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    Gateway EC1083h CULV Ultraportable Laptop Released in Canada, Similar to LT200 Netbook

    Gateway’s new EC1083h CULV ultraportable has just been released in Canada. While this machine seems to be a rebadge of Acer’s Timeline 1810T laptop and have many features in common with Gateway’s LT200 netbook, it actually has some pretty nice tech specs (for an ultraportable). Under the cover of this 11.6″ ultraportable laptop, there’s 3 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a (standard) 6-cell battery. Pricing for the EC1083h ultraportable is $600 Canadian (the equivalent of roughly $550 USD). Unfortunately, there’s no information yet on when this device will be available in the States, but we’ll give you a holla when we find out.

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    Gaming On A Netbook? It Can Be Done

    Though gaming on netbooks has often been seen as something as an impossibility, netbook users have been experimenting with how far a simple Win XP 1.6 GHz Atom netbook can go. There are videos out there of netbooks managing to emulate Nintendo systems. Web-based browser games have never been a problem for netbook hardware either. While netbooks can’t very well crank out the graphics of a game like Crysis, older titles – the NYTimes noted Asheron’s Call and Civilization III – can be made to function smoothly. Intel recently threw together a list of games that have been tested on the Mobile Intel 945GM Express chipsets, commonly used to power…

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    New Netbooks Will Have No Windows XP Option Oct 22nd

    Microsoft officially announced the end of the Windows XP operating system on new netbook sales two years ago but recently reminded the public about the deadline. Windows 7 will be installed on all new netbooks after October 22, 2010. Cheap netbooks will see price increases because the system requirements for Windows 7 are much more demanding than windows xp and the cost to the manufacturer for the operating system itself will go up $15 – $25. Because of this, consumers seeking the cheapest possible option will likely order netbooks available from manufacturers outside of the U.S. Microsoft currently has a windows 7 upgrade for netbook users currently using Windows XP.…

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    3-Year Netbook Failure Rate is 20% Higher Than Laptop Failure Rate

    SquareTrade, an independent warranty provider, has done research on the failure rates for 30,000+ netbooks and laptops covered by warranty plans. They’ve found out that roughly a third of laptops will fail within three years and that the failure rate for netbooks is 20% higher than that for laptops. Further breakdown of the results indicates that 20.4% of laptop failures were due to hardware malfunctions and 10.4% were due to accidental damage. Here’s a graph showing some empirical evidence: 5.8% of netbooks malfunction within the first 12 months of ownership, which is 20% higher than the malfunction rate for entry-level laptops and 40% higher than the malfunction rate for premium…

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    ASK NBB #4: Evolving Eee PC

    Today’s question comes from an asker with a special interest in one of NBB’s favorite netbooks – the ASUS Eee PC. QUESTION: I’m looking at getting a netbook and people generally tend to tell me that the Eee PC is the best choice. Are they right? And which model is the best value? Thanks! -Amanda ANSWER: Well, Amanda, you ask a perceptive question I think a lot of netbook buyers are considering. How do you differentiate the multitudes of Eee PCs in order to choose the best one for your purposes? I don’t know what you specifically need, but I’m going to try to outline the various models of Eee…

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    ASK NBB #5: What is a Netbook?

    Tonight’s edition of ASK NBB answers a question I’ve been asked more often than any other – the most basic and crucial one of all. QUESTION: What is a netbook? Multitudes of curious friends and family I’ve told about this site ANSWER: As always, there’s a quick answer and a good answer. Here’s the quick answer: A netbook is a year-and-a-half-old category of smallish laptops prized by consumers for their portability and low cost. And the good answer? Well, in order to give a good answer, I think we need to start with a different question: What is the difference between a notebook and a netbook? While many decently savvy…

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    ASUS Eee PC 1000HE

    ASUS‘ flagship netbook line, the Eee PC, has become synonymous with netbooking since the birth of the industry. Some big names have arisen to challenge its hold on the market, and the latest Eee PC is ASUS’ answer to that challenge. Allow us to introduce to you the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE, a prime choice in the netbook market by one of the biggest players in the game. Specifications 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU 160GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive (Seagate 5400.5) 1GB DDR2 RAM (667MHz) Windows XP Home OS 10” WSVGA LED-Backlit 1024 x 600 LCD Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA monitor out, headphone jack, microphone input, SD card…

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    Acer Aspire One

    For our first review, we will begin with one of the netbooks that started it all: the Acer Aspire One. Acer’s been there since the beginning, but didn’t fade away; as we reported on December 18th, the company led netbook sales as of Q3 this year. The Aspire One has been a key in this success and has shown itself to be immensely popular. Despite its age, the netbook is still one of the best machines on the market. Design Quanta Computers manufactures the netbook in some pretty snazzy beach-themed colors: seashell white, sapphire blue, golden brown, onyx black, and coral pink. And the Aspire One is so cool you…

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    MSI Wind U120H

    MSI is a frontrunner in the netbook world, whose machines are some of the most preferred on the market. The Wind line has been there since the beginning, taking a big slice of the consumer pie even to this day. It doesn’t look like the MSI Wind NB U100 is going anywhere soon, but that doesn’t mean MSI’s been slacking off. Enter the MSI Wind NB U120H, coming January 2009. Design While slim is in nowadays, the second Wind model has put on some weight since its first version. It is slightly thicker but makes up for it by tightening up the design. While the first Wind was rounder, the…

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    Lenovo IdeaPad S10

    So far, netbooks are a sector dominated by no one. While Acer has had the most sales in 2008, a new year has come, and the young industry is anyone’s for the taking. With this in mind, today’s review will focus on the flagship netbook of one of the industry’s biggest contenders: the Ideapad S10 from Lenovo. The Ideapad S10 is a 10-inch netbook and costs $349 to start. It has some features that distinguish it from the competition, but before we get into them, here are the specs (lifted from NotebookReview). 1.6GHz N270 Intel Atom Processor 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz Windows XP Home Edition (SP3) 10.2″ WSVGA AntiGlare…