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Aftermarket battery gives Eee netbook a big ol’ butt

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 16th, 2008

Giant Asus Eee BatteryWhen I think of a netbook, I envision a small, lightweight machine offering lower levels of performance in exchange for longer battery life and a lower purchase price. Most of us expect the same things. Some people aren’t happy with the battery life of the Eee netbooks and look to the aftermarket for more run time.

A new battery for the Eee 1000H and the 901 is now available that is in simple terms insanely ugly. The battery is wider than the netbook itself and features 10-cells to provide power for the little rig.

Asus intros Celeron-based Eee Box B203

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

Asus intros Celeron-based Eee Box B203It looks like a Celeron-based Eee Box B203 has shown up on Asus’ website. Aside from the the Intel C220 processor, little has changed from the Atom-based Eee Box B202. It features Windows XP Home, ships with up to 2GB of RAM and 160GB storage, and measures just 222 x 178 x 26.9 mm (which is about 8.7 x 7 x 1 inches). As far as looks, it still leaves a lot to be desired, but on the plus side if it’s cheaper, faster, and fits behind your monitor, you probably don’t care about it’s looks.

Acer grabs top spot in netbook sales chart

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on December 9th, 2008

Acer Aspire OneThe netbook is the sole bright point in computer industry with the current economic crisis worldwide. The netbook is selling like hot cakes thanks to the lower upfront cost and small dimensions for the service.

DisplaySearch has released its rankings for the netbook market and surprisingly Asus with its massive line of Eee netbooks isn’t in the top spot. The top spot in the rankings went to Acer with its Aspire One netbook. Some of its sales success is no doubt linked to the fact that it is the only netbook I have seen in Walmart locations.

Asus Eee Box B204 and B206 get HD capability

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on December 4th, 2008

Asus Eee Box B204 and B206I really like the idea of a HTPC in my living room. I would love to be able to watch A-Team or The Pretender on my big screen rather than my PC display from Hulu. The catch is that I don’t want a big and bulky HTPC machine in my entertainment center, I just don’t have the room, and I want HD capability.

Asus has announced a couple new Eee Box models that could be perfect for my needs. The models are the B204 and B206. Both of them offer HD capability thanks to a new discrete ATI Radeon HD 3400 series video card. The systems also offer HDMI output for connecting to HDTV sets. The B204 adds Bluetooth and an internal battery to act as an uninterruptable power supply.

ASUS U6V-B1 Bamboo ultraportable laptop up for pre-order

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

ASUS U6V-B1-Bamboo ultraportable laptop up for pre-orderIf you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly laptop that will match your wood floors, the ASUS U6V-B1-Bamboo laptop is for you. It’s actually fairly nice looking and this 12.1-inch ultraportable laptop is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. It features a Moso bamboo cover and a palm rest that is “artisan grade,” ooo la la.

Even the touch pad has bamboo fiber patterns on it, making it feel as though you’re scrolling and pointing on a real bamboo surface. Specs include a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, a 320GB hard drive, a NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 256MB graphics card and more. The display is LED backlit and features a 1280 x 800 resolution. An optical drive is included as well as Windows Vista Business. Go ahead and pre-order it on Amazon now for $1,999.

ASUS announces 12-inch N20A ultraportable

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008

ASUS announces 12-inch N20A ultraportableIt looks like ASUS fans have another model to consider from the company, the new N20A model. At around 4 pounds, this one has a 12.1-inch WXGA display, described as “glare-type”, and it gets a boost in the performance as well. You can choose from four different Core 2 Duo processors, though it sports an integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics chipset. You’ll get up to 4GB of RAM, a max 320GB hard drive, and a DVD burner, built-in webcam, memory card reader. There are also HDMI and VGA outputs, three USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, eSATA port, 8-in-1 media card reader, and the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 in select models. No word on price yet.

ASUS to launch Android handset in ’09

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

ASUS to launch Android handset in ‘09DigiTimes is now reporting that Asus is planning to launch an Android-based handset, which confirms some rumors we’ve heard. They were invited to join the Open Handset Alliance after all. The phone will apparently be available sometime in the first half of 2009, and might land in Taiwan first under ASUS’ own brand before coming our way in the form of different customized models. As you might expect, no other details at this point, but sources say that ASUS will be phasing out its use of the Ericsson Mobile Platform for handset platforms from Qualcomm and Marvell.

ASUS Eee PC S101 available in the US November 1st for $699

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2008

ASUS Eee PC S101 available in the US November 1st for $699ASUS’s new Eee PC S101 will be landing in the States on November 1st. Landing with a thud thanks to it’s hefty $699 price tag, not due to it’s weight. You’ll get a new super-slim enclosure that’s just 0.75-inches thick, but the specs are pretty standard.

