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Asus Eee 1620 nettop PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The tiny and low priced laptops or netbgooks that are mainly geared for web surfing have increasingly become omnipresent in the PC marketplace. There are nettops which are equivalent to desktops and although they are lesser known they retain the same low price and low power orientation as the netbooks. There have been several efforts at the nettops through the ASUS Eee Box and Zonbu Desktop Mini. However, as both these need an external display the monitor of the new ASUS Eee Top 1602 is in built making it the first innovative all in one nettop PC. This Eee Top pc is an excellent alternative to low price desktop computers and also as a netbook. This system is designed to run windows XP rather than Linux. Additionally the Eee Top 1602 also features a pleasing touch screen with a wider display than any low cost netbook.

When you first see it the ASUS Eee Top 1602 seems alike an all in one scaled down desktop PC. The system is in built with 15.6 inch LCD display and you can find all the components located behind the screen. Its display runs are around 1,366 by 768 resolution with an aspect ration of 16:9. Additionally unlike the Sony VAIO and iMac all in one desktop this ASUS Eee Top does not have any optical drive which means it does not have the ability to play Blu-ray movies or DVDs unless you use external USB drive. However this features of watching is anyway download and web-based.

This ASUS Eee Top 1602 features both in built wireless Wi-Fi networking and Ethernet to make it like a netbook or a powerful notebook. Therefore connecting the nettop is very easy like just hooking up the Ethernet wired router with Cat V cable. Additionally surfing the internet is also speedy like that you might expect from a netbook. During the review the QuickTime 720p videos seemed good but they can be a bit jerky when there is lot of action on the screen. However, the screen looks petty fine when viewing it, but the images washes out little steeper viewing angles. However the screen which is designed with pop-out stylus with the keyboard can support single touch. The best thing is that the screen features a matte finish which helps in hiding the fingerprints much better than a glossy one.

There is a handle built on the back of the PC which helps you to carry it from one room to another. The Eee Top is also light weighting just about 10 pounds. The other great thing is that the Eee Top 1602 is very quiet and it is hard to hear any noise coming from it. This is because it includes low power Intel Atom n270 processor along with Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. This system is packed with 160GB hard drive offering plenty of space for photos, music and programs. There is however just 1GB of system memory but is sufficient enough to run the pre-installed Windows XP.

ASUS N50VN-B1B laptop

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new ASUS N50Vn-B1B is specifically designed as an all in all desktop replacement device which can be your next home PC. For instance, in case you use it to edit your family videos and photos or even run various applications to manage finances of your household, the 15 inch widescreen of the system offers you a fast processing parts for the multi-taskers. Additionally your children can also use it to play newest 3D games and even enjoy high quality movies through the excellent NVIDIA graphics card.

The new N50Vn-B1B from ASUS comes in glossy brown finish but it does not exactly burst with colour. This system is probably the last thing you might find in an office or a living room. It includes contemporary designs which are similar to HP HDX16t through which subtle patterns are embedded below its hard laminate. Regarding its weight the system is around 6.7 pounds which means that it is neither mainly heavy nor it makes an ideal portable device.

The 15.4 inch screen of the laptop is designed in the traditional 16:10 widescreen format giving it a great look. The traditional format of ASUS N50Vn-B1B does not give it less screen space compared to its competitors. The system has good viewable 1,440 by 900 screen resolution which is sufficient for most of the demanding multi-taskers. The ASUS N50Vn-B1B also accommodates an excellent full size keyboard and the best thing is that it also has the numeric keypad which is great for number crunchers. However the numeric keypad is only half the size compared to a normal one to preserve the comfort level and responsiveness of the keyboard.

The features of ASUS N50Vn-B1B laptop can easily satisfy any home PC user. It includes 3 USB ports which spread along the sides of the laptop. There is the FireWire port for all compatible storage devices and an impressive 320 GB hard drive which is above the average regarding capacity for a home user. In case you need some more drive space then there is an eSATA port to offer external storage is located at the front bezel. The system is also equipped with HDMI port and is much similar to Acer, Dell Studio and HP laptops. The system enables streaming of videos and photos to a bigger display like your LCD TV. The ASUS N50Vn-B1B is also designed with a standard webcam with fingerprint reader found designed between mouse buttons.

