Samsung Announces Four New Netbooks for its N-Series - 04 January 2010

Samsung has announced four new netbooks for its N-Series line: N210, N220, N150 and NB30. All of these will run on the Intel Pine Trail platform with an Atom N450 processor.

The highlight of these new devices? Battery life.

Netbooks are primarily meant to be portable devices, so being plug-free for as long as possible is essential. Samsung has taken note, incorporating Enhanced Battery Life solution support and an energy-efficient 10.1-inch LED display. The N210 and N220 should last up to 12 hours, the NB30 runs for 11 hours and the N150 keeps going up to 8.5 hours.

All of the netbooks are built in mark and scratch-resistant casing, and they each host a Digital LiveCam. However, not all four are quite alike.

The NB30 is the most durable pair of the quartet with an hard drive disk sensor, which auto-parks the HDD if it senses that the netbook dropping. It’s also water-resistant up to 50 cc for 10 seconds before removal.

The N210 and N220 feature “Instant On” capability, allowing them to turn on and go online before Windows finishes booting.

Finally, the N150 is the most simple of the netbooks, but it stands out with an integrated hinge for smoother movement.

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7 Facts About the New Intel Atom Netbooks and Nettops Chips - 23 December 2009
  1. Nettops and Netbooks with New Atom CPU and platform can handle Multimedia apps: Sure, you won't be compositing images into Hollywood movies like James Cameron's Avatar on a nettop, but the new Atom D510, D410, and N450 processors are capable of quickly getting the red eye out of photos and helping you airbrush out that distracting trash can in your latest Ansel Adams-style snapshot. PhotoShop CS4 is well within Atom N450 and D410's specs.
  2. The same architecture is used in both nettops and netbooks: All three of the new Atom processors work with the new Intel NM510 Express chipset, so applications that work on the portable netbook will work on the sedentary nettops, as will drivers for any of your hardware, or even apps that you develop in-house for your business.
  3. Power savings is substantial: Exclusive of technologies like networking and built-in displays, the new Pine Trail architecture uses less than 20W of power.
  4. These systems will be quiet: In addition to the savings on your power bill, lower TDP (Thermal Design Power) mean that new nettops and netbooks using Pine Trail won't need fans to cool themselves, so therefore they will be inherently quieter, a boon if you're listening to music or watching a video.
  5. This platform is (still) Web-oriented: Netbooks and nettops are still oriented to consuming content on the Internet. You don't need a quad-core processor to surf the 'Net and watch videos on YouTube.
  6. You'll see richer Websites than on any smartphone: Though smartphones are your "always on" Internet link, you can't currently view websites with heavy Flash content on your iPhone or Android phone (yet). A MID or netbook with Atom N450 will be able to full support Adobe Flash.
  7. They could be your primary computer: The first generation of netbooks was strictly your "third" or "fourth" PC in the house. They were simply too small and slow to keep up with a complicated digital life. Back then, you needed a Core 2 Duo or Athlon X2 powered PC to do most of the things you do on a PC, unless you wanted to tear your hair out waiting for everything to finish processing. The newest Atom processor and platform is powerful enough to do everything on the Web and most general tasks. Anything "harder" like 3D gaming or video editing, and you'll still need to go to a higher-powered desktop or notebook, but you can certainly live your virtual life on Facebook, Twitter your latest thoughts, and surf to your heart's content all at the same time on any new Atom powered netbook or nettop without too much effort.
 Joel Santo Domingo
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Latest Asus Netbook on the horizon - 01 December 2009
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Hot on the heels of the well-regarded HP Mini 311, Asus has moved the Netbook bar forward by taking a 12-inch Netbook chassis and including both Nvidia's Ion graphics and a dual-core version of Intel's Atom processor (called the Atom 330). We've previously seen dual-core Atoms only in a handful of Nettop desktops, because of heat issues, and it's unlikely we'd see one in anything smaller than a 12-inch laptop body.

While still small, the 1201N fits in a full-size keyboard and a 250GB hard drive (plus access to 500GB of online storage space). The system comes with Windows 7 Starter and 2GB of RAM. Asus claims the 6-cell battery should last up to five hours, similar to what we've seen in other Eee PC models.

