Thanks to some intrepid reporting by our friends over at Gizmodo, we can finally see just what the rumored gScreen Spacebook will bring to the table.
The gScreen, which has been created by Gordon Stewart and his Alaska-based cronies, will offer about 30-inches of screen space when you’ve got both screens active, and is aimed at professional designers, filmmakers, photographers and others that hunger for screen real estate.
These beasts will run Windows 7 and will be powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It’ll also pack 4GB of RAM, a high-end Nvidia GF900M GT discrete GPU and a (planned) 7,200 RPM HDD.
No word yet on an official price, but Gordon hopes that he can keep it under $3,000 and they plan to have it sell on Amazon by December.
Rumored no more, Nokia today finally confirmed plans to release a netbook, or a mini-laptop if you'd prefer to call it that. As for Nokia, it's calling the portable PC the Nokia Booklet 3G.
The Booklet 3G weighs less than 3 pounds (1.25kg) and measures just over 2cm. It boasts a 10-inch glass HD ready display, an Intel Atom processor, built-in A-GPS (works with Ovi Maps), WiFi, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. But the biggest spec might be the claimed 12 hour battery.
"Nokia has a long and rich heritage in mobility and with the outstanding battery life, premium design, and all day, always on connectivity, we will create something quite compelling," Nokia wrote in a press release. "In doing so, we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful, and more personal."
Nokia said it will unveil other details, including detailed specifications, availability, and price at Nokia World on September 2, 2009.
As the back to school shopping season kicks into high gear, look for OEMs to push PCs with product bundles and all kinds of enticing offers. For Apple, that might mean once again bundling an iPod with the purchase of a new Mac or MacBook, but that might not be enough. According to a new study by consumer electronics site Retrovo, college-bound students are less willing than ever to pay the so-called "Apple Tax" by purchasing a pricier Mac.
"While Apple has done well historically in the education market, 2009 marks the dawn of the netbook," says Vipin Jain, Retrevo CEO. "Students told us they wanted longer battery life, smaller size, and a lighter laptop. 58 percent of them plan on spending less than $750. Only 18 percent have a budget over $1,000."
It also isn't helping Apple's cause that "retailers are working overtime to attract students," such as Wal-Mart expanding its laptop selection by 40 percent and partnering with HP to make a sub-$300 Compaq Presario.
But take the survey with a grain of salt. While respondents were selected from a random sampling of Retrevo's 4 million monthly visitors, the sample size was only 300.
MSI's upcoming X-Slim X610 notebook has been leaked to the Web, and along with it, a few detailed specs courtesy of Russian site 3DNews.
According to the Russian review site, the X-Slim 610 ditches the Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor found in the X-Slim 600 and instead rolls with AMD's 1.6GHz Athlon MV-40 processor. Not only did performance take a hit as a result of the CPU swap, but the site says battery life was also sacrificed, noting less than two hours of runtime under a heavy load.
Otherwise, the X-610 Slim retains the same 15.6-inch display as MSI's previous version and includes ATI's Mobility Radeon 4330 graphics, a 250GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM.
No word yet on price or availability, though we imagine it will sell for less than the X-600, which checks in at $800.
If you’ve got a Lenovo laptop with a battery that’s providing sub-par performance, you just might be eligible for a free replacement.
The batteries in question don’t present any fire or safety hazard, so there’s no reason to worry about your health – the folks at Lenovo are simply looking to make nice. “Irreparable damage” and “battery cannot be charged” error messages from the Power Manager or Message Center are the main indicators that you have a bad battery.
If you’re not sure, but you have a ThinkPad R60, R61, T60 or T61 with battery FRU part numbers 42T4546, 42T4566 or 92P1141, and/or a model X60 or X61, with battery part numbers 42T4550, 42T4567, 42T4568, 92P1169, 92P1173, 93P5028 or 93P5030, it’s suggested that you should run the Battery Diagnostic Tool (available here), to find out if you need to swap it out
Hewlett Packard is apparently looking to close out the summer with a bang. According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, the OEM has placed new orders with Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics to beef up its notebook line.
More specifically, HP is looking to stock up on 11.6-inch, 15.6-inch LED backlit, 17.3-inch, and 18.4-inch models from Quanta, and 13.3-inch, 14-inch enterprise, and 14.1-inch consumer laptops from Compal. And finally, HP has also placed an order with Flextronics International for additional 13.3-inch models.
Detailed specs on the new models isn't yet known, but if you're looking for a back-to-school notebook or ultraportable, you may want to wait until the end of the month to see what HP has in store.
Remember that whole fiasco with Nvidia graphics-based notebooks giving up the ghost because of a "weak die/packaging material set?" That manufacturing defect ended up costing Nvidia millions of dollars in warranty repairs. It also led to extended warranties by some OEMs, the latest of which is Sony.
"Sony, in cooperation with Nvidia, has been looking into any possible effect to Vaio notebooks with Nvidia graphic processors. Until recently we had not identified any Vaio models that were affected by this issue," Sony said in an eSupport USA notice.
The statement went on to disclose that a "very small percentage" of Nvidia-based Vaio PCs may exhibit "distorted video, duplicate images, or a blank screen" because of the faulty GPU.
According to Sony, affected models include the Vaio VGN-AR1xx, VGN-AR2xx, VGN-AR3xx, VGN-FZ1xx, VGN-FZ2xx, VGN-FZ3xx, VGN-FZ4xx, VGC-LT1xx, and and VGC-LT2xx series. For those who need repair service because of a failing GPU, Sony said it will provide a three year warranty extension.
The global economic downturn hasn’t been nice to anyone, tech sector included. According to a recent report Acer has reduced their 14 and 15-inch ultra-thin notebook orders due to low market demand.
Wistron, an OEM that often makes large orders for the two notebook models, is now only producing 200,000 units per month, down from the projected 600,000 units. It’s expected that the drop in production will hurt Wistron’s notebook shipments in August. It also noted that the sky is blue.
For those of you that are looking to get a Windows 7 Vaio from Sony, don’t plan on using the Windows XP mode to run applications, because it won’t be included with the systems.
According to Sony’s Xavier Lauwaert Windows 7’s XP mode will be disabled due to security reasons. According to one of Sony’s engineers, they’re “very concerned that enabling VT would expose our systems to malicious code that could go very deep in the Operating System structure of the PC and completely disable the latter.”
Apparently Sony still plans to enable XP mode on some machines, but as to which models they choose or when it’ll be available, nobody knows.
Acer appears to be weathering the global economic downturn just fine, thanks in no small part to its mobile PC business. Last December, the OEM became the new netbook top dog, supplanting Asus for the No. 1 spot in units shipped despite carrying a single netbook model versus Asus' bazillion Eee PCs, and the future looks just as bright.
Citing "market watchers," news and rumor site says Acer is on track to ship somewhere between 8-9 million notebooks. That number is all encompassing and includes both netbooks and ultra-thin models in addition to standard laptops.
The sources attribute the large number of shipments to rebounding demand in Europe, which helped Acer record about 2.5-2.7 million units shipped in July alone.