I have seen a few devices on the market with screens you can see through. I don't think I would like being able to see what's on the other side of my notebook through the screen. It would be distracting to me for sure.
Samsung showed off a notebook concept a while back that has a screen you could see through that used AMOLED tech. Apparently the machine was well received because Samsung is rumored to be getting the notebook ready to launch in the next 12 months with the clear screen and all.
It appears that Samsung sees a big market for see through screens and is moving to be a big player in the market. The transparent screen really seems like a gimmick to me on a notebook. I can see something like a GPS device for cars that you can see through that can be mounted to the windshield, which Samsung is said to be considering.
I find it very humorous that the FCC often leaks products ahead of the official launch and announcement. Over the years, we have caught early glimpses of gear from the FCC well ahead of launch despite letters attached to the FCC documents asking for confidentiality.
The testers at the FCC don't put much weight in requests by manufacturers I guess and today we get another early look at a new notebooks thanks to the FCC. The LG X20 has turned up on the FCC as it makes its way thought the certification process. The device weighs 2.6 pounds with its 4-cell battery.
The screen is 10.1-inches and it runs the Intel N450 processor along with Intel GMA 3150 graphics. The little netbook will have up to 2GB of RAM, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, and WiFi. The keyboard has the popular chicklet keys and there is no word on pricing or availability.
The economy in America is slowly starting to come back, but it will be a long time yet before things are back to normal. The computer industry was hit hard by the poor economy and while things were bad, the netbook was booming with significantly increased sales.
StrategyAnalytics reports that in 2009 shipments of netbooks grew by a massive 79% to 30.2 million units shipped globally. Many in the notebook industry lamented this fact because an increase in netbook sales meant that the overall average price of a notebook went down significantly.
The research firm reports that the companies with the largest share of the netbook market were Acer, Asus, HP, and Dell. Asus is the father of the netbook movement and was the first to show off a netbook back in 2007.
For a long time the only color, options you really had for notebooks were black or blue. Today there are more notebook colors to choose from with pink, white, red, and many more. Sony has dropped a new line of notebooks today that have colors that would make the Easter Bunny reach for his shades.
The VAIO E line can be had in bright colors like coconut white, gunmetal black, lava black, hibiscus pink, iridescent blue, and Caribbean green. Optional skins can be purchased to give the keyboard a contrasting color and a mouse with two colors can be ordered too.
Aside from the bright colors, the notebook uses Intel Core i3 or i5 CPUs, up to 500GB of storage, up to 8GB of RAM, and features WiFi and Bluetooth. Sony claims the machines are good for up to 3.5 hours of use per charge. Pricing starts at $799.
There are different types of notebooks for different types of users. Some want small and portable machines to carry with them on the go. Other users want a large notebook with a big screen for use in the home or office along the lines of the new MSI CR720 that debuted today.
The notebook is aimed at the media enthusiast and has a sound system with two speakers and a subwoofer. The machine has a 17.3-inch LED backlit LCD with a resolution of 1600 x 900. MSI uses Windows 7 Home Premium and the notebook will use an unspecified Intel Core processor that is new for 2010.
Other features include Intel GMA HD integrated graphics, Intel HM55 chipset, up to 500GB of storage, and up to 4GB of RAM. The notebook has 802.11b/g/ draft N WiFi and Bluetooth along with a 1.3MP webcam. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.
MSI has been making notebooks for a long time now, but most of us know them more for the Wind line of netbooks than anything else. MSI makes all sorts of full-size notebooks too and the company has debuted a pair of machines that are almost identical.
The new notebooks are the CX420 and the CR420 and the only difference is that where the lower-end CR420 gets Intel GMA HD graphics only, the CX420 gets the Intel GMA HD GPU along with an ATI HD5470 GPU. The CX420 can change between the two GPUs depending on the needs of the user.
Common features of the two machines include a 14-inch LED backlit LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The machines use Windows 7 Home Premium and will have one of the new 2010 Core processors from Intel. Storage is up to 500GB and the machines can have up to 4GB of RAM. Other features include HDMI out, webcam, and a 6-cell battery along with WiFi.
