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Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr netbook arriving August 4th

Posted in Notebooks by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2011

The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr comes with a 10.1-inch screen and 1024 x 600 resolution. It packs an Intel Atom N455 CPU at 1.66GHz, a 250GB HDD and it has 1GB of DDR3 RAM. There’s also a VGA resolution webcam for video chatting, WiFi and a media card reader.

If you’re into LTE you can expect to see download speeds in the 5-12Mbps range and uploads around 2 to 5Mbps. The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr will retail for $449.99 with a new 2-year customer agreement. A monthly data plan with 2GB of monthly data is $30, 5GB of monthly data is $50, and 10GB of monthly data is $80.

Acer AC700 WiFi now on sale for $350

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2011

Acer’s new AC700 for $350 is an affordable entry into the world of Chrome OS even if it is WiFi-only. A 3G version is coming later this summer for a larger price if that is more your speed.

The AC700 has an Atom N570 processor, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM. There’s also a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, and a 6 hour battery life. Best of all, it’s available right now.

Acer announces Aspire One Happy 2 netbook

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2011

Acer has announced the Acer Aspire Happy 2, which runs on a dual-core Atom N570 CPU, a 10.1-inch display, 250GB hard drive, WiFi radio, and 1GB of RAM. As you can see they come in pastel colors, making us wonder why they didn’t arrive at Easter.

The colors are “Banana Cream,” “Blueberry Shake,” “Strawberry Yogurt,” and “Papaya Milk”. They are available now for $269.99.

Samsung NC215S solar netbook headed for Russia

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 20th, 2011

The sun is usually an enemy to laptops. Just try using your screen on a bright day. But in this case it will power your PC. First introduced for the African market, Samsung’s NC215S will be heading for Russia in August for 13,999 rubles ($479).

The lid is almost entirely a solar panel and so this netbook has an estimated battery life of 14.5 hours. The NC215S packs in a 1.6GHz N570 Intel Atom dual-core processor, 250GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM.

ASUS Ships Eee PC 1015PX Netbook

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

For those of you who have been waiting for the arrival of the ASUS Eee PC 1015PX Netbook, we have some good news. Asus has now started shipping their new netbook and it is now available to purchase. To refresh your memory, the new ASUS Eee PC 1015PX is powered by an Intel Atom N570 Dual Core Processor 1.66Ghz, and has 1 GB DDR3 SODIMM memory, which can be increased up to 2 GB.

There’s also a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 screen and it runs Windows 7 Starter edition. There are two versions of the netbook: the 1015PX-PU17 with a 56W/h battery providing “up to 11 hours” of battery life and the 1015PX-MU17 with a 48W/h unit for maximal “10 hours” of battery life.

Asus, Intel to launch $200-250 netbook in June

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

According to tips from part suppliers, ASUS and Intel are planning a low-cost netbook that would help minimize the impact of tablets like the iPad. The netbook would cost $250 or as little as $200. Cost savings would come from the choice of OS: the netbook would run Chrome OS or Android 3.0, and in doing so drop the Windows 7 license.

We aren’t sure which of the two platfoms would be used, but it would probably be Chrome. The netbook would be for the second half of the year. It will be interesting to see how this plays out? Can they really hurt iPad sales? Maybe just a little, but iPad won’t even notice.

Intel and Lenovo unveil Classmate+ PC Netbook for kids

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

Intel has announced the Classmate+ PC developed with Lenovo. Much like it’s earlier versions, this model targets the educational segment and students in grades K through 8. The PC sits inside a rugged, drop-resistant exterior and it sports a spill-resistant keyboard.

In other words, it will survive a child’s use. The Classmate+ features an Atom N455 CPU accompanied by the Intel NM10 Express Chipset and comes with either 1 or 2 GB RAM. Lenovo adds a choice of storage with a 16GB SSD unit or 250GB HDD as available options.


