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HotHardware has got some more dirt on the Linux powered Asus Eee PC, which is a very basic notebook, but it retains a pretty attractive design. The specs of the Eee PC weren't revealed at Computex last month, but according to the information on HotHardware, we're looking at a version of Intel's mobile 910 chipset and a 900MHz Dothan based Pentium M processor.
The Eee PC has 512MB of DDR2 memory, built in 802.11g Wi-Fi and a 4GB flash based drive. Not bad for US$199 and add another $100 and you get an 8GB drive thrown in, although this seems like an expensive upgrade option to us. At 890 grams, the Eee PC can compete with many so call ultra portable notebooks in terms of weight.
In terms of ports we're looking at two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone and mic jack, a 10/100Mbit Ethernet port and a 56k modem jack on the left side. Moving to the right there are a further two USB 2.0 ports, a D-sub and a memory card slot for SD/MMC cards. The Eee PC also has a small 4 cell battery that is apparently good for about 3h of un-tethered usage.
Looks like this could be on top of a lot of people's Christmas list year, as it should be available worldwide in the middle of August. Let's hope the price stays at $199.
You can read HotHardware's coverage here and have a look at some pictures and screenshots of the Eee PC
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Offer: This is just about the cheapest nice quality laptop you can get! This full-sized laptop includes Windows Vista Home Basic, a diagonal 15.4" WXGA BrightView widescreen, 512MB of memory, 802.11b/g wireless LAN, a 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery, and Microsoft Works 8.0. The C500T includes three USB 2.0 ports, an RJ-11 (modem), an RJ-45 (LAN), and an S-Video. You also get integrated 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN.
According to a post over at TechwareLabs, it seems like someone is working overtime on finishing off the first quad core notebook design. If the information they have is correct, this beast will feature a 17-inch display, which should give it quite a roomy chassis, a good thing in this case as the specs don't stop here. Apparently it will also use two GeForce 8800M graphics cards in SLI. The GeForce 8800M series hasn't even been announced by Nvidia as yet, so we'll take this with a pinch of salt for now, even though one of the pictures clearly shows a graphics card.
Furthermore this machine is expected to take dual SATA drives of up to 160GB. What doesn't sound very likely is the fact that it's mean to use the 975 chipset, since to our knowledge there is no mobile version of the 975 chipset and even if there was, it wouldn't support SLI unless Nvidia has done some special deal with Intel that we're not aware of. A notebook with SLI isn't unthinkable, but it would have to use a chipset from Nvidia and TechwareLabs seems to have got some of the details about this notebook mixed up, but hopefully we'll see this beast at Computex in a couple of weeks time.
You can find the original story here.
Coinciding with the launch of their new HD 2000 series desktop parts today, AMD/ATI have also announced a new breed of ATI Mobility Radeon solutions, these essentially mobile variants of the HD 2000 series desktop family, bringing DX10 goodness to notebooks.
Beginning with the immediate availability of the Mobility Radeon HD 2300, this is the 90nm entry-level variant but it is said that the mid-range 65nm DX10 parts (being the Mobility Radeon HD 2400 and HD 2400 XT) will surface in July, and also the high-end Mobility Radeon HD 2600 and HD 2600 XT solutions.
The Dailytech have the rundown on them here folks.
For unparalleled graphics performance on the go, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 series combines the ultimate DirectX® 10 gaming experiences with the graphics performance gamers demand in a high-end mobile system. Thin and light notebooks featuring ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 series can multitask with ease using the new Windows Aero interface, run the hottest upcoming DirectX® 10 games or play exciting new HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Those in the market for a value notebook will enjoy great performance in Windows Vista and astonishing multimedia using the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2000 products feature ATI Avivo HD technology and UVD to deliver outstanding HD DVD and Blu-ray disc playback, and ATI PowerPlay 7.0 power management for long battery life and optimized performance-per-watt operation.6
Notebooks from OEM partners including Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, LG, Packard Bell, Samsung, and Toshiba, and ODM whitebook partners including Arima, ASUS, ECS, First International Computer Inc., and MSI, will be available beginning in May.
