- Comments Off on Verizon Adds HP Mini 210 Netbook to Lineup
The 10″ HP netbook will be powered by an industry-standard 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and have 1 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. Verizon’s HP Mini 210 will also have a 5-in-1 card reader, an external VGA port, Windows 7 Starter, and a webcam. The battery life on this little powerhouse is an expected 8.8 hours — not bad at all.
After a $100 mail-in-rebate from Verizon for signing a two-year data contract, the price for the HP Mini 210 netbook will be a cool $249.
The machine runs Windows XP Home in a 1.6 GHz Atom CPU with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 160 GB HDD and a 1024 x 576 pixel screen.
The HP Mini 311, as reported earlier, will go for $250 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The HP Mini 110 netbook will be sold for $200 after the rebate and comes with a 250 MB, $40 monthly plan (with additional megabyte use costing $0.10 each) and a $60 plan offering 5 GB of data use with a $0.05 fee per additional megabyte.
But before you go gung-ho for the Verizon netbook plan, make sure you know what it could cost you.
- Comments Off on Indiana HVAC Company Implements AT&T’s 3G Netbook Plan
JMI Mechanical Services is a commercial heating, ventilation, and AC company located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and it has recently implemented AT&T’s two-year netbook contract to keep employees connected when on the job.
AT&T is providing JMI technicians with Acer netbooks with 3G access as well as “a third-party application that pushes important data and company news to technicians, whether at home, on the road or in the field.” JMI President Rick Johnson commented on the effect this netbook plan is having on the company’s productivity:
“A mobilized, expert service force gives us greater business velocity in today’s marketplace, and we started to see the benefits of our netbooks from AT&T within the first week of deployment… Thanks to AT&T, our technicians are connected wherever they are to the information and resources they need to provide the service our customers have come to expect over the past 28 years.”
The 3G netbook service will also be used to coordinate technician placement and help JMI attend to customers’ needs.
While Verizon’s netbook “deal” may not actually be a “steal,” the Gateway LT2016u netbook actually does have a pretty decent battery.
Equipped with a 6-cell battery, the machine lasted six hours and six minutes on a standard Wi-Fi battery test. Four hours and forty one minutes was the reading for operating on the 3G network. Considering that 3G drains a netbook battery pretty quickly, the latter record is not bad at all.
- $499 with no contract
- $319 with a $60/month one-year wireless broadband contract
- $150 after a $100 rebate with a $60/month two-year wireless broadband contract
If you’re into the wireless broadband thing that’s a competitive deal. The 10.1-inch Gateway LT2016U netbook has a 1024 x 600 pixel screen, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 chip, a Gig of RAM, 160 GB HDD, and Windows XP.
Retail versions sold elsewhere cost around $300 but don’t include the 3G chip.
- Comments Off on ANNOUNCEMENT: ASK NBB #7!
At long last, ASK NBB #7 is available for your reading pleasure. Today I’m discussing the virtues of wireless internet with the mother of a college student, and perhaps you can learn something too.
Interested in getting your own question answered on ASK NBB? Here’s how! Be sure to check out ASK NBB #3 for my projections for the future of the netbook industry, or ASK NBB #4 for some discussion of the evolving Eee PC.
- Comments Off on Samsung N310 3G Netbook Released in Korea
Samsung has just launched a new netbook in Korea. The Samsung N310 sports a 10.1″ LCD screen, runs on an Intel Atom processor, and has 1 GB of RAM as well as a 160 GB harddrive. Other tech specs for this netbook include: wi-fi, HSDPA and WiBRO, a 3-in-1 memory card reader, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The battery of this netbook is expected to last roughly five hours.
In Korea, the N310 netbook comes in Turkey Blue and Red Orange and the price range of this mobile device is between $620 and $690.
The Samsung N310 netbook is the recipient of an international design award. The unique curved design of this premium netbook is “said to be like a pebble.”
- Comments Off on ASK NBB #2: 3G Netbooks
Today we’ll be focusing on something that seems to be on everyone’s mind – 3G netbooks. I’ve gotten several emails asking about the matter, so today’s ASK NBB hopes to conquer the question once and for all.
“I’m curious about 3G netbooks. Could you tell me about some netbook models that use 3G and what the future of 3G is for the industry? And what is the best mobile broadband plan for netbooks?
Thanks a lot!”Steve M.
I’m glad you asked, Steve. Since the release of the iPhone 3G the usefulness of the feature has been demonstrated in the hands of everyone lucky enough to get their hands on one. Adding 3G to netbooks makes them truly wireless tools, released from the bounds of the internet you’re getting at home or at work.
