Dec 7 2009

Dell Plays Around With Chrome OS

Dell engineers have been having some fun with the new operating system that Google recently released to the public, as the massive open source project was released in its preliminary form to developers just a week ago. One Dell tech strategist has already mentioned that he and some of his colleagues want to get Chromium OS running on a test Dell  Mini 10v netbook.

Google intends to release Chrome OS next year as a lightweight operating system for netbooks. While they have not revealed their marketing strategy, they let everyone know they will be working with hardware partners from the netbook world. A Google spokesman refused to comment on whether or not Dell would be one of those hardware partners, but because Chrome OS is open source, we can expect a whole host of hardware companies to be interested in working with Google on Chrome.

Via Information Week.

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Dec 7 2009

The Intel Pine Trail Netbook CPU is On The Way

Intel’s new Pine Trail is making its way into netbooks soon. While details are always hard to come by, the Pine Trail CPU is set to crank netbook graphics like never before.

While VP Sean Maloney is quoted saying “Better battery life. But performance more than anything,” it would seem that we can expect some major improvements in other important areas on laptops in the future. Intel has held off on selling preconfigured HP Mini 5101 netbooks directly from the HP website, with new models regarding the new Pine Trail processors being prepared for release. While we won’t be seeing the Pine Trail before 2010, it’s always good to know whats ahead!

Via CNet

Dec 6 2009

Acer Unveils First Multi-Touch Laptop

Acer recently showed us their new laptop with a multi-touch display. The Acer Aspire 5738PzG series gives us a 15.6 inch screen with a multitude of Windows 7 gestures that will be supported by the laptop. Because they also included an All-In-One PC featuring this multitouch technology, they decided to follow a minimulist design scheme, which comes with Microsoft’s TouchPack.

Their laptops will not only come loaded with Windows 7, but will have touchscreen support that allows users to perform simple everyday tasks like printing, sharing information, emailing, and taking pictures, all with simple gestures that better allow a user to interface with their devices. The laptops being a whole new definition to the words “user friendly.”

Via TechTree.

Dec 5 2009

Dell Decides to Enter Cell Phone Market

If you thought that Dell was done making cellphones after the Mini 3i, you were wrong. Dell is in the works to create a communications group with an explicit focus on mobile devices and cell phones, with Current consumer division head and former Motorola exec Ron Garriques leading the project.

Who would have thought that Dell would try to enter the cellphone market? With the market already saturated, it will be interesting to see what kind of market share Dell can expect in the coming years. Between iPhones, Blackberries, and the new up and coming HTC and Google Phones, will Dell’s upcoming cell phones be as successful as its prececessors? With more competition, we can expect better phones and lower prices in the future. Then again, maybe we should just leave that up to the economists.

Via Engadget.

Dec 2 2009

Dell Silently Introduces Precision M6500 With Core i7

Dell recently added a new laptop to their lineup: the Dell Precision M6500, which claims to be a business-friendly laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor included. Everything looks good and dandy, but what makes this laptop more intriguing than others is that Dell has made the choice to not make an announcement regarding the creation or distribution of the laptop.

The M6500 will debut with a 17-inch display and will grants you either an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics processor, or  an ATI FirePro M7740; just pick your graphics card. You’ll be happy to know that the M6500 will include 16GB DDR3 RAM which hopes to reach speeds of up to 1,333 MHz.

If you’re a power/business user, you’ll also have the ability to have three optional RAID configurations. While there’s no purchase date in sight, we’ll hope that Dell will let us know at some point in the future when they plan to make the new laptop available to the public. Or perhaps Dell’s laptops speak for themselves.

Via  The Inquisitr.

Dec 2 2009

ASUS G51J 3D Ups the Ante On the 3D Laptop Game

We hope you still have money left after Black Friday, because for the hefty price of $1700, you’ll be able to get your hands on the upcoming ASUS G51J 3D which claims to bring “real 3D” to laptops. Using NVIDIA’s 3D vision technology, the G51J is already able to play over 400 games.

The system employs shutter glasses, which is supposed to outperform the Polaroid lens alternative currently used by the Acer’s Aspire 5738DG. As for the ASUS G51J, it will include a GeForce GTX 260M card which boasts 1GB of DDR memory. It’s time to start saving!

“NVIDIA® is excited about the world’s first 3D Vision notebook coming from ASUS,” said Phil Eisler, General Manager of 3D Vision business unit at NVIDIA. “The ASUS G51J 3D notebook will set the standard by which gaming and 3D notebooks will be judged. Congratulations to ASUS for achieving this monumental milestone!”

Via Engadget & GoodGearGuide.

Dec 2 2009

Windows 7 Users Experiencing Dreaded Black Screen of Death

While it may not be as bad as it sounds for most Windows users, it’s still not a step in the right direction for Microsoft.  Many people (not just Windows 7 users) have been reporting a black screen which appears following a successful log-in. Once the black screen appears, systems reportedly lock up to the point where theres nothing you can do.

