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Are you thinking you need the absolute fastest laptop on the planet? If you do and you have the cash you might want to check out the latest offering from Rock Xtreme.
The new Xtrem 790 and 840 would seem to have the top spot hands down. They each have at least one GTX280M and support for up to 6GB of DDR3 The Xtreme 790 has a 17-inch HD display, up to 1.5TB of storage (three 500GB drives in RAID),and an Intel Core i7 CPU.
The Xrtreme 840 features a larger 18.4 Inch display and Support for SLI GTX 280Ms and Core 2 Duo or Quad CPUs. Other nice extras on the 840 are customizable lighting, touch sensitive buttons and eight gaming buttons that can be setup for each game.
For extras both Xtreme models have USB 2.0, Wireless (b/g/n), a 7 in 1 card reader and a three year warranty. These come stock with Vista Home Premium but you get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it is available.
Not matter how you slice it these are going to cost you some serious money (the top model runs at over $3,700 USD) but if performance is your thing and you can take this type of heat on your lap these might be up your alley. You can pick one up at the end of the month.
There are renewed rumors about Apple working on a small ultra portable notebook. Despite Steve Jobs' comment that he did not know a way of making a computer for $800 that was not a hunk of junk these rumors have persisted.
The latest rumors seem to have some traction though. According to China Times three players in system manufacture have received direct orders from Apple. Dynapack, Wintek, and Foxconn.
The new book should be about 9.7-inches (just to be different) will be a touch screen (ok Multi-Touch) and should be in the $800 range. It is interesting that Foxconn will be making the new book as Quanta has taken over much of the manufacturing for MacBooks.
Of course this is all rumor and might not be a netbook, ultrathin or anything at all resembling one. Apple has a history of doing their own thing and I cannot see them trying to enter and really compete in the netbook market. This is especially considering the "cheap" label that netbooks have in the market.
Q3 will be a good quarter for Intel fans. In addition to Lynnfield Intel should release new Celerons (the SU2300 and 743) for ultrathin laptops. This will be in conjunction with the release of the Core 2 Extreme XE 2GHz, Core 2 Quad P2 1.73GHz and Core 2 Quad P1 1.6GHz. The last there are all Clarksfield CPUs.
The Clarksfield parts should launch more toward the Q3 to Q4 crossover date while the Celerons will hit near the end of September.
Desktop CPUs (as we have mentioned) will get the P55 and Lynnfield in early September (around the 10th). Server CPUs will get a nice improvement with a whole new range of Xeon CPUs coming out.
There was no word on when the new Xeons will be released but they should be out sometime in Q3. Intel is not commenting on the new information that has been leaked.
There is good news for netbooks; well it is good news for people that would like HD on their netbooks. It looks like Intel may have decided to increase the allowable screen resolution to 1366x768 this will include the coveted (by some) 720p range.
This move allows for netbook makers to use the N series Atom instead of having to go with the Z series. The size of the display is still limited to 10.2-inches. So if you do get 720p HD resolution you are still getting a very small display to watch it on.
Intel has been trying to establish a clear distinction between the low powered netbook and more mainstream notebooks. However many manufacturers would prefer to keep this line blurry as it enables them to market the netbook as a low cost notebook alternative.
Sony has entered the netbook market in the US. This is really not shocking news as just about everyone has a netbook these days. It is just the thing to do.
The new offering will still fall under the Vaio name (Vaio W). This confusingly named product will run similar to most other netbooks. The Vaio W will have an Atom N270, 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM, Windows XP and the rest of the usual trimmings.
What is different is the price, Sony is asking for $500 for this 10.1-inch book. I am not really sure if this is going to be worth it for most as you can get a similarly speced netbook from a couple of different vendors for much less.
Read more here
Hmmm this is interesting; despite hearing about how little AMD is interested in the netbook market we find news that there will be a new AMD based netbook available soon.
The company responsible for this is called Medion the name of the book will be the Akoya Mini E1312.
What makes it even more interesting is that although the product is classified as a netbook it is using a low powered Sempron 2100U and an ATi Radeon TM Xpress 1250 Graphics Chip. The rest of the E1312 is pretty common with an 11.6 Inch display, 160GB HDD, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1.3 MP web camera, WiFi (b/g/n) you know the drill by now.
The Sempron 2100U should offer better performance than the Atom single core CPUs while the Radeon 1250 is going to be much more snappy than the Intel graphics found in most flavors of netbooks today. What is not know is how this new book will stand up if placed head to head against an Atom on an ION based device.
In nVidia news today, it looks like Samsung will be offering an ION powered netbook soon.
At least according to Engadget's Spanish site. They say that a magazine called Netbook Italia is claiming that Samsung will have their ION powered N150 out by July.
Specs should include a 1.66GHz Atom, 11.6-inch display, 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD.
Read more here
The N510 boasts a 1.66 GHz N280 processor, 11.6-inch WXGA display, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3-in-1 card reader, and a 6-cell battery. The addition of a GPU should help out quite a bit when viewing HD video, although we're guessing this could take its toll on battery life. Either way, we'll find out soon enough
We have heard tell that MSI will likely (paper) launch its brand new MS-1241 tomorrow based on AMD's Yukon platform.
