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

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