Items tagged with Netbook

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, it would be both infeasible and imprudent to even consider such an acquisition." Bloomberg TV... 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 idea of launching mainstream products built around the concept has made more than a few companies... 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 that isn't like any other netbook you've ever owned. In an interview with Tech in Style, Asus... 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 with built-in 4G LTE will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on August 4. Previously... 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 breakdown, or become accidentally damaged, lost, or stolen. It also includes "features to help customers... 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 2010 and two percent from Q1. The company's gross margin fell to a healthy 61 percent (down 6.6... Read more...
Well, if there's one way to really showcase your product, it's doing something radical to get it in the hands of consumers. And this, is radical. Virgin America has just teamed up with Google (and presumably, Samsung) in order to get Series 5 Chromebooks onto Virgin America flights. The test run gives flyers the ability to "test-fly" the Chromebook with no charge. From July 1-September 30, 2011, Virgin America flyers will have the exclusive chance to check out a Chromebook at their departure airport gate and take the new notebook computer out for a spin onboard select Virgin America flights. In addition, flyers who check out a Chromebook will receive a free WiFi session onboard Virgin America... Read more...
Happy, happy, joy, joy! While calling a notebook "Happy" may seem odd, there's no way you can say it without smiling. Just try. Acer's Aspire One Happy line of netbooks have already shipped in Europe, but now people in the U.S. will be getting the good vibes as well. The Aspire One Happy 2, a series of stylish netbooks in four pastel colors, is being brought to the U.S. for the first time. Like its predecessors, the streamlined and ultra-compact 10.1-inch netbooks are light and portable enough to tote anywhere and come packed with powerful features and performance to boost productivity. Utilizing the latest Intel dual-core technology for netbooks, the Acer Aspire One Happy 2 series consumes less... Read more...
Last month at Google I/O 2011, a pair of commercial Chromebooks were introduced. The Samsung Series 5, and the Acer AC700. As of yesterday, only one of those had started to ship to customers, and that award went to Samsung. But now, Acer's playing catch-up. The company just announced that their AC700 Chromebook would be shipping to the US by the end of this month, bringing their first taste of Chrome OS stateside. It's only the first in a planned series of Chrome OS notebooks. It offers Wi-Fi, optional 3G, a 10-second boot time, "always-on" footprint and easily access to Gmail, Google Docs and Calendar, and a host of other Google apps. Acer claims that their machine will last up to six hours... Read more...
We've discussed ARM's plans to enter both the netbook and server markets, but a new interview with Tudor Brown, the company's CEO, suggests the CPU designer's plans are more ambitious than some have realized. Speaking to DigiTimes, Brown claims that the company will snatch a huge chunk of the notebook market by 2015, while simultaneously gripping 85 percent of the future tablet industry. Brown's betting on Windows 8 will open the netbook/notebook market to ARM processors in ways the company hasn't previously been able to achieve. There's no denying that the CPU designer's products have matured enormously in recent years--dual-core Cortex-A9 CPUs have established themselves as the workhorse of... Read more...
Hello, Europe! That's what Chrome OS will soon be yelling, as they cross the pond from America to the shores of the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will make its debut across the pond on June 24th for €399 for the Wi-Fi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G-enabled model (£399 in the UK). They will also be available in other countries over the next few months. Outside of being available elsewhere (and probably sporting a different AC adapter and a few different keys), the machine is identical to the US counterpart. Still, getting a new OS into this many new nations should do great things for adoption, and the real question... Read more...
Do you know what today is? You could answer 'Wednesday' or 'June 15, 2011' both of which would be correct responses. But it's also the day that, at long last, the first notebooks built around Google's Chrome OS are shipping. We're of course talking about Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, and if you missed out on ordering through Gilt a couple of weeks ago, now's your chance to jump on the Chrome OS bandwagon. Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook is available at Best Buy and Amazon.com, and will set you back $430 if all you want is Wi-Fi connectivity, or $500 if you want the 3G radio. The relatively high price (compared to low end 15.6-inch notebooks) will put Google's Chrome OS to the test. The Chromebook... Read more...
Ever wondered what was deep, deep within a Chrome OS-based machine? Google's Cr-48 has been cracked open before, but what about the newest duo? Acer and Samsung announced their respective Chromebooks at Google I/O this year, and a few of the earlier ones have started to ship out. The Series 5 3G Chromebook has fallen into the hands of the folks at iFixit, which have never turned down the chance to crack open a product for the sake of doing so. And, truthfully, for the sake of uncovering the specifics underneath. It's always interesting to take a look at what makes certain things tick, and Samsung's first Chromebook is no different. The Series 5 looks fairly easy to crack open, but there's a few... Read more...
