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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Acer's 4.8-inch "Nameless" Smartphone (Tablet)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android News" @ 12:00 AM

"Acer may be calling this "100 percent smartphone. 100 percent tablet," but something just doesn't add up there. That being said, we have to agree that a 1024x480 screen resolution on a 4.8-inch smartphone is downright drool-worthy. Clocking in at just a smidgen smaller than Dell's Streak, this here phone (no finalized name has been bestowed quite yet) was just revealed at Acer's Global press event in New York City."

Slightly smaller than the Dell Streak, Acer's newest curved-back Android offering sports a full metal body, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 2mp front-facing camera, 8mp rear camera with LED flash, 720p video recording, and an odd 21:9 aspect ratio. No information on phone capabilities, and no pricing information, but availability is listed at April 2011 - everywhere. Interested?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Attack of the 10 inch Netbooks!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM,2751.html

"Mobile systems have long been on our to-do-list. These days, nearly everyone has a notebook. However, picking the right notebook isn't like choosing a CPU, graphic card, or memory kit, where you can just simply swap out one piece for better performance. While there are those rare few who upgrade, the options are still limited (hard drive and memory). For the braver few, a mobile processor might be on the menu."

According to the media, there may not be many of you left who want in on the netbook fad, but Tom's Hardware has put up a good review of a whole collection of current generation 10" notebooks. 10 inches seems to be the sweet spot for these mobile warriors with just enough screen real estate to get some light browsing done, but not too big or expensive to creep into notebook territory. The newest batch seems capable of some decent video playback, you still should not expect a seamless HD watching experience. The biggest problem may be that anyone who wants a netbook may already have one, and while the new models are shiny, they fail to compell customers to think that their old mobile companion is worth letting go.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Dual (15-Inch) Screen Notebook from Acer in 2011?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Acer Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:00 PM

"In what appears to be the latest craze, next to tablets of course, it looks like Acer is working on a dual screen notebook, similar to the Toshiba Libretto W100. Similar but different that is. The leaked dual screen notebook from Acer adds larger screens and a much more powerful processor - as well as a bit of heft."

Definitely an unconfirmed rumour (with a dodgy picture) at this point, Acer's dual-screen notebook may have two 15-inch screens, may be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, and may appear late in 2011. I'd imagine that this prototype, if it really exists, will need some major work to see the light of day. Battery life? 30 minutes? Fun to speculate though!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Acer Aspire 5745PG Offers Well Rounded Goodness

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:00 AM

"The new Acer Aspire 5745PG notebook is a sleek and sexy looking notebook on the outside, but like so many things in life it’s wahts on the inside that really counts. In this case it’s not just the Intel Core i5 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1GB RAM and CUDA — it’s a multitouch screen."

It looks like Acer is offering a laptop that has just about everything a typical user could want. A competent CPU, a decent discrete GPU and a multi-touch screen. is promising a full review soon though some details are missing. Having an NVIDIA GPU, it makes me wonder if the laptop is of the Optimus variety and there's no word on whether the touchpad is multi-touch as well. I do have to wonder about this craze for 1366x768 screens though. It seems as if every manufacturer and their mother have decided that that is the optimum resolution for anything with 12" to 16" display. For smaller displays, I can understand, but when you have something as spacious as a 16" screen, would it not make more sense to pack a few more pixels? Maybe I am just picky and want to pack too much information on my screen at once.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Acer 8943G Aspires To Greatness

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Acer Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:30 PM

"If you're in the market for a notebook that does double duty as a full-fledged entertainment center, then take a good look at Acer's new Aspire 8943G, but don't buy it just yet."

In the entertainment center class of laptops, the Acer 8943G is rated as a bargain at $1,599, but Laptop warns about serious wifi connectivity problems (Acer says that a fix is forthcoming). With an 1.6-GHz Intel Core i7-720QM, an 18.4-inch screen, weighing-in at 8.4-pounds, Dolby sound, and 8GB of RAM standard, this is a well-equipped laptop. Stylish but with a few quirks, this systems rates a bit above average in performance, a bit below average in file transfer speed, below average in boot time, above average in graphics performance. While this is not a gaming laptop, it did score above average on Far Cry 2 and World of Warcraft. Battery life is slightly under 3 hours, but this isn't a machine that's meant to run off the battery. Aside from the wireless issue, this is a decent performing laptop that compares well to the less-attractive Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q890 ($1899).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dual-boot Windows 7 / Android AOD255 Netbook from Acer

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Acer Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:00 PM

"Acer's latest crack at combining Google's Android mobile software and Microsoft's Windows XP OS in the same netbook was unveiled at a computer show in Taipei on Thursday."

Details are a bit sketchy at this point, but Acer has unveiled the AOD255 netbook in Taipei, with their own configuration management software (Acer Configuration Manager for Android) allowing a quick boot into Android, or a 'regular' boot into Windows XP. Interesting that Linux QuickBoot systems are being started to be replaced by Android.

The device sports an Intel Atom N450, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 10.1-inch screen, a 160GB hard disk, and a 3-cell battery (a 6-cell upgraded battery will set you back $95). Basic price is expected to be around $375 and availability is yet to be determined.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Laptops That Sip the Juice

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:00 AM

"When it comes to battery life, you can’t just trust manufacturers’ lofty claims. That’s why we test the endurance of every notebook we review with a script that surfs the web continuously over Wi-Fi until the battery is completely drained. These five notebooks, ranging in size from 10 inches to 15 inches, each earned close to or greater than 8 hours of juice on a single charge. One lasted more than 10. With that much gas in the tank, you won’t have to refuel for a full work day, maybe even longer. Have fun leaving that power cord at home."

My wife's Asus will eek out 6 or 7 hours, so she'll often forgo the power adapter for a trip of just a few days. If you are tired of always being tied down to a wall outlet, you may want to check out the full review and especially the HP Mini 5102 which gets and impressive 10.1 hours of web surfing on a single charge. Lenovo, Acer, and 2 Mac's round out their top 5.

Tags: hardware, hp, acer, lenovo

Friday, July 9, 2010

Acer TimelineX 4820T: A Perfect Ultrathin Laptop?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Acer Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:00 PM

"Pulling the 14-inch Acer TimelineX 4820T from its box, one thing went through our mind: this could be the perfect thin and light laptop. The $717 system is about an inch thick, weighs only 4.7 pounds, and still has an onboard DVD drive. And unlike the past Acer Timelines and their sissy ULV processors, it has a standard voltage Core i3-350M CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive."

With very impressive out-of-the-box specs, design and build compromises impact the overall rating of the TimeLineX 4820T. While the Core i3-350M processor is a screamer, making this system a possible choice for everyday use, the chiclet keyboard leaves something to be desired, exhibiting a great amount of flex and squeak when typing. Less than perfect keyboard = probably not an all-day machine. And, the LCD display, at a glossy 1366x768 resolution, has some problems with viewing angles outside of direct head-on. Battery life is excellent, with over five (5) hours of usage in Engadget's battery rundown video testing. So, the bottom line is that this is a very good laptop for $717 ($799 with ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics), but as for approaching perfection in an ultrathin laptop, Acer is not quite there yet.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

First Acer Aspire One to Sport Intel Atom N550

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

"This is an update to the AOD260 (yes) which adds a new processor configuration and new colors, but drops the chrome elements and the glass splitter like "flake" design. Otherwise it's exactly the same."

Too bad they couldn't reduce the size of that massive logo on the lid while they were at it. If you use multi-threaded applications that can take advantage of a dual core processor, then you'll certainly see an advantage with a dual core netbook; otherwise, since the individual cores are slower, you may actually see a performance drop with this upgrade.

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