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AT&T is on a serious netbook roll. When it's not bashing Verizon Wireless in some futile attempt to prove that it's US network is superior to VZW's network, it's securing netbook after netbook to sell to those who are willing to bite on a low up-front cost. Of course, we've never been big fans of spending less on a netbook up front only to have to pay a hefty monthly fee for 2 full years in order to keep it connected to AT&T's network, but to each their own. Starting this week, interesting consumers will find another option in AT&T stores (and online) in the HP Mini 110. The newest version of this netbook includes a built-in AT&T WWAN module, Windows 7, a 10.1" LCD screen, 1GB... Read more...
If it's a subsidized netbook you're after, it's Verizon Wireless that you should be looking at. The wireless operator has a whole slew of netbooks on the cheap (provided you sign up for pricey 2-year data plan), and if the current crop isn't good enough for you, two more are hitting today courtesy of HP. But there's something extra with one of these two. The HP Mini 311-1037NR is the first Verizon netbook to support Windows 7 Home Premium, while the HP Mini 110-1046NR sports the tried and true Windows XP Home Edition. Both of 'em come with integrated WWAN modules to get you connected wherever a Verizon tower is near, and if coupled with a Verizon Wireless GlobalAccess service plan, they can surf... Read more...
Now that Windows 7 is officially here, Best Buy wants to help you make the transition to the new operating system. In addition to selling the new platform and many Windows 7-equipped PCs in store, the company's Geek Squad is offering Windows 7 upgrade services for just $39.99, excluding the price of the software. Normally, Geek Squad's operating system install service charge is $129.99. Of course, Best Buy is also selling a variety of PCs that come preloaded with Windows 7. A new exclusive bundle from HP is dubbed “PC Home Makeover.” For $1,199.99, you'll get an HP desktop, monitor, laptop, netbook, wireless router, and Geek Squad setup and networking. This offer will be available until mid-January.... Read more...
Four weeks ago, HP announced a bevy of new products that were arriving for the fall season. It turns out, that announcement was just part one of HP's fall lineup, with part two arriving today. Today, HP is announcing a number of new laptops, docking stations, all-in-one desktop PCs, a few more-traditional form-factor desktop PCs, and a 42-inch touch-screen LCD. An HP spokesperson told us that HP is calling this "the year of the refresh." What make this set of announcements different from the previous one, is that these products include a number of models that carry the Compaq brand name, and more of these products are designed for the SMB (small and medium business) market; HP claims that one-third... Read more...
With HP's dedicated Voodoo PC line pretty much in the tank (or just phased out), it looks like Dr. Dre will be stepping in to fill the superstar void. Both Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have jointly worked with HP in order to issue the HP Beats Limited Edition notebook, which is little more than a highly styled ENVY 15 with a thing for multimedia. The HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition notebook features a sleek, piano black, high-gloss finish and signature Beats design as found in the "Beats by Dr. Dre" line of headphones, and while specifics are scant, we're told that the audio capabilities on this notebook far exceeds those found on rivals. As expected, the machine comes with something a little extra... Read more...
Two days ago, HP let loose with a blitzkrieg of new products, including new laptops, netbooks, and even a new all-in-one desktop PC. The company, however, didn't use up all of its ammunition, as it waited two more days--until today--to launch its final salvo of new product announcements for the fall. And considering that today's product announcement represents a brand-new product category for HP, it makes sense that HP would put a little bit of time between its other announcements and this one, so that this new product wouldn't get lost in the shuffle.Today's product announcement is about the new HP DreamScreen 100 and HP DreamScreen 130 "web-connected screens." If you haven't heard of a web-connected... Read more...
Today HP announced the details about a bevy of new products that are either available starting now or will be very soon. HP's fall product lineup consists of no less than four new laptops, two new netbooks, a new all-in-one desktop, two new business-class desktops, seven new displays, and two new additions to its MediaSmart media server line of NAS devices.   HP ENVY 13A number of these newly-minted products are attention-getters for their looks and specs; but perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch would have to be the new HP ENVY 13 laptop. The ENVY 13 uses an all-metal design, made from aluminum and magnesium. The laptop's design is very stylish and even includes a design pattern laser-etched... Read more...
