Jun 27 2010

Competion between Google Chrome OS and Microsoft Windows Heats Up

Google and Dell are in communication about Google Chrome OS and the future it plays in computing and possible installation of Google Chrome OS on a Dell netbook. Dell realizes that Chrome OS could very well offer stiff competition to Microsoft Windows and working with Google could benefit them in the next couple years as changes come to the industry.

There has been no official announcement from Dell or Google about a deal but “talks” are underway. If an agreement is reached Dell would be the third manufacturer to build a future netbook with Chrome OS. The other computer manufacturers that plan on releasing netbooks or other computers with Chrome OS are Acer and HP.

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May 25 2010

Dell Streak Is More a Smartphone than a Tablet

Dell is a very strange company: it has just unveiled a device that it is calling a tablet and is meant to compete with Apple’s iPad. There’s only one problem: this device, called the Streak, looks a lot more like a smartphone than a tablet to me.

The Streak is Android-based and has a touchscreen about half the size of the iPad’s. It has a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB internal storage, up to 32 GB external SD storage, and a 5 megapixel camera. There’s nothing wrong with this device—it actually looks kind of cute—but by no stretch of the imagination would I consider it a tablet.

It is true that the iPad’s OS is a mobile OS and in some ways, the iPad may be more similar to a smartphone than a laptop. But there is a difference between tablets and smartphones, and the iPad is clearly a tablet, while the Streak is much more like a smartphone.

Android has great potential to compete with the iPad but only if it is used on devices that are actually tablets.

Via PC World, image via PC World.

May 21 2010

Dell is Selling the “Appropriate” Number of Netbooks

Steve Felice, the President of Dell’s consumer and small and mid-size business unit, recently said that, “There’s been some over-exuberance on this product (netbooks) in the marketplace.  Some of our competitors have positioned [netbooks] as a replacement device and then you see feedback from customers that are disappointed when they gave up their notebook for a netbook and find that it’s not quite as fast or doesn’t have quite the same functionality.”

Unlike their competitors, Dell has not been a strong proponent of a netbook as a laptop replacement, and their foresight is right on target.  According to shipment figures reported by IDC this past April, there has been waning enthusiasm for netbooks in favor of higher-performance laptops.  Intel Atom‘s share of the market has fallen to 20 percent during the first quarter of 2010 from 24 percent during the previous quarter, despite the fact that the overall volume of processors shipped rose by 4.1 percent.

Stronger demand for laptop technology is a blessing for Dell.  The company’s first quarter revenue in 2010 rose 21 percent to $14.9 billion and profits rose 52 percent to $441 million.  Dell did especially well in emerging markets like China and Brazil, where revenue rose 90 and 81 percent, respectively.  Felice says, “We are very pleased with the overall performance of Dell.”

Via PCWorld.

Apr 16 2010

Apple Captures More Market Share

According to new research, Apple has seen huge growth over the year, selling 1.4 million Macs and having 8 percent of the market share. For the first three months of 2010, Apple was the fifth-largest computer vendor (HP, Dell, Acer, and Toshiba were ahead of it).

HP and Dell grew 7.1 and 7.2 percent over the span of a year, respectively, which is below the industry standard. HP has 25 percent of the market, Dell has 23.4 percent, Acer has 15.6 percent, and Toshiba has 8.6 percent.

Analysts have said that all the hype concerning the iPad helped Apple’s sales for the quarter.

Apple was not the company to have the most growth—its share grew 34 percent, but both Acer and Toshiba grew 50 percent year over year.

All the reported standings are within the US but the worldwide ones are not that much different, with the exception of Apple, which does not make the top worldwide vendor list.

Via ZDNet, image via Gartner.

Mar 24 2010

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 With Integrated Clear WiMAX

Dell’s backbone to its netbook line, the Inspiron Mini 10, looks to be bringing the next generation of mobile internet to everyday users.  There were hints that one day it would have WiMAX thanks to records at the FCC.  Now, plans to attach that modem to an actual network have come out.  The news came via CTIA and from wireless internet provider Clearwire, which will be providing a 4G-capable version of the Mini 10s for $249 starting on April 1st.

