Articles about Netbook

Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

French tablet, smartphone, soon-to-be-smartwatch, and "connected objects" maker Archos has announced an Android-powered netbook that will be available this June for the low, low price of "under $170" – and yes, as you might have guessed, that means $169.99. Archos ArcBook Modesty can be a virtue (click to enlarge) "Archos …
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2014
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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

It may be a niche, but the market for Chromebooks will grow, according to research company Gartner. The analyst has predicted 5.2 million of the Google OS-powered laptops will be sold this year. Not only that, but the number-crunchers also reckon sales will nearly triple by 2017. That growth will come from Chromebooks breaking …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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Asus CEO sounds netbook death knell

Asus CEO Jerry Shen has apparently called time on the company's pioneering Eee PC family of netbooks. Shen has said Asus will make no more of the devices, and when current stocks have shipped that will be that, Digitimes claims. Shen is reported to have blamed the move on falling netbooks sales in emerging markets and upon the …
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2012
HP Mini 1104 business netbook

HP pitches 10in netbook at business

HP clearly thinks there's still mileage in the netbook - many of its rivals don't - at the very least as a business device. It has launched a new model, the Mini 1104, to prove it. Unlike consumer-centric netbooks, the 1104 runs Windows 7 Home Premium rather than Starter Edition. HP Mini 1104 business netbook But the spec is …
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2012
Asus Eee PC 1025C Atom netbook

Asus updates netbook line with Intel, AMD chippery

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Asus has formally outed its next netbook release: the Eee PC Flare series. The Flares are a long cry from the clunky, chunky SCCs of yore - even if the spec isn't. Asus Eee PC 1025C Atom netbook Flare: Eee PC 1025C Yes, we're talking 10.1in, 1024 x 600 display, Windows Starter 7, 1GB of memory, 2.4GHz 802.11n …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

My son's school has decreed that next year he'll need a computer of some sort. Mr 12 wants an iPad. I want him to use the 2009-vintage Lenovo S10e Netbook gathering dust in the study, because it's already been paid for. The netbook is also fit for purpose: it was the very model handed out in Australian schools circa 2009. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
Intel Atom

Intel next-gen netbook chip to sport Ivy Bridge graphics

Hardware sites are abuzz with news that Intel is preparing a 22nm Atom chip with a state-of-the-art integrated graphics core on board. The CPU is codenamed Valley View and it'll be part of a platform called Balboa Pier, slides that have leaked out of kit maker Advantech reveal. Balboa Pier will is the follow-up to netbook …
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2012
Asus Padfone

Asus peddles three-in-one smartphone, tablet, netbook

MWC 2012 Reg Hardware Mobile Week Asus has officially launched its anticipated Padfone at MWC 2012, the all-in-one smartphone, tablet and netbook it announced almost a year ago. Asus Padfone The phone itself features a 4.3in display with the choice of either 16GB or 32GB of storage. There's also an 8Mp camera and 1GB of memory, …
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
Dell Inspiron Duo

Intel pitches netbook-cum-tablet 'hybrids'

IDF 2011 Can't decide whether you want a tablet or a netbook? Have both, says Intel. The chip giant today pitched the notion of a hybrid device, skinnier than a netbook but thicker than a tablet by bringing the latter a built-in keyboard. It's not a new notion, of course. Dell launched the Inspiron Duo last year, and during 2011 the …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2011
iPad vs netbooks

Netbook shipments slump in face of tablet rise

Tablets outshipped netbooks in Q2 2011. So says market watcher ABI Research, which recorded shipments of 7.3m netbooks in Q2 - down 13.1 per cent on Q1's 8.4m units - and 13.6m tablets. ABI said it reckons some 32m netbooks will ship in 2011 as a whole - 16.m of during H2. That is down 17.5 per cent on 2010's total shipments, …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2011
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Samsung readies 'world's first' solar netbook

Samsung has announced it will be launching the NC215S solar-powered netbook this August for customers in Russia. Using solar panels to keep laptops running is nothing new, but the company claims a world’s first here due to the panel being integrated into the lid of the netbook's 10.1in, 1024 x 600-pixel display. Samsung NC215s …
Bob Dormon, 20 Jun 2011

Dell flees netbook market, dumps Minis

Dell has pulled out of the netbook market in a move that pretty much seals the fate of the pint-sized form factor. The Dell Mini range is no longer available on the website and the tech titan's US office has confirmed that the product line is dead. First announced in 2008, Dell Minis had 7in or 10in screens, were powered by …
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
Eurocom Monster W110ER

