Eee 903, Eee 904, Eee 905

Eee 903, Eee 904, Eee 905

The Eee 903, 904 and 905 netbooks solve one small problem: tiny keyboards. So, what ASUS did was to use the chassis of the Eee 1000 but instead of the larger LCD, stuck with the 8.9″. The prices should be a bit closer to the Eee 900 relative to the Eee 1000. With this pseudo-solution, you’ve got a 8.9″ LCD but with a fat bezel that make it look old school. What ASUS should have done is take a hint from IBM’s history books and incorporate a Butterfuly keyboard. Remember those?

Source: Eee PC News, Engadget

[tags]Eee 903, Eee 904, Eee 905, Netbook, 8.9″ Netbook, ASUS, ASUS Netbook[/tags]

Viewsonic VA2626wm: 26″ LCD Monitor

Viewsonic VA2626wm Specifications

Display: 26″ TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
Contrast Ratio: 6000:1 (dynamic)
Connectivity: HDMI, DVI, VGA
Speakers: 2.5W, removable
Availability: July 2008
Price: US$529

On June 30, 2008, Viewsonic announced its VA2626wm 26″ LCD monitor. The largest VA series from Viewsonic was limited to 22″ before this introduction. The 26″ LCD monitor’s main feature is the dynamic contrast ratio of 6000:1 and the aggressive price point of just US$529.

I can’t seem to find specifications for viewing angles, response time and brightness, but I’m sure they will be released very soon. I don’t expect those missing specifications to be excellent but somewhere in the range of: 170/170 viewing angles, 6ms response times, 350-400 cd/m2 brightness.

Source: PR Newswire, Electronista via Engadget

[tags]Viewsonic, Viewsonic VA2626wm, 26″ LCD Monitor, 26″, 1920 x 1200[/tags]

LG Secret Black Label Series

LG Secret Black Label Series Specifications

Display: 2.4″ Touch Haptic TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 240 x 320
Colors: 262K
Camera: 5MP Autofocus, Up to ISO 800
Video: Up to 120fps, DivX
Connectivity: FM Radio, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
Battery: 800mAh Lithium Ion (260 hr standby, 229 min talk, 123 min video telephony)
Dimensions: 50.8 x 102.8 x 11.8mm
Weight: 116g
Availability: Now, South Korea

LG Secret Black Label Series

LG has three Black Label Series: Chocolate, Shine and Secret. LG’s Secret Black Label Series is now available in South Korea. From the pictures, the Secret looks pretty good with that fairly large 2.4″ LCD on the front and other characteristics like a carbon fiber back. The Secret is a slider phone with a massive 5MP camera that’s very thin at just 11.8mm (0.46″).

LG Secret Black Label Series

Neon Touch Navigation This unique feature was inspired by the way ripples appear when objects touch water surfaces. And when you touch these four rippling blue buttons they vibrate, delicately.

LG Secret Black Label Series

Carbon Fiber The back of the Secret is carbon fiber. I don’t see the words carbon fiber “look” so I am guessing it is for real. Carbon fiber brings down the weight while maintaining ruggedness and there’s always that high-tech look that comes from this material.

Auto Luminance Control With an ambient light sensor, the Secret BL has the ability to control the brightness of the screen. This allows for optimum viewing experience and saves a bit of power as well.

Auto Rotating Display I guess this is thanks to an accelerometer. A 2.4″ LCD is not small, but the 240 x 320 pixel format probably won’t make that much of a difference in either portrait or landscape modes. But the auto-rotation capability will come in handy when you want a bit more width than length.

Tempered Glass This is important in keeping your fairly expensive and very sexy Secret phone in pristine condition. The tempered glass is hardened via a heating process and probably can withstand a bit more bumps and bruises than the average mobile phone.

Source: LG UK Secret Microsite, Akihabara News

[tags]LG, LG Secret, LG Secret Black Label Series, LG Black Label Series, 2.4″, 240 x 320[/tags]

Pantech IM-R300

Pantech IM-R300 Specifications

Display: 2.6″ Touch TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 400 x 240
Connectivity: HSDPA, WCDMA, GSM, GPS, DMB TV Tuner
Camera: 2MP
Memory: 260MB Internal, microSD
Dimensions: 51 x 102 x 13.9mm
Weight: 111g
Availability: South Korea

Pantech IM-R300

There are a lot of touch-capable smartphones on the market. Pantech introduced its IM-R300 touch smarphone featuring a 2.6″ touch-capable TFT LCD with a pixel format of 400 x 240. As you know already, I don’t think 400 x 240 is good enough for surfing on the web since the iPhone‘s 3.5″ LCD with 480 x 320 is barely good enough. So if mobile surfing is something that is important to you, I would look elsewhere. Have a look at the picture and you can realize that the cute girl is holding a stylus: not something I would want. I’ve gotten too used to using my finger to navigate through the icons on a smartphone.