Don't look now, but it seems as if PC sales are on the up and up. While GPU makers, PC builders and basically every other related company in the industry suffered through the first two quarters as the recession loomed, Dell's latest figures are showing a sign of light in the darkness. Out of nowhere, the Texas-based outfit reported that its profits stooped less than it had expected during the May through July period, and just so we're clear, we did say profit. Any profit is good these days, and the company's shares shot up around 6% following the news. Dell wasn't alone in the party scene, as HP and Intel also suggested via their newest quarterly reports that the sector was ready for a comeback.... Read more...
There's cheerful news from Sunnyvale today; AMD is claiming to now lead the discrete mobile GPU market with a 36.5 percent market share gain and a whopping 87.2 percent more units sold in the first six months of 2009 compared to the first six months of 2008. At this point, AMD claims to hold 53 percent of the discrete mobile market, and credits the jump in sales to the strong positioning of the ATI Mobility HD 4000 series. AMD points to design wins with HP (the dv6T), Acer, Samsung, Asus, and MSI, but the HD 4570 also tips up as the default option on Dell's Studio 15 and on HP's ProBook series. "As consumers’ increasingly demand greater visual computing capabilities in their notebooks, the market... Read more...
In its annual 10-K filing dated July 30, Microsoft noted that its "Client" (OS sales) business segment faces competition from "variants of Unix, [which] are supplied by competitors such as Apple, Canonical, and Red Hat...The Linux operating system...has gained some acceptance, especially in emerging markets, as competitive pressures lead OEMs to reduce costs and new, lower-price PC form-factors gain adoption. Partners such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel have been actively working with alternative Linux-based operating systems."Now that might not seem like much of a much, but it's a paragraph that has the penguinista community buzzing. The same section of last year's 10-K, you see, reads as follows:... Read more...
NVIDIA announced today that it has reached an agreement with HP to offer Tesla GPU's as an option to the HP Z800 workstation. NVIDIA launched Tesla several years ago as part of its attempt to broaden the perceived usefulness of its products (and the usefulness of GPUs in general). The driving force behind CUDA (and to some extent, GPU physics) has been the company's steadfast claim that massively parallel GPUs are capable of a level of efficiency (in terms of performance-per-watt) and scaling that's an order of magnitude higher than anything a CPU-based solution might hope to deliver. GPUs, in other words, are kind of a big deal. "The adoption of Tesla GPUs is the fastest of any new processor... Read more...
We've been more focused on Hewlett-Packard's latest assault on the notebook world than its LCD doings here lately, but this beauty was just too stunning to let slide under the radar. The ultra-sleek 2709m is a 27" LCD monitor that offers a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, 5ms on/off response times, 400 nits of brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It also supports 92% of the color gamut, arrives with integrated 2-watt stereo speakers and touts a VGA port, DVI-D socket and a pair of HDMI connectors, both of which have HDCP compatibility. And...that's about it. No built in card reader, no webcam and no bonus USB ports. In most respects, this LCD is about as plain... Read more...
Wal-Mart isn’t the only retailer who is trying to sell you your next notebook. Best Buy recently introduced the second series of customized laptops that were designed as a direct result of consumer input. The new Next Class line of laptops were created to meet the needs of college students. The four-unit line was manufactured in partnership with HP, Toshiba, Sony, and Dell. To help find the most appropriate laptops for the line, the Best Buy computing team worked with students to identify the most important features. Six characteristics emerged as key: Extended battery life; low weight and portable design; personalized, yet professional design; full virus protection; preloaded with necessary... Read more...
Data analysis firm IDC has released sales and shipment figures for the PC industry in Q2 2009. It's a glass half-full/half-empty sort of report; the PC industry shrank 3.1 percent in Q2 2009 compared to Q2 2008, but that 3.1 percent dip was just half of the 6.3 percent contraction IDC initially predicted. IDC attributes the difference to "a PC market which has seen the computing experience evolve to be more personal, portable, and cost-oriented rather than performance-driven. Portable PCs continue to be the primary driver of volume and growth with all regions seeing strong Portable shipments."Barring any further economic shocks, IDC expects the overall PC industry to begin growing again by the... Read more...
HP announced today that it has purchased data storage company IBrix in a bid to expand its cloud computing capabilities. The two companies have been partners for several years, and HP believes the acquisition "further solidifies the company’s leadership in the emerging market of scale-out and high-performance computing storage, cloud storage, and fixed content archiving. This market is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent per year, which is faster than both the network-attached storage and total external storage markets."Translate that into English, and it reads: "We can store and retrieve your data remotely faster than you can locally, all for less than it would cost you to... Read more...
