Posts Tagged ‘netbook’

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.

Cellphone vs. PC, show time!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Cellphones are increasingly getting popular and they may even pose a threat to the Intel Microsoft based computers. You must have come across, the previous year a series of small inexpensive notebook computers called netbooks based on ARM microprocessor design and run on several versions of Linux and on Android cell phone operating system of Google. Although ARM dominates the market for their chips used in cellphones, they are still widely to be used in computers. However today, the difference between a cheap laptop and an expensive phone is size and not its power.

Netbooks have become a growing category of computers especially because they are more portable and usually don’t cost much. Until now they have been widely used by Atom chip of Intel as they use their X86 instruction set which can run windows. Some manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard and ASUS have also provided versions of their netbooks which run Linux but they are not yet popular in the market. Some think that this might change as the combination of ARM processor and Linux might allow netbooks to be sold for less than $200.

Recently Freescale a chip company rolled out of Motorola to announce a new high-end chip based on the latest ARM deign and for netbooks. This was followed by a similar declaration by Qualcomm. On the other hand ARM designs the backbone of microprocessors which are incorporated in chips built by other manufacturers. Glen Burchersu8 the marketing director of Freescale consumer segment marked three potential benefits of ARM based netbooks. He said that ARM machines should have around 8 hours of battery power compared to 2 hours of Intel based netbooks, because right from the beginning ARM chips have been designed to be skimpy for its power use. As their chips use less power they generate less heat and so it can perfectly fit a smaller case that needed for a chip or a metal heat sink to cool it. Freescale has also found out that their chips can fit into a netbook that is just about 0.6 inches thick.

There is also the price factor to consider. The Freescale Company says that their chip would cost around $15 each when purchased in large quantities and around $5 for other chips which support the processor. The company also estimates that the computer manufacturer will have to spend around $50 on Intel Atom chips and Windows. Glen Burchers says that the company estimates that the $200 netbooks would not include a hard drive but rather have 8 GB or 4 GB of flash memory and these devices would mainly be used by those surfing the net. Additionally a few expensive devises would also be capable of connecting to cellular data networks and they will be mainly aimed at younger generation who connects through Wi-Fi networks. Additionally the company also gave some of their Linux based netbooks to a group of teenagers who already owned a computer and a smartphone. This rather intensely  digital teenage group were excited to receive yet another interesting gizmo through which they could check their MySpace pages and it yet did not slow down to their usage over other devices.

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).