We are busy working on our hands-on coverage of the ASUS U33Jc from the Taipei press conference that just finished recently, so for now have a look at the video below provided by ASUS which shows off its upcoming range of U Series notebooks that are out due out half way through next month.
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The folks at Netbooknews have gotten a good scoop on AMD's upcoming Athlon II Neo platforms while in attendance at an AMD event held in Cannes, France.
In presenting three separate articles, the first looks at Acer's upcoming Aspire One 521 netbook which we first learned about towards the end of April. It will use a single core AMD V105 1.2GHz processor and has built-in Radeon HD 4225 graphics for HD support. You will find a couple videos (one being of some quality hands-on time with the unit) and a stack of official product shots here.
Also on display at the event was Acer's Aspire One 721 which is based on the new Athlon II Neo K325 dual core processor with a 12w TDP rating, each core working at 1.3GHz. The same Radeon HD 4225 IGP is used for this unit as is used in the Aspire One 521, giving smooth full HD video playback.
The notebook uses an 11.6-inch sized display with native resolution of 1366x768. The chassis is of the same design as Acer's existing Aspire 1830 series notebooks that use Intel's TimelineX CULV processors. You can read more about its feature set and see a bunch of product shots here.
And finally, also detailed is Acer's Aspire 1551 unit that boasts either the 1.3GHz Athlon II K325 dual core processor or the faster 1.5GHz K625 dual core model. But for the most part, it's basically just an extended SKU of the 721. You can catch some photos and details of it (including an official PR from Acer) here.
While the above articles were written in german, requiring the use of the (dodgey) Google translator, Sascha kindly arranged for some English hands-on videos, too. You can watch the pair of them directly below :-
Lenovo has added new machines to its IdeaPad line today including the cool looking U160. The new U160 has an 11.6-inch screen and is under an inch thick. It tips the scales at around three pounds.
The U160 starts at $699 and has CPU options including the Intel Celeron and Core i3/i5/i7 processors. The notebook has 4GB of RAM and up to 500GB of storage space.
Other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G connectivity. The machine also has three USB ports, memory card reader, VGA and HDMI out and the screen resolution is 1366 x 768.
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It hasn't been too long since Apple finally updated its MacBook Pro line of notebooks. The long delay is said to have been caused by a shortage of Intel 2010 Core processors. When the MacBook Pro line got their updates, the MacBook Air did not.
MacWorld Australia reports that a tipster who was right on the money with the MacBook Pro updates has said that the Air will get an update this week. The rumor stems from a new product turning up in the database with the product number MC516LL/A K87 BETTER BTR-USA.
That number is thought to be the Air, but Macworld reports it could also be a new display. A new 27-inch display is expected to land soon. Tuesday is the day Apple tends to add new gear to the store, so we shall see tomorrow if the Air gets an update.
Samsung has a lot of different notebooks and netbooks. The company has machines that fit into different categories for ultraportable and power users. The latest notebook offering from Samsung is the X170 and as you can tell from the retina burning pink hue and silhouette, the machine is for the Barbie girl.
The machine is an odd mix of what appears to be a machine aimed at younger girls with a Barbie doll that uses a tiny toy notebook that looks just like the full size rig and hardware aimed at adults. The Barbie motif would be better suited to a netbook aimed at kids I think.
The machine has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB HDD. It can also be had in black and it has Barbie themes and wall paper installed. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Sascha of Netbooknews has been able to get hold of a bunch of info and pics on Sony's new Vaio P netbook series scheduled for launch on May 22nd.
The original article is written in german, but in translation we can ascertain some key characteristics about the series.
As you can see from the shot above, it will be available in a range of colours. The display runs a resolution of up to 1600 x 1280. There is a built-in light sensor which measures ambient light and auto adjusts the display for optimal brightness (giving a helping hand in extended battery life).
Various speed Atom Z series (Silverthorne) processors can be chosen, ranging from the Z530 at 1.6GHz to the Z560 at 2.133GHz. Sony is also sticking with SSDs for the new-gen series, giving capacity options of 64, 128 and 256GB.