First spotted at CES earlier this month, Alienware's first netbook, the M11x was displayed on show and was said to be launched sometime this Spring for less than 1k.
Fresh details have surfaced which let us know the base price is set quite a bit lower than this at just $799. This gives you a very shmick looking unit with 11.6-inch display, NVIDIA GT335M switchable graphics and 6.5 hours of battery life.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Logitech V450 Nano Wireless Laptop Mouse - $24 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great value on this Logitech V450 Nano wireless mouse. The nano receiver is so tiny, you can leave it plugged into your laptop. The V450 usually runs over $40. Great price!
The saga of the OLPC XO laptop has been long and riddled with disappointment. The machine was first envisioned to be a sub-$100 notebook that could be used in education around the world. The machine ultimately came in at a much higher price than originally envisioned.
The XO 1.5 has turned up over at the FCC in lovely line art form. The machine has already been spied in the wild a few times and the FCC clearance means we should see it here in America soon.
The specs that have been rumored so far include a VIA C7-M processor and VX855 chipset capable of 3D graphics and HD video. The price of the machine is unknown as is a launch date; I bet it costs more than a $100.
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Notebook bags and cases are a dime a dozen and they are typically all pretty much the same. The things have the same features, look the same, and are honestly pretty boring for the most part. A new case has surfaced aimed at MacBook users called the Book Book that is actually pretty darn cool.
The Book Book case comes in two sizes with one for 13-inch MacBooks and another for 15-inch MacBooks. I would assume if your PC is about the same size, you could use the Book Book for a Windows notebook too.
The outside of the case looks like a hard cover book and is covered in black or red distressed leather. The distressing is done by hand making each of the covers unique. You can grab your own Book Book now for $79.99.
The folks at Digitimes have learned that ASUS are planning to release their first Ion 2 based Eee PC in April with a decent sized lineup of netbooks to follow throughout the year.
The company is looking to phase out its Atom N270 and N280 based Eee PCs by the end of Q2, whilst Atom N450 models are to said to take a price drop down to around NT$14,000.
There is also word of a 12-inch AMD Congo based Eee PC hitting the market in February priced at NT$18,000 as well as the rotatable 10-inch touchscreen Eee PC T101 unit becoming available around the same time.
We heard a little info on the new Toshiba E205 notebook at CES. The machine is a Best Buy exclusive notebook. The biggest feature is the integration of Intel Wireless Display tech into the machine to allow for wireless video streaming.
The notebook was originally tipped at a price of $999.99. Best Buy lists the machine available for shipping right now for $899.99. For that price you get an Intel Core i5-430M processor, 4GB of RAM, a 14-inch screen, and a 500GB HDD.
The machine ships with a Netgear Push2TV adapter to be used with the Intel Wireless Display tech to send video and other content wirelessly to your TV. The machine also ships with anti-virus software at the base price.
Fujitsu has been making tiny convertible UMPCs and notebooks for a long time. The things can be used like a regular notebook and the screen can rotate for use as a tablet as well. Fujitsu pulled the wraps off a small notebook called the UH900 at CES that lacked the convertible style we are used to seeing in Fujitsu UMPCs.
The UH900 spied at CES was a fixed screen notebook, but a section of the machines user manual has led to speculation and confusion. The section is titled "using the system as a tablet" and outlines how to use the notebook in tablet layout without damaging the keyboard.
The confusion comes in that the UH900 is not a convertible notebook. Speculation goes two ways. First, it could be a simple misprint since the user manual is probably the same one used for some convertible models. Second option is that the user manual was printed to be used for the UH900 we already know about and an unannounced convertible machine. My money is on misprint.
I talked a bit about the new Sony Vaio Z notebooks about a week ago during CES. At the time, we only had the most basic information on the ultraportable, but it sounded really cool. Sony has gone official with specs and a launch date for two Z models.
The machines both have Quad SSD storage writing data to four SSDs at the same time. The Z series will also use hybrid graphics with an NVIDIA GT 330M and Intel HD graphics. The high-end VPCZ11Z9E will use an Intel Core i7-620M CPU. It will also get 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of quad SSD storage. The 13.1-inch LCD has 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The VPCZ11X9E machine comes with Intel Core i7-520M CPU and 4GB of RAM. Its 13.1-inch LCD has a resolution of 1600 x 900. It uses 128GB of quad SSD storage and sports the same graphics combo. Both machines are set to ship at the end of March. Pricing is unknown at this time.
