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 19 2010

More Netbook Accessories Coming To The Market

Just as there are a variety of accessories that men and women can adorn themselves with to make themselves look better, there are ones for netbooks to make the experience better. Scosche, a tech company specializing in mobile electronics and accessories, has recently announced their new netbook accessory lineup for 2010. The new accessories offered will enhance several netbook aspects such as audio, communication, and safety.

So what kind of products are being offered specifically? Well, here’s a few…


Audio:

  • We have the skyCASTER wireless RF Computer Headphones with USB transmitter. This cushy headset comes with an adjustable microphone, making it an ideal tool for programs such as Skype. The headphones provide a range of up to 100 ft and deliver excellent sound quality.

Communication:

  • Then there’s blueLIFE, a low profile Bluetooth® USB adapter, for Bluetooth savvy users.

Safety:

  • Scosche will be offering the netBOOK Protect line which includes the netSUIT PRO carrying case for both netbooks and iPads!

With such great products available, the netbook’s easy handling is only getting easier.

Via Liliputing, image via MaxBorgesAgency.

Feb 25 2010

Broadcom Crystal HD Netbook Video Accelerator Tested With Flash 10.1

Our eyes have been peeled for hands-on info concerning the Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator we posted about back in. When rumors arose that HP had thrown the HD video accelerator into a new edition of one of its netbooks, we just couldn’t wait to see if it works.

So, does it?

CNet tested the new accelerator with Flash 10.1 on a netbook, and delivered some solid video footage of it as well. Since the Nvidia Ion isn’t currently available for netbooks built on the Atom N450 CPU, Broadcom’s Crystal HD chip seems to be the best way to get Flash 10.1 on a netbook. Flash 10.1 is the first version of Flash to be supported on the Broadcom Crystal HD CPU.

Unfortunately, CNet’s tests haven’t led to the astounding revolution Broadcom Crystal HD was supposed to be – the netbook achieved some amount of success after a few adjustments, but didn’t get up to the standard of what we think a HD video accelerator should be.

Their advice? Wait for software updates from Adobe and/or Broadcom before dropping cash on a netbook, if you want to be able to watch HD video instead of a HD slideshow.

Be sure to check out CNet’s video here.

Jan 28 2010

The Suede CaseCrown Netbook Sleeve

CaseCrown’s soft suede netbook sleeve is a classy but functional piece that’s will complement any 10-12 inch netbook on the market today. It has a faux-suede exterior and a bright orange nylon interior lining, which adds a bit of energy to the setup.

The CaseCrown netbook sleeve has an exterior zipped pocket, ideal for accessory storage and transport. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap, so you can travel light with just your netbook or stow it in your backpack or briefcase when you have more to lug around.

The 7mm thick lightweight padding on the inside will protect your netbook from light knocks and falls, and the non-scratch zipper will ensure that your machine remains pristine.

You can get this piece of art from Gearzap for only £19.47 ($31.50) with a 12-month warranty.

Dec 20 2009

Netbook Users Customize Machines With MusicSkins

If you’re looking for a way to personalize your netbook – or just about any other accessory, for that matter – MusicSkin’s new customizing tool could have you scrambling for your wallet.

MusicSkins offers vinyl protective coverings for all kinds of electronic devices, as displayed below. iPods, netbooks, notebooks, electric guitars, eBook speakers, you name it – with the clever MusicSkins online toolkit, you can upload an image and customize your own vinyl covering to give your device a bit of personality.

The scratch-resistant skins attach with air-release adhesive and remove without a sticky mess. Can you really ask for more?

Via BostonHerald.

Dec 7 2009

The Everki Camber Netbook Bag

Laptop and netbook cases are incredibly important if you decide you really want to get the most out of your mobile device. However, they tend to be pretty similar, so if you want something really special you’ve got to look for outstanding features that set your case apart.

Everki wants its Camber netbook case to do just that. It isn’t flashier or more durable than other cases, but comes instead with the ability to double as a lap desk with an angled lid, as pictured below.

