Toshiba Gets Touchy Feely

Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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The guys at The Inq snapped some pics of the new Toshiba Qosimo laptop with HD-DVD built in. The pictures show a new touch-pad design that has tap-sensitive areas that macro to actions (i.e. e-mail, web browser, print) and to top it off the pad is also backlit. It's not a huge innovation, but it's still good to see something different on a laptop.


"The best of the bunch was the backlit trackpad function buttons.

Source: The Inquirer

HP Laptops get a Face-Lift and Alienware grows 2 Inches

Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2006 - 02:30 AM |
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HP has gone with a new process to make the exterior shells for their laptops. Starting with their next generation Compaq V3000 series and HP DV2000 consumer-level units, HP will apply advanced molding techniques provided by Nissha Printing Co. in Japan. The laptops look pretty sharp and is a nice step from the typical bulky HP notebook.


Alienware also has announced some new SLI notebooks for your gaming pleasure.

Source: Laptop Logic

ATI and Nokia Announce Strategic Relationship

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:58 AM |
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Nokia and ATI have announced a working relationship that will help bring better multimedia to your cell phone. Cell phones seem to be doing a lot more than just making calls these days, so strategies like this will likely benefit the consumer.

"Nokia today announced a long-term strategic relationship to bring enhanced mobile multimedia experiences to Nokia customers.

Whacky Wednesday in the Laptop Industry

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:54 AM |
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Yesterday I read two of the most illogical laptop stories - Apple's decision to legally threaten Something Awful, and professors who are banning laptops from the classroom.


The story behind the Apple vs. Something Awful blows my mind. The issue is a thread in the Something Awful forum that links to a manual hosted at Apple. Apple lawyers, apparently, think this is illegal since it violates their client's IP. SA isn't even hosting said file!

17" On a Budget

Subject: Mobile | May 3, 2006 - 10:40 AM |
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Blazenews is reporting this morning that Acer will be launching a new 17" laptop line that will feature Core Duo CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics. Toss into the mix Blue Tooth, and a 1.3 MP web cam and you have yourself a very affordable yet fully-featured desktop replacement.

Source: Blazenews

PC Perspective Increases Laptop Coverage

Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2006 - 01:21 PM |
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Over the past few years, we have experienced a fundamental shift in the way we use at personal computers. No longer is it enough to have access to information and communication, we want it NOW and in our hands. Our thirst for information has lit a fire in the mobile computer industry and today, for better or worse, we're bombarded with countless ads, products, and opinions on the latest laptop.

What makes our understanding of all this worse are the constant innovations and sometimes competing technologies vying for your hard-earned money. Does Blu-ray or HD-DVD make sense?

Dell XPS M1210 Information Leaked - 12-inch Gaming Goodness

Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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It looks like Dell is going to launch a 12" gaming laptop outfitted with a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 or an ATI X1300. There will be an optional integrated camera and best of all it's a small package.


This could be a significant product for Dell as it will be their first 12" laptop with graphics better than an Intel GMA900/950.

Source: engadget

Asus has a Leather Fetish

Subject: Mobile | April 28, 2006 - 11:38 AM |
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In our review of the Asus W5F laptop posted yesterday, I made a comment that the laptop market is hot. Maybe it's gotten too hot because Asus is launching a 11" Core Duo laptop that has a leather covering! The leather comes in two different colours: dark chocolate, and camel. There are reports of a hot-pink version as well but Asus has not officially mentioned it even though their product images show a pink version.


But knowing how I treat my own laptop, the last thing I need to worry about is the leather staining from my coffee or water. Plastic wipes easily, leather does not.

Source: The Register

What a lightweight

Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2006 - 07:21 PM |
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Fujitsu announced their new 2.2 lb notebook, the Q2010, and CNET was there.  Check out what this tiny laptop can do, and meet some of it's slightly larger brothers.

NVIDIA Launches GeForce Go 7900 GTX and Go 7900 GS

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2006 - 10:02 AM |
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Today NVIDIA unleashes their next generation mobile GPU - the GeForce Go 7900 GTX and Go 7900 GS. These new parts replace their top end mobile processor and gives a lower power consumption top-end GPU respectively.

