ASUS N10: 10.2″ Netbook

ASUS N10: 10.2 via Engadget: The N10 from ASUS does not make use of the Eee brand. The Eee brand is synonymous with small and cheap, which isn’t a bad thing unless you want to go upscale. And that’s what ASUS seems to want to do with the N10. The N10 does come across as having a bit more style than your typical Eee PC, especially the glossy black (and thick!) bezel around the LCD.

And speaking of the LCD, the N10 netbook sports a 10.2″ wide TFT LCD with a pixel format of 1024 x 600. It is reported on engadget to have a 1024 x 768 display, but that would make it a 4:3 aspect ratio and… well… 4:3 is disappearing quickly and is just simply not likely. Although ASUS tries hard to differentiate the N10 from its Eee-branded netbooks, but I just can’t seem to separate ASUS from Eee PC, so anything that has ASUS on it seems a bit cheap feeling. Mathematically speaking: A=B, B=C, so A=C. (Hint: A in this case is Eee PC. B is ASUS. C is N10.)

MotionDSP on CUDA at NVISION 08

Tired of crappy video from your mobile phone or digital camera? MotionDSP has got a solution for you.


Today, I spoke with Dr. Sean Varah, CEO of MotionDSP, about the technology behind the company’s FixMyMovie ( service. First, what is FixMyMovie? MotionDSP’s FixMyMovie service “automatically cleans your movies with MotionDSP’s advanced video technology.” You upload a crappy movie and FixMyMovie fixes your movie. You can embedded the enhanced video online or download to your PC for a small fee. So, what makes MotionDSP’s technology better than the others? According to Dr. Varah, the engine behind the service has been used by the military and the police to enhance videos, security videos to be more precise, and have helped in catching some really bad people. Now MotionDSP wants to bring its advanced algorithm to the CE market for all of us to enjoy better videos. Continue reading →

Toshiba Portege M800: 13.3″ Notebook PC

Toshiba Portege M800 Specifications

Display: 13.3″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
GPU: Intel X4500 HD
CPU: 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
HDD: 250GB 5400RPM
Optical: DVD+/-RW Super Multi DL
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi (AGN), 9-in-1 Multi-card Reader, USB 2.0 (3), FireWire, VGA, Headphone-Out, Mic-In, ExpressCard
Weight: 1.97kg
Price: KRW1,590,000

Toshiba Portege M800: 13.3

Toshiba‘s Portege M800, along with the Satellite A300 Black Label II and the regular Satellite A300, was launched in the South Korean market on August 18, 2008. The M800 is a 13.3″ notebook PC and is the white one in the picture. The white is no ordinary white, the color is “Cool White Pearl” and uses a molten resin process to generate the glossy finish. Not much is known about the M800 but it looks to be geared for light-to-medium duties. The 2.26GHz CPU is definitely no slouch but with an integrated Intel X4500 HD GPU, I wouldn’t put too heavy a graphics load on it.

Source: AVING

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BenQ G2400WT: 24″ High Contrast LCD Monitor

BenQ G2400WT Specifications

Display: 24″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
Contrast Ratio: 4000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Response Time: 5ms
Viewing Angle: 160/160
Connectivity: DVI, VGA, HDMI, Headphone Out
Power Consumption: 55W
Adjustments: Tilt, Rotate
Dimensions: 669.1 x 479.2 x 219.6mm
Weight: 8.3kg
Availability: August 2008 in UK
Price: £590

BenQ G2400WT: 24

On August 20, 2008, BenQ introduced its G2400WT monitor. BenQ’s G2400WT is a 24″ LCD monitor that boasts a high dynamic contrast ratio: 4000:1. Although that’s about 4x the typical dynamic contrast ratio for a 24″ LCD monitor, dynamic contrast ratio only becomes relevant when you’re watching motion picture. And in some cases doesn’t do much to enhance the picture quality. If you watch a lot of HD video, I would recommend getting a LCD TV with a proper video engine. The G24000WT, even with its higher dynamic contrast ratio, will be only good for the occasional video watching. Another interesting feature is the presence of three video ports: DVI, VGA and HDMI. Normally you would only get two out of the three with VGA a given. I would highly recommend connecting the G2400WT via the DVI port or HDMI port and bypass the VGA if at all possible.