Source: Akihabara News

[tags]Pantech, Pantech IM-R300, Smartphone, 2.6″, 400 x 240[/tags]

Garmin Nuvifone

Garmin Nuvifone Specifications
Display: 3.5″ Touch TFT LCD
Connectivity: 3.5G, GPS
Availability: Q4’08

Garmin Nuvifone

What is so interesting about Garmin’s Nuvifone? Is it that Garmin, known for GPS devices, is entering the smartphone market? Or is the interest based on a renewed focus on the overall smartphone market, thanks to Apple jumping in exactly 1 year ago? Well, the Nuvifone is interesting because it will be GPS-centric.

According to Gizmodo, the Nuvifone will be manufactured by Asustek, or simply ASUS. This is news because Garmin doesn’t outsource manufacturing. But maybe Garmin realizes that manufacturing smartphones is a bit different than making GPS devices. Or ASUS gave Garmin a great deal that it could not refuse. The Nuvifone will most likely have a pretty darn good GPS capability, of course. According to the same article, the Nuvifone will be available in Q4’08.

Nuvifone Scenario

With a GPS-centric smartphone, you can do a lot of location-based stuff. For instance, when you’re on the phone with someone and want to find out how to get to a particular place, you just click on a map and the device begins to give you GPS-based navigation instructions. Finding nearby friends is also a cool tool to have if you’re the type of person that people actually like hanging out randomly at any time. Of course, friend finding has been done before and I believe Helio was one of the first to offer this service. Other examples are plenty. I often find myself looking for a nearby Starbucks, bank, gas station, etc. Although a pin on a map is quite helpful, GPS navigation would be best. I hope it has GPS-tagging for photographs.

Source: Garmin, Gizmodo

[tags]Garmin, Garmin Nuvifone, GPS, Smartphone[/tags]

MSI Wind Running Mac OS X 10.5.2

MSI‘s Wind netbook is not available yet. But OS X 10.5.2 has been loaded on to it. Now you have a $399 (plus OS X 10.5.2 license cost) OS X netbook! Pretty crazy cool.

MSI Wind Running Mac OS X 10.5.2

Every time OS X is installed onto a PC of some sort, I am tempted to try to install OS X onto my own Dell Inspiron 9300. I’ve failed several times and I don’t know why I keep trying. I think it might have to do with the fact that I can get a OS X system for practically nothing. It also has something to do with the fact that I’ll need to spend at least $1099 to get a new OS X notebook PC. The choice is between many trial and error (most error) sessions and hoping that one day it’ll work or fork over $1099. After a few more failed attempts, I might just go out and get a MacBook.

Source: Gizmodo

[tags]MSI, MSI Wind, MSI Wind Running OS X, OS X 10.5.2, OS X Netbook, Netbook, OS X[/tags]

Dell UltraSharp 2709W: 27″ LCD Monitor

Dell UltraSharp 2709W Specifications

Display: 27″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Response Time: 6ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Color Gamut: 110% NTSC
Connectivity: USB (2), DVI with HDCP (2), HDMI, DisplayPort, Component, 5.1 Audio Out, VGA, 9-in-2 Media Card Reader
Power Consumption: 57-110W (operational), <2W (standby), Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Silver
Dimensions: 63.21 x 45.19 x 20.0cm (24.89 x 17.79 x 7.87″)
Weight: 8.3kg (18.3lbs)
Price: US$999

Dell UltraSharp 2709W 27

Dell‘s 27″ UltraSharp 2709W LCD monitor is a handsome unit. Although simple in design, the overall look is quite elegant, in a mechanical way (versus a fluid way). The 27″ LCD monitor sports the same pixel format (1920 x 1200) as smaller 24″ LCD monitors so you won’t get more screen real estate, just bigger fonts and icons. If you want to be nice to your eyes, the 2709W should be better than the smaller 24″ cousins in the sense that it will be easier to read.

