The NBP Group recently reported that laptop sales were only down 1% July 2010 and 1% in August 2010. Although netbook and laptop sales have had steady growth in the past, they are far from being phased out by tablet PCs.
It is now clear that Tablet PCs are a strong competitor to netbooks and laptops and are making large strides but they certainly haven’t won the war. With sells holding strong we will likely see netbooks of the future adapt to their new competition and refuel the fire in the war on lightweight portable computers.
One thing is certain, in order for netbook and laptop sales to grow in the future the companies producing them will need to again create a strong demand for their products. Currently, 14% of consumers plan on purchasing a tablet PC compared to 8% that plan on purchasing a netbook or laptop. Although we can’t know for certain the percentage of people in each group that have the means to purchase in the future, it is clear that the tablet PC has a stronger demand.
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.
Dell boasts that the M11x gaming netbook is the “world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop” and they’re now competing against themselves to create an even better netbook.
The new M11x gaming netbooks will have the same graphics cards (Nvidia GeForce GT 335M) as before, as well as feature new Intel Core i5-520UM and Intel Core i7- processors. Of course, the options now are also more expensive — $949 for the i5 model and $1,099 for the i7 model (versus $799 and $899 for their predecessors).
Both netbooks will feature TurboBoost technology, as well as an integrated Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator. The M11x netbook definitely is a heavyweight performer in its 4.4 pound weight class and doesn’t totally break the bank. If you’re interested in gaming and on the market for a netbook, get out there and check it out!
Packard Bell, the company owned by Acer, has just announced the launch of a new netbook, the 10 inch Dot S4. With the exception of its design, this seems to be just another standard netbook. The Dot S4 runs on the Atom N450 processor, includes 1 GB of RAM, 160GB of hard drive, a choice of 3 or 6 cell battery, and Windows 7. Other additions include Wi-Fi and a chiclet keyboard. It is not yet known how much the Dot S4 will cost or in which countries it will be available.
Some other tech specs of the Fujitsu PH520 Lifebook netbook include:
- 11.6″ screen display with 1366 x 768 resolution
- AMD M880G chipset
- ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics
- 2 GB of RAM
- 320 GB hard drive
- b/g/n/ Wi-Fi
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI, VGA, card reader, audio jacks
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
- 1.3MP Webcam
This Lifebook netbook also comes with a six-cell battery, which is expected to last for about 6.2 hours. The netbook weighs in at 1.4 kg — pretty standard for a netbook.
There’s another similar Fujitsu netbook that is powered by an Intel Celeron SU2300 processor. It features a similar shape, but the chassis has a larger keyboard and trackpad.
If you’re rooting for England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then this netbook’s right for you. The 10.1″ (1024,600 resolution) Hi-Grade Notino mL100E is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and is equipped with with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi hard drive.
The Notino mL100E netbook also features a couple USB ports, an external VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Windows 7 Starter OS, and a webcam. Something unique about this netbook is that instead of having the trackpad buttons located underneath the trackpad, they’re located to either side of it.
The netbook is now available at a price of £279, including VAT.
Toshiba’s got some new and exciting computing devices coming out soon.
The AC100 is a 10.1″ netbook that will run on the Android 2.1 operating system instead of on Windows. The netbook will be powered by a Tegra processor, and be equipped with 512 MB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD hard drive. Other features of the Toshiba AC100 netbook include 1080p HD playback, WLAN, Ethernet, an HDMI port, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The standard 3-cell battery that comes with the netbook is estimated to last four to five hours.
No release date or pricing schedule have been released yet for this netbook.
The A665 is a 15.6″ (1366×768 resolution) laptop that will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor (one of Intel’s newest processors for laptops). It’ll be equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. Other features for the Toshiba A665 laptop include a Nvidia GeForce GTS350 graphics card, Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, an HDMI port, a multi-card reader, and a Blu-ray drive — quite the powerhouse.
The laptop will come with preinstalled 3D content and a pair of 3D glasses will be included in the package. In terms of audio, the A665 will be equipped with Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio, and a Sleep-and-Music function, which allows users listen to music even if the computer is in sleep mode.
The Toshiba A665 laptop’s release is expected sometime this July. Pricing is not yet known.
In an attempt to attract more customers, PC treasures is trying a whole new gimmick by releasing their netbook software suite on a USB drive and SD card. This bundled package comes with everything from McAfee VirusScan with 1 year subscription and ACDsee Photo Manager to Corel WordPerfect Office X3 and Stuffit Deluxe 2009 (for a full software list click the link below). This package is being released for $35 and in my opinion, $25 too much.
AT&T announced last week that they will be discontinuing their $30 unlimited data plans for users of netbooks and smartphones. While current subscribers will not be affected, future interested users will have the option to purchase either a 200MB data plan for $15/month plan or 2GB data plan for $25/month. Since the only users who really require more than 2GB of data are iPhone users, netbook users need not be concerned and might actually save $5/month or more.
For computer users who want a small, portable device, there exist two options: netbooks and tablets. But how does one decide between the two devices? According to technology analyst Tim Bajarin, the main difference lies in what he calls content consumption vs. content creation. The terms are self-explanatory: content consumption is looking at and absorbing others’ content, while content creation is the making of content oneself.
Content creation takes up 25 percent of the time people spend on computers. The other three quarters of the time is spent consuming content. This distinction is important to make because netbooks (and laptops) are good for content creation, but tablets are good for content consumption.