What is unusual is that Clearwire will only be offering it “through select Clear retail locations, telesales and Clear.com.”  This makes the program sound a bit experimental, and it’s hard to see what the company has up its sleeve.

This news shows we are essentially beginning the 4G era.  With all the tablets and the iPad offering only 3G modems and SIMs, it is interesting to wonder how long they will run without upgrading or risk becoming obsolete.  Sprint has been advertising 4G for sometime, and is already putting out phones capable of utilizing it.  A netbook on a 4G network might be able to survive the latest tablet storm, thanks to peoples’ insatiable desire for speed.

Via Engadget, image via Dell

Mar 10 2010

Dell may be Releasing Apple iPad Competitor

The next iPad competitor?

Dell, with some help from Amazon and Google, may be releasing an iPad competitor called the Dell Streak. The Streak will be a tablet that will have access to all of the e-books in Amazon’s Kindle store and everything in Amazon’s MP3 download store, which includes songs as well as TV shows and movies. This is a comparable to what the iTunes store offers.

The Streak allegedly will have a five-inch screen, which would put it between the iPhone and iPad in size. It is supposed to offer access to the Kindle store through 3G with no extra fees. This is an advantage over the iPad, which requires a data plan for 3G access. The Streak is supposed to be Android-based.

Both Amazon and Dell refused to confirm if this rumor is true or not. No one has speculated about the ship date or price of this unannounced product. A tablet processor manufacturer has said that it expects over fifty iPad competitors to be released this year.

Via Wired, image via Wired.

Feb 23 2010

T-Mobile May Join The Netbook Market

T-Mobile USA could be sidling into the netbook market alongside competitors Verizon and AT&T, according to blog TmoNews. The new entrant to the netbook arena is expected to offer the Dell Mini 10 netbook by the end of March this year. The Dell Mini 10 has historically been sold by both AT&T and Sprint Nextel.

T-Mobile has been working hard to climb ranks in network buildout and 3G access, despite trailing behind bigger names. It’s making up the difference by deploying an HSPA+ nework upgrade. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, T-Mobile announced that its first HSPA+ device, webConnect Rocket Laptop Stick, will be available this March.

Feb 3 2010

Dell’s Latitude 13 – Awesome Netbook, or Weakling Laptop?

Described as “the world’s thinnest 13-inch commercial client” computer, Dell revealed its new Latitude 13 this week. The machine could be described as either a stripped-down laptop or a beefed up netbook, though we’re not entirely sure as to which just yet.

The latest version of the Latitude series comes with a 13.3 inch display screen and weighs a measly 3.3 pounds. Under the full-sized keyboard lies Intel’s low voltage processing technology, set up to run either Windows 7 or XP. Optional additions include upgrading from a traditional hard drive to a solid-state drive with a ceiling of 64 GBs, high-speed WWAN, an integrated Web cam, and an external Blu-ray drive.

While the prices for this lovely machine have not yet been released, things seem to indicate a price under the $1000 mark. Dell begins pre-orders within a few weeks.

Via The Tech Herald, image via Dell.

Feb 3 2010

Alienware’s “Gaming Netbook,” Coming Soon

Dell’s gaming wing is making a big splash into the world of netbooks with its M11x system, which was introduced at CES a couple of weeks ago.

Unfotunately, the M11x won’t be available until March 1, but Dell has decided to let people pre-order from their site. The price starts at $799 for the base configuration, which includes an Intel Pentium SU4100 1.3GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and the new nVidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card with 1GB of graphics memory. It comes running Windows 7 Home Edition on a 11.6-inch LED-backlit display, and Dell claims that the M11x will deliver “the graphics power of a 15-inch laptop in an 11-inch form factor.”

Upgrades for this baby include a beefier Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU, up to 8GB total in RAM, and larger hard drives in the 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB size, or a 256GB solid-state drive for an arm and a leg. You may think I’m joking about that last part, but historically, prices have gotten jacked up for SSD configurations.

Color choices include black or silver, and following Alienware tradition, you can choose different color options for the system’s LED lighting.

