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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Coolest Docking Station I've Ever Seen

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:33 PM

Yes, it's for Apple products, but I really admire the ingenuity of the approach - most docks are ugly, clumsy, and generally poorly designed. This is the first dock I've seen that has a real "Of course! That makes so much sense!" approach. About the only problem I foresee with this dock is that because it relies upon user-placed physical cables, if the placement is off by even 1mm, it may not dock properly - or, worse, you may damage the port on the product. Still, it's an innovative approach. I often bemoan the lack of choice in the Apple world, but products like this are only possible when companies standardize their product lines and don't change form-factors very often. Although at these prices, it wouldn't be onerous to buy a new dock every time you bought a new laptop. I wonder if these guys will ever come out with a dock for a Windows laptop?

I also really admire the videography on this video - the actor was wearing some sort of wearable camera it seems, and it makes for a really interesting video. Well done!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Macbooks Offer Battery Saving Advanced Tech

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...0hr-battery.ars

"But new processors aren't the only improvement; Apple has also seen fit to increase the base RAM configuration to 4GB on all models and bump the hard drive and SSD options. And Apple claims battery life has been improved, with some models now going as long as 10 hours without plugging in."

Some would say that the new Macbook and Macbook Pro line is only a marginal upgrade over what is currently offered, but I see two points about these new notebooks which I find exciting. First, there's the claim of a 10 hour battery life. Manufacturers often exagerate these claims, but if it is anywhere close to what Apple is boasting, I see this as a good thing. In recent memory, ASUS has also been working to offer several notebooks that host just as much battery life like the UL series. Having a laptop that can run a full workday without having the beep beep beep of a low battery is one of the holy grails of portable computing and it looks like they are getting close! Part of the reason for this is NVIDIA's Optimus chipset. Instead of suffering with vampires like a discreet chipset, notebooks can now use an integrated chipset when all you are doing is Facebook and Twitter, only kicking in the more powerful GPU when you need to do something like video rendering. A more complicated notebook, sure, but it means we can get the best of both worlds! Now if they can trim down LCD power usage, we might just see 16 hour battery ratings!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Spotlight Turns to Notebooks Part 1: The New MacBooks

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:27 PM

http://www.apple.com/macbook

"To build something truly different, you need to work in a truly different way. Apple designers and engineers work together through every stage of product development. It’s a partnership that makes innovation possible. And it’s exactly how the new MacBook was created. With its breakthrough unibody enclosure, industry-first features, and environmentally sound design, it’s a revolution in the way notebooks are made."

Apple made the first refresh of its consumer-level laptop line in over 2 years today with the launch of the new MacBook. It still has a 13.3" glossy display at 1280 x 800, BlueTooth, 802.11n wireless, and all the other features you've come to know and love, but they've done some interesting new stuff. Gone are the plastic enclosure (the mid-tier and high-tier MacBooks now rock an aluminum shell Apple is calling "Unibody"), the MiniDVI port (replaced with the new Mini Displayport connector) and Firewire 400. Making their debut are a new mobile chipset from NVIDIA which Apple claims is up to five times faster than the current Intel integrated graphics, and a very fast 1066MHz frontside bus. The new MacBooks will start at $1299 for a 2.0 Ghz Model with a 160GB HD and $1599 for a 2.4 Ghz model with a 250GB HD. The top tier model also includes a backlit keyboard for all your night-typing needs.

Worthy of note is that along with the new aluminum-bodied MacBooks, the 13.3" white model will stick around at $999 for those looking to do an Apple laptop on a budget.


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