Averatec has unveiled what it claims to be the world's thinnest and lightest 10-inch netbook. The N1200 will come in a few different models with prices of $329 to $379. Some version will have Windows 7 and others will use XP.
The line is under an inch thick and uses a magnesium alloy case to cut weight to 2.2 pounds. The line uses the Intel Atom N450 CPU and has a 1.3MP webcam. Storage options are 160GB or 250GB HDDs and 1GB of RAM is standard.
Up to 2GB of RAM is supported. The difference in the machine is the amount of storage space, OS, and if Bluetooth is featured. Battery life on the high-end version is promised to be up to six hours with other versions lasting up to three hours.
Asus is pulling the wraps off a lot of gear at CeBIT this week. Among the offerings getting official at the show is the new line of N series notebooks that all run the same hardware and vary in screen size. The machines will also offer superior sound systems.
Asus will be using its SonicMaster specifications for sound along with amplified Altec Lansing speakers on the line. All models will get Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processor options and Radeon HD 5730 or GeForce GT 325M graphics.
Storage is up to 640GB and up to 8GB of RAM is supported. WiFi and Bluetooth are built in and all the machines use 6-cell batteries. The difference is screen size with the N61J getting a 16-inch 1366 x 768 screen, the N71J getting a 17.3-inch 1600 x 900 screen, and the N82J getting a 14-inch 1366 x 768 screen.
You can walk into many dollar stores and other discount sellers of all sorts of junk around the country and run across electronics from Coby. The manufacturer is infamous for its cheap offerings of all types. Coby has shown off its new smartbook at CeBIT.
Engadget spent some hands on time with the little Coby smartbook. The machine has an $85 price, 7-inch screen, and runs a 624MHz Marvell PXA303 processor. It has 2GB of flash storage and runs Windows CE for that price.
Basically, you are looking at a cheap machine that will let you surf the net and check email. The smartbook is expected in America this spring and would be a great kid's computer.
Maingear makes a line of desktop and notebook computers that are typically aimed at gamers. The company is set to unveil a new multimedia notebook today called the mX-L 15. The notebook will use Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
The machine will start at $999 and uses DDR3 RAM. Other features include ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics, an optional 15.6-inch screen is LED backlit screen with 1600 x 900 resolution. WiFi is built in along with a 2MP webcam. The OS is Windows 7.
The keyboard has a full number pad, typically only found on larger notebooks. Storage options will include various SSDs and HDDs and a DVD burner will be built-in. The standard screen on the notebook is a 1366 x 768 LCD with CCFL backlighting.
Sascha of netbooknews.de has managed to get some playtime with ASUS' upcoming Eee PC 1018P during a CeBIT conference and first impressions are real good, calling it "by far the most solid Eee PC I've ever, ever, ever had in my hands and the best keyboard I ever had on an Eee PC".
This is ASUS' first aluminum netbook and it sure looks sweet enough, coming in both silver and black aluminum attire.
The 1018P's internal specs include Intel's Atom newly released N470 CPU (1.83GHz), 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD and an option for 3G, whilst the 10-inch screen sticks with a 1024x600 resolution.
ASUS will be shipping the netbook with Windows 7 Home Premium. No word on pricing or availability at the minute.
For a stack more images of the Eee PC 1018P head over to the source.
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HP has pulled the wraps off several new notebooks today. Among the new machines are the EliteBook 2740p, EliteBook 2540p, and a new s-series in the HP ProBook family. The 2740p is a convertible tablet PC with a 12.1-inch screen weighing 3.8 pounds. Numerous battery and screen options are available for the notebook.
The EliteBook 2540p is the lightest machine in the EliteBook line with a 12.1-inch screen and several Intel Core processor options. The ProBook line gets new 14-inch 4420s, 13.3-inch 4320s, 15.6-inch 4520s, and 17.3-inch 4720s notebooks.
The ProBook S-series starts at $719 and will have processors ranging from Core i3, i5, and i7 lines. The EliteBook 2540p starts at $1099, the 2740p starts at $1599, and all will ship in the US next month.
Dell has just updated its specification options for its Pine-Trail based Mini 10 netbook with what it calls the "Performance Plus" configuration.
The higher performing model makes use of Broadcom's Crystal HD chip to assist in giving high-definition video acceleration so that less CPU cycles are pulled from the little Atom.
Other specs include a 10-inch screen capable of outputting a resolution of 1366x768 and an audio controller with support for SRS DSP audio effects. Also improved on is HDD capacity, going from the 160GB HDD on the base model to 250GB.
