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 31 2010

Fujitsu Releases Its First Affordable Netbook: The MH330

Fujitsu is releasing the all new MH330 netbook for a price that’s truly earthshattering, by Fujitsu’s high standards: $499.68 USD. It’s a Pine Trail netbook, and its price point is about the same as what you’d expect for the features it comes with, which are listed below.

One interesting aspect of the netbook is its DVD Sharing application, allowing the netbook to access your desktop’s DVD drive. The Fujitsu MH330 netbook also comes with a spill-resistant keyboard.

Fujitsu LifeBook MH330

  • 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 display
  • 250GB
  • Integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet
  • Three USB ports and VGA-out
  • Spill-resistant keyboard
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Black or red color options
  • You can expect the Fujitsu MH330 netbook to ship in Asia this April, and hopefully in the US soon after.

    Via CNet Asia.

    Mar 30 2010

    Sharp and KDDI Announce New Multitouch 3G Sharp IS01 MID

    sharp kddi is01 1 540x312

    Japanese firms KDDI and Sharp are showing off a new pair of Android MIDs, likely to tempt the placement of the moniker ‘smartbook‘ from those with a taste for such language. It’s called the Sharp IS01, and it’s basically a tiny 3G enabled netbook rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon, a 5-inch 960 x 480 display with multitiouch functionality, QWERTY keyboard, and a host of other features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    It comes with some Japan-only quirks as well – a 1-Seg TV tuner, IrDA, and a pair of cameras (5.27 megapixel on the back and 0.43 megapixel on the front for video calls). You can use either microSD or the onboards memory allocation of 3 GB.

    The Sharp IS01 will run for 310 minutes of talking or up to 200 hours of standby time. This October, consumers should be getting a taste, and developers will be looking at their own version as early as May 2010.

    Via SlashGear.

    Mar 30 2010

    A Solution To Netbook Keyboard Worries

    Face it: your netbook has a tiny keyboard, and that sucks. It’s just one of those annoying things that comes with the form factor, and you wouldn’t trade it for the world. But does that have to be the case? Behold:

    This tantalizing netbook prototype, first shown at Yanko Design, will allow you to pack a lot more keyboard into a small space, as you can see. An additional layer would definitely add some thickness to the netbook, but this could definitely be a worthwhile tradeoff if you’ve got man-fingers like me.

    Once upon a time I would have doubted that this netbook could ever hit the market, but this is a world where we have dual-screen netbooks and netbooks with removable displays. Nothing’s surprising anymore, is it?

    Mar 29 2010

    ASUS Crams a Netbook and iPad into One Sexy Eee PC T101MT

    ASUS is trying to make iPad and netbook lovers alike drop cash on its new Eee PC T101MT netbook instead. Set to ship this April at $500, ASUS’ new netbook delivers on a bunch of metrics that might have Apple lovers crossing the aisle.

    The Eee PC T101MT has a swiveling 10-inch touchscreen, Intel Atom N450 processor, built-in GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB of HDD space, as well as a slew of features: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and SDHC card reader, webcam, and Windows 7.

    You can upgrade to better RAM, better HDD space, and get Windows 7 Premium instead of Starter for an extra fee.

    Via Dvice.

    Mar 29 2010

    US Consumers Prefer a Netbook to an iPad, Says Survey

    According to an NPD survey, it looks like the majority of US consumers between the ages of 18 and 24 would take a netbook over an iPad any day of the week. The majority is a slim one, ranking in at 51%. Furthermore, 44% of Apple product owners would take a MacBook over either.

    Nevertheless, 27% of 18-34 year olds show interest in the purchase of an iPad, though 57% of the age group say the high price of the device is the reason they wouldn’t purchase one. Apple product owners were less put off, with only 43% saying the price was too high.

    9% of all respondents of the survey were “extremely likely” or “very likely” to buy an iPad within the next six months.

    Via StrategyEye.

    Feb 26 2010

    Viliv S10 Blade Netbook Available For Pre-Order at $699

    Viliv has finally confirmed pricing and availability for the long-awaited S10 Blade netbook. The convertible tablet netbook is now available for pre-order in North America for $699, coming with Windows XP. This particular model won’t include three-point multitouch output as promised, but other models are on the way.

