Articles about Packard Bell

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Lenovo says bye-bye to key exec amid massive spring reorganisation

Lenovo is embarking on the mother of all spring cleans after digesting the acquisitions of Motorola and IBM’s volume server biz. The group is re-arranging execs and the business units they steer amid numerous sector challenges, including the weakened state of demand for traditional PCs, tabs and smartphones, or the sales hit …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2016
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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

Acer wants to become a "hardware + software + services" biz – and issued 300 million shares on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange to fund this strategy and pay down debts. It’s been a challenging couple of years for Acer: a returning demand for PCs will help relieve the pain, although all the crystal ball strokers from Gartner to …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015
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'Twas the night before Christmas, and Rossi was OUT!

Beleaguered notebook maker Acer has split with its EMEA president after he'd spent less than six months in the role. There’s never a better time to swap out top level execs than just before Chrimbo - or any other major holiday for that matter - and the Taiwanese firm did just this, parting company with Luca Rossi on 23 …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jan 2015

Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number

Acer CEO and chairman JT Wang has quit amid widening losses and a resulting company restructure that involves job cuts at the Taiwanese PC maker. The firm has also turned to its retired founder to help carve out a future. Wang succeeded Gianfranco Lanci at the top of Acer back in March 2011 as the company wrestled with …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013

Acer's tiny raft of profit smashed onto rocks by Gateway and co

The much touted recovery at PC maker Acer didn't show up in 2012: a write-down on its assets dragged its accounts into the red. The vendor said its sales in 2012 slid 9.6 per cent year on year to NT$429.5bn ($14.4bn, £9.53bn), bagging it a razor-thin operating profit of NT$1.03bn ($34.6m, £22.8m). But that was wiped out by an …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2013
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Acer slashes book worth of brands by £76m

Acer has slashed the book worth of PC brands in its stables by the tune of NT$3.5bn (£76.1m). The write-down, relating to acquired firms including Gateway, Packard Bell, eMachines and e-Ten, will be seen in the 2012 annual report. "This asset impairment evaluation has no impact on the business operation and working capital," …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2013
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Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

Product Round-up As much as Intel would like us all to rush out and buy an expensive new Ultrabook, the fact remains that the top-selling laptops for most manufacturers are still low-cost 15.6in models. Laptops for £400 or less have back-to-school appeal written all over them, but the mix of components varies enormously to appeal to different …
Cliff Joseph, 01 Sep 2012
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Processor pioneer Victor Poor dies of cancer at 79

Obituary Victor Poor, whose death was announced this weekend, isn’t one of the first names to come to mind among computing history, but he played a pivotal role in the development of Intel's early architectures that went on to dominate modern computing and is a legend in ham radio circles. Poor, along with fellow radio enthusiast and …
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2012

Praise for slick six's entries in dirty snaps compo

On 14 April we had old computer buffs salivating over our dirty snaps puzzle, and now we can celebrate the top six Reg readers who sent in their answers to the puzzle. pic_puzller Picture 1 is of a logic element from a first-generation IBM mainframe, the 700 series which used vacuum tubes. The later 7000 series used …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2012
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Ex-Acer chief grasps reins of Lenovo's EMEA biz

Gianfranco Lanci, who quit Acer after a series of boardroom wrangles nine months ago, has been picked up by rival computer company Lenovo to head up their operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Lanci, CEO of Acer until March last year, has just been appointed head of Lenovo's EMEA PC division as the Chinese giant …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2012
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Acer restructure continues as another honcho heads out

Restructuring at Acer continues with another high level director exiting the business in the wake of its inventory woes and declining sales. The firm parted with CEO Gianfranco Lanci in March and then began initiating an operational re-jig during the summer, creating three divisions: consumer, professional and Touch. Among …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2011
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Acer slashes tablet forecast, banks on notebooks

Acer today cut its 2011 tablet PC shipment forecasts by 60 per cent, but predicted a gradual recovery in its traditional notebook stomping ground. According to reports, Chairman and CEO JT Wang told shareholders at a meeting in Taiwan that he expects tablet sales of 2.5 to three million units for the full year, down from …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2011
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Microsoft markets 'collection' of PCs to consider

Microsoft UK has unveiled its first 'collection' of PCs, chosen by the company to suit lifestyles and budgets. The spring collection features 30 models from nine manufacturers and will be available from all major retailers. The PC makers are Sony, Dell, Packard Bell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Alienware and Scan. The …
Caleb Cox, 19 Apr 2011
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Acer launches server biz in the US

