Jun 6 2010

Asus Eee PC 1015T at Computex

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

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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 10 2010

Acer, ASUS, and HP Lead Netbook and CULV Notebook Growth in 2010

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.

Via eWeek.

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.

Mar 31 2010

Karim Rashid’s Pink Alligator Themed Eee PC 1008P Netbook Collection by ASUS

Asus 1008P-KR Case / Mouse

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.

Via NetbookReviews.

Mar 14 2010

Asus’ Eee 1001P Brings In The Next Generation of Netbooks

Asus is considered to be the father of netbooks. When the company first released the Eee PC netbook, the company pioneered a new genre of processing system; and sure enough, the Eee proceeded to win multiple awards such as the Forbes Asia’s product of the year. Now, Asus has finally released the next line in the acclaimed Eee series: the Eee PC 1001P. The new netbook offers numerous specs:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz
  • Intel GMA 3150 graphics
  • 250GB HDD
  • 1GB RAM (2GB max)
  • 10.1-Inch Matte 1024×600 WSVGA LCD Display
  • 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 11 hours battery life

Clearly, the Eee 1001P is a solid netbook. However, there has been some controversy regarding the recent change in policy for the physical recovery media. When problems occurred with the operating system, Asus offered the option of pressing the F9 key when the Bios screen appears to help restore the computer to a backup mode, and they also provided a CD to restore the netbook in case the user deleted the F9 method file. Asus now has decided to no longer send any restore CD.

As a result, the user is obligated to keep the F9 function, and if not, will have no alternative in terms of restoring the system to its original settings.  But with a price tag of $290 and stylish black, white, pink, or blue color options all with a nice matte finish, Asus’ new line of netbooks are nevertheless truly extraordinary products.

Via Geek and New Netbook Reviews

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Feb 27 2010

ASUS’ New Eee Netbook Line Delivers 14-Hour Battery Life

ASUS’ Eee netbooks may have been the first netbooks on the market, but they have maintained their position since this whole netbook thing started. Now their newest models have been revealed, and has a lot changed from the cute little plastic boxes that shocked us with their $200 price-tags back in 2008.

They new models include the 1015P, 1016P, and 1018P. Their old bodies have been chucked in favor of a new, more masculine, brushed metal chassis.  They come with styling tiled keyboards and nice wide touchpads, which are always very classy.

The leak source for this info, Blogee, doesn’t have much in terms of real specs. However, it does mention 10” screens, webcams, fingerprint scanners, and the highly awaited for USB 3.0 ports. There are currently no pics of the 1016P.

The most stunning piece of this however is the battery life of these little things. The 1018P is a mere 18 mm thick and will have 10-hour battery life; the 1016P, however, blows its sibling’s figures out of the water with an incredible 14-hour battery life.  The accuracy of battery lives aren’t known to be reliable pre-release, but to boast numbers like that means they have to be far above average.

Via Gizmodo, image via Blogee.

Dec 25 2009

Asus Might Release a 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop with Intel’s Core i5-430M Processor

It is rumored that Asus will release a new gaming laptop early next year, which will allegedly use Intel’s powerful dual-core i5-430M Processor. Another supposed feature of the Asus laptop is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU that can surely handle the most advanced graphics.

The Asus X77 laptop’s features include:

  • 1,600 x 900 17.3-inch LED screen
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU with DDR3 Memory
  • Two 500GB hard drives
  • 4GB of RAM
  • eSata Port
  • HDMI Port

This new machine is a full-fledged gaming laptop that should run most of the latest games. The Asus X77 will be priced around $1435.

Via Engadget.

Dec 23 2009

More Speculation On The Asus Eee Pad

Asus is planning to unveil the Eee Pad at the CES in January, and some unconfirmed details have been reported by secondary sources. The suspicions are these: the tablet will not run Windows CE, it will have multi-touch capabilities, and it will use either Nvidia Tegra or Tegra 2 platforms.  The Eee Pad will also measure anywhere between four to seven inches diagonally.

We will have wait until next year to know for certain what this device will have in store. So far the tablet fits right into the touch screen trend that we have been seeing and will likely continue to throughout the following year.

Via Engadget.

Dec 20 2009

ASUS Delivers $329 12.1-inch Eee PC 1201HAB Netbook

ASUS‘ new Eee PC is called the 1201HAB and is currently ASUS’ cheapest 12.1-inch machine. It rocks specs much similar to that of the 1101HA – a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display, a chiclet keyboard, and matte casing. However, this machine runs a single-core Atom Z520 CPU, slower than the Nvidia ION on the Eee PC 1201 N.

The machine is said to have solid video playback, including in HD. Its processor makes for a slightly slower device, but it can run for 6 hours and is slimmer (but larger) than a typical Eee PC netbook.

You can get the ASUS Eee PC 1201HAB for $329 at Best Buy.

Via Liliputing.

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.

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 20 2009

Give Your Loved One a Netbook This Holiday Season

LightInTheBox.com has recently put up a webpage with a selection of 38 recommended netbooks that woud lmake great gifts this holiday season. Some netbooks on the site cater more to students while other cater more to professionals, but all of them are no doubt adequate for doing the most common of tasks, which include but are not limited to e-mailing, surfing the Internet, and editing documents.

The netbooks on this site range from $129.99 to $1,270.00 and many of them even have free (international) shipping. There are the big name brands like ASUS, HP, and Samsung and a few of the lesser known brands such as Kohjinsha and Viliv, among others. Check them out!

Via SearchSysCon.

Nov 19 2009

ASUS Plans To Implement Nvidia ION In Future Netbooks

Video quality is a touchy subject for people with older netbooks, especially when it comes to HD. However, some serious advances have been made since the days of yore, with the Nvidia ION platform leading the way.

ASUS says it’s going to try to harness the power of the ION chip in new netbooks and nettops, including the Eee PC 1201N, EeeTop ET2002T, EeeBox EB1012, EeeBox 1501, and the AT3N7A-I mini-ITX mainboard. CEO Jerry Shen thinks this will make all the difference:

“Our new ION-powered Eee PCs will redefine netbook and nettop performance. They deliver an outstanding HD experience that isn’t possible with today’s basic integrated graphics.”

ION brings graphics support to XP, Vista, and Window 7 in up to 1080p resolution. It can also stream Flash Player 10.1 video, connect to external monitors, and accelerate a host of other apps using CUDA capability and more.

Via DailyTech.

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 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 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 6 2009

ASUS Considers Fanless Laptop Prototype

ASUS is toying with a radical new laptop design that could permit their laptops to be built without any fan at all (though in some computers the processors already require no fan).

Through a special folding configuration and “thermal holes” that help draw air into the laptop, airflow is greatly increased even without a fan.  As a result, the laptop would require less energy, run more quietly, and trim down its frame a bit.

There is no news yet on when this technology would be released, what the laptop stats might be, or even what name ASUS is heralding the project by.  However, it appears to have great potential, if you don’t mind the squeaking as the laptop opens and closes – which surely is not an actual issue, but you can hear it in the video after the jump.

Via REGHARDWARE.

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