When the power you need won't fit inside the box

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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You can always get more functionality or storage by adding external devices, but an external graphics processor is a fairly unique item.  The Amilo SA3650 Laptop with XGP Graphic Booster is a joint project between Fujitsu Siemens and AMD, a laptop with an external Radeon HD 3870 that still manages to run as a PCIe 8x card.  Using the external box will give you good gaming performance and the ability to push out 1080p to multiple monitors; pretty impressive for a small laptop.  Guru of 3D did have some suggestions, as well as a bit of good news at the end of the article,

Source: Guru of 3D

For those who prefer a a casual relationship with their laptops

Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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If you need a laptop that can handle media, but won't break your bank account, the Acer Extensa 5630G is worth a peek.  The C2D T5800 @ 2GHz is nowhere near top of the line now, but certainly offers enough power to do what you would need and the ATI Radeon HD3470 will help ensure your graphical experience is not distressing.  InsideHW did wish it had Bluetooth functionality, but

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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I felt a great disturbance in Force...

We have been hearing about the ION Platform for a while now as an attempt for NVIDIA to break into the world of netbooks and small form factor PCs with its GeForce 9400M chipset and the Intel Atom processor. Now that we finally have the hardware in our hands we compare it to current generation Atom-based netbooks to see how it improves our computing experiences.

ASUS Upgrades Eee PC 1000HE with Atom N280

Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 09:14 AM |
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Sooo.....this is interesting news from ASUS with an interesting way of spreading it.  ASUS sent out a press release today that the 1000HE is going to be the first netbook to offer the Intel Atom N280 and promises up to 9.5 hours of battery life. 

What's more interesting to me?  Rather than providing a link to the ASUS.com page for more information and pre-order locations, instead they are pointing us all to a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6297967631

Source: 3DCenter

This Lenovo runs Linux

Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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As is their wont, Phoronix went out and picked up a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and removed the installed WinXP SP3 and replaced it with Ubuntu 8.10.  Thanks to the steady evolution of Linux, the laptop and all of it's accessories worked perfectly, much like the Samsung NC10.  The Samsung was used as the comparative model in their benchmarking, and the IdeaPad fared fairly well.  There was a feature included that impressed them, as well as a few qualities that they thought could be improved upon; which you can read abou

Source: Phoronix

MSI Launches GT627 Gaming Notebook featuring NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS

Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 08:20 AM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - January 26, 2009 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series - GT627. The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).

Source: MSI

What have I got in my pocket?

Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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At 635g and 279mm x 199.8mm x 23.6mm, the Sony VAIO Pocket is one of the smaller Atom based UMPCs available.   Don't let the small size fool you, it has 2GB DDR2 and a 60GB HDD or 64GB SSD for storage which will help it run Vista at an acceptable speed.  All in all, apart from the bill you will get from Sony for any repairs; this will give you a fair amount of mobile power without the hernia.  Hardware Zone's claims of it being a total chick magnet may be a bit exaggerated though.

It's a notebook, not a punching bag

Subject: Mobile | January 14, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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Toshiba's new Tecra R10-10S has a very flexible cover, designed to take the rough handling that comes with being on the road.  Inside is a C@D SP9300 running at 2,26 GHz,  2GB DDR2 and an Intel X4500MHD to power the 14.1" screen.  In their final analysis, InsideHW felt this notebook was a brilliantly balanced design, not the lightest, nor the fastest, but perfect for business travel applications.

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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NVIDIA moves into the netbook market, sorta

NVIDIA had some Ion platforms on display at CES 2009 last week and we had the chance to talk with the company about their goals for the project. We also have some of the first benchmarks of the palm-sized-PC courtesy of NVIDIA as well.

Video: NVIDIA Ion Platform up close and personal

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2009 - 08:39 PM |
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I am sure you have already read about NVIDIA's Ion platform, the company's attempt to pair their GF9300 chipset with the Intel Atom processor to make a higher performing netbook or low-cost PC design. And while you might have seen images of it seeing the video below should put things in perspective: the entire platform is TINY!  In the video you'll see the chipset and CPU (with the Atom being the smaller chip on the right) with integrated HDMI output, networking support and more.