Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2009 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2009 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 11:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2009 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Reviews has picked up a strange liquid based laptop cooler from Nexus called the TDD-9000. While it may look like a mouse pad, it is instead a liquid filled base for you to place your laptop on which is intended to provide cooling. It did feel like it was filled with gel, as opposed to a true liquid which could be very important if it was ever introduced to a sharp object. Their testing did not go so well for the Nexus product; perhaps if you used it on a model with a fan on th
Subject: Mobile | July 1, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
While this shouldn't really come as a big surprise to anyone that pays attention to these sorts of things, a post over at Semiaccurate is saying that in all likely hood NVIDIA is "being shown the door" when it comes to future Apple system designs.
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On paper, the Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Adapter sounds like a brilliant idea. A 95W power adaptor with 8 different plugs and a USB socket on the side that can provide a variety of Wattage and Amperage to charge all your USB and mobile devices, including phones. Unfortunately, the model shipped to Tweaknews for testing had some incompatibilities, some that could be overcome and others that could not. Along with the problems they had, they were also disappointed that there was no pricing information.
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We know very little about the Samsung ION notebook, apart from the fact that it could be a serious help to nVIDIA getting the ION platform recognition as a competitor to the Intel-made chipset for Atom, even with the sales incentives that Intel offers.
- Model name - unknown
- Specs - nVIDIA ION processor
- Pricing - unknown
- ETA - sometime soon
Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped. That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme. Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu. Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.