Notebooks, Tablets, Smartphones, Wearables And Gadgets

In-depth product reviews and news of notebooks, tablets, smartphones, wearable technologies and gadgets. We're now living in a contextually-aware computing world and mobile devices can not only help us enjoy the ride but create and capture new experiences as well.

ATI has been on tear the past few months, releasing a number of new and interesting products. Since late September / early October of this year, we've been presented with Radeon X850 CrossFire and requisite CrossFire capable dual-PEG slot motherboards to go along with it, a whole series of products based on the new X1K family of GPUs, and most recently the All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL. Not to mention a handful of other products we can't tell you about just yet. It seems the company is doing all it can to keep the folks talking about ATI as we head into the holiday buying season. Today the company is introducing yet another new product, the Mobility Radeon X1600. As its name implies, the Mobility... Read more...
Unlike a traditional desktop, a notebook is a very specialized system which typically excels in one particular area. However, there are usually design constraints that impede the system's performance in other areas. For example, at one extreme we have the ultraportable notebooks that are extremely light and easy to handle. In exchange for its convenience, these smaller notebooks generally lack the brute horsepower of a large desktop replacement notebook. With no additional space for intricate cooling solutions necessary to manage the latest and greatest GPU's and CPU's, these notebooks are heavily constrained with no apparent solution in sight. Those craving serious horsepower for gaming or taxing... Read more...
Asus made an interesting statement earlier in the year with their S5N notebook. Its flair wasn't necessarily original, but it was, and still remains, one of the smaller ultra-portable designs available. And it's for this reason, that the S5N remains one of the ultra-portable notebooks in our own personal notebook arsenal. So, needless to say, after catching a glimpse of the new Asus W5A ultra-portable, we were immediately intrigued.  If you haven't already seen it, the Asus W5A is a bit of a departure from other "traditional" ultra-portable designs. With that in mind, let's see what Asus' is using to entice highly mobile computer users... Asus W5A The Specifications Processor •_Designed... Read more...
Lightweight notebooks have always been the weapon of choice for the professional with a need for speed and an eye for style. As new entries are brought into the market during the spring refresh, numerous companies have been scrambling to bring something that fuses aesthetics and power together in a conveniently portable package. Asus's track record has been pretty solid thus far. The motherboard maker turned notebook manufacturer has steadily brought quality new machines along. Recently, Asus began to push forward with innovations based around the simple concepts of style and mobility by announcing their W5 and V6 lines. Both sport a high standard of elegance along with wide array of features... Read more...
Centrino based notebooks are the mobile computing industry's current bread and butter. There is really no denying the huge market share that Intel has claimed in the notebook arena. Centrino is synonymous with mobility and power efficiency, and it is generally regarded as the present gold standard when it comes to mainstream mobile computing. So where does this leave AMD? While both companies hold their own in the desktop market, the North American notebook market is dominated by Intel. Until the Turion 64 is widely available, there just aren't any strong AMD products that compete directly against Intel's low power Centrino platform. Of course, there are still a few DTRs (Desktop Replacement... Read more...
Mobile Graphics technology is advancing at a fevered pace. In a little over a year, the once dominant Mobility Radeon 9600 was eclipsed by the Mobility Radeon 9700. Then, the MR 9700 was surpassed by the Mobility Radeon 9800, which itself was recently eclipsed by the Mobility Radeon X800.  ATI's mobile GPUs went from 4, to 8, to 12 pixel pipelines, they now have essentially the same feature sets as their desktop equivalents, and they have frame buffers as large as 256MB. And these are only the high-end mobile products to come from ATI. They also released a few mid-ranges mobile GPUs, namely the Mobility Radeon X600 and X300.  In addition, NVIDIA also released their own group of mobile... Read more...
In May of this year, we had the chance to evaluate ATi's Mobility Radeon 9700. When our evaluation was complete, we came away impressed. And we weren't alone. The ATi Mobility Radeon 9700 has been almost universally praised by the press, and declared the fastest mobile 3D gaming GPU of its generation. Then, only a few short months later, ATi announced that they'd be upping the ante yet again. On July 27, 2004 ATi released information regarding their next-gen Mobility Radeon 9800.  The Mobility Radeon 9800 would be an 8-pixel pipeline DX9 mobile GPU, that had the essentially the same feature-set as ATi's flagship desktop GPU, the X800. With double the number of pixel pipelines of the Mobility... Read more...
The battle between NVIDIA and ATi for dominance in the desktop 3D gaming video card market has been on-going for many years.  With each new product they release, both companies attempt to leap-frog the other by introducing new features and increasing performance over their previous generation.  The competition has gotten so fierce, that every 6 months or so a new product hits the scene that turns last season's flagship video cards into a mid-range parts, that will soon be sold at bargain basement prices. Both NVIDIA and ATi have done very well with their desktop GPUs, but a new market recently emerged that demanded their attention.  "Desknote" or Desktop Replacement Notebooks,... Read more...
  The PC has undergone quite a metamorphosis recently.  Over the past few years, we've seen the boring beige boxes of yesterday, transform into the multi-colored, windowed and lighted works of art of today.  We've also seen (or should we say heard?) the community move away from multi-fan, super-loud cooling techniques, to more intelligently designed and near silent methods that are much easier on the ears.  And now, more and more users are even trading in their monstrous full-towers in favor of the much smaller and more provocative SFF systems available from companies like Shuttle, Biostar and Iwill.  With so many PC users making the move to distinctive, silent, and small... Read more...
  ATI 'M10' Mobile Graphics Preview Mobile Gaming Diversifies By, Chris Angelini March 13th, 2003 The computer industry has been in the doldrums as of late.  And as much as we want to deny it, business isn't picking up as quickly as the analysts forecasted.  It isn't voodoo, though.  There is no witchcraft involved in judging the future of the fair industry in which we work.  Look at the roadmaps - processors continue getting faster, core logic adapts in time, and we are continually treated to more I/O bandwidth.  But that's to be expected.  That is what we call evolution.  What the industry needs is something to reignite the excitement that was felt when... Read more...
  ATI?s MOBILITY? RADEON? 9000 family Now shipping in over 20 powerful new portable PCs World?s most powerful mobile visual processors gain widespread market acceptance and numerous editorial awards in record time MARKHAM, ON ? Just weeks following their launch, ATI?s (TSE:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) MOBILITY RADEON 9000 and MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 mobile visual processors, the world?s first family of mobile visual processors with hardware support for version 1.4 pixel and vertex shaders, are now available in over twenty powerful new mobile designs. These include flagship models from global brands such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, as well as high-end desktop replacement and desknote computers... Read more...
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