IE10 shown running on Windows 8 with NVIDIA Tegra

Subject: Mobile | April 13, 2011 - 05:07 PM |
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You still haven't upgraded to Internet Explorer 9 yet?  That's old hat anyway, IE10 is being shown off and in fact it is being used to showcase more than just browser enhancements. 

Yesterday at a conference you have probably never heard of, Microsoft demonstrated the changes to the world of Internet Explorer with the upcoming IE10 iteration to developers.  Improved HTML5 support and performance enhancements even over the current best Google Chrome browser were just part of the story though; thankfully they had a little surprise for the hardware junkies as well.

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Introduction and Specifications

Brushed aluminum has become synonymous with luxury electronics, and the ASUS N53’s (N53SV-A1) exterior is clad in it like a suit of armor. The lid and palmrest are both coated the velvet-smooth metal, resulting in an instantly impressive finish. The usage of aluminum on the N53 has a dark gunmetal tint – like the ASUS U33JC Bamboo laptop we reviewed some time ago, the N53 goes for elegance rather than flash.

 

MSI Steps Up Multimedia with F Series Notebooks, Now Shipping in N. America

Subject: Mobile | April 6, 2011 - 12:51 PM |
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With Intel’s next generation Sandy Bridge Core processors under the hood, the F Series has plenty of oomph for casual gaming and entertainment. To offer the finest movie viewing experience they each have a built in DVD drive and HDMI-out, as well as MSI Cinema Pro Technology and MSI Premium Sound enhanced with THX TruStudio Pro to provide excellent surround sound effects. All three units have the fastest data transfer technology available via two USB 3.0 ports. Each is eligible for MSI’s one-year extended warranty as part of the “MSI Quality Assurance Program.”

FX420
The smallest form factor of the F Series, the 4.8 pound FX420 notebook has a 14-inch HD 16:9 wide screen display, and is powered by the Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, and delivers exceptional graphics via its AMD Radeon HD6470 discrete graphics card. (MSRP starts at $749.99).

FR720/FX720
The FX720 and FR720 are 17-inch members of MSI’s F Series of stylish notebooks, with strong mainstream performance and 16:9 wide screen display for multimedia enjoyment. Both come with a 720P HD Webcam.

Additional FR720 specs include:

  • Processing horsepower from the Intel HRV Core i3-2310M (MSRP $709.99) or Intel HRV Core i7-2630QM (MSRP $899.99)
  • Intel HD 3000 Graphics

Additional FX720 specs include:

  • Intel Core i5-2410M (MSRP $849.99)
  • Nvidia GeForce GT520M discrete graphic
Source: MSI

ASUS K53E, dual core SandyBridge mobility

Subject: Mobile | April 5, 2011 - 01:12 PM |
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With a 2.1GHz dual core Core i3-2310M processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a 15.6" TFT with 1366x768 and a price tag under $650 the slightly bulky but also powerful ASUS K53E is an interesting notebook.  The Tech Report started the review hoping that the dual core processor would translate into longer battery life but instead ASUS opted for a less powerful battery, which does help the price.  Still, six hours of web browsing and 4.5 hours of perfect HD video playback is nothing to sneer at.  Check out the full review to see how well it handled other tasks.

"We've already put a quad-core Sandy Bridge notebook through the paces, but how does a system with a dual-core CPU based on the same architecture perform? Does it give previous-gen Core 2010 chips a run for their money, and perhaps more importantly, does it offer better battery life?"

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Looking to grab an new mobile PC before summer?

Subject: Mobile | March 30, 2011 - 01:40 PM |
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TechSpot have put in a lot of effort to their recent guide to mobile systems new for this first half of 2011.  They've broken the models down into six different areas, covering Ultraportables, Business, Desktop Replacements, Gaming, Value and lastly Netbooks.  Each of these areas represents a different segment of the market, now that consumers have a choice in size and performance, the needs of various users can be met specifically by the model they choose.  Head on over for an overview of the current market.

