Asus has gambled the farm that the fancy graphics offering—an Nvidia 9500M GS videocard with 512MB of onboard memory—in its F8Sn notebook will be enough to eclipse the machine’s myriad shortcomings. Sadly, it isn’t.
Apple’s little white wonder of a MacBook excels against its PC counterparts, but it’s no Gandalf. As expected, gaming is this laptop’s weakest link. And even complex multimedia tasks can cause the MacBook’s magic to wither.
Still, in most applications, the Vista-booting MacBook performed admirably. Find out how admirably after the jump.
Proof you can have your 3-pound cake and eat it too.
When you pick up a Lenovo ThinkPad X300, you pick up 3 pounds, 6 ounces of excellence. In every way that the MacBook Air is stylish and beautiful, the X300 is built to perform. No usability is sacrificed for visual appeal—inside this unassuming black chassis is a workhorse. It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is one sturdy 3-pound portable.
Weighing a tad more than 4 pounds, Sony’s Vaio SX is the heftiest laptop in the ultraportable category. Yet despite its larger size, the Vaio isn’t the sturdiest small-size contender. That’s too bad because this little rig packs killer performance in its sexy carbon-fiber shell—it’s the only ultraportable we tested that includes discrete graphics.
Handheld gadgets continue to get more powerful and expand upon their capabilities, but don't let anyone try and tell you PCs are dead. On the contrary, over 1 billion computers are being used worldwide, and according to research firm Gartner, that number is expected to double by early 2014. So why shouldn't PC fans celebrate just yet? Click through to find out.
Sony's decision to slap a Blu-ray player into its Playstation 3 console helped seal HD-DVD's fate as the modern day Betamax, but the costly hardware also helped contribute to a whopping $3 billion loss in hardware sales, according to a Kotaku report. Sony's fiscal 2008 annual report also pinpointed "the large-scale investment required during the development and introductory period" as a contributing factor. Throwing salt into the financial wound, the now ancient PS2 sold more hardware than the PS3 in fiscal 2008, and nearly three times as much software. Ouch.
If you wander far from your 802.11n Draft 2.0 router, you’ll want to know about Hawking Technology’s 300N Dish Network Adapter. This not-so-little dish antenna delivers outstanding range without the need to drop your network down to 802.11g mode to support it.
Read on to find out what we thought of its performance.
Without a doubt, the MacBook Air is one of the niftiest-looking laptops we've ever tested. But he smallest notebook we’ve ever tested comes with sacrifices - the MacBook Air makes serious compromises to maintain its petite profile.
Cnet reports that Intel's upcoming Centrino 2 processors are beginning to preview at resellers, as backordered of course. HP's 6930p Toshiba's Qosmio G55 and others are among the first laptops expected to use new Intel’s latest mobile processor. Even though Intel’s "Montevina" Centrino 2 mobile platform roll out was scaled back by Intel in May, processors are still slated for July 14th. Intel may be feeling a bit of heat from AMD’s roll out of “Puma” their next generation mobile processor for the fall 'back to school' sales.
The Centrino 2 is offering low-power processors with TDPs as low as 5W. That should offer us a nice long battery life. Better graphics processing is in the cards with the inclusion of the GM45 chipset, a much needed improvement for integrated graphics laptops with Vista. Rumor has it that these CPUs will eventually have Wi-MAX support. Some earlier leaked details have processor offerings between 2.26GHz and 3.06GHz and having up to 5 cores.
Intel was quick to debunk the rumor on Friday that it would be launching its new Larrabee platform of GPU’s at Siggraph. This comes as little surprise to most of us since Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced in January of this year that Larrabee’s first sample silicon wouldn’t be ready for internal testing until late 2008. With general release slated Q4 2009 this would have been a significant deviation from plan had the rumor been true. The information on current release dates comes from Intel’s long-term roadmap and is known as “The ****** Book”.
Want to know more about Larrabee? Read more after the jump.