Archive for: Netbook

Rumor: Samsung To Kill 10.1″ Netbook Production In 2012, Replace With Ultrabooks.

  • November 27, 2011 10:33 pm

While some would say tablet computers are a “flash in the pan” type of product and category, we’d argue that it is netbooks whose lives are to be rather short-lived. And a new rumor published by Blogeee supports such an argument by claiming that Samsung will kill off their 10.1″ netbook line(s) in 2012…

Chrome OS Notebooks Coming June/July With Subscription Sales Model.

  • April 22, 2011 8:55 am

Google’s “OS in the cloud”, Chrome OS may take a rather unique approach to distribution in consumers’ hands. According to Google product manager, Sundar Pichair, when Chrome OS hardware is released later this summer, we’ll see it hitting the market using a subscription based model. Right now, the said rate is ~ $10-$20 per month.

For people where money is an issue in where they can’t fork out $1,000+ up front for a shiny new laptop, this subscription model makes sense. On a larger scale however, we just don’t see this gaining too much steam. But hey, we’re more the willing to accept defeat if it means more gadgets in our hands.

The Real Fad: Netbooks

  • April 11, 2011 12:28 pm

How many times has it been said that tablets are the latest “fad”? Countless times, actually. Everyone from high profile CEOs to tech blogs just like GS have made the claim. The common claim is that in the end, people really want a powerful desktop/laptop for their hardcore computing needs. And when they don’t, the often herald savior of traditional desktop computing, the netbook, would fill the void.

The reality: they haven’t…

Samsung 9 Series Laptop Finally Gets Release Date.

  • February 24, 2011 2:28 pm

The MacBook Air fighter that wowed us at CES, the Samsung 9 Series laptop, has finally been dated. Starting this month in South Korea and spreading to the rest of the world come March, the Samsung 9 Series laptop is one of the few ultra-thin, sleek looking laptops that we wantreally want. Besides the dark duralumin case, the 9 series features Core i5 processors, 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 display, Intel HD Graphics, WiFi/Bluetooth USB 3.0 (with 2.0 ports as well), LAN port, HDMI, microSD, backlit keyboard, and 6-cell battery. Windows 7 is the OS of choice.

We’ll note that for a MBA replacement, it is actually a bit overpriced (ironic — Apple haters, begin slinging items now…). The 13-inch MBA with 128GB SSD, higher resolution 1200 x 800 display, and much more capable Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics is only $1,299. Granted, the 9 Series has a leg up with 4GB of RAM to the Air’s 2GB and an included LAN port whereas the Air is dead in the water if now wireless waves are to be had. But that’s hardly reason enough for the nearly $1k difference.

But we’re all about choice here at GS. And if you feel the Samsung 9 Series is worth the $2k sticker, than so be it. Buy it, use it, and enjoy it. (We still want one.) Anyone have a 9 Series in their near future?

Fujitsu Reveals MeeGo Powered MH330 NetBook. #mwc

  • February 14, 2011 9:06 am

While everyone may be focused on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets at MWC, netbooks also make a large showing — I mean, they are “mobile” afterall, right? Today’s netbook-that-will-surely-fly-under-the-radar is the Fujitsu-built LifeBook MH330. Powered by MeeGo, this average on paper netbook has quite the uphill battle. To start, the “average” specs: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455, 250GB hard drive, 10.1 display, and 1GB of RAM don’t exactly grab and hold your attention. Then of course there’s the whole little issue of one of MeeGo’s largest backers — Nokia — pulling up the anchor and high tailing it to WP7 land. But if you can look past all of that, you’ll find a capable netbook.

Priced right, the MH330 might not be such a bad little deal after all. Though the jury is still out on how useful MeeGo is going to be after the developments over the past week. Our advice: Hold off on MeeGo for now.

Motorola Atrix Coming To AT&T March 6th for $190.

  • February 3, 2011 6:31 pm

Last week we reported that the dock accessory for the Motorola Atrix was going to cost a whopping $60. For a device that turned your cellphone into a mini-netbook of sorts, it’s a pretty good bargain. But some people need something a little different. That’s where the laptop dock accessory comes in handy. This attachment is basically a laptop shell (screen + keyboard + battery) that you dock your Atrix into and thereby transform it into the brains of the laptop. It is this device that was the star of CES.

And now we finally know how much said accessory is going to set us back thanks to confirmation via AT&T earlier today:

  • $500 for Atrix + Laptop Dock w/ 2-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate.
  • $190 for phone w/ 2-year contract.
  • $500 for laptop dock if bought out of contract

As you can see, AT&T and Motorola are making it worth your while to get the infamous laptop dock at the time of purchase and after signing a new 2-year contract. Being the gadget junkies we are, the $500 for a phone and laptop functionality in one device is a steal. Anyone as anxious as we are?

#CES2011 — Razer Switchblade Mobile Gaming Device

  • January 7, 2011 11:04 am

No doubt one of the coolest gaming related devices shown off at CES 2011 is the Razer Switchblade. This portable device is what gamers who are constantly on the go really need. Power comes by way of Intel’s Atom platform so the full range of Windows PC games can be installed and played on the Switchblade. However, the coolest feature is hands down the keyboard — transparent keys placed over an LCD screen. This allows the keys to change depending on what the user is currently doing while still giving tactical feedback.

Sadly, the Switchblade won’t be released in the near future as it is just a concept for now. With that said, it does show where mobile gaming could be in a rather short 1-2 years. Perhaps we’ll see some more production-reader Switchblade hardware at CES2011.

Follow us after the break for a short video and gallery showcasing the hottest mobile gaming device of CES 2011!

RIM Compares the PlayBook to the iPad. [Video] #playbook

  • November 16, 2010 10:36 am

While there are a lot of tablets cropping up on the market, there are few that I would say are complete enough or even perform as well as the iPad. Though, there are a few notable exceptions. The Samsung Galaxy Tab while not my preference, is a pretty strong contender thanks to it’s more portable size and powerful internal hardware. The AigoPad N700 is another. It features Tegra 2 — need I say more? And then we have RIM’s PlayBook. Featuring the new QNX-based OS, the PlayBook will be the first publicly available, RIM-branded product to make use of the OS.

With the relase creeping closer, it only makes sense for RIM to drum up interest and hype. And what better way to spit in your competitors face than highlight one of it’s biggest weaknesses — the lack of Flash support.

Hop inside and check out RIM’s PlayBook vs. iPad video, and let us know what you think.

Fusion Garage’s JooJoo is Dead. Multiple New Devices to Debut in 2011 Running Android.

  • November 11, 2010 9:41 am

The most highly acclaimed, globally praised Fusion Garage’s re-branded CrunchPad JooJoo tablet is dead — this according to tech site e27 in an email exchange between themselves and Fusion Garage founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan. The news isn’t all that entirely surprising given rumors of a rather pathetic 90 units sold…total. (Though Chandra obviously denies such low numbers.) But don’t count Fusion Garage out just yet. Chandra reiterated that they are working on a couple of new devices for 2011 powered by a customized version of Android and packing newer, more powerful hardware.

Getting rid of that god-awful in-house OS was an important first step towards relevance. Now they just have to show some restraint in going hands-on crazy with Android customization. Does an Android-powered JooJoo 2, 3, or 4 sound more appetizing?