The dangers of impulse laptop buying

Subject: Mobile | August 3, 2009 - 01:20 PM |
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With a display of 11.6", both the Aspire One 751 vs. Gateway LT3103
are a touch too big to be called netbooks, even if the Acer does use an Atom processor.  The Aspire depends on the Atom Z520 along with 2GB DDR2-667 and
the same GPU that powers the iPhone, regardless of how it is branded.  In comparison the Gateway offering is powered by an A64 L11, 2GB DDR2-667 and an ATI Radeon X1270.  When The Tech Report started the all important HD video playback testing, well ...

Could it really be, or will the same discussion be going on in a year?

Subject: Mobile | July 31, 2009 - 09:17 AM |
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Could it be a funky netbook?  A monstrous iTouch?  A Kindle killer?  A glorified resurrection
of an old, much beloved childhood toy?  It is hard to say what goes through the mind of Steve Jobs at the best of times and predicting what a product that as been talked about and opined on as this little device which may or may not have a possibly upcoming release date sometime in the near future is almost impossible.  Cyril at The Tech

Priced to sell

Subject: Mobile | July 29, 2009 - 03:28 PM |
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Inexpensive netbooks have really put a dent in the sales volume of the lower cost small laptops.  The Atom might not have the power of a mobile dual core processor, but add in a decent onboard graphics solution and that Atom has no trouble playing back BluRay quality video.  Laptop makers are left with a choice of focusing on netbooks as a replacement for their smaller laptops and not producing any laptops under 17" or they could slash costs on their smaller laptops.  AnandTech has taken a peek at those laptops which have been reduced to under $500, from vendors like WalMart and

Source: AnandTech

A new chipset may mean a new price

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2009 - 02:20 PM |
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The new ASUS Eee PC 1004DN is a 10inch (1024x600) netbook with a keyboard 92% normal size, which will be a big plus to those with standard sized hands.  A 1.66GHz Atom N280 along with 1GB of DDR2 help the GN40 chipset to provide high quality video and a 6-cell battery to allow you to watch more than a single movie.  Head over to InsideHW for a look at its other features; just don't ask for a price as they haven't been told what it will be.

Source: InsideHW

No, it doesn't sport the cow motif

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2009 - 10:39 AM |
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At just $599, the 13.3" Gateway UC7807u contains a 2GHz T640, 3GB DDR2-667 5-5-5-15 and uses the Intel 4500MHD to provide its graphical power.  Perhaps because of the choice of graphics, the screen is limited to 1280x800, which may prove a little small for some users.  TECHGAGE found the included software, especially the Norton products was a little over the top, but overall were quite happy with it

Source: TECHGAGE

Which flavour is your netbook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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If a company wants to bring down the price of a netbook, one of the easiest ways to accomplish that is to remove the Windows license from the machine and install Linux or another open source OS.  By not installing Windows you can sell a netbook for a noticeably
lower price and in some cases Linux will allow the netbook to perform better.  The question of which distro of Linux to use still remains, so Phoronix loaded up a Dell Inspiron Mini with OpenSolaris and then with Ubuntu to see which is the better OS for this application. 

Source: Phoronix

Look what just washed up

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2009 - 03:26 PM |
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ASUS has spent a large amount of time and money on their Seashell line of netbooks, of which the EeePC 1005HA-PU1X
is a great example.  Long battery life is the goal, while still making this portable device usable for the worker, gamer or entertainment
fan on the go.  An Intel Atom N280 and a single DDR2 DIMM will keep the power requirements down; but will it offer enough power to do what you need?  Find out at Legit Reviews.

This thing eats netbooks for breakfast

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 10:31 AM |
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Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life.  The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories.  Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target

Source: Extremetech

Logic to rest of world: NVIDIA working on successor to ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 08:49 PM |
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In what can only be described as "blatantly obvious" news, Fudzilla is reporting that NVIDIA is in fact working on a successor to the wildly popular ION chipset.  Here's the deets:

Source: engadget

Mobile 720p for $720

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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As far as the stats go, the Acer Aspire Timeline has an Intel Core 2 solo SU3500 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 320GB of storage, and a 14-inch 1366 x 768 powered by the Intel GMA 4500MHD.  It is very mobile, at 3.5lbs and not much more than an inch thick; not quite as thin as a Macbook Air, but nowhere near the price either.  Acer claims an 8 hour battery life, a claim that I4U checked out using Battery Eater with all the Aspire's battery saving features off.  Even with that abuse they were seeing a 4 hour lifespan

Source: I4U News