    Later iterations of the S10 Blade netbook will share the same basic features – a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution resistive, multitouch touchscreen, 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 2.0 and a webcam. It packs either a 1.6 GHz or 2.0 GHz Intel Atom CPU and a variety of storage options: a 60 GB HDD or SSDs in 32 and 64 GB versions.

    A number of the models will get HSPA 3G modules. Expect battery life to run as long as 10 hours.

    We’re still in the dark about shipping dates, so keep your eyes peeled.

    Via Electronista.

    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.

    Feb 25 2010

    LG Delivers T280 Notebook, X140 & X200 Netbooks In Time For CeBIT

    LG has just announced a pair of new netbooks and a new notebook, ripe and ready for eager eyes at next week’s CeBIT conference in Germany.

    The first is the LG T280 notebook – a sleek looking machine priced around $1000 with variations based on configuration. The specs for the LG T280 notebook are as follows:

    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • 11.6-inch display
    • 1366 x 768 resolution
    • Options of Intel 1.3GHz Pentium dual-core or Core 2 Duo processor
    • Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
    • 320GB or 500GB hard drive options
    • 2GB of RAM
    • Wi-Fi
    • Six-cell battery

    Next in line are LG’s new netbooks. They look pretty standard, packing Intel Atom N450 CPUs, but the LG X140 and X200 netbooks have some visible differences when you look beneath the veneer.

    The specs of the X140 and X200 netbooks are as follows:

    The X140

    • Windows 7 Starter
    • 10.1 inch LCD display
    • 1024 x 600 pixels
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 160 GB hard drive
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth
    • 1.3-megapixel webcam
    • Six-cell battery
    • SIM card access

    The X200

    • Intel GMA 3150 graphics
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 250GB hard drive
    • Chiclet-style keyboard
    • 802.11n Wi-Fi
    • USB ports
    • Weighs 2.7-pounds

    LG’s past netbooks have included the LG X20 and LG X30. LG netbook offerings have historically been capable but bland, though LG did make headlines by delivering its X120 and X130 netbooks in Iraq and Jordan last August.

    Via ZDNet.

    Feb 23 2010

    ABI Research Projects 163 Million Smartbook Sales By 2015

    Smartbooks will be making some crazy gains by 2015, according to ABI Research. But what the heck is a smartbook?

    ABI Research analyst Jeff Orr has an answer that does a good job of distinguishing smartbooks from netbooks:

    “As ABI Research defines it, a smartbook is a low-powered device running a mobile operating system that is always connected, either via Wi-Fi or (more often) using cellular or mobile broadband. Smartbooks can take many different shapes. They are a subset of MIDs (mobile Internet devices) and netbooks, and address the same potential users, usage, pricing, and market needs. The difference is that they don’t use x86 processors.”

    ABI’s new research study claims that 163 million smartbooks will ship in 2015. It’s a pretty long bet, but considering that the first smartbooks appeared in 2008, it will be an ambitious target for manufacturers to hit.

    If vendors bring smartbook prices below $200, the gains could be even greater.

    Via ABIResearch.

    Feb 23 2010

    Your Kid’s School-Issued Netbook Could Be Used for Spying

    Wow. The Associated Press is reporting that kids in Pennsylvania, having been issued laptops from their school, have allegedly been recorded doing “inappropriate things” in their own bedrooms – recordings taken at the directive of school administrators. Tech security personnel attempting to track down stolen machines activated the laptops’ webcams in order to find out where they had been taken.

    This sounds like a poorly thought-out idea from school authorities with, hopefully, good intentions. Incompetence is the name of the game here, and considering the vast number of netbooks distributed to kids in the US and abroad, the problem could be broader than we think.

    Check out the footage below for more on this story.

    Via AssociatedPress.

    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 23 2010

    Lenovo Develops Netbook Edition of ThinkPad X100e Laptop

    Lenovo is taking its ThinkPad X100e laptop and delivering a 10-inch variant for the netbook lovers among us. The new machine hasn’t been given a new model name, for some reason, but it will come with a 10-inch display, Intel Atom N450 CPU, and variable amounts of RAM and HDD space, going all the way up to 4 GB and 320 GB respectively.

    To contrast, the notebookier X100e computer has an AMD Athlon NEO CPU, 11-inch screen, 450 GB of storage, and 4 GB of RAM.

    The netbook version of the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e will come with Intel integrated graphics and Windows 7 Starter edition. You can expect it in the next few weeks in the $500 price range.