Ultimately, a user must assess his or her own needs when deciding between a netbook or a tablet. If someone already owns a laptop, a tablet can be a nice supplement for content consumption. Indeed, tablets are optimized for content consumption, much more so than laptops or netbooks. But for users who need to create a lot of content, a netbook is probably a better choice than a tablet.
Via PC Magazine.
Samsung has recently announced that in a few days, they will be releasing a new netbook, as well as four business-based laptops.
Samsung’s newest netbook, the NB30 Pro, is based on the NB30 model that was released earlier this year. It’ll feature a 10.1″ screen, be equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. The NB30 Pro will also have 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and the Windows 7 Professional OS. Battery life on this baby isn’t bad at all — 6.5 hours — but it’s not the best available either; some netbook batteries last up to 10 or 12 hours.
Samsung’s four new business-based laptops are part of the P80 Premium and P30 Essential series. The P80 Premium series will feature two new laptops, the 14″ P480 and the 15.6″ P580. Both of these laptops will be equipped with a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-450M processor, up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 320 GB of storage space (5400rpm). The laptops will also have Intel GMA HD graphics, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, high definition audio, four USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and a pair of 1.5W speakers. Battery life for the P480 laptop will be roughly 4.3 hours while that for the P580 laptop will be roughly 4.4 hours.
The P30 Essential series will feature two new laptops as well, the 14″ P430 and the 15.6″ P530. Both laptops will be equipped wiht a 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M processor, up to 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 250 GB of storage. Other features of these laptops include Intel GMA HD graphics, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and a pair of 1.5W speakers.
Since all these laptops are geared towards business use, they will (by default) come with the Windows 7 Professional operating system. No information regarding pricing of these netbooks or laptops is yet available, but we’ll keep you posted when he we hear more news.
The Linux Foundation released a new version of its open-source OS, MeeGo, this week. MeeGo is for netbooks with Intel Atom processors.
MeeGo v1.0 is more for developers than regular users. It is comprised of Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo operating systems. It has applications for email, calendars, recently used files, and social networking updates, among other things. It also has support for multiple languages.
MeeGo has been tested on Atom netbooks from Asus, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and HP. People have generally liked MeeGo, though some have reported problems with getting its WiFi to work properly.
Before MeeGo, many versions of Linux were either for desktops or smartphones. The director of the Linux Foundation said that he thinks the foundation should focus on developing a platform that can be used on a wide variety of devices. Intel and Nokia have said they can see MeeGo being used on more devices beyond netbooks.
Via InformationWeek, image via MeeGo.
Remember that Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t convertible netbook tablet we mentioned about a month ago? These netbooks were originally priced at $599 per unit on the Lenovo website, but now with a discount and a coupon, you can get your very own for $399, excluding taxes but including shipping.
The 10.1″ Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t features the standard netbook specs — an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 hard drive, not to mention 802.11n Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Starter. The base model comes with a four-cell battery, but you can buy a spare six-cell battery for an extra $49.
If you’re interested in buying the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t today, the coupon code that should be entered at checkout is USPS4F524. Happy shopping!
Computer manufacturer Acer has recently released a new addition to its existing Timeline series of netbooks. The new Acer netbook is unique in that it’s a convertible, i.e. it can be used as both a tablet and a netbook.
Named the Acer Aspire 1825PT, this netbook features an 11.6″ high definition LED display with 1366×768 resolution, is powered by a 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, and has 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. It’ll also feature a multi-touch trackpad, a multimedia card reader, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI/VGA out ports, the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OS, and a webcam.
The 1825PT’s 6-cell lithium ion battery is rumored to last for roughly eight hours and the netbook itself will be available in three distinct colors: Sapphire Blue, Diamond Black, and Ruby Red. The price point for this convertible powerhouse is currently set at $889 US.
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.
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.
Watch out Apple! Sony and other netbook manufacturers just might jump into the tablet PC manufacturing business soon. In fact, Sony recently released their new Sony VAIO P-Series netbooks, which feature new Intel Atom processors, as well as several other new features, including an undersized keyboard with a centralized pointing stick, and a touchpad on the right side of the LCD bezel and mouse buttons on the left side of the LCD. The setup is essentially similar to that of a tablet. The Sony VAIO P-Series netbooks also have accelerometers, so users can use the device in portrait mode.
Sony’s newest netbooks will be available in several unique colors: electric orange, neon green, and icy white — definitely sure to catch passerby’s attention. The P-Series netbooks are available for pre-order and start at $800 each for the base model.
We haven’t seen the release of a kid-friendly tablet/netbook device in a while, but Kids Computers has a remedy to that. Their newest device that is aimed at kids is the Intel Classmate Tablet, which can be used both as a tablet and as a clamshell netbook. This computer features a 10.1″ LCD screen with 1024×600 resolution, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. Other options for memory and storage are 2 GB and an SSD hard drive, respectively.
The tablet’s keyboard is water resistant and the screen is touch sensitive. There is also a pen that’s included with the device so that kids can draw on the screen. Other features of the tablet/netbook include Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and Windows XP Home. If 2 GB of RAM is purchased with the tablet, it can also be upgraded to the Windows 7 version for an additional cost. The Intel Classmate netbook will be equipped with a 4-celled battery. Pricing starts at $649 for the base model.
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.
Image via NetbookChoice.