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OQO to become NOQO?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:15

Ok besides the pathetic attempt at humor and a play on letters/words, there is some potentially saddening informaiton for the OQO faithful out there.  Turns out that the company isn’t doing so hot and is in the process of looking for a new partner and friend with some pretty deep pockets.  That’s the word on OQOTALK forums so far.  Besides being in the not so good position of losing money, the OQO MODEL 02+ now has an uncertain furture as it may not ever even see the light of day or be touched and felt by public hands.  Sad news indeed as it was the coolest and most fully featured “PC” of its size.  If in fact the company does go under, hopefully some one will pull an ‘ol “CompUSA” on them and get them back into gear in the not to distant future.

Engadget, JK

ATI’s HD 4570 GPU coming to a Dell Studio near you

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 16:42
Posted in category Dell, Portable Computers

If you were a big graphics card company, wouldn’t you love it if one of your clients spilled the beans on one of your latest and greatest products before you had a chance to?  I doubt so.  But apparently Dell just doesn’t care or are careless as a page on Dell’s support website shows the 15″ laptop will soon ship with an unreleased ATI HD 4570 GPU.  On the support site you can see a support driver for the 4570 and a support driver for the current GMA 4500MHD processor.  What’s interesting is it is listed as coming inside of a Studio 1555.  Another unreleased notebook.  Dell is just dropping all sorts of secrets today.

The benefits of ATI’s latest 4500 series GPU’s include 80 stream units, full Direct x 10.1/Open GL 2 support, hardware based movie decoding as well as some general GPU calculations support.  Power saving features come hard coded inside the 4500 series to save battery life when you need it most.

Source: Electronistsa

Matte 17″ MacBook Pro looks naked…slightly odd

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 16:25
Posted in category Apple, Portable Computers

Even though glossy screens on laptops aren’t everyone’s cup ‘o tea, Apple went ahead and decided to make them the standard anyway, giving the option for a matte screen only as a $50 add-on option to the highest end MacBook Pro.  Look at the picture above.  While in reality it’s more or less the same as the previous generation MBP’s, after seeing the unibody MBP’s with the black bezel and full glass across the screen, the matte option while costing more, comes of to me anyway as looking cheap…and naked.  Theres no darkness anymore.  Not to mention it *appears* that the display doesn’t have the glass cover.  Did you order a matte unibody 17″ MBP?  What’s it really like?  Let us know.

Source: 9t05 Mac

17″ MacBook Pro’s begin arriving

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 16:28
Posted in category Apple, Portable Computers

If you are one of the lucky folks that have been able to order one of Apple’s new 17″ MacBook Pros you have most certainly been bummed about the shipping delay.  However reports are coming in that the 17 inchers are starting to make their way to their new homes.  Two readers (123free and UFOGoldorak) over at MacRumors have reported getting their 17″ MBP’s already…slightly ahead of Apple’s (delayed) claimed February 19th shipping date…early is never bad people.  What’s nice is that UFOGoldorak has already put up some prelim benchmarks of the new hotness (a 17″ MBP with a 2.93GHz proc, 4GB RAM and Nvidia 9600 GT graphics card)  against an older 15 ” MBP with a 2.4 GHz proc, 4GB RAM and Nvidia 8600 GT.  The new hotness definitely leaves the ‘ol geezer in the dust.  Benchmarks for the geeksters is right here.  Enjoy!  If you ordered a 17″, send in some pics and let us see it!


Source: MacRumors

Dell Latitude XT2 now official

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:42
Posted in category Dell, Portable Computers

If you are the type that loves to put your oily phalanges all over your laptop screen, touchscreens are the ticket for you.   If you like to be on the go away from an outlet for 11 hours, well that was just laughable from a laptop.  Not anymore.  Dude! The Dell Latitude XT2 is official.  The XT2 looks to continue on Dell’s knack for convertable tablet computers aiming to one up the competition.  Do they succeed?  You be the judge.  To wet your whistle with some super specs and press release, hop on through!


Dell XT2 coming Wednesday?

Saturday, February 7, 2009 21:46

So tablet computers are you thing.  You go simply ga ga over being able to one hand your computer and just yank that screen all over the place whenever you please.  If you didn’t catch on with Dell’s XT1 fret not as part 2 will apparently be here soon.  The XT2 has been leaked!  Engadget was able to score some information that appears as if it could be a legitimate launch worthy sheet.  The specs:

  • 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors
  •  12.1″ Multi-touch display
  • Support for up to 5GB DDR3 RAM
  • 80GB spinner drive/64GB SSD
  • 3.62lbs.

