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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 with Atom Z3795 brings faster CPU processing and double memory

Lenovo is taking the tablet market very seriously and today it has updated its ThinkPad 8 tablet with Intel Atom Z3795 quad core processor and 4 gigabytes of memory.

On the front there is 8.3 inch WUXGA display with IPS panel packing 1920×1200 pixel resolution, Bluetooth 4.0, 64 or 128 gigabytes of storage and micro SD card slot. Prices for the Z3795 model is listed for 1140 euros.

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 with Atom Z3795 specifications

* 8.3” display with full HD resolution
* 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 radio
* 64 or 128 gigabytes of flash storage, expandable via micro SD card slot
* Optional 3G or 4G radio
* 2 / 8 front / rear cameras
* Intel Atom Z3795 processor with quad cores
* 4 gigabytes of RAM
* Windows 8.1 operating system

The battery life is around eight hours on a single charge which is pretty amazing considering it has meager 20.5 watt hour battery inside.

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 with Atom Z3795

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]

Kohjinsha introduces MT netbook with built-in Express card and TV-tuner

Kohjinsha has introduced a new netbook series called MT Series. This netbook comes with the Atom N270 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM and 160GB HDD, which is pretty much similar to other netbooks we have seen so far, but what sets it apart from the plethora of netbook out there is its express card slot and TV-tuner.

The MT series is now available in Japan at a price of 49,800 yen, which is about $513. I’m pretty sure by the time it reaches in other parts of world, it won’t be equipped with the TV-tuner card. The netbook comes with 3-cell battery. The 6-cell battery is also there if you need more juice. There are 2 USB 2.0 ports and a multi-card reader.

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]

There is no use of using N280 + GN40 combo if you are using Windows XP

Intel N280 processor and GN40 chipset provides better hardware video decoding and 3D graphics performance only if you are using Windows Vista. This is because only Vista (or later) gives you directX 10 and DXVA 2.0.

Unfortunately, most of the netbooks are still shipping with the Windows XP. With Windows XP, you only get DXVA 1.0 due to which hardware video decoding does not work properly. With Vista, DXVA 2.0 is available and hardware decoding worked fine.

Right now, only Eee PC 1004DN and Gigabyte Technology’s Touch Note T1028 have GN40 chipset. It may be true that netbooks with N280+GN40 combo may offer better hardware video decoding, but the overall performance with a BETA product like Vista is simply horrible on the netbooks.

I tried Vista on my EEE 1000H with 2GB RAM and the performance is disappointing. I will (patiently) wait for the Windows 7 instead.

[via digitimes]

Fujitsu Loox M netbook released – nothing too exciting

Fujitsu has released many portable devices like UMPCs and netbooks in the past. Most of them have really been ground-breaking (take U820/U2010 for example). Although the Loox M looks quite pretty from outside, but from inside it is just-another-netbook.

It comes with 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, three USB 2.0 sockets and a multicard reader. True, there is nothing ground-breaking about these specifications, but its price of $611 is surely something which most of the netbooks in the market are not carrying right now.

[via fmworld (japanese)]

Samsung N120 now goes on sale

Finally, Samsung’s announced its long-awaited N120 netbook for a not so desirous price of $465.99. Its available in two shades – black and white. Nothing unusual or rare about its features yet to put them down, here they come:

  • 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1,024 x 600 resolution panel
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 3-in-1 multicard reader
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Ethernet jack
  • a “2.1-channel” sound system
  • 6-cell battery
  • Windows XP Home

[via Engadget]

Top 10 reasons you should NOT get a SONY VAIO P

Over-Priced: We fully understand the fact that it is SONY. But, paying so much for a device that performs so poorly does not make any sense
Super high resolution: What is the point of giving the user super high resolution in an 8-inch screen? Is SONY under some contract of putting so outrageous resolutions in small screens? Looks like they learned nothing from their UX series which squeezed 1024×600 pixels in an 4.3-inch display
HDD not easily upgradable: Although we do not upgrade the HDD everyday, but it should be easily swappable in case something goes wrong with the HDD or if the user wishes to use SSD

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Dell Vostro A90 available at just $349

The Vostro A90 has hit the shores of US with a price tag of $349, which is about nearly 1/3rd of what it costs in Japan. It comes with the usual netbook-ish specifications:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
  • 1GB RAM
  • Intel GMA 950
  • WiFi
  • 0.3MP webcam
  • 4-cell battery
  • Windows XP home

Interestingly, unlike Dell Mini 9, Dell is not offerening a linux version of it. It should be noted that $349 price tag is for the 8GB SSD model and the 16GB SSD version will cost you $424.

[Dell Vostro A90] [via engadget]

Acer D150 Review

Following the immense success of the original 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One, Acer’s new Aspire One AKA D150 comes with a bigger 10.1-inch display; slicker casing and an array of improvements over the immensely popular 8.9″ Aspire One. Can the new D150 be the top selling netbook just like the original one?  Read the review to find out!