    Via Nexus404.

    Jan 30 2010

    ASK NBB #8 Revealed!

    It’s been a while, but we’re back at it. ASK NBB #8: Netbooks With Big Batteries And SSDs has been revealed! Check it out here.

    Jan 28 2010

    Hack A LED Keyboard Light Onto Your Netbook

    Everyone’s looking for mobility in new gadgets, but there’s one frontier few manufacturers have sought to expand – the path to the dark side.

    Sometimes you just have to take things into your own hands, and that’s just what some hackers at HackADay have done. By adding an LED light into the lid of the netbook, the keys will be illuminated for a very low cost.

    While USB powered reading lights accomplish the same thing, hacker Vikash didn’t want to carry around another device to light up his machine – a Dell Vostro, or Dell Mini 9.

    To get this one done, you need to hook up the LED to the Ctrl key with a small programmable chip, controlling the LED light independently of the OS. He’s got the code for that, if you want to go all out.

    Check it out here.

    Image via HackADay.

    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.

    Jan 26 2010

    ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Netbook Becomes a Bestseller on Amazon

    The bestselling netbook on Amazon right now is the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, retailing for $368.59. Why’s it so popular?

    One reason could be the extremely classy ASUS Super Hybrid Engine, a tool that allows users to, upon the tapping of a hotkey, speed up the processor for performance or slow it down to extend battery life. This, combined with the ultra-efficient Intel Atom N450 CPU, allows users to get up to 14 hours of juice.

    Also encouraging such efficiency is the LED-backlit 10.1″ screen, coming in at 1024 x 600 pixels. Other features include 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Starter, Bluetooth, a Plug-and-Play flash card slot, 0.3 megapixel webcam, 1 GB of RAM with the option to upgrade, and a massive 750 GB of Hybrid Storage (250 GB in the HDD and 500 GB on ASUS’ web servers.

    What more needs to be said? Go get yours now for only $368.59.

    Via I4U.

    Jan 26 2010

    MSI’s Dual-Screen Tablet Netbook Could Run The Google Chrome OS

    Word on the net says that MSI’s much-anticipated dual-monitor netbook, first seen at CES 2010, will be making an appearance on store shelves within a few months.

    The netbook packs two 10″ monitors, one of which can be used as a keyboard with haptic feedback. While initial expectations were that MSI’s dual-screen netbook would run Windows 7, an interview with LaptopMag reveals that it could actually end up running the Google Chrome OS.

    MSI says it will launch the netbook with 4.5 hours of battery life and e-reader capabilities. They may also add in a 7″ version of the tablet netbook by the time the original is released in Q3 or Q4.

    As can be expected, info on pricing is not yet available, but I’m sure MSI will be doing its best to get the word out once a few more months go by.

    Via I4U, image via Engadget.

    Jan 20 2010

    Clear Offers Samsung NC10 Netbook For $199 With WiMAX Plan

    Clear is offering a deal you certainly don’t see every day: an older netbook with a hefty subsidy and WiMAX access for connectivity. If you get WiMAX in your area, this should be a tantalizing deal, considering the fact that WiMAX is cheaper than 3G. Clear will give you its netbook with a two year netbook deal at $45/month with the first 6 months subsidized to $30 apiece.

    The machine itself is a Samsung NC10 running a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270, priced at $199. Other features are more or less standard issue, if your standard is netbooks from a year ago: 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD and 6 hours of battery life.

    Via jkOnTheRun, image via Clear.

    Jan 20 2010

    Unofficial Windows 7 Netbook Edition Available to Download

    When Windows 7 was still in the works, many in the tech industry were eagerly anticipating a Netbook Edition of the OS. We were dismayed to see that Microsoft had ditched its plans in favor of the crappier Windows 7 Starter. However, it looks like many netbook users’ dreams have come true – a new, tweaked version of Windows 7 has been making its rounds on the Web under the moniker of Windows 7 Netbook Edition.

    The OS is a customized version of Windows 7 Ultimate, ditching a lot of extraneous drivers, language packs, and additional features. It’s not made by Microsoft, but it’s expected to run on just about any netbook – even the oldest of the old.

    Windows 7 Netbook Edition may be based on a pre-release version of Windows 7, so don’t be surprised if it implodes on you or kicks you out for not having a valid product key.

    Via Liliputing.


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