Jun 15 2010

Netbook Long Battery Life Champions

With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.

Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.

The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.



The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.

The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.



The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.

The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.



Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.

Jun 12 2010

Atom N455 and N475 now available in HP and Fujitsu Netbooks

Although the new Atom N455 and N475 chips haven’t seen any speed increases, they now have DDR3 capable memory controllers. This will improve system performance because the rate at which data is transferred between the CPU and memory will be quicker.

HP and Fujitsu have both announced their intentions to use the Atom N455 and N475 in future netbooks. HP will be updating their mini 210 netbook and Fujitsu will be updating their MH380-1A netbook. Pricing for neither netbook has been released at this time.

The Fujitsu MH380-1A will be available June 17, 2010. It is still unknown when the HP mini 2010 netbook will be available.

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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 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.

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 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 14 2010

HP Prepares Snapdragon Netbook Prototype

HP is joining Lenovo in the ranks of netbook makers delivering a Snapdragon-based machine. The new HP prototype breaks the trend of netbooks running the Intel Atom with the new Qualcomm chip that offers more efficiency and battery life.

The Snapdragon CPU can power some small computers for up to 24 hours. It has a lower clock speed than the new Pine Trail CPUs but, in conjunction with Linux or Google Android it could be a competitive combo.

Very little else is known about the upcoming Snapdragon HP netbook.

Via FierceCIO, image via HP.

Jan 11 2010

HP Delivers Old School 110c-1110SA Netbook

The HP Mini 110c-1110SA is HP’s latest edition to the 110 series netbook line. It comes installed with an Intel Atom N270 and weighs a mere 1.17 kg. It comes with 1024 MB of RAM and a 160 GB HDD in the style of older netbook computers.

HP’s 110c netbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, Intel GMA 950 graphics, and the Windows XP Home Edition OS. It has 3 USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, LAN 10/100 and Wireless-LAN.

Via MobileComputingNews, image via ZDNet.

Jan 6 2010

HP Introduces Touchscreen HP Mini 5102 Netbook, Touchsmart TM2 Tablet

HP has released updated versions of a number of its notebook and desktop computers and added a touch screen netbook to its HP Mini lineup, designated the HP Mini 5102.

The netbook has a 10.1-inch touchscreen, $399 price tag, and HP’s TouchSmart multitouch software. We’ll be able to get our hands on it later in January.

HP also tweaked its other netbooks in the $300 range and added a new HP TouchSmart tablet – the TouchSmart TM2 – for $949, available January 17th.

Via BusinessWeek.

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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 29 2009

Pre-Release Info On The HP Mini 210 Netbook

HP isn’t ready to announce the HP Mini 210 netbook, but eCost, one of its retailers, has jumped the gun with the revealing of this $389 Atom N450 machine.

The new netbook is said to have an upgrated graphics chip and a few other rumored features:

  • Operating System: Win7 Starter
  • Processor:1.66GHz Intel Atom N450
  • Display: 10.1″ Flush Glass
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Hard disk drive: 250GB 7200RPM
  • Video Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
  • Battery: 6 cell
  • Wireless Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Other Device: Integrated Webcam & Mic
  • Price: $398.99

A call to a sales representative of eCost confirmed that the HP Mini 210 is in stock. HP’s website also has support info available for the Mini 210, despite their lack of an official announcement.

Via CNet.

Dec 22 2009

HP Mini 210 Netbook Upgrades to Intel Atom N450 CPU

It seems like netbook manufacturers are giving into peer pressure and are simultaneously upgrading their models with the Intel Atom N450 CPU.  Dell and Fujitsu were the first to announce the switch to the improved CPU, now it is HP’s turn to join in on the fun.

HP has announced that its Mini 210 netbook, revealed a couple of months back, will be using the N450 processor. The new model is set out to replace the company’s HP Mini 110.

Standard features include:

  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 160 GB-250 GB HDD
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Windows 7

The Mini 210 will be sold for around $321, and the release date for the netbook is still unknown. The device should experiemce stiff competition in the netbook market, which has shown tremendous growth over the past year.

Image Via Engadget

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

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