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Archive for the ‘netbook’ Category

postheadericon Will a $200 ASUS Eee PC finally ship with Google’s help?

As hard as it tried, ASUS never could get its Eee PC prices down to $200 MSRP as promised way back in 2007 — a time when Intel-based netbooks still shipped with Linux distros and “tablet PCs” ran a Microsoft OS. Fast forward to today and netbooks are being kicked to the curb for ARM-based tablets running smartphone operating systems. To compete, ASUS, a company that’s become synonymous with netbooks, is planning to ship an unsubsidized $200 to $250 netbook running Android 3.0 or Chrome OS in June. According to DigiTimes sources, anyway, who tend to be pretty accurate with regard to Taiwanese companies. If true then expect to see it announced at Computex which kicks off in Taiwan on May 31st.

Will a $200 ASUS Eee PC finally ship with Google’s help? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon How would you change Dell’s Inspiron Duo?

We aren’t ones to knock a company for throwing convention to the wind, and frankly, we were downright excited to see how Dell’s Inspiron Duo would revolutionize our mobile lives. During our own review, we found the design to be top-notch and the build quality to be world-class, but the sluggish performance, annoying software overlay and lackluster UI didn’t exactly earn it any brownie points. Enough about us, though — this is your time to shine. If you bit the bullet and picked one of these multifaceted laptops up, we’re interested in hearing how you’d change things. Would you ditch the swiveling LCD? Would you prefer a dual-boot setup as found on the ViewPad 10? How’s the hardware standing up over time? Would you have rather seen AMD’s Fusion platform take the place of Intel’s Atom? Speak out in comments below, won’t you?

How would you change Dell’s Inspiron Duo? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Mar 2011 01:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Intel and Lenovo release the Classmate+ PC for the kids

Thinking that netbook up there looks exactly like Intel’s latest Classmate PC with a Lenovo sticker smacked on? Well, you’d be entirely correct. Lenovo and Intel have teamed up to bring out the Classmate+, which is indeed just a rebadged Classmate PC (or Intel Learning Series reference design). The 10.1-inch netbook doesn’t have Intel’s fresh Atom N570 processor, but it has all the other netbook essentials, including an Atom N455 CPU, Windows 7, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3 megapixel camera, WiFi, and three- and six-cell battery options. However, like most of the other Classmate PCs, the Classmate+ won’t be available directly to consumers — they will be sold in bulk to educational institutions or agencies, primarily in the developing world. And the Classmate+ is off to a great start — 158,000 are already set to be deployed this spring in Buenos Aires. See kids, netbooks are far from dead! Hit the break for the full press release / specs and the gallery below for a few more images of the lunch box-like laptop.

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Intel and Lenovo release the Classmate+ PC for the kids originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon China clones the sliding netvertible tablet PC

We’d forgive you for thinking you’re looking at a smartphone in the picture above — seeing how HTC and Nokia owners have enjoyed this form factor for years — but that’s actually a netbook up there, sporting a full five-row keyboard and a desktop operating system. Yes, what took Samsung and ASUS until CES 2011 to realize has been copied by Shenzhen in two months flat, and even if you’d thumb your nose at its vanilla configuration (10-inch 1024 x 600 screen, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 3700mAh lithium-ion battery) and optical touchpad next to the display, it’s hard for a lover of all things gadgety not to appreciate that. Besides, the 1,600 yuan (about $244) price tag doesn’t hurt any.

China clones the sliding netvertible tablet PC originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Mar 2011 09:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N570 slips into refreshed HP Mini 110 and 210

Remember that elusive Atom N570 that popped up here and there in machines debuting last month? At long last, the spec wizards over at Intel’s headquarters have seen fit to divulge a few more details surrounding the new silicon, and it goes a little like this: the chip runs at 1.66GHz, supports four threads and touts 1MB of L2 cache, an 8.5W TDP and DDR3-667. It’ll also start shipping this month, and should emerge soon on low-power machines from ASUS, Lenovo and Samsung. Meanwhile, HP has apparently seen fit to jump the gun a bit by refreshing its Mini 110 and 210 (shown above) netbooks, both of which are making their debut with the new processor over in Japan. It’ll be interesting to see how much traction such a chip gets now that AMD’s Zacate E-350 is out and about, but as mama always said, competition makes everything just a wee bit better.

Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N570 slips into refreshed HP Mini 110 and 210 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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