outside?  Well, if you are Sean Pelletier, you overclock it as far as it will go.  With a Core 2 Duo T7600G (2.33GHz), i945 chipset, 2 GBs of DDR2 667Mhz and a GeForce Go 7950 GTX 512MB, this laptop is pretty powerful.  Head over to HotHardware to see how far this Dell can be pushed.

Source: HotHardware

The Internet tablet returns

Subject: Mobile | February 13, 2007 - 03:53 PM |
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Ars Technica has a review of Nokia's third attempt at an Internet Tablet device.  The first had bad interface software and the technical spec were too slow to enjoy it's use, the second revision helped the interface, but it was still slow.  The new version, the N800 is powered by an ARM 330MHz with 128MB of SDRAM and an additional 256MB of Flash RAM.  Drop by to see how well this new incarnation, with 802.11b/g as well as Bluetooth, impressed Ars.

Source: Ars Technica

ASUS U1F with 0.5cm ultra slim LCD panel and 1kg ultra light design

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, February 9, 2007 — The compact 11.1" widescreen U1F is tailor made for metropolitan professionals to stay on the move with style. From the exterior piano painted LCD cover, stainless contour and carbon fiber alloy housing to genuine leather bound palm rest, the U1 exudes luxury with unique sophistication.

Source: ASUS

Dell's incredibly shrunken XPS

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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Dell's small but powerful XPS M1210 is up for review at The Tech Report.  It packs a Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz ) with a 667MHz FSB, 1 GB of 533MHz RAM, and a respectable 100GB 7200-RPM SATA drive in a 4.37lb body.  Battery power goes for 4 hours and the 12.1" screen will keep your eyes happy, although TR noticed the colour contrast isn't the best.  If you are looking for a powerful, portable laptop, and not a huge, heavy gaming laptop, you might want to get a Dell.

Has anyone seen MXM?

Subject: Mobile | January 30, 2007 - 03:36 PM |
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Two years ago nVIDIA announced an easy way to upgrade video cards in laptops, a socket design they labeled MXM.  Without MXM, [H]ard|OCP describes the process as involving "screwdriver, pliers, thermal compound, Dremel rotary tool, two resistors, variable resistor, wire strippers, soldering iron, double-sided tape, BIOS upgrade" and even more.

Read on to find out more about MXM technology and why the major laptop makers have not included it yet.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

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.