Samsung's take on the Atom

Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2009 - 02:35 PM |
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Samsung has placed a Intel Atom N270, 1GB of DDR2-800 and a 160GB 5400RPM HDD into a shell with a 10.2" WSVGA 1024 x 600 display and called it the NC10 Netbook.  Even with it's diminutive size, Samsung has managed to fit an almost full sized keyboard, as well as a 6 cell battery that will keep you going for a long while.  Phoronix being who they are, quickly installed Linux to see how compatible the netbook was.  See the results here.

Source: Phoronix

HP seems at least partly interested in NVIDIA's Ion

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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We have posted a fewnews bits over the past weeks about NVIDIA's Ion platform and the company's attempt to get into the world of netbooks by offering up a new chipset solution for more graphics-savvy mobile computing.  While the technology is compelling, at least a few sources are saying that Intel is preventing NVIDIA from entering the market by forcing OEMs to buy Intel's core logic chipsets as well as the Atom CPU in a bundle. 

Source: Digitimes

New MSI Wind offers both SSD and standard HDD

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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Color me confused, but I just don't get all the excitement I am seeing online today for the announcement of the new "hybrid" storage solution Wind U115 netbook.  The system is nice enough:

  • 10" LED back lit LCD
  • 1024x600 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Source: Mad Penguin

VIA accounts for as much as 15% of the netbook market

Subject: Mobile | December 29, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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An interesting report over at Digitimes, quoting a Chinese tech news source, claims that VIA accounts for as much as 10-15% of the technology shipped in netbooks through 2008.  That's pretty much all there is to the news - but I am personally surprised to see this number so high and yet VIA's profits have continued to fall into the red over the last sevaral quarters. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel pretends to let NVIDIA in on the Atom action

Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2008 - 08:56 AM |
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Earlier in the week we posted a new story looking at the NVIDIA Ion platform, an attempt by NVIDIA to enter the netbook market with a low power version of their GeForce 9300M chipset.  However, rumors are persisting that Intel was preventing that partnership by forcing companies to buy a 945 chipset along with every Atom processor sold, effectively locking out NVIDIA from getting a foot in the door. 

Source: engadget

Why you need a dual-screen notebook computer

Subject: Mobile | December 23, 2008 - 03:01 AM |
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Okay, I really can't justify this one at all, but damn if it isn't freaking cool!  Lenovo has made official plans for the W700ds notebook that includes both a 17" primary display as well as a 10.6" secondary display that slides out of the primary monitor.  I'm not making this up:

Source: engadget

Flip top head

Subject: Mobile | December 16, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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No matter how many "t"s you put in it, the next evolution in useful ultramobility will be a net enabled tablet PC, like Gigabyte's new M192.  For just under $900 you get a netbook looking device with an 8.9" LCD running at 1280x768 that can flip back to be completely level with the keyboard, thus earning it the tablet moniker.  A 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB DDR2-533 and Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950 provide the power and a 5,400-RPM 160GB platter drive give you plenty of storage space and keeps the price down.  The T

Gaming on a 10.2" screen

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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What do you get when you cross an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
with a GeForce 9300M GS 256MB DDR2?  The ASUS N10Jc-A1, which seeks to become a gaming netbook, and succeeds as long as you stick with UT2K4 or FarCry, newer titles tend to be stutterific.   The Tech Report was able to use the HDMI out to play 1080p movies without a problem though it did monopolize the CPU to the point where you can't expect to be able to run anything apart from the movie.

Story time with the ASUS Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | December 5, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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When you buy a high end laptop, you expect extras.  I'm not convinced that anyone expects a story book, a leather interior and engine noises to be included in those extras, but they are there in the ASUS Lamborghini VX3.  Not included is a top of the line mobile GPU or an SSD, which seems odd in a $3000 laptop.  It still does have some serious power, and will floor any Lamborghini fanatics out there.  Check out t-break to see why.

Source: t-break

Just enough to do what you have to

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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The new HP Compaq 6735s runs an AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 @ 1,9 GHz on a 790G mobile chipset, sporting a Radeon HD3200 and it has 2GB DDR2.  With 250Gb of storage and a DVD-R drive, being able to take a lot on the road with you is quite easy. Check out the laptop that InsideHW calls a workhorse here.

Source: InsideHW