The little lappie is a lightweight, low-cost 690E which MSI hopes will be something of a challenger to HP's Dv2. Not that it's particularly hard to challenge the DV2 in this writer's opinion.
The MS-1241 will likely use a 15w AMD Yukon U210 processor somewhere around the 1.5Ghz mark with the RS-690E chipset.
MSI has something of a track record of introducing AMD notebooks that are initially buggy and then get better over time (generally with more QA). This was certainly the case with Puma and the previous generation, although we hope that's not the case here since the Yukon platform is already somewhat challenged and over priced.
Still, AMD tells us there are more than 20 new 2nd gen ultrathin platforms coming to market next quarter, so even if Yukon melts away, there's plenty to look forward to.
In the world of cellular phones the leading manufacturer in the world is not Apple like many think; but Nokia. This Finnish cellular giant has been a player in the game for a very very long time. They have made many innovative moves that have brought better and more flexible phones.
Now they look like they might be making another move, this one is not phone based (yet) but is a dive into the Netbook/MID pool. To make this change Nokia has chosen Intel as their CPU of choice. This is an interesting departure as they have been working with ARM for so long that bringing Intel in is a big deal.
Of course this could be a preview of things to come as Intel works hard on their own SoC design. It could be that we see Intel based Smart Phones from Nokia in the future.
Read more here
Rumors have circulated that Nokia will produce a netbook and that the Finnish company has been debating between using Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips, which would use the familiar ARM architecture that Nokia depends on for virtually all its products, or else switching to Intel processors. The choice would be appropriate for current-generation Atom processors as they currently use too much power to be useful in hardware smaller than mobile Internet devices (MIDs) or netbooks
ASRock has a new netbook out that features not only ION but a Dual Core Atom 330. The new G22 is a 12.1 inch device, putting it right on the edge between a netbook and a thin and light. The big difference being the Atom CPU.
The G22 will not have a DVD-drive, but will support multi-touch, b,g, and n wireless, gigabit Ethernet and a few other very nice features.
There is no word on pricing or availability yet but this one bears watching if you are looking for an above average netbook to tote around.
Read more here.
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AMD's Congo is coming and it looks like it will not be the "Atom-Smasher" that many are calling it. Rather it will enter Intel competition with Intel's thin and light segment.
AMD has maintained that netbooks will eventually fade and be assimilated by the notebook market. There are some indications of this happening as netbook makers play a game of technological leapfrog with netbooks each one offering a more powerful (and of course more expensive) version.
I have to wonder if the netbook will eventually fall to the level of the MID. And the Thin-And_Light will be the next big rush.
Read more here.
AMD thinks netbooks are a bit of a fad, and is laying down a roadmap for thin-and-lights while keeping its distance from any sort of "Atom killer." The existing Yukon platform -- featured in HP's dv2 -- just got an upgrade in the form of a dual-core AMD Neo chip, but things will really start to get exciting later this year with the introduction of Congo, which will pair a dual-core Neo with much better graphics and a more modern chipset. Perks in Congo, which is based on the M780G chipset and sports ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP graphics, include hardware decoding for HD formats, DirectX 10 gaming
Computex Taipei 2009: Today we attended the AMD Desktop and Notebook press conference. Our group was very small which made for a pretty good environment; more personal. Bob Grim introduced to us a short video on K1ngping's Liquid helium overclocking.
As many of you would have seen, AMD has launched the new Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition which will use two cores and 7MB total in cache.
Also released was the AMD Athlon II X2 250 supporting DDR2/3 and running at 3GHz.
AMD's K10 products support Windows 7's Windows XP mode.
AMD soon moved onto notebooks. AMD has decided not to move into netbooks, but rather focus on "ultra-thin" products that will be somewhere between netbooks and full notebooks.
In the world of IT marketing there are some good moves and there are some, well not so good moves. At the top of our list of really foolish things to do for Computex today we have Microsoft's comment that they thing the term netbook should not be used any more.
The new suggested term is "Low Cost Small Notebook PC". I do not know about you but I think I will keep calling them netbooks. After all they were intended to be used primarily for the internet and not as a standalone unit.
The new term if it gets accepted will only serve to bring more confusion to a product that already has an identity crisis.
Read more here.
Microsoft is now kindly asking the world plus dog to call these toys Low Cost Small Notebook PCs, or LCSNPCs. Somehow we don't see this idea catching on.
You might wonder why Microsoft is pushing for the new term, and so do we. The company claims that some mini-notebooks feature more capabilities than just Internet browsing, so the term netbook should be dropped in lieu of Low Cost Small Notebook PCs.
Frankly, we're really not sure what these capabilities are. Thanks to Microsoft and Intel, all netbooks, or Low Cost Small Notebook PCs, are virtually the same, and they have been since they first appeared. Well, actually, the first netbook, I mean LCSNPC, was based on a Celeron CPU, which was, in fact, even faster than most Atoms used today.
Psion has decided to give up its rights to the term netbook. In what is being called an "Amicable" settlement Psion is waiving all rights to the netbook name.
