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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dell Unleashing New Netbooks in January 2010

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

"Dell's hot-selling Inspiron Mini 10 netbook is getting better with a fresh new look and longer battery life to go along with technology enhancements and easy connectivity capabilities that make it a fashionable and functional must-have for on-the-go people. Updates to the Mini 10 include optional high definition entertainment bundles that deliver rich, smooth playback of streaming HD video in addition to Web surfing, email, listening to music and sharing user-generated content in real time. Dell expects the redesigned Inspiron Mini 10 to be available the first part of January 2010."

My first thought? I sure hope those aren't the only colours - I'd pick white over any of those neon colours. Bleh. Are neon colours really mass-market appealing? Beyond that though, this is lookin' pretty good! The Inspiron Mini 10 will feature the new Intel "Pinetrail" Atom CPU, still chugging along at 1.6Ghz but now with reduced power consumption, the Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, an optional 1366 x 768 display, Windows 7 Starter, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB or 250 GB hard drive, optional WWAN, optional GPS, optional TV Tuner, and best of all, the new case can apparently accommodate a 6-cell battery without it humping out the back. Does 9.5 hours of battery life sound good to you? Hell yeah it does! Prices will start at $299. I'll be the first in line to order one...if only to find out if Dell improved that nasty trackpad from the last generation. I sure hope they did. The full press release is after the break. Read more...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

HP Mini 210 Coming Soon...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:30 PM

"We've known HP's Mini 210 netbook has been coming for a while now, but today brings a lot of details and a batch of exclusive photos found by yours truly. This new netbook will be the replacement for HP's existing Mini 110 and, as we learned a few days ago, will be powered by Intel's new PineTrail platform. PineTrail is the codename for Intel's updated Atom platform and will bring decent power consumption improvements, although performance is expected to stay largely the same."

The rumoured specs for the HP Mini 210 seem to be pretty close to the 110: 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB or 250 GB hard drive, Windows 7 Starter Edition, 3 or 6-cell battery, and 802.11b/g or b/g/n WiFi. I'd presume that the screen size would stay at 10.1 inches - but hopefully offer the 1366 x 768 screen resolution. I'm digging the red and blue colours - they seem to lack the pattern that comes on the silver and black-lid versions. The pattern is less feminine than previous ones though, so that's a step in the right direction...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

MSI Wind U135 Gets a Hands-On From Engadget

Posted by Josh Sorenson in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

"You didn't expect it to rain Pine Trail netbooks without MSI dropping a new Wind, did you? Come January the $330 10-inch Wind U135 will replace the older Diamondville U100 with its new 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, Windows 7 Starter and a six-cell battery. But the U135 gets updated with more than just new netbook specs -- the Taiwanese netbook pioneer has slightly tweaked the chassis with a new keyboard, touchpad and lid design. Read on for our thoughts."

MSI is a top brand when it comes to netbooks, this one is no exception. This 10" model is going to go up for sale in January for $330. That isn't a bad price in my mind for what you get. I love the way the keyboard is laid out on the computer. The netbook itself looks rather pleasing to the eye, but I'll be keeping my Dell mini 9 around a bit longer. Other netbooks besides this one are going to be detailed this next year at CES. Though, until somebody comes out with another sub $250 netbook, I won't be in the market for one again.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Broadcom's Crystal HD Helps out Intel's N450 Chipset

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:30 AM

"NVIDIA's Ion technology may be hogging the limelight when it comes to netbook graphics, but Broadcom's no stranger to the space. After giving Acer's Aspire One HD playback capabilities that it could only dream of just months prior, the company's newly announced Crystal HD platform could provide Intel's Atom N450 with the multimedia boost it badly needs."