Does the server racket in the United States need another competitor? Acer and its channel partners think so. The Taiwanese PC maker, which ate rival PC makers Packard Bell and Gateway a little more than three years ago to take the number four position in the market, came out swinging last March in the European server racket …
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Intel 'Sandy Bridge' mobile platform

Review Sandy Bridge is the codename for Intel's second generation of Core processors that covers Core i3, i5 and i7 for both side of the desktop-mobile divide. If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that Dell has discovered flaws in the Cougar Point chipset that, while not revealing a fault in the actual Sandy Bridge CPU …
Leo Waldock, 01 Feb 2011
Toshiba Satellite T110

11.6in sub-notebooks

Product Round-up If you're searching for a grab-and-go computer that's lighter and more portable than the average 13in machine, yet has has more welly and a higher-resolution display than a netbook with a 10in, 1024 x 600 screen can provide, you're essentially looking for an 11.6in notebook. Like netbooks, these guys generally lack optical …
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
Dell Inspiron M101z

Dell Inspiron M101z 11.6in notebook

Review It's common to take a shiny new notebook out of the box, judge it to be worthy and then find that some aspect - performance, price or feel - rubs off the polish. Rare are machines like the Dell Inspiron M101z that leave you happy with your initial verdict. Well, almost... Dell Inspiron M101z Dell's Inspiron M101z: compact …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2010
Samsung X125

Samsung X125 11.6in notebook

Review Computer manufacturers are well known for hyping up their products - "magical", indeed - but few actually fib. Samsung isn't telling porkies, but the sticker on its new X125 overstates with the best of them. Two claims in particular struck me: "Fast booting" and "ultra-thin design". Samsung X125 Samsung's X125: netbook plus …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2010
Samsung R780

Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

Review Samsung’s R780 has clearly been designed to get noticed. The glossy, deep-red chassis and slightly nauseating swirly line motif won’t appeal to those who like their laptops to be subtle, but it does make it stand out from the crowd. Personally speaking, I quite like it. That said, I also quite liked the design of Acer’s Ethos, …
Will Stapley, 26 Aug 2010
Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

Review Stylish and powerful, the new 18.4in Aspire Ethos 8943G will appeal to those looking for a desktop replacement that doesn’t hold back on performance. Each of the four cores on the Core i7-720QM purr along at 1.6GHz, while ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is on hand should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Throw in a Blu-ray …
Will Stapley, 29 Jul 2010
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Reg Hardware Reviews Digest

In the past seven days, Reg Hardware reviewed many products from the worlds of consumer electronics, photography, gaming, mobile communications and information technology. If you missed anything, here are all the products we looked at this past week. Lifestyle Samsung HT-C6930 3D Blu-ray home cinema set All-in-one …
Packard Bell Easynote Butterfly XS

Packard Bell Butterfly XS 11.6in notebook

Review Where does the dividing line between netbooks and notebooks lie? Is an 11.6in screen small enough to dismiss any ideas of true notebook status? Conversely, does having a DVD rewriter lift a portable forever out of netbookdom? Packard Bell Easynote Butterfly XS Packard Bell's Easynote Butterfly XS: flighty? For those who …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
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Reg Hardware Reviews Digest

In the past seven days, Reg Hardware reviewed many products from the worlds of consumer electronics, photography, gaming, mobile communications and information technology. If you missed anything, here are all the products we looked at this past week. Lifestyle Panasonic Viera TX-L32S20B 32in LCD TV Goal: affordable …
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Packard Bell EasyNote LM 17in laptop

Review Back in May I reviewed Packard Bell’s dot S2 netbook and was disappointed to find it was little more than a Aspire One 532h rebranded from parent company Acer. I was therefore pleased to see the new EasyNote LM looks totally unlike any of Acer’s 17in Aspires and Timelines. Packard Bell EasyNote LM Packard Bell’s EasyNote LM …
Will Stapley, 28 Jun 2010
MSI Wind U160

MSI Wind U160

Review MSI was one of the first companies to see the importance of the Eee PC as a new category of portable. The Wind U160 is its latest response to a growing range of netbooks based on Intel’s low-power Atom chips. Yet can it break the ‘me-too’ mould and offer something extra? MSI Wind U160 A mighty wind? MSI's U160 MSI’s …
Simon Williams, 01 Jun 2010

Reg Hardware Reviews Digest

In the past seven days, Reg Hardware reviewed dozens of products from the worlds of consumer electronics, photography, gaming, mobile communications and information technology. In case you missed any, here are all the products we evaluated this past week. Lifestyle Technisat HDFS Freesat HD receiver First wireless BBC …
Packard Bell Dot S2