However even though the ASUS N50Vn-B1B is not a faster processor that is available, the 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor is both energy efficient and speedy. You should know that anything faster would basically compromise with battery life. Boasting a midrange processor with an outstanding 4 GB of memory actually helped N50Vn-B1B to overtake Dell Studio XPS laptop by nearly five seconds over video encoding test. The only thing that makes this ASUS N50Vn-B1B a perfect family PC is that it perfectly combines the finest performance parts with tons of features which are all includes an affordable price.

ASUS EeePC 1000HE

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

ASUS have almost reached double digits in the number of their notebook variants that are launched. Additionally, the ASUS EeePC 1000HE overthrows the MSI Wind as just the pack of pint sizes notebook wannabes. Something that puts it up is not just its first use of Intel Atom N280 processor but also its revamped keyboard and pleasingly tucked away six cell battery. This EeePC 1000HE has been the new choice among editors in the category where price compassion is para mounted is because it delivers all of these at a reasonable price.

With its design the EeePC 1000HE resembles a vast majority of notebooks with its glossy coat and limited colour variations. Your only choices are among its two colour variations navy blue and black. It weighs about 3.2 pounds which can be heavier than Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind which is 2.6 pounds and 2.9 pounds NC10-14GB notebook.  There is a frame designed around the six cell carriers which conceals the batteries so that it is flush against the base. In fact the E in EeePC 1000HE actually represents its extended battery which is a massive improvement on the battery over their previous models.

As you open the lid the caps on barreled ends are timed with steel which also include a brushed aluminum enclosure that houses the mouse touchpad and mouse buttons where both offer sharp contrast in black interior. The mouse buttons of 1000HE are substantially larger compared to Aspire One and MSI Wind which look like they are wrapped around the front bezel in the laptop’s center. However similar to other laptops the EeePC 1000HE also uses a 10 inch LED widescreen with great resolutions. Additionally the keyboard of 1000HE is completely refurbished from 1000H notebook. The keys on it are again much similar to those on Apple MacBook 13 inch and Sony VAIO VGN-Z590.

The EeePC 1000HE also does not have any exclusive features over other notebooks like it also sports a webcam, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA-out, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet port wit other standard notebook features. However the only real advantage is the in built Bluetooth it features. It includes 160 GB hard drier, but it does not integrate an ExpressCard slot like most of the other notebooks have, which it also does not offer in built mobile broadband.

The best thing is that, EeePC 1000HE is the first laptop to feature 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor. This means that for a benchmark test or even when really using it you might hardly find any performance difference between the EeePC 1000HE and other systems like Aspire One and MSI Wind. Additionally ASUS have also added their software based over clocking feature similar to their other models which controls the speed of CPU. It lets you switch between different modes like Auto, High performance, super performance and power saving. However, the real advantage in transitioning to N280 processor is the reduction of motherboard space which slims down other form factors and potentially reduces the cost.

Low cost “netbooks” to cope with the economy

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Call it ‘getting small to acquire big’, but expected declines in sales of personal computer and of, course, an extremely weak economy have almost every major PC maker hunting for streamlined, low-cost laptops- most commonly called ‘netbooks’- as one of the ways of reviving the market, from the futuristic point of view.

The ‘netbook’ goes on to take concept of ‘notebook PC’ to a level smaller than ever before. A netbook conventionally consists of a screen which has width of < 10 inches (diagonally), does not carry optical drive, and happens to run on Atom processor of Microsoft Corp. Most of the laptops employ either Windows XP OS or one of the versions of ‘open-source, Linux-based software’. The weight of one laptop is around 3 pounds. Some of them might weigh less as well.

With regards to consumer, though, actual allure is likely to come from price tag. This is due to the fact that several notebooks begin with price as less as $349. Moreover, makers of PC are very well aware of the reality that low prices can open up an entirely new market amongst buyers who might be holding back with regards to buying a computer, as far as present economic climate is concerned.

