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CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Booktop, the New Breed of Notebook Computer – Gigabyte M1022

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Booktop – the new breed of notebook computer”. Click here for the full read.

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, NetBook, Notebooks, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phooey Pics – First Look – Lenovo ThinkPad W700

New post over at Phooey Pics on the all new Lenovo ThinkPad W700, the ultimate notebook for photographers, hop over for the read, link here.

August 14, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, Lenovo, Notebooks, Phooey Pics, Photography, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Slash Price on MacBook Air

Wow, that was fast.  Apple slashed a big chunk out of their MacBook Air, at least with the SSD version.  For those who just bought it recently…..major bummer.

July 4, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, Notebooks | , , | 4 Comments

Heads-up Comparison – HP Voodoo Envy 133 vs MacBook Air

Pic from Vantan.org

Dimensions

Voodoo -> Width: 32.2cm (12.65 inches); Depth: 23cm (9.04 inches); Height (front & rear): 1.79cm (0.7 inches); Weight (including SSD & battery): 1.53kg (3.373lbs)

MacBook Air -> Width: 32.5cm (12.8 inches); Depth: 22.7cm (8.94 inches); Height (side to centre): 0.4-1.94cm (0.16-0.76 inches); Weight: 1.36kg (3.0lbs)

Processor

Both uses Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology featuring Intel® Core™2 Duo
processor SP7700 (4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB) with 1.6GHz as standard and 1.8GHz as optional.

Display

Voodoo -> 13.3″ WXGA High-Definition Widescreen LED Backlit Display (1280×800)

MacBook Air -> 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit display with support for millions of colors

Storage

Both have choices of 64GB Solid State drive or 80G HDD 4200RPM

Battery

Voodoo -> 3-Cell, 33 Whr Lithium ion polymer, user replaceable (claims up to 3 hr 45 min battery life, depending on usage)

MacBook Air -> Integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (claims up to 5 hr with wireless on)

Others

Other specs regarding wireless, Bluetooth, backlit keyboard and webcam are all pretty standard on both machines

Extras

Voodoo ->

  • Voodoo IOS – Boot up in seconds. Unique to the Voodoo Envy 133, this feature gives road warriors instant access to Skype and Internet browser
  • Replaceable battery
  • An ID-coordinated external optical drive is included with every Voodoo Envy 133
  • HDMI video port (max resolution 1920×1080)
  • Two USB ports (one function as a shared e-SATA connector/USB2.0)
  • 34mm ExpressCard slot

MacBook Air ->

  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
  • Being a Mac

Conclusion

Well, seems like the HP Voodoo Envy 133 wins out on the specs, tell me what you think.

Source – Vantan.org, Gizmodo

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks | , , , , | 3 Comments

First Look – HP Voodoo Envy 133

This video from Shiny Shiny, think it can match up with the MacBook Air or the Lenovo Thinkpad x300?

I think so. The specs are just amazing consider its size. Check out the following -

  • 1.8cm thick compare to MacBook Air’s 1.94cm at the rear end;
  • 13.3″ widescreen backlit LED display (1,280 x 800);
  • two USB port (one act as an e-SATA connector as well);
  • HDMI video output;
  • integrated 3G HSDPA mobile broadband;
  • removable battery;
  • express card slot;
  • comes with external drive;
  • integrated webcam;
  • backlit keyboard; and
  • price starts at US$2,099.

According to Laptopmag, “the Envy 133 launches users into an environment where they can surf the Web and make Skype calls within a mere 10 seconds. Called Voodoo IOS, this environment is powered by Splashtop and gives you the full Internet without having to run Vista in the background. Not only does this feature save time, it should also save battery life. You can also instant message your buddies (via Pidgin) in AOL, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo, and more, and access photos and music–but not movies on the optical drive.”

I say WOW.

Look for it this summer.

Source – Shinymedia, Laptopmag

June 13, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, Video | , | 2 Comments

First Look – Lenovo IdeaPad U110

Wow, this is hot.

Source – LinuxJB

[Updated: 4 May] Laptop Magazine’s mini-review on the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is up, link here.

May 4, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Video Review – ASUS Eee PC 900

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

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

HP 2133 Mini-Note Hong Kong Launch Details

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).

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , , , | 5 Comments

ASUS Eee PC 900 – Battery Exchange Finally

Following my previous post on ASUS Eee PC 900 Battery – 4,400mAh or 5,200mAh or 5,800mAh?, ASUS Hong Kong finally announced that they will be exchanging all 4,400 mAH capacity batteries with the 5,800 mAH capacity batteries, that is, if your Eee PC 900 was purchased in Hong Kong since launch date (19 April). For information, please contact ASUS HK Royal Club, Tel: 2958 1620 (Kowloon); 35824770 (Hong Kong Island). Full press release (in Chinese) as follow -

Eee PC 900 免費升級更換至大容量 5800mAh 電池
親愛的華碩用戶

您好, 謝謝您對於華碩的支持與愛護.

