Items tagged with Netbook

Is the netbook poised to make a return at CES? Hard to say at this point, but Lenovo's evidently planning to keep their lively IdeaPad range buzzing with an S110 model. The company has just released a teaser video of the IdeaPad S110, which promises to ship in four colors, include Wi-Fi / 3G buil-in, and include one of those zippy new Atom processors that Intel just unveiled earlier in the week. It's being called a "mini notebook," boasting a 10.1" display, 2MP webcam, 1080p support, USB 3.0 and a 98% full-size keyboard. Odd; a year ago, a 10.1" panel would've been a netbook. Perhaps Lenovo's trying... Read more...
What's this? A new netbook? In a world where netbooks are all but forgotten? That's right -- Asus, the company largely responsible for launching this sector into the mainstream, is hitting back with a new one. It's the Eee PC 1225B, which ships with Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD's Brazor platform and an ATI Radeon HD 6320 / 6290 integrated graphics chip. The HDMI port enables 1080p output, and there's even DirectX 11 support, which isn't exactly easy to find on a netbook. Other specifications include up to seven hours of battery life, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, DLNA support (for wireless media... Read more...
Netbook sales aren't what they used to be. A combination of factors ended the netbook craze that existed not all that long ago, including the rising popularity of tablet PCs, lower cost notebooks, and the recent introduction of highly portable Ultrabooks. Underscoring this point is the fact that Intel's Atom processor and chipset revenue fell by nearly a third (32 percent) in the Q3 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to IHS iSuppli. So what does the future hold for Atom? Looking ahead, Intel is shifting its Atom strategy towards network-attached storage (NAS) devices, entry-level... Read more...
Dell was hoping to slip quietly out the door of the netbook business, much the way former Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein tried to duck out of Fenway Park in 2005 donning a gorilla suit. Epstein would stick around six more years and provide Red Sox Nation with another World Series. Dell, on the other hand, appears genuinely finished with netbooks. If you head over to Dell's Mini 10 Netbook product page, you'll see a big yellow exclamation point alerting you "this product is unavailable." That prompted whispers that Dell was done with netbooks, and when those whispers turned into a loud... Read more...
Intel's overall revenues continue to be excellent, but the company's report was marred by the continuing slump of Atom sales. Intel's Atom business slumped 32 percent year on year, total revenue in that segment was just $269 million in the third quarter. Sales have reportedly taken a hit from the increasing popularity of tablets and by manufacturers turning to AMD. Digitimes reports that vendors have looked to Sunnyvale to boost sales as the company's APUs are cheaper and offer better performance. Other companies are bumping up netbook features and moving to 12" screens while keeping a $399 price... Read more...
Remember the Lapdock for the Atrix? It's back! In a slightly overhauled way, and with more compatibility than ever. The new Lapdock 100 will soon be arriving on Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T, boasting a 10.1" screen, built-in speakers, an ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone's data plan. The device upports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android apps available,... Read more...
It's that time again. The time of year where students and parents frantically hit e-tailers with overnight shipping deals in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card... HotHardware's 2011 Back To School Shopping Guide... Read more...
It's that time again. The time of year where students and parents frantically hit e-tailers with overnight shipping deals in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Whether you're about to begin the Fall semester of college or your senior... Read more...
In the wake of HP's announcement that it intends to investigate a PC spin off, the company has discovered one of the downsides to being the market leader:  It's hard to find a buyer. Samsung has recently announced it has no interest in acquiring HP's PSG (Personal Systems Group).  While Samsung's own PC business is quite healthy, with ten million units shipped last year, it's dwarfed by HP's estimated 64 million unit shipments over the same period. Samsung's CEO told Wired: "Based on the significant disparity in scale with Samsung’s own PC business and the complete lack of synergies,... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W. OEM reactions to the CPU giant's attempt to reinvent the personal computer have been mixed. For all the platform's theoretical advantages, price has been a major concern; the Macbook Air's $999 base price is nearly double the average selling price of a PC laptop. Historically, PC buyers have balked at the high price tags attached to then-current thin-and-light notebooks--such products may have niche value, but the... Read more...
Conventional wisdom dictates that you don't go around trying to reinvent the wheel. It's already perfectly shaped for transportation, and while Ned the know-it-all thinks he might have a better solution, his hybrid square/triangle thingamawhatever is doomed to fail. With that in mind, is Asus off its rocker in trying something new in the netbook category? We don't think so. The market for netbooks has cooled off considerably compared to what it once was, and everybody seems enamored with tablets these days. That might explain the fresh take Asus is taking with its Eee PC X101 netbook, a $200 machine... Read more...
Verizon Wireless will offer its first netbook with LTE connectivity on August 4. The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr runs on Windows 7 Home Starter and features a 10.1-inch WSVGA anti-glare display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom Processor, 250GB hard drive, and 1GB DDR3 RAM. The netbook also has a VGA webcam and a media card reader. The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr is expected to cost $499.99. Various mobile broadband plans are available for the netbook. VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES FIRST NETBOOK TO USE VERIZON’S 4G LTE NETWORK BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced the Compaq™ Mini CQ10-688nr... Read more...
Without protection, your little 'oopsy' can turn into a costly mistake, that is unless you can take a mulligan. Settle down happy parents, we're not talking about accidental procreation, but precious electronics gear. Bad things happen to good electronics, and rather than be bilked by Best Buy or some other retailer offering a pricey warranty extension, Sprint hopes you'll opt for the wireless carrier's new custom protection plan. Sprint's Assurant Advanced Protection pack runs $13/month and provides a safety net of sorts should your netbook, notebook, or tablet suffer a mechanical or electrical... Read more...
Intel's results for the second quarter of 2011 are a model of strong execution, high performance, and continued market dominance. So much so, in fact, that writing these reports has actually become a teensy bit boring. (Note to Intel: We expect precious little sympathy.) The nature of some of the records has changed, and a few key figures have fluctuated, but if you don't care about the details you can stop reading now, secure in the knowledge that Intel spent Q2 earning revenue hand over fist.  Intel reported $13 billion in revenue this past quarter, up $2.3 billion and 21 percent from Q2... Read more...
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