For most of us what bag we carry our notebook and gear in when we travel is really an afterthought. However, it is something that you should think about considering how much time you can save by not having to fight with getting your notebook in and out of the bag for security.
Booq has a new laptop bag called the Taipan that is designed to fit 13-inch MacBooks and 14-in PC notebooks. The notebook side of the bag is well padded and designed to let x-rays through the bag so you don't have to remove it. The bag opens 180-degrees to allow you to place it flat on the security conveyor belt.
The bag has a removable shoulder strap and the handles can be tucked away. It can be carried on the shoulder or like a brief case and it has a waterproof exterior. Pockets for accessories, pens, paper, and other items are built-in as well. You can get the Taipan now for $89.95.
Of all the companies out there in the notebook and consumer electronics world, Apple seems to generate more rumors than any of them. The speculation on what new products it will be producing seems never ending.
An email from Intel sent to members of its retail worker program called the Intel Retail Edge has surfaced that invited the members to register to win a pair of new MacBook Pro notebooks. The new notebooks are said to sport Intel Core i5 processors.
Those processors haven't been officially announced as coming to the MacBook yet. Speculation is that we will hear more about the new processors at the Apple event being held later this month. This is the same event that people are expecting the Apple tablet to be released at.
CES 2010 - CES is so large you can never get a change to cover everything or everyone at the show. While running from one meeting to another an ASUS notebook caught my eye and I had to double back to take a closer look at it. If you are like me you use a notebook 90% of the time, even at home and having a really nice, large display is key to being efficient. I will have to contact ASUS in the coming days to get the full story on this stunning piece of portable art since as of now I don't even know the name of the product.
Here she is in all her glory. The display was designed to show off the audio of the system but for a power user this would make a nice notebook for writing review or working professional applications on.
As you can see there isn't a normal trackpad at the bottom but there may be two on either side of the keyboard. Hopefully we are able to get more information about this product in the coming days and share with everyone.
Every time I fly, I worry about my electronics like my camera and my laptop. The last time I flew with my old camera a flight attendant broke it kicking my bag under the seat in front of me. If you worry about safety of your gear on flights, CaseCruzer has a new and rugged laptop bag for you.
The case is called the NiteCruizer 2 and has expandable lid storage that will fit most 13 to 17-inch notebooks. The interior also has a 2-inch door that lets travelers slide their notebook into a sleeve. The case measures 21.75" L x 13.75" W x 8.99" and weighs 12.5 pounds when empty.
The base of the carry-on is 5.5 inches deep allowing for personal items and some clothes if you pack light to be crammed inside. The case is made from a rigid plastic and is water proof to military standards.
Smartbooks are supposed to be cheap and small computers that have the performance of a smartphone with larger screens in a form factor more like a netbook. When smartbooks were first described they were expected to be $200 or under. Some netbooks spied at CES were considerably more than $200 though.
Mobinnova has unveiled its new smartbook powered by NVIDIA Tegra called the Beam. The machine sports an ARM Cortex A9 CPU at 1GHz. The Tegra platform allows the small device to support full HD video. The screen is 8.9-inches and it has a resolution of 1024 x 600.
The operating system is Android and the device has integrated 3G connectivity for AT&T networks. The Beam has 512MB of RAM and 512MB of NAND flash for the OS. Storage is to a SSD ranging from 8-64GB and it has a SD card slot for storage expansion. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Just about everyone has realized that apps for smartphones and other devices can be a huge business. We can thank Apple and its 3 billion App Store downloads for bringing home the profitability of applications on many platforms.
Intel has announced a new app store that will be called AppUp aimed at netbook computers. The apps will be available for free download and some will be purchase apps. They will span multiple categories from business to games and much more.
The apps will run on Windows netbooks and those running Moblin-based operating systems. Support for other runtime environments will be added later in 2010. Manufacturers participating in the AppUp store include Acer, Asus, Dell, and Samsung among others.