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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The New Intel Z68 Chipset Reviewed

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

"Architecturally Intel's Z68 chipset is no different than the H67. It supports video output from any Sandy Bridge CPU and has the same number of USB, SATA and PCIe lanes. What the Z68 chipset adds however is full overclocking support for CPU, memory and integrated graphics giving you the choice to do pretty much anything you'd want."

Premium motherboards come with lots of nice bells and whistles. From overclocking (Overclocking is an OK feature now?) to hardware acceleration. I find Intel's Smart Response Technology interesting though, which sounds a lot like a souped up ReadyBoost. I also have to wonder whether someone who is interested in a high end motherboard such as this would be skimping on their storage options. I would most likely already be using a SSD as my system/application drive and use high capacity HDDs for media.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:47 PM

"This board from ASUS is a great all-round performer, compared to the P67 boards we have reviewed-space for tri-GPU setups, six fan headers with good OS fan controls, eight SATA ports, six with RAID 0/1/5/10, Intel gigabit Ethernet and it performs well in our benchmark suite."

AnandTech has posted their review of one of the first Z68 motherboards, the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO. This ASUS Z68 board can accept an i3, i5 or i7 Sandy Bridge processor. It has four 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots making the maximum amount of RAM possible 32GB. There are two USB 3.0 ports and has expansion slots that support ATI Crossfire and NIVIDIA SLI. The expected retail price is $210.00.

If you are in the market for a new motherboard and want to know if this board suits your needs, take a look at the in depth review at AnandTech.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

O!Play HD2 From Asus Launches This Week

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 PM

"It was back in March that we last heard about / saw ASUS's O!Play HD2, so it's totally understandable that you've completely forgotten about the sleek-looking multimedia server. But don't you worry, it's back now and ready to make sure you never forget that it is the "world's first USB 3.0 multimedia center." Launching this week in the UK for £109 and in the US on October 25 for $129.99, the O!Play HD2 is a lot like the previous O!Play Air HD with its streaming capabilities and 1080p support, but it's been updated with a USB 3.0 port for speedy HD movie transfers, a slot for a 3.5-inch hard drive, and an iPhone remote control. With support of tons of video / audio formats it'll probably be a solid alternative to the streaming-only boxes, but we'll wait on the reviews to make a call on that one. Hit that read more button for a full rundown of the specs and a flowery press release."

I think the one feature that makes this device interesting for me is the USB 3.0 support, which will certainly make transfering video and audio files fast. It seems to have the same features as most other media center devices out there such as supporting a huge range of media codecs, HDMI output, as well as the requisite flash card ports. At a price of £109 or $129.99 it's not badly priced and I look forward to seeing how this one fares in reviews.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Asus O!Play Air is for Play

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

"The O!Play includes many of the features we'd expect to find in a media player: support for HD resolutions, HDMI 1.3 with LPCM HD audio support and h.264/mkv playback. It's a small, fanless device with a smart looking design. However, when you pick it up, the design is let down by a greasy plastic outer surface."

The media player market is awfully crowded these days. It seems as if everyone wants a piece of the pie. ASUS made its entry earlier with the original O!Play, but has updated his player with a wireless version. While I think this is great from a convenience stand point, I always have concerns with wireless when it comes to data transfer sensitive applications like HD Movies. The O!Play Air seems to have quite a bit going for it, though there are a few dings listed in the review that would prevent me from picking one up. As the market matures, I begin to wonder if these standalone devices will be able to stand up against solutions from cable and satellite providers, or even more traditional solutions like Windows Media Center, or even iTunes with an iPod. Still, they are quite cheap, and could act as a bridge before someone is ready to take the leap into something more serious.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

ASUS Prepares To Release Dual Core Goodness

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:30 AM

"Today we got a first look at the Eee PC 1201N, which will sell for $499 with Windows 7 Premium. This 12.1-inch system looks a lot like a larger 1008HA, a design we like. It’s a sleek 1.3 inches thick, only 3.2 pounds, and sports the same dimpled trackpad as the 1008HA but the chiclet-style keyboard seen on the 1000HE."

With a 12.1 inch screen, I am not quite sure that I would consider this a netbook, but it certainly contains the guts of one. The big difference here, of course, is that this is the first ION based netbook that also offers a dual core CPU, namely the Atom 330. The 330 has be absent from netbooks probably because of battery life concerns, but that has not stopped ASUS from giving it a go, and I am anxious to see how this affects performance over anything else. With a listed battery life of 5 hours, it should also last long enough for the casual trip as well. Laptop Magazine only has a pre-production version right now, so a review is not available, but one should be forthcoming soon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ASUS G51J Provides Powerful Gaming On The Go

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 AM

"One of the companies that is looking to serve up a number of new Win7-based rigs is Asus, and without a doubt they have assembled an interesting and compelling offering in their G51J-A1 notebook. Hitting the sweet spot between the average-sized 15" machine and the full-on desktop replacement, the refreshed G51 maintains the 15" form factor yet packs enough horsepower to plow through even the latest game titles."