While the idea is interesting, I forsee heat issues for laptops and netbooks sitting on an Everki Camber case. Many laptops vent heat out the bottom, and covering the bottom with your case could cause your machine to overheat. Some machines won’t be subject to this, however – check out the design of your machine to make sure.

This particular bag is for netbooks of up to 10-inches, and can be converted between briefcase and sling modes. You can get it now for $49.99.

Via SlipperyBrick.

Dec 7 2009

Intel’s New Netbook App Store

Considering netbooks’ swift growth, it seems logical to take advantage of the opportunity to delve into the world of netbook applications. There are endless possibilities for netbook applications thanks to the versatility and features of the netbook, possibilities that trump those of the iPod or iPhone.

Intel, along with a handful of netbook manufacturers, plans to launch a new netbook app site sometime next year. A specific release date is yet to be announced but it is known that developers are feverishly working on a multitude of applications. The program should be available soon after the New Year, just in time for those netbooks that many will be happily receiving this holiday season. Those unfortunate souls who will be purchasing netbooks later on next year likely won’t  even have to worry about downloading the program since Intel plans to join forces with a couple of PC manufacturers to pre-install the app service. Future owners will be able to purchase applications with their fresh out of the box netbook computers.

The future popularity of netbook apps is nearly a given. Intel already reports that its software developer network has already reached heights of 70,000 to 1,000,000 users per month.  The good news is that the application program isn’t specific to one operating system. Intel doesn’t plan to make the program compatible solely for the Atom CPU, hoping to tackle multiple platforms in the near future.

If the success of Apple’s iPhone and iPod applications are any kind of indicator for Intel’s netbook application site then Intel and its OEM partners should already be doing a victory dance.

Via CNet.

Dec 4 2009

Be.ez’s New LArobe Netbook Cases

It’s good not to be too stressed – you live longer and your life is probably better, too. You may think you’ve got your stress levels in order, but the second you drop your new netbook on a hard surface that Zen attitude is going out the door.

What’s to be done? Just be easy – or ‘be.ez‘, a French manufacturer whose new memory foam LArobe netbook cases take the pain out of losing your grip on your netbook. The new Low Resilience Polyurethane works on a slow-depression, slow-return principle, conforming to the shape of your netbook and protecting it from light falls.

The pictured case is 11.6″, perfect for netbooks at or below that size. Its minimalist design features only the memory foam, an inner lip to prevent scratches from the zipper, and the zipper.

Check out the features below:

Key Features
– Low Resilience Polyurethane (LRPu) Technology
– Robe protection Thickness 5mm
– Trendy, Unique Design
– Inner Lip for maximum protection
– Double zipper with lockable metal pullers
– Standalone or in your bag
– No more Scratches for your Notebook

And that’s how it’s done – get over to Gearzap.com now and get yours for only £18.95 ($31). They’ve got all kinds of colors, so shop around!

Nov 10 2009

iGo Netbook Charger One Of The Best Products of 2009

We’ve raved about the impressive qualities of the iGo Netbook Charger all the way since August, and it’s about time somebody realized just how awesome it was. The netbook accessory was recently featured as number 36 in PC World’s Top 100 Products of 2009, along side such dazzlers as the Apple App Store, Twitter, and… Beatles Rock Band. Not quite sure how that one got on there.

The iGo Netbook Charger is compatible with nearly every netbook and comes with a USB attachment and iGo power tip for phones and iPods. The iGo Netbook Charger is a solution for those of us with buttloads of gadgets and cords to tote around when we go more than five feet from our houses or dorm rooms, reducing clutter and back strain by compacting those cords into one usable device.

You can get the iGo Netbook Charger for $69.99 at www.iGo.com if you want to charge your devices from any wall, car, or plane, but a wall-charging version is also available for $49.99. Of course, you can get the wall-charging version far cheaper on Amazon.com.

Via CNNMoney.

Oct 29 2009

Kata 3N1 Bag Now Comes With a Netbook Pocket

Kata’s new 3N1 backpack/camera bag line this year is an updated version of an already fantastic product, and now comes with a sleeve for your netbook.

