COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 We are happy to bring you a truly world exclusive of GeCube's Eee PC competitor.
We have heard rumors about it the news for a month or two but nothing official. We can tell you that GeCube was planning a 10.4-inch model that didn't go to plan and instead they are reverting to a 10.2-inch model that will be OEM'ed out too anyone interested.
Inside said system is going to reside a VIA C7-D processor running at 1.6GHz (so not the new Nano but newer models probably will), Internal 64KB - L1 & 128KB - L2 cache memory and 400MHz FSB. It will be outfitted with DDR2 533 512 MB RAM with an additional single SODIMM slot expansion to 1024MB if required.
As far as the all important screen goes, it will be capable of a resolution of 1024 x 600. An 80GB 2.5" SATA hard will be packed in along with two speakers that output Intel HD audio. Included in the mix is 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11g wireless, a triplet of USB 2.0 ports.
As far as dimensions go, it comes in at 275mm (Width) x 188mm (Height) x 32mm (Depth) and weighs in at 1.5KG. It will come with gOS installed but it also supports Windows XP if you want it.
Can it compete at the same level as the ASUS Eee PC? That remains to be seen and price will be a big factor, which we weren't told about yet but we do look forward to getting one in for some full testing.
We would have honestly preferred to see GeCube wait a little and go with either an Atom, Nano or Tegra chip but it was a race against the clock before Computex begin nevertheless we are going to pay super close attention to GeCube to see what they come out with from now on.
Following on from our extreme close up look at the MSI WIND notebook, now we check out the WIND PC desktop in as much detail or more. MSI wants you to "Ride with the Wind!" Shall we?
As far as specifications go, we can tell you that models we saw on display in Taipei this afternoon were using a new Intel CPU, 1GB DDR2-533 memory, 160GB SATA hard disk drive, Gigabit Ethernet, DVD combo drive and 65-watt power adapter.
MSI WIND PC desktops are powered by their Micro-ATX based MS-7314 Wind Board motherboard which is passively cooled with a large aluminum heatsink covering the Northbridge and CPU. The board is nothing special with normal capacitors (not Japanese made solid capacitors), two DIMM slots for a total of 2GB memory in dual channel mode, two SATA-II ports for HDD and DVD combo drive, one PCI slot which could be used for an old sound card or TV tuner and finally an IDE port which could be used for an old hard disk drive for additional storage space.
MSI was demonstrating the WIND PC playing back 720p video and it managed to do it fairly smoothly for the most part. As you can see from the pictures it was using up around 45 - 55% CPU for video playback. When asked if it is powerful enough to playback 1080p video, MSI said that WIND PC is not ready for 1080p video at the moment but didn't rule it out for newer and faster models in the future.
As far as power consumption goes, it excels with flying colors. For starters it has gained Energy Star 4.0 compliance which not many computers can claim at this stage and in the demo MSI was showing, it was using just 30 watts of power with a 1.6GHz processor - we were told that the MSI WIND PC will use no more than 35 watts. It was compared side by side with a full sized desktop PC (we didn't get the specs but we'll assume it was a gaming PC) that was chewing up a total of 242 watts of power. MSI said during its presentation that if you switched over to a WIND PC from a regular desktop computer that you could save $3900 NTD (or $134 USD) per year on electricity bill in Taiwan.
MSI had many WIND PCs on display in varying colors and styles. Take a look for yourself...
More coming up a little later!
During the MSI ECOlution press conference in Taipei this afternoon, MSI let press get up close and personal with its full line of upcoming products.
You've seen MSI's WIND notebooks pictures online before now but not in this sort of detail.
We over heard someone from MSI being asked when the WIND notebook will begin selling. Someone suggested one month but the MSI representative said that would not be quite enough time. So, I guess it is still going to be a month or so until you'll be able to buy one. MSI did give away two of these small new notebooks to a couple local Taiwanese press members and took their details for delivery later, so they couldn't be too far off.
Exact specifications on the model we saw were not disclosed but we can tell you they are the U100 model and come in a whole bunch of different colors (we saw pink, red, black and white but we are told there will be more) 10-inch models fitted with an Intel Atom CPU, DDR2-667 memory with Windows XP installed.
