Good afternoon, Maximum PC faithful! Our away team just touched down in Las Vegas, where they’re going to be covering all the PC-related news that comes out of CES. This means that you can expect plenty of updates from the floor, hands on reports and exclusive pictures from our correspondents out there in the nerd holyland.
Need a good reason to "go green" by recycling your old electronics? How about getting some green (money, that is) for your old desktop or laptop computers, digital cameras, monitors, PDAs, smartphones, inkjet or laser printers, table PCs, or workstations? HP has teamed up with Market Velocity, Inc. to offer the HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program. Whether you think you're sitting on a potential gold mine of old stuff or are looking for a painless way to get worthless digital junk out of your office, give it a try.
Consumers have shown they care more about portability than raw computing power, as evidenced by how well netbooks continue to sell. So while we fully expect to see speed gains in upcoming netbook models, the real battle might come down to battery life, and HP says its new Mini 2140 will run for up to 8 hours before needing a lifeline to the nearest power outlet.
To make the "all day" battery possible, HP combines a six-cell battery with Intel's power friendly Atom N270 (1.6GHz) processor. But even for those who wish not to opt for the larger battery, HP says its three-cell version will keep the Mini 2140 chugging along for four hours, or about twice as long as the new netbook's predecessor, the 2133. Apparently the updated model's ability to better dissipate heat is paying significant dividends.
Asus and Acer take note; HP may not be a distant third in the netbook market for very long.
Real-View recently announced their Real View 360° 3D Desktop 3D Scanner (catchy) as the first real solution for cheap 3D scanning. The release of this scanner comes alongside some pretty sizeable advances with medical cameras aimed at providing patients with options for non-invasive surgery.
The images captured by the 3D scanner can be rendered and viewed from any position, and a topographical 360° version can be exported into any web based document, online catalog or online auction.
“Topographical 360° 3D capture is the next logical step in image capture and display for e-trailers,” states Real-View 3D founder J.J. Howard. The 3D scans that Real-View hopes will become commonplace are expected (by them) to change the faces of online auctions and online catalogs.
Truthfully speaking, it would be pretty cool to see an accurate 3D model of the item that you’re looking to snag on eBay before you shell out some cash for it. It’d be pretty cool to see technology like this take off.
Dell, playing to the beat of their own drummer, has oh-so-secretly snuck some new Studio XPS laptops onto their online store.
The new machines, the Studio XPS 1340 and Studio XPS 1640 are upgraded versions of the previous Studio XPS 13. Both of the machines bear the exact same $1,199 price tag (seriously), pack Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and Vista Home Premium. The main discernable difference is that the smaller, 13-inch version is packing Nvidia GeForce 9400M G graphic while the slightly bigger, 16-inch version is rocking an ATI Mobility Radeon M86XT chip.
While both of these notebooks look like pretty solid additions to Dell’s lineup, the lack of a price difference is a bit confusing.
The SD Association recently announced a new card spec called SDXC (short for extended capacity) that will be able to support up to 2TB of memory with read/write speeds of 104MB/second.
If what they say is true, then that means that one of these SD cards will be able to store 100 high-def movies, 60 hours of HD recording or 17,000 high-resolution photos on a portable device.
Keeping in mind that this is still simply a spec, not an actual product, it’s feasible that we’ll see products based off of this as early as next year. And with memory of this capacity in such a small package, it’s possible that this could help the industry as a whole.
Cisco's making its presence known at CES with three new sleek looking web-enabled Media Hub NAS boxes. Adding to the sex appeal is a front-panel LCD and 6-in-1 media card reader found on the NMH405 (500GB, $400) and NMH410 (1TB, $430), while the 500GB NMH305 trades in those extras for a cheaper price tag ($350). All three versions ship with a single drive setup with the ability to accommodate a second drive configured as JBOD or in a RAID 1 array.
One of the main selling points looks to be the slick user interface accessible through any web browser equipped with Flash 9 or later. From within the UI, users can drag-and-drop files and folders or choose to upload them instead using the File Browser feature (doesn't support folders). Other goodies include a Media Importer application designed to automatically scan local and network shares and copy them to the Media Hub, and the ability to stream to any UPnP AV / DLNA device, as well as iTunes streaming.
According to SmallNetBuilder.com, who has been playing with one of the NAS boxes, Cisco managed to make the remote access feature stupid simple, bypassing the need to play around with your router's settings or setting up and configuring a dynamic DNS account.
With the simple touch of a button, SanDisk has created a solution to easily back up crucial files on your flash drive. SanDisk has announced today that their Ultra Backup USB drive will be available in capacities ranging from 8GB to 64GB with prices between $40 and $200. This patent-pending backup technology has a backup capacity of up to 64GB, more than enough space to store any important files you may have. The introduction of this new one-button backup technology alongside its already-popular dual layer of both password protection and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware encryption will make this one of the safest flash drives around.
SanDisk didn’t forget about their classics, though. The Cruzer underwent a facelift and is now sporting a new contemporary look featuring a sliding, cap-less USB connector. What hasn’t changed is the continuation of U3 technology allowing users to run applications directly off the drive.
Confused by all the Eee PC models there are to choose from? Get ready for yet another iteration of Asus' tiny mobile PC, only these are unlike any previous Eee PCs you've ever seen before.
Adding to its lineup, Asus is busy showing off a pair of Tablet PCs, the Eee PC T91 and the Eee PC T101H. The former comes with a smaller 8.9-inch LED backlit touchscreen display, whereas the latter model jumps to a 10.1-inch screen.
Both models sport a combination of Windows XP Home with SP3 and a customized Asus interface for touchscreen functionality. From a hardware standpoint, Asus isn't saying a whole lot, save for indicating the smaller T91 Tablet will use Intel's Atom Z520 processor and can be configured with both a GPS and TV tuner.
When the words “gaming” and “desktop” come to mind, we often associate the words “pricey” and “unaffordable” with them. HP hopes to change that mindset with the launch of their new series of low cost gaming computers. At CES this week, HP will be showcasing not only an inexpensive line of gaming PCs but also a new line of affordable and ultra-light notebooks.
The Firebird desktops will come equipped with a Core 2 Quad, 4GB of DDR2 memory, and dual GeForce 9800 video cards. These desktops will be utilizing energy saving components, usually found in notebooks, to lower power consumption. HP claims the power usage by these desktops will not exceed 350 watts, which is impressive considering your average GeForce 9800 card can consume almost 250 watts under load on their own. With a price tag starting at $1800, consumers will be happy to know they’re saving money both at the register and on their energy bill.
The 3.8 pound HP Pavilion DV2 is said to be less than an inch thick while sporting the new AMD Neo processor, a 12.1 inch screen, 500 gigabyte hard drive, and an ATI Mobility Radeon 3410. The DV2 is said to hit stores this March with a price tag between the $600 and $800 range.