Depending on what model you select, he Kata 3N1 can fit machines from netbook size up to the size of a larger laptop – about 15.4-inches. It’s a slim and usable netbook accessory with lots of other applications as well.

Additional features are what we’ve come to expect from Kata – three choices of strap configuration, a small top pocket with easy access, and three model sizes. The backpacks come in $100, $120, and $145 versions and should be available soon.

Via Wired.

Oct 12 2009

Take a “Coffee Break,” Get a Decal for Your Dell Mini 10 Netbook

We haven’t introduced many netbook accessories recently, but here’s a seemingly fun one. It’s called the “Coffee Break” netbook decal for the Dell Mini 10 netbook and can be easily applied and peeled off your netbook (and leave no sticky residue). Since it’s made of high-quality vinyl, it’s also supposedly scratch resistant.

If you’re have a Dell Mini 10 netbook and you’re interested in getting this decal, you can buy it on Amazon for $12.99, excluding taxes and shipping.

Sep 30 2009

DoubleSight Offers External Netbook Displays

DoubleSight Displays has a product ready for the netbook market – a new line of Smart USB Monitors which, believe it or not, connect to netbooks via USB port.

The displays work in a similar way to MIMO touchscreens, or the recent Kensington USB monitors, upgrading and expanding the user’s visual surface. DoubleSight Displays director of sales DellaMaggiore explained what DoubleSight hopes to offer consumers:

“DoubleSight continually seeks new ways to help users expand their viewable workspace and make multitasking easier… Now adding a second or third monitor to a computer has never been easier. Simply connect the DoubleSight Smart USB Monitor via a USB Port and run the installation software. That is it.”

The press release cites the features as follows:

  • Built-in Support for Multi Monitor Mode
  • Perfect for Laptops, Netbooks and Desktops
  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Landscape and Portrait Viewing
  • USB for Power and Video (no video port required)
  • PC and MAC Compatible
  • Supports a Variety of Applications

DoubleSight’s LCD netbook monitors come in 7-inch and 9-inch sizes, and some models come with an integrated webcam. The pricing ranges from $119 to $159 depending on the configuration that’s purchased.

Sep 28 2009

Kensington Delivers New Netbook Accessories

Kensington has released a new set of netbook accessories, and we’re here with the juicy details.

The Kensington Pro Fit and Connect It collections were broadened to include “a wireless mouse, two wired mice, along with two universal docking stations, two ergonomic keyboards, a wireless presenter, an ambidextrous trackball, and a multi-display adapter.” Kensington also mentioned an iPhone car mount for $40 designed to acoustically increase speaker volume without draining the iPhone’s battery further.

Some particularly interesting developments for netbook users are a $15 USB-powered videochat light, a mobile netbook hub adding 4 USB ports, a $25 nano-receiver wireless mouse for netbooks, and a USB mouse for $15.

The company also delivered a waterproof USB keyboard that you can wash to remove germs.

A final addition was the $80 universal multi-display adapter. Reminiscent of the MIMO touchscreens, up to six adapters can be connected to a netbook or other computer at once for additional monitors. The monitors support DVI and VGA video output and have resolutions of up to 2048 x 1152 for the widescreen version and 1600 x 1200 for the standard one.

Via Twice.

Sep 25 2009

The New Universe Netbook Docking Station

The New Universe netbook docking station is set for release in the UK, complete with a CD/DVD burner and attractive black exterior for a relatively low price.

The docking station is designed to fit netbooks from 8-11 inches. It’s quite compact and will come with a slim ODD, a fan to cool your netbook, an extra 2 USB ports and 2.4″ SATA HDD enclosure. At £79.99 (around $128), that’s a bit of an investment. However, compared to buying each of these netbook accessories individually, the New Universe docking station is a good deal.

You’ll have to wait until October 9th for the black version to be released, but the white edition is already available.

Sep 24 2009

O’Reilly Media Announces Netbook How-To Manual

Netbooks are more popular now than ever, and people are starting to take notice. The latest addition to the bandwagon is O’Reilly Media’s J.D. Biersdorfer, who has come out with “Netbooks: The Missing Manual,” a guide designed to walk you through choosing a netbook, setting it up, and other common tasks like web browsing and email.