With 3G capability, you can use your netbook as a GPS system in the car, for last-minute work during a morning train commute, or while relaxing in a park far from Wi-Fi access. Sounds pretty good. So what netbooks out there will get you 3G?
Recent weeks have brought a horde of new 3G netbook releases, with both the Neo 101 and 720p Dell Mini 10 being released in the past few days alone. Lenovo also updated its virulently successful IdeaPad line with a new 3G netbook just four days ago.
The swift gains in 3G netbooking are no surprise – China Mobile, a 3G wireless provider, recently partnered with six other netbook manufacturers in order to spread 3G far and wide. The Dell Mini 10 was a product of that union, and with manufacturers “Lenovo, Founder Technology, Tsinghua Tongfang, Haier Group, [and] Hewlett-Packard” on board as well it’s looking like China Mobile’s netbook 3G is going to get very big very quickly.
So what about mobile broadband plans for netbooks? The main contenders are Verizon, which plans to subsidize the HP Mini 1000 according to a recent leak, and AT&T, which intends to offer a wide variety of netbooks including the Dell Mini 9 for as little as $49.99 nationwide.
It’s hard to say which plan is better – the cheap netbooks are a huge bonus, but both plans can get quite pricey as one unfortunate Oklahoma woman recently learned. I can’t give you a definitive answer about which to choose, but be sure to take into account more than just the initial cost of the netbook or the monthly rate – many mobile broadband companies charge extra fees for going above storage allowances, which could end up punishing your wallet if you aren’t careful.
In the end, 3G is an extremely useful feature which has become more and more widespread in the very recent past. It won’t be long before nearly all netbooks come with 3G, and if I may say so myself, that sounds pretty damn good.
Good luck to you, and as always, happy netbooking!
- Comments Off on Xandros And Freescale Offer New Netbook Turnkey Solution
Xandros recently announced at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress that it would be offering a new turnkey software solution running on a unique processor: the Freescale i.MX515 featuring ARM Cortex-A8 technology. Freescale has been involved in netbook technology before, most notably when it assisted in the development of the Pegatron netbook.
The new release will focus on “fast boot, long battery life, and reliable 3G connectivity.” It will come with a bundle of assorted Xandros software, as well as resources to help OEMs develop netbook products.
The ‘Xandros solution’ will also include an App Store with acess to all kinds of media, including “access to software, games, multimedia and web applications.” And that’s not all:
“Full-featured user applications include a browser, push-based email, PIM, instant messaging, a photo viewer, a media player, and an office suite to create and edit Microsoft Office documents.”
Wow. All the features will work with both keyboards and touchscreen, meaning the Xandros concept will be portable to pretty much any netbook you’d like.
Freescale Marketing Director Glen Burchers mentioned Freescale’s delight in being able to display Xandros on the advanced i.MX515 processor.
“Consumers demand low costs, high performance and long battery life, and the combination of Freescale’s hardware and Xandros’ rich feature set is expected to enable compelling netbook products that succeed in the marketplace.”
Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO, added his viewpoint as well:
“The advanced Freescale platform enables us to quickly bring the powerful netbook experience that Xandros created for the Eee PC to ultra-low powered netbooks with always-on 3G networking and media support… This will blaze a trail for OEMs and carriers bringing full-featured, cost-effective devices with long battery life to new markets, and create recurring revenue streams.”
The Mobile World Congress runs from February 16-19 this year in Barcelona, Spain. We’re anticipating a great deal of new releases from Europe, though not nearly as many as during CES 2009.
Comparing netbooks with similar products is inevitable. Netbooks highlight mobility and accessability for a low cost, but they aren’t the only devices to do so – ultramobiles, smartphones, and laptops (to an extent) all emphasize these qualities.
So while it might seem a little strange to compare netbooks with the new Amazon Kindle 2 reading device, you have to admit they have a lot in common. The Kindle 2 is immensely portable, costs $360, and packs a heck of a lot into its tiny frame… just like a netbook. In case you don’t know much about it, the Kindle 2 is a 3G device specified for reading. You can download any of the “230,000 books plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs available” in under 60 seconds, read what you want, and store up to 1,500 items in the 2 GB hard drive.
