Don't go writing off sub-10-inch netbooks just yet, lest you overlook Sony's VAIO P series. Tablets, 10-inch netbooks, and increasingly faster and more functional smartphones be damned, Sony apparently thinks there's still a market for near-pocket sized netbooks, and to prove it, they've gone and updated their VAIO P series.
Lightweight and portable, Sony says their P series netbooks measure about the size of a business envelope and about as thin as a cell phone, while weighing a mere 1.4 pounds. There's now an optical touchpad complementing the central trackball, and it's the first notebook line from Sony with a built-in accelerometer.
According to Sony, you can browse through pictures, PDF documents, or navigate back and forth through your web browsing history by giving the VAIO a gentle shake. And like other handheld devices with a built-in accelerometer, the VAIO P series will switch between portrait and landscape mode depending on the device's orientation.
Other features include up to a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, up to 64GB of hard drive space, 2GB of DDR2 memory, SD memory card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and various other odds and ends (full feature-set here).
Available in Onyx Black, Garnet Red, Crystal White, Gold, and Pink, the new VAIO P series will start shipping in the US this June starting at $800.
There was a time when computer keyboards were little more than bland, beige planks with nary a unique feature to be found, but that certainly isn't the case anymore. Today there are tons of higher-end keyboards to choose from, the latest of which comes from Adesso.
Adesso's newest entry into the 'not-just-another-plank' category consists of the WKB-4200UB, a wireless keyboard thanks to its 2.4GHz RF combo controller, giving the keyboard a range of 30 feet.. There's a touchpad nestled over to the side, but even so, the WKB-4200UB still boasts a full-sized QWERTY keyboard.
The touchpad isn't the only unusual feature. Adesso says you can use multiple units in the same room, a trick made possible because of 6500 IDs on 12 different channels.
Ambidextrous road warriors unite, Asus has your weapon of choice. The NX90Jq notebook sports not one, but two touchpads, one on each side, which should be music to any armchair DJ's ears.
Specs are are pretty sparse, but what we do know is that the NX90Jq boasts an 18.4-inch high definition display made even larger by Bang & Olufsen's ICEpower speakers. There's a Core i7 processor hiding inside, as well as Nvidia GeForce GT 334M graphics, dual drive bays, slot-in Blu-ray drive, and USB 3.0 support.
Now available from USB Geek is the aptly named USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad. The marketing gurus have pegged the device as a simple wireless input device, but this could be the perfect stocking stuffer for HTPC enthusiasts.
You won't find a multitouch interface nor is there an LCD. But it does come with a trackpad, wireless USB dongle, and a QWERTY keyboard in a form factor that will have all those hours honing your text messaging skills paying off.
It works from up to 30 feet away, and a bright backlight ensures you'll have little trouble manipulating your DVR in the dark. It also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery and supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000. And at $62, it's not going to break the bank either.
Check out a video of the remote USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad in action here, then hit up the product page for more info.
When we last visited the Lenovo Thinkpad T400s, we gave it a relatively good score based on its sleek, black matte chassis, its comfortable ergonomic keyboard and its reliable on-the-go specifications, which included a 128GB SSD. Now, the T400s has had a minor overhaul in hardware (including a touchscreen LCD) and software and we were lucky enough to get some hands-on playtime with the still-in-beta SimpleTap multi-touch software.
Some things are so obvious that one completely ignores them and the computer mouse is one of them. However, Gartner analyst Steve Prentice still managed to turn his attention to the generic device – maybe for the lack of a better subject of attention - and came up with an ominously titled paper “Gestural Computing: The End of the Mouse”. He has sounded the death knell for the mouse. But you will need to read further to know why the computer mouse is steadily scrolling towards its grave.