You can now choose the Performance Plus pack for the Mini 10 on Dell's website at about $410.
I really hate it when someone takes their trademarks to the extreme. Smartbook AG did this when it pretty much sat back on it haunches letting the term smartbook grow to a common term like netbooks before it started threatening any one uttering the term smartbook with legal action.
After playing internet bully to protect "smartbook", which Qualcomm and other providers say is protected by a trademark of dubious value, the company's latest offering isn't even a smartbook. The machine is called the Logo and is a 1.3kg ultra-thin notebook running an Intel CPU.
The machine has an 11.6-inch screen, CULV Intel CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, and a 3G modem. Battery life is promised to be 8 hours and the machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium. Pricing is expected at about $952. Here's wishing you a big bag of fail Smartbook AG.
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Toshiba has a full array of notebooks and netbooks to meet just about any need. The company has gaming notebooks, ultra portables and just about any other machine you might want. Toshiba announced its M780 Tablet convertible and Satellite Pro U500 machines a while back.
Toshiba has now announced that both of the machines are available and both machines have been priced. The M780 is available starting at $1,279 in several configurations using Intel Core processors, DDR3 RAM, and Windows 7 Pro. The machine has a 12.1-inch screen and more.
The U500 is also now available and can be had starting at $949. A version with an optical drive and backlit keyboard is available for $1,099. The machine has a range of Core processors, Windows 7, HDMI output and lots more.
Toshiba has just added the new Satellite Pro T110 laptop into its lineup, this one said to be designed for SMB, Education and public sector customers in the states.
The T110 uses an 11.6-inch LED-backlit screen running a native res of 1366x768. It uses Intel's Celeron 743 processor together with 2GB of RAM, integrated GMA 4500M graphics and a 250GB hard disk.
Other features include a 5-in-1 card reader, built-in webcam, 10/100 LAN, WiFi and 6-cell battery promising up to 8.3 hrs of runtime.
Toshiba will be offering up the T110 with a one year warranty at a starting price of $479.
There has been a lot of talk about smartbooks, which are basically a larger smartphones running the same sort of hardware your smartphone uses. The machines are not popular yet, but ABI Research thinks that the smartbook market will be huge by 2015.
The research firm issued the results of a new study this week that predict by 2015 the smartbook market will ship 163 million machines each year. Two of the big firms pushing the smartbook market are Qualcomm and Freescale.
I am sure we will see lots of smartbooks with ARM processors inside as well. Other players in the market are expected to be TI and NVIDIA with its Tegra line. Smartbooks have a long way to go before they catch on in the market considering there are only a few like the Mobinnova Beam pictured here on the market today.
Lenovo has debuted several new notebooks today and easily the coolest, most interesting, and expensive of the bunch is the new W701ds. The ds notebook has two screens and is also available in a single 17-inch screen version.
The W701ds version has the 17-inch screen plus a slide out 10.6-inch WXGA screen on the right side of the main screen. CPU options include the Core i7-920 Extreme or i7-820QM quad core. Windows 7, Vista Ultimate, or XP Pro are the OS choices. Graphics options include the Quadro FX 3800M or FX 2800M.
Both notebooks have X-Rite color calibration and Wacom digitizers. Storage is up to 500GB with 80GB or 128GB SSD options as well. Connectivity includes a single USB 3.0 port, four USB 2.0 ports, VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort. The single screen machine weighs almost nine pounds. The W701 starts at $2,199 and the W701ds starts at $3,799.
In attendance At MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2010 last week the folks over at Netbooknews.de managed to get some time to benchmark Acer's Aspire One 532G netbook which is the first to come out based on NVIDIA's next-gen ION 2 platform. What they learned from running it in Futuremark's now well obsolete 3DMark03 benchmark suite was pretty dissapointing :-
A mere 3049 3DMarks, placing it in an even lower performance catagory than many first generation Ion systems.
It's thought that this could be due to a lack of bandwidth in available PCI Express lanes from Intel's NM10 chipset. The Pine Trail Atom N450 CPU in this system makes use of the DMI bus to connect the CPU and chipset, however NVIDIA lacks licencing agreements which would have allowed them to use the same setup.
It could also be simply because of premature driver support or something else minor that can easily be sorted in time for the official launch. Hard to know at this stage.
When I think about LG, I think about cool TVs and home theater gear more than I think about notebooks and netbooks. The company has notebooks and netbooks in its line though and it has unveiled a couple new models in Korea.
