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Mouse Computer Launches Laptop with WD Black 2 HDD

Mouse Computer Co., Ltd. has launched a G-Tune gaming laptop sporting the new Western Digital “WD Black2” hard disk which combines 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD in one casing.

Mouse Computer Launches Laptop with WD Black 2 HDD

We believe that this HDD will be effectively utilized in this 13.3-inch notebook, which also features GeForce GTX 765M (2GB) GPU,  1,920 × 1,080 dot (full HD) display support 13.3-inch non-glare LCD, a very powerful and capable Core i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz) processor, 8GB RAM, Intel HM87 Express chipset, and Windows 8.1 64 bit operating system.

Ports selection includes card reader, USB 3.0 × 3, USB 2.0, mini D-Sub15 pin, HDMI output, IEEE 802.11b/g/n compatible wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, 2 megapixel Web came, and the usual audio jacks.

Battery life is statee to be around 3.5 hours. Body size is about 330 × 227 × 31.9mm (height width × depth), the weight is 2.1 kilograms. Price tag is set at 139,860 yen.

Full HD TSUKUMO N1540 Laptop with GT 745M

Japanese brand, TSUKUMO has churned out Nvidia GeForce GT 745M equipped 15.6 inch laptop. Called the N1540, it features full HD display, 500GB hard disk drive, Intel Core i5 4200M 2.5 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM, and as said earlier, a GeForce GT 745M GPU.

TSUKUMO N1540

Choice of operating systems include Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Ports include SD card slot, USB 3.0 × 2, USB 2.0 × 2, IEEE 802.11b/g/n compatible wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, mini D-Sub15 pin, Gigabit Ethernet, 720p-enabled Web camera, audio input and output jack.

Despite all that horsepower, the TSUKUMO N1540 manages to yield battery runtimes between 2.5 to 3.1 hours. It measures 388 × 265 × 25.3mm, and weighs 2.1 kilograms.

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Nokia Lumia 525 Specs, Price

Nokia has posted detailed specs and videos of the Lumia 520’s successor, the Lumia 525. While it looks and feels just like the Lumia 520, it has double the RAM (1 GB VS 512 MB). It is priced at 200 dollars and is SIM unlocked, which means you do not need to get into contract after buying it.

Nokia Lumia 525 Specs, Price

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Foma powered Eee PC 1003HAG launching soon in Japan

Asus will start selling from 16th May, a new Eee PC, the 1003HAG, in Japan. The model features:

  • a 3G WAN Module to be used with NTT DoCoMo Data network
  • 160 GB HDD
  • 1GB RAM
  • Intel Atom N280 processor
  • Wifi
  • Webcam, and other usual Eee PC features

However it comes with a price tag of 550€, which is quite expensive price for a netbook.

[ASUS]

Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix REVIEW – Mixed Impressions

I’ve always been a huge fan of Ubuntu due to their ease of use and virus-free environment. When we came to know that the Canonical has unveiled a special netbook edition specially tailored for the netbooks, I could not stop myself installing the it on my EEE.

Installation

The installation was pretty much seamless.

  • First download the image file from the ubuntu’s servers
  • Download Disk Imager from here
  • Use the Disk Imager to ‘write’ the image file to your flash drive (should be atleast 1GB)

One much required improvement over the previous installations was the fact that the dialog boxes and windows were fully visible. You no longer have to do the ‘ctrl+f7’ key combo to move the windows around just to click on ‘Proceed’.

One thing to note is that although Ubuntu suggests that you install netbook edition on an Atom processor, but the installation also worked fine on an EEE 701 running Celeron processor.

Boot Time

Since the video speaks (and show) more than pictures and words, here is the video of EEE 1000HE booting the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix. It takes just 24 seconds to fully boot up. Earlier versionns like Ubuntu 8.10 used to take nearly 1 minute to fully boot up.


Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Edition booting on an EEE 1000HE from Taran DS on Vimeo.

Web Experience

Since it is called netbook edition, it should provide great web experience to the user, right? Ubuntu 9.04 comes with the excellent Firefox browser. The browsing speeds have improved by miles when compared to previous versions.

But, flash player has not been included! What were the folks at ubuntu thinking? Flash is widely used everywhere on web. You will see ‘install missing plugins’ bar on the top of the webpage, which uses flash anywhere in the website. Clicking that bar will display the list of  plugins required to play flash. I tried all of them and firefox was unable to install any of them. This called for manual installation, something which would be little difficult for the normal user.

How can it say "installed" when it was not able to find the plugin?

How can it say "installed" when it was not able to find the plugin?

Anyway, these are the steps to install flash player:

  • Go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • Save it to Desktop
  • Click on the ‘deb’ file to start the installation
  • Restart the browser and the flash should now work fine

For Instant Messaging, it comes with rock solid application called Pidgin, which supports a wide variety of IM services.

