Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2010 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Netbooks being trimmed down laptops, it seems logical that a trimmed down OS will help the little PCs run a bit faster when it comes to booting, loading programs and resuming from sleep. Slashdot found someone who didn't want to make that assumption and took an Asus Eee PC 1008HA
and loaded it with WinXP, Win7 and Ubuntu to see just how the netbook performed doing a variety of common tasks. Follow the link to see how these OSes fared.
Introduction and Design
Now we have the ASUS U series Bamboo laptops, which try to class up the market by adding real bamboo to the lid and palmrest. The U33JC is the smallest of the family, and it feels familiar – the price, overall design and hardware is reminiscent of ASUS U30JC, which received an Editor’s Choice Award from this site in July.
Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2010 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is news that will bring joy to the heart of any mobile user wanting a big performance gain and a power use drop, the tiny, DIMM shaped MacBook Air SSDs upgrades we saw hint of last are not a proprietary Apple design. Toshiba is already releasing 3 models, 64Gb, 128GB, and 256GB
which can be used in any laptops, as it turns out this is a rather simple aesthetic change and not a complete change in design. Photofast is already working on a model that wi
Subject: Mobile | November 8, 2010 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
InsideHW assembled a team of 10 notebooks, from a variety of manufacturers that covers a large gamut of price and performance. All the notebooks tested are at least theoretically gaming class notebooks, though some are more powerful than others. See which models offer the best value as well as raw power and extra peripherals right here.
Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the total redesign of Intel's Atom processor, similar to what they did with Clarkdale, the old ION platform will not work with the new Atoms from Intel. Undaunted, nVIDIA redesigned the ION 2 to work with CPUs that have parts of the North Bridge onboard and updated the IGP with a part that is roughly similar in performance to an nVIDIA GeForce 210 (ie. GT219). Drop by X-bit Labs to see how much better this platform performs compared to Intel's Pine Trail.
Subject: Mobile | October 28, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Matt had a chance to play with the Dell Inspiron M101z, a netbook which you may have read about before. At 11.6" it is rather tiny but hides an Athlon Neo processor as well as a Radeon HD4225 and DDR3 inside. See what he thought of this mobile PC that tries to bridge the gap between netbooks and notebooks while staying at or under the $500 mark.
The question of whether the M101z is really a netbook or laptop is certainly open. Its size, price and performance makes it difficult to categorize. Given the uncertainty, I will bow to Dell’s marketing department – they’ve made the M101z a part of the Dell Inspiron laptop line rather than a part of the Dell Mini netbook line.
Subject: Mobile | October 25, 2010 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 10.1" netbook from ASUS has a lot of power, but unfortunately a problem for users as well. It runs Windows 7 Starter Edition which is a very poor choice for a notebook that sports bot nVIDIA's Ion and Intel's GMA 3150
as the Starter Edition does not support Optimus. That means that you cannot switch IGPs on the fly, in order to switch between the energy saving GMA 3150 and the powerful ION IGP means that you need to reboot the machine. The Tech Report did find quite a few things to like about the netbook, after all it is the most powerful of it's size, but with the
Subject: Mobile | October 19, 2010 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have heard of the coup that AMD managed with many major notebook makers that found their new mobile Nile processor powering their new line up of mobile platforms but we haven't seen many available for purchase. One of the first is the Toshiba T235 which is the subject of Matt's newest review. Powered by a dual core K625, mobility HD4225 graphics and sporting 4GB of DDR3 in a 13.3" form factor, there is a fair amount of power in an easily portable form. Check out just how powerful it is here.
Entering the Nile
Earlier this year AMD released big news: 135 new design wins with major manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and more. These victories are a badly needed boost for AMD, which has been trailing Intel in the mobile space for years. These many of these new designs are based on a new platform AMD is calling Nile - and the Toshiba T235 is among the first Nile notebooks to hit the market.