In a brief hands-on demo, we noted that the Asus Eee PC 1201N looks very similar to the current Eee PC line, including the popular 1005HA, with a black glossy finish and textured touch pad.

Combined with a 1,366x768 HD display, the Nvidia Ion GPU makes for a great video watching experience, once you download the new Flash 10.1 beta, which allows the Ion to accelerate streaming Flash video.

It's available later this year in the US, the Eee PC 1201N we have no confirmed release date here but it should be available in Ireland in Spring 2010.

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Google Chrome OS for Netbooks Early Days - 25 November 2009

 Google released the source code for Chrome OS on Thursday, beginning the process of producing a browser-based operating system by the end of 2010 for lower-end PCs called Netbooks. Although Linux runs under the covers, the applications all run within Google's browser.

The upper-left corner has an applications menu with links to a variety of Web applications. Those applications can be permanently lodged as narrow tabs between that menu and ordinary browser tabs.

Although screen real estate is tight--especially given the presence of a clock and status icons to indicate Wi-Fi connections and the like in the upper right--more than one browser can be open at a time even if others are hidden in the background.


Chrome OS applications


Photo by Google

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Geek Chic Netbook Style - 25 November 2009


Looking for a netbook case with a little Geek Chic flavor? Check out the awesome handmade NES controller pouch discovered.

The cases are made by a seller , and they’re 8 bits of old-school gaming goodness. At €60, it’s a steal of a deal for a unique, hand-crafted portable pouch.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend using this as the only case you cart your netbook around in. It’s made of felted material, after all, not ballistic nylon. Still, I can’t think of a carrying case I’ve seen that would make your geeky friends at work drool more than this little baby.

Better hurry if you want one – I imagine there will be a rush of orders as netbookers find out about the NES case.



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New Atom Netbooks coming for CES - 16 November 2009

New Atom Netbooks coming for CES?

by Scott Stein


Imagine the HP Mini 311 with a new Atom...

(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)


With CES coming in January and Windows 7 computers already everywhere to be found, a casual observer might assume that Vegas' annual consumer electronics extravaganza might not be as exciting for laptops. For Netbooks, at least, that seems to be completely untrue. Although Netbooks have seen an across-the-board upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 and, in some instances, boosts like HD-resolution screens, added RAM, and discrete Nvidia GPUs, Netbooks still tend to run variants of the same N270/280 Atom processor we've seen since 2008.

Intel has been readying its newer Atoms, including a dual-core D510, for a while, but a rumor of a leaked document suggests that Intel might be unveiling the new Atom N450 (the successor to the N270), and even new Netbooks and Nettops containing it, at CES. The report also suggests a possibly quick decommissioning of the old Atom N270s. Intel's new Atoms are supposed to provide better battery life as well as smoother video playback.

We've already found some great new Netbooks recently, and this should only drive the new wave of Netbooks ever forward.

We're excited about seeing some of these future Netbooks. As long as they stay affordable, that is.

(Via Engadget)

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Netbook Halo effect - 06 October 2009

Windows 7 to usher in crush of cheap laptops

Call it the Netbook halo effect: small and cheap is infectious. A quick peek at the lineups of new laptops slated for the Windows 7 (October 22) roll-out make it clear that the prices of mainstream and higher-end laptops are diving, even as the technology gets better.

"There's a new reality in laptop pricing," said Bob O'Donnell, an analyst at market-researcher IDC. "It's getting harder and harder to sell anything over $800." O'Donnell cited a data point that showed the average selling price of notebooks falling below desktops briefly in retail. "That may have been an anomaly, but the fact that's it's even close is indicative of this phenomenon."

That said, let's start with HP, the world's largest PC supplier. Svelte, well-built business laptops have historically been priced at a premium--starting at more than $1,000. Not anymore. On October 22, HP will begin selling the 13-inch ProBook 5310m that is about 0.9 inches thin, less than four pounds, and clad in an aluminum display enclosure and a magnesium alloy bottom case for $699.

HP ProBook 5310m starts at $699: this class of business laptop used to start at more than $1,000.

