Our Deal of the Day today is the Acer Aspire Laptop with Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner and More for $399.99.
Offer: 399.99 buys you this 14.1" widescreen Acer Aspire laptop with 2.16Ghz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW double layer burner, 5-in-1 media reader, Windows Vista Home Premium, and a 1 year warranty.
With the popularity of solid state drives increasing by the second, it should come as no surprise the more external SSD's are popping up all over the place. Buffalo has taken it a slight step further however, and released an external SSD that also works as an internal upgrade for the ASUS Eee PC.
The new external drive connects via USB as you would expect and is available in both 32GB and 64GB varieties. Those wishing for more space on the EeePC over the small 16GB drive that comes with it can remove the Buffalo drive from the enclosure and use it to upgrade the Eee PC.
After swapping the drive out of the Eee PC, you can place the old drive back in Buffalo's enclosure and you still have your external drive, albeit a smaller one that original.
I tell you, who would have thought the netbook craze would have blown up the way it has. You know it reminds me of the $100 E-Machine craze in the late 90s early 2000s. Almost everyone had a $100 system after E-Machine did.
Well this is fever is now moving over to the ARM manufactures as they plan out their very own netbooks.
According to Digitimes both Freescale and Qualcomm will be launching netbooks at Computex. Let's hope that the netbook craze does not end as badly as the $100 PC did.
Read more here
A model equipped with Freescale's i.MX51 CPU (ARM Coretex A8) and manufactured by Pegatron Technology, and a model with Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU and manufactured by Wistron will both appear at Computex Taipei 2009, while Nvidia Tegra-based models will appear at a later time.
Micro-Star International (MSI) has reportedly expressed interest in developing Tegra-based products, while the company and Asustek Computer have both confirmed that they are evaluating the possibility of launching Qualcomm CPU-based netbooks.
We told you yesterday that Digitimes was flogging a rumor about a new Mac Netbook. Well it seems that Dow Jones has gotten a hold of the story and gotten more confirmation on it.
This does not make it a certainty but it would make it more likely. As Digitimes claimed Apple will be using touch screens from Wintek and Quanta will build them.
While none of the companies would comment on this news it does seem rather odd after Steve Jobs made his statement "we don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." That Apple would build a netbook.
This could mean that it will still be a cheap product with the usual Apple price tag or it could simply mean that all the fuss is over a different product altogether.
Read more here.
Apple's entry may come in what is expected to be a very tough year for computer sales. Desktop-computer shipments in particular are expected to fall by nearly one-third globally in 2009 as consumers increasingly shift to laptop computers, according to projections released by research firm Gartner Inc. earlier in March.
While netbook computers have become a major sales driver for computer companies, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs last year dismissed netbooks, even going so far as to suggest Apple's third-generation iPhone - a smartphone device that offer multifunctions - could serve as a netbook. Jobs told analysts in October Apple isn't "tremendously worried" the slump will drive customers to less-expensive PCs and added, "we don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk."
Jill Tan, a spokeswoman for Apple in Asia, declined to comment Tuesday. Wintek spokeswoman Susie Lee and Quanta Computer investor relations officer Carol Hsu declined to comment.
Now that we know the rumors about the new MacMini were true we are starting to see a whole new crop of rumors. According to DigiTimes Apple may be gearing up to release a touch screen netbook in the near future.
According to the DigitTimes report Wintek will be supplying the touch screens while Quanta will build the new iToy. The new netbook, if real should start shipping in Q3.
Read more here.
Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for Apple's new netbook, and shipments will start in the third quarter this year, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products, but it said it does not know what applications the new products are for. Wintek added that no shipment schedule has been worked out yet, but shipments are likely to begin in the second half of the year.
Quanta Computer will be the maker of Apple's new netbook, the Commerical Times report said.
This is something that while not new is a new twist on an old idea. The folks over at Front Door Software have developed an application that can help in the recovery of stolen laptops.
The way it works is pretty simple; you install the software and setup an online account. After this if someone steals the laptop, you simply logon to your account and report is stolen. From there the laptop will display owner contact information and can also play a loud recorded message indicating it is stolen. There is also an IP tracer function that can allow you to track the stolen laptop as well as a lock down feature.
The application is available as a 90-Day trial while purchasing a full 3-year license is only $29.95.
Read more here.
The main concept behind the software is that simply by displaying owner information, with full details on how to contact them, most individuals will be honest and return a laptop if found. On its website the company claimed that this data will increase chances of recovery from three per cent to 97 per cent, though it provides no evidence for this.
Once a user finds that the laptop is stolen, the user logs into their online account and can then send a message to the computer, or even get it to play a message out loud repeatedly at intervals from either five minutes to every four hours. A lockdown code can be sent to prevent its use, and owners can even try and track the laptop using an IP location feature.
