Cutting corners on laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 23, 2007 - 03:00 PM |
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The LCDs on laptops really can't hold a candle to the desktop versions.  It isn't a size thing, so much as brightness, response rate and clarity.  Rather than depend on eyeballing to judge the difference, AnandTech tests 4 laptops against a Gateway desktop LCD.  The results are rather enlightening.

Source: AnandTech

Sony updates their VAIO

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2007 - 04:30 PM |
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Sony has never been considered the makers of the best laptops around, but their VAIO series is the most portable laptop, without crossing the line into a UMPC.  This incarnation, the Sony VAIO TZ weighs in at 2.62lbs, and comes with a 1.06GHz C2D, Windows Vista Professional, 1GB of DDR2, an 80GB ATA HDD, a multipurpose DVD RW/R and integrated Intel graphics.  The display is 11.1" with a resolution of 1,366x768, which should be enough to let you see without a magnifying glass.  As Coo

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD Details Next-Generation Platform for Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | May 18, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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Tokyo, Japan -- May 18, 2007 -- At a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially disclosed more details of its next-generation open platform for notebook computing. Codenamed "Puma," the platform is designed to deliver battery life, graphics and video processing enhancements and improved overall system performance for an enhanced visual experience.

Source: AMD

ePaper gets a step closer

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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DigiTimes has a look at the newest thing from LG.Phillips, a flexible colour LCD in A4 size (14.1" across).  By placing the TFT on metal foil rather that on glass, you get a flexible screen that is hopefully also durable.  Drop by and give it a look, if this catches on then ebooks and online newspapers will be a lot nicer to read.

Source: Digitimes

Intel's future in mobility looks rosy

Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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AnandTech looks at the new Centrino, aka Santa Rosa.  It has been in development for a long time now, and many believed that it would be a huge jump in power savings.  It includes a draft 802.11n WiFi interface which may end up influencing the IEEE's decision as to the final implementation of the new wireless standard.  Read on to find out what they thought of the new chipset, and don't forget Ryan's look at it either.

Source: AnandTech

Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 06:49 PM |
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NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 — Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.

NVIDIA UNVEILS NEW VISUAL COMPUTING ARCHITECTURE FOR NEXT-GENERATION

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 9, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA Quadro® professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for professionals who require uncompromised mobility.

Source: NVIDIA

ASUS remodels their Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | May 8, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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ASUS has followed up their original Lamborghini laptop with the VX2, updating the hardware and adding features as well as improving it's already well designed aesthetic.  TECHGAGE was lucky enough to get one to test out, and enjoyed every minute of it.  The added bonuses run from a webcam to a finger print reader just go to show how well thought out this laptop is; although perhaps designed more for the car fana

Source: TECHGAGE

Tips to keep it going and going and going ...

Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Big Bruin has some tips on how to extend your laptop batteries life.  They cover tips that will keep the battery going longer on a charge, as well as delaying the inevitable slow death of your battery.  From tips you would expect like hibernation mode, to making sure you don't expose the battery to temperatures beyond it's comfort zone.  Read on, if you don't feel like buying replacement batteries anytime soon.

Source: Big Bruin

New ultra-portable Pavilion

Subject: Mobile | April 25, 2007 - 01:18 PM |
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HP's ultra portable tx1000 offers a full set of features perfect for a laptop, including a screen that can be rotated 180° and reversed, as well as a button to reverse that mode for lefties.  The 12.1 WXGA screen may not be as large as many laptops, but it does keep the weight down to about 5lbs and the battery going for over 2 hours.  Read on at Digital Trends to get the full review<

TV on the go

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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Get HD broadcasts and analog cable TV on you laptop with the help of this little USB device from Hauppauge, called the WinTV-HVR-950.  On one end is a USB 2.0 plug, and on the other is a familiar looking Coax cable connector on the other.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out on a handy C2D laptop and found that the PVR function was perhaps the most impressive feature, and found the only disappointment was

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 18, 2007 — Describing the latest trends in mobile computing at the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel Corporation executives said that personalization and content are key drivers behind increased demand for notebook PCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

Sony Offers Solid State Drive in new VAIO

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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If you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, you'll be interested in seeing the first SSD notebook computer: the Sony VAIO G-series.

The latest Sony VAIO G forgoes the traditional 40GB HDD and instead uses a 32GB SSD (manufacturer unknown). The weight of the notebook drops from an already remarkable 1.97 pounds to 1.89 pounds.

Source: Daily Tech

Lenovo's titanium ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | April 4, 2007 - 06:24 PM |
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The Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t Notebook offers the same features you would expect from this manufacturer, encased in a titanium shell (with a $20 upgrade).  XYZ Computers puts this rather expensive model through it's paces, and the C2D T7200 performs perfectly.  Cheaper models do exist, mostly due to slower C2Ds, but if you are interested in this model, the titanium shell is a defin

TufTab's new UMPC

Subject: Mobile | March 29, 2007 - 05:02 PM |
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VIA Arena provide a preview of the TufTab v7112XT UMPC.  Wrapped around a 7" LCD, with a 1.3MP camera that can take shots at 1280x1024 or video at 15fps in SVGA/30fps VG.  The sides are where the input and output ports are, including an Ethernet LAN port, headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, VGA out, DC power jack, a PCMCIA slot and a SD-IO/MMC slot.  It's also BlueTooth enabled, and will be at home in any traveler's kit.

Source: VIA Arena

Adding new features to an old friend

Subject: Mobile | March 21, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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The ASUS A8J offers a 14" widescreen LCD, a pair of stereo speakers, a 2 GHz C2D T7200, 1 GB of DDR2 and a ATI Mobility Radeon X1700, plus more peripheral ports than you can shake a stick at.  At ~5 lbs (2.4 kilos) it is very easy to carry around and a reasonable battery life, this laptop impressed X-Bit Labs and it might impress you too!

Source: X-Bit Labs

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