Now Intel and other companies can officially use that title to describe low-power, small, inexpensive notebooks, just like they have been since early 2008.
Very few details of the settlement have gotten out other than Psion relinquishing control of the netbook name.
Read more here.
On Monday, Psion issued a statement in which it said that it and Intel had "settled the trademark cancellation and infringement litigation brought in the Northern District of California relating to the 'Netbook' trademark registration."
"The litigation has been settled through an amicable agreement under which Psion will voluntarily withdraw all of its trademark registrations for 'Netbook,'" the statement read. "Neither party accepted any liability. In light of this amicable agreement, Psion has agreed to waive all its rights against third parties in respect of past, current or future use of the 'Netbook' term."
Computex Taipei 2009: Qualcomm was yet another company who decided to throw a press conference the day before Computex actually started, which does catch most media out. But it's just as well us die hard enthusiasts are always here early.
Jim Doe addressed the audience on the overview of Qualcomm's new "Snapdragon" processors. Qualcomm has mass produced the Snapdragon chip line with 40 new designs in the works.
Today Smartbook is the newest technology added which will focus on Always On and Instant On tech and Qualcomm expects to see the first products based on the new Snapdragon by end of year. The new Snapdragon is the 45nm 1.3GHz QSD8650A with power and performance enhancements.
Snapdragon already has quite a few big names like ASUS and Toshiba lined up. Not only does Snapdragon have hardware support but it also has some major software support including Android.
Snapdragon's new features include the die reduction as well as improving the FPU and multimedia capabilities over the previous generation as well as increasing the clock speed of the processor itself.
Amongst the other items you can expect to see at Computex 2009 Foxconn will be showing off a Moblin based netbook.
Moblin is Intel's flavor of Linux for netbooks and is actually not a bad OS. I had the chance to tinker with the beta in a VM and thought it had a very nice flow and was very easy to work with.
The Foxconn flavored Moblin offering will have an Atom N270 1GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD. For the true mobile user 3G wireless has been thrown in as well.
Read more here.
it looks like Foxconn is among the first out of the gate with a Moblin-running netbook at Computex Taipei, with its new SZ901 model opting for Linpus' just-revealed distribution of the OS. As you might expect, however, there aren't exactly many surprises beyond that welcome addition, with the 10.1-inch netbook packing the usual Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and built-in 3G, along with a glossy finish all around.
An interesting story is floating around the internet today. The line goes something like this; Intel and Microsoft are working together to limit the licensing of Windows 7 on netbooks.
Now if we believe what is being bandied about we find that special OEM pricing for the starter version of Windows 7 will only be available to 10.2-inch netbooks and smaller.
Many claim this is going to hurt Via as they have a better grip on the 11-inch and up netbook market. However, there is an alternate possibility; what if someone is finally trying to put netbooks into a proper category? After all in an 11-inch netbook you can have better hardware and cooling. So it stands to reason that keeping the software cost on netbooks 10.2-inches and smaller would keep them in a lower price range where their lower performance naturally puts them.
read more here.
Microsoft and Intel have reached a consensus to decrease the upper screen-size limit for netbook PCs equipped with Windows 7 from 12.1 inches to 10.2 inches, according to sources at Taiwan-based ODM notebook makers, who added that this may have a negative impact on VIA Technologies.
The restriction is expected to end PC vendors' 11.6-inch Atom Zxx-based netbook product lines after the launch of Windows 7, the sources noted
Dell has pushed a new 10.1-inch netbook out on the market under the Latitude name no less.
The new netbook will be called the Dell Latitude 2100 (to avoid confusion) and will be aimed at education, not gaming or entertainment.
The book will have some decent specifications if you are looking for something light-duty. There are options for an, antimicrobial keyboard ( to prevent the spread of disease I guess), A 10.1-inch LCD screen with a touch screen option, an Intel Atom N270 CPU and a choice of three operating systems - Microsoft Windows XP Home, Vista Home Basic or Linux Ubuntu. Pricing should start at around $369.
Read more here.
The Latitude 2100 has unique features for schools like bright primary colors and a more rugged, 'rubberized' design that is easier for children to carry and use safely. It also offers wireless connectivity that can be monitored by the teacher with a Network Activity Light on the netbook lid. An optional touchscreen is a first for an education netbook and makes the Latitude 2100 a perfect choice for enhanced student interaction, assessment, and for special education teaching. The Latitude 2100 also offers administrators a range of services making it easier to deploy and manage.
Additional options include: a keyboard featuring antimicrobial protection (U.S. only), solid-state drives, quick-connect handles and shoulder straps for carrying, and a webcam. The Latitude 2100 is backed by Dell's award-winning business service and support
Our friend Sascha from netbooknews.de has visited the Albatron HQ in Taipei and gone hands-on with Albatron's upcoming slimline netbook.
Sascha calls it the slimmest 10.2-inch netbook he has ever seen and even though it is still a pre-production model which he is looking at, it seems quite good - even though the keyboard is a tad on the small size.
Read more over at netbooknews.de, but it's in German.