Computex Taipei 2011 - One of Nicole's last stops at Computex was at the Microsoft booth where she spotted the damn sexy Samsung 900x notebook.
This is an Intel Core i5 based notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition with a 1366 x 768 resolution curtsey of the 13.3-inch SuperBright Plus widescreen LED display. While Nicole was impressed with the backlit keyboard, she mentioned that it had a lot of flex and that may be an issue for some. However, she was again impressed with the Apple-like oversized track pad that looks rather impressive.
The battery included is a six cell Lithium, 6300 mAh, which Samsung claims to provide up to 7 hours of battery life. Nicole was also impressed by the inclusion of a MicroSD slot on the side of the notebook, which is pretty rare.
It comes with a ripple shape design on the side and it is a super thin and stylish notebook. It is so thin the some of the side ports are hidden away. It weighs in at 2.9 pounds including the weight of the standard battery and comes with a three year warranty.
Computex Taipei 2011 - It wasn't all about just netbooks and tablets for Nicole, also at the MSI booth on the floor she managed to get some hands-on time with the MSI X-Slim X370 notebook. We know, we know - it's not a tablet, these shows get really crazy.
The X370 is based on AMD Fusion technology implementing the E-350 APU dual-core processor along with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics. It comes from the X-Slim series from MSI and is very lightweight and slim with it coming in at 1.4kg and it is just 22.8mm thick. It gets a Windows performance rating of 3.8, which is pretty good for a notebook in this class and price range.
Nicole loves the appearance of the notebook and the chiclet keyboard, but after using it wasn't very pleased with the usability of the keyboard. It comes with a range of ports including VGA, HDMI, card reader and so on.
Nicole eventually got inside the unit and removed the battery and discovered a small four cell 2150mAH battery which might only provide around 1 hour of battery life, but there is also an option to upgrade to an eight cell 4350mAH version, which should extend battery life much further.
Computex Taipei 2011 - We aren't done just yet. Nicole also stopped by the MSI booth at Computex and went hands-on with the Windpad 120W, an upcoming Windows based Ultra Potable Portable tablet.
The big thing about the 120W is that it is based on Intel's upcoming "Cedar Trail" Atom platform that comes with a dual-core processor that comes with Hyper Threading for a total of four logical cores. When investigating further, Nicole discovered it has a Windows performance rating of 3.4 which is quite higher than other tablets seen around the show.
It will include a HDMI port for full 1080p HD output and it even comes with Intel wireless display (WiDi 2.0) support so that you can wireless stream HD content from the Windpad 120W to your display.
Nicole was overall impressed with the performance of the tablet, but had some issues with the design in where MSI placed some of the air vents which are potentially blocked by the way you hold the device.
iCloud isn't quite available yet, but iPhones owners are able to check out the cloud-based goodness right now. Some of the functionality has gone live and is now available by opening up the "Purchased" tab in iOS 4's App Store which reveals a history of apps that have been downloaded with your account, this includes apps that are not currently on your device.
Apps not installed will feature a cloud icon to the right of the app making it possible to re-download them onto the handset. Go check it out now and let us know how you go!
The guys and gals over at Futuremark have thrown together a new update for 3DMark 11 that comes in at just under 17MB. The main happenings behind the update are just some upgraded compatibility features.
Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs
Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition
SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware
Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted
Advanced and Profession Edition only
Fixed wireframe mode for the Combined test with NVIDIA hardware
Load/Save result dialog remembers the last used folder
Professional Edition only
Correct watermark is always displayed when benchmark is launched from command line
Command line loop switch with single test now loops without reloading
The latest update won't affect your score, so if you're hoping for some extra Marks, you're out of luck unfortunately. You can grab the 1.0.2 update directly from the Futuremark website here.
Computex Taipei 2011 - It wouldn't be Computex without a truck load of tablets. Next up Nicole goes hands-on with the Malata SMB-B1005 Honeycomb 10.1-inch tablet.
This device is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and comes installed with Google Android 3.0. The screen responsiveness is really good and Nicole was impressed by the HD video playback. However, the speakers seem to be pretty shoddy - it was tough to near any noise at all, but maybe they will be improved in the final shipping version. If not, you are probably going to want a set of headphones nearby when using it.
Nicole was impressed by the weight of the device which she reckons would compare and go up hard against the Motorola Xoom tablet. The back of the device has a stylish Apple like back mesh finish.
It should go on sale within the next few weeks at a competitive price point.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Nicole went back to the Malata booth and went hands-on with their upcoming Intel "Cedar Trail" based netbook called the PCB1104.
This is an 11.6-inch netbook with a 1366 x 768 and it should end up shipping with a HDMI port since the new "Cedar Trail" Atom platform from Intel supports it. It is a super thin netbook with a white glossy finish with two stereo speakers on the back of the unit. It comes with a battery that should provide around 5 hours of usage.
Nicole was rather impressed with the island style chiclet keyboard (as am I, I reckon all laptops and netbooks etc should use them!), but she didn't like the size of the track pad or the small mouse buttons.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Nicole Scott goes back to her bread and butter with this video and takes a look at a newly released netbook from ASUS at Computex called the X101.
This is a super thin 3-cell battery powered netbook running the Intel Atom N435 processor that will come in a super affordable price of $199 USD. One of the ways ASUS were able to keep the price low on this model was by selling the unit with MeeGo, which is a free Linux based operating system.
When we say super thin, we mean it. The netbook doesn't exceed 18mm in width and it is also super lightweight at around 950 grams.
Connectors on the X101 are fewer than you would expect from a modern netbook these days, but do keep in mind the price. You do get a webcam though, which is a nice addition.
Apple have finally unveiled the goodness that is iOS 5 which is the next firmware slated for iOS-powered devices like the iPod, iPhone and iPad. iOS 5 is a major overhaul, which includes a completely revamped notification system which is very Android-like. Notifications are no longer temporary, but are viewable in the Notification Center which is accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen. The notifications are no longer pop-up bubbles, but text bubbles that temporarily swivel down while users are busy in another app.
iOS 5 also includes Newsstand which is poised to be a one-stop location for buying, downloading and reading magazines and newspapers. Issues that are acquired within Newsstand are downloaded automatically in the background and available for offline reading.