Subject: Mobile | August 23, 2010 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' new U33Jc-A1 is a 13.3" notebook with an interesting look as it sports bamboo panelling on the outside and below the keyboard when opened. Inside lies a 2.4GHz i3-370M, 4GB DDR3-1066
on an HM55 board with Optimus to control the GeForce GT 310M with 1GB GDDR3 that powers the 1366x768 LCD screen. The Tech Report noticed a few blemishes on the laptops software and lackluster graphics but were quite taken by the look and would happily recommend the notebook to a fashion conscious non-gamer.
Subject: Mobile | August 17, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might historically have been the sole feeding grounds of IBM and then Lenovo but that hasn't stopped HP from making incursions into the providing office and mobile professionals with their own line of notebooks. The new HP ProBook 6540b is a 16" laptop with a dual core i5 430M @ 2.26 GHz, 2GB DDR3, a 320GB HDD and Intel's GMA HD driving the 15.6", 1366x768 display. There is a long list of connectors on this laptop, including DisplayPort which seems to be substituting for HDMI. It is fairly heavy and the battery life is not terribly long, neither of which is a disadvantage
Subject: Mobile | August 9, 2010 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Toronto, Canada has been having a very warm summer which makes it the perfect testing ground for three new laptop coolers from Antec, the Basic, Mini, and Designer. The Basic model is very much that, a basic way to get some airflow underneath the laptop and is best suited for netbooks and notebooks under 14". Next the Mini which refers more to the size of the cooler, which is active, than to the size of the laptop expected. Finally the Designer which is also active and significantly more heavy duty than the other two cooler.
A Notebook Cooler for Everyone
Heat is the enemy of all electronics, and cooling a notebook properly can be a challenge. To help prolong the life of your investment, Antec has two super quiet coolers, and one passive notebook stand that help promote better airflow.
Is this one insurance policy you can't afford to pass up?
Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2010 - 10:35 PM | Jonathan Hung
Here at PC Perspective, we've covered NVIDIA Optimus thoroughly by examining the underlaying technology and also products that integrate it (see our review of the 16" Asus N61v). We haven't been shy about recommending Optimus as something worth getting and our review of the Asus U30Jc shows it can help achieve a stunning 7+ hours of operation.
Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Wind U230 is a 12.1" notebook that has opted for the older Neo X2 L335 as opposed to one of the newer Turion based mobile processors. It features the RS780M northbridge and SB750 southbridge, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 320GB 5400 RPM
HDD, with a host of input and output connectors including HDMI. The performance is above average for this size of notebook but that comes with a price as is usual, the battery life is about 4 hours pu
Subject: Mobile | August 2, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Hack a Day is an example of ingenuity
for those who would like to be able to charge their cellphones without needing a plug and adaptor. With a little work this project will enable you to inductively charge your cellphone and you will not need to do anything that would void your warranty. The mod is external and the wiring uses the existing charging port so you do not have to worry about any soldering or other tricks, though you may end up looking for a diff
Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2010 - 04:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA Optimus technology is a feature that allows discrete NVIDIA GPUs to interact with integrated graphics, either on a chipset or on a CPU package like Arrandale, in such a way that allows the performance of the discrete option to be available only when it is necessary and idle otherwise. This ability allows notebook vendors to include a discrete graphics solution in their design without having to worry about have it sucking up power and bringing down battery life when not in use.
Subject: Mobile | July 27, 2010 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Ryan finished up his review of the ASUS N61Jv Optimus Core i5 16" notebook. As the name implies this notebook does have Optimus technology allowing you to switch between the GeForce GT 325M GPU and the Intel HD graphics that are a part of the HM55 chipset. It is a bit on the heavy side at 6lbs, though a part of that weight is the battery which lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes
during Ryan's testing. Another feature worth mentioning is that this laptop has USB 3.0, something that can be very handy moving files back and forth when you are on the road.
The ASUS N61Jv notebook offers a lot for its $900 price tag including a 16-in screen, Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GT325M GPU with Optimus technology, USB 3.0 and a nice keyboard and touch pad combination. Battery life isn't going get you through a full day without plugging in but for a mid-range price and impressive feature set it could be the perfect back-to-school notebook.