Although some users have claimed that they will have access to My Computer after getting the black screen, the operating systems still slow down to a crawl. Microsoft claims that their recent security update is the most likely suspect and is investigating further to narrow down the issue and eventually solve the problem.

So what should you do in the meanwhile? If affected, its suggested that you look up Prevx, a UK developer of anti-malware software. They’ve claimed to put together a fix that’ll fix the issue. We can’t promise that the fix won’t screw everything up further, so it may be worth your time to research them further. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more from Microsoft.

Via: Engadget.

Dec 2 2009

Dell’s E6400 and E6500 Models are Overheating and Underclocking!

If you’re an owner of a E6400 or E6500, the above picture should be a startling notice that the health of your precious laptop is at risk.

Hundreds of owners just like yourself have been reporting in over the past few weeks about severe performance issues, with some users claiming that their laptops are performing as low as 95% below what would be normal operating conditions.  For some users, the systems will get hotter than usual; for others, BIOS suddenly lowers its performance until it stops working all together. While some users have been reporting these issues as early as January 2009, its been claimed that Dell had actually started to censor posts on their own forums. This doesn’t look like good news for E6400 & E6500 users.

UPDATE: Some users have claimed that the Studio XPS 1645 is having similar issues, according to this thread. This appears to be happening due to a poor AC adaptor, take heart though. If you call Dell and complain, they will ship out a replacement adapters to those affected. Now all Dell has to do is make good on the E6400 and E6500 users, and it’ll all be square.

Via Engadget.

Nov 30 2009

Dell’s #1 Cyber Monday Laptop Deal: Dell Inspiron 17 Laptop

Cyber Monday has finally arrived. Surely you’ve been browsing popular sale sites such as Newegg and W, but that won’t be the place that you find the best laptop deal today!  14 hours into Cyber Monday, it would appear that the Dell Inspiron 17 is a popular sale item. Moreover, if you check Amazon soon enough, you may be able to get your hands on a Dell Inspiron 11 which has been discounted speficially for the Cyber Monday. If the Inspiron 11 isn’t for you, we suggest you check out the Inspiron 17 laptop being offered at Dell.com

“This 17.3 inch laptop is powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor and comes equipped with 3GB of memory and a 320 GB hard drive.” You’ll be able to pick this baby up for as little as $549 with free shipping included; but that’s not all, you’ll get 15 months of McAfee SecurityCenter, absolutely free! The laptop also includes a dual layer 8X DVD±R/RW optical drive, WiFi card, and Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.

Via the Examiner.

Nov 30 2009

Apple’s Cyber Monday Deals

Following a horde of Black Friday discounts offered this past Friday, Apple is delighted to extend the savings into Cyber Monday – bless their hearts. If you want to see the deals available from Apple, all you need to do it check out their extended list of discounts. The catch is, you’re only able to realize these discounts if you make your purchases online and only on this Monday, November 30, for this limited time, Apple will also be offering free shipping, so hop to it.

Some of Apple’s 2009 Cyber Monday deals include the following:

  • $30 off Monster Beats by Dr. Dre high-def headphones.
  • The mophie Juice Pack Air, an iPhone case and rechargeable battery, for $71.95 (Normally $79.95).
  • Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. computer gear bags starting at $89.95.
  • The Vestax Spin DJ for $224.95. (Normally $249.95)
  • USB Drives
  • Bluetooth Headsets
  • Hello Kitty iPhone jackets (editor’s choice)
  • And much more.

The only way to cash in on these deals is to make your way to the Apple website, so what are you still doing here?

Via Huffington Post.

Nov 29 2009

Walmart Cyber Monday Deals

You’ve seen Black Friday ads this year. They’re thicker than most phone books. Now’s the time that you will find extraordinarily discounted prices on a plethora of categorties of electronics, gadgets, and laptops. If you didn’t have time to go shopping this Black Friday, Cyber Monday lurks right around the corner, allowing you to redeem yourself.  Let’s take a peek at what’s in store.

You can find Walmart’s Cyber Monday ad online. During the next couple days, Walmart intends to add deals to their Cyber Monday 2-day sale web site. The following deals are available now, but look forward to more laptop deals in the coming hours!

  • Sony Bravia 32″ HDTV – $398
  • Nintendo DSi Bundle – $189
  • Kodak Easy Share with 4 GB SD Card – $79
  • Nintendo DS Lite Bundle – $149
  • Sanyo 42″ HDTV with Home Theater system – from $728
  • Sanyo Digital camera with case and SD card – $65

As for laptops, so far there’s only a  Compaq CQ50-139QM notebook for $498 accompanied by an 8GB Flash Drive, carrying case, and HP Printer. Keep your eyes open!