Intel's Atom 450 chipset doesn't do squat for HD video playback - I guess Intel hasn't gotten the memo that this HD thing is kind of big - but Broadcom's Crystal HD chip will give any Intel 450-based system the ability to play back 1080p content, including acceleration of the Flash 10.1 player. This is a chip we'll supposedly see in netbooks from Samsung, Dell, and Asus. I suspect HP will be on that list too, as the HP Mini 110 can be purchased with an earlier version of the Broadcom chip. HP has a $30 up-charge for the current Broadcom chip, so as long as the new chip is in that range, I can see consumers going for netbooks that can handle 1080p videos.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Make Your Netbook A Bit Touchy

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"If the buzz is to be believed, 2010 will be the year of the touchscreen tablet PC, with multiple major manufacturers lining up products that they claim will give us a carry-anywhere way to read e-books, watch movies and surf the Web. And while I suppose I could just buy one of these machines, I thought it’d be more fun to make my own touchscreen PC out of last year’s “it” computer: the lowly netbook."

Netbooks have been 2009's hot product, but one thing they have been lacking are touchscreen capabilities. Touchscreen tablets have been rumored for quite some time with some buried in mystery like the mythical Apple Tablet and others steeped in drama, such as the CrunchPad turned Joo Joo. Fortunately, you do not have to wait for these anymore, since with a low cost upgrade and a few hours of work, you can easily turn your existing netbook into a touch friendly computer. Popular Mechanics shows you how, but one thing I would warn you about before joining the touch revolution is that at least with most current netbooks, they are far from touch optimized. So consider adding touch as a fun weekend project, not as a way to revolutionize the way you'll use your computer, because right now, the way the interfaces are, it definitely will not.

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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AT&T and Samsung Partner Up with the Go

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

"Samsung today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Go™, a compact and lightweight netbook with instant access to broadband speeds powered by the nation’s fastest 3G network and the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition operating system. The Go will be available beginning Nov. 22 through AT&T retail locations or online at for $199 after a mail-in rebate and with the purchase of a 2-year AT&T DataConnect service agreement, with pricing starting at $35 per month."

Not clear which OS this actually comes with, the press release indicates Windows 7 Starter, but the specs indicate Windows XP, neither of which is impressive. Plus the $199 subsidized price hardly seems like a deal, given that most of the features are from last year's netbooks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Do Not Read This Post, Do Not Enter This Contest

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

"Want a cool new NVIDIA® ION™-powered netbook? NVIDIA has custom designed and upgraded 12 HP Mini 311 ION-powered netbooks and bundled them with awesome games, cool apps, movies, and more! These are EXTREMELY LIMITED, one of a kind netbook bundles worth over $1500 each. But you can’t buy one of these – you have to WIN one! Be one of only 12 possible winners to get this incredible prize, available only from NVIDIA."

OK, since I can only win once, you are allowed to enter since there are 11 others. This is one seriously awesome netbook. It even comes with an external Blu-ray drive and has the horsepower to support high-def output.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Behold the HP Mini 311! Powerhouse Netbook!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:30 AM

"When is a netbook not a netbook? PC makers have been looking to expand the definition of these systems by outfitting them with larger screens and bigger batteries, but one constant has remained: a low-powered processor that limits their use to surfing the Web, checking e-mail, editing documents, and watching standard-def video."

Laptop Magazine is one of the first publications to get a review of the eagerly anticipated HP Mini 311 out of the gate. The HP Mini represents one of the first NVidia ION powered netbooks to come to market. The review covers all the details you need to know about the sweet little device, and yes, it plays games faster than in slide show mode, and yes, it is capable of 1080p video, provided you are playing back something that is GPU accelerated (Flash 10.1 cannot come early enough!) and yes, it can even do video editing at a reasonable speed. Unfortunately, I see two things that could potentially make the Mini 311 less attractive. First, with a 11.6" screen, the Mini 311 comes dangerously close to entering the notebook market. This is probably on purpose though, since people are finding lilliputian screens hard to watch for an extended period of time. Second, why, oh why does it have a single core CPU? Still, at a launch price of $399, it is really hard to knock this beauty and it will probably find its way into many homes soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Nvidia's Tegra Based Netbook

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

""This is what we think a netbook should be," says Bill Henry. As the general manager of Nvidia's Mobile Internet Products (hint: driven by the Tegra chip), he's supposed to say stuff like that. So I roll my eyes a little. But after seeing a late prototype that's nearly ready for market and getting a little hands-on time with the Mobinnova N910, I'm inclined to agree."