 

"The year kicked off to a good start in the laptop sector with AMD finally delivering its promised Fusion chips -- five years in the making -- and Intel launching its Huron River platform powered by Sandy Bridge processors. Fusion is doing well at the entry level market with limited competition from the Atom, but things haven't been going so smoothly for Intel. The company discovered a design flaw in its 6 Series chipset, which resulted in product launch delays across the board for new Sandy Bridge-based notebooks."

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Enter Sandy Bridge

In desktops, concerns such as power efficiency are important, but usually aren’t potential deal-breakers. In laptops, the processor has a significant impact on the design of the laptop. There is a broad spectrum of performance, power efficiency and thermal efficiency, and these variables make the difference between a 1” thick ultraportable and a bulky 1.5” thick desktop replacement.

Desktop processors tend to catch the majority of the glory when new processor architectures debut. AMD’s recent decision to release Bobcat as its first APU was quite unusual; in most cases, laptops have to wait for new processor technology to filter down.  As a result, the performance story of laptop parts is often second-fiddle to that of its desktop cousins.

That’s a shame, really, because laptop processors are in many ways more interesting to examine. The variety of product on the laptop market is staggering. The performance gap between an Intel Atom and an Intel Core i7-QM quad-core is staggering – it’s hard to believe that they’re both the same type of product and are capable of running the same basic programs. 

The laptop space is also more rigorous than that of desktops. In desktops, concerns such as power efficiency are important, but usually aren’t potential deal-breakers. In laptops, the processor has a significant impact on the design of the laptop. There is a broad spectrum of performance, power efficiency and thermal efficiency, and these variables make the difference between a 1” thick ultraportable and a bulky 1.5” thick desktop replacement.

We already know from the desktop parts that Sandy Bridge is kind of a big deal. The new Intel processors absolutely destroyed their former cohorts and all competition from AMD in our earlier Sandy Bridge review.

ASUS Introduces the Eee Pad Transformer

Subject: Mobile | March 25, 2011 - 11:12 AM |
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Fremont, CA (March 25, 2011) - ASUS is excited to announce the launch of the Eee Pad Transformer, the best tablet choice for users looking for media consumption and mobile productivity in an elegant yet versatile design. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer features the powerful and responsive Android 3.0 operating system, an optional expandable keyboard docking station, and ASUS’ intuitive Waveshare user interface that results in an exciting portable tablet for content creation, social communication, high-definition media playback and smooth realistic game play.

Exciting mini-cinema entertainment on-the-go
Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the Transformer browses the web at blazing speeds, providing snappier response times and excellent multi-tasking performance. An IPS (in-plane switching) Panel made from durable and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass is viewable at angles up to 178°, perfect for sharing your favorite photos, web pages, work documents and more with co-workers, friends or family next you or across the room. The 10.1” IPS panel features LED backlighting that provides brilliant and vivid colors at a 1280x800 resolution, perfect for viewing high-definition movies and other media content.

Built-in SRS Sound technology provides a dynamic 3D stereo audio experience, with maximum bass response and a wide sound field from the discrete speakers housed in a thin 0.51” thick chassis that only weighs 1.49lbs. A 1.2MP front-facing camera is perfect for video conferencing while the rear-facing 5MP camera can shoot and record HD video, which can be played back on HDTVs via the mini HDMI output port, making the Eee Pad Transformer a true mobile entertainment device.

Transform from pad to notebook mode with optional keyboard docking station
The Transformer sets itself apart from other tablets on the market by featuring an optional docking station. This unique docking station provides access to a full QWERTY keyboard along with unique Android Function keys, instantly turning the Transformer into a mobile content creation device.

A touchpad, 3.5mm audio jack, two USB ports as well as a built-in SD Card reader for easy file sharing and storage expandability makes the Transformer a versatile media hub. The docking station also extends the Transformer’s 9.5 hours of battery life up to 16 hours, so users can use it all day for work or play. In addition, the ultra-convenient ASUS WebStorage with one year of unlimited storage space provides worry-free cloud computing.

