Archive for the ‘Tablet’ Category

New rugged compuer delivers performane and ROI from Glacier Computer

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The latest Everest E4000 tablet PC launched by Glacier Computers is perfectly designed to combine the most commonly requested features in a single package that is specifically optimized for rugged performance and outstanding value. This new Everest E4000 is designed with the rugged flexible computing platform which is made popular through a wide range of screen size options and processors to meet the personal requirements of their users. Dan Poisson who is the Glacier Director of Engineering said that the configuration of their new Everest E4000 has been re-engineered to incorporate some features that are most commonly requested by freights, warehouses and shop floor customers.

This Everest E4000 tablet computer offers an excellent solution for all those customers in supply chain, warehouse or shop floor environments that have a computer requirement that would stand up to the punishments imposed through the harsh working conditions. The new device from Glacier Computers continues the Everest line up of computer systems that offer multiple screen sizes which can range from 10 to 12 and even 15 inches and also the multiple operating system options and processors, including Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP pro and also the full supported version of Linux.

Apart form this; the new Everest E4000 also joins the Everest group of products that are newly selected with alphanumeric monikers to help channel partners and customers. These Everest lines of products are also designed to answer the needs of customers who require a rugged computer system which are fixed mounted to a vehicle or on the shop floor.

About Everest E4000 Tablet PC

The rugged Everest E4000 tabled computer being designed by Glacier Computers is a piece of hardware that is packed as an 10 inch, 12 inch and 15 inch size and the choice if your to choose from Linux, Windows Embedded and Windows XP Pro. The Everest E4000 is also feature enabled to make it a perfect device for all the users who need a rugged computer system. This system from Glacier Computers is the right tool to enhance productivity as you can extend your access to emails, presentations, spreadsheets and several other applications to be used on the shop floor.

Apart form this; the Everest E4000 is designed with 1.4 GHz Pentium processor which includes 1 GB memory along with a 16 GB SSD. However the 15 inch Everest E4000 is designed with a 1024×768 screen which can support 802.11 a/b/g. additionally some other information about its specs is slim but it is given that the previous generation was 1.2 GHz and 512 MB which is not a much of upgrade. The Everest E4000 is also capable of surviving extreme temperature, multiple drops, rough treatment and spillage. This system rugged is sealed entirely which means that all the means which can keep the computer cool are can be of a bit problem. However you will surely love its touch screen abilities as it also includes an integrated WAN and LAN option.

NVIDIA enhances graphics performance on notebooks

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

NVIDIA had a look on increasing popularity of ‘netbooks’ and drew the conclusion that something is missing- quality of visual performance demanded by users within the developed market. Hence, graphics chip-makers got set to have worked on constructing the Ion hardware platform with respect to tiny form-factor desktops and notebooks constructed on Atom processors of Intel. Moreover, early returns have suggested that such a thing can be one of the category killers.

ChannelWeb saw ‘Ion’ in action at NVIDIA’s headquarters on 15th of December, 2008. Its platform comprises of a motherboard (atom-based), paired with GeForce 9400 onboard graphics processor, complete CUDA support, and ridiculous quantity of I/O.

Team of NVIDIA demonstrated Ion within an ultra-small ‘desktop reference design’. This Ion is better known as ‘nettop’. However, platform has also been built for ‘mobile PCs’. The small desktop that was seen fitted in palm (of one hand). Moreover, it was just a ‘mess’ of ports. It wasn’t the slimmest-looking device. However, it was handy, as far as showing off graphics support was concerned and acceleration that was built by NVIDIA in to Ion.

NVIDIA went on to run the demo for making the product look better. However, results of neck-to-neck competition between standard netbook (atom-based) and Ion nettop with GMA 950 integrated graphics of Intel were spectacular. NVIDIA moved ahead with having fired up ‘Call of Duty 4′ without even a hitch; while Intel netbook went on to struggle to even have booted ‘visually rich’ PC game. Ion system also boasted of better video playback; thanks to ‘full-spec’ 1080p badaboom and HD video support, GPU-tapping ‘video Transco ding accelerator (from Elemental Technologies).

