HP has expanded the battery recall it issued originally back in May of 2009. The battery recall covered 70,000 units when first issued due to a risk of overheating and fire.
Last week HP announced that it was expanding the recall to cover another 54,000 units in multiple notebook lines from HP and Compaq. The recall this time is also due to potential overheating and fire hazard.
With Amazon.com offering a Kindle e-book software application for PCs and ASUS shifting a lot of its netbooks and notebooks through there as well, the two mobs have decided to help each other out a bit here.
This already gives food for thought on just what other discussions ASUS and Amazon are now having (Psst, Eee Pad).
Graduation day is here for high school and college students around the country. Many high school students are getting ready to head away from home to college this fall and will need some stuff to get by. Best Buy has a nice combination offer for graduates that includes two essential items.
For $899.98 the bundle includes an Xbox 360 Arcade game console and your choice of one of two computers. Both computers are laptops and share most of the same features. Both run windows 7 Home Premium, have Core i5 CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDDs.
Rugged computers are really important in many environments. For instance in the medical industry where users are up and moving around all day machines are prone to be dropped. This is the environment where you tend to find many rugged tablets because they can be used with one hand and are able to survive some drops.
Motion Computing has announced a pair of new rugged tablet PCs with new features and more performance. The new models include the F5v Tablet PC and C5v MCA. Both of the machines are the first slate tablets to have Intel Core vPro processors inside.
ASUS' well suited up Eee PC 1215N finally got into the hands of the folks at Netbooknews this week in which they were able to give a full hands-on video preview for us as well as showing it running in FutureMark's 3DMark2003.
The cheapest MacBook in the land got an update this week that brought with it new CPUs and graphics for the machine. There was also one significant feature that wasn't so obvious at first glance added to the machine.
MacRumors reports that the MacBook now has the capability of sending both audio and video out over the Mini DisplayPort. That means a buyer using the new MacBook can connect the notebook to their HDMI equipped TV using an available adapter.
Right now, there isn't a list of adapters supporting the feature offered, but that should come soon. The sub-$1000 MacBook will make for a decent HTPC machine with this new feature.
Packard Bell are planning to extend their EasyNote TM series of 15.6-inch sized notebooks with some AMD Danube powered models coming out this summer. Existing models in the series are all powered by Intel's Calpella platform, whilst these upcoming 'AMD VISION' units will give options for up to a quad-core Phenom II processor and DX11 graphics.
As shown above, the new series will be available in four colours - NightSky Black, Silk Silver, Starlight White and Cashmere Red. Configuration options include up to 640GB of storage, choice of DVD or Blu-ray drive, multi-card reader and HDMI output. Packard Bell will also include a Social Networks key enabling quick connection to contacts on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr as well as a copy of Adobe's Photoshop Elements 8.
The folks over at T-Break spotted a couple upcoming tablets from MSI on display at the DCC event in Fujairah, UAE which kicked off yesterday.
Whilst they were unable to get hold of any specs, what they were able to do is get a couple shots of the two tablets and ascertain that one uses a 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen with a MicroSD slot and USB port resident. It's said to be shipping with Windows 7 later on this year.
The other tablet they saw is much more interesting with two individual screens that fold up notebook style. The screen on the bottom can be used as a keyboard or for things like two-page ebook reading. This unit is said to be running an Atom platform, also shipping with Windows 7 at launch.
The Eee PC netbooks have been a staple of the industry since netbooks came into existence, and the ASUS Eee PC 1215 is looking to make the newest iteration even more powerful than those that came before. With USB 3.0 support for high speed data transfer and Ion graphics to support the onboard graphics you can switch between as needed, this little netbook looks to stretch the limits of what a netbook is capable of.
With little notice Apple has just rolled out a MacBook refresh that is now available for purchase at the Apple Store in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and a few others, with a global launch to take place very soon now.
The new MacBook has a faster 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo in it along with NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics and a reported 10 hours of battery life, versus a maximum of 7 hours on its predecessor.
The CPU and GPU is actually the same as what Apple is using in its entry level 13-inch MacBook Pros, but the unit is selling for a good bit less at just $999 versus $1,199 for the Pro.
