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Home Theater Notebooks
We often talk about home theater PCs and the benefits that they can offer to users that want to connect a computer to a TV and integrate into their living room. They aren't always easy though and can come with some specific and unique complaints and issues. What if the answer has been sitting in your briefcase or book bag all along?
Intro, Specs, and Packaging
The MSI Wind U230 with AMD components has potential to be an Intel Atom / NVIDIA ION killer. The performance and price is right, so why wouldn't you get one? We dig a bit deeper. What is notable from these specifications is the Athlon 64 X2 L335 CPU which is dual-core and (more or less) comparable to the Intel Atom 330. There is also HDMI out which is something that will come in handy for connecting an external display.
Blu-Ray for the Driveless
The Asus SBC-04D1S-U offers Blu-Ray and DVD in a slim external package, and it may be one of the nicest looking ones too! How does the performance of the external drive hold up to other options and can you find a use for this drive on your currently optical-less notebooks?
The Ultimate Colouring Book
The iPad's greatest influence may be on the generation that is just starting to master their ABC's. We take a look at Apple's latest gadget and see how parents can use it for their toddlers. While the present app offering may be lacking, the future may be bright.
Bridging the Gap
Intel's Wireless Display promises a single-touch bridge between your notebook and your display. Though there are limitations currently, its almost more exciting to think of where this technology can go in the next 1 to 3 years.
And why Apple owes everything to developers
Apple is getting a lot of attention from the new iPad, but is Apple really the company the deserves the credit for the revolutionary applications that finally making tablets interesting? Or is Apple just a beneficiary of third-party applications and crazed fans that soak up Apple hardware by the millions?
Introduction, Specs, and Packgaing
What happens when you take a high-end car brand and put it onto a netbook? Is it a cross-branding disaster or is there substance? Acer's Ferrari One 200 surprises from start to finish. Stop in to our review to see how this netbook earned our Editor's Choice Award!
The Asus G51J 3D has the traits of a great mobile gaming system - 120Hz display, latest NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, and a nice design. However, to gain 3D Vision, the user may be forced to make some sacrifices. Read our review to see what these trade-offs are and if we think they are worth it.
Introducing the Orbit
Altec Lansing aims to change the way you see and hear audio from your portable PC. The Orbit speaker aims to deliver unique design, superior audio, and all in a small portable package. Sounds like a pipe dream? This speaker is a gem, but may not be for everyone.
Putting a Little ION in Your Diet
With Asus product design and NVIDIA's ION graphics, the Asus Eee 1201N has all the markings of a winner. But can a netbook with an identity crisis win the hearts and dollars of consumers?
ION 2 = ION + Optimus
NVIDIA's ION technology was originally aimed at changing how consumer were able to utilize netbook and nettop computers and this second revision is no different. This "re-imagining" of the ION brand takes a discrete GPU, adds in support for Optimus technology, and basically calls it a day. But do you need to make sure your next netbook computer has ION inside?
We have been playing with NVIDIA Optimus Technology for a couple of weeks now and I have been nothing but impressed by this new mobility offering that promises the performance of discrete graphics solutions with the battery life of integrated graphics. Can NVIDIA really pull it off? We think they have, so stop in and read (or watch!) our review of the future of mobile computing!
Asus aims between the eyes with a deadly combination of design, performance, and price. But is it enough to put it in the G51J gaming notebook on your shopping list in the crowded marketplace?
The World's Fastest Mobile CPU
We take a hands-on look at a top-of-the-line Intel Calpella notebook complete with an Intel Core i7 Extreme 920XM CPU and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M. It doesn't come much faster and portable than this!
AMD releases fastest DirectX 11 graphics for mobile solutions
AMD continues to blaze ahead by bringing their RV870 graphics chipset to the mobile realm. Announced today is the new Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series - DirectX 11 for notebooks has officially arrived!
ASUS and Bang & Olufsen create the NX90Jq
In what will likely be the first of several new sets of product announcements from ASUS at this year's CES, we have some of the first images of the new ASUS ROG G73Jh gaming notebook and the collaborative effort between the ASUS and Bang & Olufsen, the NX90Jq. Check out what the high end notebook market is shaping up like for 2010!
Seashells by the seashore in Cheboygen
The ASUS 1005HA Seashell netbook is not only one of the better looking designs for the ultra-portable PC market but also offers some unique features that other vendors are not. Though still based on the Intel Atom processor and platform, the addition of 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 make this a worthy addition to the Eee lineup.
Mobility Gaming update
NVIDIA is announcing the newest addition to its mobility line of GPUs today - the GeForce 200M series. With what NVIDIA is calling basically a new architecture designed around the desktop GT200, this marks the first move for NVIDIA mobility parts away from the aged G92 specifications. Not only that but these are the first NVIDIA GPUs to offer GDDR5 memory support, DX10.1 and are the first built on a 40nm process.
Another step forward
The first notebook to use the NVIDIA ION chipset is being revealed today and even though we haven't been able to get hands-on with it yet, the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 could be a winner in terms of performance, size and price for the mobile crowds. Check in to see some pictures and get a general run down on specs.
A new Atom is coming
Intel revealed details of the Atom successor known as Pine Trail today and the platform looks to be even more impressive with an integrated memory controller and graphics. We also have some news about Intel's Moblin netbook-style operating system that sees a major refresh today.
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