Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sony makes you think that you can walk around with the Sony P in your back pocket. But from real world test it's not so great. And would you really have a $1000 lifestyle PC dangling from your back pocket. I think not.
via Gizmodo Japan
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Rob Galbraith, a professional photographer tried out an handful of laptops that would work great in the field. While the Thinkpads were the best, what he found was that the Dell Mini 9 had better color accuracy than the Macbook Pro. Though the Dell Mini 9 was dead last when it came to viewing angle.
Read the entire write up HERE
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Chinese factories and businesses are off duty during 21st Jan. to 2nd Feb.
Friday, January 23, 2009
While the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 has been released for awhile now. It hasn't gotten alot of press coverage. Honestly I couldn't even find any Youtube reviews until now. But Mobile Computer Magazine has gone ahead and done a good video review of the Mini 12. Since the Mini 12 is now available in the Dell Outlet I'm sure more people are interested in this large Netbook.
Dell Outlet is now selling the Dell Mini 12 at reduced prices. Also you don't have to wait 10 days to receive like ordering from the regular Dell Home website. If you check out slickdeals you can take an additional 20% off the price.
Dell has announce the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 to head over to India through Croma Electronic Megastore branches. The Mini 12 will have Windows XP installed rather than Vista which was installed on US models. The Mini 12 will arrive in India at the end of January. No price was announced as of yet.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I am a big fan of EEE's Xandros Linux which is dead easy to use. Well mrbrdo, an EEE User forum member decided to make a simple mode interface for XP. It's currently in Beta but if this software progresses it could be a very good program for Netbooks using XP.
You can download Windows Touch Remix Beta HERE
via EEEUser Forums
Michael Arrington dream of a Web Tablet is closer to happening with it's latest working prototype. The CrunchPad still looks rough on the edges. But most importantly it works. Though it will end up costing more like $299 than the proposed $199. And Arrington still is on the fence whether to produce the tablet PC. Stay tuned...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Finally you too can own a CherryPal
Here is the specs of this rather ordinary Netbook.
1.6GHz operation, 1 GB DDRII memory, 160 GB HDD
3 USB 2.0; 1 earphone
SD/MMC/MS card socket
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g) built-in
Built-in microphone and dual speakers
10.2” TFT display with 1024 x 600 resolution, wide-screen
1.3M Pixel web camera, weight 3 lbs, 5 hours battery
The GreenMaraschino based CherryPal™ Bing laptop (netbook) and the C114 desktop (nettop) come with the following applications (Windows XP optional, additional license fees): Firefox Browser, Office Productivity Suite (OpenOffice), Video-player, Music Player, Instant Messenger (Yahoo, AOL, Google, MSN), VoiP (Skype)
Product Page HERE
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sony has made their don't call it a Netbook Sony Vaio P-Series Lifestyle PC for presale now. You can preorder now and it will ship on or around 02/03/09.
Preorder now HERE
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Looks like Archos is entering the Netbook game with the Archos 10. Let's make it clear that Archos won't be making the Netbook rather just rebranding an existing Hasee MJ125 Netbook. Here is the specs from the system:
- Display: 10.2" (1024 x 600 resolution)
- Processor: Intel Atom 1.6Ghz
- Memory: 1GB DDR memory
- HDD: 160GB
- Battery: 3 cell battery (ick)
- OS: Windows XP
- Dimensions: 258 x189 x 28mma
- Miscellaneous: WiFi, Ethernet, Webcam, 3 USB ports, etc..
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Movit™ – Mobile Internet Device/mSND (Mobile Social Networking Device)
You’re on the go and want to stay connected, so Movit! The WiFi-enabled Movit lets you browse the web and share content on your favorite social networks like Facebook and MySpace. You can watch streaming videos (that are large enough to really see) and use the built-in video camera as a mini-web cam. But best of all, Movit is Skype™-enabled with a built-in microphone and speaker (with Bluetooth option), allowing you to call other Skype users for FREE! That’s right: free calling wherever you find a WiFi hotspot (so it’s carrier-independent).
- WiFi for hotspot use anywhere
- Built-in microphone/speaker to make Skype calls and more
- Bluetooth 2.0 if you want to use a headset or pair with other Bluetooth device
- Video & still camera can be used as webcam
- Address book gives you easy access to desired phone numbers
- 4.3” or 7” screen
- Stream video and audio
- Built-in lithium battery so you can take it anywhere
- Easily connect to social networks like Facebook™, MySpace™, Twitter™, etc.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Adding to it's Mini line today Dell has added the Dell Mini 10. This will go alongside the already released Dell Mini 9 and 12. The Dell Mini 10 includes an edge to edge 10 inch 16:9 display, edge to edge keyboard, built in tv tuner, built in broadband, gps, 802.11N, multi-touch touchpad, and Intel Atom Z530 processor.
more pics at Pocket Lint
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Asus now has an EEE PC with optical drive. The EEE 1004DN has the form factor of the 1002ha but includes a DVDRW/CDRW drive. Unfornately according to Liliputing this one will not be heading to the U.S. anytime soon.