What's not to like. Streaming HD...Check. Small size and weight...Check. Great battery life...Check. Low price...check. Plus, with the battery and rear ports are articulated, which is a new twist, that actually appears useful. That just leaves the question as to whether the release model will be as cool.

Monday, September 14, 2009

HP Unveils the new Vivienne Tam Mini...Sort Of

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:02 PM

"Chic and uber cool - that's the new digital clutch by the world-renowned designer Vivienne Tam and HP. Inspired by the classic Chinese love story concerto 'Butterfly Lover', often described as the Chinese version of 'Romeo and Juliet', the design features elegant butterflies that are brought to life on a champagne gold backdrop."

There's not much more to know about this beyond the design, and, according to Techtree, the screen size is moving up from 10.1 inches to 11.6 inches. It's not coming out until spring of 2010, which seems like a long wait, so we'll have to see what kind of specs it has. This very likely means that the next generation of HP Mini will also move up into the 11.6 inch screen range. I don't know if that move makes sense - the 10 inch screen on a netbook is the perfect blend of size and readability, and when I look at the 12 inch screen on the dv2 I see it as a laptop that's not that much smaller than the my XPS M1330. Although maybe this means the Vivienne Tam computer won't be a netbook at all - maybe it will be part of a new line of Windows 7-based notebook computers. Want to see more? Lots more pics at the HP Flickr page.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Snag a Samsung External CD/DVD Burner for Only $48.99

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

Sure, you could screw around with trying to make your USB flash drive act like a CD drive, but for $49, is it really worth the hassle? NewEgg has this Samsung drive that supports a dizzying array of formats (8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM), and is completely USB-powered (it needs two USB ports to power it if you want to burn a DVD). I have the black version of this drive, and it's fantastic. I've even used it with a desktop computer when I've needed to do direct CD to CD duplication.

Nokia Booklet 3G Boasts 12 Hours of Battery Life

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

"Nokia has just announced that the Nokia Booklet 3G will ship with Windows 7. The Nokia Booklet 3G comes with built in A-GPS functionality. Because of this, it can take advantage of the Windows Sensor and Location Platform which means your PC and programs can know where they are for "location aware" computing. With built in 3G/HSPA capabilities, it will also utilize Windows 7's mobile broadband enhancements. The Nokia Booklet 3G + Windows 7 is an exciting combination!"

Chris posted about the Nokia Booklet 3G recently, but today after reading Brandon's post I'm more interested than before. Why? Six reasons: 12 hour battery life (16 cell, 56.8 Wh, Li-Ion prismatic, removable design), a single piece of machined aluminum for the body, running Windows 7, no fans, glass screen, and an HDMI port. The full specs are here. It doesn't bother me that it's going to be more expensive than most other netbooks - it this thing measures up to the specs on paper, I might pick one up.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nokia Wants a Piece of the Netbook Pie

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

"At first glance, the Booklet 3G looks like your typical netbook with an Intel Atom processor. But the machine has a few tricks up its sleeve. First, it packs an HSPA 3G modem in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth. Nokia claims that it gets up to 12 hours of battery life. And the Booklet 3G also includes an HDMI output and a 10 inch, “HD ready” display."

Nokia has announced their take the the netbook, the Booklet 3G. Most of the specifications seem pretty similar to most other netbooks, with a 10 inch display, WiFi, Bluetooth and Atom CPU. There are some notable boosts like a built in 3G modem, 12 hours of battery life and its claim of an "HD Ready" display. Still, rumours are flying around that they intend on pricing it at $799 without a contract, which definitely sets this netbook apart. Being Nokia, its likely that the great push will come from mobile operators, however, at the rumoured price, I'm not sure why I would favour the Booklet 3G over a different netbook with a 3G USB stick, and the 3G stick would even let me use my 3G data plan on other laptops as needed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dell Mini 9 Reborn as Vostro A90?