Via ZDnet.com

Jan 7 2010

CES 2010: Dell Mini 10 Upgraded With 720p Video, TV Tuner, GPS

Dell showcased the new version of its incredibly popular Dell Mini 10 netbook today at CES 2010, and it’s been loaded up with what we’ve come to expect of top-of-the-line netbooks – an Atom N450 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of space. However, Dell is upping the ante with new options for multimedia use.

It comes with a boatload of custom options, including 720p HD capability on its 1366 x 768 pixel screen, a hi-def TV tuner, GPS service, and a HD processor to manage more intensive video content. It will run Windows 7 and comes with a useful 9-hour battery life.

The new Dell Mini 10 will be available this month, $300 and counting once you add those sexy new features.

Via Wired.

Jan 1 2010

Dell Mini 10 Netbook Modded Into A Humongous Cell Phone

Talk about an insane netbook mod – as shown above, this guy took an Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, gutted it, and turned it into a Dell Mini 3i cell phone.

It’s decked out with the OPhone OS and looks like a pretty clever (though enormous) replica of the original Dell Mini 3i, which you can see below.

Be sure to check out Shanzai’s video of the modder at work.

Dec 21 2009

New Dell Mini 10 Netbook Uses Intel Atom N450 CPU

Dell’s 10-inch netbook has gotten an upgrade. The new Dell Mini 10 will implement Intel’s 1.66GHz Pineview Atom N450 processor, replacing the current Mini 10 and 10V which use Z520 and N270 processors.  The Mini 10 will be offered starting January 7th with your choice of Windows 7 or Ubuntu Linux. In addition to the processor upgrade, the Mini 10 will change some features, adding in a new textured palm rest and scrapping the multi-gesture capabilities of the trackpad. However, the integrated trackpad buttons will remain.

A few optional features have also become available with this new model. They include 3G or GPS Bluetooth, Broadcom Crystal HD Solution software, and a built-in TV tuner. The battery can now also be upgraded to a 6-cell battery. Luckily, the base price of the netbook will remain the same at $299.

Image Via UberGizmo

Via TechTree

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 7 2009

The All-New Dell Vostro V13 Laptop

The Dell Vostro V13 is a 13.3-inch designed for business owners who need the power of a regular laptop with a more convenient packaging.

Everything from its design, to its memory capabilities are aimed to please small business owners who need the size of a netbook paired with the power of a larger sized laptop computer. Dell hopes that the Vostro will minimize tradeoffs between a laptop that is compact enough for travel and one that has all the necessary components for business owners.

The V13 is yet another well designed addition to the Vostro collection, and will start off at a no nonsense $1,299.

Features Include:

  • Core 2 processor
  • 16.5mm thick
  • Weighing in at 1.59kg (6-cell battery)
  • high-quality brushed aluminum surface for durability
  • Webcam, microphone, and Bluetooth
  • 802.11g/n wireless LAN
  • 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM memory

Via BtoB.

Dec 2 2009

Dell Silently Introduces Precision M6500 With Core i7

Dell recently added a new laptop to their lineup: the Dell Precision M6500, which claims to be a business-friendly laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor included. Everything looks good and dandy, but what makes this laptop more intriguing than others is that Dell has made the choice to not make an announcement regarding the creation or distribution of the laptop.

The M6500 will debut with a 17-inch display and will grants you either an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics processor, or  an ATI FirePro M7740; just pick your graphics card. You’ll be happy to know that the M6500 will include 16GB DDR3 RAM which hopes to reach speeds of up to 1,333 MHz.

If you’re a power/business user, you’ll also have the ability to have three optional RAID configurations. While there’s no purchase date in sight, we’ll hope that Dell will let us know at some point in the future when they plan to make the new laptop available to the public. Or perhaps Dell’s laptops speak for themselves.

Via  The Inquisitr.

Dec 2 2009

Dell’s E6400 and E6500 Models are Overheating and Underclocking!

If you’re an owner of a E6400 or E6500, the above picture should be a startling notice that the health of your precious laptop is at risk.

