You might have already seen netbooks equipped with an Intel Atom N570 processor, but have the two of you been officially introduced? Not until this week, you haven't. We're not sure what's taken Intel so long, but the chip maker decided that now is the right time to announce its latest dual-core Atom N570 processor.
If the Taiwan market is any indication, prices may soon come down on dual-core netbooks in the U.S. Netbook prices in Taiwan are on a downwards trend, recently falling to around $340, and some models have gone lower than that. Notebook players say it's a necessary adjustment in order to create some separation with the emerging tablet market, Digitimes reports.
It's entirely possible for software to cause hardware damage. For instance, an overclocking utility, whether buggy or abused by the end-user, could potentially result in fried hardware. But should installing Linux on a system that ships with Windows automatically void existing hardware warranties? A reader who wrote in to the Consumerist is complaining that HP gave him the runaround when attempting to have the OEM replace an in-warranty battery on an HP netbook he installed Linux on.
The VAIO YB series of AMD Fusion-powered notebooks that Sony showcased at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are here. The VAIO YB series is certainly not the first on the market with AMD’s Fusion Zacate chips, but Sony has still managed to ensure that it stands out from similar offerings from HP and Lenovo. Before you hit the jump to find out what makes the YB series stand out, let me warn you a lot of you might not like Sony’s idea of towering above the competition.
Park the hearse, cancel the appointment with the funeral director, and don't print the obituary, because netbooks are here to stay. Or at least that's the case if Asus has any say in the matter (and the company does).
Asus will continue to blitz the netbook market in 2011 by launching three to four brand new Eee PC models, which are in addition to upgraded versions of existing models already on the market, DigiTimes reports. By the end of the year, Asus plans to have shipped six million netbooks, claiming a 20 percent share of the market.
Eee PC business GM Samson Hu indicated that it's tough to predict what impact tablet PCs will have on netbooks sales, but that won't deter Asus from shipping as many netbooks as it can. Given the slow roll out of tablets in general, that's probably a safe bet.
It was during CES that Acer announced its upcoming 10.1-inch Aspire One 522, a netbook built around AMD's A50M Fusion chipset with a 1GHz dual-core C-50 processor and Radeon HD 6250 graphics. You still can't get your hands on one, but you can put your preorder in.
Amazon has the netbook listed at $330 with an ETA of 3 to 5 weeks. For those of you who need a refresher, other notable specs include 2GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB SATA hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI port, and Windows 7 Starter.
Also on the Fusion front, Acer announced the eMD644 laptop through its eMachines subsidiary. This one sports a 14-inch screen, AMD dual-core E-350 processor, the same A50M Fusion chipset, 2GB of DDR3 memory, Radeon HD 6310 graphics, 500GB SATA drive, and 8X DVD burner. This one isn't available for preorder, nor is there any word on pricing.
Perennially beleaguered chip maker AMD announced Monday that Dirk Meyer is no longer the company’s CEO. Until it finds a permanent replacement, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Seifert will serve as the firm’s acting CEO. The abruptness of Meyer’s resignation has left a lot of room for speculation. AMD’s perfunctorily terse explanation hasn’t helped either. Meyer’s resignation was the result of a mutual agreement between the board and the former CEO was all that the company was willing to say.
"Dirk became CEO during difficult times. He successfully stabilized AMD while simultaneously concluding strategic initiatives including the launch of GlobalFoundries, the successful settlement of our litigation with Intel and delivering Fusion APUs to the market,” said AMD chairman Bruce Claflin about the former CEO’s accomplishments.
"However, the Board believes we have the opportunity to create increased shareholder value over time. This will require the company to have significant growth, establish market leadership and generate superior financial returns. We believe a change in leadership at this time will accelerate the company's ability to accomplish these objectives."
Speculation is rife that Meyer’s failure to gauge the growing importance of the mobile market could have been a major reason for his ouster. Under Meyer, AMD adamantly refused to shed its inexplicable apathy towards increasingly important device segments like netbooks, smartphones and, most recently, tablets.
Razer, best known for its line of gaming mice, sometimes uses CES to launch a product seemingly out of the company's realm. One year it was the Mako 2.1 speakers, which is still the only speaker set in Razer's product portfolio. And this year? Meet the Switchblade, a "mobile PC gaming concept design."
The Switchblade is basically a netbook of sorts custom tailored for gamers and built around Intel's Atom platform, likely Oak Trail. The idea is to bring a keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen display to mobile gaming, a combo that doesn't really exist with today's handheld consoles.
"The main problem with mobile PC gaming so far is that no one has been able to port the full mouse and keyboard experience onto a small size portable solution," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. "By combining adaptive on-the-fly controls and display, we managed to maintain the full tactile keyboard in a miniature computer while saving valuable screen estate."
Not just an everyday netbook, the Switchblade comes with an "intelligent user interface that adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based on game content and user requirements" (the key graphics change, somewhat similar to the Optimus Maximum OLED keyboard), and it sports a custom overlay on top of Windows 7.
If you’re on the market for a new business ready Dell netbook than you might want to hold out just a bit longer. Rumor has it that Dell plans to launch a follow up to the Latitude 2110 at this years CES which will be very similar in design to its predecessor, but sport the N550 dual core Atom processor instead of the single core N470, along with a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. The Broadcom isn’t as capable as ION, but its significantly less expensive to implement and has support for flash 10.1.
On the pricing front we haven’t heard anything official, but since the Latitude 2110 starts at around $650, you should expect the 2120 to carry a slight premium over this. More details will follow in the coming weeks with our comprehensive CES coverage.
With Dell putting more resources behind Atom based PC’s in business, do you see it catching on over the more expensive CULV option?
While it can be difficult to reconcile yourself with the reprehensible acts of violence that gadgets are being subjected to these days by eyeball-desperate Youtubers, there are times when such antics leave behind a lot more than just hugely popular videos and the fragmented remains of these devices. A case in point is the pulverization of the maiden Chrome OS device, the Google Cr-48, by the guys over at Will it Blend? -- a blender-happy outfit that likes to grind to pulp or dust pretty much everything they can lay their hands on.
Upon receiving their Cr-48 from Google, they asked themselves the question that drives their very existence: “Will it blend?” The Cr-48 was quickly squeezed into one of their trusted blenders and reduced to smoking dust in a few seconds.
In the video, the blender operator expresses happiness over the fact that his information is still secure in the cloud. But he leaves us with a thought provoking question: “I wonder where the cloud is?” I believe this is one question that a lot of us have been asking ourselves, haven’t we?