PCPer PSA: Protect yourself and your laptop this season

Subject: Mobile | December 7, 2009 - 02:30 PM |
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Not exactly your typical tech news, but one that's important to highlight. On December 4th, a man in Manchester was shot and killed for his laptop and cash.
This story is tragic and could happen to anyone given the current economic climate and the holiday season - you can bet crooks will be out looking for an easy mark.

Ready for 16TB SDXC cards? Intel has you covered, even if you're not!

Subject: Mobile | December 4, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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With mobile devices gaining downloadable content, full-HD video recording, and digital cameras crossing the 20 MP mark, it's no wonder that once massive 16GB SDHC card suddenly feels inadequate. Thankfully Intel has you covered in the upcoming Arrandale mobile chipset which will support the new SDXC standard. SDXC has a whopping 16TB capacity (on paper), but at 300 MB/s you will be waiting a long time to transfer a high capacity card. I suspect we'll see a new standard before this maximum is reached.

Source: Daily Tech

Coming soon to a lap near you; in life like 3D!

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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The lyrically named Acer Aspire 5738DG-6165
sports an interesting feature you might not twig on to from the name, 3D vision.  Not the active kind that involves funky active shutter glasses, but the laid back passive 3D night at the movies type glasses.  You don't need anything special apart from the glasses either, Acer purports that this will turn any DVD into a 3D version of its self.  Drop by I4U to see the rest of its specs.

Source: I4U News

Travelling out of the Yukon and into the Congo

Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2009 - 02:10 PM |
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The new ultramobile CPU from AMD, codenamed Congo, has appeared in a new MSI Wind.  A 1.6GHz Athlon Neo X2 L335
processor along with the new 780M + SB710
chipset and a DX10 compatible ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
power the 12.1" MSI Wind 12 U230.  HEXUS snagged this laptop just a hair over a month in advance of its release, to see if the lowered battery life is worth the performance increase from the dual core Athlon.

Source: Hexus

Atom plus ION in this HP netbook

Subject: Mobile | November 24, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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The HP Mini 311
is an 11.6" Atom powered netbook an Integrated NVIDIA ION LE
chipset, aka a GeForce 9400M without DX10.  Along with the usual input and output ports there is also an HDMI port and HP offers an external USB Blu-ray/DVDR combo drive for only an extra $130 to take advantage of the video capabilities of the ION LE chipset.  If you pick up the new Flash 10.1.51.45, HD flash video plays without dropping frames.  Drop by AnandTech to see if this netbook measures up to the competition,

Source: AnandTech

Eee Box 1501 nettop brings ION to just about anywhere

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 05:00 PM |
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The Eee Box line has become quite popular as the low-cost desktop versions of ASUS' popular line of netbook computers.  As the name kind of implies, the Eee Box machines aren't laptops but instead are small form factor computers that can be attached to a TV as a basic HTPC or even to a standard keyboard/monitor setup if this is all the power you need.

Shame about the early death rate, though

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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All-In-One PCs like the HP TouchSmart 600
fall in between mobile and stationary systems, just like netbooks straddle the line between ultraportable PC and glorified calculators.  Powered by a C2Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz with 4GB of DDR3, an NVIDIA GeForce 9300 mGPU and even a 1TB HDD, the TouchSmart is fairly powerful but its all-in-one build keeps it fairly portable.  A TV in as well as audio are wonderful but with its built in Blu-ray drive and an HDMI port you can also stream content from the TouchSmart. 

ASUS EeePC 1201N Seashell Netbook sports NVIDIA ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 08:00 PM |
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ASUS couldn't have picked a better time to release a netbook based on the NVIDIA ION chipset.  With the release of the first public beta of Flash 10.1, which supports GPU accelerated Flash for the first time, the usage models for a netbook or nettop computer have shifted pretty dramatically.  Prior to this release, the benefits of the ION chipset were somewhat muted - better gaming support (but who gamed on a 10" netbook anyway?), support for H.264 video file decode acceleration (cool but no Blu-ray drives on netbooks) and support for GPU-accelerated applications like Badaboom and vR

ASUS and NVIDIA showcase new notebook with 3D Vision integration

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 03:36 PM |
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Yesterday I got to spend some time with an interesting new notebook from ASUS - the G51J 3D.  As the name implies, there is something special about the gaming notebook in that it supports NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.  If 3D Vision is a new term for you, you should definitely check out my reviews of other 3D Vision offerings in the desktop world to get some background.  The basic premise is that a user wears NVIDIA-built active shutter glasses in conjunction with a true 120 Hz LCD panel to produce real-time 3D effects that are in

Acer's man in the middle

Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2009 - 05:39 PM |
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Acer's new Timeline 4810T notebook tries to bridge the gap between a low powered netbook and a full laptop.  It has a 14" screen with 1366x768 resolution a Core 2 Solo SU3500 @ 1.4GHz and 4GB of DDR3, giving it at least some power.  Many will be disappointed to hear the graphics are controlled by an integrated Intel 4500MHD
onboard graphics controller but it still manages HDMI out.  Drop by Tech Spot for a closer look at Acer's new Timeline.

Source: Tech Spot