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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