Source: electronista via engadget

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Sony PSP-3000

Sony PSP-3000 Specifications:

  • Display: 4.3″ TFT LCD
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Pixel Format: 480×272
  • Availability: October 15, 2008 in Europe
  • Price: €199

Sony PSP-3000

joystiq via Engadget: The Sony PSP-3000 is externally identical except for a built-in mic and a LCD that is “better outside with no glare”. The built-in mic is certainly an indication that voice-based communications will be a part of the PSP-3000. Regarding the LCD, no glare is good. Better outside? I hope that doesn’t mean worse inside. Transflective, or more accurately transreflective, incorporate the best of both worlds. The transreflective LCD is a transmissive design that allows light to come through from the backlight unit, but also has reflective coatings to make use of ambient light such as the sun. The benefit is that you can see the contents of the LCD fairly well even when the sun is out in its full glory. The potential disadvantage is that the overall LCD image might suffer a bit due to the additionally incorporated elements. That’s ‘potential’ disadvantage. I might have to secure a PSP-3000 just to test it out myself.

Update 2008.08.21 10:28PM PST: According to engadget Japanese, the PSP-3000 will have a vastly improved LCD. First off, the color gamut will be 2x, contrast ratio 5x, response time 1/2 compared to the PSP-2000. Looks like the new LCD is going to be a winner!

Dell Inspiron 910: 8.9″ Netbook

Dell Inspiron 910 Specifications

Display: 8.9″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
Webcam: Yes
GPU: Intel 945GMS
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
RAM: Up to 1GB
Storage: 4, 8, 16GB SSD
Connectivity: Ethernet, VGA, USB (3), Mic-In, Headphone-Out, SD (?)
Availability: August 2008
Price: $300

Dell Inspiron 910: 8.9

Dell‘s Inspiron 910 is a 8.9″ netbook that follows the tradition of netbooks of being small, portable, affordable, barely able to type and mostly geared for Internet browsing, email and light Office work. The 8.9″ 1024 x 600 TFT LCD is perfect for surfing the net as most websites are built on the assumption of a 1024 wide display. The Inspiron 910, with its diminutive size has more ports than the MacBook Air! I’m not sure I like all the gloss, but if the price is right, I’m sure the Inspiron 910 will be popular with the netbook crowd who would rather have a well-known brand stamped on the cover. Bear in mind, that this too will have been integrated in Taiwan or China.

Source: Eee PC News via Engadget, Gadget Review

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HP EliteBook 2730p: 12.1″ Convertible Tablet PC

HP EliteBook 2730p Specifications

Display: 12.1″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
Webcam: 2MP
GPU: Mobile Intel GMA X4500 HD shares up to 384MB system memory
Chipset: Mobile Intel GS45 Express ICH9M-Enhanced
1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 3MB L2 Cache
1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo LV, 6MB L2 Cache
Storage: 1.8″ 5400RPM 80GB or 120GB SATA, 80GB SSD
Optical: 7mm DVD+/-RW DL (fixed, optional) for HP 2700 Ultra-Slim Expansion Base
Battery: 6-cell 44WHr, optional HP 2700 Ultra-Slim Battery
Connectivity: WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Gobi (EV-DO and HSPA), Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, ExpressCard/54, SD, USB 2.0 (2), VGA, Mic-In, Headphone-In, Line-Out
OS: Windows Vista Business with Windows XP Tablet Edition downgrade
Other: Jog Dial, Business Card Reader, MIL-STD 810F
Dimensions: 11.24 x 8.35 x 1.11″ (290 x 212 x 28.2mm)
Weight: Starts at 3.7lbs (1.7kg)

HP EliteBook 2730p: 12.1

The HP EliteBook 2730p doesn’t look rugged, but it is. In fact, the chassis meets MIL-STD 810F standards for dust, altitude and temperature. The display is a 12.1″ wide TFT LCD with a LED backlight. The pixel format is a standard wide 1280 x 800. There are two display options. One is with an Illumi-Lite and Digitizer and the other one is an Illuminate-Lite, Digitizer and Outdoor View LCD. I’m not sure what the differences are exactly, the Outdoor View option might be a transflective type that incorporates some reflective characteristics to have better viewing capabilities in bright ambient conditions. Continue reading →