It sports an Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, matte 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 LED-backlit display, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, multi-card reader, multi-touch touchpad, VGA webcam, 5.4 hours of quoted battery life that you can believe when you see it and Windows XP. No Linux option in the States. It all weighs only 2.3 pounds. This expensive laptop comes in copper brown and graphite varieties. Are you impressed?

Asus drops new 24 & 25.5-inch displays

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

VK246H and VW246HAsus ups it’s LCD inventory with four new high-end displays arriving this month. The VK266H and VW266H are 25.5 inches, making them the largest Asus has offered. The VK246H and VW246H are the new 24 inch models. All feature the company’s new Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, 1,920 x 1,200, Full HD 1080p video playback via an HDMI input, with a 20,000:1 contrast ratio, a nice improvement over the current 3,000:1 of Asus’ flagship. Specs are identical on all four, with the VK266H and the VK246H having built-in webcams. No word on pricing just yet.

ASUS and Skype launch AiGuru SV1 videophone

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

ASUS and Skype launch AiGuru SV1 videophoneASUS just announced a dedicated videophone. The AiGuru SV1 lets you get in on virtually unlimited video calls without using a computer. Oh my. It sports a “simple-to-use, icon-based interface” too. Oh dear. I hope my grandson can explain this to me.

The SV1 features an 800 x 600 pixel 7-inch LCD, integrated speaker and mic (or jacks for your own), a VGA-quality webcam, and connects to the Internet over 802.11b/g WiFi or Ethernet. If you need to, it can even run off battery for a whopping 20-minutes should you absolutely need to. It’s available for pre-order in Europe and North America today for $300 and ships in October. Basically, it all adds up to a very grandma friendly phone…That she may still be scared of. It all sounds so difficult dear. Forget the phone, I’m just going to play Bingo.

Asus Glaxy7 spotted

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2008

Asus Glaxy7 spottedCheck out this shot of an Asus device that might challenge the Samsung Omnia when it’s released. Apparently it’s called the Asus Glaxy7. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro and the display looks very similar to the Omnia. Other features are a 3.5 “WVGA 800X480 / 65K Color TFT, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, microSD memory card slot, mini-USB, 200 hours standby, 4 hours talk time, and a trackball that acts like a D-pad. On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with no flash for low light conditions.

ASUS offers four new perfumed laptops

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2008

ASUS offers four new perfumed laptopsWhile everyone else is trying to get your dollars by offering various colored laptops or laptops with art prints on them, Asus is taking it one step further by offering a dimension not of sight or sound, but smell. ASUS has a new line of fragrant laptops.

It gets better.(Or worse depending on your perspective) The fragrance will match the graphics, so that as you work the day away, you can trick your nose into thinking you are at the beach or something. It’s aimed more toward female users though, with four special edition laptops. Floral Blossom is pink and flowery, Musky Black sports graffiti art emits a…earthy musk; Morning Dew comes in pastel green and probably doesn’t emit Mountain Dew odor, while Aqua Ocean smells like the sea. Pretty strange. No price yet, but you’ll smell it coming.

Asus Pulse-Sensing Mouse shows your heart rate

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

Asus Pulse-Sensing Mouse shows your heart rateThe Asus Pulse Sensing Mouse does just what it sounds like it does. It measures your pulse as you work away at your computer. Then it sends the information wirelessly to software running on your PC that keeps track of your heart rate.

It might be interesting to see what gets you stressed while on your computer. Heart patients would find it very useful. Other then that if you’re a hypochondriac, I guess you could monitor your heart rate while you surf porn. You know, just to make sure you don’t overdo it. Safety first.

ASUS does up new rugged laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on July 7th, 2008

ASUS B51Worldwide computer manufacturer ASUS was showcasing last week a new laptop which more on the rugged side in terms of durability. It is known as the ASUS B51 and no pricing or availability information is known of as yet.

The ASUS B51 sports a lightweight magnesium alloy chassis which is buffered by rubber bumpers along its edges. The B51′s hard drive is “floated on a sponge protection system.”

ASUS DisplayLink LCDs get ship date

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on June 20th, 2008

ASUS VW202B DisplayLink MonitorFor most computer users who want more than one display adding a second isn’t that hard if you have a video card that supports dual monitors. Going above a pair of displays requires an additional video card. This can be in the form of a USB adapter or actually installing a second video card into your PC, which can be a hassle.

Thankfully DisplayLink promises to make that difficulty a thing of the past by allowing you to simply connect a second, third, or even more displays via a simple USB connection. ASUS has announced that its new VW223B 23-inch LCD and its VW202B LCD are both DisplayLink Certified.