Anyway, we'll let the pictures do the talking and there are a whole stack of them. Go!
MSI WIND PC is up next!
In the lead up to Computex Taipei next month we are seeing things really starting to spice up from our Taiwanese computer company buddies.
Just yesterday news leaked out about MSI's ASUS Eee Box competitor featuring an Intel Atom processor as well as full pricing details for MSI's Wind PC and now today we see reports that ASUS is preparing yet another Eee PC sub-notebook with model name 901.
MSI is positioning its Eee PC competitor very aggressively in the US market at $399 and it does seem as if ASUS has acted very quickly. Blogeee.net managed to get (or be purposely given) press shots of the ASUS Eee PC 901. It is said to include a new motherboard with an Intel Atom processor presumably clocked at 1.6GHz like the Wind and it has the same screen size and other specs as the Eee PC 900.
It does have some subtle cosmetic changes such as shortcut buttons above the keyboard and the power and audio ports have been changed as well as the Kensington lock in a better position.
There are no details on exact release date yet but ASUS does have some work to do to reduce the price by $150 USD to bring it in line with the slated RRP for MSI's Wind in the US.
OCZ have been making a big push into new areas of the computing market over the past few years, moving into segments that include graphics cards, power supplies, coolers, memory cards and SSDs.
Their focus has now turned to the notebook market, and they plan to enter it in a rather interesting way. A little later this year OCZ plan to release their first Do-It-Yourself gaming notebook, whereby the buyer has more control over customizing the systems' specs with a range of components of his/her choice to better suit their requirements.
Although the shell/base notebook itself is one we've seen used by other vendors in the past, it's good to see OCZ enter the notebook market in this fashion. With a little experience under their belt I'm sure we'll be seeing some very serious and competitive models show up.
While most people know OCZ Technology as a memory company, it has recently branched out into many sector of the computing market. OCZ's portfolio has now expanded to include video cards, power supplies, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSDs).
OCZ hopes to branch out even further with the announcement of a new do-it-yourself (DIY) gaming notebook. End-users will be able to purchase the DIY notebook barebones and add components to the machine to build an entire system. OCZ venders, however, will be able to spec the notebooks however they see fit.
Attempting to cash in on the success of the ASUS Eee PC, A-DATA has announced a range of new themed flash memory devices for the highly popular Taiwanese made low-cost notebook PC.
First up is the A-DATA class 6 SDHC memory card which offers a hefty 8GB of additional storage to the Eee. It's promoted as a permanent second hard drive for the Eee with its branded color coding scheme - however, it begs question - what good it is that if you never see it installed inside the card reader? Tsk tsk tsk...
Next up is the S701 USB sliding pen drive also offering a hefty 8GB of storage. It not only color and style matches the Eee PC but it also includes support for Windows ReadyBoost which is a Vista only feature - again the questions come begging, isn't the Eee really only properly capable of running XP? Sorry for being picky A-DATA but somebody has to be.
You can read more details on both products over at the A-DATA press release which you will find right here.
ASUS Eee PC, ASUS Eee PC, ASUS Eee PC... it's all we seem to hear these days.
That is all about to change and the consumer is about to get a lot more choice in this lower cost ultra mobile notebook segment. MSI is one of many companies (Acer, GIGABYTE, ECS and GeCube are the others who will have models out in around June - July) who are busily working on Eee competitors.
Over the past month or so MSI's Wind notebook has been widely documented over the web but until down specific details and photos have been hard to come by. U100 will be MSI's first major fighter against Eee and in an exclusive internal document seen by TweakTown, it claims 6 out of 9 design specification wins against the 7" Eee PC.
Shipping in mid to late May, the U100 ships with your choice of Windows XP or Linux and will get its power from an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor based on a motherboard using the 945GMS + ICH7M chipsets. It supports up to 2GB of DDR2 667 memory and includes an 80GB 2.5" SATA hard drive. It sports a 10" WSVGA LCD with a wide screen resolution of 1024 x 600 which MSI claims is going to be much better for web surfing compared to Eee. MSI makes notable mention of the 12" wide keyboard which should be much easier to work with compared to smaller keyboards - each letter key measures 17.5mm wide and the touch pad is 54mm wide.