Applications

The Ubuntu 9.04 Nebtook Remix comes with an array of applications. Here is the screenshot of the netbook remix launcher.

It also comes with Openoffice suit and I did notice that it opened more quickly than the previous versions, which is nice to hear.

So, how much space does it takes?

It takes nearly 2GB. It should easily fit in an EEE 701 and you will still have ~1.8GB space for applications.

What was annoying?

Other than the lack of flash support, there were few other annoying problems too. The speaker volume was set half way. I spent nearly an hour figuring out what could be the reason about such low sound volume. Later on, I saw that you must click on small speaker icon and then adjust the volume from there. See the following screenshot:

After that, I wanted to try out its multimedia capabilities. The movie player application started and alerted me that there are no MP3 codecs. How could folks at ubuntu forget to bundle the MP3 codec? Anyway, the problem was quickly resolved as it itself prompted me to download the codecs.

Pros:

  • It is FREE
  • FREE support
  • Boots faster
  • Apps launch faster
  • Basic apps like web browser, email-client and office suit already bundled
  • Easily download hundreds of apps via package manager

Cons:

  • No codecs in movie player to play even basic stuff like MP3

[Download Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix]

update from folks at Ubuntu:

We cannot ship codecs as they cost money. You can but them in the Canonical store. We cannot ship Flash as it is not open source software. You can choose to install it from the repos or go to Adobe. We did not overlook these items.

Skytone netbook to cost $250

Remember the Skytone netbook that we mentioned a couple of days back? Some more details are come up about this Android-netbook. The netbook will be named Alpha 680 and will cost $250. It will run on an ARM processor and will weigh just 1.5 pounds which is even less than the EEE 701.

It uses the same chip that is being used in the iPhone too, the ARM 11. The skytone netbook is set to debut in month August or September this year.

Don’t you think that $250 is too much for the Android netbook? By spending a few more dollars, one can buy an Atom-powered netbook. But, the biggest asset that the Android-netbooks will have over the Atom powered netbooks will be better battery life.

Only time will tell, if the consumers will adopt netbooks running Android OS.

[via venturebeat]

Asus Eee PC 1002H now in available Australia

The new Asus Eee PC 1002H netbook is now in stores in Australia. The 10-inch widescreen model is similar to the 1002HA. However, it features a chiclet keyboard and an Intel Atom N280 processor. Thus, supporting a battery life of about 4 to 6 hours. It is coming with a price tag of 769 – 879 AUD.

Taran reviewed the EEE 1000HE a couple of weeks back and he was not so much pleased with the chiclet keyboard. I’m yet to try one of these though.

HP Mini 1000 now with more storage options

HP have updated the storage options available for the HP Mini 1000 Series. It is now possible to get the netbook with SSD memory with either 16GB capacity or 32GB capacity, whereas the hard drive capacity has been upgraded to 80GB, which is quite minimal for most netbooks. Its other customizable options include 512MB or 1GB of RAM, 8.9 or 10.1 inch display and a choice between 3-cell and 6-cell battery.

[via EeePC]

EEEbox B208 HD coming to UK soon

EEEbox B208 HD, which sports the mighty Atom 330 dual-core processor will soon be released in UK at a price tag of 500 pounds! Ouch, that would hurt anyone’s wallet in such hard times. Anyway, here are its specs:

  • Atom 330 dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • ATI Radeon HD 4530 graphics
  • Wi-Fi support for b, g and draft-n networks
  • HDMI-out video port
  • 160, 250, or 320GB hard drive
  • 10GB EEE storage

The overall package is pretty neat and you get a lot for 500-pounds.

[ASUS B208 HD webpage]

CONFIRMED: No Apple Netbook coming

After months and months of rumors about the Apple netbook, Apple’s chief operating officer finally confirmed in harsh words that Apple will never produce netbooks as they do not deserve the MAC brand. Here are the exact words,

When I look at netbooks, I see cracked keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens. It’s just not a good consumer experience and not something we would put the Mac brand on. It’s a segment we would not choose to play in.

He further said, if you want smaller screens, you can go ahead and buy iPhone/iPod for that. This makes me wonder how can an iPod Touch replace my netbook. I own several Windows Mobile devices along with iPod Touch (latest 2G version) and I firmly think that in no way they can ever replace my EEE 1000H.

iPod Touch and Netbooks are both two very different devices. Both of them have their own specific use. I like iPod Touch and WM devices as they are way more mobile than any netbook in the market. But, when I need to do some serious work, I always look up to my EEE 1000H (which is still very portable as compared to normal notebooks).

What this actually shows? This shows that Apple’s Chief operating officer, Tim Cook has actually never used any of the modern day netbooks as none of them have cramped keyboard, ‘junky hardware’ or terrible software.

[via venturebeat]