If you thought Asus was the only company out there with a solution for external graphics cards for your notebook, think again. Magma has two products, although only one of them is likely to actually be able to accommodate a graphics cards. The Magma ExpressBox and Magma ExpressBox Pro are two external boxes that will take work in conjunction with an Express Card that slots into your notebooks Express Card slot or via an internal x1 PCI Express card in your PC. Although these solutions only work with single slot, sub 55W graphics cards that don't require an external power connector, so it's a slightly more limited solution than the XG station from Asus.
However, Magma is promising a tailor made solution for graphics cards that should make an appearance later this year. The biggest downside to either of these products is the steep price point, US$ 729 and $749 respectively, not exactly what you'd call cheap as you have to add the cost of whatever you want to put inside the box as well.
Have a look at Magma's product page for more information
A mob by the name of Cradia have just issued us with a PDF formatted document which details their new Flex cradia notebook stand, designed to keep your laptop running nice and cool with its massive 220mm fan whilst providing the user with a more comfortable working setup as well.
Though the next-gen 802.11N wireless standard technically hasnt even been finished yet, somehow D-Link are in a position to claim they're the first to release a device compatible with 802.11N, this being an ExpressCard based network adapter for notebooks.
Reg Hardware posted up some brief details on it here.
D-Link has begun shipping one of the first pre-standard 802.11n wireless networking adaptors that will slip into a notebook's ExpressCard slot.
The Xtreme N-branded DWA-643 is an ExpressCard 34 device so it should also fit into laptops with ExpressCard 54 bays. Alas, the the device only operates with Windows, so MacBook Pro owners who don't possess a Core 2 Duo-based model remain out in the cold as far as next-gen Wi-Fi goes.
A little unsatisfied with the quality / features of your notebook's built in audio? Creative come to the rescue there, with a new Express Card based X-Fi audio solution which features optical out/in jacks and a port for the breakout box to connect up your speakers.
Creative Labs may have the entire PC desktop market covered with its extensive X-Fi product family, but the company has yet to bring X-Fi to the notebook realm -- until now.
Creative's current top notebook offering is based on its previous generation Audigy family. The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook is a PCMCIA-based card that provides THX certified 24-bit Advanced HD audio and 7.1 surround sound.
Seagate have just expanded their Momentus notebook HDD family with the launch of a new 160GB 7200RPM drive, this also said to be more durable with their "Free-Fall" protection in the unfortunate case that the lappy may be dropped or some such.
DailyTech have more details on it here.
March 14, 2007 - Seagate Technology® has announced the worldwide distribution channel availability of the world's first 7200-RPM notebook PC hard drive to combine capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology with free-fall protection for beefed-up laptop durability. Seagate's newest Momentus hard drive is also shipping to a major original equipment manufacturer. It will be available in Australia in the second quarter of 2007; pricing is yet to be confirmed.
"The growing number of computer users turning to laptops as their primary PCs want every inch of capacity, performance and durability they enjoy in their desktop systems," said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, Personal Compute Business. "The new Momentus 7200.2 hard drive epitomizes Seagate's focus on delivering cutting-edge storage technologies that make it easier to move, use and protect digital information in the home, in the office and on-the-go."
Hard drive manufacturer Fujitsu have announced a new notebook HDD dubbed the MHW2 BJ-series which is said to be a world's first in terms of its 2.5" size AND 7200rpm spindle speed, as well as support for 300MB/s SATA transfer rates. Also thanks to perpendicular recording, the drives capacity is right up there at 160GB too.
Tokyo, March 6, 2007 - Fujitsu Limited today announced the development of the new MHW2 BJ series of world's first(1) 7,200 rpm 2.5" hard disk drives (HDDs) with a serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface(2). Featuring the world's highest storage capacity of 160 GB(3) for a 7,200 rpm 2.5" HDD, the new series is targeted primarily at high-performance notebook PCs. The new series will be available on global basis at the end of May, 2007.
In addition to achieving the world's leading storage capacity, MHW2160BJ is capable of data transmission speeds at up to 300 MB/s, the fastest rate in the industry. The series also features best-in-class acoustic noise level of 2.5 bels(4) at idle, and low-power consumption, operating at 2.3 watts or less when reading or writing data.