Netbooks have proven to be very popular with consumers, as the price point has dropped to where it’s convenient and affordable for many people to buy a netbook solely for tasks such as checking e-mail and Facebook around the house or when on vacation. With plenty of affordable netbooks under $400, it’s not an either/or situation for consumers when it comes to choosing a desktop PC, laptop, or netbook, but more a both/and situation as more and more people check out netbook reviews and make the leap and purchase one.
Some people believe that you have to sacrifice performance and speed if you purchase a netbook, but the truth is far from that, as most netbooks offer plenty of processing power and punch. You likely won’t want to do any resource-intensive tasks like editing video or playing some high-end games on a netbook but for everyday tasks they’ve got more than enough under the hood. Whether you’re playing at your favorite internet casino, creating and editing spreadsheets, or uploading photos, you’ll find a ton of netbooks that fit the bill perfectly.
Fans of online roulette and other games are especially suited for netbooks, as many online sites offer no-download options that let you access hundreds of casino games from a Web browser, with no software to download or install. Many games also come with a mini-version that is optimized for smaller screens and displays, which is perfect for many netbooks with smaller displays. The lightweight nature of netbooks also make them perfect for online games such as poker, as you can simply take your netbook with you around the house without ever missing a hand.
As far as picking the best netbook for online casino fans, it’s one of those rare cases where they really are no bad options. Whether you buy a Dell, Acer, Asus, or HP netbook you’ll find that nearly every model fits the bill. Most netbooks come with built-in tools for finding and connecting to wireless networks and hotspots, so getting online is a snap as well, and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes and enjoying all your favorite online casino games.
Both Asus and Acer have produced numerous netbook models to keep potential costumers feeling as though they are getting the latest and greatest netbook. This marketing tactic has awarded both companies as they are currently the top netbook dealers worldwide. Despite this fact they have decided to put a hold on new netbook releases until the middle of August.
The decision to freeze new netbook releases is likely due to the fact the Intel is releasing the Atom N550 dual core processor for netbooks in the third quarter of this year. Asus and Acer need to liquidate excess inventory to make room for future netbooks with the N550 processor.
The faster N550 processor will increase performance but also the cost of the netbooks that carry them. The cost increase will be minimal so current Asus and Acer netbooks with slower processors will be harder to sell. Because of this it doesn’t make much sense for the companies to produce many new netbooks with the slower processors prior to the A550 processor release.
With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.
Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.
Yesterday, ASUS started taking pre-orders for the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook and today they have finally added an official product page for the device. Other retail websites have also started displaying the netbook on their sites as well.
The 12.1″ (1366×768 resolution) Eee PC 1201PN netbook is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, and is equipped with 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. The netbook also features HDMI and VGA output and runs on the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The standard battery is a 6-cell, with 47Whr power consumption.
The current price for the 1201PN is $499.
Maybe netbook manufacturers are showing MeeGo a lot of love at Computex this year. Novell is developing an OpenSuse version of MeeGo that should be available on netbooks within the next year. Linpus as well will be delivering their own flavor of MeeGo borrowing some elements from their already available Linpus Lite for netbooks.
Success would be impossible without the hardware side but luckily MeeGo has allies in that camp as well. Quanta and Intel are collaborating on a 10-inch MeeGo tablet hopefully coming out next year. Other companies that have pledged support include: Acer, Asus, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, and Orange. MeeGo will be a powerful force come 2011.
It appears that there is a new Eee PC coming out soon and will be sporting the AMD v105 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4200. Before any gets too excited though, it should be noted that this machine was not even running a full OS. Based on the original report, it seems like that this machine was rushed to Computex just to have something to show. Stay tuned and as more information comes out on this new Asus netbook it will be posted here. Get a sneak peek at the video below:
Via Netbook News
Will it be the next “iPad killer”? I doubt it, but it still seems like a decent tablet.
The device in question is the Asus Eee Pad EP121, a tablet computer that, according to the company, is “a full-featured slate computer that serves as a multimedia player, e-reader, compact PC and Internet device.” It was unveiled at Computex 2010 in Taipei and has a 12-inch touchscreen, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Asus has said that the device is able to run many applications at once, which the iPad cannot do.
Asus also revealed another new device, the Asus Eee 101TC, which is a thinner and lighter device that runs Windows 7 Embedded. Asus’ decision to use Windows on its tablets is probably going to help Microsoft maintain a presence in the still-young tablet market. HP was also going to use Windows in its tablet until its acquisition of Palm.
Via InformationWeek, image via CNET.
The Linux Foundation released a new version of its open-source OS, MeeGo, this week. MeeGo is for netbooks with Intel Atom processors.
MeeGo v1.0 is more for developers than regular users. It is comprised of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo operating systems. It has applications for email, calendars, recently used files, and social networking updates, among other things. It also has support for multiple languages.
