Friday, July 22, 2011

Closer look at the HP Pavilion 2000-210US notebook

The HP Pavilion 2000-210US is a 15.6 inch budget-friendly consumer-oriented laptop. It has an Intel Pentium P6200 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and a DVD drive.

The Pavilion 2000-210US has similar specifications to the HP 630. The major difference between the two models is in the display. While HP 630 has an anti-glare screen, the Pavilion 2000-210US sports a glossy Brightview display.

The HP Pavilion 2000-210US also has 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, multi-touch trackpad, built-in Bluetooth and WiFi.

The HP Pavilion 2000-210US is now available from Walmart for $428.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android tablet up for order for $499

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android tablet is now up for order. You can place your order through Lenovo's website for $499.99. The tablet is expected to start shipping in August. Excaliber PC and Provantage have also started taking pre-orders for the same price.

The IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels display, a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Android 3.1 operating system. The supported connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n.

Notion Ink Adam 2 could launch in December

Notion Ink is all set to launch a sequel to its Adam tablet. The Notion Ink Adam 2 is expected to have a December launch. The company will show case the tablet at CES in 2012.

The Notion Ink Adam launched earlier this year. Back then it was the first Android tablet on the market with a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a 10 inch Pixel Qi display. It is still the only tablet on the market with a Pixel Qi display.

Notion Ink hasn't revealed the specifications of the Adam 2 but word is that it will have a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a new Pixel Qi display.

The Pixel Qi transflexive displays are sunlight readable. They can operate in two modes. When the backlighting is on, the Pixel Qi display is like any other LCD display. But when you turn the back light off it will look like a black and white E ink display. In that mode it also consumes much less power than a regular LCD display.

Samsung to Launch N100 Netbook with MeeGo Linux in India

Samsung is preparing to launch a low-cost netbook in India. The Samsung N100 has a low power 1.33 GHz Intel Atom N435 processor. It runs the open source MeeGo Linux operating system. In India the netbook will sell for INR 12,290 (about $275US). It is not clear whether the N100 will be available outside of India.
Spec-wise, the Samsung N100 has a 10.1 inch matte display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Other specifications include 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, Intel integrated GMA 3105 graphics, 2 USB ports, an SD card slot and a 3-cell, 40Whr battery.

The Samsung N100 measures 1.4 inches in thickness and weighs 2.3 pounds. Because it has an x86 based processor, it will also be able to run Windows 7 and other operating systems.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gateway unveils ID47, NV57 and NV55 laptops with Intel and AMD chips

Gateway has refreshed its NV and ID series laptops. The new Gateway NV laptops feature latest processors from Intel and AMD. While the Gateway NV57 has Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core i series processors, the NV55 sports AMD Fusion Llano APUs (Accelerated Processing Units).
What makes the Gateway ID47 interesting are its aluminum body and unique display technology. The notebook has a 14 inch display with an extremely thin bezel. Gateway says that its chassis is no bigger than the chassis of a 13.3 inch laptop. The ID47 features Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. It is available in 'Blue Liquid' of 'Brushed Platinum' design.

Both Gateway NV and ID series laptops have USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output ports and 1366 x 768 pixels displays.

Pricing and availability

The new Gateway NV and ID series laptops are now available for purchase. The NV series starts at $529. The ID47 has a starting price of $699.


The Acer AC700 Chromebook has started shipping. It is the second Chrome OS laptop to hit the market. Amazon is taking orders for the WiFi only version of the laptop for $349. A 3G-capable version will be available soon for $429. That model will connect to Verizon's wireless network and come with 100MB of free data per month for a maximum of two years. If you need more bandwidth you will need to sign up for a service contract with Verizon.

The Acer Chromebook has an 11.6 inch display. It is smaller than Samsung's 12.1 inch Series 5 Chromebook. Both laptops have 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual core processors, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD.

The Acer AC700 also has a full-sized keyboard and a large clickpad. The keyboard features special Chrome OS shortbooks instead of the Fn keys found on ordinary keyboards.

The Google Chrome OS is an operating system built around a web browser. The laptop boots in under 10 seconds. On the down side, a Chrome OS laptop is practically useless when you are not connected to the internet.

Monday, July 11, 2011

HP could launch an Ultrabook sometime soon

HP could launch one or two 'Ultrabooks' sometime soon. Digitimes report that the HP Ultrabooks will hit the market before Asus starts shipping its UX21 Ultrabook.

The Ultrabook is some sort of an extremely thin and light laptop with a budget-friendly price tag. The concept was first introduced by Intel a few weeks ago. Back then it was heard that Asus would be first to launch an Ultrabook.

The HP Ultrabooks will feature Intel's Core i7 processors for thin laptops. Digitimes report that Taiwanese OEM Foxconn has already started building these notebooks for HP.

The Asus UX21, by the way, will be available in two models - one with an 11.6 inch display and another with a 13 inch display. The smaller model will measure just 0.12 inches at its thinnest part. It will be available with a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and SSDs. There is still no official launch date for the notebooks, but word is that it will start shipping in September. If that is indeed so, then the HP Ultrabooks could hit the streets in July or August.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Samsung introduces new Series 9 laptops

Samsung has made new additions to its ultra stylish Series 9 thin and light laptop lineup. Two 11 inch and three 13 inch models are now available for purchase.

Basic specifications are given below.
11 inch models
Samsung Series 9 NP900X1B-A01US

This model will be available in August. It has an Intel Core i3-2357M processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD. It has a price tag of $1,249.

Samsung Series 9 NP900X1B-A02US
This model, too, is expected to launch in August. It has an Intel Core i3-2357 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD.

13 inch models
All three models in the 13 inch Samsung Series 9 are now available for purchase.
Basic specifications are:

Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A-A05US - Intel Core i7-2617M CPU, 6GB RAM, 256GB SSD ($2,049)
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A-B02US - Intel Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD ($1,649)
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A-B01US - Intel Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD ($1,349)

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook tops Amazon’s best selling laptop list

Reviewers may not have been all that happy with Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, but real world consumers definitely are.

The 12.1 inch laptop now tops Amazon's best selling laptop list. Most people who bought the laptop from Amazon are impressed with its speed and ease of use. Some buyers have, however, complained that they received faulty units. Overall, it looks like the mood is positive.

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is the first Chrome OS laptop to hit the streets. It has been available for purchase since July 15th. thanks to its light-weight OS, the laptop boots in under 10 seconds. But it is hardly usable when you are not connected to the internet because it can't run native desktop applications.

You can't use a Chromebook as your primary laptop. But it could impress customers who only use their laptops for surfing the web. And because it also has a physical keyboard it is better than tablets in some respects.

Toshiba Thrive WiFi tablet could launch on July 10th

The Toshiba Thrive WiFi tablet could hit the streets on July 10th. Word is that retailer Best Buy will start selling the tablet on the said date.
The Toshiba Thrive is a 10.1 inch Android Honeycomb tablet. It has been up for pre-order since June 13th. And now tipsters have informed Engadget that Best Buy stores in certain locations have already got the 16GB tablet in stock.

Unlike other Android Honeycomb tablets on the market, the Toshiba has standard size USB and SD card slots. It also has a user removable battery.