Lenovo IdeaPad U8: 4.8″ Mobile Internet Device

Lenovo IdeaPad U8 Specifications

Display: 4.8″ Wide TFT LCD with Touch
Pixel format:
Webcam: Dual Cameras
CPU: 800MHz Intel Silverthorn-class Atom Z500
RAM: Up to 2GB
Storage: 6GB Flash
Connectivity: China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB), WiFi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth, GPS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA 3G (China), WiMAX (?), USB
Battery: 5 hours
Dimensions: 173 x 84 x 21mm
Weight: 350g (10.6oz)

Lenovo IdeaPad U8: 4.8

Lenovo‘s IdeaPad U8 is a mobile Internet device, or MID. The U8 has a 4.8″ wide TFT LCD but the pixel format is unknown. I would hope it is at least 800 x 480, hopefully more. The USB dongle is required to receive the China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB) signals and that makes it a bit less elegant. But the whole idea of a 173mm (6.8″) portable device is a bit, let’s say, in the dead zone. Continue reading →

HP EliteBook 8730w: 17″ Mobile Workstation

HP EliteBook 8730w Specifications

Display Options:

  • 17.0″ 1680 x 1050 WVA
  • 17.0″ 1920 x 1200 WVA
  • 17.0″ 1920 x 1200 DreamColor WVA

HP EliteBook 8730w: 17

HP: The HP EliteBook 8730w certainly deserves the ‘elite’ prefix as it is one of the most powerful mobile workstations around. With the option of a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU (X9100) and up to 8GB (EIGHT!) of 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM you won’t have to worry about computing power. HP could have squeezed out a bit more system power by going with DDR3, but with 8GB on tap, few will feel the need for more. Graphically, the 8730w is just as powerful with the option of an 1GB NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M. Wow. Couple that with the 17.0″ 1920×1200 DreamColor WVA (Wide Viewing Angle) LCD, and you’ve got one of the most serious graphics combination on a notebook PC platform.

Storage? Not a problem. The option of replacing the optical drive with an optional hard disk gives you a total storage potential of 640GB (320GB x 2) in RAID 0 or up the reliability quotient by going with RAID 1 and still have 320GB of storage spinning at a quick 7200RPM.

Lugging a 17″ notebook PC is not fun. I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 and it is far from light. But if you do have a need to take the 8730w, you’ll be happy to know that it has an option for WWAN, either AT&T or Verizon Wireless, for a 3G connection on-the-go. Back home, you can connect the 8730w to a LCD TV or a LCD monitor via its HDMI connection. Unfortunately for many, a DVI connection is absent. You will need a male-DVI to male-HDMI cable to connect an older high-end LCD monitor with just DVI connections.

If there ever was a true desktop replacement notebook PC, the 8730w would be one of the most powerful notebook PC to do so. I would guess that the 8730w with the top-of-the-line options would be more powerful than 80% of the desktop PCs out there. Just a guess.

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Specifications

Display: 13.3″ TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1440 x 900
CPU: 1.2GHz (U9300) and U9400 (1.4GHz) Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 6MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB
HDD: 64GB or 128GB
Connectivity: USB 2.0 (3), Firewire, DisplayPort, ExpressCard, Ethernet (Gigabit), WWAN, GPS, Bluetooth, WiMAX (later in 2008)
Battery Life: 4 hours
Weight: 2.93lbs
Availability: August 26, 2008 (128GB option from September)
Price: Starts at US$2,599

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

InformationWeek: The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is the successor to the X300, a worthy competitor to Apple’s MacBook Air. The X301 will probably look almost identical to the X300 but the exciting upgrades are mostly internal. The 13.3″ TFT LCD with a LED backlight sporting a pixel format of 1440×900 stays, as it should: ultra-thin with more pixels than the standard 1280×800, a winning combo. The CPU is an as-yet-unannounced Intel ULV CPU that will come in two speeds: 1.2GHz (U9300) and 1.4GHz (U9400). The X301 will use faster DDR3 RAM, up to 2GB. The 64GB SSD limit on the X300 will be supplanted by a 128GB version that will be available in September. All of these internal enhancements lead to an overall performance boost of 20%.