Android 3.0 OS melds with ASUS’ Waveshare UI for a unique user experience
Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a revolutionary operating system specially designed and optimized for tablets, which enables users a rich web experience for on-the-go web browsing, social media activities, video playback and casual gaming. Supporting Adobe Flash 10.2 and the ever growing Android Market, media entertainment is just a finger swipe away. The convenient ASUS Launcher also allows users to easily launch software, manage content and access online services and connect devices with a few simple taps, while ASUS’ Waveshare Interface hosts a variety of unique applications such as MyNet, MyLibrary, MyCloud and more.

MyNet easily streams digital media wirelessly within home network devices so HD videos or music can be played on devices such as an HDTV or desktop PCs for an even better experience from the Transformer. MyLibrary consolidates downloaded books, magazines and newspapers in to one easy to browse profile while MyCloud is a total cloud solution, providing access to digital content such as music, videos and files from the cloud anywhere, anytime. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control any PC or Mac system and access applications or files to extend the versatility of the Eee Pad Transformer experience.

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Playing with RIM's Book

Subject: Mobile | March 24, 2011 - 02:33 PM |
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The Inquirer had a chance to check out the new RIM Blackberry Playbook and a customized version of Need for Speed that can use the tablet as controller and display.  A 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based processor resides in the 7" tablet and there are dual cameras, a 3MP front facing and 5MP back facing which can be handy in numerous situations ... as is support for Flash.  We still don't have an exact availability date though.

****Update***

Not long after this post appeared RIM announced the availability of the Playbook in both the US and Canada on April 19th.

"THE PLAYBOOK TABLET from Research in Motion (RIM) is a neat and stylish bit of kit and its entertainment potential delighted us.

Though we don't know yet when the Playbook will be available, The INQUIRER was impressed with its first proper go with the device. The tablet is still in development and was running an older version of the Blackberry tablet operating system than will be preloaded at launch."

 

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A cloud with Chrome lining; the Google Cr-48 Notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 22, 2011 - 12:34 PM |
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Google's Cr-48 Chrome notebook does not come with crapware preinstalled, technically it has hardly anything installed as it is a cloud based laptop.  In this particular case this means it has an App store with a variety of 'programs' ranging from what are in truth simply bookmarks to actual extensions similar to those found on the browser.  Physically it is powered by an Atom 455 @ 1.66GHz, 2GB of DDR3-1333, a 1280x800 LCD powered by Intel's GMA 315a and a 16GB Integrated SSD for local storage. 

See it at Benchmark Reviews.

"Cloud computing has been the big word for the last two years, and has quickly become a part of everyone's daily lives. Photos going up on the web to be edited, music and video being streamed, and documents stored online are becoming the norm. Google's CR-48 Chrome Notebook running the Chrome OS is a culmination of all of these. It provides no local services and allows users to only use internet accessible services. Benchmark Reviews will investigate to see if the CR-48 is really the future of computing or if it just is an interesting idea that will fade away like many other products that have been touted as "the future of computing."

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Slim Core i7 Gigabyte Laptop, with a subwoofer too

Subject: Mobile | March 17, 2011 - 06:40 PM |
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Tweaktown has a look at a Core i7 powered GIGABYTE P2532, a 15.6" laptop with a 1920×1080 backlight screen, a 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 4GB of RAM and NVIDIA's GeForce GT550M with Optimus technology if for some reason you wanted to pretend this beast could enter a 'power saving mode'.  Also included is a DVD burner, two USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI but the real kicker is the 4.1 sound system; yes there is a subwoofer inside. 

"With all the notebooks flooding the market it's nice to find one with a grand claim to fame. "The thinnest 2nd Generation Core i7 Notebook", as with all tech titles like that are fleeting, but they are good while they last. The GIGABYTE P2532 multimedia laptop offers a stylish design with a powerful quad-core 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processor.

In its 15.6" chassis it sports a full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution and a LED backlight screen. Under the hood we've got a 500GB 7200rpm HDD, 4GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT550M/ 2GB VRAM with Optimus technology. Taking a look around the unit, you'll find a DVD burner, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and THX Tru Studio Pro technology in its 4 speakers and 1 subwoofer."

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Source: TweakTown