This software is one of many attempts from technology companies to protect laptops. At the end of last year, Lenovo revealed a system that would remotely deactivate laptops via an SMS message, while Intel announced that it was working with Ericsson on putting a 'kill switch inside' laptops.
OCZ is jumping on the netbook bandwagon with a DIY product of its very own.
Named the Neutrino, it will be covered under OCZ's DIY blanket that means users can upgrade or change memory and HDD without voiding their warranty.
The Neutrino will sport an Atom N270, 945GSE and ICH7M chipset, 10-inch (1024x600) led screen. You can stuff up to 2GB of RAM into the Neutrino and there is support for up to a 250GB 2.5-inch drive.
Read a little more here at Fudzilla.
The rest of the specifications are basically identical to most netbooks on the market. It comes with Intel´s N270 Atom processor, 945GSE+ICH7M chipset, and a 10-inch 1024x600 LED backlit screen.
It also supports up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and up to 250GB of 2.5-inch hard disk drive at 5400RPM. It will also be available pre-equipped with OCZ´s memory and OCZ´s 250GB SSD drive. It will be available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux OS.
The Neutrino netbook should be available in next two or three months
AsRock is about to enter the Note/Netbook market and is showing off two new notebooks and a new netbook.
The notebooks with be dubbed the M12 and the M15 in conjunction with the names the M12 will be a 12" model and the M15 will be a 15"
The two notebooks should use Intel CPUs (Core 2 or Celeron) with prices starting under $500. There is very little information on the netbook but it should fall in at under $300.
Read more here at Digitimes.
ASRock plans to launch two entry-level notebooks in late April this year - the12-inch M12 and the 15-inch M15, which wil be equipped either Intel Pentium or Celeron processors and multi-touch pads, while the company will also launch an Intel Atom-based 2.5-liter nettop along with the notebooks, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report.
All three PCs will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology, the paper said.
Engadget has the scoop on three new netbooks that GIGABYTE will be showing off at this year's CeBIT.
While it is said that all three of the new portables will be specced out the same as most standard netbooks, each differentiates itself from the other two quite well in style. All three will utilize the Intel Atom N270 processor and pack 1GB of DDR2. The Touch Note T1028 will also be available with the slightly faster N280 Atom processor.
The M1022 "Booktop" has a doc that holds it vertical, similar to that of the Nintendo Wii. The T1028 looks to double as a tablet, and the ThinNote S1024 goes slim and thin while having a bit more business-like look to it.
ASUS has announced a special edition Eee PC by parnering with the Austrailian National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
The Pink Eee PC S101H supports the Pink Ribbon cause by donating a portion of each special edition Eee PC sold to the NBCF. The new netbook features 170GB of hybrid storage, b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth, and Windows XP Home.
The Pink Eee PC S101H is available in Austrailia through selected Meyer Stores and will set you back AU$1,099. Unfortunately ASUS has not stated how much of each purchase will go to the NBCF.
The full press release can be found here.
Sue Murray, CEO of the NBCF, encouraged the public to go pink with their next PC purchase. "We are thrilled that ASUS is continuing its support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Funds raised through sales of the Pink Eee PC S101H will go towards the prevention, detection and treatment of this disease, which currently claims the lives of more than 2,800 Australians each year."
Ted Chen, Managing Director of ASUS Australia and New Zealand, said, "ASUS is happy to be supporting the NBCF and its commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer. We are proud to partner with the NBCF once again and have the utmost respect for the organisation - ASUS will do what it can to assist this worthy cause."
Is it me or has the netbook become its own monster? When the concept was first pushed out it was all about small, light, portable internet and basic office/school tasks. Now everything has changed.
If rumors are to be believed Lenovo will be dropping the new HD capable nVidia ION under the hood of its new netbooks. The new Lenovos won't be your typical netbooks, they will run in 11.6 and 21.1 inch flavors.
This could be good for Lenovo if they can get it to market before everyone else and very good for nVidia. If the Lenovo netbooks are a success it means further adoption in the market and more revenue for nVidia.
Read more here at Electronista
The PC maker is reportedly asking local contractor Wistron to build 11.6- and 12.1-inch IdeaPads for the spring that would combine the much faster, GeForce 9400M-level graphics of Ion with an Intel Atom processor. The company is also said mulling a 13-inch model using the same technology.
A 12-inch system based on VIA's Nano platform is also an option, according to the purported leak.
The news suggests that the desktop mentioned by NVIDIA as the first Ion system will be quickly followed by a netbook and that PC makers may better Microsoft's own official expectations, which would have Windows systems using Ion appearing by summer.
As another sign of the grinding times, a report has come in that ASUS is soon looking put price hikes on its notebook and netbook products to help offset increased material and manufacturing costs.
Prices are expected to jump up by as much as 20% from March 1st onward, so if you're eying off an Eee PC or another of ASUS' note/netbook offerings, you'd better make up your mind quickly.