Review: Eurocom Monster W110ER gaming netbook

It’s hard to see quite who Eurocom thinks will buy its Monster W110ER “gaming netbook”. Surely any gamer sufficiently hardcore to feel the need to be able to take a high-end gaming system around with them - and the W110ER is a high-end machine - will want to play on a larger screen than an 11.6-incher, especially when it’s …
Nick Hawkesmoor, 17 Dec 2012
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Ten ancestors of the netbook

Feature Come 2015, we’re told, the netbook will be dead and gone, out-evolved by the more fleet of foot, more desirable media tablet. We shouldn’t mourn the netbook’s passing, though. It has had, in one form or another, a good innings. While some folk may look back to the category’s debut in 2007 with the launch of Asus’ Eee PC 701 - …
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2013
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

Review “Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” said Apple veep Phil Schiller as he unveiled the redesigned Mac Pro at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. The smooth, black cylindrical design of the Mac Pro and the visual revamp of the forthcoming iOS 7 were clearly intended as a riposte to the critics who had argued that …
Stephen Dean, 17 Jul 2013
HP Pavilion DM1-4125EA AMD CPU netbook

HP Pavilion dm1-4125ea 11.6in netbook

Review Now that everyone and their dog has or wants a smartphone or tablet, the recent drop in netbook sales can hardly be a surprise. Yet does this mean there is no space for a small, cheap laptop? Of course not and HP’s recently refreshed Pavilion dm1 is a fine example of why I hope the breed never dies. HP Pavilion DM1-4125EA AMD …
Alun Taylor, 15 Feb 2012
Asus Eee PC X101

Asus $199 MeeGo netbook out next month

Asus announced its MeeGo-based netbook, the 10in Eee PC X101, earlier this month, but said little else about the specs. Now a few tech details have emerged. The X101 - due out next month, apparently - will be based on Intel's Atom N435, the chip giant's new, single-core CPU running at 1.33GHz. Asus Eee PC X101 It'll have an …
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Dell tablet-netbook combo PC out next week

Dell will begin selling its Inspiron Duo laptop-cum-tablet next week, it has been claimed. The gadget, which was first shown off in September at the Intel Developer Forum, is a 10in netbook with a screen that pivots within the lid's bezel so the machine can be used in the usual way or as a tablet. Inspiron Duo Moles cited by …
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 2010
Toshiba NB250

Toshiba readies full-keyboard netbook

Toshiba has introduced a netbook with a "full-size" keyboard for mini-laptop owners fed up of tapping away on tiny keys. The machine is the NB250 and its spec is otherwise netbook standard: 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor, 1GB of DDR 3 memory, 250GB hard drive, 10.1in 1024 x 600 display driven by the integrated GMA 3150 graphics …
Tony Smith, 15 Jun 2010
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Lenovo chief says netbook's day is done

Lenovo has called time on the netbook, stating that the mini-laptop's life is now "pretty much over". So said the firm's President and COO, Rory Read, in an interview with Dow Jones after confirming Lenovo will release 10in Android tablets worldwide within the next few months. There'll be an IdeaPad-branded consumer model and a …
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Netbook sales shrivel in face of Apple iPad

A new study indicates that the Apple iPad will shrivel the netbook market. Fortune points us to a March study from financial house Morgan Stanley and research outfit Alphawise that says 44 per cent of US consumers planning to buy an iPad will opt for the Jobsian tablet instead of new netbook or notebook. As you might expect, …
Cade Metz, 06 May 2010
Samsung Series 5

Samsung prices up Chrome OS netbook for Blighty

Twelve-inch Chrome OS netbook, anyone? Samsung will be bringing just such a machine to the UK late next month for £349. Samsung Series 5 The Series 5 - the sound you hear in the background is Psion fans tut-tutting - runs the other Google operating system on a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPU. There's 2GB of DDR3 and a …
Tony Smith, 12 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Asus prices up netbook-convertible Android tablet

Asus' tablet-meets-netbook, the Eee Pad Transformer, will cost the best part of £500 when it goes on sale here on Wednesday. The Transformer is a 10in, 1280 x 800 tablet running Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system - onto which Asus has slapped its own UI, Waveshare - and driven by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 …
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2011
Sony Vaio M

Sony announces pre-announced netbook revamp

Sony has launched the Vaio M netbook that retailers began including on their websites a couple of weeks ago. Sony Vaio M Sony's Vaio M: bog-standard netbook spec? As expected, the machine - the M11M1E, to give it its full model number - is based around a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a 10.1in, 1024 x 600 display. The …
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2010
The Register breaking news

Death of netbook exaggerated, says researcher

Don't write off the netbook just yet, market watcher IDC has advised. Yes, the gadget has taken a blow from tablets like the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab, but it's not a mortal one. Growth will continue, the researcher reckons, but at a "somewhat slower pace". So, it says, some 38.7m netbooks will ship this year - 10.3 per …
Tony Smith, 10 Nov 2010
The Register breaking news