Via Examiner.

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Nov 29 2009

Kohjinsha Dual Screen Laptop to be Made Available in Japan this December

Japanese manufacturer Kohjinsha is happy to announce that they’ll be shipping out a dual screen laptop during mid December, just in time for Christmas! Even though they aren’t releasing the world’s first dual screen laptop, they can claim that their dual screen laptop will be more affordable than its massive predecessor, the Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds series.

Even though the features are in Japanese, Google proudly translates its specifications as follows:

  • two thin 10.1 inch widescreen LCD screens with 1024×600 (WSVGA) display. The two screens slide out left and right, creating an extra long centered display
  • Other features, according to Kohjinsha, include: an AMD Athlon™ Neo MV-40 ( 1.6GHz ) processor,
  • 1GB of memory (with a max of 4GB),
  • a 160GB 2.5 inch SATA hard drive, an ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 internal graphics accelerator,
  • a wireless LAN + Bluetooth,
  • a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.
  • The laptop is approximately 1.84kg (~4lbs) and has a battery life of about 4.5 hours.

Via Examiner.

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Nov 27 2009

Black Friday Netbook Deals for Under $200 Coming Your Way


If you’re like most mobile internet users, you’re probably in the market for a brand new lightweight and versitile netbook. Well, you’re in luck: today is arguably the best day to make some legendary Black Friday deals, and bring home with you a brand new spanking netbook. We’ve done the searching for you and have compiled an excellent list of netbook deals that are priced below the 200$ pricetag.

If you take a trip to Best Buy, you’ll notice they’re offering a $197 Hewlett-Packard laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) with a 15.6-inch screen and an Intel Celeron processor. Other specs include 2GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB), 160GB hard drive, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Because this is an in-store only special item, you’ll have to line up early.

Everyone’s friendly Wal-Mart Supercenter is offering an eMachine running Windows 7 Home Premium for $198. This computer also features a 15.6-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive.

Office Depot’s are showing an ad @tgiBlackFriday.com offering an Acer Netbook with a 10.1 inch screen as well as an Intel Atom N270 processor priced at a very wallet-friendly 199.99.

If Dell netbooks are your thing, you can find a $199 Inspiron Mini 9. The mini sports a 8.9-inch screen, 1 GB RAM, an Intel Atom N270 processor, and a 4GB solid-state drive. While it only offers a 0.3 megapixel webcam, they’ll allow you to upgrade to a 1.3 megapixel for a mere $10!

Via PCWorld.

Nov 27 2009

ASUS Unveils a Multitouch Netbook We Can Really Get Our Hands On


Look out iPhone,  there’s a new world of multi-touch devices available to consumers this holiday season. One such is the newly unveiled Eee PC T91MT which stands to be the worlds first convertible tablet notebook which features a multi-touch screen and fully supports Windows 7 Multi-Touch gestures that we’re sure you’re already familiar with. Those who have finished wiping the drool from their faces will be pleased to hear that the the slim Eee PC, which measures one inch thick and a paltry 0.96kg is designed for mobility – it sports a shockproof 32GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and comes with an additional 500GB of online ASUS WebStorage. Gadzooks!

The Eee PC T91MT puts users in touch with their creative sides:

  • Multi-touch functionality makes interaction with the computer fun, it encourages users to be creative.
  • Virtually all tasks can be performed with a tap, drag, punch, or twist – get your fingers ready!
  • Photos are viewed, positioned, and edited seamlessly.
  • Reading a Document is like flipping through pages in a real book.
  • Taking Notes and Memos with the included package TouchSuite is intuitive and easy.
  • The touch pad boasts a 256-level pressure sensor, the Eee PC™ T91MT’s crisp and responsive 8.9″ multi-touch screen reproduces handwriting beautifully and accurately, regardless of whether a finger or the bundled ergonomically-designed stylus is used.
Specifications
Eee PC™ T91MT
Display 8.9″ glossy LED-backlit WSVGA screen (1024×600)
Operating System Genuine Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Basic (China only)
CPU Intel® Atom™ Z520
Default Memory DDR2 SO-DIMM 1GB
DDR2 SO-DIMM 2GB (optional)
Storage Total 532GB
(32GB SSD + 500GB ASUS WebStorage**)
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz, Bluetooth2.1 + EDR
Battery Life Li-polymer Battery, 5 hrs*
Multimedia Camera 0.3M Pixels
Audio Codec Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
Speakers Stereo Speakers
Built-in Mic Digital Array Mic
Interface 1 (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor) VGA Connector, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), Card Reader: MMC/SD (SDHC); Disk Expander: MMC/SD (SDHC)
Optional Digital TV
Physical Dimensions 225mm (W) x 164mm (D) x 25.2~28.4mm (H)
Weight 0.96kg (with battery)
Colors Infusion (IMF): White, Black

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