Archive | August, 2008

Short LG X110 hands-on video from IFA

Posted on 30 August 2008

The LG X110 is, in my opinion, another very stylish looking netbook. The only things that help it to stand out against other netbooks (other than its sleek looks) is integrated 3G and the 160GB HDD. If you feel the same way, you’ll appreciate this short hands-on from IFA which gives a quick harwdare tour of the device. [jkkmobile]

VAIO UX280 modded with U7600 Core 2 Duo

Posted on 30 August 2008

MicroPCTalk forum member Anh did some serious surgery on his UX280. Taking the unit apart, he de-soldered the factory U1200 Core Solo (1.2GHz), and soldered in a U7600 Core 2 Duo (1.2GHz) CPU. An impressive instillation in a machine that has so much hardware stuck in such a tiny footprint. Was it worth it? Take a look at the graph belo; the benchmark performance almost doubled in certain areas. The […]

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Ultra Mobile Podcast 19 – IFA day 1

Posted on 28 August 2008

JKK and I talk about the press day at IFA where the Fujitsu Amilo Mini and LG X110 Netbooks were launched. We also talk about the Samsung SSDs. The recording was made over Ustream which isn’t the best for audio quality but the MP3 is extracted and linked below. If you want to see the original, with video, it’s here. Direct playback and download: MP3, 21 Minutes Subscribe to the […]

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Fujitsu Amilo Mini reminds me of A Citroën

Posted on 28 August 2008

Yes, a strange statement to make but its exactly what I though if when I saw it. A design daring to be different but not really having any classic, timeless lines. The Amilo looks cool on first glance but I bet it looks, er, less cool in 12 months! Fashion aside though, the specs aren’t anything to moan about, apart from the slow-looking 60GB HDD perhaps. The Array mic will […]

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Gigabyte M912 screen tech. Latest info.

Posted on 28 August 2008

I know there are quite a few of you out there waiting for the M912 so rather than post this update in the forum, I thought I’d air the info here . If you’re waiting to push the button on an M912 but can’t decide what information is correct about the screens, here’s the latest word from Gigabyte. For M912V/X which is 1280×768, the LCD back light is using “Inverter […]

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3G Enabled X110 Netbook breaks into new price bracket.

Posted on 28 August 2008

Before I give you an update on some other netbook news happening this morning, allow me to highlight the LG X110 that has been given an outing in Berlin at the IFA today. Its all pretty standard HDD/XP Netbook stuff here with the exception of the built-in 3G module and the price. When the HTC Shift and Q1b came out in 2007, they were two of the cheapest 3G-enabled PCs […]

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33 Menlow MIDs. Not bad for your first year, Intel

Posted on 27 August 2008

…assuming they all reach the market of course! By my research and calculations I see 33 design wins for the Intel Menlow MID platform. We’ve seen a lot from the likes of Benq, Willcom and Gigabyte in the last 6 months but there are a number of MIDs out there that have been very quiet and aren’t in the database yet. Here’s a list with as much detail as I […]

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Albatron Tee – yet another Windows CE tablet

Posted on 27 August 2008

The device was apparently first announced at Computex. I don’t recall reading any news on it but it did make me laugh. Just look at the headline: Albatron’s “Tee PC” is all that you need with not an inch to spare As the article on HotHardware.com mentions, it comes out of the box with Windows CE 6.0 and everything you need preloaded: WordPad, MediaPlayer and Internet Explorer…right. The device has […]

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Samsung SSDs aiming for low cost PC market.

Posted on 27 August 2008

Forget the low cost PC market Samsung, there’s a million people out there that could benefit from a bit of SSD love on their daily compute. "We’ve refined our manufacturing techniques and redesigned our low-density SSDs to get what the @low-priced PC market is looking for in the way of improved cost" What I suspect is happening here is that Samsung have designed a product that can be made in […]

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Gigabyte’s Mobile TV netbook coming soon! M912V/X now shipping.

Posted on 26 August 2008

Now that I have your attention, take note that the M912V and M912X are now shipping. Mobilx have a quantity on 912V’s awaiting customs clearance and the X versions will leave Taiwan in a few days. Go get em! The pic comes direct from Nvision where The Tech Report got some hands on.  They seem to be impressed but question the battery life. Commenters there also question the price but […]

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Fancy pants, Orb announce products for Moblin MIDs

Posted on 26 August 2008

Last week I listed 10 important ISVs that are working with Intel on Moblin-based software. Gypsii, Move Networks, Fring and a bunch of others. Today, you can add two more to the list; FancyPants and Orb. FancyPants is a GUI development system. Announced in a press release that I missed last week you’ll see that they (that’s FST – Fluffy Spider Technologies) develop an API and software suite for implementing […]

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MSI Wind is (Probably) the best Netbook for you.

Posted on 25 August 2008

I think that completes my hands-on with almost every netbook out there (*1) and I’ve decided which one is the best for the average customer. Its the MSI Wind with XP and 80GB drive. Over the last week I used it (in Medion Akoya form) alongside a Kohjinsha SC3 costing twice as much and its been a superb portable all-rounder. So much so that on the third day of IDF, […]

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