The press release seems pretty quick to assert that “you don’t know how to choose a netbook,” despite the fact that a number of epic websites are already around to help you out. But if you still think you need the assistance, the all-in-one guide can walk you through everything to watching TV online and setting up external hard drives.

I’m not entirely sure how much of this information pertains directly to netbooks as opposed to computers in general, but here you go anyway.

Sep 23 2009

The Adjustable Timbuk2 Netbook Case/Bag/Backpack

To many, netbooks’ greatest pull is their portability. You can throw a netbook into pretty much any bookbag or just carry it at your side without too much trouble, but who says that’s the most efficient way to do things?

The Timbuk2 T-Pack may just be exactly what you’re looking for. With some simple adjustments, you can switch the case into a padded sleeve, a shoulder bag, or even a netbook backpack.

The netbook carrying case comes with a zip pocket at the bottom as well. The pocket can be used to store a power adapter or whatever other netbook accessories you carry around, improving the bag’s usefulness.

So go ahead – plunk down $30 bucks for the Tumbuk2 netbook case. 10-inch netbooks will fit the most naturally, though if you have a larger-than-standard battery your machine may not fit.

Via CNet.

Sep 17 2009

Rock Out With The ASUS uBoom Netbook Speakers

ASUS uBoom netbook speakers

Netbooks aren’t really known for the quality of sound they produce, but sometimes you just need some more volume when you’re supplying a party with music or watching a particularly epic movie. Thankfully, the new ASUS uBoomQ Sound-Bar speakers are here to fill that gap in your netbook accessory arsenal.

They’re big and weird looking, but these speakers can help you get some bass when you need it most. They weight 3 kg and require a dedicated power source but can put out woofer frequencies of 200-500 Hz.

No drivers or additional software is required – the speakers connect via USB and are ready to rock when you are. Check out the press release if you’re curious, but remember – you heard it at NBB first.

Sep 14 2009

Targus Releases 12″ Neoprene Netbook Cases

Image via APCnet
Image via APCnet

Everyone’s saying netbooks are getting bigger, so it seems pretty natural that their accessories will follow suit. Targus already has a host of accessories available for netbooks, but now it’s updating the lineup with a set of netbook cases.

The new cases are ideal for 12″ netbooks, and come in a variety of materials and colors. Four of them are made of neoprene, including  a $24.99 Sport Netbook Slipcase, a TSA-friendly $19.99 Netbook Slipskin Peel, as well as a $24.99 Netbook Slipcase with Mini Pocket with a zipper for whatever else you’d like to tote around, like a hard drive or mouse.

One final option is the $24.99 Netbook Slipcase with Accessory Pocket, perfect for holding bigger accessories like power adapters.

We’ll be on the lookout for more details, but here’s the publicity provided by Targus if you just can’t wait.

Aug 29 2009

Latotsa Netbook Stand Cools Your Netbook For Cheap

Sometimes the simpler solutions are the better ones, and in the case of this clever laptop and netbook cooling device, that may just be the case. Take a look:

Looks like two boring old pieces of metal?  You’re just not being creative enough. Try snapping them on to a netbook, however, and these pieces of metal tell a different story:

Available for only $10 on Amazon, the clever Latotsa Portable Netbook Stands are perfect for alleviating your heat-related worries. Go buy them.

Aug 27 2009

New Docking Station With The Gigabyte Booktop M1022 Netbook

The Gigabyte Booktop M1022 is a netbook with a generally standard lineup of features – Windows XP, an Intel Atom CPU, and 1 GB of RAM. It doesn’t do much to set itself aside from the competition, except for in one respect. I quote Gigabyte marketing:

“The differentiator, the feature that sets the Booktop M1022M apart from all the other products, is the Booktop Docking Station.”

Take a look:

The docking station is a useful way to charge your netbook without fiddling with cables, and it looks cool too.

Is it enough to get you to choose the Booktop M1022 over the competition? Be sure to read more about Gigabyte products here.

Via AnandTech.

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