Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2010 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No matter how oddly nVIDIA chose to name the ION 2, the important thing is that this is not one of their traditional rebadging of previous generation hardware, it is rebadging of current generation hardware. The same 40-nm GT218 you've seen in the GeForce 210 and 310 are hidden inside ION 2's tiny little shell. The addition of Optimus technology allowing on the fly enabling and disabling of the onboard GPU makes that even more attractive to those who want The performance of the GT218 as a discreet solution left a little to be desired but as an embedded GPU there is hope.&nbs
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?
Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2010 - 04:20 PM | Jonathan Hung
Earlier this month Ryan took a very detailed look at NVIDIA's Optimus technology and discovered that the graphics switching technology worked really well and produced some significant battery conservation while providing the necessary performance when needed. For those of you who have been itching to get your hands on an Optimus enabled notebook, your time has come. NewEgg has made available the Asus N71JV-X1, a 17.3" unit sporting the Intel i3 350M and a GeForce GT 325M.
Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 101 x 115 x 27mm (4 x 4.5 x 1") it is almost hard to believe that the CompuLab Fit-PC2 NetTop hides a US15W SCH and GMA 500 chipset with WiFi, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 1GB of DDR2 system memory, one Gigabit Ethernet port and six USB 2.0 ports. The power draw is equally incredible, less than 1W idling and when playing a 1080p H.264 video it is pegged at 7W or less. As you might expect from a review at Phoronix, this is a Linux box specifically Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and there is a gu
Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 10:13 AM | Jonathan Hung
Not to be outdone by Lenovo's announcement yesterday of the X201 Tablet, Toshiba has begun selling a new Portege M790-S7240 tablet PC. Besides the awkward product name, the Portege M790-S7240 has some interesting features notably an Intel Core i7-620M CPU, 4GB RAM, 1280x800 12.1" touch/pen screen, and a DVD burner (the ThinkPad X201 Table does not have an optical drive).
Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2010 - 10:15 PM | Jonathan Hung
Yesterday we shared a bit of news about some updated specs on the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e. Today, Lenovo has let loose with some high performance mobile PCs all carrying the signature ThinkPad trappings.
Announced today are four new mobile products:
Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2010 - 03:34 PM | Jonathan Hung
The sharp-eyed folks at Netbook News have spotted that Lenovo has listed a new variation of the Thinkpad X100 netbook which includes an Intel Atom 450 processor, and a smaller 10.1" screen. This in itself is interesting and exciting news for those seeking an above-average netbook, or those with a ThinkPad fetish.
Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2010 - 03:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a story that will likely come as no surprise to those who read our full Optimus technology review from last week, AppleInsider is now saying that Apple has new "next-generation MacBook Pros that can switch between their integrated
and discrete graphics processors automatically".
Subject: Mobile | February 18, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are stuck on a limited budget for your mobile computing but find a netbook simply too limiting the LG 14" Haier R450 barebones notebook might be an option. Inside you will find what has become a rare beast, a chipset from SiS, specifically the SiS 672/968 with graphics handled by the SiS Mirage 3 which is tcehnically an AGP solution which takes 256MB from the system's 2GB DDR2-667 RAM. An Intel T4400 CPU @ 2.20GHz does make this much more powerful than a netbook even with the dated graphics solution.