Jun 5 2010

HP Mini Classmate featured at Computex 2010

HP has developed a netbook geared towards the younger generations in need of a laptop. The Mini Classmate netbook, which was revealed at Computex 2010 has everything you’d want in a laptop (if you were a kid). It comes with a handle on the back, keyboard with raised keys, intel atom processor and SuSE Linux 11 operating system. While similar to the Mini 5102, most of the details about this netbook remain to be discovered, as HP has only peaked our interests with this display, leaving us wanting more information. We will keep you updated as more info comes out.

Via Slashgear, image via Engadget.

May 21 2010

HP Has Plans for a WebOS Tablet Instead of a Netbook

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.

Via Myce.

May 19 2010

Verizon Adds HP Mini 210 Netbook to Lineup

Today, Verizon added the HP Mini 210 netbook to its 3G lineup.  The netbook’s 3G capabilities will include EVDO Rev A-based 3G to the system’s normal Wi-Fi internet.

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.

Via Electronista.

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 9 2010

Rumor: HP May Release Tablet

Though HP has recently announced that it will not be releasing its iPad competitor, the Slate tablet, another rumor has surfaced concerning a new HP tablet.

The new rumored HP tablet would be called the HP Hurricane and it is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2010. The problem with the Slate was its operating system: Windows 7 just is not a feasible option at this point. But the operating system would be the Hurricane’s strength: according to industry insiders, the Hurricane would have a WebOS.

One analyst was very excited about the possibility of the Hurricane tablet, saying that WebOS is an excellent choice for a tablet and could make the Hurricane a “killer device.”

The Slate was supposed to have run Windows 7, had an 8.9-inch touchscreen with a 1024 by 600 resolution, and been around $549. It also was supposed to have a 1.6 Ghz Atom processor and 1 GB RAM.

Via AfterDawn.

May 9 2010

HP Mini 210 Gets a Plaid Pink Makeover

Hewlett-Packard has tried different designs with their netbooks before, and wanting to spice up the color palette even more for their netbooks, the company has recently come out with two new color schemes for the HP Mini 210 netbook in particular, White Crystal and Preppy Pink.  The Preppy Pink design pictured below is created using HP Imprint 3D, which produces a layered three-dimensional visual effect of the plaid on the exterior of the netbook.  Both the White and Pink netbooks will be available starting on June 15th for $349 each.

Besides the new colors, the netbooks themselves have not observed any changes in the equipment or otherwise.  To learn more about the HP Mini 210 netbook, check out one of our previous articles.

Via CNet.

Apr 30 2010

HP Nixes Slate

HP has decided to nix its Slate tablet before even releasing it, according to reports today. HP’s reason for killing off its iPad competitor? Windows 7 does not measure up as a tablet operating system. HP will probably be searching for a new operating system, such as Google’s Android OS, or it could be planning to convert Palm’s webOS to work on tablets. Adapting webOS for tablets would make sense in light of HP’s recent acquisition of Palm.

The demise of the Slate may also have to do with its battery life. Analysts have speculated that with Windows 7 and Intel’s Atom processor, it probably was not getting even close to the battery life of an iPad, which is supposed to be ten hours.

Though Windows 7 has multi-touch support, it is unlikely that it is the best solution for a tablet, even with HP’s TouchSmart software. By abandoning Windows 7, HP has the opportunity to make a better product.

Via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Apr 28 2010

HP to Buy Palm

Computer maker Hewlett-Packard announced today that it intends to purchase Palm, the struggling maker of Pre and Pixi smartphones. HP will pay $1.2 billion for Palm and gain access to Palm’s software for smartphones and computer tablets. The acquisition will help Palm immensely, as it had to put itself up for sale due to financial difficulties.

HP should be a help to Palm, as it has a lot more money, but both companies have ultimately been less than successful in the mobile phone market. Analysts have said that there will be challenges for the two companies.

Both HP and Palm have not fared well over the past three years and were overshadowed by other makers of smartphones like Apple and Research in Motion. Few people even know that HP does indeed make smartphones—though it is the number one seller of PCs in the world, it is not even in the top 20 sellers of smartphones.

Via The New York Times, image via HP.

Mar 14 2010

Apple’s iPad Forces Rivals to Improve Products

Apple’s iPad looks set to be a huge success, and this has competing companies worried. If competing companies do not improve their products that are meant to compete with the iPad, these products simply won’t sell and will be overshadowed by the iPad. Obviously they do not want this to happen, so companies such as Amazon, HP, and Microsoft are hard at work creating products that will be able to compete with the iPad.

Amazon wants to hire a software developer to improve its Kindle by adding web browsing capabilities to it. HP has been heavily promoting its Slate tablet, especially the fact that it will support Adobe Flash (Apple’s mobile devices famously do not support Flash). Even Microsoft has said it intends to make a tablet called the Courier.