Other notable features include GPS, WiFi, 3G, WiMax and Bluetooth. Battery life can be anywhere from 5.5 to 11 hours, depending on the configuration of the model opted for.
All models are said to be shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. As mentioned previously, they should start to be rolled out from May 22nd with the starting price equivilent to 665 €.
Everytime we think we are finally done reporting that notebooks and related accessories pose a burn hazard, a new recall surfaces. Today Targus has issued a recall on about 507,000 notebook power adapters.
The affected power adapters were made by Comarco of Lake Forest California. So far, there have been 518 reports of the connector tips heating up and 53 reports of the tip melting the plastic case.
There have been eight reports that consumers that burned a finger or hand due to the overheating. The recall includes Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops. Only models with the following SKU numbers are affected by this recall: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04. They were sold at WalMart, Best Buy and other major retailers.
The netbook market has been booming with the poor global economy sending consumers looking for cheap machines. The economy is starting to come back now, sales of notebooks are picking up, and at the same time the iPad has hit the market and is beating the netbook for the dollars of many buyers.
Analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley has issued a report that claims the iPad is significantly hurting the netbook market. According to Huberty, the iPad is gobbling up a lot of netbook sales and she shows the chart above to demonstrate how sales of netbooks have dropped since the iPad was announced.
I am sure the iPad alone isn't responsible for the sharp decline in netbooks sales. People with more money to spend are likely buying better machines as well. There is still room for growth this year in the netbook market though and some analysts predict double-digit growth in the segment.
Toshiba has been in the notebook PC market for a long time with some decent offerings. A new rumor is going around today that the company is working on the world's lightest 13-inch notebook and is packing it with some sweet battery tech.
The machine is said to have Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 CPU options, a 512GB HDD or 512GB SSD, and more. Rumors peg the machine at a scant 1Kg with the SSD. The machine is also said to have a USB 3.0 docking station and a 16:9 aspect ratio screen.
The coolest part of the rumor is that the machine is said to use a SCiB battery. This battery claims to recharge to 90% full capacity in only 10 minutes. That would be awesome in a notebook.
Waiting for an ASUS Eee PC that cuts no corners? The upcoming 1215N is going to be the closest to the mark with a very impressive specs list.
This 12-inch next-gen ION equipped netbook will sport one of the new dual core Atom processors that Intel is yet to officially launch (likely in June) and is said to be clocked at 1.5GHz.
The inclusion of the 16 cores new gen ION together with this processor means 1080p video playback without breaking a sweat (and potentially a few modern games, too), whilst battery life will be looked after with the inclusion of Optimus which promises seamless switching between the Intel GMA 3150 and NVIDIA G318 GPUs depending on load scenarios.
Apparently the 1215 will become available by mid July for around 550-600 bucks US.
I have told many people that the iPad is sort of like a netbook without an attached keyboard. It has about the same performance and about the same screen size as a netbook. If you want to actually turn your iPad into a netbook, you might be able to do that using the ClamCase.
The ClamCase is a case for the iPad that holds it inside the lid of a Bluetooth keyboard you can use to type. I can see this thing being useful at a desk, but one of the things I like about the iPod is its portability on the go.
Full details of exactly how the case works and how much it costs aren't available right now. The ClamCase is expected to launch this fall.
HP has added a couple new notebooks to its line of Envy machines today along with tons of other notebooks for businesses and consumers. The new Envy machines are the most interesting though.
The two new machines have ATI HD5830 graphics for gaming, video, and 3D images. Both of the machines also have backlit keyboards, slot loading optical drives, and HD webcams.
Connectivity includes a mini DisplayPort connector and WiFi along with optional 3G modems on the 14. The Envy 14 has a 14.5-inch screen and is one of the thinnest quad-core notebooks available. Pricing starts at $999.99 for the Envy 14 and $1399.99 for the 17 and both will ship on May 19.