Dell UltraSharp 2709W 27

Ports galore! You can connect just about anything to the 2709W. Although it might be unfair to compare it to a LCD TV, with the 27″ size a lot of folks will be using this as a pseudo-TV. So, the question is: where are the additional HDMI ports? Yes, I know, unfair, but hopefully Dell will see that an additional one or two HDMI ports would make a lot of folks happy. Bear in mind Dell’s newest UltraSharp LCD monitors are the few that sport a DisplayPort, uh, port.

Dell UltraSharp 2709W 27

Take a look at the stand. It is a fairly good-looking design. The 2709W is heigh-adjustable and as far as I can tell, rotatable. Other specifications that pop out are:

110% NTSC Color Gamut: This should bode well for folks that work with color. Make sure to color correct this monitor before you start working!

Premium Panel Guarantee: Dell has this guarantee for all of its UltraSharp LCD monitors, but it is good to know that even if you have a single pixel defect, Dell’s got your back.

Now for the kicker: the price of $999. That’s a bit much in my opinion, especially in light of the previous version, the UltraSharp 2707WFP, going at just $799.00. The main difference is that the new 2709W has better contrast ratio (3000:1 vs 1000:1), wider color gamut (110% vs 92%), and has DisplayPort. The dynamic contrast ratio of 3000:1 should come in handy if you are watching HD video content. If those features are important as well as the new design, maybe the $200 premium is worth it.

Source: Dell via Gizmodo

[tags]Dell UltraSharp 2709W, Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP, 27″ LCD Monitor, 1920 x 1200, DisplayPort, Dell 27″ LCD Monitor, 27″, Dynamic Contrast[/tags]

iPhone Clone: Clones Lose

Gizmodo iPhone Clones

Gizmodo did a decent piece on iPhone clones. They put together four iPhone clones and figured out which was best. Here is the list:

$129.99 Samsung Instinct on Sprint
$199.99 LG Vu on AT&T
$199.99 LG Voyager on Verizon
$199.99 Samsung Glyde on Verizon

I won’t go through everything that was detailed, but the bottom line is that all four provide a terrible, just terrible, browsing experience. Great mobile browsing is not option on 3G-enabled smartphones. IT IS A MUST.

Samsung’s Instinct was the only one of the four with visual voicemail, which was up until now a unique feature to the iPhone. The Instinct also has great GPS navigation.

The LG Vu on AT&T came in at second, but there is no GPS and the email client was terrible. LG Vu gets props for having the best touchscreen and related to that a great virtual keyboard, with very good responsiveness but the UI wasn’t the best.

How about the LG Voyager and Samsung Glyde? Not close to contending.

Although Gizmodo touts Samsung’s Instinct on Sprint to be the best iPhone clone, why not just pay $70 more to get the real deal? An additional $70 spread across a year or two comes down to just $5.83/mo more for 1 year and just $2.92/mo more for 2 years. And here’s another thing you should consider: How long is Sprint going to last? That is something to think about.

I will admit, I do like Apple products in general, but the iPhone 3G has a lot of intelligence built into it and will most likely continue to have the best mobile browsing experience on a smartphone, the best UI, the best music UI, and on it goes.

Source: Gizmodo

[tags]iPhone Clone, Samsung Instinct, LG Vu, LG Voyager, Samsung Glyde[/tags]

NEC AccuSync 24WMCX

NEC AccuSync 24WMCX Specifications

Display: 24″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Response Time: 5ms
Connectivity: HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
Power Consumption: 92W operational, 2W standby
Dimension: 22.1 x 15.5 x 3.4″ (without stand)
Weight: 14.3lbs
Price: MSRP US$535

NEC AccuSync 24WMCX

I have been searching for the perfect 24″ LCD monitor for a long time now. I really like NEC LCD monitors but they tend to be really expensive: more than US$1000. And for that kind of price, I would rather spend a bit more and get a Dell 30″. The NEC AccuSync 24WMCX gives me a bit of hope. The viewing angle (178/178), fast response time (5ms) and very bright (400 cd/m2) LCD seems to suggest that this NEC has got the chops but also doesn’t require that I burn a whole in my wallet. HDTV Solutions has a good review and gives it 4 out of 5 stars. The only drawback would be that the 24WMCX does not rotate, but I don’t see myself needing to rotate my monitor. Now if I can just confirm that the 24WMCX uses an IPS panel, I would be all over it. Does anyone know?

Source: HDTV Solutions

[tags]NEC, NEC AccuSync 24WMCX, NEC 24WMCX, 24″ LCD Monitor, NEC 24″ LCD Monitor, 1920 x 1200[/tags]