News Bits: Asus Eee PC Hands-on, New Panasonic ToughBooks, Voodoo ENVY M:152 Arrives

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Hands-on with the Asus Eee PC

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The budget-friendly Asus Eee PC subnotebook has undergone a hands-on test by Their particular Eee PC features a 7-inch widescreen display and a Celeron M ULV processor at 900MHz. It is based on the older Sonoma platform with a 910GMLE Express chipset.

3DNews liked the quality of the display but found its 800×480 resolution to be too low. The sound was flat but no different than a normal laptop. The keyboard and the touchpad received good marks and the Eee PC has plenty of connectivity. Please see the link to read the rest of the review.

15.6-inch widescreen notebook panels in development

A 15.6-inch widescreen notebook LCD panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio is under development by Taiwanese LCD manufacturers AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO). Volume production is slated to take place next year. The panel makers are looking to shift from 15.4-inch panels because they are more economical to produce.

Mainstream notebook vendors including Asustek and Acer are designing new notebooks for the panels. HP is working on notebooks with 16-inch panels.

Figures from DisplaySearch say that 15.4-inch notebooks will make up 50 percent of the overall notebook market in 2008.

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More LED notebook screens on the way

LCD panel makers in Taiwan and Korea are becoming more competitive in the LED notebook panel market; the manufacturers are now looking toward 14.1-, 15.4-, and 17-inch widescreen displays with LED backlighting.

Samsung plans to launch a range of 12.1- to 17-inch notebook panels this year and LG.Phillips LCD and Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology are planning to launch 13.3-inch screens.

DisplaySearch states that while the backlight penetration in the notebook market will be less than 5 percent in 2007, it will be 40 percent in 2010.

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Panasonic introduces 7-series Toughbooks

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Panasonic has unveiled their new 7-series line of Toughbooks with models CF-R7, CF-W7, CF-T7, and CF-Y7. The specifications for the models are as follows; all feature the Intel 965GM series chipset, Intel X3100 integrated graphics, Intel 4965AGN wireless card, 1GB of RAM, an 80GB SATA HDD, Bluetooth, and optional HSDPA module.

ToughBook CF-R7: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 ULV, 10.4-inch LCD

ToughBook CF-W7: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 ULV, 12.1-inch XGA LCD, DVD drive, 1.280kg

ToughBook CF-T7: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 ULV, 12.1-inch XGA LCD, DVD drive, 1.385kg (heavier because of Touch Panel in in Europe/US only)

ToughBook CF-Y7: Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 LV, 14.1-inch XGA LCD, 1.550kg

All of the new Toughbooks can withstand a 76cm drop and 100kg of pressure on the case. The keyboards are spill-proof.

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Voodoo introduces ENVY M:152 widescreen gaming notebook

Voodoo has introduced their latest gaming notebook, the ENVY M:152. It is based on the latest Intel Santa Rosa platform and features the Intel Core 2 Duo processor up to Extreme X7800, Intel 965 series chipset, and Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN.

The M:152 features a 15.4-inch WSXGA+ (1680×1050) display with matte finish and weighs about 7 pounds with battery. Graphics performance is provided by the Nvidia GeForce 8600M-GT with 512MB of memory. Other features include an integrated 2.0 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth support, fingerprint reader, and the ability to have up to 4GB of RAM.

The ENVY M:152 starts at about $3,310 USD.

Link to Voodoo web page
HP Press Release

Intel wins WiMAX deal with Nokia

Intel has announced they have won a mobile WiMAX chip order from Nokia. Nokia will produce the first WiMAX-enabled Internet tablets using Intel chips during the first half of next year. WiMAX is expected to be five times faster than a typical wireless network.

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Why is the opposition to Vista so strong?

PCWorld is running an article on why the resistance to the new Microsoft Vista operating system is so strong. Vista’s main competitior right now is the older XP operating system, which continues to hold its ground.

Dell commits to neutralizing carbon impact

Dell has become the first company to commit to neutralizing the carbon impact of its worldwide operations. Dell continues to extend its environmental policies and has introduced a new "Plant a Forest for Me" for me program, enabling organizations to join together and plant millions of trees. It is an extension of the "Plant a Tree for Me" program.

Dell announced in June that its goal is to become the "greenest technology company on the planet"and is focused on reducing emissions in all parts of its operation, including that of its suppliers. Please see the following link ( for more detailed information on Dell’s recent announcement.

Plant a Forest for Me
Plant a Tree for Me



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