NEC announces LifeTouch Note Android Netbook

Posted in NEC by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

NEC has just announced the LifeTouch Note, an Android powered netbook that comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and features a 7 inch LCD resistive touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard. The NEC LifeTouch Note also includes an NVIDIA Tegra 250 2-core 1GHz processor, 8GB of built in storage, and a two megapixel camera.

The NEC LifeTouch Note also features 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, an SDHC card slot, a USB 2.0 port, and 3G connectivity.

Nanocade turns your netbook into an arcade cabinet

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Netbooks are cool, but they aren’t arcade cabinets. Not typically. But with the Nanocade you can have both. It’s a kit from designer Rasmus Sorensen that lets you turn a netbook or mini-ITX motherboard and 10.1-inch display into a laptop arcade cabinet.

If you have a spare netbook to make this happen, the kit ships in March and it is easy to do. As long as you have the $349 plus shipping that is. It’s totally worth it.

Asus announces Eee PC Sirocco 1015PW Netbook

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

Asus has another new netbook with the launch of the Eee PC Sirocco 1015PW netbook. It is basically a 1015PW netbook with a new textured paint job to make it look cooler. It comes with a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and your choice of either a 320GB or 250GB hard drive.

Some other features include a 10 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Bluetooth 3.0 and integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. Sadly, there are no details on pricing or availability yet.

Dell to launch Latitiude 2120 netbook at CES

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2011

Looks like Dell will be launching a new Latitude 2120 netbook at CES next week. The 2120 is said to have specs identical to the previous 2110, but it packs double the power thanks to a dual core N550 processor. It features 3 and 6 cell battery options, a 10.1 inch display (with an optional touchscreen), 1 to 2GB of RAM, USB, Ethernet, and VGA ports.

The other interesting news about this latest Latitude is that it gets an optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. There’s no info about price or availability just yet though.


Toshiba NB550D netbook to feature AMD Ontario chip

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Toshiba has a new netbook called the NB550D which will be powered by a dual core 1GHz AMD C50 (Ontario) processor, along with a 10-inch display with AMD’s very own Radeon HD 6250M graphics chipset, Harman Kardon speakers, a 6-cell battery good for up to 9.5 hours of run time, HDMI ouput, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive.

It will be powered by Windows 7 Home Premium and will come in the odd colors of green, orange, or brown. Aside from the colors it sounds decent.

Google Cr-48: The First Chrome OS Netbook

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Google has announced an unbranded Google Cr-48 laptop. The name comes from the symbol for the chromium isotope on the periodic table. The device will be distributed through a Chrome OS Pilot Program, which is in public beta.

Google is hoping that early users will provide valuable feedback, but there isn’t a purchase option right now. Retail units from Acer and Samsung will be available in 2011. The Cr-48 will feature a 12.1-inch display, a full keyboard over a capacious trackpad, world roaming support for 3G mobile broadband with Verizon support in the U.S., 802.11n dual-band WiFi, 8+ hours of battery life and 8+ days of standby time, a webcam, and flash storage.


Dell Inspiron Duo now up for pre-order

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

If you are waiting for Dell’s Inspiron Duo, you can now place a pre-order from the Microsoft Store today. The convertible netbook currently retails for $549, but you have the option of paying out another $99 if you want Microsoft’s “Signature Premium” service that includes priority tech support and a theft recovery system.

Then there is always the $49 “Audio Station” dock option as well. Shipping should start the first week of December so this should make a great gift for under the tree.

Dell’s Inspiron Duo tablet netbook gets official, ships December

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Today Dell Dell made the Inspiron Duo official. It’s their first tablet netbook and a clear attempt at a more direct Windows alternative to the iPad. The 10-inch display revolves vertically and turns the Duo into either a multi-touch slate or a touch-aware netbook. A custom layer on top of Windows 7 gives users access to media, the web and an e-reading app.

Some specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom, 2GB of RAM and a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator that can drive 1080p video either directly or in Flash. A 250GB drive also comes standard. Users can also turn the Duo into a clock radio and media player with an optional JBL speaker dock that cradles the tablet.