DIY on a smaller scale

Subject: Mobile | April 17, 2009 - 12:40 PM |
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OCZ has been selling DIY laptops for a while now, you buy a shell lacking a processor, hard drive, memory, or an operating system.  You then get to pick which components you put into the machine, ending up with a laptop built to your specs and for less than buying it full assembled from a retailer.  They've now moved onto netbooks, offering up a little kit about twice the size of a game case, with a 10" screen and an Atom N270 1.60GHz, the HDD and DDR2 choices are left to you.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at

You can teach an old notebook new tricks

Subject: Mobile | April 13, 2009 - 01:37 PM |
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I4U decided that an aging Thinkpad X40 could use an upgrade to an SSD for both the performance enhancements and the noise reduction it would bring.  Specifically, they picked a KingSpec SSD which will supposedly just drop in and work.  It's a 1.8" MLC SSD that claims average access times of

0.2ms, sustained read

of 65MB/S

and write

at 47MB/S.  While i4U didn't get around to benchmarking the drive, they did prove just how easy it is to get a lot more from your X40, X41 or X41T.

Source: I4U News

Think big, not dense

Subject: Mobile | April 7, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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4kg for a laptop seems heavy to those carting around a netbook, but there are no netbooks with a 18.4" screen that displays at 1900x1080.  Powering that display is a GeForce 9600M GT with 1GB of DDR2, the total system memory being 4GB of DDR2 and a 2GHz C2D T6400 runs it all.  Scoring 3977 in 3DMark06, it won't be a gaming powerhouse, but it should be able to push most games at it's native resolution without too much tweaking.  A preview of this laptop can be found at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

ASUS offers discrete mobile gaming performance

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2009 - 10:36 AM |
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Based around a 1.6GHz T9550, 4GB of DDR2-400 and a Mobility Radeon 4650 the ASUS N81Vp gaming laptop is still relatively portable thanks to the 14.1" display and 6 cell battery.  Don't underestimate that small screen, with a 1366x768 resolution you will be quite happy with the image quality and don't overestimate the battery, you have a bit over an hour on battery with the power savings turned off.

Value priced laptops worth peeking at

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2009 - 09:03 AM |
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Before you completely ignore them, realize that the 17" Acer eMachines G520 runs just over $500 and the G620 model is only a bit more.  Both are capable of 1440x900 resolution and have 2GB DDR2, a DVD-RW and a 160GB HDD, the differences lie in the chipsets and CPUs used.  The 520 has a 2GHz Celeron M 575 running on an Intel GL40 chipset with Intel X4500MHD powering the graphics.  The G560 hides a 2GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 on a nVIDA 9100M.  Niether one will beat any speed records, but at a similar price to a netbook and without any of the eyestrain,

Source: InsideHW

Ruggedized laptop/tablet

Subject: Mobile | March 19, 2009 - 02:59 PM |
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The Intel Convertible Classmate PC doesn't really sound all that interesting, but it is definitely worth a look.  It's an Atom powered netbook, with a display that not only swivels but can be reversed and flipped down to make this into a tablet PC.  The carrying handle doesn't do much for the aesthetics, but this is no Macbook Air as the colour scheme should give away.  It is more of a Fisher Price theme, designed to work well and put up with the abuse a young child dishes out everyday.  Drop by The Tech Repor

Paper just too old school for you?

Subject: Mobile | March 17, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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The original Kindle failed to light up the hearts of most users and now they have released a successor, the Kindle 2.  For $360 you can have a 6" piece of electronic paper, at a resolution of 800x600 and with 16 stunning shades of grey.  There is enough storage onboard for about 1500 books, and a memory card slot will allow you to expand it.  Probably the biggest feature is it's WiFi connection, which allows you to subscribe to various perio

It probably makes a decent space heater as well

Subject: Mobile | March 4, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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Eurocom is a company that believes in overkill; their upcoming laptop, the Clevo D900F Phantom i7 can support a Core i7 965.  It also handles triple channel DDR3, up to and including 12GB of DDR3-1333 if you feel so inclined.  If that impressesyou, then how about the pair of GTX 280M in SLI it will also run?  If you want a desktop replacement that sacrifices battery life in the name of sheer power, then save up for this release.  Check out the pictures and the original press release at AnandTech

Source: AnandTech

Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the Samsung NC20 12.1" Mini-Notebook

Subject: Mobile | February 27, 2009 - 08:21 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 27 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook.

Combining the power efficient 1.3+GHz VIA Nano processor with the highly-integrated VIA VX800 system media processor, the Samsung NC20 also features a stunning 1280x800 12.1" display, ensuring an outstanding video experience and enabling a full-size 12" notebook keyboard with optimiz

Personality conflicts

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2009 - 10:55 AM |
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The laptop has become a prominent feature of many people's lives, and being more than a few feet from it can cause some to feel lost or uncomfortable.  The netbook has yet to catch on to the same degree, a lot of users are not yet willing to sacrifice the performance of their laptop for a device that is about the same size and weight as a hardcover book.  At The Tech Report, one of the reviewers is undergoing that transformation thanks to the Eee PC 1000H.  Inside lies an Atom N280 1.66GHz
and 1GB DDR2-667, gi