A recent blog post by Karen DeCoster at LewRockwell.com discussed the Kindle 2 in relationship to netbooks, mentioning a few major problems with Kindle. Firstly, she mentioned that, though the Kindle 2 offers access to all kinds of media, “most of it is modern, junk fiction, or cheeseball non-fiction. There are some serious works of literature or non-fiction available, but it still has to be “popular” before that occurs.” Of course, if you’re a major reader of popular fiction, it’s quite possible that the device would be great for you.
She also mentions that Kindle seriously taxes you for news subscriptions; for example, the New York Times costs $14/month. Kindle can subscribe you to blogs, but mostly only mainstream ones. Unlike on a netbook with a web browser, access to blogs through Kindle can cost you around 1.99/month. It’s not a lot, but the numbers add up.
The $360 price tag isn’t horrible. Unlike nearly all netbook mobile broadband plans, Amazon doesn’t charge Kindle users monthly for 3G. There’s no browser on the device, making most of the point of 3G null, so the inclusion of the feature is only really meant for access to new things to buy.
DeCoster then suggests an alternative: netbooks. The particular model she mentions is the Eee PC 1000H, and we think she’s heading in the right direction. The Kindle device is sleek and pretty, but so are a lot of netbooks. For $360 you can get a lot more than just access to reading materials – you get word processing,the ability to connect with printers and any USB device you’d like, web browsing, and in the near future all kinds of other tasks. A costly device like this doesn’t deliver what it could, and netbooks are the way to go.
If you’re still interested, you can get the Amazon Kindle 2 here.
- Comments Off on New MSI Wind U120H Netbook In Charcoal, Price Dropped
Since we reviewed the MSI Wind U120H netbook a few months ago, it seemed to have sunk below the radar. We were happy with the machine, but definitely found that its massive pricetag – around $600 at many retailers – was a huge turnoff.
“The real problem here is money. Sure, they added 3.5G, but they also added to the price tag. The netbook will stay alive for a good 3 hours, which is decent for standard use, but you end up paying for a 6-cell battery that should really be giving you two or three more hours of work time.”
Now the Wind U120H has gotten both a edgier repaint and a massive price drop, both of which definitely alleviate our displeasure. The battery still hurts the machine, but at least now the value is much better: $350 at Amazon!
The new Wind netbook is charcoal, a nice departure from the standard white that gave off the vibe that it was trying to be a cheap Mac. As always, the U120H netbook uses the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, a 10.1-inch display, 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB HDD.
3G connectivity is still on the ballot optionally, making the redesigned MSI Wind U120H quite a bit more appealing.
- Comments Off on Chip Makers: 3G and HD For Netbooks Running Windows 7
Two major chip manufacturers – Qualcomm and NVIDIA – have officially begun to support Windows 7 for when it comes to netbooks in the near future. Their goals are better graphics and continuous 3G, both of which should hopefully become standard for netbooks in the near future.
Take note: as we reported earlier, there will be no netbook-specific version of Windows 7. Netbooks will be using Windows 7 Ultimate, which is expected to be painfully expensive.
That hasn’t fazed Qualcomm though. They announced yesterday that they would be sampling chips in order to boost Windows 7 3G. NVIDIA made an announcement too, mentioning new beta drivers for netbooks that will deliver full HD video for netbooks with the new Microsoft OS.
The chip Qualcomm mentioned wasn’t Snapdragon but rather the Gobi2000 3G embedded chip, which should “let netbooks and laptops access multiple 3G networks like HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) or EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized).”
Gary Greenbaum of Microsoft spoke for Windows in reference to the Qualcomm announcement:
“We believe Gobi notebook and netbook customers will experience the long-sought desire for ubiquitous connectivity.”
NVIDIA’s new beta drivers will make the Ion platform compatiable with Windows 7. What does that mean? Full 1080p HD for netbooks, photo editing, and possibly gaming for netbooks. “We have released beta drivers for Windows 7 to our customers for them to begin design/development of Ion-based systems now,” said Ken Brown of NVIDIA.
Microsoft and NVIDIA demonstrated the Windows 7/Ion combo in a Taiwan event recently. They managed to run 1080p HD video while “simultaneously transcoding another HD video clip.”
The new boosts to netbook technology are going to close the gap between netbooks and notebooks. If consumers can get devices for as cheap as $250 or $300 that offer HD video and cheap 3G connectivity, laptops are going to look a whole lot less appealing.
- Comments Off on LG Delivers X110 Netbook To The UK
LG has broken into the netbook market with a new snazzy netbook called the LG X110.