You knew it would happen at some point, didn't you? With mobile operators offering subsidized netbooks in order to advance adoption of mobile broadband services, Sprint has become the first of the US-based carriers to reach all the way down to free. Or almost free, if we're being precise. While AT&T and Verizon Wireless currently offer the HP-Compaq Mini 110c for $199 with a 2-year data plan, Sprint has teamed up with Best Buy in order to sell the machine for just $0.99 with a 2-year agreement on the company's "Now Network." If one were to buy this machine straight-out, you'd pay $389.99, but before you whip out the credit card for that sub-$1 charge, take a look at the full costs. The 2-year... Read more...
HP announced a new generation of consumer desktop PCs as well as an updated HP TouchSmart PC software suite. The redesigned consumer desktop lines include the HP Slimline, HP Pavilion, HP Elite, and Compaq Presario. The HP Slimline, HP Pavilion, and HP Elite lines will come with the HP MediaSmart software suite. This multimedia software makes watching TV or Blu-ray movies, sharing photos via Snapfish, burning music, etc. very easy. The new HP Pavilion Slimline s5000 series stands at half the size of a conventional PC tower and will fit neatly on a desk or in a dorm room. The HP Pavilion p6000 series focuses on offering a rich and rewarding Web and multimedia experience. The HP Pavilion Elite... Read more...
HP's "Mini" line of netbooks emerged quite some time ago, and while it has basically remained true to its roots, we're glad to see the line evolving somewhat to react to changes in demand. The Hewlett-Packard Mini 5101 is a more business-like machine, one's that classically styled and plenty powerful for the average business user. The 2.6lb. magnesium chassis is sturdy and should handle airport transfers just fine, while the 10.1" LED display boasts a WXVGA or HD resolution panel. Other specs include a six-cell battery, 7200RPM hard drive (or optional 80GB/128GB SSD), optional mobile broadband card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a 2MP webcam and nice selection of ports. This machine starts at $449, but... Read more...
We've heard that Intel may have a few new Atom processors on tap for release later this year, so it makes sense to see AMD propping up its own low-end, low-power lineup. Rather than unveil them alone, however, it seems as if Advanced Micro Devices is enlisting the assistance of Hewlett-Packard, as the newest Athlon Neo and Turion Neo processors are surfacing in the all-new Pavilion dv2z notebook.Beginning this week, consumers in the market for a new ultraportable can find the aforementioned machine on sale, and while the base configuration arrives with the Neo MV-40, you can opt to upgrade to the Athlon Neo X2 L335 (1.6GHz) or Turion Neo X2 L625 (also 1.6GHz). Both of these chips boast a dual-core... Read more...
Man, talk about depressing. Some students aren't even out for summer break yet, and already Hewlett-Packard is issuing systems for next school year. For whatever reason, the HP Pavilion dv2z and the Pavilion dv6t notebooks are ushering in what we can only imagine to be the summer leg of year-round school, with the former checking in at least than 1-inch thick and boasting a 12.1" LED panel. Furthermore, it packs an optional Blu-ray drive, 500GB HDD, a dual-core AMD CPU, discrete graphics and a starting tag of $599.The dv6t (starts at $649) arrives with HP's own MediaSmart software, a 16" LED display, HD playback support and a separate numeric keypad. Furthermore, there's the HP Pavilion dv6z... Read more...
You might not expect Hewlett-Packard, a massive force in the realm of personal computers, to encourage users to not use their PCs, but in a sense, that's exactly what it's doing. The company has recently launched a new Power To Change initiative that encourages PC owners to "make behavioral changes in support of the environment." So, just what are those changes? Namely, its to "download a new desktop widget that tracks the cumulative energy savings associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use." The widget, which is unsurprisingly named the Power To Change widget, can be downloaded by anyone across the world with a PC, and according to HP, this whole project is the "manifestation... Read more...
We've always been somewhat skeptical of these so-called "surveys." With the proliferation of the Internet, it's pretty easy to fetch any kind of results you could ever want, but we tend to feel that these findings are at least somewhat substantiated. As part of a new 'Women & Digital Life' study, researchers found that Apple was the most popular technology brand in America amongst the ladies. Surprised? We doubt it.The results showed that Apple took the top spot, with Sony, Microsoft, Dell and HP following closely behind. And really, we can totally see why Apple and Sony would be ranked so highly. Both outfits choose to spend heavily on design and marketing, and so it follows logic that consumers... Read more...
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