Netbooks Updates

Written by Aldrin Cantos on December 5, 2008 – 2:06 pm -

Customizing Acer Aspire One GUI

While Acer Aspire One already has its cool user interface out of the box, it seems it still not satisfy everyone’s palates, because someone exerted efforts discovering a way to customize it. The process involves modifying an xml file, which seems to be easy if you follow the steps that are detailed on the article.

Netbooks and MIDs: How they differ?

Meanwhile, “Netbooks” and “MID” now have new definitions that pretty much define their differences. According to Intel, netbooks are “clamshells”, with 7 - 10.2 inch screens, built purposely for Internet use. While MIDs are pocketable devices with a 4 to 7-inch screen that take a clamshell, slider or tablet form and are custom built for “Internet-based targeted usages”. Seems like the Gigabyte tablet-convertible might not be considered as netbook in this sense. All these we learned from jkOnTheRun.

HP Mini Vivienne Tam Edition

HP Mini 1000 now has a Vivienne Tam Edition that looks very similar to its predecessor of the same edition. Options for specs upgrade are available and prices start at $699. The latter is now available for order.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA Review

Asus Eee PC 1002HA review has been published and Laptop is pretty happy of their experience. Pros includes its sleek design, multi-touch trackpad, wide keyboard estate and good wi-fi performance. While the right shift key positioning still draws for the cons, together with shorter battery life and no option for extended battery. Third party batteries might be under way, so don’t worry too much.

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Raon Digital will have SSD-based Everun

Written by Aldrin Cantos on October 13, 2008 – 11:05 am -

raon everun ssd netbookRaon’s Everun Note has remarkably been the first netbook to have Dual Core processor with its AMD Turion 1.2G processor, and the combination of touch-screen, wifi, and bluetooth technologies. The company is also suggesting that Everun Note is best for Power Users, given its specs that surely tells you it’s powerful. The only thing they might have missed is using SSD instead of spinning HDD, which is not a big deal. And now to give better options, they are offering two new SSD-based netbooks.

The S16S, dubbed as the low-end version of the two, will sport 4GB SLC + 12GB MLC SSD, 1.2G Sempron CPU and will run in Ubuntu. Price is not confirmed yet but according to UMPC Portal, it will have $659 pre-tax retail price.

The high-end version D24S, will keep its original 1.2G Turion Dual Core processor and will still run in Windows XP. It will also have a total of 24GB SSD, one 8GB SLC and an 16GB MLC. We think it’s safe to assume that the OS will be on the 8GB. The price for this version will be $950 pre-tax, though not confirmed as well.

It’s always good to know that some companies are moving ahead according to demands, giving better options and alternatives to consumers. And while they have not yet considered the AMD netbook CPU, we guess they will soon do, to increase an hour or 2 on their current maximum battery life of 3 hours.

via UMPC Portal

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AMD to Launch CPU for Netbooks

Written by Aldrin Cantos on October 11, 2008 – 9:13 pm -

amd netbooks cpu

AMD has been playing in the field of fast CPU’s for desktops and laptops eversince, competing head to head with other CPU makers like Intel and Via. And if you’ve been wondering if AMD is going to jump into Atom bandwagon, it seems likely so, as they have announced they’re making netbook CPU’s and will be launching the latter later this quarter or first quarter next year.

Raon’s Everun has been successful with their netbook which is quitely a monster netbook as it’s faster compared to other netbooks, with its AMD Turion Dual Core, but it’s also hungry on power. Even hungrier if it does not have tha ability to automatically change clock speed depending on power supply.

AMD has been a better option for PC Buyers in the past years, as it is cheaper yet as powerful as Intel. Now that there’s going to be CPU for netbooks from AMD, we’re looking for cheaper netbooks coming their way as well. And as netbook sales spears high today, we are optimistic to see the sales spears much higher when AMD comes to play.

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The Future of Linux with Netbooks

Written by Aldrin Cantos on October 6, 2008 – 10:15 am -

The introduction of Netbooks clearly made statements that Linux is going to be bigger than it is ever because it comes along with Netbooks as the default OS. When Asus came out with Xandros on their Eee PC netbooks, not only different manufacturers followed the trend, but other Linux distro tend to make Netbook versions as well. To name a few, there were Ubuntu Eee, eeeXubuntu, gOS, Mandriva, and more…

One of the main reasons why Netbooks opts for Linux as default OS is being light for the limited SSD, which only consumes around 2GB of space, including very useful and productive applications for word processing, internet and entertainment. Windows XP eats more. Another reason why Linux, is because it’s free and Netbooks should be affordable for everyone [Students, Employees, Children]. Windows will obviously make the price a bit higher if Netbooks chose it as default OS, or maybe not but other specs will be put in jeopardy. Let’s just say that Linux won at first.

As Netbook manufacturers started to build netbooks with higher disk capacity, faster Intel Atom processors, increased memory size, etc., they also started releasing Windows XP versions apart from the Linux versions. Some versions feature MS Works, which is kind of light version of their Office suite. XP versions also had lesser disk capacity than Linux version on some Netbooks. I have no concrete evidences but I assume, Windows versions of Netbooks is starting to take larger share nowadays.

With the recent report by Laptopmag, MSI stated that they have four times higher return rates on their Linux version than Windows XP version. There’s nothing wrong about Linux, it’s just that users are not willing to spend time to learn and use it. Learning curve on Linux is a door wide-open for Windows.

On the statement from MSI above, it must be clear that in some ways, Linux brings lesser cut to them, but will they be willing to give up on Linux? And how will Linux close that door? Let’s ask.

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