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.
Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2009 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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).
Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | January 14, 2009 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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.
Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2009 - 11:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2009 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2008 - 05:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.