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I don't think of computers at all when I hear the BenQ name. I think more of the displays and projectors that I have seen from the company. BenQ along with everyone else and their dog is set to toss an Android tablet onto the market early in 2011 with its offering called the R100. A few pics of the device have surfaced and it looks to be pretty cool.
The R100 has a 10.1-inch screen that offers 1024 x 600 resolution and it runs the Android OS. The processor is an ARM unit made by Samsung running at 833MHz. The tablet naturally hopes to compete directly with the iPad, which will be a big task. Android tablets are expected to grab a lot of the tablet market over the next few years though.
Other features of the R100 include 8GB of internal storage, an SD card slot for expansion, mini-USB and HDMI ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device also has Bluetooth and WiFi. The dimensions of the tablet are 15mm thick and it measures 119mm x 244mm and weighs 720g. Pricing for the device is unknown and exactly what version of Android will be used isn't mentioned.
It doesn't take long when you use the iPad a lot to realize that having to look down at the screen if you watch movies or read a lot can be a literal pain in the neck. There are a ton of stands on the market for the iPad to prop it up for you making it more comfortable to use. The latest stand to hit the market is from NewerTech. NewerTech makes all sorts of accessories for Mac computers and has for a long time.
The new stand is called the NuStand Alloy and is offered in version of the iPad and a version for the 2010 Mac mini computer as well. The iPad version of the stand is black and is sized to allow the iPad to be used in the stand while a thin case is installed. It has non-skid rubber feet and a rubberized black soft touch finish.
The stand holds the iPad screen in landscape or portrait modes at a 15-degree angle. You can pick it up right now for $24.99. The version of the stand of the 2010 mini is very similar with a silver rubberized finish. It has the same non-skid feet and won't scratch your computer at all. It sells for $24.99 as well.
If you have been around the world of PC gaming for long, you might recognize the name Rahul Sood. Sood is the dude that launched the VoodooPC gaming PC maker back in 1991. The company made some really cool gaming notebooks and desktops that were crazy expensive for the most part. HP eventually purchased the company in 2006.
When HP bought Voodoo, Sood moved to HP as the CTO of HP's gaming side of things and proceeded to put the Voodoo name on some HP gear. It appears Sood's time at HP is done. Sood has posted to his personal page that he will be leaving HP for Microsoft in January.
Sood says that he will be moving to Microsoft to act as their GM for System Experience in the Interactive Entertainment business. Exactly what that position will entail is anyone's guess. Sood says, "I'll be working on some really....really...really cool stuff come January 2011."
The little ExoPC is a cool tablet style computer that was really anticipated by a bunch of users. The thing ended up being delayed a lot and it finally lunch not too long ago and hit the market. The mod community has been working hard over the last few months and we have seen all sorts of stuff end up running OS' that were never meant to run on the hardware of late and one of the favorite OS' to hack onto devices is Android.
A dude going by MrWilson on the ExoPC forums has posted up a video of his machine hacked to run Android and it looks really cool. The downside to the hack is that the dude couldn't get the touchscreen to work. You can connect a keyboard and mouse to the computer though and use Android that way if you want.
Perhaps other geeks will be able to help get the touchscreen working on the hack, which would make it much more interesting. Check out the video to see the machine in action. Dennis the Menace would approve of this hack.
Deal of the Day: 15.6" Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Intel Celeron, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $299.99
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 15.6" Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Intel Celeron, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $299.99.
Offer: $299.99 gets you this 15.6" Toshiba Satellite Laptop with 2.2Ghz Intel Celeron 900 processor, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW DL, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 10/100 networking, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.
I'm sure most of you figured that Google's CR-48 laptop wouldn't be around long before the Chrome OS was kicked aside for something different. It looks like Linux fans are the first to see their OS on the CR-48.
The developer switch hidden inside the laptop opens up the laptop for Ubuntu installation, although the developers were nice enough to let the Chrome OS hang around for dual boot fun. The handy walkthrough guide to getting Ubuntu on the CR-48 is here; check out the short demo video after the break.
Deal of the Day: ThinkPad T410 with Core i7 and 4GB of Memory for $1061! ThinkPad T510 for $919 and X201 for $1039
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - ThinkPad T410 with Core i7 and 4GB of Memory for $1061! ThinkPad T510 for $919 and X201 for $1039.
Offer: The three laptops for today's deal all ship for FREE (express) and all have 4GB of memory along with an Intel Core i5 or i7 prcoessor. If you're looking for a 14" loaded laptop, the T410 is the one to look at today. 15.6"? Pick the T510 laptop. Portability is what you want? The favorites among many, the ThinkPad X201. The ecoupons do expire today though so hop to it. Expires 12/13/10.
It rarely snows in my part of Texas so we have nothing in the way of winter sports here. For the most part, we stay in the 50-degree range during the winter with sub-freezing temperatures only at nights and during the day for a few days. That means we aren't familiar with companies that make skis and such for the most part. If you live where it gets cold and snows or if you like to travel where you can ski you probably know the Rossignol name.
Rossignol makes skis and other winter sports gear. It and HP have teamed up for some special edition notebooks that have artwork that are featured on some of its cool ski gear. The ladies can get the Attraxion design and the guys get the S7 design. Under the hood, both of the machines are your average Pavilion DV6 notebooks.
GelaSkins has been making skins for all sorts of notebooks and other devices like smartphones for a while now. The skins have some cool images and artwork on them and they protect your device for scratches in addition to making the notebook look better. If you are the owner of one of the new MacBook Air ultraportables GelaSkins has announced that it now has offerings to fit your notebook.
The skins are offered for the 11-inch Air and the 13-inch Air. You can choose for a bunch of different styles ranging from art to abstracts. My favorite skins are the Frank Miller ones that show Spartans from 300. Some of the designs are a bit creepy as well.
Anytime a new OS and a new notebook show up, you have our interest. When Google outted the Chrome Cr-48 notebook we wanted to know just how the thing works and the geeks over at Engadget have laid hands on the device to give us an idea. The machine looks a lot like the hoards of netbooks and ultraportable on the market and reminds me particularly of some of the newer Asus machines.
The entire device is made from a matter black plastic with a rubberized finish. The notebook is 0.9-inches thick and weighs in at 3.6 pounds according to Google. The rig has VGA out, USB port, and a headphone jack along with a SD card reader all built-in. The keyboard is the common chicklet style and it looks good with correctly located keys and nice size shift keys.