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Thursday, September 2, 2010

ASUS 1215N Pushes The Limits Of Portable Computing

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 09:00 AM

"The ASUS Eee PC 1215N comes the closest yet to that ideal of a sub-$500 machine that performs like systems that cost more--yet lasts even longer on a charge. That's because it's packed with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia's Optimus graphics-switching technology. Not only that, the 1215N features an improved design that makes it more comfortable to use for extended periods of time."

At 12 inches, the 1215N straddles the fence between being a netbook and a notebook. While Intel has recently released a dual-core Atom CPU specifically for netbooks, the 1215N sports a dual-core Atom that is designed for nettops or low end desktops. The result is a notebook that offers the best of both worlds at a competitive price. I just hope this is the first of many notebooks that offer this kind of configuration. These 16" and 17" laptops that weight half as much as a Hummer are becoming a strain on my shoulders. Is anyone else hoping to get this soon?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Need Help Choosing a Light, Powerful But Efficient Laptop on a Student Budget?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:30 PM

"You ask for advice, and Help Me, LAPTOP responds. In this post, we're helping David W. find a student notebook that's powerful enough for his classwork, but portable enough to carry around campus or take backpacking between semesters."

Laptop Magazine offers advice (via a helpme email address) on choosing a light, powerful laptop that can be carried easily on campus, offers at least four hours of battery use, and can be used as needing during travel - and all on a student's budget. Several choices were offered, including the 14-inch HP dm4 at 4.4-pounds and $699 with a 6-cell battery lasting almost five hours; the 13-inch ASUS U30Jc-1A at 4.8-pounds and $899 with a battery life of about seven hours (plus an outstanding warranty); and the HP 13.3-inch ProBook 5310m at 3.8-pounds ranging from $699 to $999 depending on options, with a 4-cell battery lasting over five and one half hours. All-in-all, some great choices offered, at prices that a student can afford!

Tags: hardware, hp, asus

Friday, August 13, 2010

Asustek Readying Several (Android and Windows) Tablets

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 08:30 AM

"Asustek Computer plans to launch its first tablet device with Google's Android mobile operating system in March, the company's CEO said Friday. The Android tablet will be the third in the Eee Pad family and will cost less than US$399, said Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek, speaking to reporters after the company's second quarter earnings conference.

"Asustek will launch its first tablet device in December or January, a 12-inch touchscreen tablet that will cost around US$1,000, Shen said. What makes the device more expensive than, say, the iPad, is that it comes with a docking station that transforms it into a laptop computer ... The device, officially called the Eee Pad EP121, has Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor inside."

The competition is heating up! Of particular interest to business users may be Windows versions that may allow "enterprise-class" applications. Also mentioned is a version with a 10-inch screen that runs Windows Embedded Compact 7 software, that ships without a docking station and should be priced between $399 and $499. Of course, a lot may change in the upcoming months, but the future looks bright for tablets!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

ASUS U33Jc-A1: Not Bad for Bamboo!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 09:30 PM

"Pandas, East Asia, wood. Nope, 'laptop' hasn't ever been on the list of words we typically associate with 'bamboo,' but ASUS sure has us willing to tack it on with the introduction of its U Bamboo Series. The company's newest 13-inch U33Jc is covered in one of the most durable and recyclable materials on earth, and its internals are made of equally strong parts."

When I think of laptop construction material, I generally don't think of bamboo. ASUS has made this strong, performing laptop with the lid and the palm rest made of real bamboo. Take that, competitors, with your all-plastic construction! This strong 4.5-pound performer looks good, and with chrome accents and wood it resembles a fine piece of furniture. Unfortunately, the plastic chiclet (island) keyboard is only an adequate performer. No backlighting.

On the performance side: excellent graphics performance except with 3D games, pretty fast, but reports say that the processor is underclocked, and that slower memory is used than in its predecessor, the U30jc. Battery life, at five hours (6:47 in Laptop's Battery Rundown Test), is very good, and Intel's WiDi (wireless display) technology is onboard, allowing (with the addition of a $99 NetGear Net2TV adapter) content to be beamed to a flat screen TV. WiDi is not recommended for gaming or using as an second monitor, as there is a measurable (3 second) lag as content is moved. ExpressGate Cloud instant-on OS is present, and accessed by a button press, but this version is slower than previous versions. All in all, a top performer for $999.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

ASUS UL30Vt-A1 Thin, Light, and Long Lasting

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 05:00 AM

"Typically, if you’re getting massive battery life it’s at the sake of power (think netbooks – they get great battery life, but they’re not nearly as powerful as a “traditional” laptop.) That’s not the case for the Ul30vt. Under the hood is a Core2Duo ULV processor (an SU7300), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a huge 500GB HDD. The UL30vt also features switchable graphics which goes a long way towards optimizing for peak performance or stretching battery life."