Supposedly the XT2 will get ousted on February 11th.  Keep your fingers crossed and wallets primed and ready for the 11th!  For a shot of the supposed product info sheet go here.



Source: Engadget, Mobilewhack

Clevo D900F to decimate all other gaming laptops

Monday, February 2, 2009 17:14
Posted in category Portable Computers

*Image above is not the actual D900F*

If you a hardcore gamer who considers cost and weight as trivial specs on your rig of choice, Clevo might be worth taking a gander at.  Clevo’s newest creation (not slated for release until May of ‘09), the D900F will be one of if not the first to use Intel’s new i7 chips in laptop form as well as Nvidia’s still unannounced but highly anticipated G280 notebook graphics card and combination of raid 0/1/5 hard drives totaling 1.5TB of portable storage!  Obviously this beast will come with an equally beastly price tag and back breaking weight.  But, to gamers that is trivial.  So what exactly are the specs for this monster?  Continue on…


Adamo gets a quick photoshoot!

Friday, January 9, 2009 13:09
Posted in category CES, Dell, Portable Computers

While the keynote was a pretty big let down, Engadget managed buy some time afterwards in order to get a few pictures.  So, finally how about some specs now.  The list currently is very short since Engadget was not allowed to even turn it on.  Whats on the outside?  The display appears to be a 13″, however they couldn’t take measurements.  3 USB ports, an eSATA jack, and a “crazy small power adapter with a removable plug for international use”.  I know it isn’t much at all, but it’s all Dell is going to give us today.  Click though for a few more pics of the Adamo


Dell Studio XPS 13″ and 16″ break out

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:57
Posted in category Dell, Portable Computers, XPS

Can’t say this was a surprise, but Dell’s website now home to two new models.  The Dell Studio XPS 1340″ and Dell Studio XPS 1640″.  Colors include Obsidian Black with leather accents, black, black,…and black.  They really like black.  As far as specs go these new laptops aren’t too shabby.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 (3MB cache/2.26MHz/1066MHz FSB)
  • 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz (2 Dimms)
  • 320GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Mobility RADEON® M86XT - 512MB
  • Dell Wireless 1515 802.11n Half Mini-Card
  • High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen 16.0 inch WLED LCD (1366×768) W/2.0 MP  or Edge-to-Edge 13.3? HD WXGA LCD with 2.0 Megapixel Camera
  • 8X DVD+/- RW(DVD/CD read/write) Slot Load Drive
  • 6-cell Battery
  • Bundled with 15 months of McAfee Security Center, Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year , Microsoft Works
  • 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24×7 Phone Support
  • $200 Promo Dell Gift Card Card - Card to arrive 6-8 weeks after purchase

One odd thing to note is that both models have the same starting price.  Either Dell is under pricing or over pricing one them.  Boy Genius suggests that they could be place holders until Dell formally gives us some information.

Source: Boy Genius

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Finally an iTablet…Thanks to Axiotron…Again!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:27
Posted in category Apple, Portable Computers

Axiotron, known for modding Mac products unveiled today their latest conquest at Macworld.  This device, the Modbook Pro is based off of the new 15″ Macbook Pro.  You want specs…Ok, here are the specs:

  • 2.4GHz C2D (upgrade option to 2.8GHz)
  • Nvidea 9600M GT
  • 320GB 7200 RPM hard drive or 128GB SSD
  • Integrated GPS
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Less than an inch think! (.93 inches)
  • 6.6 lbs.

If this excites you beyond all belief sit down for the price.  $4,999.99.  Ouch!  Oh one little surprise, Axiotron is offering a $400 off discount for Macworld so it becomes a little bit more affordable at $4,399.99.  Who needs a house, utilities, cable, or food anyway.  Trivial things they are.