This has all happened before the iPad has even been released. After April 3, once we know definitely what the iPad is really like, more companies will offer iPad competitors.

Via ZDNet, image via Apple.

Mar 1 2010

HP EliteBook 2740p: A Tablet For The Prosperous

HP isn’t pulling any punches with EliteBook 2740p.  Targeted at wealthy businessmen and high-end loving executives, it is designed to meet the highest workspace standards.

Those whose hearts are weak to gadget envy, stop reading.  The specs are outlined as follows:

  • Intel Core i5/i7 CPU
  • Up to 8 GB DDR3
  • Intel HD Onboard IGP
  • 320 GB HDD or 160 GB SSD
  • 12.1” Screen w/ 1280×800 Resolution
  • Multitouch capacitive and pen input
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 2 MP Webcam
  • 5 Hour Claimed Battery Life
  • Windows 7

It is indeed a very nice convertible tablet/ultrathin.  And to make up for that, it comes at a $1599 starting price.  It is worth a look, and surely if you can afford it I must imagine it will serve you quite well.  The rest of us will have to survive without it.

Via Slashgear.

Feb 13 2010

HP Smartbook vs Apple iPad

HP’s Compaq Airlife 100, the company’s first smartbook that was announced on Friday, combines the portability and design of a netbook with the hardware and software often seen in smartphones. The Airlife has a battery life of up to 12 hours, longer than what most netbooks can offer. While the Airlife and iPad are very different in terms of design, they share many similar features such as simplified software interfaces, touch-screens, and ARM processors (most netbooks use Intel processors). The two devices also both make it easy to quickly access the Internet and browse online content.

Here is a quick comparison of the differences between the smartbook and tablet:

Airlife:
10.1 in touch screen
Wi-fi b/g (optional 3G wireless broadband connectivity)
2.2 lbs
Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
(1 GHz)
16 GB internal storage
512 MB flash storage
Android OS
Supports Flash
Folded design

iPad:
9.7 in touch screen
802.11n Wi-fi (optional 3G/Bluetooth)
1.5 lbs
Apple A4 chip (1 GHz)
16, 32, or 64 GB of storage
No Flash support
720p HD video support
On-screen keyboard only

HP is not distributing the Airlife in the US just yet, while the iPad is roughly 50 days away from becoming available worldwide. The company also has not yet released pricing information for the new device.

Via PCWorld image via CNET

Jan 7 2010

Microsoft May Introduce Tablet Before Apple

Renditions of potential Microsoft and Apple Tablets

Microsoft may be introducing a tablet to compete with Apple’s as of yet unannounced but much anticipated tablet. Microsoft has released tablets in the past, though they were not very successful.

HP is allegedly working with Microsoft on their tablet. There have been rumors that it will be called Courier and use two adjacent seven-inch touchscreens –   quite a departure from the traditional single touchscreen. Though some are interpreting Microsoft’s tablet as a competitor to Apple’s tablet, the reality may be that they are two completely different products. Of course, with neither product released, it is impossible to do a proper comparison. But Apple’s tablet may be much more App Store oriented, and Microsoft’s could have a completely different interface, especially if it has the dual screens.

Also, even though Microsoft is expected to announce its tablet before Apple, both products are expected to ship at the same time: by March or mid-year.

Via PC World, image via Gizmodo.

Jan 3 2010

Compaq & HP Announce New Atom N450 Netbooks

A few new exciting netbook models have been announced in anticipation of CES 2010, this time from Compaq and HP.

The first is the Compaq Mini CQ10 netbook. This new machine will run the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a HDD up to 250 GB, Wi-Fi, GMA 3150 graphics and a 6-cell battery. You should be able to get this thing for around $260 within weeks.

Next is the HD Edition of the HP Mini 210 netbook. We’ve already seen a preliminary leak of the new HP netbook’s specs, and our latest info corroborates those findings. You can expect a 1.66 GHz Atom N450, GMA 3150 graphics, and the new Broadcom Crystal HD chip for media acceleration. The HP Mini 210 HD will cost around $330.

Both netbooks will ship on or around January 7th, according to the latest available information.

Via Engadget.

Dec 12 2009

HP’s MS214 All-In-One PC Delivers

This HP 18.5 inch all-in-one PC packs quite a punch for a compact computer. The PC offers more than the standard all-in-ones currently in the market.

For starters, it is one of the few all-in-one PC’s that have opted to use a 1.5GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPU rather than the Intel Atom processor. Another improvement is the computer’s super-sized memory and storage capacity. The MS214 comes equipped with 2 gigabytes of DDR2, twice the average amount. The PC’s storage capacity is just as high, with 300 GB of storage.

The HP MS214 also includes integrated wireless-n and gigabit LAN connectivity. Both of these greatly facilitate the transferring of files. Lastly, the PC is complete with the addition of a DVD burner.