Acer recently introduced the Acer Aspire One Happy in four fruity, tasty colors (Blueberry Shake, Papaya Milk, Strawberry Yogurt and Banana Cream). Wireless mice are also available in the same colors. On the more technical side, the Aspire One Happy features a 10.1-inch WSVGA high-brightness display, a dual-core Intel Atom N570, up to 1 GB of DDR3 memory, and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150. Acer says you should expect up to 8 hours of battery life from the Aspire One Happy. Want a Happy One? Discover the new Aspire One Happy in four fruity colours London, 9th June 2011 – Summer is upon us, with its warmth, energy and a myriad of bright colours filling our eyes. To match this explosion... Read more...
Among the myriad of other products, like the Padfone, Asus has just unveiled and will likely continue to unveil at Computex this week were a pair of exciting ultraportable notebooks and netbooks that are sure to pique the interest of the discerning road-warriors out there. The just announced Asus UX Series ultraportable notebooks prove that thin is most definitely in this year and the upcoming Asus Eee PC X101 reinforces that assertion. Asus UX Series Notebook--Notice The "Spun" Finish On The Lid According to Asus, the new UX Series ultraportables have been developed in close cooperation with Intel. The machines are extraordinarily thin, which was made possible through the use... Read more...
One thing you can't really say about Intel's Atom processors is that they're expensive. If they were, netbooks would cost a lot more than they do, people would stop buying them, and the market would cease to exist, as least as we know it. Be that as it may, Intel's next generation of Atom chips will cost even less than they already do, and by a wide margin. According to reports, Intel plans to charge around $42 to $47 for the CPUs to be used in the company's upcoming Cedar Trail platform. That's a drop of up to about 50 percent compared to the price of existing Atom N4xx and N5xx processors, which run from $64 to $86. Credit the emerging tablet market for this drop in price. Many netbook vendors... Read more...
VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance alternative to both Atom and Brazos when it does... VIA Launches New Low Power QuadCore Nano CPU... Read more...
VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance alternative to both Atom and Brazos when it does. The dual-module chips are the quad-core, the single dies are the Nano X2. VIA's share of the x86 market is small in comparison to Intel and AMD, but Centaur, the company's CPU design team, has been building x86 CPUs for more than a decade. Centaur, led by the redoubtable Glenn Henry,... Read more...
Half-baked.  That would describe the large majority of Android-based tablets we've seen come through our test labs here at HotHardware thus far. Even Motorola's Xoom, though infused with Google's latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) release, felt like it could use a bit of polish in spots, though most of the refinement wouldn't need to come from the device so much as its operating system.  If you were wondering why Google was restricting the Marketplace on any device larger than 7 inches, the reason is simply that 2.X versions of Android were engineered with handsets in mind, not tablets, netbooks or larger devices.  And though Honeycomb has made great strides in an effort to enabling... Read more...
They've now been announced and they have a date and a price: the first production-versions of Google's Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks are coming as soon as mid-June, from Samsung and Acer. The announcement was on Google's blog, but also at the Google I/O conference running this week and via press releases from Samsung and Google. The Chromebooks will be available for order on June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow. You'll even be able to order them online at Amazon.com, if you so choose, and Best Buy will also be selling them. The Acer Chromebook will have the following specs: Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal... Read more...
Netbooks might not be the trendy option anymore, not with tablet PCs trotting about with their fancy pants touchscreen panels and light weight designs, but have you have tried hammering out anything longer than a short email on one? There are just some things that are better suited for a netbook, which is the reason why manufacturers keep launching more models. One of the latest to reach North American shores is the Asus Eee PC 1015PX. This is the company's very first netbook to come packing an Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor clocked at 1.66Ghz, which is a bit faster than the N550. It also includes a 10.1-inch SVGA LED display, 1GB of DDR3 memory (upgradeable to 2GB), 250GB SATA hard drive,... Read more...
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is one of the more interesting Android tablets on the market in that it has a keyboard docking station that essentially allows it to convert to an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook on the fly. Add to that a powerful dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a reasonable MSRP of $399 (just the tablet, 16GB version) and the Transformer looks to be one of the best options currently for Android tablet solutions, for WiFi only solutions.   We're prepping a full, detailed performance review here in the coming days but we thought it would be nice to offer a teaser here with our video review and a cut from the benchmark suite of test numbers we're running. ... Read more...
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