HP ProBook 5310m starts at $699: this class of business laptop used to start at well over $1,000

(Credit: Hewlett-Packard

That's about $800 less than the HP EliteBook 2530p business notebook series introduced in August of last year (that started at about $1,500). The 5310m is priced at $699 with an Intel Celeron dual-core processor and $899 with Intel Core 2 Duo chip. Both come with the Windows 7 operating system.

That's what I call a sea change in pricing.

But it gets better. Then there's the 4-pound HP Pavilion dm3 notebook that starts at $549 (no, it's not a Netbook) and will likely range up to about $700 in price for a reasonable memory and hard drive configuration. The 13-inch laptop comes with power-efficient Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Neo dual-core processors and a standard 6-cell battery that delivers--so HP claims--up to 10 hours of battery life.

I was able to play with a dm3 at a function sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices recently in San Francisco. My immediate impression was that this was a light but solid design.

The Apple $999 MacBook is suddenly starting to look pretty pricey and a little on the thick and heavy side. (Though, according to reports, this may be about to change.)

Let's move on to Toshiba (speaking of sea changes). Toshiba has been known (along with Sony) for offering impressive but stratospherically priced ultraportable laptops. One of the most egregious examples is the 12-inch Portege R600, which starts at $2,099 and jumps quickly (by adding a solid-state drive) to more than $3,000.

That price almost seems laughable these days. Yes, the R600 comes with an integrated optical drive, powerful Core 2 Duo processors, and some other bells and whistles, but that will be an increasingly tough sell against Toshiba's new Satellite T100 Series that is also small, light, and relatively powerful but lops about $1,500 off the price of the cheapest R600.

Toshiba Portege R600--$2,000-plus executive laptops: an endangered species?

Toshiba Portege R600--$2,000-plus executive laptops: an endangered species?

(Credit: Toshiba

To wit: the 11.6-inch Satellite T115 starts at $449, packs a dual-core Pentium SU4100 processor, claims up to nine hours of battery life, and weighs only 3.5 pounds. That makes the R600 and other "executive jewelry"--as Intel's CEO Paul Otellini likes to call these laptops--history. And the T115 may even give Toshiba Netbooks a run for their money. (Why settle for a single-core Netbook when you can get a dual-core laptop for $100 more.)

Dell, oddly, is going in both price directions. First, let's look at the Dell we know: a purveyor of inexpensive laptops such as the $449 Inspiron 14 replete with a 14-inch screen, dual-core Pentium, optical drive, 2GB of memory, and a 160GB hard disk drive.

And Dell has plenty of other inexpensive configurations, lending its considerable weight to the downward price pressure on laptops.

Then there's the Dell few people know. The reborn merchandiser of pricey executive laptops like the impressively sleek $2,299 Adamo or the equally stunning Latitude Z starting at $1,800. And then there's the ultra, ultra-thin Adamo concept. This certainly will not be cheap either (if it, in fact, appears).

Time will only tell how well this Beverly Hills boutique strategy holds up in the face of an onslaught of thin, attractive, and cheap laptops. Of course, there will always be room for a few Cadillac XLR-V roadsters and Ferraris at the top if the designs are compelling enough. (To be honest, I'm anxious to see how groundbreaking the new Adamo design is.)

Meanwhile, the future of laptops lies somewhere below $800. I can live with that.

By Brook Crothers

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New HP Netbooks and Ultra thin Laptops - 06 October 2009

HP Netbooks,and new HP thin with laptops

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced its first Netbook with an 11.6-inch screen and Nvidia's Ion chipset as well as two inexpensive "ultrathin" laptops.

HP Mini 311 Netbook uses an 11.6-inch screen and Nvidia Ion chipset

HP Mini 311 Netbook uses an 11.6-inch screen and Nvidia Ion chipset

(Credit: Hewlett-Packard

The Mini 311 is the first HP Netbook to use a large screen--11.6 inches exceeds the upper limit of 10 inches on standard Netbooks--and is the first to get high-octane Nvidia Ion graphics--the same graphics used in laptops such as the Apple MacBook Air.

The 11.6-inch diagonal LED display is available in high-definition 1366x768-pixel resolution. It includes HDMI and VGA video connectors.

Nvidia's Ion chipset is a graphics processing unit (GPU) that works together with the low-power Intel Atom processor to generate standard-laptop-like graphics performance.

