May 19 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1215N Netbook Gets Atom D510 Processor and USB 3.0

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.

Via EverythingUSB.

May 15 2010

Rumor: ASUS Netbook To Include a Slot-In 3G Mobile Phone

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.

Via TheInquirer.

Image via NetbookChoice.

May 14 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1201PN Ion Netbook Available for Pre-order on Amazon

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.

Via SlashGear.

May 4 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1005PR Netbook Now Officially on 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!

Via SlashGear.

Jan 26 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Netbook Becomes a Bestseller on Amazon

The bestselling netbook on Amazon right now is the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, retailing for $368.59. Why’s it so popular?

One reason could be the extremely classy ASUS Super Hybrid Engine, a tool that allows users to, upon the tapping of a hotkey, speed up the processor for performance or slow it down to extend battery life. This, combined with the ultra-efficient Intel Atom N450 CPU, allows users to get up to 14 hours of juice.

Also encouraging such efficiency is the LED-backlit 10.1″ screen, coming in at 1024 x 600 pixels. Other features include 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Starter, Bluetooth, a Plug-and-Play flash card slot, 0.3 megapixel webcam, 1 GB of RAM with the option to upgrade, and a massive 750 GB of Hybrid Storage (250 GB in the HDD and 500 GB on ASUS’ web servers.

What more needs to be said? Go get yours now for only $368.59.

Via I4U.

Jan 19 2010

ASUS’ New Alligator Skin Eee PC 1008P Netbook

Asustek is delivering a new, styled up netbook called the Eee PC 1008P, Karim Rashid Collection. It’s a 10.1-inch netbook with a faux alligator hide exterior and, interestingly, two exchangeable netbook batteries that run for 6 hours each.

Karim Rashid is the New York designer adding his name to the netbook. This is, according to an ASUS rep, the first time the company has ever outsourced design work. You can get the netbook in hot pink or coffee brown. Scent manufacturer Kenzo Parfums will be releasing new, similarly styled perfumes, so you can smell good while you rock your netbook.

Compared to other designer netbooks, this one is tame in terms of price – a mere $600. It will be released in Hong Kong, Japan, and the US, in that order.

The ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Collection Netbook will run Windows 7 with an Atom N450, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250 GB HDD, and 500 GB of Eee Storage on ASUS’ servers. This sounds like an excellent deal for a mere $600 bucks, so I’d get on it ASAP if you want in.

Via PCWorld, image via BestNetbookReviewz.

Jan 15 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1001P Netbook Comes With Atom N450, Windows 7

ASUS’ latest Eee PC is called the ASUS Eee 1001P. It rocks the Intel Atom N450 CPU and achieves an admirable 11 hours of battery life on a single charge.

It comes with 1 GB of DDR2 memory, upgradeable to 2 GB. The SATA hard drive is a 250 GB, 5400 RPM monster. The new netbook comes with a 0.3 megapixel webcam and a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel LCD screen.

Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Windows 7 Starter as an OS. This thing weighs about 2.8 pounds and you can get it on Amazon now.

Via GadgetVenue.

Dec 2 2009

ASUS Eee PC 1008P Netbook To Succeed 1008HA With Intel Pineview CPU

The ASUS Eee PC 1008HA netbook had its pitfalls, but no matter! It’s successor, the ASUS Eee PC 1008P or Seashell 2, will soon be in town. This newer netbook model will feature upgrades to the hardware and design of the previous model. For starters, the 1008P netbook will include a slide-out battery and the oh-so-popular chiclet-style keyboard.

In terms of hardware, the ASUS Eee PC 1008P netbook will pack a 1.8GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, which will give the netbook better graphics capabilities. In addition, the ASUS Eee PC 1008P will also run Windows 7 out of the box and feature a new VGA adapter that connects via mini-USB — camouflaging itself on the underside of the netbook.

Other than that, the Seashell 2 will pretty much be similar to the original. (You can check out the original’s specs here.) If you’re interested in learning more, check out the CES in January 2010.

Via Geek.