You'll also get a 4-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, GB network port, 802.11B/G wireless and Bluetooth V2.0 EDR. As far as multimedia goes, you'll get HD audio through its stereo speakers and a 1.3MP camera (0.3MP on the 8.9" model which comes later).
You get a choice between 3 cell and 6 cell batteries and with the 3 cell battery installed, the whole system weighs less than 1KG and measures 260*180*19-31.5mm.
Now, about those pictures...
Expect a full hands-on a little later next month.
Kingston Technology, the world's largest memory manufacturer, has today taken the covers off an interesting new memory product for notebook users.
Say hello to Kingston's DDR2-667 SO-DIMM notebook memory. You can pick it up in 2GB or 4GB kits with timings of 4-4-4-12 at 1.8 volts. The memory company claims it is the perfect solution for notebook users wanting to upgrade from a slower 1GB or 2GB kit.
They also claim these speeds are programmed into SPD, so there are no BIOS adjustments or overclocking needed.
Hsinchu, Taiwan - April 21, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to offer high performance, low-latency DDR2-667 SO-DIMM notebook memory to the world. Offering greater performance options for existing mobile platforms, the HyperX DDR2-667 CL4 SO-DIMM kits in 2GB and 4GB capacities are the first in a new line of memory innovations Kingston plans to release over the next few months to the notebook market.
"Kingston customers asked about higher performance memory for current notebooks and our new DDR2-667 CL4 low-latency SO-DIMMs are the first in a series of new HyperX memory offerings to support this market," said Ann Bai, Product Manager, DRAM Memory, APAC Region, Kingston. "We will continue to expand the product line, including developing a 3GB memory kit."
During Computex in early June this year, Intel's low power consuming and tiny Atom processor will get a chance to shine with ASUS' hugely successful Eee PC low cost computer device.
PC World managed to get the word from the CEO himself during a launch event for the Eee PC 900 during a launch event in Taiwan recently. Don't expect ASUS to suck up all the attention though as ECS, GIGABYTE, MSI, Acer, GeCube are all working on new low cost computers to try and take away market share from the ever-popular Eee.
Asustek plans to launch a new version of the Eee PC armed with Intel's Atom microprocessor at the Computex trade show in Taipei this June, Asustek's CEO said Monday.
Atom is the name of the processor formerly called Diamondville. It was designed for low-cost laptop PCs, ultramobile PCs, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and other small devices aimed at connecting to the Internet. The processor is tiny, less than 25 square millimeters, will be priced low, and run at a battery-efficient 0.6 watts to 2.5 watts thermal design power, according to Intel.
More details have come our way from MSI in relation to the upcoming low-cost "Wind" notebook, their answer to the EeePC from ASUS.
This 1Kg wonder will run Windows XP on an 8.9-inch or 10-inch wide LCD screen with a resolution of 1024x600. What's also interesting to note is that MSI has managed to squeeze in an 80GB 2.5" HDD.
Pricing has not been made clear as yet, but it is said we should see the notebook become available in June.
For further information, grab this news release from MSI.
ĀyTaipeiĀzMSI Notebook is drawing mass attention with the coming release of the MSI Wind Notebook. Intel has already made its presentation with the MSI Wind Notebook in Shanghai during IDF (Intel Development Forum). The light and graceful MSI Wind Notebook will provide the simplest operating conditions for the everyday enjoyment for our users.
Living in the new age of the internet, every person has the needs for effective internet connection both at professionally and personally. MSI offers the new Wind Notebook to meet the demands of the modern people, in providing a lighter and more convenient notebook computer.
Our friends over at bit-tech managed to get hold of one of the first ASUS Eee PC 900 low-cost computers and unboxed it for everyone to see in its full glory.
It is said to be available from May 1st in the UK and brings with it a larger 8.9" screen featuring a 1024 x 600 resolution. It comes with the same Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 CPU (630MHz) and a G945 mobile chipset that features Intel GMA 900 graphics.