The only pitfalls of this all-in-one PC are that it doesn’t offer any kind of touch screen capabilities and has a meager six USB ports, two of which will likely be hogged by a keyboard and mouse. Overall, HP’s all-in-one PC offers a lot of bang for $600 bucks.

Via WashingtonPost

Image Via AutoDigital

Dec 10 2009

Are Dell and HP Stunting the Growth of Ultra-Thin Laptops?

The insanely low prices that HP and Dell constantly churn out for their regularly sized laptops may be to blame for the slow growth of the ultra-thin laptop segment. According to Acer chairman J.T. Wang, this has caused consumers to steer clear from the thinner varieties in favor of lower prices. It has also lowered sales on Intel’s CULV processors, giving Intel less of an incentive to manufacture parts for the ultra-thin laptop market.

Ultra-thin laptops offer many advantages. These laptops are more powerful than netbooks, while being similarly portable and offering an incredibly long battery life. Consumers have showed interest in the ultra-thin segment, so now it’s up to manufacturers to market the product and offer deals to get the public to purchase these laptops.

Via PCWorld

Image via DotKam

Dec 9 2009

The All-In-One HP Pro MS200 PC Laptop

HP revealed its Pro MS200 PC this Monday in hopes of reaching out to small business owners in need of more compact desktop computers. This all-in-one PC is perfect for the growing number of small businesses who are tight on space but still need the capability of a bulky desktop.

The PC is packaged as an 18.5 inch screen that houses a DVD player and webcam. The device is also appropriate for the environmentally conscious business, as it satisfies Energy Star 5.0 standards.

This isn’t HP’s only product aimed at the small business market. It has long created PCs, laptops, printers, scanners, fax machines and more for consumers in this market. Each of these business-oriented laptops and PC’s has been manufactured to be a perfect pairing for Microsoft Windows 7 Professional.

The features of the HP Pro MS200 are as follows:

  • DVD Burner
  • Webcam
  • Athlon dual-core processor
  • ATI Radeon 3200 graphics card
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional.

The all-in-one PC will be priced from $699.

Via InformationWeek

Dec 5 2009

HP Envy 13 Laptop Eats Netbooks for Breakfast

The Hewlett-Packard Envy 13 laptop is the sleekest netbook killer ever — not considering its price. This HP powerhouse has a aluminum and magnesium frame, sculpted to perfection. It’s also only 0.8 inches thick and weighs a mere 3.74 pounds, which gives a new meaning to thin and light, especially for a notebook.

Some other tech specs of the 13.1″ HP Envy laptop include 1600×900 resolution, a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600 processor, and special “Beats” circuitry for superb audio performance. Furthermore, the HP Envy 13’s screen display quality/contrast is particularly awesome and is one of the best OLED panel options out there (for laptops, at least). And to top everything off, this laptop comes with a battery that’s rumored to last up to 16.25 hours. Wow.

Curious about the price for all this amazingness? Brace yourself… $1,699.99 straight from HP. Ouchie.

Via DVice.

Nov 29 2009

Cyber Monday Deals – Free Shipping on Netbooks, Notebooks and Printers

If you think the gloriously thoughtless spending is done now that Black Friday has passed, you obviously haven’t heard the news – tomorrow is Cyber Monday, where you can reap the benefits of gutted price tags online even if you didn’t make it to the Black Friday doorbusters a few days back.

Huliq has already discovered some of these deals, which are as follows:

Dell

  • Inspiron Mini 9 netbook for $299, a 50 dollar cut. Shipping is free for all Dell orders over $129.
  • Dell Insprion Mini 10v for only $250.
  • Inspiron 1525 laptop for $519. Specs are a 15.4-inch widescreen display, Intel Pentium Dual Core CPU T3200, 3 GB of RAM, a 250 GB SATA Hard Drive and DVD+/-RW Drive, and Windows Vista Home Basic SP1.

Best Buy

  • Acer AL2216Wbd flat-panel Widescreen 22-inch LCD HD monitor for only $169.99 with free shipping, a $50 price cut compared to most retailers
  • Free shipping on laptops $699.99 and up and desktops $499.99 and up.

Walmart

  • Compaq CQ50-139QM notebook for $498, which comes with an 8 GB flash drive, carrying case, and HP printer. If you just want a printer instead, hit Staples.com for a $149 Xerox Phaser 6125 Color Laser Printer, a price drop made available by their $200 instant coupon.

Sony

  • Drop promo code CYBERMONDAYVAIOCS at Sony.com for a $200 subsidy of their CS Vaio notebook.

Apple

  • Apple offers free shipping on orders over 50 bucks. You can also get free gift advice at 1-800-MY-APPLE if you’re completely weird.

HP

  • Free shipping on overs over 60 dollars at HP.com.

I hope your appetite has been whetted, ladies and gentlemen. Check back for more info as Cyber Monday draws closer.

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 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.

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