Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2009 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The System76 Bonobo Professional
is a high end notebook, which can set you back almost $4000 fully equipped. That fully equipped 17" model uses an Intel X-25M SSD for storage, a GTX 280M, 8GB of DDR3 and an Intel QX9300 Extreme. Phoronix went with a slightly less expensive model for their test drive with Ubuntu. Check out how it stacks up against a ThinkPad T61.
Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus Pro61s
is a 15.6" notebook sporting a C2D T5850, 3GBs of DDR2-800 and an HD4870. The full size keyboard will come in handy if you decide to use this as a gaming machine, the DVD RW is handy if you are more into watching movies. R&B Mods found in their testing that the battery is good for over 2 hours, so while it last longer than a lot of notebooks with this kind of design, it won't last you on a long flight. See it here.
Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 04:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today Intel and Nokia announced an expanded partnership with the goal of creating a "new class" of Intel-Architecture mobile computing device. Details on what exactly that means were scarce, but there were a couple of specific points brought up during this morning's conference call.
Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $199, the iPhone 3GS is twice as expensive as the basic 3G model and from AnandTech's testing it seems be about 50% faster. Part of that reason is because the ARM chip that they are using runs at 600MHz as opposed to 412MHz, but the speed bump is not the only reason. The ARM Cortex A8 sports twice the L1 cache and also has a 256KB L2 cache, something that is completely missing from the ARM11 chip that the 3G uses. It also manages to beat out the Pre.
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 10:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs. At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc. We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.
Subject: Mobile | June 17, 2009 - 10:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP and AMD are working together to give people who want a mobile computer just a smidgen
larger than a netbook with their dv2 series. Three different Pavilion dv2s exist, all are powered by the Athlon Neo MV-40 processor,
the differences lie in the maximum amount of memory available, drive size, GPU and a few bundled features. The low end 1010ea model utilizes an onboard X1250 the two more expensive models sport a Mobility Radeon HD 3410 512MB
card. How do they fare against the Intel Atom N270
powered MSI Wind?
Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 07:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U. Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose. You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to.
Mobility Gaming update
NVIDIA is announcing the newest addition to its mobility line of GPUs today - the GeForce 200M series. With what NVIDIA is calling basically a new architecture designed around the desktop GT200, this marks the first move for NVIDIA mobility parts away from the aged G92 specifications. Not only that but these are the first NVIDIA GPUs to offer GDDR5 memory support, DX10.1 and are the first built on a 40nm process.
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 07:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs. According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has
"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"