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AT&T to expand subsidized netbook program

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2009

acerone-sbIn Europe, the practice of subsidizing notebooks and netbooks on mobile carriers is very common. In the US, the practice is still relatively unknown. RadioShack offers a netbook bundled with mobile broadband, but it is one of the few such offers in the States.

AT&T has announced that it will be expanding its subsidized netbook offer and rolling the products out to its stores nationwide. The new expanded lineup will include Acer, Dell, and Lenovo netbooks all bundled with mobile broadband plans.

MSI offers more details on X-Slim X400 and X600 notebooks

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2009

msixslimx400-sbI find myself really wanting to get my hands on the MSI X-Slim X400 notebook. Since I saw the X340 at CES I have thought that the slim notebook would be a good replacement for my netbook. It would be nice to have a larger keyboard and screen sometimes, plus the X-Slim machines are way cool.

MSI talked up the new X400 and X600 machines back at the beginning of the month, but offered little in the way of details on the machines. MSI got official with some more specs on the notebooks today. We already knew that the X400 would offer a 14-inch screen and the X600 would offer a 16-inch screen.

Dell adds new netbook and notebook to lineup

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 13th, 2009

dellinspiron15-sbDell was late to the netbook game by many standards, but the computer maker is now firmly in the netbook market with its Mini 10 machine. Dell also caters to notebook users looking for larger machines at a cheap price.

The Texas-based computer maker has announced new additions to its notebook and netbook lines today with two new low cost machines. The Dell Inspiron 15 is a 15.6-inch notebook with prices starting at only $399. The low-end machine gets a Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 160GB HDD along with Windows Vista Basic. Options can greatly increase the price of the machine.

Prime Note Albireo JL notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on May 8th, 2009

Prime Note Albireo JL notebookDospara has released the Prime Note Albireo JL, a notebook that will have you thinking twice about buying a netbook, with the affordable €640 price and the fact that you are basically getting a real PC. Some specs are: 13.3” WXGA display, Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, DVD Super Multi drive, Intel GM965 Express video chipset, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

It’s not too heavy either, at 1.98kgs. Sure, it’s twice the price of some entry-level netbooks, but you are getting an actual quality computer under the hood.

MSI X-Slim X400 and X600 coming soon

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on May 4th, 2009

msix400-sbWhile I am not a big Mac fan, I admit that the design and thin profile of the MacBook Air was very cool. Still, it wasn’t cool enough to lure me into buying the overpriced machine and I hoped that other manufacturers would offer similarly sized Windows PC.

At CES 2009, I laid my eyes on the MSI X-Slim series that offers Air-like dimensions at a much lower price. MSI reportedly has two more X-Slim machines debuting soon called the X600 and the X400. The machines are thin and offer larger screen sizes for users wanting portability with more screen space.

Research firm says netbooks are reaching new users

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2009

msivalentinesu100-sbIt’s not hard to understand why netbooks are doing so well in the current global economy. People still want and need new computers, they simply don’t want or can’t spend what they would have on a new computer last year.

Netbooks are cheap, light, and portable leading many mobile users to jump on the netbook train. Strategy Analytics offers a few details about the netbook market in its latest report. According to the firm 2/3 of all netbooks sell for under $500 and more than half of all netbooks sold use Windows XP Home.

HP makes business notebooks look good

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2009

hpprobook-sbI have never really understood why companies like Dell and HP never made a business notebook that was cool looking. Major computer markers always try to make consumer notebooks attractive, but the business machines were stodgy black boxes with the sex appeal of a tube sock.

HP is changing that with the introduction of its new HP ProBook series of notebook computers. The line has attractive colors with a choice of merlot or glossy finishes. The machines can be had in 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17-inch form factors. All of the machines can be fitted with HP Mobile Broadband using Gobi technology to allow the modem to operate on several broadband networks from different providers.

HP is world’s top PC shipper

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2009

hp-logo-sb1With the poor global economy, it’s no surprise that computer sales are slipping around the globe. The only segment of the computer industry that is actually growing robustly is the netbook category as consumers look to lower cost devices.

