CES 2011: Toshiba NB550D netbook to use AMD Brazos Fusion platform

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2010 - 12:02 AM |

According to information found over at engadget, Toshiba is another vendor to decide on adopting the AMD Brazos Fusion platform complete with a C-50 1.0 GHz Ontario APU (accelerated processing unit).  

Source: engadget

Alienware's new $1300 M11x

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2010 - 02:25 PM |

The base model of the Alienware M11x is $799, but if you are going to go with an Alienware laptop you can't just buy the base model.  That is why Matt had to add $500 worth of options to the 11.6" review model he received.  It is really the size that is interesting about this notebook, as it offers a balance of playability and portability without sacrificing too much of one for the other.

The general purpose B&N Nook Color

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2010 - 01:42 PM |

The Nook Color has been rooted to limited fanfare, perhaps less that it deserves considering what it can do.  For instance, it is capable of playing Angry Birds “as smoothly as on the Galaxy Tab,” and with an 800MHz Cortex processor should handle productivity tasks.  The rooting process is still being smoothed out and you can see how to do it yourself thanks to Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Netbook race, which is faster - Windows or Ubuntu

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2010 - 02:40 PM |

Netbooks being trimmed down laptops, it seems logical that a trimmed down OS will help the little PCs run a bit faster when it comes to booting, loading programs and resuming from sleep.  Slashdot found someone who didn't want to make that assumption and took an Asus Eee PC 1008HA
and loaded it with WinXP, Win7 and Ubuntu to see just how the netbook performed doing a variety of common tasks.  Follow the link to see how these OSes fared.

Source: Slashdot

Apple's fancy SSD in RAM form will soon be available for everyone

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2010 - 02:54 PM |

It is news that will bring joy to the heart of any mobile user wanting a big performance gain and a power use drop, the tiny, DIMM shaped MacBook Air SSDs upgrades we saw hint of last are not a proprietary Apple design.  Toshiba is already releasing 3 models, 64Gb, 128GB, and 256GB
which can be used in any laptops, as it turns out this is a rather simple aesthetic change and not a complete change in design.  Photofast is already working on a model that wi

Source: 3DCenter

10 gaming class notebooks vying for your dollars

Subject: Mobile | November 8, 2010 - 02:32 PM |

InsideHW assembled a team of 10 notebooks, from a variety of manufacturers that covers a large gamut of price and performance.  All the notebooks tested are at least theoretically gaming class notebooks, though some are more powerful than others.  See which models offer the best value as well as raw power and extra peripherals right here.

Source: InsideHW

nVIDIA's totally redesigned ION2 platform

Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2010 - 12:05 PM |

With the total redesign of Intel's Atom processor, similar to what they did with Clarkdale, the old ION platform will not work with the new Atoms from Intel.  Undaunted, nVIDIA redesigned the ION 2 to work with CPUs that have parts of the North Bridge onboard and updated the IGP with a part that is roughly similar in performance to an nVIDIA GeForce 210 (ie. GT219). Drop by X-bit Labs to see how much better this platform performs compared to Intel's Pine Trail.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell tries for a notebook in netbooks clothing

Subject: Mobile | October 28, 2010 - 12:56 PM |

Matt had a chance to play with the Dell Inspiron M101z, a netbook which you may have read about before.  At 11.6" it is rather tiny but hides an Athlon Neo processor as well as a Radeon HD4225 and DDR3 inside.  See what he thought of this mobile PC that tries to bridge the gap between netbooks and notebooks while staying at or under the $500 mark.

Atom and Ion together in the Eee PC 1015PN

Subject: Mobile | October 25, 2010 - 01:18 PM |

The new 10.1" netbook from ASUS has a lot of power, but unfortunately a problem for users as well.  It runs Windows 7 Starter Edition which is a very poor choice for a notebook that sports bot nVIDIA's Ion and Intel's GMA 3150
as the Starter Edition does not support Optimus.  That means that you cannot switch IGPs on the fly, in order to switch between the energy saving GMA 3150 and the powerful ION IGP means that you need to reboot the machine.  The Tech Report did find quite a few things to like about the netbook, after all it is the most powerful of it's size, but with the

Toshiba's new laptop, powered by AMD's Nile

Subject: Mobile | October 19, 2010 - 01:31 PM |

We have heard of the coup that AMD managed with many major notebook makers that found their new mobile Nile processor powering their new line up of mobile platforms but we haven't seen many available for purchase.  One of the first is the Toshiba T235 which is the subject of Matt's newest review.  Powered by a dual core K625, mobility HD4225 graphics and sporting 4GB of DDR3 in a 13.3" form factor, there is a fair amount of power in an easily portable form.  Check out just how powerful it is here.

