Great 10 minutes review of the HP Mini 2140 from James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun.
Source – jkOnTheRun
Word is all over the street that Apple might be launching a US$800 NetBook at an invitation-only Town Hall event, “The spotlight turns to notebooks” in Cupertino next Tuesday, October 14th at 10AM PDT. So what can you expect from a US$800 price tag MacNetBook? 10-inch screen, aluminum casing, dedicated graphics memory…. guess we have to wait and find out.
Check out the following articles for more -
EXCLUSIVE: Apple to launch $800 laptop by Duncan Riley from Inquisitr
3 reasons why and how we’ll see an Apple netbook soon by Kevin C Tofel over at jkOnTheRun
Lenovo announced yesterday that it is entering the “netbook” PC market with the new IdeaPad S10 netbook PC.
The 10.2-inch screen IdeaPad S10 netbook comes in flavors of classic white and bold black as well as a glossy ruby red. For a comfortable, more natural computing experience, Lenovo designed the keyboard to be 85 percent of the size of a full-function notebook PC’s keyboard, and an energy-efficient LED backlit display helps provide longer battery life than traditional displays.
For easy connection to the Internet, the IdeaPad S10 netbook includes WiFi and also has an Express Card slot so users can enable the IdeaPad S10 for optional high speed mobile broadband connectivity. To optimize the social networking experience, the IdeaPad S10 comes with tools such as a built-in web camera for video messaging, and its two USB ports and a 4-in-1 multicard reader make connecting other devices and transferring photos, music and videos simple. The IdeaPad S10 netbook comes equipped with Microsoft Windows XP.
Using the Intel® Atom™ processor, the IdeaPad S10 netbook provides basic notebook functionality as a user’s secondary PC. Lenovo offers the IdeaPad S10 in two configurations, with one having 512 MB of memory and an 80 GB hard drive and the second configuration having 1 GB of memory and a 160 GB hard drive. The processing performance and storage make the IdeaPad S10 ideal for accommodating a variety of data, from a user’s digital music inventory to a student’s homework assignments and more. Lenovo engineered the IdeaPad S10 netbook to reduce the heat emitted on key contact areas such as the bottom of the PC, the palm rest and the keyboard. Additionally, Lenovo’s OneKey™ Rescue System helps users recover data at the touch of a button should a system error or virus occur.
Pricing and Availability
The IdeaPad S10 netbook PC will be available beginning in early October, and prices start at US$399. The IdeaPad S10 netbook will be available through leading retailers, Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com.
Source – Press Release from Lenovo via Business Wire
Still want to know more about the ASUS Eee PC 900? jkkmobile just released a 34 minute long video review which is so far the most thorough review on the Eee PC 900, check it out.
Source – jkkmobile
jkOnTheRun posted an article on how to downgrade the Windows Vista version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note to Windows XP, I’ve linked the instructions below from bsumpter over at notebookreview.com’s forum since Heyman just asked for it, hope it helps. Full thread on the post is linked here.
1) Plug in USB DVD / CD drive, insert WinXP disk.
2) Boot computer, hitting F9 at bootup to choose boot volume.
3) Choose your DVD / CD drive to boot from, then hit any key to boot from CD.
4) During XP setup, blow away all existing paritions (leave the small 400mb if you ever plan on reinstalling Suse Linux – I did not).
5) Format as NTFS – I used the “Quick” option as it takes forever the other way.
6) Install XP as normal from here forward.
7) Once installed, grab the Broadcom Ethernet driver and install it via CD or SD card:
8) Once you have a working NIC, connect to the internet, activate your copy of XP, and go to the “Windows Update”.
9) From Windows Update, choose “Custom” and install all of the hardware drivers it offers.
11) At this point, everything should be working except sound and HP Quicklaunch button support.
12) Download the KB888111 patch and install for the first part of the sound fix:
13) Download the Vista sound drivers for the Mini-Note from the HP website:
14) Run the install for the file above. It will unzip to a folder of your choosing, try to run, and then bomb because you don’t have Vista.
15) Go to Device Manager, double click on the “?” for sound device, choose Update Driver, and point it at the Vista driver folder unzipped by the above application.
16) At this point, you should have sound when finished.
17) Install the HP QuickLaunch button drivers (it’s under “Official Site 1″):
18) Ignore the popups for new hardware during this install – they will go away on their own.
19) Hit the “Start” button, click “Run”, then type “msconfig”.
20) Once inside msconfig, click the “Startup” tab on the right, and turn OFF “smax4pnp”.
Two versions will be launch in Hong Kong and both will be running on the VIA C7M 1.2GHz processor.
The Linux version will feature 1GB Ram on board together with a 120GB Hdd; price: HK$3,999 (US$513).
The Vista version will feature 2GB Ram on board together with a 160GB Hdd; price: HK$4,999 (US$641).