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

"For the on-the-go professional or frequent business traveler, the Vostro A90 is the ideal mobile business Internet companion that will keep you moving and connected to your business. Discover the advantages yourself: Lightweight (only 1.07 kg/2.36 lbs), ultra compact design will keep you highly mobile, Easy to purchase, setup and maintain, and Backed by Dell’s worry-free services and support designed for small business."

This appears to be the discontinued Dell Mini 9 re-branded for the business set. I personally love the 9 inch form factor, but I'm wondering if the screen isn't just a hair too small for most business types. It remains to be seen if this model retains the desirability as a perfect Hackintosh. We shall just have to wait and see.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The HP Mini 110: A Refined Netbook

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

This is an review video of the HP Mini 110 XP Edition [Affiliate], a follow-up video to my unboxing and first impressions video. This netbook is a second-generation unit, following on the heels of the HP Mini 1000 released in 2008. The HP Mini 110 that I'm looking at features a 1.6 Ghz Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (easily upgradeable to 2 GB), a 160 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, integrated 802.11b/g WiFI, and a 10.1 inch LED Anti-glare (matte) 16:9 aspect-ratio wide screen at 1024 x 576 resolution, driven by an Intel GMA950 graphics processor. It's running Windows XP SP3.

There's a webcam of unknown resolution (likely VGA), and the finish is "Black Swirl". "White Swirl" and "Pink Swirl" are also available. There is no CD/DVD drive, and the version I'm looking at has a 3 cell battery. Read more...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

HP Mini 110 Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:30 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the HP Mini 110 XP Edition [Affiliate], running Windows XP SP3. This netbook is a second-generation unit, following on the heels of the HP Mini 1000 released in 2008. The HP Mini 110 that I'm looking at features a 1.6 Ghz Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), a 160 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, integrated 802.11b/g WiFi (but no Bluetooth), and a 10.1 inch LED Anti-glare (matte) 16:9 aspect-ratio wide-screen at 1024 x 576 resolution, driven by an Intel GMA950 graphics processor.

There's a webcam of unknown resolution (likely VGA), and the finish is "Black Swirl". "White Swirl" and "Pink Swirl" are also available. There is no CD/DVD drive, and the version I'm looking at has a 3 cell battery. Prices start at $329 USD from Read more...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thank You UPS! It's Netbook/Laptop Day

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:30 PM

On top we have the HP Mini 110, and on the bottom we have a Dell Adamo - both delivered by UPS today. I think I'm more excited about the HP Mini 110 (known as the Mini 1100 in Canada) to be honest, because I'm a big fan of the HP Mini 1000 and this is supposed to be a refind version of that. The Dell Adamo is going to look great, but given the hardware specs it has, I'm not sure how well it's going to perform. I guess we'll see!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dell Wireless 700 Adds GPS to Dell Mini Netbooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:35 AM

"Dell introduced Dell Wireless 700, an option that adds location awareness to the Dell Mini 10 netbook. With the $69 upgrade, users will be able to get turn-by-turn directions and use location-based services. I sat down with Hari Ganti and Alan Sicher for a demo of the GPS-enabled Dell Mini 10. Dell has partnered with Skyhook so that users' locations are accurate even when a GPS signal is not available."

Do you have a Dell Mini 10? Want to make it GPS-enabled? Then you'll be interested in the Dell Wireless 700 - head on over to to check out two videos on this add-on and how it works.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Acer Aspire One for $199 from Expansys

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:04 PM

This is a bit off topic for some sites in our network, but a good deal is a good deal: our hardware affiliate partner Expansys is selling the Linux-based version of the Acer Aspire One for $199, which is an excellent deal. This version of the Aspire One has an 8.9 inch screen, 1 GB of RAM, a 120 GB hard drive, and uses the 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom CPU. Combine that netbook with a $49 copy of Windows 7, and you've got yourself a nice little piece of mobile computing technology (just be sure to also have an external USB-based optical drive). I haven't installed Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire One, but I suspect it would work just fine - Windows 7 identified all the important hardware on my MSI Wind and HP Mini 1000 netbooks without a problem. At the time of this writing, Expansys only has 58 left in stock, so don't delay.

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