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There are some companies that stick to what's commonly accepted. No real risk-taking. And then there are some companies who think outside of the box on concept products, but they never actually take the leap of faith to produce them. But Dell has shown to be a risk-taker, first with the wildly thin Adamo XPS laptop, then with the 5" Dell Streak, and now with the Inspiron duo. The duo is called a convertible tablet, but it's actually unlike any convertible tablet to come before it. It's kind of difficult to believe that Dell managed to not only pull this off, but to do so in a way that's acceptable for mass production. The duo's standout feature is the flip-around-swivel LCD. When locked in place,... Read more...
The holidays are coming up soon, and your kiddos are probably on your mind. And they're on the mind of PeeWee PC. Earlier this year, in April, PeeWee PC introduced their very first kid-friendly netbook, and already version 2.0 is arriving. The PeeWee Pivot 2.0 laptop is more rugged and kid-approved than ever, with this 3.7lb. notebook having a 180-degre rotating display, Windows 7 and an Intel Atom N450 processor. There's also a retractable carrying handle, water resistant keyboard, a built-in webcam, a touch panel, 15 pre-loaded educational games, a rubber slip-resistant grip and a shell that can probably survive a few drops here and there. It's definitely a rugged machine, designed specifically... Read more...
As we have pointed out before, netbooks aren't what they used to be. These days, you're more likely to see a new netbook emerging with a near-$500 retail price than one with a near-$200 price point. We're partially blaming tablets. There are a number of sub-$300 tablets on the market and on the horizon (the $188 CherryPad comes to mind!), and that has allowed netbooks to up their position in the market place. Climbing up the ladder, so to speak. But this upward mobility has also allowed netbook makers to broaden their scope when it comes to internal configurations. With more latitude in pricing, you're seeing more interesting builds and configuration options. Acer's 1551-5448 is a great example... Read more...
Acer is a somewhat understated name in the notebook business, but even though they may not receive the sheer press that Apple, Alienware, Dell and HP do, they're still one of the world's prominent PC makers. Hanging amongst the top five in total PC output is no easy task, and the company's Aspire line has been quietly climbing the charts in popularity for some time now. The Aspire line in particular has become quite the hit, and if there's one company that has somewhat rivaled Asus in the netbook sector, it's Acer.  As we have pointed out before, netbooks aren't what they used to be. These days, you're more likely to see a new netbook emerging with a near-$500 retail price than one with... Read more...
Last week we brought you a detailed overview of AMD's first ever, fully integrated CPU-GPU combination born out of the company's "Fusion" technology initiative.  Dubbed the first ever APU or Accelerated Processing Unit, AMD's claimed goal is to offer a more balance and efficient low power platform for thin and light notebooks and netbooks.  The CPU codename is "Zacate" and the new mobile platform AMD has been developing, is internally referred to as "Brazos".  But we're sure you're not here to read buzz words and code names. The data we shared with you last week was pretty much everything we knew, short of performance metrics.  We know, no fun at all. AMD wanted that... Read more...
Last week we brought you a detailed overview of AMD's first ever, fully integrated CPU-GPU combination born out of the company's "Fusion" technology initiative.  Dubbed the first ever APU or Accelerated Processing Unit, AMD's claimed goal is to offer a more balance and efficient low power platform for thin and light notebooks and netbooks.  The CPU codename is "Zacate" and the new mobile platform AMD has been developing, is internally referred to as "Brazos".  But we're sure you're not here to read buzz words and code names. The data we shared with you last week was pretty much everything we knew, short of performance metrics.  We know, no fun at all. AMD wanted that... Read more...
As far as we knew, Jolicloud was a software company. And they still are. But now, they're a hardware company too. Or at least they are partnering with a computer maker in order to make themselves seem like one! Either way, Jolicloud is doing the unthinkable soon: they'll be introducing a netbook of their own with their own Jolibook operating system onboard. This will be going up against dozens and dozens of netbooks powered by Windows 7, and considering that Microsoft's OS is the one with the most mindshare, it looks like Jolicloud will be facing an uphill battle to gain acceptance in the market. Critics who have tried the OS have been pleased, and considering that even Apple is moving towards... Read more...
