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.
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.
Dell boasts that the M11x gaming netbook is the “world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop” and they’re now competing against themselves to create an even better netbook.
The new M11x gaming netbooks will have the same graphics cards (Nvidia GeForce GT 335M) as before, as well as feature new Intel Core i5-520UM and Intel Core i7- processors. Of course, the options now are also more expensive — $949 for the i5 model and $1,099 for the i7 model (versus $799 and $899 for their predecessors).
Both netbooks will feature TurboBoost technology, as well as an integrated Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator. The M11x netbook definitely is a heavyweight performer in its 4.4 pound weight class and doesn’t totally break the bank. If you’re interested in gaming and on the market for a netbook, get out there and check it out!
Some other tech specs of the Fujitsu PH520 Lifebook netbook include:
- 11.6″ screen display with 1366 x 768 resolution
- AMD M880G chipset
- ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics
- 2 GB of RAM
- 320 GB hard drive
- b/g/n/ Wi-Fi
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI, VGA, card reader, audio jacks
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
- 1.3MP Webcam
This Lifebook netbook also comes with a six-cell battery, which is expected to last for about 6.2 hours. The netbook weighs in at 1.4 kg — pretty standard for a netbook.
There’s another similar Fujitsu netbook that is powered by an Intel Celeron SU2300 processor. It features a similar shape, but the chassis has a larger keyboard and trackpad.
If you’re rooting for England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then this netbook’s right for you. The 10.1″ (1024,600 resolution) Hi-Grade Notino mL100E is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and is equipped with with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi hard drive.
The Notino mL100E netbook also features a couple USB ports, an external VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Windows 7 Starter OS, and a webcam. Something unique about this netbook is that instead of having the trackpad buttons located underneath the trackpad, they’re located to either side of it.
The netbook is now available at a price of £279, including VAT.
Toshiba’s got some new and exciting computing devices coming out soon.
The AC100 is a 10.1″ netbook that will run on the Android 2.1 operating system instead of on Windows. The netbook will be powered by a Tegra processor, and be equipped with 512 MB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD hard drive. Other features of the Toshiba AC100 netbook include 1080p HD playback, WLAN, Ethernet, an HDMI port, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The standard 3-cell battery that comes with the netbook is estimated to last four to five hours.
No release date or pricing schedule have been released yet for this netbook.
The A665 is a 15.6″ (1366×768 resolution) laptop that will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor (one of Intel’s newest processors for laptops). It’ll be equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. Other features for the Toshiba A665 laptop include a Nvidia GeForce GTS350 graphics card, Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, an HDMI port, a multi-card reader, and a Blu-ray drive — quite the powerhouse.
The laptop will come with preinstalled 3D content and a pair of 3D glasses will be included in the package. In terms of audio, the A665 will be equipped with Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio, and a Sleep-and-Music function, which allows users listen to music even if the computer is in sleep mode.
The Toshiba A665 laptop’s release is expected sometime this July. Pricing is not yet known.
MSI just revealed the newest addition to its tech lineup at Computex 2010. The WindPad 100 is a 10″ (1024×600 resolution) Windows 7 Home Premium tablet powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor and packing 2 GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD hard drive. The MSI tablet will also feature two USB ports, an HDMI port, as well as a webcam.
Something interesting about the tablet is that is made entirely of plastic. Sadly, it does feel like it, but on the bright side, the WindPad also weighs in at a mere 1.7 pounds. The prototype featured at Computex didn’t have any of the ports listed above, but the final product is expected to output 720p video to an HDTV.
The MSI WindPad 100 tablet is expected to hit the market later this year for a cool $499.
The title pretty much says it all. Under pressure from iPad and Android tablet competition, Microsoft has recently launched a new version of the Windows 7 operating system software specifically for slate and tablet devices. We know that the new OS will be called Windows Embedded Compact 7, but other than that, there are not many other details that are known. It’ll essentially be a compartmentalized version of the Windows 7 OS that can be embedded at the hardware level.
There were several prototype devices running on Microsoft’s new tablet OS at Computex 2010, so its potential developments into a full-fledged tablet OS should be pretty interesting. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any developments we hear about.
Essentially the combination of a smartphone and netbook, Inventec’s Dr. Eye mobile internet device (MID) is a great example of the next big thing in technology.