Other features include
- CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
- Display: 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
- RAM: 1GB
- HDD: 160GB
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth
- Expansion: 3 USB ports, 1 VGA port
- Dimensions: 10.4″ x 7.1″ x 1″
Netbooks were originally supposed to be cheap. But on average most cost between $300 to $800 dollars. But here comes Freescale with their low cost chip that they promise will bring us $199 Netbooks by Summer. They already have a prototype and it looks nice from a design point of view. If what is under the hood can run Linux at a decent rate then this could be a winner. Check out the link HERE to watch some videos of the Prototype in action.
OQO shows off it's new UMPC. The OQO 2+ features a 1.86Ghz Atom, 2GB Ram, Wifi/Bluetooth, 800 x 480 (native) OLED touchscreen, Qualcomm Gobi dual-mode HSPA / EV-DO WWAN chipset, DirectX 9 and H.264 video decode support, 3.5 hours of battery life (7 hours on the double capacity cell), a world keyboard and a global power supply. Now thats alot packed in to a small form factor. Should arrive 1H 2009 starting at $999.
Finally the Macbook Air hit the sweet spot at just under $1000. You can get a refurbished Macbook Air with Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6Gghz, 2GB Ram, and 80gb Hard Drive.
Purchased now at Apple Store HERE
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Dell has bump up the SSD option on the linux version of the Dell Mini 9. Now you can configure 64GB with Ubuntu linux version. XP still maxes out at 16GB capacity which doesn't seem fair considering you need more space for Windows XP.
Latte has released a new PMP player. The Latte iVu features a 2 Megapixel camera as well as support for video AVI, RM/RMVB, FLV, WMV play and audio MP3, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC file. It's available now for $129 for 4GB and $149 for the 8GB.
Product Page HERE
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
AMD has announced Neo a processor that will fall between the Atom and high end CPUs. Making this a great chip for budget laptops that will be sold for less that $1000. With the bad economy this chip could be sold in alot of laptops ranging from $500 to $800.
The HP 2133 finally gets upgraded with an Atom chip and 10 inch display. Making it one of the best looking Netbooks to date. The new HP 2140 will feature an 1.6ghz Atom processor, 80gb and 160gb hard drives, 10 inch display with 1366 x 768 and 1024 x 567 resolutions. Prices start at $499 for the base model, and OS choices include XP Home / Pro, SuSe Linux, FreeDOS and Windows Vista Home Basic / Premium.
More info HERE
Monday, January 05, 2009
SanDisk will be refreshing it's line of USB Drives. Their new innovation will be Ultra USB Backup which is the first of it's kind simple backup software with one touch backup. With capacity going up to 64GB you will be able to backup your desktop.
SANDISK LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST BUTTON BACKUP USB FLASH DRIVE
Drives Allow Consumers to Easily Store Critical Files with the Touch of a Button
CES 2009, South Hall, Booth # 30659, LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2009 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced an innovative new family of SanDisk® USB flash drives, including the world's first backup USB flash drive with simple backup software activation at the touch of a button. The SanDisk Ultra® Backup USB portable flash drive is the first offering of the company's new SanDisk Ultra USB product line. With capacities up to 64 gigabytes (1)(GB), the SanDisk Ultra Backup USB flash drive is designed to protect computer users' photos, music, videos, personal and business documents, and other types of digital files, with the simple touch of a button. No software installation is needed. The drive protects onboard digital content with a dual layer of security, including password-protected access control and ultra-secure AES hardware-based encryption.(2)
The new SanDisk USB product family includes three different product lines:
1) The popular SanDisk® Cruzer® USB flash drive which provides simple, reliable and portable storage, plus access to a variety of U3™ applications.
2) The SanDisk Ultra Backup USB flash drive offers the added protection and peace of mind consumers expect from the minds behind flash memory.
