Dell’s Alienware M11x netbook debuted with a bang at CES 2010, generating a lot of buzz for its bang-for-buck gaming prowess. It hit the market soon after and has seen two updates to its hardware since then. The original M11x and the subsequent R2 update were both let down by their faulty hinges, a problem that took Dell until the release of M11x R3 to rectify. But what about those M11x R1/R2 owners who only experienced the problem after the expiry of the warranty period? Well, we have some good news for you direct from the horse’s mouth.
People talk about tablets signaling the death of PCs – heck, look at HP shopping around its PC operation if you want a hot, fresh example – but the segment that's really getting kicked in the family jewels are netbooks. The iPad and its Android brethren have just decimated netbook sales. Intel may be delivering another bit of bad news for the small-form laptops; reports say the chip maker's delaying the launch of the new Cedar Trail-M netbook platform and pushing back the release of its new Atom CPUs.
Years ago a single- or double-speed CD-ROM drive without burning capabilities would set you back several hundred dollars. And today? A twenty-dollar bill buys you a high-speed DVD burner. Even Blu-ray drives aren't all that expensive anymore. Are optical drives on their way out? With ubiquitous broadband, streaming media, cloud storage, and digital downloads taking over, that could very well be the case, and it's already happening in the mobile world.
Verizon today announced the upcoming availability of the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr netbook. What makes this netbook special is that it will be the first to use Verizon's 4G LTE network so customers can stream videos, video chat, and download music, movies, and photos on the go without having to hunt down a Wi-Fi hotspot. Verizon says customers will also have access to HP's CloudDrive, a digital filing cabinet for uploading or downloading files.
Some people thought Asus was downright crazy when it said it was building a $200 netbook. That's not a whole lot more than an eBook reader, and it's certainly cheaper than most tablet PCs that are supposedly cannibalizing the netbook market. Well, Asus is proving the skeptics wrong with its $199 Eee PC X101, an ultrathin netbook that now has an official product page.
Someone needs to put a vending machine in the lounge where Acer's marketing and design teams hang out. Clearly these guys and gals are starving, or at least that's our hypothesis on how Acer came up with the Aspire One Happy 2 netbook line, "a series of stylish netbooks in four fun and flavorful colors" including "Banana Cream," "Blueberry Shake," "Papaya Milk," and "Strawberry Yogurt."
Google's Chrome OS is all about thriving in the cloud with as little emphasis as possible placed on the actual hardware needed to get there. Be that as it may, if you're planning on picking up a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook running the Chrome OS, you'll have to fork over $430 for the Wi-Fi only version, or $500 for the 3G model. That's entry-level notebook territory, but before you call shenanigans, let's have a peek at what it costs to build a Chromebook.
Someone over on Acer's marketing team woke up on the right side of the bed and remembered to take their happy-go-lucky pill this morning, which must have been washed down with the most delicious smoothie ever made. That's the only explanation we have for the over-to-top cheery press release that just landed in our laps, the one telling us about the Aspire One Happy netbook that comes in four fruity colors (Blueberry Shake, Papaya Milk, Strawberry Yogurt, and Banana Cream).
We’re not living so close to the cutting edge here at Maximum PC that we can’t see the utility of a no-frills, budget portable that’s capable of performing all the common day-to-day computing tasks. Whether it serves as a secondary machine for work on-the-go or as a primary PC for a school-age kid, we get it. It’s the same need that netbooks were meant to fulfill, if only they hadn’t fallen short of the mark. What netbooks taught us is that today’s common computing tasks—which include things like gaming and high-def video playback—require more power than an Atom processor and integrated graphics can muster.
The first Chromebooks from the likes of Acer and Samsung are scheduled to begin shipping on June 15. But a little known Australian company has beaten the two vendors to the Chome/Chromium OS laptop punch. Australia’s Kogan is already taking orders for a 12-inch Chromium OS laptop called Agora, which it expects to begin shipping on June 7. Hit the jump for more on the world’s first Chromium OS notebook.