The Dr. Eye MID features a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as an 800×480 resistive touchscreen, which gives users the option of typing on the screen or on the keyboard. The MID is powered by a 600MHz Marvell CPU and runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, and is equipped with a front-facing camera and a 3-hour battery.
Dr. Eye comes in three different models, which all have the same hardware but different connectivity options. The N18 model has only Wi-Fi capabilities, while the N23 model has CPRS connectivity, and the N31 model has full 3G capabilities. Pricing for the MIDs will range from around $350 for the N18 to just under $500 for the N31.
According to Inventec, they are not positioning Dr. Eye as an iPad competitor nor a consumer device necessarily. Their main market, at least for now, is mainland China, where they are targeting the education market, selling the MIDs to Chinese students who want to do video calls with American teachers in the United States. One of the company’s next steps might be to bring the device to the United States. There are rumors that they’d be up for doing that, if they can find an appropriate distributor.
We haven’t heard from MSI in a while, but rumor on the street is that they’ve come up with two new netbook concepts. There aren’t much details on these, but here’s what we’ve heard.
The MSI La Mode netbook features a 10″ screen and looks similar to the MSI Wind U160 with a slightly different exterior design. The “ebony cloth case with wave-pattern and luminescent MSI logo” is designed to help the netbook dissipate heat.
The (also) 10″ MSI Serene netbook will feature MSI’s thermal technology for heat dissipation. It will not have a fan, so it will be as silent as a ninja when it’s turned on.
These two MSI netbooks might never even come to fruition, but we got excited when heard about them, so thought we’d just share the juicy rumors.
Many PC manufacturers will be touting tablet computers at Computex 2010, but the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Products Group at AMD, Rick Bergman, believes that the company is in no hurry to enter this market, “AMD currently is still evaluating the tablet PC market and will wait until market demand start to appear before joining.” AMD is more optimistic towards future growth in the netbook market and currently has no plans into expanding into the smartphone nor consumer electronics markets.
Bergman also noted growing competition from Nvidia. In order to keep up with the competition, AMD will continue expanding its graphics technologies and launch new products including the ATI Radeon HD 5450, 5570, and 5670 graphics cards, which will target entry-level and mainstream consumer groups. In addition, AMD has already shipped 11 million units of DirectX 11-supporting GPUs since its launch.
Instead of entering the tablet PC, smartphone, or consumer electronics markets, AMD will also focus its efforts on its netbook-based Bobcat processor, which will be released in 2011.
Samsung has recently announced that in a few days, they will be releasing a new netbook, as well as four business-based laptops.
Samsung’s newest netbook, the NB30 Pro, is based on the NB30 model that was released earlier this year. It’ll feature a 10.1″ screen, be equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. The NB30 Pro will also have 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and the Windows 7 Professional OS. Battery life on this baby isn’t bad at all — 6.5 hours — but it’s not the best available either; some netbook batteries last up to 10 or 12 hours.
Samsung’s four new business-based laptops are part of the P80 Premium and P30 Essential series. The P80 Premium series will feature two new laptops, the 14″ P480 and the 15.6″ P580. Both of these laptops will be equipped with a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-450M processor, up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 320 GB of storage space (5400rpm). The laptops will also have Intel GMA HD graphics, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, high definition audio, four USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and a pair of 1.5W speakers. Battery life for the P480 laptop will be roughly 4.3 hours while that for the P580 laptop will be roughly 4.4 hours.
The P30 Essential series will feature two new laptops as well, the 14″ P430 and the 15.6″ P530. Both laptops will be equipped wiht a 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M processor, up to 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 250 GB of storage. Other features of these laptops include Intel GMA HD graphics, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and a pair of 1.5W speakers.
Since all these laptops are geared towards business use, they will (by default) come with the Windows 7 Professional operating system. No information regarding pricing of these netbooks or laptops is yet available, but we’ll keep you posted when he we hear more news.
Remember that Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t convertible netbook tablet we mentioned about a month ago? These netbooks were originally priced at $599 per unit on the Lenovo website, but now with a discount and a coupon, you can get your very own for $399, excluding taxes but including shipping.
The 10.1″ Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t features the standard netbook specs — an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 hard drive, not to mention 802.11n Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Starter. The base model comes with a four-cell battery, but you can buy a spare six-cell battery for an extra $49.
If you’re interested in buying the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t today, the coupon code that should be entered at checkout is USPS4F524. Happy shopping!