The new machines include the X200 netbook with the Pine Trail 1.66GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 250GB of storage and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. The machine has WiFi as well and uses a chicklet style keyboard.
The T280 is the first notebook from LG to use CULV processors. The CPUs available include a Pentium dual-core unit and a Core 2 Duo CPU. The display is 11.6-inches and it can be had with 2GB of RAM, WiFi, GMA 4500 graphics and more. Storage is either to a 320GB HDD or a 500GB HDD depending on the CPU chosen. The X200 has passed the FCC so it should and in America soon.
Australian based "Pioneer Computers" is now selling a little 7-inch Atom-less smartbook dubbed the DreamBook Lite E79 which is powered by an ARM based Samsung processor running at 533MHz. It runs Microsoft's Windows CE 5.0 OS and includes 128MB RAM and 2GB of flash storage, as well as having an SD card slot for the ability to increase your storage capacity.
This little number runs dimensions of 213.5mm x 145mm x 32mm, weighing in at just 800 grams. The screen as mentioned is 7-inch in size running a resolution of 800x480. Other specs include integrated graphics, LAN, WiFi, headphone jack and three USB 2.0 ports.
Pioneer Computers are now shifting this unit directly from their website at $199AUD which carries a 1 year warranty. A 3G equipped model can also be purchased at additional cost.
The Soothsayer warned to beware the ides of March. If you are a MacBook fan ready to jump on a new MacBook Pro in the next few weeks you might want to wait. There are numerous reports popping up that an update is coming next month.
Exactly what the update will be is unknown, but a good guess would be an update to the new Intel Core i5 processor line for the series. There have been reports at several publications that screen shots of inventory computers for major American and Canadian retailers are pointing to a date of March 14.
One store worker at a Canadian Best Buy claims to have seen newly configured MacBooks in inventory that had not hit stores yet. We all know how Apple rumors go; they are false more often than not. Still, the MacBook Pro line is due for a refresh so I would wait a few weeks before you buy.
HP gave word to the folks at Engadget that since being first displayed at CES last month, several improvements have been made to its upcoming Compaq AirLife 100 Android PC and more confirmation was given as to its final specs list. With that, Engadget managed to tee up a time to come visit HP and get an update along with some video coverage on how it's shaping up.
They learn that it will indeed be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon and HP aims to sell it exclusively through a deal with Telefonica. It isn't a Google certified device so unfortunately the user won't be able to access Google's Android Market, but Telefonica will give access to its own service called mstore which hopefully offers a good range of easily accessible store offerings alone.
As per the video demonstration below, it looks really well rounded features wise with 10.1-inch touchscreen and the option to use a touchpad with three handy Android buttons for home, menu and back. The video shows the unit to be quite zippy with no stuttering when scrolling etc.
The Compaq AirLife 100 is said to become available sometime this Spring, but pricing hasn't yet been disclosed. Check out the video below for the demo.
Acer has beat the competition to unveiling the first NVIDIA ION 2 powered netbook to the masses with its new Aspire One 532G.
The folks over at Notebookitalia have kindly produced a video showing off their sample and it looks like it'll be a real winner.
Using a 10.1-inch LED backlight display, this netbook uses the N450 Atom processor running at 1.66GHz, but what is particularly nice to see is the use of NVIDIA's GT218 GPU with 512MB of dedicated memory.
To maintain optimal battery life (around 10 hrs or so), the GT218 is only called upon during graphics intensive tasks such as gaming, CUDA specific apps or video acceleration. In a normal working environment the more efficient GMA 315 IGP will be in action.
Acer plans to start shipping the Aspire One 532G by the end of this quarter; not long to wait!
Multi-display hungry mob gScreen had plans to bring a dual 15.4-inch notebook to market, but despite seeing pre-production samples floating about, it never became a reality for the masses.
However, the latest news is that the company is still heavily focused on bringing a dual-screen notebook to market and is apparently now working on the SpaceBook 17 which uses two 17.3-inch LED backlit displays.
What has been learned about this new model thus far in terms of specs is the use of a Core i7-620M (2.66GHz) processor, 4GB of memory, the option of a 250 to 500GB 7200RPM hard disk, GeForce GTS 150 1GB GPU and a DVD-RW.
Other features include both WiFi and Bluetooth support, 6-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet and 9-cell battery. The notebook will come shipped with Windows 7 Professional and should preparation for the launch go smoothly, shipping will commence in May.