Source: NVIDIA

Origami has been released

Subject: Mobile | April 14, 2006 - 04:59 PM |
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The worlds first Origami based UMPC was shown off earlier this month and VIA Arena can tell you all about it.  Can this be the beginning of serious competition for Blackberry and other similar devices?

Source: VIA Arena

20 hour laptop batteries

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2006 - 05:30 PM |
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The Inquirer has spotted some new movement in the quest to extend battery life.  If Casio's plans continue the way the expect, they wil be showcasing a fuel cell that will give laptops about 20 hours of run time, sometime this year.

Source: The Inquirer

Portable power from DELL

Subject: Mobile | March 27, 2006 - 03:24 PM |
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BleedinEdge examines a Dell notebook with some real power under the hood.  This may well be a glimpse at the components that will continue to keep Dell's Alienware mobility systems on the farthest edge of performance gaming laptops.

"Bleedinedge reviewing a notebook? Not only that but it's a Dell and not an XPS
system! You must be wondering what gives? To be fair, this review is about
much more than just about a Dell.

Source: BleedinEdge

Not just mobile, it's ultra mobile

Subject: Mobile | March 21, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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The new portable computer will be tiny, at least if Intel and Microsoft are right about the Ultra Moblile PC (UMPC).  While it may bear a resemblance to a supersized PSP, it knows a few more tricks, and XYZ Computing can tell you about them.

"Simply put, the ultramobile PC (UMPC) is a tablet computer which will run a modified version of

Windows XP Tablet edition and is powered by an Intel processor.

Tablet sized goodness from Gateway

Subject: Mobile | March 15, 2006 - 06:29 PM |
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The next complete system to be reviewed [H]ard|OCP is the Gateway CX200X Tablet PC.  Gateway has been fairly low profile recently, but from the looks of this tablet, they may be in for a resurgence.

"While prowess in gaming is a key feature of our program, we also like to test the overall

utility of the machine, which is why we also feature the video encoding test and put so much

emphasis on the general usability of the system.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

14 hour fuel cell for laptops

Subject: Mobile | March 9, 2006 - 05:13 PM |
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CNET reports on a new product to help those with an on the go lifestyle.  The UltraCell will last you for a cross Pacific flight, as they are expecting about 14 hours worth of power.  This may be the first Fuel Cell application for PC's, and probably not the first.

"A start-up called UltraCell is showing a 2.2-pound fuel cell prototype at the Intel Developer

Forum that can power a laptop computer for 14 hours.


Production models will be available in

ATI Introduces Mobility Radeon X1800

Subject: Mobile | March 7, 2006 - 11:37 AM |
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Today ATI is rolling out the ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 and X1800XT GPUs for mobile users which follows the release of the X1600 mobile part in December (which we previewed here). The X1800 has 12 pixel shader pipelines and 8 vertex shaders, and the X1800XT has 16 pipelines and 8 shaders. In contrast the X1600 mobile has 12 pipelines and only 5 shaders.


The Mobility Radeon X1800 parts are clocked slightly slower than their desktop cousins.

Securing your laptop, physically

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Your laptop may be perfectly secure for web browsing and email, with firewalls, anti-spy/virus ware and other programs; but what about the actual laptop?  Laptop Gamers runs through some steps to ensure that your laptop stays with you, in the real world.

"Think about it — What other piece of equipment or personal possession do we routinely carry

around that is worth over a thousand dollars, by itself, and may be worth thousands more in data?

No one can resist the Lapinator

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2006 - 04:05 PM |
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With a name like that, how can you not want one?  Virtual-Hideout has the review of this insulating pad, designed to make laptop use a little more comfortable, and more importantly, to save your lap from being baked.  Read the review to see if the regular version is what you need, or if you should get the Lapinator Plus, and maybe a Mousitizer too.

"If you've got a tiny laptop, the original Lapinator will do wonders for you.

Keep it going ... and going ... and going ...

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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Laptop Lifestyle reveals every trick they know to extend the battery life of your laptop.  Don't get caught with a dead laptop again, go check it out.

"You've got a five-hour flight from Los Angeles to New York City, and one battery in your laptop.

You've got work to do, DVDs to watch, and games to play. How are you going to get that battery to

last?