Asus has a netbook that meets just about any need a user might have. The company has one of the most diverse ranges of netbooks anywhere. A new netbook is in the works according to reports that has a cool new feature that will grab the attention of users looking save money on data plans.
The new netbook is said to have a phone module that plugs into the netbook. The purpose of the module is to let the user talk on the phone when the netbook isn't needed and then let the 3G data connection be shared between the devices when the user wants the netbook.
The device would let users have only one data plan for both the netbook and the mobile device. Considering that lots of devices aren't capable of being tethered, the device makes sense. However, the phone had better be decent.
I played with my share of Lego as a kid, but as I got older, I stopped messing with the little blocks much. My kids do play with Legos on occasion though and I get to build stuff with the little blocks. Many geeks take their childhood love of Lego to the next level when they get older.
We have seen all sorts of Lego creations like a Lego computer keyboard that looked cool, but didn't seem comfortable to type on. If you want the look of a Lego keyboard for your MacBook this cool set of stickers might work perfectly.
The stickers are made from Avery MPI material, I have no idea what that is, but presumably it will last. You peel them and stick them to your keyboard. The single set that was on Etsy has sold, but the vendor may make your more is you want.
MSI today gives its Classis series of notebooks a new addition with the CX623, a 15.6-inch model based around Intels HM55/Core i5 platform with NVIDIA 310M discrete graphics.
The notebook includes all the expected features for a mid-range model including up to 500GB storage, 8GB RAM, 6 cell battery, WiFi (n), Bluetooth 2.1, 1.3M Webcam, HDMI, eSATA and chiclet style keyboard.
In MSI fashion there's a few exclusive technologies included like ECO power saving and color film print coating with cross-hatch design.
For further details including the specs list on the new CX623, check out the press release here.
Toshiba has revealed details on some new members in its Satellite Pro line-up of laptops for the European market which are set to be released something this quarter.
These laptops are designed primarily for business use and include both Intel i3/i5 and Athlon II (D model) powered options. There's the Satellite Pro L630 with a 13.3-inch screen, C650, C650D and L650 with 15.6-inch screens and L670/670D with a 17.3-inch screen. The displays are LED-backlit and resolutions are either 1366x768 or 1600x900 depending on the model.
The units can be spec'd up a good amount with options for up to 8GB RAM, 640GB storage, DVD or Blu-ray, Intel IGP or Mobility Radeon HD 5145 discrete graphics and Bluetooth 2.1.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Cosmic Night (06514FU) Tablet Netbook - $399 Shipped Free!.
Offer: The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Cosmic Night 06514FU is a netbook, but it's also a convertible tablet PC! Right now, Lenovo has this amazing netbook for just $399 with free shipping!
- 10.1" SD LED Glare and Multi-touch 1024x600
- 1.66GHz Intel ATOM Processor N450
- 1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
- 160GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- 4 Cell Lithium-Ion
- Windows 7 Starter
At a recent AMD event in Paris a tidy little CULV based notebook was on display from MSI based on the new AMD Vision mobile platform with an Athlon II Neo K325 dual core processor nestled inside running at 1.3GHz.
The notebook falls into MSI's Wind series, using a 12.1-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768. Other known specs include DX 10.1 integrated graphics, 4GB of system memory and a 320GB HDD.
The Wind U250 is expected to be released sometime this summeer. It will come with Windows 7 pre-installed.
Deal of the Day: MSI X600 Notebook with 15.6" Display, 4GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive and Windows 7 for $529.99 with Free Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - MSI X600 Notebook with 15.6" Display, 4GB of Memory, 320GB Hard Drive and Windows 7 for $529.99 with Free Shipping.
Offer: Considered one of the lightest and thinnest in its class, this ultraportable laptop still gives you a 15.6" display with a widescreen 1366x768 resolution. It weighs under 4.8lbs (even with the 6 cell battery) and This model features the ATI Radeon HD 4330 512MB video, 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, 320GB hard drive, HDMI, a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Solo ultra low voltage processor, an EXTERNAL dual layer DVD+/-RW drive (choose whether you want to take it with you or not), 802.11b/g/n, 6 cell battery and Windows 7 Home Premium. Just 6 months ago, this laptop was pushing $700+, now it's just $529.99 with shipping included.