Fusion has been a long time coming for AMD but it looks as if they may well have chosen the perfect entry point to release their first generation APU from the starting block.  The market is currently in what seems like a complete frenzy for anything to do with ultra-portable computing, from ultra thin and light notebooks, to netbooks and tablet PCs.  Consumers can't seem to get enough of the thin and sexy stuff and with AMD's first Fusion release, they've certainly chosen the right product segment to attack with a new low power processor.   Back in the September time frame, we gave you a quick look at AMD's upcoming processor codenamed Zacate.  Targeted at light mobile platforms,... Read more...
"Fusion." We've heard that word from the good folks at AMD for what seems like an eternity, to be perfectly honest.  Fusion is AMD's marketing moniker for the company's next generation of integrated processors with on-board graphics -- a "fusion" of the CPU along with the GPU into what AMD now affectionately calls an "APU" or Accelerated Processing Unit.  Fusion has been a long time coming for AMD but it looks as if they may well have chosen the perfect entry point to release their first generation APU from the starting block.  The market is currently in what seems like a complete frenzy for anything to do with ultra-portable computing, from ultra thin and light notebooks, to netbooks... Read more...
If there's one thing that's a certainty in the consumer electronics universe, it's that Asus is probably working on another Eee PC. The company seems to pop these out at a stunning rate, giving consumers loads of choice when it comes time to buy a netbook. The newest of the bunch is another member of the Seashell lineup, the Eee PC 1215T. What makes this unit special are the tools inside of it. First off, there's an AMD Neo processor under the plastic, with a 1.7GHz Athlon K125 being the specific model. It's paired with a 320GB hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 12.1" display (1366x768 resolution), HDMI/VGA video outputs, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a 0.3MP webcam and ATI HD 4250 graphics.... Read more...
Asus is the netbook king. Does anyone deny it? The company's Eee PC line has been around for as long as the term "netbook" has been around, and while computer fads come and go, the Eee PC line keeps right on growing. The "Seashell" group has been joined by another member today, with Asus introducing the Eee PC 1015PN as their latest miniature notebook. It's a familiar 10.1" form factor, with other specifications including a 10.1" display, 1024x600 resolution, NVIDIA Ion 2 next-gen graphics, 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive and Intel's dual-core Atom N550. This is also an Optimus enabled machine, which means that it can switch between discrete graphics and integrated graphics without rebooting... Read more...
Sprint today is all smiles over being the first U.S. wireless carrier in America to offer both a dual-mode 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook, and you should be too if your favorite dance is the Subsidized Shuffle. Starting October 31, Sprint's business customers will be able to snag a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) for free, provided you factor in the $100 mail-in-rebate and required two-year service agreement on a Sprint Mobile Broadband plan. And then on November 14, Sprint will make available the Dell Inspiron 11z notebook for $150, also after a $100 mail-in-rebate and a new line activation on a Sprint Mobile Broadband plan. If you're okay with those terms, then let's talk specs. The Dell... Read more...
Acer's Aspire One netbook line just keeps growing, and now it's getting more colorful. Too often, notebooks are released in the same black plastic color, and occasionally, you'll find a red one, a blue one or a green one. But a pastel one? Not too often that you see that. The new Aspire One Happy range is for those who would prefer softer tones on their netbook, and while it's not marketed towards kids, it probably could be. The machine is available in the UK in Candy Pink, Lavender Purple, Lime Green and Hawaii Blue, and it has a 10.1" WSVGA display, Windows 7, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and 8-hours of battery life. It measures just 24mm thick and weighs only 1.25kg, and... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has been offering netbooks with a 2-year data contract for years now, but most of those netbooks weren't higher-end machines. The carrier's newest netbook is one of HP's nicest, with the Pavilion dm1-2010nr coming with a 1.3GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K325 processor, a 320GB hard drive and a 6-cell battery. HP also includes an Imprint finish with a woven design in champagne, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 2GB of DDR3 memory, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 GPU, HP Webcam with integrated microphone, Altec Lansing speakers and an 11.6" LED display with a 1366x768 screen resolution. The machine weighs 3.24 pounds and measures 11.4 inches (l) x 8.03 inches (d) x 0.78-1.20 inches (h).... Read more...
Netbooks now come standard with dual-core processors, and some of them even sport respectable graphics (Nvidia Ion). But save for a very small few, the vast majority of netbooks still don't ship with an optical drive. What's an optical disc-toting user to do? Buy an external optical drive, of course. Samsung hopes you'll be drawn to its new SE-S084F extneral DVD writer, which the company promises will be on store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season. "Weighing less than one pound and available in five distinct colors, the Samsung SE-S084F DVD Writer was built for netbook and mini PC users, who require the flexibility of a smaller device, but do not want to sacrifice the benefits of... Read more...
