We have been playing with NVIDIA Optimus Technology for a couple of weeks now and I have been nothing but impressed by this new mobility offering that promises the performance of discrete graphics solutions with the battery life of integrated graphics. Can NVIDIA really pull it off? We think they have, so stop in and read (or watch!) our review of the future of mobile computing!
Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2010 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon just recently finished reviewing the ASUS G51J gaming notebook; $1500 and powered by a Core i7 720QM and the nVIDIA GTX 260M. InsideHW received a different model, the G60J which keeps the same GPU and RAM but uses an i7 820QM. Perhaps the biggest difference is the resolution of the 16" displays, the G51J sports a nice HD quality 1920x1080 where as the G60J is 1366x768. The difference in price is indeterminate at th
Asus aims between the eyes with a deadly combination of design, performance, and price. But is it enough to put it in the G51J gaming notebook on your shopping list in the crowded marketplace?
Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 10:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
During CES, Dell made a buzz by announcing an Alienware branded netbook. The buzz wasn't so much that it was a netbook, but the fact it really wasn't much of a netbook at all. The Alienware M11x is more of a subnote sporting a Core 2 SU4100 processor, 2GB RAM (upgradable to 8GB!), and a NVIDIA GT335M GPU which is more than capable of running HD content and games on the 1366x768 LED backlit screen.
Regardless of the netbook / subnote classification, it's certainly one of the fastest performing systems for the size.
Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2010 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are differing models of the Asus UL50-V Laptop, one Core 2 Duo and one a Celeron but both have nVIDIA's G210M with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
powering the 1366x768 15.6" LCD. The one option that seems to be lacking is ability to choose an SSD, all they offer are 5400RPM drives in three different sizes. The model that R&B Mods tested utilizes the C2D Su7300 which did not fare well against the C2D T6400 based Samsung R720 but it comes in as a fair deal at the ~$800 price mark.
Subject: Mobile | January 26, 2010 - 05:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
MSI is commemorating the millions of Wind netbooks sold worldwide by announcing a special edition Wind U135 Special Edition netbook. This new netbook is unique in that it features a raised keyboard giving keys 20% more surface area which will help improve user accuracy and generally make your computing more pleasant.
The U135 comes with the latest Intel Atom N450 , a 160GB or 250GB HDD, 1 GB DD2 memory, and Windows 7 Starter edition. There will be a choice of four colours (Silver, Charcoal, Ruby, and Sapphire) and will start at $309.
Subject: Mobile | January 26, 2010 - 12:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
While I don't profess to know as much about this major Apple product line revision as I did in the previous instance where NVIDIA invaded the entire mobile product line, what I DO know this time might be just as interesting. After checking with quite a few sources I can say without a doubt that the upcoming Apple tablet device being announced on Wednesday will not have any version of the NVIDIA Tegra product powering it.
Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2010 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Eee PC 1101HA sports an 11.6" screen at 1366×768 and is powered by an Atom Z520 @ 1.33GHz, 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 160GB hard drive, relatively common for smaller sized mobiles. Interestingly, it supports overclocking; Tech Spot had it running at 1.74GHz stably. You still shouldn't expect huge results from an Atom processor but including overclocking in a Seashell, or any other notebook for that matter, is going to garner you some fans.
Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2010 - 12:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
A month ago, Ryan posted an interesting news article on the Broadcom Crystal HD, and raised the question what Broadcom meant by stating: "software support for Adobe Flash Player (v10.1), Windows Media Player (v12)".