MeeGo has been tested on Atom netbooks from Asus, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and HP. People have generally liked MeeGo, though some have reported problems with getting its WiFi to work properly.
Before MeeGo, many versions of Linux were either for desktops or smartphones. The director of the Linux Foundation said that he thinks the foundation should focus on developing a platform that can be used on a wide variety of devices. Intel and Nokia have said they can see MeeGo being used on more devices beyond netbooks.
Via InformationWeek, image via MeeGo.
MSI, well known for their graphics card and mainboards, are ready to unveil a new product, albeit a slightly recycled idea. Prepare yourselves for the Graphics Upgrade Solution, otherwise known as GUS. The external graphics card interface enables notebook users with weak graphics power to supercharge their capabilities by over 19 times.
The idea isn’t all that new however, as companies such as AMD and Asus XG Station already tried and failed at a similar attempt. Express Card interface is something that presents a problem in this kind of endeavour, but apparently MSI was able to use over 70 percent of the theoretical bandwidth by innovating the design with a shielded copper cable. MSI also plans to move it to the USB 3.0 interface in due time. GUS will most notably be used with mainstream graphics cards like the HD 5670, seeing as it would be unnecessary to use it on higher performance laptops. One particularly interesting feature of GUS is that it has multi-monitor support, enabling up to four simultaneous display outputs, including the notebook.
While this won’t be an incredibly significant boost for notebooks, it will be enable some gaming for certain notebook users. It remains to be seen if such a feature will find its way to netbooks soon.
Via Fudzilla, image via Fudzilla.
The introduction of books to PCs was a bit of a shaky one, but it’s finally starting to find its place in the market. Several companies have had tried to get a stake in this market, most notably Apple with the release of its iPad. Now we’re seeing a greater expansion in the e-book market.
Amazon Kindle is a software and hardware platform developed by Amazon.com, as a way to sell electronic books and have a device to work in tandem with their sale. After its release, Amazon released the Kindle for PC and Mac free of charge, allowing users to read Kindle books on their PC or Mac. However, Kindle still didn’t find its way everywhere. Fortunately however, Amazon has announced that Amazon Kindle for PC application will come preinstalled on some Asus netbooks and notebooks. This PC applications acts to fill in for the Kindle and will allow users to sync pages and continue reading from any of their other hardware. This will be a great move for Amazon, and give Kindle-lovers more variety when it comes to what device they should choose to read from. Amazon isn’t stopping there however, for it plans to have Kindle running on devices which run Google’s Android OS.
While this is great news for amazon, a dark cloud looms on the horizon. Kindle is currently Amazon’s most popular item, and it is sure to be threatened by the Apple iPad and Google’s advance into the e-book market.
Via eWeek, image via ScrapeTV
The newly released ASUS Eee PC 1215N netbook is a pretty impressive powerhouse; it’s got brand new components — at least newer and better components than that of standard netbooks — but it’s also priced at a similar level as the standard notebook… cringe.
The 12″ (1366×769 resolution) Eee PC 1215N will be powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor, which is more geared towards nettops rather than netbooks or notebooks. Power consumption will be at 13W. The 1215N also comes with GMA 3150 integrated graphics (but unfortunately lacks high-def capabilities), which consists of Nvidia ION graphics with Optimus technology that allows users to quickly switch between on-board and discrete graphics.
The ASUS Eee PC 1215N will also feature two SuperSpeed USB ports, or USB 3.0 ports, as well as a regular USB 2.0 port on the opposite side of the netbook. It’s also rumored that this particular Eee PC will use AMedia’s USB 3.0 host silicon rather than those from NEC.
Pricing for this ASUS powerhouse will be around $500-$600.
A few days ago, there was a rumor that Acer would be releasing a Chrome OS-based netbook at the upcoming Computex 2010 showcase. Unfortunately, this rumor turns out to be just that — a rumor. Recently, Acer has officially said that it will not be releasing such a device at Computex 2010.
Furthermore, Acer has announced that they will not be releasing any Chrome OS-based devices. Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you posted when we hear any other juicy rumors.
The line between a notebook and a netbook has long ago been blurred, and now the same trend may occur between a netbook and a smartphone! ASUS is planning on launching an Eee PC netbook that will have mobile phone capabilities. The phone part of the device will be built-in and will double as 3G connectivity as well. This means that both devices would operate off the same SIM card.
The phone module is currently sold by Modu, an Israeli company. The company also sells other shell devices that go along with their phone modules. For example, Modu currently sells digital photo frames that can connect to the phone and display pictures that are taken from it.
According to Andrew Tse, the head of UK distributor Purely Gadgets, the netbook/phone combo is highly convenient, “If you don’t want to take the netbook out for the evening you just pull out the phone and take that.” The release date is still unknown but we’ll keep you posted on any new developments about this awesome device.