"By processing data-intensive applications in parallel with the CPU, ION-based Netbooks offer many of the same capabilities of full-sized notebooks including support for all versions of Microsoft Windows," Nvidia said in a statement.

HP ultra-thin ProBook 5310m

HP 'ultrathin' ProBook 5310m

(Credit: Hewlett-Packard

Analysts believe that getting mainstream-laptop level of performance in a Netbook is important. "Our research shows that most people who buy a netbook expect it to behave like a full-sized notebook," according to a statement that Nvidia provided from Tim Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies. "With Ion-based Netbooks like this one from HP, consumers can expect a well-rounded experience and the ability to handle nearly all of their everyday computing needs," he said.

The Mini 311 will start at $399 in the U.S.

HP also introduced a couple of relatively inexpensive "ultrathins," the ProBook 5310m and Pavilion dm3. The ProBook 5310m is 0.9-inches thick, weighs in at 3.7 pounds, and sports a 13.3-inch diagonal LED high-definition display. It is offered with a Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 (low-power) processor and combines durable, black anodized aluminum with a magnesium frame.

The HP Pavilion dm3--also classified as an ultrathin--comes in an all metal design, with up to 10 hours of battery life via the standard six-cell battery. The dm3 uses a 13.3-inch diagonal LED screen and offers AMD or Intel processors and a discrete graphics chip.

HP Envy 13 laptop is a higher-priced, higher-performance thin laptop

HP Envy 13 laptop is a higher-priced, higher-performance thin laptop

(Credit: Hewlett-Packard

The HP ProBook 5310m starts at $699 with an Intel Celeron dual core and $899 with Intel Core 2 Duo. The notebook is expected to be available in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region on Oct. 22 with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

The HP Pavilion dm3 starts at $549 with an AMD processor and $649 with an Intel processor and is expected to be available starting Oct. 22 with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

The higher-priced and higher-performance sub-one-inch-thick "Envy 13" laptop bears some of the hallmarks of the MacBook Air, such as an aluminum body and a robust graphics chip. The Envy 13 will come with an Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400, ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics, and a 1,366x768 display. It starts at $1,699.

by Brooke Crothers

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New Samsung Netbook Models - 04 September 2009

Samsung to add to N-Series netbook range

Prior to its own press conference at IFA, Samsung has just announced new N Series netbooks – the N130, N140 and N510.

The headline development is an 11-hour battery life for the N140, while Samsung is still saying the Intel Atom-basedmodels will come with Windows XP Home – presumably it can't say anything until Windows 7 availability on its netbooks until the Microsoft OS launches on 22 October.

The N130 is the lightest of the bunch, weighing in at 1.26Kg, while the company retains its gloss finish and availability of multiple colours including black, white, sea blue, and peach pink. The N510 has a 16:9 11.6-inch display powered by Nvidia Ion graphics, while the other models have 10.1-inch screens.

Phil Brown, General Manager of Samsung UK's Notebook Division said the new launch "demonstrates Samsung's commitment to the netbook market as a strategic priority for the business."

The market has certainly forced Samsung to come a long way from May 2008 when it announced it was merely considering launching a rival to the Eee PC.

All three models will be available from early September. All will be available at great prices from

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New Nokia Netbook - 27 August 2009




Nokia have announced their own netbook, the Nokia Booklet 3G, promising up to 12 hours battery life together with integrated WiFi, 3G HSPA and GPS.  The 1.25kg netbook has an aluminum chassis and measures around 2cm thick; it uses an unspecified Intel Atom processor, has an HDMI output for HD video playback and a 10.1-inch glass HD-ready display.


Nokia Netbook

The ports include three USB 2.0 connectors and an SD card slot, plus there’s Bluetooth and a front-facing webcam.  OS is Windows 7, at least going by the demo video and there’s integration with Nokia’s Ovi services including Maps for Ovi that uses the GPS and A-GPS, music downloads, VPN integration and more.  Nokia are also talking about a hot-swappable SIM slot, which suggests you’ll be able to flip between 3G connections without needing to shut off the Booklet.

Nokia are promising the full specifications and pricing for the Booklet 3G at Nokia World next week.  













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