Packard Bell dot S2

Review It’s been a couple of years since Acer gobbled up Packard Bell as part of its quest for world domination, and the Taiwanese giant seems perfectly happy to continue churning out netbooks under both brands. Packard Bell Dot S2 Another dotty netbook from Packard Bell The dot S2 is the latest in a long line of slightly …
Will Stapley, 18 May 2010
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Packard Bell rings up Facebook-friendly laptop

Acer subsidiary Packard Bell has its eye on TwitBook buffs. Next month it will release a 15.6in notebook - the EasyNote TM - which sports a special Social Networks key. Tap it and up pops a panel providing fast access to the likes of Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Packard Bell EasyNote TM The TM line will be offered with a …
Hard Reg, 28 Apr 2010
Dell Inspiron One Touch

Dell Inspiron One 19 Touch touchscreen all-in-one

Review Despite appearing on sale in larger numbers in recent months, touchscreen PCs still tend to be sold as luxury items with a price to match. So with the Inspiron One 19 Touch, which starts from under £500, Dell is deliberately giving the whole touchscreen PC market a boot up the backside. Dell Inspiron One Touch All fingers …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Apr 2010
YoYoTech Warbird i750CX

YoYoTech Warbird i750CX

Review The YoYoTech Warbird i750CX is a juiced-up version of the Warbird i750X. Both models are bare towers that come without a display, mouse, keyboard, speakers or operating system, although our review unit was supplied with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit already installed to save us the effort. Everything else is included. YoYoTech …
Leo Waldock, 15 Mar 2010
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Acer predicts end of cheap PC era

PC buyers, especially small businesses, should get used to paying more for their kit, after Acer predicted that ASPs would rise this year, for practically the first time in PC industry history. Walter Deppeler, senior corp vice president of the Taiwanese PC giant, said that the company saw a revival in the PC business in the …
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2010
Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Review On the face of it, Apple’s Mac Mini makes most 'small form-factor’ PCs look like a pile of junk. The Mini’s ultra-compact design also makes it ideal for use in an office or as a stylish little media centre in the living room. Evidently, Dell has taken note - hence the appearance of its Inspiron Zino range of compact PCs. Dell …
Cliff Joseph, 22 Feb 2010
Archos 9

Archos 9

Review If you are Chinese then 2010 is the year of the tiger, but if you are a geek then it is the year of the slate or tablet. Obviously, most people are thinking about the iPad when they start banging on about such things, but the newest consumer targeted device of this ilk to hit the shops is the 9, the first attempt at a genuine …
Alun Taylor, 15 Feb 2010
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Toshiba to tap out touchscreen laptop line

Toshiba's Satellite U500-1EX has become the latest notebook to hop onto the touchscreen bandwagon. The laptop's 13.3in display is multi-touch capable. Toshiba's Satellite U500-1EX Toshiba's Satellite U500-1EX: multi-touch sensitive Control comes courtesy of Windows 7's Touch Pack add-on. The 1280 x 800 resolution screen is …
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2010
Medion Akoya Multi-Touch Monitor E54009

Medion E54009 touch monitor

Review Love or scoff at the idea, Windows 7’s touchscreen features need to be experienced first-hand, and jabbing away at a demo machine at PC World doesn’t really count. The problem is that buying in to touchscreen technology for the home is an expensive experiment: you would normally need to invest in a brand new touchscreen notebook …
Alistair Dabbs, 03 Feb 2010
HP TouchSmart 600

HP TouchSmart 600

Review Every now and again, reviewing a new PC can be a pleasure rather than a chore. The feeling is not the result of blistering performance or a full set of ticks next to a spec list, but the natural response to using high-quality kit that works exactly as you want it to. HP’s TouchSmart 600 looks beautiful and reveals an approach to …
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Jan 2010
Acer T230H

Acer T230H multi-touch monitor

Review Apple fans have been enjoying the advantages of multi-touch computing for some time, but Windows users are little late to arrive at the party. However, with Windows 7 billed as the first version of the operating system to “fully embrace multi-touch technology”, we’re starting to see notebook PCs and add-on tablets supporting the …
Paul Monckton, 18 Jan 2010
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Apple preps touchy-feely iMac

Here's an Apple rumour that doesn't centre - for once - on the iPad. The Mac maker will this year release an iMac based around a 22in touch-sensitive display. No other details are known, but it's not hard to conceive of a new machine equipped with Intel's latest 'Arrandale' Core processors - the ones with graphics and memory …
Tony Smith, 18 Jan 2010
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Acer recalls 22,000 over microphone flame out fear