It was no surprise when some manufacturers started coming out with Core i7 laptops. What is nice about the latest one from ASUS is that they squeezed it into a 15.6" screen sized format, instead of the 17"+ behemoths. Some compromises were made, but at 7.2 pounds, it no longer feels like you're carrying half the internets with you. HotHardware doles out the details on this aspiring gaming rig, and they like what they see with only a few reservations. I for one think that it all might be worth it just to see eight logical processors listed on a laptop this size!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Asus Netbook and Laptops

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"We've got the skinny on ASUS's latest North American foray, with the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, UX50 and U80V "thin and light" all vying for your slice of the stimulus this summer. The quite familiar (by now) 1008HA will be retailing for $429, featuring 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, a new thin form factor and six hours of battery (thanks to the Super Hybrid Engine) to set it slightly apart from the netbook competition."

If Apple ever came out with a traditional netbook, I'd expect it to look a lot like this. If you like the whole thin and light thing, but want more of a traditional laptop, check out the U80V at $899 or the UX50 for $1,199.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Asus Eee PC 1000HE is a Great Value

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

"I’ve previously called the Asus 1000HE netbook one of the best values in the netbook market in terms of bang per buck but I had to try it out myself to see if it actually lives up to my expectations. I’ve now had the opportunity to live with the Asus 1000HE for about a month and I’ve performed a good deal of testing on it to see how it performs in common tasks that one would expect a netbook to perform. For a typical street price of $375 to $399, the Asus 1000HE netbook simply can’t be beat in terms of value. It is one of the best netbooks on the market at any price. The netbook is a bit bulky compared to other 8.9″ netbooks with 3-cell batteries but you don’t need to carry your charger with you and the bigger size screen and track pad is a welcome change in netbook design. You can’t put it in a large coat pocket like the Sony Vaio P but the Vaio costs $900+ and has horrible battery life and a tiny display. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced 10″ netbook with a great looking non-glare display and all-day battery life, the 1000HE is for you."

We've got the 1000HA which is the slightly slower predecessor to this model. It is my wife's primary machine and she has been very happy with it. If you hate the glare from the glossy screens on most netbooks, you'll be very pleased with this model.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Battle of the A's, The Same But Different

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"Now the Dell Adamo joins the stable of conspicuously consumed luxury laptops. The Adamo soars along with Apple's Air in the rarefied pricing altitudes of $1,799 to $2,699. At the other extreme are Asus and Acer, down-to-earth working-class designs which offer portability for a lot less. Though both companies offer expensive laptops too, they have gained prominence with their inexpensive Netbooks: the Eee PC and Aspire One, respectively. These typically fall into the sub-$500 range."

From a straight specs comparison, all four offerings have a lot in common. It is the less tangible that makes the difference in price. I don't see much difference here than in other product lines. Kind of like the difference between a Honda and a BMW. At some level, they are very similar well-made products, but there is an obvious difference in style that is worth a premium to a segment of the population.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Less Storage Options on Future Eee's

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"Asus plans to offer fewer storage options for users of its Eee PC netbook range, a company representative said on Monday. The manufacturer's spokesperson told ZDNet UK that, while Eee PC models are currently available in each country with a choice of hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD), the company will from August offer only one version per model in any given country."

I don't think this is a big surprise given the level to which the netbook market has gone mainstream. I know a number of netbook owners who had no idea whether they had a HDD or SSD. I enlightened them after they commented how they liked their netbook except for the really small disk drive (which was SSD of course). My first netbook had an SSD but our two current ones both have HDD, and frankly I prefer more space (surprise, surprise). Given the costs differences, this is the exact reason I see a move to HDD's for netbooks targeted at mainstream users.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Asus Eee 1002HA Reviewed

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

"The EEE 1002HA is a great machine which takes the all the positives of the EEE S101 and EEE 1000H. The ASUS took the challenge to produce a regular HDD-based EEE with the slim looks of S101. Are we happy with the final outcome? Yes! The 1002HA is great in performance and brings seriously professional looks. On the battery life front, it may not break and records, but with careful usage, you should easily get 3.5 hours+ of battery life."

This looks like a great machine, I am curious why they didn't go with the 6 cell battery that was present on the 1000HA. Probably a matter of form factor and it is nice to have choices.

Tags: asus, netbook

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Eee Keyboard in the Flesh

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 PM

"The 5-inch, 800 x 480 touchpad was looking mighty fine, and the Atom N270 within seemed plenty powerful. It's a touch hard to believe that ASUS was able to shove a 16GB SSD, 1GB of RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth modules, VGA / HDMI ouputs and a few USB 2.0 ports within a slim, elegant keyboard, but somehow or another it did."

Pretty cool. Reminisent of really old school computers, like the Commodore 64. Of course they didn't sport a built in touch screen!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Is the Asus Eee 1002HA a Step Backwards?

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

"We dig the Eee 1002HA’s newfound sense of style, more comfortable keyboard, great battery life (for a two-cell), and kick-ass Photoshop scores. We still think the Acer Aspire One is a cheapskate’s best friend and the HP Mini 1000’s keyboard is beyond compare, but we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this Eee to anyone who wants a hard-working, long-lasting netbook."

While I agree that the 1002 HA is a nice improvement over the 901 that they had previously reviewed, I think they missed out by a more direct comparison to its more direct predecessor, the 1000 HA. From that angle, I see this as a step backwards as the 1000 HA is available for about $75 less, has similar specs (except the Bluetooth), and a much better battery.

Tags: asus, netbook, eee, 1002, 1000, 901

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