This looks like a nice balance that could be a nice fit for a lot of people. Power and a bigger screen like a laptop. Lacks an optical drive, great battery life, and thin and light like a netbook. Available in screen sizes from 12 to 15 inches to fit your particular preference.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Thick and Thin: ASUS Netbooks EeePC 1015PE and 1018P

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

"You'd think after running into ASUS's next generation Eee PC 1018P and 1015PE over five months ago at CeBIT, our excitement may have waned for the stylish netbooks. Oh, but it's actually the opposite, and when the brand new netbooks arrived last week, we grabbed the X-Acto knife (safely, of course) and eagerly unboxed them to see if the aluminum clad little laptops were as svelte as we'd remembered them."

ASUS has been very successful with their netbooks, and this duo will probably continue the trend. Pretty standard components for this class of computer, some slight differences, and the two models went back and forth in the 'which model is better' tests. It seems to me that the whole netbook genre is getting a bit stale, and, frankly, ASUS has (and has had) so many of them that it's difficult to keep track of them all. These two add aluminum-cladding, slide covers over the videocam, high quality fit and finish, attractive design, but otherwise don't offer much to set them apart from other netbooks in the $350 price range.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ASUS EeePad 101TC Tablet To Run Android, Not Windows

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 04:00 PM

"In another ding against Windows 7‘s ability to play ball in the tablet arena, the ASUS Eee Pad 101TC, an iPad-league device slated to run a scaled down version of Windows called Embedded Compact 7, will now land on the streets with an Android operating system instead."

Seems like Windows Embedded Compact 7 needs more horsepower than currently available in this generation of tablets (Intel Atom) so Android seems to be the choice for this and other devices competing with the iPad. Using Android should also lower the price a bit, in May 2010 the expected price was 'under $500' with Windows EC7. Shipping is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2011.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Asus U43 Bamboo Series Laptops

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 07:30 PM

"Asus have just released some of the most unique looking laptops you will ever see, with more of their acclaimed Bamboo series. The Asus U43F-BBA5 and Asus U43JC-BBA7 are two members of the growing Bamboo series, which was first realised a couple of years ago and is still being extended in 2010."

image source: Asus

Can a laptop be too retro? Asus' newly refreshed Bamboo series offers two new versions that may (or may not) resonate with North American buyers. Processors offered include a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, and an option for TurboBoost, along with Intel Integrated Graphics on the U43F-BBA5, or Nvidia GeForce 310M 1GB with Optimus technology and integrated Intel GPU.

Some software differences exist between the two models, but similarities include: a 14-inch LED display at 1366x768 resolution; 320GB/500GB SATA HD; 4GB DDR3 RAM; webcam; 802.11b/g/n; an 8-cell battery with "Super Hybrid Engine" technology estimated to provide about five (5) hours ten (10) minutes usage; the usual complement of ports; dual layer optical drive; and Windows 7 Premium 64-bit. Unfortunately there does not appear to be an option for keyboard backlighting.

These 1.25-inch thick, 5.1-pound laptops are available online from Best Buy in North America (but currently on backorder) for $949 and $999 respectively.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1215N Netbook for Power Users

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 02:00 PM

"The phrase "netbook powerhouse" would typically be considered an oxymoron. That was before ASUS announced its Eee PC 1215N bumpin' a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor with NVIDIA Optimus to intelligently switch between its NVIDIA Ion discrete and integrated graphics."

ASUS has always been good at anticipating the changing needs of netbook users, and the new Eee PC 1215N continues the trend, further blurring the thin line between netbook and laptop. Details are a bit sparse today, but this "network powerhouse" sports a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 processor, a 12-inch 1366x768 display, NVIDIA Optimus to allow switching between integrated and NVIDIA ION graphics, and hardware decoding for H.264, MPEG2 and VC1 HD Videos to allow 1080p video playback in 16:9 format. Read more...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Asus Eee 1201N Sports Dual-Core

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 06:00 AM

"At $500, the 1201N hits the upper end of the netbook range. But that buys you Ion graphics, dual-core processing power, 2GB of RAM, a real version of Windows 7, and a screen that can display 720p video. Next-gen Ion systems will have better battery life, but will they be dual-core? We’ve gotta give Asus credit for releasing a 12-inch netbook with moxie and proving that Atom isn’t dead yet."

A lot of netbooks have really become commodity items with not much differentiating the different models. The 1201N, breaks that mold and provides a dual-core machine where most other models are trying to eek out every last minute of battery life instead. So, if you aren't away from a power outlet for too long and can stand just a little more than 3 hours of battery life, you can pick up a netbook that doesn't come with a crippled version of Windows 7 and could actually run some less intense games.

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