Acer has issued a voluntary product recall notice for 22,000 Acer Aspire notebooks in the US, after it emerged that they could overheat and burn their owners. Or maybe not. The voluntary recall, kicked off in association with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, follows a similar European recall back in October. …
Joe Fay, 11 Jan 2010
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Packard Bell oneTwo M

Review As the world swings inexorably away from desktop PCs towards notebooks, netbooks and PMPs, the PC has to adapt or die. One way to go, as Packard Bell would have it, is the touchscreen media PC. It follows the iMac paradigm that the whole thing should be built into the back of a large-format LCD screen. Packard Bell oneTwo M …
Simon Williams, 07 Jan 2010
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Packard Bell preps Moto GP champ backed PCs

Motorcycle racing fans will soon be able to relive the smell of burning rubber and singed knee pads on their desktop – well, sort of – because Acer offshoot Packard Bell plans to launch a Valentino Rossi PC range. The nine times Moto GP world champion has signed up to promote the PC firm’s notebooks and netbooks for “on-the-go …
James Sherwood, 17 Dec 2009
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Packard Bell catches burning battery blight

Packard Bell has become the latest laptop maker to issue a major battery recall, following reports of overheating and fires. Four Easynote models are affected. MX36, MX37, MX51 and MX52 units sold mainly in Europe between July and December 2007 are at risk. Packard Bell blamed the voluntary recall on internal short circuits …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2009
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Acer to be 'first' with Chrome OS netbook

Not satisfied with Android - added to its Aspire One D250 netbook last month - Acer is to roll out a mini-laptop based on Google's Chrome OS in less than a year's time. Not that Acer itself has said so - the claim comes from an unnamed industry insider cited by DigiTimes, though the site notes Acer chairman JT Wang has said …
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2009
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Acer embiggens server and storage range

Acer has shown off its SMB and HPC entry tickets at a Milan show today. The company has been perceived as a PC and mobile-centric vendor because its offerings haven't included beefy servers or storage suited to mainstream small and medium business (SMB) or, in any way at all, the high-performance computing (HPC) market. It …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2009
Samsung X520

Samsung X520 notebook

Review With smooth, curved edges and an eye-pleasing design, the 15.6in X520 slips into Samsung’s new X-series range. There are two other X-series models: the 11.6in X120 and 14in X420. The focus is on mobility here and, as such, all feature so-called CULV - Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - processors and integrated graphics from Intel. …
Will Stapley, 24 Nov 2009
Samsung N510

Samsung N510 Nvidia Ion-based netbook

Review You don't have to dig too deep to see that the diversity of Samsung's netbook range is a case of flattering to deceive. Sure, there are plenty of them, but the differences are essentially peripheral and cosmetic with all bar the NC20 having 10.1in screens and the usual netbook-norm Intel Atom chippery. Samsung N510 Samsung's …
Alun Taylor, 17 Nov 2009
Acer Aspire One D250 with Android

Acer Aspire One D250 with Android

Review Installing a second operating system on a PC is nothing new. Plenty of manufacturers have done so before, building a slimline Linux distro into their machines to provide a much more rapid start-up than Windows can manage: full access to the internet within seconds of pressing on power key. Acer Aspire One D250 with Android …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2009
MSI X600

MSI X-Slim X600 15.6in notebook

Review We're beginning to think there's some sort of competition between laptop manufacturers to come up with the most ridiculous marketing statements. In our recent review of the EasyNote Butterfly, we were left cringing at Packard Bell's explanation of exactly why it had chosen to use that name. MSI X600 MSI’s X-Slim X600: …
Will Stapley, 27 Oct 2009
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Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly

Review Over the past two years Acer has bought the eMachines, Gateway and Packard Bell. Dividing the buying public into a number of categories that it can target with specific brands, Packard Bell covers the ‘Trends & Lifestyle’ group in Europe, and the EasyNote Butterfly s laptop is part of the plan. Packard Bell Butterfly s Light …
Leo Waldock, 13 Oct 2009
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Fujitsu M2010 netbook

Review Earlier this year, Fujitsu launched a somewhat unsuccessful assault on the netbook market with its Amilo Mini UI 3250. Suffering from a slow hard drive, fiddly keyboard and ever-so-slightly-ugly chassis, it didn’t fare too well in our review. Fujitsu M2010 Fujitsu’s M2010: still room for improvement Now, just a few months …
Will Stapley, 06 Oct 2009