Details on the new Win7 phones arrive

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2010 - 04:00 PM |

Ars Technica was on hand when the new Win7 phones were launched world wide and collected them all into one article.  The details are light but the model list is long as there are quite a few phone companies involved in the launch.  Even Dell is getting in on the act.  As this was a world wide launch event, they even have coverage f

Source: Ars Technica

Free weights you can do some serious gaming on; AVADirect's new gaming laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 7, 2010 - 02:27 PM |

AVADirect created the Clevo X7200 for a different time, when humans were capable of carrying more than 10lbs without suffering a hernia or some newly invented syndrome with 18 syllables.  It weighs about 13lbs and if you are still capable of walking under that heavy strain you will be porting around some serious power.  A Core i7-980X, a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M with 2GB of GDDR, 9 GB of DDR3-1333 from Crucial power the 17.3" 1080p CCFL screen.  Storage consists of a pair of 256GB Crucial Real SSDs in RAID 0 and a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT along with a Blu-Ray drive.&nbs

Source: AnandTech

A 14" notebook with discrete nVIDIA graphics that you can buy!

Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

There have been more than a few reviews featuring a laptop that sports a current generation mobile nVIDIA GPU but not all of them have made it to market as they were reviewed, something that The Tech Report points out at the beginning of their new review.   Now they have their hands on the Asus N82Jv
and with the extra features that this notebook offers, the wait might just have been worth it.  With an Intel Core i5-450M, 4GB DDR3-1066 and sporting Optimus which allows you to switch between the GPU offered by

Panasonic Solutions Company Introduces Toughbook U1 Ultra

Subject: Mobile | September 23, 2010 - 01:10 PM |

Secaucus, NJ, September 23, 2010 – Panasonic Solutions Company,
provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support
solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today announced
the newest member of its Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC product family,
the Toughbook U1 Ultra. All Toughbook U1 products combine the
portability of a handheld computer, the benefits of a full Windows OS,
the durability needed for enterprise applications and a suite of
available integrated features.

Source: Panasonic

ASUS has a swanky new notebook, the N73JN

Subject: Mobile | September 22, 2010 - 04:25 PM |

The stats on the new ASUS N73JN are rather nice, an Intel Core i5-520M @ 2.4GHz with 4GB of memory, a pair of 320GB HDD and a Blu-Ray combo drive.  The 17.3" 1600x900 LCD is powered by the nVIDIA GT325M GPU with 1GB of RAM so playing HD Blu-Ray movies is incredibly easy.  The Inquirer even played Crysis:Warhead at 1280x1024 on medium graphics settings
successfully.  This notebook is worth a look.

Source: The Inquirer

Dell chooses AMD for their new ultra mobile

Subject: Mobile | September 15, 2010 - 02:22 PM |

The new Inspiron from Dell is called the M101z and it is an AMD powered 11.6" netbook.  Powered by the Athlon 2 Neo K325 @ 1.3GHz a pair of 2GB DDR3-1333 DIMMs from Samsung that actually run at 800MHz and the graphics are provided by the 785GX chipset, so a Radeon 4200 Series.  Hardware Heaven was impressed with the internals but what really got them excited was the style apparent in the casing of this netbook.

Competition to the iPad grows

Subject: Mobile | September 8, 2010 - 05:15 PM |

The IFA electronics show in Berlin is the hotspot to get wind of the newest gadgets soon to be released upon the world and one of the more popular pieces of tech to be promoting are tablets.  Samsung announced the 7" Galaxy Tab, Toshiba the Folio 100 and Archos unveiled three small Android based multimedia players and two tablets.  The releases offer a mixed bag of sizes and as Digital Trends is quick to point out they face an uphill battle trying to take market sh

nVIDIA to bring 120Hz LCDs and 3DVision to the mobile platform

Subject: Mobile | September 3, 2010 - 02:02 PM |

The ageing 300M series of embedded mobile GPUs is being updated with the predictably named 400M series.  That family will consist of the GeForce GTX 470M, GTX 460M, GT 445M, GT 435M, GT425M, GT420M, and GT415M all of which will bring more than just improved performance.  They will all support Optimus technology and will support 3DVision when paired with a 120Hz screen.  Walking around with nVIDIA's stereoscopic glasses make seem a bit odd but this might help nVIDIA come to the forefront of providing 3D display technologies.  Drop by The Tech Report for the detailed specs.

"At long last, Nvidia has a top-to-bottom lineup of DirectX 11 mobile graphics processors. The company has introduced seven new GeForce 400M-series graphics processors, which will complement the company's existing, GF100- based GeForce GTX 480M."

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ION2 brings Optimus to the netbook

Subject: Mobile | September 1, 2010 - 05:40 PM |

The ASUS 1215N is a 12.1" netbook with an unexpected secret, within the casing are two GPUs.  For casual usage the power saving Intel GMA 3150 and when extra graphical power is needed to make the 1366x768 LCD really work then nVIDIA's ION2 is there to take over, just as you would see in an Optimus based system.  InsideHW managed to get quick peek at a display model and you can read about their impressions over here.

Source: InsideHW

An ultrathin 13" notebook from Toshiba powered by AMD's Nile

Subject: Mobile | August 27, 2010 - 02:23 PM |

The Toshiba T235D sports some nice features behind its 13.3" 1366x768 LCD, a dual core Neo K625 @ 1.5GHz, 2x2GB DDR3-800 and it is a Radeon HD 4225
that provides the graphical power.  It weighs under 4lbs with a 6 cell battery installed and is between 0.7" to 1.03" thick.  The gaming performance is nothing to brag about but general performance shows improvement over the previous generation of mobile AMD solutions.  If you are look

Source: AnandTech