Samsung's new NC20 Netbook has shown up for pre-order on shop.bt.com.
The new thigh-top has a 12.1" display and a Via Nano under the hood.
The NC20 as it will be called sells for 390.98 (GBP) and is available in both white (ala Apple) and a sleek glossy black. The availability dates are listed as Feb 09 for the white model and March 09 for the black.
There is no news on when these might show up elsewhere in the world.
According to Microsoft's Brad Brooks, who is corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, all Windows 7 versions will work on mini notebook and netbook computers.
Putting it down to the intelligent development work by Microsoft software engineers, Windows 7 is not only looking to have a smaller OS footprint than Vista, but also come with improvement power management for enhanced battery life, enhanced media capabilities and increased reliability, stability and security.
PressPass: How is Microsoft supporting small-notebook PCs with Windows 7?
Brooks: Microsoft is offering a clear path for Windows 7 across the board, so as we demonstrated at PDC, WinHEC and CES, Windows 7 provides a great user experience on small-notebook PCs.
With Windows 7, we've matched hardware improvements with some investments of our own. With Windows 7 we are on track to have a smaller OS footprint; an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot-up and shut-down times; improved power management for enhanced battery life; enhanced media capabilities; and increased reliability, stability and security.
These engineering investments allow small notebook PCs to run any version of Windows 7, and allow customers complete flexibility to purchase a system which meets their needs. For OEMs that build lower-cost small notebook PCs, Windows 7 Starter will now be available in developed markets. For the most enhanced, full-functioning Windows experience on small notebook PCs, however, consumers will want to go with Windows 7 Home Premium, which lets you get the most out of your digital media and easily connect with other PCs.
We first discovered last month that motherboard maker Jetway was looking to join the netbook market with its upcoming ZERO MINI-101 series.
We're still not sure exactly when Jetway plans to officially release these to market, but they look pretty much ready for the limelight. The company has sent us a few more details about the netbooks today as well as a link pointing to the newly launched ZERO MINI sub-site.
There are going to be 3 models at the moment:
ZERO MINI-101C (C being the short term for Coffee gold; mirror polish A-Side) - Gorgeous!
ZERO MINI-101B (B being the short term for piano Black; mirror polish A-Side) - Classical!
ZERO MINI-101W (W being the short term for pearl White; mirror polish A-Side) - Elegant!
You can find a full overview on the ZERO MINI-101 series of netbooks here.
The i7 CPU in all of its flavors is one of the most advanced and fastest CPUs you can buy. It trounces the rest of the competition in most cases and even out does Intel's own line up.
So how would you like to get one in a notebook? That is a question Eurocom wants to answer. They have an i7 powered beast on the horizon and are hoping that putting this type of power in a small package will attract a lot of attention (and buyers).
The new beast will be called the Phantom i7. Specifications include the option of having the i7 920, 940, or 965 CPU, 17" Screen, 8GB of DDR3 (probably not in Tri-Channel mode) up to 1.5TB of storage, 1GB of Video memory an nVidia 280 GPU all on an X58 mainboard.
No pricing information is available yet but a shipping date of May 1st is expected.
Take a look at the specs
nVidia seems to be changing its focus. While they will never get away from making GPUs the company certainly has shifted its focus from the desktop to the portable PC world.
In a recent conversation with nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Laptop Magazine finds Huang talking up Ion.
The Ion platform throws the Intel Atom together with the GeForce 9400M GPU (oddly enough the same GPU that powers the new MacBook). Ion is intended to bring greater functionality to the netbook world.
According to Huang the current Netbook is nothing more than a PC that does not work that well. But with Ion the netbook can be a "Premium PC Experience" Huang also says that the current Atom with Intel chipset/GPU will be crushed by AMD's Neo.
Do you feel Ion would help netbook vendors scale Atom up to designs with 12-inch or larger displays?
Absolutely. The resolution of a computer depends on the capability of the GPU. It's completely independent of the ability of the CPU. The amount of data that comes from the Web, whether you have an iPhone or 16:9 high-res display, the GPUs will render and display the image so quickly that the resolution of the display won't matter. Ion will allow you to support resolutions as high as you want to go, from tiny displays to large ones.
How do you think Atom stacks up to AMD's new Neo processor and companion graphics chips?
Atom by itself with Intel integrated graphics would get crushed by the Neo platform. That's because AMD is one of the world's most advanced graphics companies. They bought ATI, who has wonderful technology. When you couple that with an AMD processor, it would destroy the Atom platform.
How about when you pair Atom with Ion?
That's totally different. Atom plus Ion will give Neo a good run for its money, and from my perspective, it's a superior platform. The Atom processor is really terrific-it's small and low powered. Atom plus Ion is just a fabulous machine: It's small, low powered, and full featured in every way.