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has announced it recently received a $5.6 million investment from Marvell. The two organizations plan to collaborate on an Android-powered tablet that's similar, at least conceptually, to OLPC's conceptual design for its XO-3 system. This new collaboration is in addition to the general partnership the two announced earlier this year; the $5.6 million is almost certainly a much-needed shot in the arm for the cash-starved OLPC initiative. Supposedly the new tablet will be on display by CES this year and will ship in 2011 compared to a 2012 target date for the XO-3. Whether or not this second conceptual device (the XO-2 was canceled) ever sees the light of... Read more...
Everywhere you turn it's tablet this and tablet that, when this time last year all the talk was on netbooks. Don't worry if you haven't bought into the tablet hype, netbooks aren't about to go the way of the Dodo bird. In fact, with dual-core Atom processors now the norm, there's never been a better time to be in the market for a netbook. Enter Samsung, which today announced its new NF310 mini-note. In addition to the dual-core Intel Atom N550 chip, other key specs include 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, 10.1-inch HD (720p) LED display, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3W stereo speakers, and Windows 7 Starter. Looking to stand out from the crowd, Samsung equipped its NF310 with its USB Sleep &... Read more...
Acer's Aspire One range of netbooks has been highly regarded for some time now, and while many other netbook makers jumped at the chance to integrate Intel's newest Atom processor, Acer held back some. That's okay though, as their new Aspre One AOD255 looks to have been worth the wait. It ships with the Atom N550 dual-core CPU, DDR3 memory support (1GB included), Windows 7 Starter, Office Starter 2010 and a 250GB hard drive. It also ships in a variety of colors (red, black, brown and aquamarine), and if you're looking for something a little cheaper, two other machines are launching under its umbrella. The Acer Aspire One AO721 (11.6") and Aspire One AO521 (10.1") netbooks feature AMD Athlon II... Read more...
When Steve Jobs called the iPad a "magical" device, perhaps he was talking about the spell of destruction the iOS tablet has been casting on netbooks. Check it out -- according to market research firm DisplaySearch, in the second quarter of 2010, netbook/tablet PCs were down 4 percent on quarter, but up 29 percent on year. Doesn't sound so bad, right? But if it wasn't for the 3 million iPads shipped in the quarter, combined netbook and tablet PC shipments would have been down 14 percent on quarter and 13 percent on year. Maybe it's just a coincidence, or maybe the iPad really is cannibalizing netbook sales, even if Best Buy believes it's bad form to say so. "The end of 2007 witnessed the launch... Read more...
When Intel announced it would miss its Q3 targets in late August, there was speculation as to whether or not AMD would escape the same fate. With the third quarter having officially ended, the answer is no. According to a statement the company made late last week, revenue will be down 1-4.5 percent compared to second-quarter revenue of 1.65 billion. AMD didn't provide much detail on the change, saying only: "The sequential decrease is due to weaker than expected demand, particularly in the consumer notebook market in Western Europe and North America." AMD's new mobile processing is supposed to pack a punch, but that only helps if people buy them. AMD picked up a significant bit of notebook share... Read more...
Google's Android OS has proved it can hang with the big boys in the mobile handset market, and with a few tweaks, it will probably prove popular in the tablet space too. So what's next for Google? Try netbooks. According to Glen Murphy, the Australian lead designer on Google's Chrome operating system and Web browser ventures, consumers will start seeing the first Chrome computers shipping later this year. Murphy says most of the big name vendors plan on getting in on the action, including Acer, Asus, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba. All of these companies will release Chrome-based netbooks at some point in the not-too-distant future. "Mostly Chrome OS is a browser; it's really just a way of letting... Read more...
Generally, when you talk about rugged notebooks, you imagine a thick, clunky machine that looks like it has body armor strapped on it. In other words, "portable" and "rugged" rarely go together, as even rugged notebooks are real beasts to tote around. But Handheld Group, a Swedish based supplier of rugged computers, might have a winner with the Algiz XRW. This is one of the first rugged portables that we have seen to boast a frame that isn't truly huge, and it's actually stylish on some levels, all which providing an intense level of protection from the elements. It's a full rugged ultraportable with a 10.1" widescreen (sunlight-readable LCD), a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU, 64GB SSD, 2GB of DDR2 memory... Read more...
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