Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2010 - 08:22 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 - 07:42 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.
Subject: Mobile | July 26, 2010 - 06:46 PM | Jonathan Hung
In the most current installment of the Slate of the Nation - Your Guide to Upcoming Slate Devices, I listed the MeeGo mobile OS as something worth keeping an eye on, but not necessarily something to go out of your way to acquire because of its early development state.
Well it seems MeeGo is getting a big boost on two fronts today and we may see MeeGo being used in a lot more places than you'd expect.
Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2010 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Similar to the SSD Decoder Ring that Allyn created to bring some illumination to the internals of the new breed of hard drive, Jon spells out what you can find inside that tablet. From the OS that runs on the hardware to the internals themselves, he has covered all the current ultramobile platforms available. There is even a downloadable pdf at the end of the article so you can have a synopsis handy.
A New Slate of Mind
This coming quarter, we are going to see multiple slate devices hit the market by different companies. With each slate unique from its operating system to screen size, it's hard to even begin digesting all the specs and features.
Luckily PC Perspective has you covered in this first installment of 'Slate of the Nation'. Be sure to check out the handy downloadable PDF guide as well!
Introduction and Hardware Overview
The past year has brought forth the evolution of the Superphone. More than just smartphones, these 1GHz devices with high resolution cameras are the new hot item. Today we take a look at the newest member of this group, the Motorola Droid X and see how it stacks up to the iPhone 4, HTC EVO and more.
Subject: Mobile | July 21, 2010 - 02:26 PM | Jonathan Hung
Engadget has some tasty morsels from the slate word, and first up is Lenovo.
Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 07:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you suddenly find yourself in need of an internet connection and are far away from a nice open WiFi signal then the cell network can save you, if you can connect to it. Two popular choices are Sierra Wireless' Overdrive 4G which can connect to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks and Novatel's MiFi 2200 which comes in a Verizon and a Sprint model, both 3G connections. Apart from the aesthetic differences between the two devices, the most important aspect is the speed of the connection.
Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 02:15 PM | Jonathan Hung
When it comes to 3D on a notebook computer, NVIDIA's 3D Vision has been getting a lot of attention. However, products using 3D Vision don't exactly appeal to the general consumer who is more interested in watching movies than 3D gaming and higher performance. According to this Digitimes report, MSI is looking to change this by adopting Dynamic Digital Depth's (try saying that 3 times fast) software which converts 2D images into 3D, and employs the use of polarized glasses.