Source: Boy Genius *pic*, Macworld

The 17″ MBP battery: A closer look

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:06

Lithium-Polymer batteries being manufactured by Apple

The claimed 8-hour battery life for Apple’s new 17″ MacBook Pro is unheard of for a laptop of that size.  Usually you can expect between 1.5 to 3.5 hours at most.  While Apple really pushed the idea that the battery and its manufacturing process were “all new”, in reality it has been around a little while, Apple just tweaked it a little.  The most basic specs for the battery are that it is a 95watt-hour Lithium-Polymer.  Apple claims it is a more advanced battery than competing companies’ Lithium-ion and Nickle Metal hydride batteries.  The latter two are less efficient than Lithium-Polymer.  Apple marketed the Lithium-Polymer battery as “all-new”, however they have been using them for years.  Take a look at iPods, iPhones, and the MacBook Air.  How do you think Apple got those devices so small while still giving them reasonably well battery life?  It sure wasn’t using LI or NMH batteries, which again take up and waste a lot of space.  They adopted the use of Lithium-Polymer batteries to allow them to innovate the current markets at that time. Read More… »

AMD Neo to compete with Intel Atom processor?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 7:01
Posted in category Portable Computers

Usually, processors that are designed for netbooks and mobiles are tiny.  AMD is defying that logic and releasing an “Atom Competitor” (my words, not theirs).  Whats strange is that their 45-nm process, Conesus, isn’t ready yet.  So, they crafted a new processor, the Neo out of the standard 65-nm fabrication process.  AMD claims that this chip is meant to sit above the $499 price line of netbooks, while below the $1,499 of higher end laptops.  Because it is a chip built off of a bigger process than Atom, the Neo can attain more processing power, however, your battery life will suffer.  Combined between the Neo and a discrete AMD ATI Mobility Radeon Hd 3410, AMD claims they have reached “balanced performance” while still offering smooth full HD playback, something the Atom has minor hiccups with!  Click though for a few benchmarks comparisons. Read More… »

3 New notebooks from Lenovo

Monday, January 5, 2009 12:16
Posted in category Lenovo, Portable Computers

On top of the all-in-one computer I mentioned earlier, Lenovo is releasing 3 new Y series notebooks.  Designed around HD multimedia, the 14″ Y450, 15″ Y550, and 16″ Y650 will all have 16:9 glossy displays and Nvidia GFX graphics to showcase movies in widescreen format and to allow colors to pop off the screen all without breaking a sweat.  A multi-touch trackpad, up to 500GB hard drive, and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM round out a rather appealing set of notebooks.  The design of the notebooks is equally impressive.  A soft black lid with a hexagonal pattern, along with a “rusty oragne” colored accent give the notebook series some visual appeal.  Read More… »

17″ Macbook Pro going unibody?

Sunday, January 4, 2009 12:52

17" Macbook Pro

Back in September when the Macbooks and 15″ Macbook Pro were refreshed, the 17″ was curiously left out of the lime light.  At the time, the only refresh it received was some updated processors.  Many have speculated since then the reason behind the delay.  Apple themselves said it was due to “manufacturing and design issues”.  So what is the real reason?  We still don’t know.  But what is believed to happen is an announcement of some sort at Macworld highlighting the 17″ Macbook Pro finally getting a refresh.  What can we expect?   Read More… »

Mac Christmas in October!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 17:47

**EDIT**  On the MacBook Pro’s the you get both the 9400 M integrated graphics AND the 9600 GT M.  You can change between the integrated and discrete graphics for either better performance or battery life!  Awesome job Apple!

Apple announced many new and exciting upgrades to their MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Air laptops. As well as introducing a new cinema display.

**All aluminum MacBook’s, MacBook Pro’s, and MacBook Air’s will have the new mini display port, multi touch glass trackpad and ports on the sides.**

-The MacBook has been lowered to $999 for the old plastic body style.

- A new aluminum MacBook has been introduced starting at $1299 for the 2.0GHz processor, 250GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM. For $1599 the processor is bumped up to 2.4GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. All aluminum MacBooks will have the large glass trackpad, Nvidia 9400 M integrated graphics, 1066MHz DDR3 memory, all ports on the sides, and a mini display port.

-The cinama display is a gorgeous 24′ glossy screen with 1920×1200 resolution. It has 3 connections. A 3port USB hub, a MagSafe connector, and a mini display port connector. It will be $899.

-The MacBook Air gets some nice upgrades as well. The Air has two price points, $1799 and $2499. For $1799 you get 1.6 GHz processor, an option for a 120GB “old fashioned” hard drive, Nvidia 9400 M integrated graphics, and a Mini Display Port.
The $2499 option gets you a faster 1.86GHz processor and the option of a SSD hard drive up to 128GB.

-Finally, the MacBook Pro comes in two configurations as well. First, starting at$1999 you will get a 2.4GHz processor, 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive,  the Nvidia 9400 M integrated graphics AND the 9600 GT M. For $2499 you get an upgraded processor to 2.53GHz, 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. Both versions will have slot loading super drives and the option for SSD hard drives.

Source: Engadget