NVIDIA, already having its ‘GeForce 9400 GPUs’ within recent line of ‘Apple MacBooks’, has said that it has expected Ion-based netbooks to be priced at around $50 greater than present systems based on GMA 950. For extra cash, sixteen ‘graphics processing cores’ can be obtained by users, which deliver fifty-two Gflops of ‘processing power’, which seems to be a compelling story, at least from the perspective of the reviewers.

ChannelWeb has been quite bearish with regards to netbooks, in spite of hype and hooplah created about these products. That is basically due to the fact that it is being heard from retailers, resellers, and OEMs about extremely large numbers of ‘netbooks’ that’re being returned by purchasers, especially in markets of North America.

As said by sources, reason behind returns is that the users within mature markets might get fascinated by promise and price of notebooks, and might get completely disappointed with shortcomings of the same while getting them back home. Graphics shortcomings are the largest ones amongst factors of disappointment. These days, users, business travelers and commuters in particular wish to have quality playback on computing devices operating at the primary level.

As an outcome, makers of netbooks have, in certain cases, gone ahead with the amendment of their wild-eyed, earlier promotions of novel category. For instance- HP now markets HP mini-Note PCs in the form of complementary device of computing (not the primary one).

HP Launches Tablet PC with Touchscreen Technology

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

HP has finally launched its most awaited TouchSmart tx3 multi-touch capable tablet PC on 19th of November, which is also the first multi-touch tablet PC in the market. Multi-touch capability and touch screen are the selected hot technologies of the industry for 2009 and device manufacturers are scrambling to slot in this fingertip technology in their for factors where the price would range from sub $100 cell phone to the latest $1,200 tablet PC.

Experience the TouchSmart tx2

The TouchSmart tx2 tablet PC is a flappable designe which can be configured as either a notebook or a tablet PC. It is packed with a rechargeable digital ink pen to let handwriting and sketching directly on the screen and comes with multi-touch support through the custom MediaSmart software suite of HP. Several people have used this MediaSmart before who were totally impressed with it. This actually says something about the user’s level of expectations regarding the OEM software. This OEM customized crapware will not crash the machine but would do much benefit. However there might be a slight caveat as Windows Vista does not include this integrated touchscreen technology and so the degree and the functionality of touchscreen support might vary according to the application. There is not issue if you already have a suit of software to be used as just buying this laptop will not magically enable the multi-touch or touchscreen for all applications.

TouchSmart tx2 Performance

Several questions have been raised regarding performance and speed of this tablet. One reason why most of the tablets failed miserable a few years ago is because the OEMs were not able to provide attractive performance and price ration. Additionally most often the systems were either usable or unaffordable or affordable but barely usable. Luckily things have changed now for HP. There was a research conducted on two laptops of HP the HP dv5v and TouchSmart tx2, where both were build with the AMD processor. It was found that both the systems were minimally spec’d. However when both were compared for their functionality, TouchSmart tx2 stands on its name. You will find the unavoidable multi-touch tablet tax available but before you read over the specs of TouchSmart tx2 you will not feel any sinking sensation when asked to strike a bargain between desired functionality and acceptable level of performance. This states the significant achievement of HP and the configuration of TouchSmart tx2 options are more limited than the HP dv5z but this is just one best thing it can do is to play Blu-ray movies.

Currently there is an incredible among of interest for this multi-touch functionality. The iPod touch and iPhone have this and Android powered G1 also supports it unofficially and now Microsoft has also confirmed that their windows 7 would include this multi-touch functionality. However in the long run you will also expect to see several tablet PCs including multi-touch displays and multi-touch trackpads widely adopted or incorporated but this timetable might significantly be longer than you might have thought it to be.