As per John New, a ‘global product marketing manager’ associated with Dell Inc., the theory of PC is tried to be re-conceived. As per his opinion, with novel form factors and price points, there’s a lot of appeal to netbook, particularly when parents look at buying a personal computer for children. Dell went on to have launched its 1st notebook, i.e. the 9-inch ‘Inspiron Mini’, on 4th of September. Economical feasibility is the basic reason behind Dell entering the market. As per experts, with notebooks, prices have gone down. However, these products aren’t designed for competing at price points. However, netbooks are designed for reaching some price levels, that too, from initial conception.

Apart from Apple Inc., every major PC Company has now entered the market of netbooks. Asus’ Eee PC launched last year was hugely seen as one of the catalysts for this sector. As per search carried out by NPD Group’s Display, < 1 mn netbooks had been sold all over the world in the year 2007. However, this figure has been expected to increase to > 14 mn by end of 2008.

The above-mentioned numbers are much similar to the other predictions. It has been estimated that sales of netbooks would cross 35 mn units by the year 2012, when segment would account for almost 1/3rd of total sales of laptops. The fact that netbooks go on to represent a novel category in PC market cannot be ignored. Moreover, the promoters have betted that several users would trade off certain computing power to obtain a small form-factor, along with an extremely low price. IDC, one amongst the technology research firms, also went on to raise its outlook with regards to mini-PCs off late.

Asus Subcompact EEE PC

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Asus EEE PC

The Asus EEE PC is simply fantastic. Who would have ever thought that sub-compact laptop would ever become popular where it is thought bigger is better. All want more of a storage space and a bigger screen with loads of features. Despite of this, Asus EEE PC has seen an increasing number of sales every month.

The most surprising thing is that Asus EEE PC is sub-compact laptop which runs on the Linux instead of Windows. It is suitable for the pigeonholes kind of purchasers to the technophiles and geeks. Mac and Macbook are both geeky type of devices and the Mac’s OS share has gone from 9 percent to about 14 percent in the current year. Linux usage on the low end computers are growing. Everex gPC is sold out at the Walmart over the web. Consequently, Gpc has pulled from the Walmart to the retail stores because the geeks do not shop at mortar stores for the tech gear. Currently Asus EEE PC 4G Surf has made a place amongst the top 10 in the list of Computers and Hardware at Amazon, beating the Apple models too.

Growing popularity of Asus EEE PC

The main reason for growing popularity of Asus EEE PC is that they are cheaper even than the iPhones. Keyboard and screen are quite smaller as compared to the conventional laptops. However, it is usable completely. If you are bored of carryiong along the PDA type phone that features a folding keyboard then try out the Asus EEE PC. It should cost you somewhere around the same price.

It costs somehwree around $300 to $500 which is quite affordable. It features an in-built camera, 3 USB ports, MMC/SD memory card slot, and durable solid state drive.. It features WiFi b/g 10/ 100 wired connections also the Xandros Linux installed. The screen resolution is 800 x 480. it weights just 2 lbs and makes a great gadget for personal usage. It is no bigger than the hardcover book.

The manufacturing company has predicted 2 million unit sales for 2008. It is significant for Linux based OS. It need not be a surprise. However, one popular hack is converting Asus EEE PC to the Windows XP. Linux is excellent. However, some consumers have found having a major common complaint that it isn’t user friendly or isn’t meant for the first time users. This is where exactly the geek factor comes into the picture. Geeks are the happiest customers. Even though Xandros distribution is quite user friendly, average non-geek would run problems while plugging in at the store has brought out digital camera, printer or iPod. The comment squeaks would attest on this but those geeks would boast about how much easy to use the Asus EEE PC is.

Asustek is soon going to play to masses and release Windows XP version of Asus EEE PC that has installed from factory. In one month, Asus EEE PC 4G and the 12G were released with the installation of Windows XP Home. Main difference between the two is of an increased screen size to the 8.3″, allowing the default 1280 x 600 resolutions. With Windows version selling out well, the Asus should not have any problems reaching the set goals for 2008.