Friday, October 31, 2008

HP Mini 1000 Reviewed

HP has just released a new Mini PC. With the market already flooded with Mini PC’s it is very hard to make yours stand out from the rest of the crowd. The new Mini 1000 has a lot to offer though. It has made a lot of improvements since its last mini PC that hit back in the spring time. Here is a quick list of the specs the new Mini 1000 has to offer.
Spec Sheet:
Model: HP Mini 1000
Starting Cost: $399 (Recommended Config: $525)
Operating System: XP SP3
CPU: Intel Atom Processor 1.6Ghz
Display: 8.9” or 10.2” (1024 x 600)
RAM: 512MB or 1GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 8GB or 16GB Solid State Drive or 60GB 4200RPM PATA HD
Battery: 3 Cell Lithium (Battery Life 3 Hours )
Weight: 2.4 Pounds

The new HP Mini 1000 was a huge improvement over their last mini notebook. It comes packed with a sleek black look with a swirl design that does not show up fingerprints. It also comes with a very spacious keyboard and the notebook is light enough that carrying it will never become a hassle. HP also was able to finally upgrade to the new Intel Atom processor and the notebook also supports an amazingly large Wi-Fi range. There is a few cons we have to point out though. The 3 cell battery was a disappointment, but HP has given word that they will be upgrading the battery to 6 cell around January next year. Also the boot time and transfer rates a fairly slow with the 60GB hard drive because the hard drive runs at a slow 4200RPMs. Overall the HP Mini 1000 was a good Mini Notebook and at a reasonable price of around $400-$500 you really feel that your getting your moneys worth.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Laptop Backpacks

Laptop BackpackWith mobility being a top priority in today's fast-paced world, many laptop users are making the transition to laptop backpacks instead of traditional satchels are bags.

Laptop backpacks are extremely popular due to their casual look and design, and is an easy way to carry around your laptop and electronic gear in a hands-free manner. Many laptop backpacks also come with a laptop sleeve which increases the security and safety of your laptop should you ever drop the bag. Many designs come with added compartments for other electronics such as CD/MP3 players, chargers, phones, cables, ect and often times can hold more than one laptop with ease.

If you are looking for an easy and hands-free way of transporting your laptop and other electronics, consider a laptop backpack. There are also several wheeled convertible options which will allow you to roll a fully loaded backpack should you become tired of having all that equipment strapped to your back.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Asus Releases Eee PC 1000h

Asus's latest compact discount notebook incorporates everything from previous models with many notable improvements. It is slightly larger than its predecessors, which makes it easier and more comfortable to use. This model features a 10-inch screen with a native resolution of 1024x600, a necessary improvement on the 901's 8.9-inch. Also, the keyboard is much larger, almost as big as generic notebooks, which is intended to be more comfortable than the previous models. It weighs in at only 3.6lbs, a bit heavier than the ultra-lightweight 900 but still light relative to standard notebooks.

The Eee PC 1000h features the smallest transistors in the world. The 45nm transistor technology is designed to reduce power usage and heat output without sacrificing performance. Battery life ranges from 3.2-7 hours. The processor runs at a native frequency of 1.6GHz, and built-in power management can increase it to 1.7GHz. It comes with 1GB of DDR2 RAM (supports up to 2GB) and a 80 or 160GB hard drive. The Eee PC 1000h is powerful enough to utilize the high speed Wi-Fi 802.11n that is standard for this model.

The Eee's name comes from its slogan: "easy to learn, easy to work, easy to play," thus the 1000h is designed to be as easy as possible. It comes with Windows XP Home and Microsoft Works. It has a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and bluetooth, and the software is already setup and ready to use. For security, the 1000h comes with anti-virus software and 10GB of file-encrypted storage. The Eee PC 1000h comes with a one-year limited warranty. This
notebook is designed for someone with a budget and basic needs, and is priced at a very reasonable $649.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air Released By Apple

It looks like the rumors were true that Apple will be releasing a whole new line of laptops. We know they are true becasue that time is upon us. The first thing you might notice when looking at their new line of laptops is.. well they look almost exactly the same. Most of the changes are under the hood, but one thing that has changed is Apples new laptops are all formed from a single block of aluminum. The new aluminum body is lighter and stronger than the previous body and frame. Also a new GPU has been integrated into all the new laptops. The new GPU is the 9400M and Apple promises that the new GPU is 5 times faster than its last Intel integrated graphics chipset. Here is a full list of specs for each laptop.

Apple Macbook ProMacBook Pro Specs
Starting Price- $1,999
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
15.4” LED-blacklit display
9400M Integrated / 9600M GT Dedicated 256MB

Apple Macbook AirMacBook Air Specs
Starting Price - $1,799
13.3” LED-backlit display
9400M Integrated Graphics
2GB 1006 MHz DDR3 RAM
120GB Sata Hard Drive
1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Apple MacbookMacBook Specs
Starting Price - $1,299
13.3” LED-backlit display
2GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM
9400M Integrated Graphics
160GB Hard Drive
2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo