News Bits: Dell Mini 9 Gets Broadband, Acer 10″ Netbook, A-DATA SSD With USB

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 now with mobile broadband

The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook is now available with AT&T mobile broadband. The embedded WWAN solution is a $125 upgrade; a $120 rebate is available to customers who sign a  two-year AT&T DataConnect Service plan. Details:

  • HSDPA (7.2 Mbps downlink)
  • HSUPA (2.0 Mbps uplink)
  • Tri-band HSDPA/WCDMA at 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • Quad-band EDGE/GPRS at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

The mobile broadband option is only an option at time of sale, and not available on legacy Mini 9s.

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10″ Acer Aspire One on the way

Acer plans to launch an Aspire One netbook next year with a 10-inch display according to a DigiTimes report. It will probably have the same specifications as the 8.9-inch One on the market today, including the Intel Atom processor and Windows XP.

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MacBook Pro takes performance hit without battery

If you are thinking of taking the battery out of your new MacBook Pro to extend the battery’s life a few months, prepare yourself for a performance hit – 37%, to be exact. GearLog did some investigating and found this performance drop is actually planned; Apple forces the performance hit because it “prevents the computer from shutting down if it demands more power than the A/C adapter alone can provide.” The verdict: keep the battery in your notebook.

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A-DATA introduces SSD with mini USB port

A-DATA recently introduced a 2.5-inch Solid State Disk (SSD) featuring a built-in mini-USB 2.0 port to its Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) line of products. This means the drive can pull double duty inside and outside the computer. The  XPG SSD has a SATA II interface, 100MB/s write and 170MB/s read speed. No launch date has been confirmed, but the drive will come in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 192GB capacities.

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