Posts Tagged ‘notebook’

Samsung Transparent Notebook Nears Release

February 8, 2010

It seems that Samsung is nearing the release of its transparent active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays, with the company likely to release devices boasting the displays over the next 12 months.

Transparent displays are both impressive and a little confusing...

For those who haven’t encountered the AMOLED arrangement, the image above should give some impression. Essentially, the display itself is transparent, meaning your desktop (or whatever else you happen to be watching) is not quite fully transparent, but still pretty hip nonetheless. Still, the technology will likely be more interesting in devices other than notebooks, so it’s curious to see that Samsung does have other devices in the works.

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Notebook and Netbook Users – Windows 7 or XP?

February 4, 2010

Battery running low. On a rickety Irish Rail train with no outlet in sight. Notebook or netbook about to die. Little you can do about it but tap away at the keyboard until you’re left with a black screen and an over-priced chicken and stuffing sandwich to distract you when it does so. It’s moments like this that have led to articles like this.

We decided it was time to look at some expert views to help guide both notebook and netbook owners on what’s the best bet for getting the most out of their battery between Windows XP and Windows 7. The men who work in the bowels of Komplett Towers are usually the best to ask these kinds of questions and thankfully Shelton and Ryan – our two RMA guys to the uninitiated – gave some answers and didn’t complain about me distracting them from more important things.

The Canuck Buck Shelton (as absolutely nobody around here calls him) said that “from a ‘keeping current’ standpoint” he’d prefer, if getting a newer notebook, to go with Windows 7. Asked to explain, he said, “It’s a hell of a lot better than Vista was and I generally enjoy it as an alternative to XP. I think though, as Marc (fellow Komplett blogger) recently pointed out to me, XP was never truly written with notebooks in mind, so even though it has less features and is less demanding on the hardware, it’s not as efficient and may end up sucking up a bit more power over time.”

For his part, Ryan – mentioning that you have to remember that battery performance will of course vary from netbook to netbook and notebook to notebook – said that “Windows 7 has more power saving features, if the hardware supports”, but added that’s “pretty much the only thing it offers over XP,” when it comes to trying to save your battery, at least.

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Corsair to Launch New Desktop SSDs

February 3, 2010

It seems that Corsair is to take a move further into the burgeoning solid-state storage market, by offering a line of new solid-state drives (SSDs), some of which will be particularly pleasing to the desktop bound among us.

Corsair's 2.5-inch SSDs are genuinely lovely to look at...

While most SSDs tend to weigh in at the notebook friendly 2.5” mark, it seems that Corsair is following OCZ’s lead by making some of its heavier-duty SSDs more accessible for those who want to use them to bulk up their desktop. Indeed, the new offering from corsair is a 3.5” drive (so there shouldn’t be any more fussing around with brackets to get it to fit into a desktop case) that boasts fully 512GB of storage and a 128MB cache, with read and write speeds of to 200MB/s and 240MB/s respectively.

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Dell Debuts Latitude 13

February 2, 2010

Dell today launched the Latitude 13, a product they hope will catch the eye of the upper end of the business market. On a busy day, the latest version of its 17-inch Precision M6500 mobile workstation was also produced, adding options such as dual-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and an RGB display.

The new Precision M6500

Essentially a rebranded Vostro 1310, the Latitude 13 includes Dell’s ImageDirect services, which allows IT users to create, update, and deploy customer images to a whole fleet of Latitude 13s. Laptopmag notes that whereas the V13, like other Vostros, was designed to help businesses without IT departments help themselves, “The Latitude 13 comes tailor-made for IT managers, complete with TPM circuitry and virtualization-ready configurations”.

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Microsoft Finds iPad “Humorous”

January 29, 2010

It seems that the folks at Microsoft aren’t at all worried about Apple’s upcoming tablet, the recently officially announced iPad, with the company’s official line on the device being that they find it to be “humorous.”

The recent tablet announcement from apple puts in a curious situation, when you take it all into account. Microsoft tried desperately around 2000-2002 to launch the tablet, notebook PC as a real option for the average user, though in those days tablets were clunkier things with stylus’ and usually full keyboards. Skip forward almost ten years, and Apple is launching its own tablet, while Microsoft shows some renewed interest in the area that it seemed to have long since given up as a niche with the new line of “slate” styled PCs.

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Michael Dell Shows off Tablet

January 29, 2010

It seems that Apple isn’t the only company detailing the release of its upcoming tablet this week, with Dell’s CEO giving a little more detail on the PC giant’s upcoming Mini 5.

We assume it'll also be available in not-pink 🙂

The folks over at TechCrunch had the chance to talk to the man himself while he was in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, where he seemed relatively happy to talk about the upcoming tablet device, including the fact that he expects it to see a launch in the US in the coming months, the first indication of its launch yet given. Sadly, so far there’s no word on Europe, though hopefully that’ll change soon enough.

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Windows 7 Causes Battery Issues

January 29, 2010

It seems as though the upgrade to Windows 7 has been wreaking havoc on some users’ notebook batteries, dropping the running time by as much as 70%.

Word comes via TheRegister of the reasonably widespread complaints, with many users holding the upgrade to Windows 7 responsible for their sudden and noticeable drop in overall battery life. Moreover, the piece points to the forums over at Microsoft’s own TechNet that sees hordes of users with roughly the same complaint – that their battery life has been greatly diminished since the upgrade to Windows 7. Indeed, there’s been so widespread an outcry that Microsoft has responded directly to address the issue.

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HP to Roll Out Music Service

January 25, 2010

It seems that Hewlett-Packard is to offer a built-in music service with its PCs as they ship, rather than having users register for any old service later on.

Word comes via YahooNews of the move, which will see HP launching its own music service through the relatively simple medium of PCs it sells on to customers. Indeed, that could well be a more substantial market than most will have imagined, given that HP is currently the largest vendor of PC hardware in the industry (with Acer fast catching up). We’ll be curious to see just how well HP’s new service does, as well as how many of its users opt to stay with it once they’ve got their hands on their machines.

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Firefox 3.6 Gets Official

January 22, 2010

Mozilla’s latest version of its browser, Firefox 3.6, has seen some delays, but it is now available for download for those who had avoided the beta until now.

Earlier this week, Mozilla released a second release candidate for version 3.6 of its Firefox browser, sparking some minor rumours that we might see the update delayed further, but those fears were allayed last night when the new version of Firefox was made available for general download through the Firefox page. There are a few interesting changes in the latest version of Firefox that are worth knowing about, for those who avoided the beta.

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Acer Founder Predicts Death of US PCs

January 19, 2010

Acer’s founder and former chairman, Stan Shih has made the fairly inflammatory comment than he firmly believes US-based PC makers could die out over the next twenty years.

According to the Inquirer, the former Acer chairman made the comments when discussing the current trend towards low-cost PCs, one that he feels north American PC manufacturers can’t hope to ignore. Indeed, Shih’s belief is that the demand for low-cost PCs will continue, and that anyone not serving that market will be left in a very difficult position indeed.

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