3) The SanDisk Extreme® Contour™ provides increased security protection and higher performance levels, enclosed in a sleek industrial design
SanDisk Ultra Backup USB Flash Drive:
Back up critical files with the simple touch of a button
With no cables required, or any complicated software to install, the new SanDisk Ultra Backup USB flash drive is a complete backup solution that provides an incredibly easy way to protect digital files. It uses patent-pending backup technology with capacities up to 64GB, large enough to back up average consumer requirements, as well as critical small business files and documents. In addition to one's digital personal life, these products protect critical work files with a dual layer of both password protection and AES hardware encryption. This ensures content stays private and secure (via data scrambling at the flash controller level) when the drives are either physically removed for portability, or stored away for safe keeping.
The explosion in global sales of laptops and mobile devices has exponentially increased the vulnerability of digital files. Computer users can quickly lose precious photos, music, videos and professional work files due to drops, spills, theft, viruses and other incidents. PC Magazine (www.pcmag.com) conducted a research study on annualized notebook failure rates published in July 2008 which found that more than 24 percent of business notebooks need repair each year due to failures.
"Like flossing our teeth or balancing our checkbooks, when it comes to backing up our digital files, even though people know they should do it, they simply don't – and that behavior is putting many consumers' precious digital content at serious risk," said Kent Perry, director of USB product marketing, SanDisk. "We're delivering incredibly simple backup to protect people's most valuable digital content at Main Street prices. With our wide array of capacities and price points, consumers can even choose to store particular file types like digital music or photos on different USB flash drives."
A 2008 Consumer Electronics Association market research report, titled "Amassing Digital Fortunes: A Digital Storage Study," found the average U.S. online adult has nearly 1,800 files stored, and plans to store another 1,060 digital files during the next year. This amounts to approximately 30GB3 of content that needs to be backed up. The study found that digital photos are considered to be the most valuable because of their irreplaceable natures.
SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive:
Reliable storage with a new contemporary look
The SanDisk Cruzer has been redesigned with a contemporary look as part of the new SanDisk USB family of flash drives. These portable, reliable drives are designed to share consumers' digital world with ease, with up to 32GB of storage for simple sharing of photos, videos and other files.
The entire new SanDisk USB family introduces an iconic new design language developed by global innovation firm frog design. Signature design elements include juxtaposed L shapes that create a dynamic, yet balanced, composition, a bright red USB connector and a simple cap-less design, which exposes the USB connector for use via a dynamic sliding mechanism. When plugged in to a host device, a glowing, amber-colored LED light alerts users that the drives are ready for reading or writing data.
The new SanDisk USB family will continue to have U3™ Smart technology, developed by SanDisk, which allows applications to run from a SanDisk USB flash drive without having to be installed on a computer. (4) PC-users can download a variety of both free and paid software, games and content by visiting www.u3.com, or by accessing the SanDisk USB Program Wizard in the U3 Launchpad. Among other bonus applications available for download is the Veoh™ Web Player for SanDisk, which enables users to watch, download and share Internet video content.
The various product lines of SanDisk USB flash drives will continue to include the sleek and high-performance SanDisk Extreme Contour as its high-end storage solution for maximum security and speed. This showpiece of innovative design sports super-fast data transfer speeds at 25MB/second read and 18MB/second write.(5) It also includes superior security with 256-bit AES USB hardware encryption and password-protected access control.
Pricing and Availability
The new SanDisk USB flash drives will first become available in April 2009.(6) The SanDisk Cruzer drive will be available in capacities of 4GB-32GB with MSRP's ranging between $24.99 and $99.99. The SanDisk Ultra Backup drive will be available in capacities of 8GB-64GB with MSRP's ranging between $39.99 and $199.99. The SanDisk Extreme Contour USB flash drive is available in major retailers today.
The SanDisk Cruzer drive includes a two-year limited warranty, (7) the SanDisk Ultra Backup drive includes a five-year limited warranty, (8) and the SanDisk Extreme Contour includes a lifetime limited warranty.(9)
SanDisk Corporation, the inventor and world's largest supplier of flash storage cards, is a global leader in flash memory – from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk (www.sandisk.com/corporate) is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
On New Years Day Meizu open it's door to it's flagship store in downtown Shenzhen. And if it didn't say Meizu I would have thought it was an Apple Store. Oops they did again , first the iPhone clone(I mean M8) and now this.
via Meizu forums HERE
Power Meter Plus is a free app for home users and $10 for business use. It basically tell you with an always on icon how much battery life you have left. No more clicking on the small battery icon to check. This is a great app for laptops and netbooks.
Download it now HERE
Netbook news has uncovered on Alibaba a battery for an HP 2134 Netbook. Could this be an error or is it the next successor to the 2133. The 2133 from first glance looks awesome with it's metal body but it's VIA processor is what hurt it's success. The followup I would assume would have an Atom chip and 10.2" screen.
via Netbook News