Image via NetbookChoice.
The ultraportable ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon Germany. The 12″ ultraportable is currently available in three colors – black, silver, and red, and packs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset. Other tech specs include Wi-Fi, gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1, three USB ports, and HDMI and VGA outputs.
The ASUS Eee PC 1201PN is priced at €479, or roughly $600 US. No information is yet available on the shipping date, but ASUS is planning on introducing the Eee PC 1215N netbook in July, which is essentially a hyped up version of the 1201PN with Optimus support and a new, dual-core Intel Atom processor. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any future releases.
Acer is supposed to show off its new device at Computex Taipei, a yearly computer and electronics show that opens on June 1. Chrome OS was designed for netbooks, smartbooks, and tablets. Acer has said previously that it would have a Chrome OS netbook ready by the middle of 2010. There currently is no word about what the device is going to be.
Other netbook manufacturers have expressed interest in working with Chrome OS, including Dell, though it said that it was still evaluating Chrome OS.
What is unclear right now is the relationship between Chrome OS and Android. Android is intended for mobile devices, like smartphones, but some companies have expressed interest in using it on tablets as well. Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that the two will eventually merge.
Via CNET, image via Google.
Market research company iSuppli is reporting that notebook shipments are expected to post double-digit growth in 2010. This growth is expected because of increased shipments for netbooks and Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (or CULV) notebooks.
Overall in 2010, 209.5 million units of notebook PCs will be shipped, which is 25.5% higher than the amount of notebooks shipped the previous year. The netbook category itself is expected to have 34.5 million shipments in 2010, a 30% increase from the previous year. Four years from now in 2014, netbook shipments are expected to hit a whopping 58.3 units! CULV notebooks are expected to have 14.5 million units shipped in 2010, which is a 93% increase from last year’s 7.5 million units.
Taiwan-based netbook manufacturer Acer leads the pack in netbook shipments; it has been the market leader for two years and holds 37% of the market. ASUS, also Taiwan-based, currently ships 5.5 million netbook units and holds 21% of the market. Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Dell are third, fourth, and fifth in netbook shipments. These top five netbook manufacturers make up 90% of the market.
Back in March, ASUS released some details on their Eee PC 1005PR netbook. Just recently, the company has just released more (official) details about the netbook in its own press release and is making it available for purchase at some major retailers for $399.99 plus tax.
Here are some basics about the ASUS Eee PC 1005PR netbook. It features a 10.1″ LED-backlit screen with 1366×768 resolution. It’s equipped with an Intel Atom N450 processor, has 1 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of storage. The 1005PR uses the Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator BCM70015 for high-definition video playback and has other features including but not limited to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HD audio. The battery in this mini computer is said to be good for a whopping 11 hours!
Intel has been rumored to be working on dual-core Atom processors for netbooks, and within the past few days, Intel CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that the company will indeed be bringing this product to market this coming year.
Currently, Intel produces the 1.6GHz Atom 330 microprocessor and rumor on the street is that Intel’s new dual-core processors will join the Atom 500 series of chips. These new chips will have integrated memory controllers and integrated graphics, and potentially support 720p.
According to Otellini, “there will still be significant growth in the netbook business year-over-year.” The dual-core Intel processors will be released in the second quarter, right before the holiday season. Netbooks featuring dual-core chipsets are expected to start selling before the end of the year.
When Asus brought out the Eee PC in 2007, it had a promise of providing a stripped down laptop with a low cost. That original vision has all but disappeared in many modern netbooks, as the phrase has become ubiquitous with a portable PC with somewhere between 9-12 inches of screen space. It is not surprising to see $500 netbooks now, competing against budget-friendly 15″ notebooks.
Fortunately for businesses in the developing world, IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics are working to reverse this trend. The new Simmbook provides a very spartan last-generation netbook configuration. You know the drill: Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz, 10″ LCD with 1024×600 resolution, the essentials. More notably, they will run Ubuntu, presumably to save cost and are being paired up with IBMs productivity suite Lotus, pre-installed. They are designed to work with IBM’s cloud solutions and are obviously very work-centric. The most important point, of course, is the price: starting at $190. That is old-school Eee PC cheap.
These are business machines and probably will not be used by many home consumers. Still, it would be nice to see this trend continue back into the general netbook market and keep the netbook from becoming a novelty “toy” computer for those who can afford it.
Via Engadget, image via Simmtronics
ASUS UK has put together a new ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1008P netbook collection with the help of designer Karim Rashid. We heard hints about the thing back in January, but the collection will go on display this weekend in London.
The 1008P netbook, based on the Eee PC 1008HA will be sold alongside a host of matching accessories, including a slim alligator-styled case and colored mouse.