Cloud OS netbook turns up in Blighty

The Jolicloud Jolibook has gone on sale in the UK, kind of. Jolicloud Jolibook The £280 netbook pre-loaded with the cloud-centric, Ubuntu-based operating system is now being listed by Amazon, but with a 1-3 month shipping window. That's not what you'd expect to see with an 'available now' product. Jolicloud Jolibook The …
Tony Smith, 22 Nov 2010
The Register breaking news

Acer gets netbook Happy

Christmas approaches, and Acer is ready with a set of kid-friendly pastel-hued netbooks ready for parents to lay down 250 notes on. The machine is the Aspire One Happy, and it's a standard Windows 7-based netbook - with one exception: it also comes with Android 2.1 as a fast-boot, quick-acccess-to-the-web operating system. Acer …
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2010

Coder claims logs show WebOS netbook in pipe

One WebOS developer has claimed to have found proof that HP is working on a WebOS-based tablet. Coder Thomas Perraudin says he found the following in his developer logs: {"ModelName" "(Device)", "modelNameAscii": "Device" "platformVersion": "Nova Dartfish," platformVersionMajor ": -1," platformVersionMinor ": -1," …
Tony Smith, 19 May 2011
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Dell readies flip-screen tablet-cum-netbook

IDF Dell has demo'd a novel convertible tablet that does away with the usual tilt'n'pivot mount. Instead, it's based around a 10in screen that's mounted within a netbook clamshell chassis but which can rotate about a central horizontal axis, within the bezel, to face in or out. The catch is it makes for a chunky tablet, but it does …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2010
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Asus unwraps desktop CPU netbook

Asus, concerned that your average netbook doesn't deliver sufficient processing welly, is preparing a model with a desktop processor. The Eee PC 1215N will contain a dual-core Intel Atom D525, a desktop-centric beast - it draws up to 13W, double what the netbook-oriented N475 does - running at 1.8GHz. Asus Eee PC 1215N Add to …
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2010
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Toshiba unwraps rubber-clad dual-core netbook

Toshiba is the latest laptop maker to pitch a netbook based on Intel's dual-core Atom, the 1.5GHz N550. The NB520 adds a pair of integrated Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio to the basic netbook spec, to whit Windows 7 Stater; 10in, 1024 x 600 screen; 1GB of DDR 3 memory; 500GB 5400rpm hard drive; 10/100Mb/s …
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2010
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HP readies dual-core Atom netbook

HP is preparing a netbook based on Intel's new dual-core Atom chip, the 1.5GHz N550, and has posted a service manual on its website ahead of the as-yet-unannounced machine's release. The included specs show that, in addition to the N550, the HP Mini 5103 will also come in versions fitted with the 1.66GHz Atom N455 and the 1. …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010

Asus unwraps dual-core Atom netbook

Asus has outed its first netbook based on the just-announced dual-core Atom N550 processor. Step forward, the Eee PC 1015PEM, which combines Asus' curvy seashell design with said 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of DDR 3, 160-320GB of hard drive storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi and all the usual netbook portage. Asus Eee PC 1015PEM Well, almost - this …
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2010
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Santa fail: No Chrome OS netbook this year

Computer manufacturers won’t release Chrome OS-based netbooks until 2011, according to a senior veep at Acer. The company’s Jim Wong told reporters earlier this week that the consumer release of Google’s oxymoronic browser-based operating system won’t land until next year. Engadget reported that Google has its own plans to …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2010
iPad vs netbooks

iPad gouges netbook sales

Tablets look set to displace the netbook, if figures from market watcher DisplaySearch are to be believed. DisplaySearch tracks all mobile computer sales, from netbooks through ultra-portables right the way up to desktop replacement behemoths. The telling figures are netbooks' share of the overall mobile computer market. …
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2010
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iPad 'cannibalised' Q2 netbook sales

Market watcher Gartner this week presented further evidence that early adopter enthusiasm for netbooks has peaked. "Mini-notebook shipment growth slowed significantly in Q2 2010," said Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa. Growth, she said, "slowed" to the low 20 per cent range, down from more than 70 per cent in Q1 2010 …
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2010
Asus Eee PC R101

Asus R101 netbook quietly flies in

Asus is gearing up to release its latest Eee PC netbook, and we hope it fares rather better than its namesake. Details posted online by a German retailer reveal that the Eee PC R101 is based on Intel's 1.66GHz N450 Atom processor, comes with 1GB of 800MHz DDR 2 memory and a 250GB hard drive, and has the customary 10in, 1024 x …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2010
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Asus to take fight to tablets with cheap Google netbook