Don’t worry, you aren’t alone – pretty much everyone is noting how it looks exactly like an MSI Wind netbook. What LG has fortunately added is integrated 3G. Otherwise it’s the same old, same old – Intel Atom N270 CPU , 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive. You can get it for free if you get one of a number of mobile broadband deals over in the UK.
The X110 has been praised for a solid keyboard and a better casing than the MSI Wind. Not everything is great though – the display is only decent, and the touchpad has been criticized for being smaller-than-necessary.
The LG X110 netbook will cost you around $406 without integrated 3G. If you get the ‘free’ netbook-with-contract deal, however, you’ll have dropped a frightening $977 after the two year agreement. Of course, you get 3G mobile broadband with that as well. Buy wisely!
- Comments Off on AT&T Confirms $99 Dell Netbook Plan
The AT&T netbook deal we covered a few days ago is back in the news, and we have the specifics. If you buy a two-year contract with AT&T, you get a $99 netbook from their new partner, Dell: The Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
The Mini 9 gets a $350 mail-in rebate in the deal, bringing it from $449 to $99. It will have 3G connectivity provided by AT&T all the time, or if you prefer WiFi,, 802.11b/g networking. It sounds great, if you’re in the market for a netbook anyway.
The two-year plan is called the LaptopConnect plan, and sounds a whole lot like the Radioshack netbook deal we heard about in December. This offer is only good until January, so get on it while you can.
- Comments Off on CES: AT&T Wants A Bigger Role With Netbooks
AT&T has showed some signs that it wants netbooks to support its cellular internet connections, according to a top exec Thursday.
According to Glenn Lurie, a AT&T executive, netbooks’ portability make them prime candidates for 3G and mobile Web access. The company sees a big opening in netbooks, and plans to act accordingly.
Lurie was excited. “This is a hot space,” he said, referring to netbooks during a CES interview, “I see this as a very big play in the youth market. Netbooks would hold appeal to students and others with a need to carry around as little extra weight as possible.
The RadioShack deal involving $99 Acer Aspire One netbooks with the purchase of an AT&T contract was representative of what moves the company plans to make. It’s valuable work – whenever a retailer signs someone up with the deal they are commissioned $200 to $250.
- Comments Off on Is 2009 The Year Of The Netbook?
It’s certainly possible, and there are some out there who’d really like it to be so. But what will make that decision?
The question is really one of the fundamental desires of consumers. Do they want a fast, thin, expensive MacBook Air or a slower, thin, cheap Aspire One or Eee PC? A notebook or a netbook?
If people want portability and affordability, 2009 will bring big things to the netbook industry – and the netbook industry will bring some big things to 2009.
Should 3G broadband wireless become standard, the future of netbooks will look especially bright. 3G is a big deal these days, considering the massive successes of Apple’s iPhones, and netbooks with the feature have sold especially well.
The intrigue of netbooks comes from the fact that, up until their birth, consumers always payed more for portability. Smallness and thinness have become in vogue as the big clunky cell phones of the 80s gave way to Razrs, as room-sized computers shrank to fit in your backpack.
Netbooks are in the spirit of this trend. They are ultimately small, but thankfully, incredibly cheap. Consumers who don’t play videogames or edit film on their machines are starting to realize they just don’t need all that extra capability, and as 2009 rolls around, netbooks will be in their sights. They will decide the future of netbooks.
- Comments Off on Two Welcome Upgrades On The HP Mini 1000
This just in – HP has announced that its Mini 1000 netbook, its stylish new addition to the netbook market, can now be augmented with mobile broadband provided by AT&T or Verizon. We were pretty excited about the Mini 1000 in our December 2nd article, and this news is only making us happier.
3G has been rearing its head on new devices since it was included on Apple’s recent iPhone update. The massive sales of the new iPhone showed that, for those on the go, Internet that doesn’t require Wi-Fi is immensely useful. HP is surely hoping to cash in on that preference.
However, HP’s deal is a bit pricey. The 3G option will cost an additional $199, which makes me wince, but that figure doesn’t include some subsidies from the carriers. The other downside is that, for some reason, you can’t get both SSD and 3G loaded in your netbook. The Mini 1000 with WWAN forces you to use the HDD.
The cost is the only obvious downside, but don’t sigh and turn away just yet – another announcement from HP may put the bounce back in your step.
The HP is also due for a price cut! You can now get a new HP Mini 1000 for $40 less than the original price of $399. While it’s still not the cheapest on the market, the $359 HP Mini is a great bet. It sports an 8.9″ screen, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of space, a 3-cell battery and XP.