According to a recent survey done by Retrevo, a consumer electronics website, netbook sales aren’t doing so hot, mostly because of competition from the Apple iPad and cheaply-priced laptops. The study surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers.
The Retrevo survey asked consumers whether they are planning on buying an Apple iPad or a netbook. An overwhelming 78 percent said they would choose an iPad while only 22 percent said they would choose a netbook.
The survey also asked consumers whether they held off on buying a netbook after they heard that the iPad would be released in a couple months. 70 percent of respondents said they would hold out, and 42.86 percent of these actually did end up buying an iPad, while 57.14 percent of these ended up purchasing a netbook. 30 percent of overall respondents did not hold out for the Apple iPad and originally moved forward with a netbook purchase.
The iPad has already sold more than one million units and there’s no doubt that iPad sales are still going strong. Two of its major advantages includes portability and relatively long battery life.
Even though consumer data indicates that the Apple iPad and cheaply-priced laptops are crippling netbook sales, analysts say that in the near future at least, netbook sales will not be greatly effected due to price-to-value differences. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how things really turn out. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted.
Steve Felice, the President of Dell’s consumer and small and mid-size business unit, recently said that, “There’s been some over-exuberance on this product (netbooks) in the marketplace. Some of our competitors have positioned [netbooks] as a replacement device and then you see feedback from customers that are disappointed when they gave up their notebook for a netbook and find that it’s not quite as fast or doesn’t have quite the same functionality.”
Unlike their competitors, Dell has not been a strong proponent of a netbook as a laptop replacement, and their foresight is right on target. According to shipment figures reported by IDC this past April, there has been waning enthusiasm for netbooks in favor of higher-performance laptops. Intel Atom‘s share of the market has fallen to 20 percent during the first quarter of 2010 from 24 percent during the previous quarter, despite the fact that the overall volume of processors shipped rose by 4.1 percent.
Stronger demand for laptop technology is a blessing for Dell. The company’s first quarter revenue in 2010 rose 21 percent to $14.9 billion and profits rose 52 percent to $441 million. Dell did especially well in emerging markets like China and Brazil, where revenue rose 90 and 81 percent, respectively. Felice says, “We are very pleased with the overall performance of Dell.”
Hewlett Packard has acquired both Palm and its WebOS platform, but according to an HP executive in Taiwan, will not be manufacturing any type of netbook with this technology. Instead, HP has plans to create a tablet that is based on the WebOS operating system.
Monty Wong, the Vice President of the Personal Computing Systems Group at HP Taiwan, said that an HP WebOS tablet might be ready by October of this year, but did not offer any further details regarding the device’s release. More details are expected to surface later in July, after the Palm acquisition is finalized.
Furthermore, Wong believes that netbooks are too similar in functionality to laptops, so it wouldn’t make sense to play in that arena. Also, making a WebOS-based netbook that is operated by a mouse and keyboard seems silly because WebOS is a touch-based operating system. It’s better for HP to create a tablet, since touchscreen netbooks and laptops haven’t been big hits in the market thus far anyway.
Do you like drawing but hate wasting countless pieces of paper for your sketches? MSI may have a solution for you.
The company has recently released the concept of their Sketchbook netbook/tablet to the public. This device is essentially a netbook as well as a tablet that allows users to draw on an enlarged trackpad using a stylus. The MSI netbook/tablet combo features a standard QWERTY keyboard, which can be flipped over to expose an enlarged trackpad space. It might still be unclear how this all works, but here’s a picture for further clarification.
MSI has not yet announced tech specs, launch information, or pricing for this device but there are rumors that it will be formally unveiled at the Computex convention next month. In the meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.
Computer manufacturer Acer has recently released a new addition to its existing Timeline series of netbooks. The new Acer netbook is unique in that it’s a convertible, i.e. it can be used as both a tablet and a netbook.
Named the Acer Aspire 1825PT, this netbook features an 11.6″ high definition LED display with 1366×768 resolution, is powered by a 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, and has 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. It’ll also feature a multi-touch trackpad, a multimedia card reader, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI/VGA out ports, the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OS, and a webcam.
The 1825PT’s 6-cell lithium ion battery is rumored to last for roughly eight hours and the netbook itself will be available in three distinct colors: Sapphire Blue, Diamond Black, and Ruby Red. The price point for this convertible powerhouse is currently set at $889 US.
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.