EeePC 900系列所配備的電池有4cells (4400mAh) 及 (5800mAh) 兩種。由於在香港產品發佈會現場時機展示時間極短,因此本公司僅展示4cells (5800mAh) 之樣本機,可是經媒體報導後,令到有客戶誤以為與實際出貨4cells (4400mAh) 規格不符,華碩對此深感抱歉。

基於香港所有客戶對華碩的長期支持和愛護,華碩決定透過 ASUS HK Royal Club 將香港用戶的EeePC 900一律免費升級並更換為4cells (5800mAh) 電池。

再次感謝您支持和愛護華碩產品

查詢電話: ASUS HK Royal Club
九龍: 29581620
香港: 35824770

華碩電腦 敬上

Source – ASUS

April 23, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 3 Comments

Photo Review on My ASUS Eee PC 900

The ASUS Eee PC 900 features a 8.9″ active matrix TDT LCD screen with 1024×600 resolution; 1GB DD2 Ram; 20GB SSD and 1.3 mega-pixel camera. My Eee PC 900 runs on Linux and Firefox browser.  The whole thing do look small and feels incredibly light at 990g.  The wireless connection is slow at disconnecting and connecting but nonetheless still pretty smooth.

Retail price at HK$3,998 (US$513), but because of limited stock available at present, prices are up to HK$4,488 in Mongkok Computer Centre and HK$4,688 in Wanchai 168 Computer Centre.

As the Windows XP version are not available yet, expect another HK$680 if you want the retailers to install a copy of Windows XP licence for you, that is, if you can’t wait till they formally release it.  As for the screen protector, you can get it for around HK$150 (tight fit).
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April 21, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, UMPC | , , , | 1 Comment

First Look – PS3 Laptop

This PS3 laptop is the most talkabout gadget this weekend as it’s the one and only one built by Ben Heck and it will be auctioning off by the guys over at alibecks. The specification to the notebook -

  • 17-inch LCD HDTV screen: 720p
  • HDMI-DVI connection (same as last Xbox 360 laptop)
  • Built-in keyboard, USB ports, stereo speakers, headphone jack
  • Size: 17 x 13.75 x 3-inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds!

For more information, check out alibecks’ YouTube site, link here.

Source – alibecks

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

A Very LONG review on the MacBook Air

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Pic from engadget

What they called an unconventional review, the guys over at X-bits Lab ran a very thorough review on the new Apple MacBook Air and their verdict,

“This notebook is beautiful, innovative, mobile and quite functional and hence is very appealing to users. We can definitely recommend it to many advanced users, but not to all of them. The thing is that MacBook Air is only good until you start looking at it as at a fully-functional universal computer system. This is where the new Apple solution cannot compete against other products with more ports, optical drives, wired network support, better balanced hardware configuration, etc.

In other words, Apple MacBook Air is not a notebook in the common meaning of this word, but a gadget with notebook functionality…In reality, MacBook Air is not a mainstream solution at all. It is an expensive specific toy for techno-maniacs with futuristic views.”

For full article, go the the link here.

Source – engadget

March 23, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, Notebooks, Review | , | 1 Comment

Hardware Woes – My Fujitsu T2010 Down

[8:35am, 24 January] The battery of my Fujitsu T2010 went dead two days ago, not sure why it’s such short-lived (just would not charge up). Was going to take it to the shop for repair (think still under some sort of warranty since it’s less than 6 months old) this weekend and to buy another one just in case. Well, it didn’t stop there, it refused to boot up this morning, something’s wrong with the startup program and the startup reapir on board just could not fix it. So basically, I’m super bummed.

Don’t IM me on Meebo this morning, don’t email me, leave me alone.

[1 hour later, 10:00am] Well finally got it to boot, seems like the SD card which I plugged in is the main problem. Well you know Vista, it might have treated the memory card as a ready-boost pre-installed card (great feature with limited ram or for UMPC), think I need to check on the settings and turn it off since I already have 2GB Ram on board.

[Updated: 4 March] Well, finally got my replacement battery (free from 12 months guarantee) for the Fujitsu T2020. Thought about getting a second one for stanby and it costs HK$1,800, hefty, scrapped the idea. Took them 4 weeks for shipment but nonetheless I all happy now. Without the TabletPC, I’m down to my SONY UX27 for works on the road.

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Notebooks | , , | 4 Comments

Review – Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC

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Pic from TabletPCReview

The user review on the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC is out on TabletPCReview.  Noted that it cost a bit more in the US.  The current standard config in Hong Kong which includes the following goes for HK$16,688, very attractive indeed.

Model: Dell Latitude XT
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 ULV / 1.20GHz
Chipset / Graphic: AMD / ATI Integrated RadeonXpress X1250
Memory: 667 MHz DDR2 / 1GB But actual performance will be 533 MHz due to Processor FSB Limitation
Screen: LED Backlit WXGA LCD (1280×800)
Hard Drive: 80GB 1.8″ / 5mm, 4200rpm / PATA
PAN: Dell Wireless 360 Internal Bluetooth Module
LAN: Dell onboard Gigabit LAN adapter
WLAN Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n mini-card
WWAN: Dell Wireless 5720 Sprint Mobile Broadband (EVDO Rev.A)
Optical Drive: Dell D/Bay plus 24x CDRW/DVD
Battery: Upgraded to 6-cell, 42W/Hr Primarily Battery
Warranty: 3 year mail-in service (standard) plus 3 year accidental damage protection
   

As reported in my earlier post, First Look – Duosense, Dell had the technology in place and multi-touch would be available once applications supporting it starts appearing.  All-in-all, a very solid Tablet PC which promises much.  One thing to note is that 2GB memory is almost a must for the Tablet PC running Vista, so make sure you add in that option.

January 27, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, Tablet PCs | , , , | Leave a comment

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