According to bit-tech, "It also comes with 1GB DDR2 as standard this time, which is twice that of the original Eee, and between 12 and 20GB of flash storage - 4GB onboard and 8-to-16GB from a separate module. It still weighs less than 1kg but it is fractionally heavier than the previous model. In addition, it features an upgraded 1.3MP webcam, but the same four cell, 2.5 hour battery (although a six cell battery is available) and 802.11b/g WiFi."
Check out the rest of the unboxing shots over here.
Over the weekend a guide has surfaced on the Net from a newish tutorial website called Cyb3rGlitch, which details quite well, how to overclock the first generation of ASUS cheapy and increasing popular Eee PC computers.
The guide suggests which programs to use and which work on various Eee models and eitheer Windows XP or Linux variants of the operating system. After offering a quick CPU overclocking theory lesson, they move onto the fun part, overclocking the Eee! Cutting through all the useful information, Vito Cassisi managed to increase the Intel Celeron M processor clock speed from 900MHz to 1GHz.
It was all done by increasing the Front Side Bus (FSB) from 100MHz up to 110MHz. It may not seem like much in comparison to desktop systems which can spin their wheels at up to and over 600MHz FSB but for such a small little unit, a 10% processor overclock ain't too bad in our books.
If you're an Eee PC owner and want a free little speed boost, head on over to the guide and read more.
We find ourselves back at Register Hardware who managed to take some happy snaps of some Eee PC-like clone small notebook computers that use Intel's upcoming low power consuming Atom processor.
A new and relatively unknown brand called Thinno was showing notebooks fitted with 1.6GHz Atom processors and 512MB of memory with either Linux or Windows XP.
Next up is a mystery system which some are already suggesting is MSI's Wind PC, as the colors may suggest, but we have no confirmation on that at this stage and will try and get some answers soon.
More over at Register Hardware.
A user on Flickr by the name of "mgminthu" has uploaded pictures of what looks like Intel's upcoming low-cost Netbook, or Eco PC, as it is being called by the photo uploader.
While the shots appear as if they were taken at a trade show event in Thailand, we can work out some of the specs of the Eco PC. It is said to use an Intel Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) 900MHz processor and will include between 512MB and 1GB of DDR2 memory depending on the selected model.
There are three models to choose from including the Eco PC 2G, Eco PC 20G and Eco PC 40G. The 2G includes 2GB of flash memory and 512MB DDR2 memory while the 20G seems to include a 20GB solid state drive and the 40G a 40GB solid state drive - both 20G and 40G models include 1GB of DDR2 memory.
Each model is based on a motherboard using a mobile Intel 915GMS Express chipset. There will be 7" and 9" LCD versions with the latter supporting up to 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Each includes a built-in 4-in-1 card reader along with 10/100 Ethernet networking and stereo 2.1 channel speakers.
The low-cost notebook computer market is definitely heating up in front of our eyes!
Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker has launched some new notebooks in the "Gemstone Blue" line.
The top model was designed to give users a high-definition home theater experience. With this in mind, the laptop hosts a screen resolution the same as HDTV, at 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, and also features six speakers, including a subwoofer, for genuine 5.1 HD surround sound.
The computer will launch in April in the U.S. for $1,999 USD. There will be other models, with lesser specs such as fewer speakers, and a smaller resolution (Still HD), and which will sell for less at around $1,700 USD. In keeping with the HD theme, both laptops will have Blu-ray disc drives.
Acer has boasted that these are the first "six speaker" and "True HD" laptops available on the market. You can see more about them here.
ASUS, the world's most prolific PC manufacturer has been in the spotlight recently over its branded PC's, in this case UMPC's, which have set in motion an entirely new genre of affordable, easy to use laptops.
"Eee" as it became known is now set to sell the next phase of production (5 million units), with two of every three units sold being loaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system. The other one third of those units will contain the Linux operating system that has been sold in earlier units of this small, highly useful mobile laptop.
According to a quote from Reuters; Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih said at a press conference that the Microsoft operating system would be Windows XP and will be priced around $390 to $400 USD.
