Gateway is launching its new LT22 AMD powered netbook in Canada. The device, which is already out on sale in the stores is pretty similar to the Gateway LT32 that we had reviewed not so long ago. One critical difference between the two is in the display size. The new Gateway LT22 comes with a 10.1-inches display instead of the 11.6″ screen on the LT32. Consequently, there is also a drop in pixels packed. The LT22 netbook display comes with a 1024×600 pixel display resolution.
Apart from this, other features on the new Gateway netbook include an AMD Athlon II NEO K12 processor, a hard drive storage capacity of 250GB, built-in webcam, support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and comes with a 1 year warranty. The device is installed with the starter edition of Windows 7 operating system and has a 6-cell battery that will offer a back up for up to 5.5 hours.
If you are in Canada, you can now grab hold of a unit at a price of CAD350. That’s close to $337 in USD terms.
Acer has unveiled its latest Aspire One netbook that comes installed with two OS platforms – an Android as a quick-boot OS and another Windows 7 as the main operating system. The netbook is reportedly equipped with an ‘Acer Configuration Manager for Android‘ that will decide which OS to boot the computer with.
Even without the OS jugglery, the netbook is impressive. The device comes with a 10.1-inches display and is powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor. Applications run on an 1GB DDR2 DRAM and the device contains a storage space of close to 160GB. The base model comes with a 3-cell battery pack though another model with a 6-cell battery comes at an additional cost of $95.
The Acer Aspire One AOD255 netbook is retailing at a price of $375. Though the device is presently on sale at a Taiwan computer show, there is no word on when the device will formally launch outside.
Tariq Krim, the founder of JoliCloud has announced that the version 1.0 of the cloud-based operating system that is built specifically for netbooks is now available for download. Users looking for a download link may head to the JoliCloud website here to download the Cloud operating system.
Unlike traditional operating systems, this Linux based operating system runs from the JoliCloud servers. This means that users will be able to seamlessly access their saved files and folders from any netbook device that has the OS installed. Of course, users may also save their files on their local hard drive, if they choose to. However, synchronization is thus a critical part of this operating system and with a 700-app directory, users can lay access to a good number of value adding software.
JoliCloud may be accessed via any HTML5 compatible web browser and is compatible with a wide array of netbook models. The download file itself measures 695MB. If you are regularly on from your netbook, do give this OS a try and let us know how you find it.
Hewlett Packard has been quietly churning out a number of HP Minis in recent times. Just in the past few weeks, we have written about HP Mini 100e, HP Mini 210 and HP Mini 110. Now, it looks like yet another Mini is on the works. This time, it is a revamp of the older HP Mini 5102.
The new HP Mini 5103 is expected to come with a choice between the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 and 1.86GHz Intel Atom N475 processors. Other specifications include a powerful 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, a storage capacity of up to 320GB, integrated 2-megapixel webcam and a 10.1-inches LED backlit screen with a choice between WSVGA widescreen and a HD display.
Other features that the new HP Mini 5103 is reported to contain include an accelerometer to shut the computer off in the event of a fall, a magnesium alloy case, an optional touchscreen display, optional solid state disk and a choice of OS platforms that include Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Starter and SUSE Linux. The device is also expected to offer an optional Broadcom HD video accelerator to support full high definition playback of videos.
The device is presently going to be available only in the European market. Price range is noted to be between €482 and €597 in Italy. No word on launch outside in regions including the United States and Asia.
Asus is now out with yet another of their Eee PCs. The new Asus Eee PC 1016P does not feature anything remarkably different from the other netbooks in the market. But these are good specs and are worth taking a look at.
The Asus Eee PC 1016P is run on an Intel Atom N455 processor that is powered by Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. The screen of the netbook measures 10.1-inches and is built with a 1024×600 WSVGA screen with LED backlight. With a RAM capacity of 2GB and 320GB storage drive, it should effectively compare with most rival devices out in the market. Add to this, a 0.3-megapixel webcam as well. Other features on the device include a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, High definition audio, stereo speakers, built-in microphone and a battery that can chug along for 13 hours.
No details about the price, but it should be in line with the price of the other Eee PCs out there.