Hundreds of owners just like yourself have been reporting in over the past few weeks about severe performance issues, with some users claiming that their laptops are performing as low as 95% below what would be normal operating conditions.  For some users, the systems will get hotter than usual; for others, BIOS suddenly lowers its performance until it stops working all together. While some users have been reporting these issues as early as January 2009, its been claimed that Dell had actually started to censor posts on their own forums. This doesn’t look like good news for E6400 & E6500 users.

UPDATE: Some users have claimed that the Studio XPS 1645 is having similar issues, according to this thread. This appears to be happening due to a poor AC adaptor, take heart though. If you call Dell and complain, they will ship out a replacement adapters to those affected. Now all Dell has to do is make good on the E6400 and E6500 users, and it’ll all be square.

Via Engadget.

Dec 1 2009

The Deals Just Won’t Stop: It’s Cyber Tuesday For Dell and Apple

If you’ve been lusting after new gadgets and you missed both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s probably no helping you. But despite your ineptitude, all is not lost – manufacturers will always make it easy for you to drop a bit of cash, and it looks like we’ll need to be calling this Cyber Week in honor of a number of long-lasting Dell and Apple deals we’ve heard about.

Firstly, you can get discounts on all kinds of Mac laptops and desktops. AppleInsider has a nice guide available for where to get in on those machines. Canadian consumers can also get in on Dell discounts over at Dell.ca from now until December 11th. The selection includes laptops, monitors and more.

But if you don’t live in Canada, don’t despair – you can still get your hands on a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook at Dell.com for under $300 bucks, and Hackintosh it if you’re feeling especially industrious.

Via TheExaminer.

Nov 30 2009

Dell’s #1 Cyber Monday Laptop Deal: Dell Inspiron 17 Laptop

Cyber Monday has finally arrived. Surely you’ve been browsing popular sale sites such as Newegg and W, but that won’t be the place that you find the best laptop deal today!  14 hours into Cyber Monday, it would appear that the Dell Inspiron 17 is a popular sale item. Moreover, if you check Amazon soon enough, you may be able to get your hands on a Dell Inspiron 11 which has been discounted speficially for the Cyber Monday. If the Inspiron 11 isn’t for you, we suggest you check out the Inspiron 17 laptop being offered at Dell.com

“This 17.3 inch laptop is powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor and comes equipped with 3GB of memory and a 320 GB hard drive.” You’ll be able to pick this baby up for as little as $549 with free shipping included; but that’s not all, you’ll get 15 months of McAfee SecurityCenter, absolutely free! The laptop also includes a dual layer 8X DVD±R/RW optical drive, WiFi card, and Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.

Via the Examiner.

Nov 30 2009

Five Sizzlin’ Hot Cyber Monday Deals on Windows 7 Netbooks

If you weren’t able to get in on all the Black Friday netbook action, here are some Cyber Monday Windows 7 netbook deals to check out.

Dell Insprion Mini 10v – Touting the standard 10.1″ screen display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10V netbook is available on Dell.com for $299, a $98 discount from the original price of $398.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 – Also equipped with a 10.1″ screen display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, in addition to a 1.3 megapixel webcam and HD TV tuner, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook will be available at Walmart.com for $398 with free shipping. In comparison, it sells for $499 on Dell’s website.

Toshiba Mini NB205 – This 10.1″ netbook boasts 1 GB of RAM, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, and a battery that can last up to 9 hours. You can grab your very own Toshiba Mini at Amazon.com for $329, which includes a $50 discount from the original price of $379.

Acer Aspire One AOD250Available at Walmart.com for $328 (with free shipping), this netbook’s tech specs are no deviation from the standard. It has a 10.1″ screen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. At least it has a 6 hour battery.

HP Mini 110 – Equipped with a 10.1″ screen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, this Mini is available at Kmart.com for $309.99. That’s only $20 off the original price, but a discount nonetheless.

This year, netbooks are on fire and Windows 7 is hot hot hot, so if you’re interested you’d better get to these sizzling deals before they’re gone. Otherwise, if none of these netbooks tickle your fancy, check out some of our previous Cyber Monday articles for more great deals. Happy (online) shopping!

Via RedmondPie.

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.

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