Eee PC maker Asus will launch a dirt-cheap netbook this summer in a bid the eke out out market share before the tablets take it all. So say industry moles cited by DigiTimes. The mystery machine will be out in June and cost "$200-250", which is £124-155 in real money. The snag, of course, is that you can already pick up past- …
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2011
Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell ditches 12in netbook

Dell has trimmed some of the fat from its netbook line by ending the production of its Inspiron Mini 12 notebook-not-netbook. The Mini 12 – reviewed here – had a 12.1in display and, according to Dell’s Chief Blogger, Lionel Menchaca, “10in displays are the sweet spot for netbooks”. That goes some way to explaining why the PC …
James Sherwood, 10 Aug 2009
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Clamshell dinner – Jobs and iPad munch netbook sales

Yes, the iPad will munch the netbook market, according to research firm DisplaySearch. With a new report released on Tuesday, DisplaySearch says that Apple shipped 700,000 iPads into the channel during Q1, accounting for 6.5 per cent of the combined netbook-tablet market by volume, and in Q2, the firm says, that share will rise …
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2010
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Lenovo intros third-gen netbook

Lenovo has introduced the third generation of its IdeaPad S10 netbook. The new model brings Intel's latest Atom technology to the series. The S10-3 incorporates Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU - a processor that has an on-board graphics chip for greater energy efficiency. Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-3: latest Atom …
Tony Smith, 09 Apr 2010
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Asus pitches 9in netbook

After years spent telling us 10in netbooks are what we want, Eee PC maker Asus has relaunched its old 8.9in machine, the Eee PC 900. Now called the 900AX, the netbook matches its predecessors' spec almost exactly. The original Eee PC 900 had a Celeron processor, but later revisions gained the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270. And that's …
Tony Smith, 10 May 2010
MSI Wind 12 U200

MSI intros 12in Wind notebook-not-netbook

MSI has formally introduced the latest addition to its Wind netbook series - only it's arguably not a netbook. The Wind 12 U200 is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU3500 processor rather than an Atom. As its name suggests, it has a 12.1in screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, driven by a GMA 4500MHD graphics core in the …
Tony Smith, 21 Aug 2009
Asus EeeBook X205

Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

IFA 2014 Microsoft has been promising dirt-cheap Windows 8.1 devices for months now, and as the IFA 2014 consumer electronics conference kicks off in Berlin this week, the first round of penny-pinching Windows kit has finally started to arrive. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have each announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, …
Neil McAllister, 05 Sep 2014

Fujitsu roadmaps Core i5 tablet netbook

We're nowhere near the end of 2010, but Fujitsu has already roadmapped what it hopes will be the killer mobile office computer of 2011. Dubbed the Lifebook T580, it's a 10.1in machine with a fold-round dual-digitiser - stylus and touch - display for tablet usage. Despite the screen size, the T580 is no mere netbook. According …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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Acer upgrades Aspire One netbook

Acer has added Intel's new dual-core netbook processor, the 1.5GHz Atom N550, to its Aspire One D250 mini-laptop and re-released it as the D255. The 10in machine includes 1GB of 667MHz DDR 3 memory and relies on the GMA 3150 graphics engine built into the CPU to drive its glossy 1024 x 600 display. Acer Aspire One D255 The …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2010
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Asus Eee Pad tablet-cum-netbook ship date slips

The Eee Pad Transformer, which maker Asus is pushing hard as a netbook-tablet combo - with the appropriate optional extras, natch - has slipped, at least according to Amazon. Originally due for release this month, the gadget is now being reported as due to ship almost two months from now, on 1 June. Asus Eee Pad Transformer …
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2011
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Cloud OS crowd readies own-brand netbook

Jolicloud, the company that offers a cloud-centric Linux distro for netbooks, is getting into the hardware business. It will begin selling the Jolibook later this month. Jolibook appears to be a standard netbook with a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor, according to the little Jolicloud has said about the spec. Jolicloud …
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2010
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Netbook shipments surge

Last year was a good 12 months for netbook makers: together they shipped 30.2 million of the mini laptops. That, market watcher Strategy Analytics said this week, is 79 per cent more than they managed in 2008. To put that into context, fellow researcher IDC earlier this year put 2009's total PC shipments at 294.2m units. IDC …
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2010
Samsung NS310

Samsung NS310 netbook

Review Will the tablet kill off the netbook? Probably not. Granted the netbook has never quite fulfilled its promise due to a combination of prices that went up with specifications that didn’t. Even so, I’ve yet to find a fondleslab that can truly replace my Windows 7/Ubuntu dual-booting Samsung N140. Samsung NS310 Lap it up: Samsung' …
Alun Taylor, 04 Jul 2011