Gateway has announced that it will be updating its entire line of NV notebooks over the coming weeks. The NV series is available with 15.6-inch and 17-inch screens in a variety of models.
The first of the machines to be updated is the Gateway NV59C09u. The machine has a 15.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 HD resolution and an integrated Blu-ray player. The machine will sell for $799.99, which is not bad at all, considering the feature set offered.
The machine runs an Intel Core i3-330M CPU, Windows 7 Home Premium, 4GB of RAM, and has a 320GB HDD. Other features include a 6-cell battery, HDMI output, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Intel Media Accelerator HD.
Kid Computers has just announced its latest toddler proof tablet PC based on Intel's 2010 Classmate, aimed primarily at children from as early as Kindergarten through year 12.
It goes without saying that a ruggedized design was the basis for this tablet style netbook along with a spill-resistant keyboard. The unit weighs in at between 1.39 and 1.59Kg and packs a 10.1-inch (1024x600) kid friendly, optimized touch screen.
Internally it uses a 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD and GMA 3150 IGP. Other features include a 1.3MP webcam, 10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and 4-cell battery.
You can purchase the Kids Classmate Tablet PC with a copy of Windows XP pre-installed for $649 U.S.
ASUS just finished up with its press conference today in Taipei which launched a range of new notebooks from 13.3-inch all the way up to the monster 18.4-inch NX90JQ desktop replacement model that we will go hands-on with after this one.
The ASUS U33Jc was first shown during CES, but today we get to see the final shipping version that will go on sale in Taiwan and presumably around the world in the middle of next month. In Taiwan it has a street price that works out to be 1300 USD, it may end up being slightly cheaper in the US. Watch the video just above and then read on.
This 13.3-inch notebook weighs in at 1.8KG and comes with an impressive 8 cell battery that ASUS claims can provide up to 11 hours of on the go power, of course in the best case scenario. We checked Windows batter life and it was stating around 9 hours left with about 90% charge - not bad at all. What is interesting is that this model doesn't include any optical drive, so it looks like it will be suited for the folks out there who download movies rather than watch them on DVD or Blu-ray.
This is one of the first notebooks we have seen that includes USB 3.0 and that's another reason the asking price is pretty high. There is a single USB 3.0 for fast transfers between your devices and the rest are USB 2.0. It comes with 2GB f DDR3 memory, for the price we would have rather seen 4GB included for smoother operation. There is also a 500GB 7,200 RPM drive included and it's all powered by the new Intel Core i5-450M processor.
Oh, but wait, we missed out one of the major selling points. The front wrist rest area is made totally out of bamboo and the back area behind the LCD is also made out of bamboo. Along with its sexy chicklet keyboard, it's a pretty nice looking notebook with good build quality.
The first notebook that ASUS launched today during its press conference in Taipei was the monster-sized NX90JQ 18.4-inch desktop replacement notebook.
The thing is really a monster. Besides the massive 18.4-inch screen, it has two large speakers on each side of the screen that are designed and created by Bang & Olufsen and work alongside ASUS' Sonic Master audio technology. The whole focus on this notebook during the conference was its audio and multimedia quality and it seems pretty good. Watch our hands-on video just above and then read on.
They had it hooked up at the front of the stage and everyone in the large room filled with about 200 people were able to hear it clearly enough. Interestingly enough though and during our hands-on, we tried some basic sample audio and it sounds a little tinny. There is no extra speaker on the bottom of the unit to create LFE (bass), but having said that, it did sound pretty good for a notebook, but at the price it should.
It should go on sale in the middle of July and it has a street price of just a tad under 2,700 USD after converting from Taiwan dollars. It may end up cheaper in the US and we did hear talk of it costing 2,500 USD in the US during the event today. Rounding out the specifications is a powerful and new Intel Core i7-720QM processor, USB 3.0, NVIDIA GeForce 334M 1GB graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard disk drive.
This big, heavy and expensive beast isn't for me, but for those looking for a solid large desktop replacement with great performance and good audio quality, this could be the one for you if you have the bucks.