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Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 01:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 08:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2009 - 10:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2009 - 07:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo laptops are ubiquitous in the workplace, many companies having opted for a contract with them to supply their mobile PC needs. These notebooks tend to the larger size with a matte black finish as opposed to the shiny and tiny look to most other laptops. Their new IdeaCentre Q100 breaks that mold, being the size of an external HDD (6.0" x 6.8" x 0.8") and having no fan to create noise. The drawback is the power, with a single core Atom and Intel 945GSE
providing only basic computing ability. At $
Subject: Mobile | October 27, 2009 - 07:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At only 3.8lbs the Averatec N3400 13.3" ultraportable sits at the heavy end of the netbook spectrum but it also houses a dual core Intel T3400, which will give you noticeably more power than an Atom. Intel's GMA4500 graphics
powers the 1280x800 display so don't expect the power of a gaming notebook but in Tech Spot's testing found it powerful enough to happily run Windows 7. That seems fairly impressive for an $800 dollar ultra portable, especially as there is very little in the
Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2009 - 09:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell has been making laptops for quite a while now, building up a reputation for the choices they offer for configuration. The new x41 is no different, offering choices on everything from the screen resolution to the CPU. At 4.3lbs with a 6 cell battery this is not a huge laptop but with a Core 2 processor inside it is not a netbook. Ars Technica took one of the more powerful versions of the x41 out for a spin, drop by and see how it went.
Subject: Mobile | October 14, 2009 - 08:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech grabbed three of the most powerful laptops on the market, all powered by the new mobile Core i7 Clarksfield processors. Two of the three offer a single GTX 280M
to provide graphical power; one offers you the chance to have an SLI laptop. The benchmarks are impressive and the prices even more so, the only low numbers come from the battery lifespans. If you need mobile gaming power, these are the laptops you should be looking at.
Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pleasanton, CA – October 12, 2009 – NextWindow, the market and technology leader in optical touch screens for desktop PCs, monitors and large-format displays, today announced that a fourth leading PC maker has begun selling a desktop PC using NextWindow touch screens. Sony this week unveiled its new touch-enabled, multi-media machine- the VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV - which includes a 24" wide screen panel.
Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Libertyville, IL - October 12, 2009 - BFG Technologies, manufacturer of the stunning high performance gaming/home theater system - Phobos, is excited to announce the new Deimos X-10 SLI Gaming Notebook. Deimos X-10 delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers the convenient portability of a notebook. Deimos X-10 can be configured with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M 1GB (SLI) graphics cards, which pump out ultra-lifelike graphics on the gorgeous 18.4" full 16:9 HD (1920x1080) LCD screen.
Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have had a slight tip off on this for a while but didn't think the information was strong enough to report on yet, but enough people are verifying the rumors that I thought it was worth a post. My first indication of this news was an insider pointing me to this article on Yahoo! Games website that claims executives were showing off an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Nintendo handheld at Gamescon:
Subject: Mobile | October 6, 2009 - 10:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS G51Vx 15" Gaming Notebook will only set you back $1000, at least with the setup that Techgage used. Sporting a Republic of Gamers logo on the outside, the interior holds a 2GHz C2D P7350, 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800 @ 6-6-6-18 and a GTX 260M 1GB
all work towards giving you serious mobile performance. Battery life tops 2 hours, enough to get some good fragging in even without a plug handy.
Subject: Mobile | October 1, 2009 - 10:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with years of past models to catch up on, ASUS is soldiering along attempting to produce a wider variety of notebooks than motherboards. The latest review of one of the many ASUS mobility products comes from InsideHW, a member of the Versatile Performance series, the F50Sv. It is a 16" model with a 1366x768 LCD, hiding an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 on a SiS 671DX+968
chipset with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 210M
to power the graphics. While that mix of components will not win it any pri
Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2009 - 09:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These laptops embody the opposite side of the mobile scale to netbooks. They are heavy, they are hot and they will eat a battery in under an hour; they are the Core i7 based Clarksfield series. The Core i7 820QM and 720QM
will be showing up in notebooks soon and not just from extreme boutique builders like Falcon Northwest and Alienware, one is even speced at the $1400 mark. Once Arrandale hits we might see them in a more portable form, but until then drop by ExtremeTech for a look at some Cl
Subject: Mobile | September 23, 2009 - 07:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taken straight from the horses mouth, Intel's plans to dominate the mobile computing market have taken a huge step forward at the IDF today. Clarksfield has arrived and the three processors available offer the power of the Core i7 architecture in a mobile form. Legit Reviews were gifted with a Clevo W870CU Whitebook powered by an Intel Core i7-920XM clocked between 2-3.2GHz depending on the current processing load. The heatsinks inside are very impressive, not just to cool the CPU there is also a GeFor
Subject: Mobile | September 23, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept.
Subject: Mobile | September 18, 2009 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you picked up a first generation Android phone and are looking to hack it into something more interesting then check out this article at Maximum PC. Get root access to the Linux OS on the phone and you can do all sorts of new tricks, such as installing applications directly onto your SD card. You will also be able to make your own boot image, grab beta updates or even install a full version of Linux. Check out the walk through to see how.
Subject: Mobile | September 14, 2009 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new mobile platforms target mainstream and ultraportable users but never quite cross the line into netbook territory. The core of these platforms is the 65nm AMD Turion Neo X2 but the real star is the chipset. Netbook users are suffering with Intel's IGP as it struggles with HD video; whereas AMD's new RS780M is based on the DX10 compliant 780G chipset whose performance we are already familiar with. Check out the new face of AMD mobility in Josh's preview.
Subject: Mobile | September 7, 2009 - 08:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR is finding the netbook market a little crowded, but one recent release from ASUS caught their eye; the Eee PC Seashell 1005HA. Boasts of the longest untethered run time raised their eyebrows and suspicions, so off they went to pick one up. The model they tested house an Atom N280 @ 1.66Ghz along with 1GB of DDR2 and the usual GMA 900
IGP. In the end,
Subject: Mobile | September 3, 2009 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Acer Aspire One 751h-1192 model that AnandTech will set you back $399, but there are other models out there on the attractive side of $350. As they reviewed it, an Atom Z520 provides the processing power, the chipset is an Intel US15W + SCH LPC and 1GB of DDR2-667 rounds out this 11.6", 1366x768 netbook.
Subject: Mobile | September 1, 2009 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new PROLiNK netbook has a very happy name, the Glee TA-009. An Atom N270 is paired with the Intel 945GSE
chipset and 1GB of DDR2 in a 10.1" form. When VR-Zone cranked up Battery Eater, the tiny 3-cell LiON battery managed 1hr 41min 37sec
of running time, which is not too bad for the size of the battery. See what you think of it after reading the whole review.