Archive for the ‘Laptops’ Tag
Dell has just announced that the new Inspiron Mini 12 laptop will be available globally sometime in the month of November for around $600.
Dell refers to this product as being a laptop (not a netbook). This sounds rather unusual, as this product runs on an Intel Atom-type CPU which, so far, has been used only by UMPCs and netbooks. Morover, this specific model will run on a “Z” series Atom CPU which was developed for handheld internet tablets, not notebooks.
Here are some specifications:
- 12-inch display (1280×800)
- Atom CPU (1.3GHz Z520 or 1.6GHz Z530)
- 1GB RAM
- 40, 60, or 80GB hard drive
- Bluetooth and 802.11b/g
- Built-in webcam
- 3G wireless option available in 2009
- 3 or 6-cell battery (respectively 3h and 6h operating time)
- 3 USB ports and a 3-in-1 card reader
- Windows Vista Home Edition (Linux Ubuntu available later)
- Starting weight of 2.72 and 0.92in at its thinnest point
By releasing their new LaVie Light Netbook, NEC seems to think so.
NEC’s new netbook will be available in Japan on November 6th. No dates or prices for America as of now, but I’m sure we can all continue living our lives without another netbook.
Here are the main specifications for this new product:
- Intel Atom N270 CPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 160GB hard drive
- XP Home
- weighs 2.6 pounds
- 8.9-inch screen (1024×600)
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- SD card slot
- 1.3-megapixel camera
I don’t really see the point in this product but here it is: The iKIT by IMOVIO. It’s a super small portable “laptop” that has a small 2.8 inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard.
This “computer” is to be used as a mobile messaging device. Features and specifications are not very impressive compared to the iPhone or current mobile devices such as some HTC phones and BlackBerry devices.
It will run a proprietary Linux version using a 312MHz Marvell CPU, 64MB of RAM, and 128MB of ROM (storage, applications, etc.). Expansion will be available through a MicroSD card slot.
Connectivity include Bluetooth, WiFi, USB (via optional cable). It measures only 95mm (L) x 65mm x 15.5mm (H) and weighs in at 113g with the battery.
It’s hard to believe, but it has only been one year that the netbook “trend” started, with the arrival of the first Asus EeePC in mid-October of 2007.
Since then, Asus has sold as much as 4 million units of the EeePC line. It wasn’t long before other companies hopped on the netbook train with their own sub-compact notebooks. Acer, Dell, Packard Bell, Lenovo, HP, MSI, and many more companies have all released variants of their own.
One can bet that with the financial crisis, these budget netbooks will be on the top of many Christmas shopping lists in the U.S. this year.
HP already has an all-in-one touchscreen PC they call the HP TouchSmart. I’ve tested it quickly the other day at the store, and frankly, I wasn’t impressed.
Sure, it’s fun for the first few minutes, but then you just don’t see the point.
Anyhow, we are hearing rumors of a TouchSmart laptop coming along from HP before the end of 2008. Stay tuned for more!