Netbooks are meant to be portable. But if your device fails to last the entire journey and the battery dies midway, there is no point in pulling out the traditional bulky chargers that do not offer enough portability. Add to this the prohibitive costs that will make it difficult to purchase a second charger to help you during travel alone.
Duracell has launched its new universal charger for netbooks that not only makes the charger portable, but at less than $50, is also quite affordable. This new portable charger is called the Duracell 40-Watt Universal Netbook Adapter and is priced at $49.99 in Wal-Mart, CompUSA besides several other online ecommerce portals.
To make the adapter universal, Duracell has offered four different plugging tips that automatically change the adapter voltage between 12V and 19V to suit the netbook being charged. Most of the popular netbooks from companies including Asus, Acer and Dell are supported.
Asus has been coming up with some novel ideas of late – at least as far as the exterior design is concerned. The Asus Bamboo notebook is still one of the more talked about notebook designs. Now comes the new Asus Eee PC 1001PQ netbook that comes with some out-of-the-box color combinations.
The netbook lid comes in two colors – Flame Purple and Vibrant Gold. Additionally, the netbook also comes with a set of stickers that will allow users to customize their netbook lid to their liking. Of course, this netbook is targeting a market that will love these innovations – the pre-adoloscents. Features wise, the Asus Eee PC 1001PQ netbook s equipped with a 10.1-inches display screen that renders content at 1024×600 pixel resolution, a 1GB RAM (optional 2GB), 160GB-320GB of hard drive storage, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity and a battery life of between 4.5 and 13 hours depending on the USB port being equipped and the battery pack being employes (3-cell/6-cell).
There is no word as yet on the launch date and prices. But expect them shortly before the device is about to go on sale.
Augen has been churning out some nifty products lately. Earlier this month, the company had announced ‘The Book’ ereader that comes with an LCD display, a 400MHz ARM CPU, Linux platform and an SD slot with storage capacity of up to 8GB. Also, last week saw the announcement regarding the new Augen tablet that will bring a 7-inches display along with a 256MB RAM and 2GB internal memory for $149.99 on KMart.
Now, the company has announced yet another new product; this time in the netbook space. The new Augen Genbook 74 should be among the cheapest netbooks out in the wild. At $99, the latest from Augen features a 7-inches display, a 400MHz processor, a 128MB RAM on an Android 1.6 powered machine to offer something that’s value for money. Of course, the specs are not the best out there, but for the price, I can tell you, we will see a lot of people excited. Are you one? Then, head over to Kmart. The retailer is now stocking this latest netbook from Augen.
As noted earlier, Samsung has recently unveiled two new ultra thin netbooks that are now already available in the South Korean market and should, in all probability, become available elsewhere over the next few weeks. The two netbooks – Samsung X180 and Samsung X125 are pretty similar in specifications. So which one should you go for?
Primarily, both devices come with a 11.6-inches screen with a high resolution 1366×768 display. They are run on a RAM with a capacity of 3GB and offer a storage space of 320GB. Also, with support to Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a webcam, most of your requirements from a netbook are fulfilled from either of these two devices.
The basic difference between the two however lies in the processors. The Samsung X125 is equipped with an AMD Athlon II Neo processor that is enhanced with an ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics card. On the other hand, the Samsung X180 is powered by an Intel Core i3-330UM processor with an Intel GMA HD graphics card.
There is not much to choose between the two, but personally though, I would prefer the Core i3 processor of X180 over AMD. How about you?
Samsung has removed the wraps off its latest netbook – the new ultra-thin and light netbook named the Samsung X125. The netbook comes with a screen size that is relatively on the higher end for a netbook – at 11.6-inches. The display is packed with 1366×768 pixels which is highly impressive for a netbook. Besides this, the new Samsung netbook also comes equipped with an AMD Athlon II Neo processor, a powerful 3GB RAM and has a storage capacity of close to 320GB.
Rendering of graphics content should be optimal too with the ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics card. The Samsung X125 comes installed with a webcam apart from connectivity features from Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The 6 cell battery should give you a sufficiently long battery life.
So how much will you pay for this? If I tell you that this netbook shall be priced around $572, will you be shocked?