From the same article, Lillian Lin, Head of Marketing mentioned that sales were strongest in Europe, with Asia Pacific and China coming in second. It seems clear that Asustek has now learned what VIA Technologies have known for a long time; that the low income households and consumers also want to tap into the digital world of electronics and PC's.
The Eee PC is certainly a positive step in that direction. You can read more here.
There has been plenty of talk of MSI's upcoming potential Eee PC killer and finally some details are starting to emerge through the cracks.
During CeBIT, MSI showed off its tentatively named Wind low-cost notebook. It includes a 10" LCD which ups the Eee's best of 9 inches and will use Intel's low power consuming Atom processor from 1GHz to 1.6GHz and each notebook will come with a minimum of 1GB of DDR2 RAM.
It will be fitted with a standard 2.5" notebook hard drive but reports suggest that an SSD option will be available if you are willing to spend the extra money.
It will come with a 6-cell battery which is said to provide 6 - 7 hours of battery life and will come preinstalled with Linux with a Windows operating system a later option.
If the reports we are seeing are correct, it is said to sell from about $450 USD all the way up to the high-end configured model, which will set you back a little over $1,000 USD, and of course takes it right out of the low-cost notebook market.
There has been plenty of exciting news come out of the CeBIT trade show in Germany on the VGA front but one subject which we didn't see getting as much attention as it has is competitors to the almighty ASUS Eee PC.
We have already seen products demoed by Acer, GeCube and anothers and now Taiwanese motherboard maker ECS gets into the game to spice things up even more.
During the trade show, ECS were showing off its G10IL notebook which should end up costing less than $500 USD but doesn't disappointed in the features department.
While ECS could have used some more imagination in the naming department, the potential "Eee killer" sports a stylish white finish and even comes with 3.5G HSDPA support built-in. it also has all the usual goodies such as three USB 2.0 ports, single webcam, Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem. There is no mention of wireless or Bluetooth support but you would think it would be a given considering it packs in a HSDPA data card.
We will hassle ECS once they get back to Taiwan and learn more about it and report back to you.
ASUS has just announced it will begin shipping its Eee PC with Windows XP pre-installed.
This news has been floating around for a while and many users were able to install XP themselves as the Eee PC is capable of running the Microsoft operating system. ASUS didn't mention any pricing details in its press release or if they will still ship the Eee PC with Linux but we assume they will as by pre-installing XP, it will add a price premium.
Groundbreaking ASUS Eee PC Provides Greater Ease to Work, Learn and Play
Taipei, Taiwan, March 5, 2008 - Amidst great expectations, ASUS today launched the ASUS Eee PC pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP. This new offering of the ever-popular Eee PC promises to let users enjoy an efficient online and work management experience with the incorporated Windows Live and Microsoft Works features. This will help create additional opportunities for students and other personal PC users who desire a portable and affordable PC to easily access the Internet virtually anywhere.
Read the full press release here.
GeCube is displaying its small black Genie PC at CeBIT which is clearly built to rival the mighty and hugely successful ASUS Eee PC.
The Genie weights in at just 950 grams (30 grams heavier than the Eee) and measures 230 x 146 x 33mm making it similar in size and weight to the Eee. It will come with a built-in 2200mAh LI-ion battery which offers up to 3.5 hours of battery life. It has built-in USB 2.0 interface with 10/100 Ethernet and appears as if it will be bundled with 802.11b/g wireless and Bluetooth dongle.
No surprises here, it includes Linux on an unspecified X86 CPU which we hope to learn more about soon. The screen is capable of an 800 x 480 resolution and it appears as if it includes no less than two built-in web cameras.
We will visit GeCube when they are back in Taiwan to learn more about this interesting device. We will try and steal one while they are not looking!
According to Engadget, the ASUS Eee PC is set to get an upgrade.
The specifications mentioned are 1GB of RAM up from 512MB, a 9" display, up from 7" display (8.9" to be exact), up to 12GB of SDD storage capacity an increase for the 4GB standard model and 8GB deluxe model, and last but not least, the price goes from 299Ä to 399Ä.
While all these specs have not been confirmed, the rumor mill seems to be accepting them as a foregone conclusion. There is a Press event later today at CeBIT and all should be revealed then.
For pictures of the new EEE PC go here.