Design

The new Aspire One is built along the design of its older model. That said, there are some (welcome) design changes in the D150. For example: the shiny palm rest is now brushed metal finishing. The hinge has also undergone design change. We will cover these changes and other improvements one-by-one in the review

EEE 1000H and Aspire One D150

EEE 1000H and Aspire One D150

On the right side of the netbook, you will find that the rings on the side of the hinge are gone. They are now replaced by teardrop-shaped hinge, which looks great. On this side, you will find the Kensington lock, power port and 2 USB ports.

On the left side, you will find VGA port, LAN port, a USB port, earphone, microphone jack and multi-card reader.

On the front, you will find the WiFi toggle switch.

The Aspire One D150 is much less chunky than the other 10.1-inch netbooks like  EEE 1000H and looks better too.

Display

The Acer Aspire One D150 is equipped with a 10.1-inch display which has 1024 x 600 resolution. Unlike most of the netbooks in the market, it has a glossy display. The colors are rich and images look vibrant.

Just over the display, you will find the 0.3MP camera, which I found decent enough for Skype video calls.

Keyboard

Most of the people go for the 10-inch netbooks for two reasons:

  • for bigger display (of course)
  • for full-size keyboard

The bigger display allows the netbook manufactures to fit-in for the bigger ‘almost’ full-size keyboards. The keyboard of D150 is great to type on. Although, Acer could have fit in a bigger keyboard as there is some empty space on the sides. That said, the keyboard is a joy to use. I’d no problems in typing a document in the wordpad. With the EEE 1000H, I get nearly 90-100WPM and with the D150, I got 85WPM. May be I will improve with the usage.

I also appreciate the full size shift key and dedicated page-up and page-down buttons. In all the ASUS EEEs, you have to use the fn+up arrow combo to use the page-up function. Since, we use page-up and page-down functions quite a lot when browsing through long documents and web-pages, the dedicated keys improve the user-experience.

Another improvement is that the Acer has made the touchpad bigger and the vertical buttons previously found on the sides of the touchpad are now replaced by a single bar which is placed below the touchpad.

Speakers

The speakers are located at the bottom of the unit. They are loud enough for skype calls.

Memory

The Acer Aspire One D150 comes with a 160GB HDD and 1GB RAM. How do the HDD performs? Let’s see that in the benchmark test.

Benchmarks

Here are the results obtained by Crystal Disk Mark test:

..and for comparison, here are the results of EEE 1000H followed by EEE 1002HA (both use HDD):

As it can be easily observed, most of them performed similarly in the Crystal Disk Mark test. Here are Crytal Mark benchmark result:

Upgrading

Upgrading HDD and RAM in the older Aspire One was not an easy job. Acer listened to the complaints of the users and have made upgrading HDD and RAM extremely easy in the new D150 Aspire One. The RAM is upgradable to 2GB.

Connectivity

The D150 comes with all the latest connectivity radios that you would expect from a modern netbook. This include WiFi and BT (older aspire one did not have BT). However, the Aspire One D150 that I reviewed came with something extra: WiMax slot. Yes, if your network supports WiMax, just put in your SIM and boom! You can now enjoy mobile broadband.

Battery Life

Gone are the days, when the users cared less about the battery life. People expect to carry these netbooks everywhere they go and nobody wants to carry the charger with them as it just kills the point of mobility.

The D150 ships with 6-cell 5200mAh as standard in most of the countries, which simply gives mind-boggling battery life. In casual wifi surfing, it crossed 6 hours with ease and still had some juice left. This is better than the most of the 6-cell netbooks like EEE 1000H and MSI WIND U100.

It protrudes out from back though.

Charger

Charger should be as compact as possible in the netbooks. Older Aspire One came with a huge power brick. Acer has made the power brick smaller for the D150, which looks a lot like the one which is supplied with the latest EEE PCs.

sorry for the blurred image, but that does not matters here. Right? ;)

sorry for the blurred image, but that does not matters here. Right? ;)

Addons

The ACER bundles a nice neoprene case which does a much better job than the pathetic case that the ACER bundled with the older verison of the Acer Aspire one.

Acer has bundled eRecovery software for easy restore and backup of the HDD image. It lets you:

  • create a factory default disk
  • create drivers and apps disk
  • restore system to factory defaults
  • restore only OS (user data won’t be deleted in this option)
  • reinstall drivers and apps

It also comes with eSobi, Google Desktop, trial of office 2007 and McAfee Security Center.

Some comparison pictures with the other popular netbooks

EEE 1002HA and ASPIRE ONE D150

EEE 1002HA and ASPIRE ONE D150

EEE 1000H and Aspire One D150

EEE 1000H and Aspire One D150

EEE 1002HA, ASPIRE ONE D150 and EEE 1000H

EEE 1002HA, ASPIRE ONE D150 and EEE 1000H

Final Verdict

The new Aspire One D150 offers a elegant and stylish design along with enough power to satisfy for your daily as-well-as mobile computing needs.  And with the 6 hours-plus battery life and extremely affordable price ($350-$400 for 6-cell battery), it is a great bang for a buck. We recommend it.

Pros:

  • Great battery life
  • Cheap for what you get
  • Looks nice
  • Brushed metallic palm rest
  • Zippy performance
  • eRecovery software is handy
  • Full sized shift key and dedicated page-up/down buttons
  • RAM and HDD upgradable
  • Better bundled case (compared to older Aspire One)

Cons:

  • Keyboard could have been bigger.