Nov 30 2009

Netbook and Laptop Compatibility Check for Google Chrome OS

The Google Chrome operating system isn’t pre-installed on netbooks just yet, but if you’re interested, below are some netbooks that have been “officially” tested and that claim to be compatible with the software. On these netbooks, you can assume that everything works, including 802.11 Wi-Fi, Ethernet, the touchpad, and the suspend/resume functions.

*These netbooks ship with both Atheros and Broadcom 802.11 wireless adapters. The Atheros adapter works out-of-the-box with the Chrome operating system, but the Broadcom adapter does not.

Via Google.

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

Nov 23 2009

Get an ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Netbook for $199.97 from Hhgregg

Black Friday is less than a week away and we’re here to bring you yet another spectacular netbook deal.

The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (one of the top-selling netbooks on Amazon) is going to be available for a mere $199.97 at Hhgregg – discounted $100 from the regular price of $299.99!

The 10.1″ ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook will be equipped with an Intel Atom N270 processor, an Intel 945GSE graphics chipset, and 1 GB of RAM. Other tech specs include multi-touch, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3 USB ports, and a 0.3 megapixel webcam. Note that since it’s a netbook, no CD/DVD drive is included, but tackling basic computing tasks should be easy as pie.

There’s a limit of 10 netbooks per store on Black Friday and they’ll be available on Friday and Saturday – at least while supplies last.

Via Notebooks.

Nov 18 2009

Mobile Operator O2 Updates Netbook and Laptop Bundles

Mobile operator O2 is changing up its mobile broadband netbook and laptop packages.

The newest netbook to join the team is the ASUS Eee PC 1005H. This 10.1″ LED-backlit widescreen netbook is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. It has an integrated microphone and webcam and the default operating system is Windows XP.

The newest laptop addition is the 15.6″ Samsung R519. This laptop is equipped with a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T3400 processor, an Intel GMA 4500M graphics chipset, 2 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive. Other tech specs include a DVD super multi DL drive, WLAN/Wi-Fi, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The operating system available on this machine is Windows Vista.

These portable computing devices will be subsidized with the purchase of a 24-month data plan contract that includes 300 text messages and unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot access. 3 GB and 10 GB monthly data plans are available, the latter of which is roughly £10 more per month. There is also a one-time charge of £29.38 regardless of the netbook/laptop package selected, which gets you an O2 USB E169 mobile broadband modem.

Via IsPreview.

Nov 17 2009

3-Year Netbook Failure Rate is 20% Higher Than Laptop Failure Rate

SquareTrade, an independent warranty provider, has done research on the failure rates for 30,000+ netbooks and laptops covered by warranty plans. They’ve found out that roughly a third of laptops will fail within three years and that the failure rate for netbooks is 20% higher than that for laptops.

Further breakdown of the results indicate that 20.4% of laptop failures were due to hardware malfunctions and 10.4% were due to accidential damage. Here’s a graph showing some empirical evidence:

5.8% of netbooks malfunction within the first 12 months of ownership, which is 20% higher than the malfunction rate for entry-level laptops and 40% higher than the malfunction rate for premium laptops. The projected malfunction rate for netbooks over a three year period is 25.1%. Compare this to 20.6% for regular laptops and 18.1% for premium laptops.

ASUS Eee PC and Toshiba netbooks and laptops tend to be more reliable. Fewer than 16% of Eee PC and Toshiba owners reported a hardware malfunction over a period of three years. Acer, Gateway, and HP machines had relatively higher malfunction rates.

Here’s another graph to show the 3-year laptop malfunction rates for different laptop manufacturers:

Via Gizmodo.

Nov 9 2009

ASUS Eee PC T91MT Tablet Netbook Hits the US Today

The ASUS Eee PC T91MT tablet netbook can be ordered from Amazon, starting today. This computer is equipped with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (but can be preinstalled with up to 2 GB), and a 32 GB solid state drive and 500 GB of free online storage.

The T91MT has an 8.9″ screen display which is backlit by LED. Other features include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To learn more about the ASUS Eee PC T91MT tablet netbook, check out one of our previous articles. If you’re interested in buying the device, click here.

Via GadgetVenue.

Nov 9 2009

Active Media Sabertooth S4 Series SSDs For Your ASUS Eee PC

ASUS netbooks from back in the day used relatively small SSDs, and if you got into netbooks early yours might is probably chock full of data by now. Luckily, Active Media Products’ new line of upgrade SSDs will offer better performance and more storage.