Gartner Research announced its global PC shipment numbers for Q1 2009 today and HP sits at the top of the list. HP shipped 19.8% of the all PCs shipped globally. Total global PC shipments for the quarter were 67.2 million units.

Acer announces Aspire 3935 and 8935G notebooks

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2009

aceraspire_3935_009-sbThere are many different types of notebooks on the market today with small netbooks aimed at the budget conscious buyer wanting portability and a basic computing experience to the high-end gaming enthusiast wanting the fastest of everything. Another class of notebooks that tend to be large and expensive is the multimedia notebook.

Acer has announced two new notebooks with one of them being a mainstream ultra portable and the other a massive multimedia notebook. The Aspire 3935-6504 is a 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook designed to be slim and easy to carry. The screen has a 1368 x 768 resolution and the notebook weighs 4.1 pounds. Other features include an Intel dual-core T7350 CPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 250GB HDD. The machine is available now for $899.99.

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly notebook announced

Posted in Packard Bell by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2009

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly notebook announcedToday Packard Bell announced that they will soon be releasing the Acer supplied EasyNote Butterfly. It’s just a bit too large to qualify as a netbook, measuring in at 13.4-inches and it features a LED-backlit display. Some other specs include an Intel Ultra Low Voltage processor, a multitouch trackpad and ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics.

Some optional features include 3G and a choice between a standard hard drive or a solid-state drive. It should be pretty useful with eight-hours of battery life. No word on when exactly it will be released or how much it will cost, but it looks like this will be for Europe.

MSI launches 17-inch Turion X2 notebook

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

MSI launches 17-inch Turion X2 notebookMSI’s new AMD based notebook, the GX733 is aimed at gamers and multimedia fans. Hence the 17-inch screen and a 5.1 Dolby Theater class sound system, with a sub woofer. The notebook sports MSI’s ECO Engine so you can switch between five different power modes, each with offering different energy consumption and performance options.

Some other features include: 17-inch widescreen display, AMD Turion X2 dual-core CPU, ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4670 3D Graphic Card with DDR3 512 MB VRAM, AMD RX781+SB700 Chipset, HD Audio, 4 Speakers + 1 Sub Woofer, Maximum 500 GB SATA HDD, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, max 4GB, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WLAN Card.

LG confirms Apple’s new OLED notebook

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

LG confirms Apple's new OLED notebook, iPhone and moreAdd this one to the rumor mill. The Korean manufacturing giant somehow has info on Apple’s netbook and they know it’s an OLED touchscreen. How do they know this? Because they possess the technology that prevents smudges and stains on an OLED screen and Apple wants it.

Apple already has a working prototype of this netbook and are about to manufacture it using LG’s screen. The Apple netbook won’t probably be a tablet like in the photo above.

Dell Adamo announced

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Dell Adamo announcedAfter a few months of waiting, the Adamo has finally been announced. Dell has officially announced the first machine in the Adamo line, the 13.4-inch model from CES.

It features a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo U9300 with integrated Intel X4500 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and it weighs only four pounds, which is a pound more than the MacBook Air. It will cost you $1,999. Seems like most of that money goes toward stuff like a magnetic cover.

Motion Computing launches the J3400 tablet PC

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2009

motiontabletcomputer-sbThere are several different form factors available in the notebook/laptop world. Most of the computers we see are traditional style notebooks with a keyboard and an LCD. However, some models offer swiveling screens and the capability to be used like a tablet with pen-based or finger input.

There are also pure tablet machines that offer no keyboard. Motion Computing has announced its latest pure tablet computer called the J3400. The machine has an interesting dual battery slot design allowing batteries to be hot swapped for continuous runtime.

HP now offering Boston-Power Sonata batteries

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2009

hp_boston-power-sbBoston-Power isn’t really a household name at this point, but the company has some very cool battery tech that promises to make the battery in your laptop work for three times as long before you need to get a new battery. The average laptop battery starts to storage capacity in only a year, yet the Boston-Power Sonata battery promises to last for 3 years with full charge capacity.

I mentioned in December 2008 that HP would be the first computer maker to offer the Sonata batteries for sale. At the time, HP didn’t offer any pricing information for the upgraded battery packs.