One of the things that I realized right away I would need for my iPad was a stand to lift the screen up for extended use. Looking down at the screen to watch a movie is very uncomfortable. There are gobs of iPad stands on the market now.
One of the latest stands is the X-Type from Bracketron. The stand is shaped like an X when opened and closes flat for storage and portability. The stand has adjustable angle from 0 to 35-degrees.
The open dimensions of the stand are 11 5/8" x 9 ½" and it weighs 5.2 ounces. The stand sells for $19.95 and shipping is an extra $10.
Development of Intel's Light Peak technology is moving along smoothly it seems. A recent demonstration they performed showed how well the 10Gbit/sec connection performs by pushing two simultaneous HD streams from a modified laptop into a nearby HDTV. The laptop was given a special 12mm square chip which allows it to convert the electrical signals into light pulses.
The setup used a special adapter and USB cable which allowed them to pair the regular electrical wires with optical cables. As the TV doesn't have a Light Peak connection, this needed a separate decoding box to receive the signal.
During the demonstration Intel chief technology officer, Justin Rattner said that while Intel has given Light Peak a headline figure of 10Gbit/sec, due to the use of fibres Light Peak theoretically has no limit when it comes to just how much bandwidth it could provide and Intel already has intent to increase the speed dramatically into the future, giving such abilities as supplying data to multiple displays using a single Light Peak connection.
Light Peak hardware is being promised to become available to manufacturers by the end of this year.
ASUS has just officially launched a new member in its Eee PC Seashell series dubbed the 1005PR. This model despite only being powered by the underwhelming Atom N450 1.66GHz processor, can give smooth HD playback to its 1366x768 LED backlit 10.1-inch display thanks to the inclusion of Broadcom's Crystal HD chip.
Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, 1.3MP webcam, WiFi (n), Bluetooth 2.1 and 6-cell battery giving up to 11 hours of life per full charge.
The 1005PR also includes a chiclet style keyboard. It shiped with a copy of Windows 7 Starter pre-installed and is backed with a one year warranty in the U.S. for an MSRP of $399.99.
For further details on it, check out the full press release here.
Most desk lamps only have one function. They are there to shed light on your dark desk. A new desk lamp with the odd name The Most Talented Light has turned up that can do more than just brighten your desktop.
The lamp has a number of adapters that are included with it to allow the device to charge notebooks needing up to 70W of power from most makers of notebooks. The light also has an iPhone and iPod charging dock built-in.
The lamp comes in several different colors and can be ordered globally for $89. The desk lamp uses an LED bulb needing only 3W of power.
Dell is always adding new machines to its line to appeal to shoppers. Dell has added a couple new notebooks to the Inspiron line today including the 15R and 17R.
The only real difference between the two is the screen size of 15-inches and 17-inches as you might expect but the name of the machines. The machines have Core i3 or i5 processor options, several color options, and memory card readers.
The notebooks also can be fitted with 1GB ATI discrete graphics cards, up to 640GB of storage, and up to 8GB of RAM. Other features include webcams, WiFi, Bluetooth, and track pads supporting gestures.
In the market for a new gaming notebook with gobs of graphical power on tap and little regard for battery life? - Then it would likely be of interest to you that NVIDIA looks to be planning to release its Fermi architecture to the mobile market in the form of the GTX 480M this June.
Indication of this is thanks to notebook maker, Eurocom, listing the GPU part (complete with a whopping 2GB of GDDR5 memory) on its website. The use of the MXM 3.0b interface gives a 256-bit link which ensures bandwidth isn't crippled, but the setup will require a lot of physical room, so expect notebooks with GTX 480M to be heavy, super-sized monsters.
Eurocom gives the option for GTX 480M on its 17-inch Cheetah/Panther and 18.4-inch Leopard desktop replacements, but you can't pair it up with their 15.6-inch Cougar, most likely due to space constraints.
There's a big premium required for this setup, too. In choosing GeForce GTX 480M over the top dog ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 for Eurocom's compatible models means a $345 markup; Ouch!
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