The new SSDs are part of the SaberTooth S4 series – an update to the SaberTooth S3 series – which will be compatible with early ASUS netbooks like the S101, 900, 900A, 901, and 1000 Eee PCs. Any netbook with mini PCIe card storage and a SATA-II interface should work fine.

The netbook SSDs come in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB varieties. They’re rumored to last longer due to a wear leveling algorithm and come with read speeds of up to 130 MB/second and writing of up to 50 MB/second.

It all sounds great so far, though in our experience SSDs with such high capacity can be costly, so do your research.

Via SlipperyBrick.

Nov 8 2009

ASUS 1005HA Netbook Is An Amazon Top-Seller

The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook is listed as the top-selling netbook on Amazon. Furthermore, the top four best-sellers in this category on Amazon consist of some form or other of the ASUS 1005HA netbook.

In first place is the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK (with Windows XP) that sells for $358.99. In second place is the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005HA-PU17-BU (with Windows 7 Starter) that sells for $382.99. In third and fourth place respectively are the blue ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (with Windows XP) and the black ASUS 1005HA (with Windows 7) netbooks. It’s interesting that netbooks with Windows XP still outsell those with Windows 7, but then again Windows 7 was just recently launched.

The first non-ASUS netbook on the list of top-sellers is the Toshiba Mini, at #5 on the list.

Via I4U.

Nov 5 2009

ASUS Eee PC 1201N Netbook Expected By December

The ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook may be heading our way before the year is over, according to the Asus support site. It packs the Nvidia ION chip, perfect for HD video, and runs either Windows XP or Windows 7.

UK shops should be stocking the ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook this December.

Up until now we’ve had only leaked info and rumored specs for the netbook, but as the release date draws closer more info should become available.

Via Mirror.

Oct 29 2009

ASUS Projects Netbook Boom In 4Q 2009

After reporting booming 3Q results, ASUStek is projecting a breakthrough in netbook shipments in 4th quarter.

Eee PC shipments will reach 1.7-1.9 million shipments as ASUS joins newer European and Chinese netbook markets. The previous record held by ASUS is 1.7 million units, in 3Q 2008.

The recent quarter, ending September 31, saw 1.6 million shipments for ASUS.

Laptop shipment numbers are also looking great for ASUS – between 2.2 and 2.4 million units in the upcoming quarter.

Via PCWorld.

Oct 24 2009

Rumored Specs for the ASUS Eee PC 1201N Netbook

Here are some specs for yet another ASUS Eee PC netbook, the 1201N. This netbook has a 12.1″ screen display wiht 1366×768 resolution, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor, a Nvidia ION chipset, 2 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive.

The 1201N netbook will also have Wi-Fi ( 802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, three USB ports, HDMI-out, and a 0.3 megapixel webcam. The operating system will be Windows 7 Home Premium. Including a 6-cell battery, the weight of this netbook will be 1.40 kg and the dimensions will be 296mm x 208mm x 33.3mm.

The launch date for the 1201N is set for sometime in December, before Christmas. No doubt it’ll be a great gift for a loved one.

Via NetbookChoice.

Oct 21 2009

ASUS Adds Hi-Res Display To Eee PC 1005HA In 1005HR Netbook

ASUS has been busy at work throwing new netbooks at an ever-growing market – in the last few weeks we’ve seen a ton of new entrants including the Eee PC T91MT, 1201N and 1201A, Eee PC 1000HT, and the M60J laptop. This week is no different, with the company announcing an update to the Eee PC 1005HA featuring a hardcore hi-resolution screen: the ASUS Eee PC 1005HR.

The machine will only be available in Japan, for now. However, we’re still excited – along with the traditional Eee PC combo of a 1.66 GHz Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 250 GB HDD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Webcam, the netbook’s screen has been ramped up to 1366 x 768 pixels. The machine runs Windows 7 Starter edition for up to 8.5 hours with the 6-cell battery.

Japanese consumers can expect the Eee PC 1005HR in Japan by November for 49,800 yen – around $547.

Via Netbooked.

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