OK, so not all headlines are created equal. But many folks (in the United States, at least) seem to still be catching up on non-election news. If that describes you, read on for the laptop news you missed while you were wearing out your F5 key on the CNN home page.
We recently got a chance to test and review a novel take on the Netbook category, with the Asus Eee PC S101. We're used to Netbooks being made of plastic and filled with low-end parts, but that's just part of their sub-$500 charm. But the Eee PC S101 replaces the chunky plastic body with a thin metallic one, while keeping the same basic Intel-Atom-based components.
Our takeaway was that this was a very nice reworking of the Netbook concept, and at $699, it wasn't even radically more expensive than a comparable plastic version. However, one thing … Read more
We have no idea why we need a foldable PC chassis. But if for some reason you do, then rejoice, as the Asus Vento TA-F series can twist into a compact flat shape that takes up a mere 70 percent of its original space.
Available in black or silver (pictured above), once open it becomes just another chassis with four 5.25-inch and four 3.5-inch internal bays, excluding one for the floppy disk drive (which most people use as a memory card reader slot instead). Cost and availability are not confirmed at this time, but we doubt many will … Read more
Asustek President Jerry Shen said that by 2009 his company will offer an entry-level Eee PC beginning at $200.
The motherboard and notebook manufacturer also gave an accounting of how the Eee PC is doing.
The company shipped 1.7 million Eee PCs during the quarter, and expects to ship 1.8 million during the next quarter, which includes the holiday shopping season. In its first quarter on the market a year ago, … Read more
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The machines are as different as any two Netbooks can be. The Acer runs Windows XP, the Asus runs Linux. The Asus has an SSD, the Acer a traditional hard disk. The Asus supports Wi-Fi N, the Acer doesn't. The smaller Acer machine has a weaker battery and was significantly cheaper.
But the picture above points out other differences (see a larger version of the picture).
The smaller Acer has a 9-inch screen, the larger Asus is 10 inches (approximately). Measuring the other sides of the triangle, the Acer screen is (approximately) 7.5 by 4.5 inches, whereas the Asus screen is 8.5 by 5 inches. Both screens have the all-but standard Netbook resolution of 1024 x 600, which means that everything is just a bit bigger and easier to see on the Asus machine. … Read more
With all the mixing and matching Asus is doing with its Eee PC machines, pretty soon we'll need a full-size encyclopedia to decode exactly what each model number entails. The latest Asus Netbook to hit the headlines is the Eee PC 1002HA.
If you love the design of the Eee PC S101, but hate the ridiculous premium, the 1002HA may be the one for you. Slightly more costly than the Eee PC 1000H, it shares some design elements of the S101 minus the exceptional sleekness. But don't expect anything new under the hood as this Netbook walks the … Read more
If you could design your own computer, what features would your dream machine have?
That's what Intel and Asus are hoping to learn from WePC.com, a Web site launched jointly by the two companies Wednesday that solicits ideas from consumers with the goal of producing what they call "the world's first community-designed PCs."
The site divides its focus into three "conversation groups," in which consumers work together to design Netbooks, notebooks, and gaming notebooks.
"Visitors to the site can share ideas, vote on submitted concepts and engage in discussions with other community … Read more
Intel and Asus have launched a site that seeks collaborators for "community designed" PCs.
The two companies say consumers can become product designers at WePC, a Web site launched Wednesday. Participants can collaborate with each other and with Intel and Asus to "design innovative new products," the companies said.
The plan is for the two companies to deliver to market what could be the world's first community-designed PCs.
Visitors to the site can share ideas with community members about the qualities of a "dream" PC and vote on submitted concepts, Intel and Asus … Read more
ThinkFree, a company that specializes in "next-gen" office productivity solutions, announced Tuesday that it has launched its ThinkFree Netbook solution, which will deliver word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications for Netbooks running Intel's Atom chipsets, like the Asus Eee PC or the Acer Aspire One.
According to ThinkFree, its Netbook Edition offers a simplified user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007 files. Most importantly, the software is optimized for a small screen and features integration with ThinkFree's online service that allows users to collaborate with each other and synchronize documents on-the-go.
"In today's … Read more