Articles about Portables

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
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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

Underscoring yet again the radical shift underway in the personal computing industry, Samsung is shutting down its traditional desktop PC business to focus on devices with more modern form factors. "Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung's current focus," a company official told Korea Times. "Samsung is speeding up its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2013

Retailers toast welcome return of Back2School notebook biz

The Back2School sales fest that deserted the retail notebook industry a year ago has returned with a bang… sort of. According to distie sales numbers crunched by Context, shipments across Western European wholesalers jumped 12.5 per cent in the first two months of Q3 and were up 17.5 per cent in the UK. The sales are flattered …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014

PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon. There will be no let-up on any front, with desktops and portables predicted to decline in both the mature and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
Chromebook and Chromebox

Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

Samsung will hit the eject button on its the European PC business after deciding its low sales volumes simply aren't worth the cost. The move will not surprise industry types as earlier this year the chaebol exited the entry-level notebook segment in the Euro region – to concentrate on premium portables including Ultrabooks. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2014

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma. According to the bean counters at IDC, 26.7 million traditional portables and desktop were sold into EMEA channels during Q4, some 6.4 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Brit PC market out of intensive care thanks to XP, falling prices

The PC market is gradually on the mend after the bloodiest period in its history when businesses sweated their assets, consumers bought tabs and costly excess stock swilled around the channel. Sales went up by mid-single digits in Q1 as UK shoppers in the commercial sectors began to spend on traditional systems again, said …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2014

Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

A woman described as a high-priced escort by cops has been charged with the manslaughter of a Google executive found dead in his yacht after a heroin overdose. Alix Catherine Tichelman Mug shot ... Alix Catherine Tichelman Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, was arrested in a sting operation on July 4 in connection with the death …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014
Remember when all phones were like this?

Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

Swedish phones-for-seniors company Doro has taken issue with the assertion that the days of the feature-phone are done, and has launched a new budget handset – with a keypad and no camera. This is in stark contrast to Motorola’s claim yesterday that the whole world wanted smartphones. The difference, however, is cognition. …
Simon Rockman, 14 May 2014
Intel Pentium

VROOM! Intel revs Devil's Canyon monster 4x4 at 4GHz

Computex Intel has take the wraps off its rumoured “Devil's Canyon” CPU and revealed it is a brutal four by four monster. Each of the CPU's four cores run at 4 GHz, for starters. Overclockers can push the CPU beyond that to 4.3 or 4.4 GHz. Either way, the CPU means Intel's gone back to emphasising grunt, after a decade or so of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2014
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (early 2014)

MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

Review I suppose this is one of those glass half-empty, half-full situations. For months, the interweb was aflutter with rumours of a new MacBook Air with a high-definition Retina display to match that of the MacBook Pro. Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (early 2014) Apple's MacBook Air 2014-style: use the price cut to get more RAM However …
Stephen Dean, 21 May 2014

We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

Distributors and retailers exercised caution - with one eye on the disastrous inventory mountain that cast a shadow over the channel in recent years - and bought stock conservatively in Q2. The numbers crunched by IDC show that 22.2 per cent fewer boxes were shipped into warehouses in Q2 equating to 19.6 million boxes versus the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

This Old Box One of Apple's oddest machines just turned 21, meaning that here in California we can now legally buy it a pint and raise a toast — if not to its success, at least to its good intentions. Apple Macintosh Portable The year was 1989, when Apple still had "Computer" in its name (click to enlarge) No, we're not talking about …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Nov 2010
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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

Business PC refresh cycles are set to stretch even further, according to IDC analysis - heaping more strain on vendors and channel partners. This comes against a backdrop of declining global sales of desktops and notebooks, which fell by 4.1 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively in 2012 compared to 2011. No near-term uptick is …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013
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PC sales shrank less than expected during back-to-school 2013

Want a shock? Sales of desktop and notebook PCs during the all-important back-to-school period were actually better than expected, according to the latest figures from research firm the NPD Group. That doesn't mean the PC market has suddenly leapt off its sickbed and started tap dancing, mind you. The numbers are still shrinking …
Neil McAllister, 27 Sep 2013
Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Ultrabook

Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks

Dell has shipped a second update to its Ubuntu-powered Project Sputnik developer laptop, and its engineers have begun testing other Dell portables with an eye to offering an even more powerful Linux workstation. When Dell launched its first Sputnik notebook based on the XPS 13 in 2012, some customers were disappointed with its …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2013

Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

So it's official - the lifelong battle of legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs is finally won, now that he has toppled the PC platform from beyond the grave: well, in the UK, at least. During Q1 this year more slablets were shipped into consumer and business channels than PCs - that's notebooks AND desktops COMBINED. Beancounting …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2013

PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

Analyst house IDC has revealed its latest predictions of the PC industry, and the results aren't pretty: shipments of desktop systems are expected to fall by 7.8 per cent this year, the biggest decline in the platform's history. Laptops aren't immune, either. IDC predicts that tablets will outsell laptops this year, and that by …
Iain Thomson, 28 May 2013
Hitachi GST 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000 drive

Hitachi GST rummages in pocket, pulls out lint-covered storage Tardis

CES 2013 WD sub Hitachi GST is showing a fast, high capacity pocket disk drive at CES that sets a new product benchmark: a G-DRIVE with a 7,200rpm, 1TB Travelstar drive inside it. This a brand new Travelstar drive. Mike Williams, the VP and general manager for G-Technology in the HGST Branded Business, said: "The new Travelstar drive is …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013

IDC: Trying to flog PCs? It's not going to happen

Market analyst IDC now expects fewer PCs will be sold in 2012 than it had earlier predicted. The box-counter has also revised down its estimate for PC sales over the next four years. The world-wide PC market for desktops and portables will grow just 0.9 per cent during 2012, 367 million units, as mid-year shipments slow down, …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2012

Report: Tablets to outsell ALL PCs by 2016

It was claimed by one market watcher this week that tablets will outsell notebook computers during 2013. By 2016, says another, slates’ share of the PC market will have surpassed all other devices combined. The research firm in question is Canalys, and it reckons Wintel’s share of the PC market will drop from 72 per cent in 2012 …
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Elpida preps low-amp DDR SDRAM for portables

Elpida has begun sampling 256Mb DDR SDRAM chips with a technology claimed to yield significant battery life benefits for notebooks and other portable devices. The technology, dubbed Super Self-refresh (SSR), adjusts the standard on-board self-refresh system according to the chip's operating temperature. At lower temperatures, …
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005
Psion Organiser II

Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Way back in 2011 we covered a handy category of portable computer that has completely disappeared. The early A4 portables were a specialist item, much beloved of journalists but not a big hit with the wider world. It took a different design to win those hearts. Psion Organiser II Psion Organiser II Source: babbagecabbage …
Liam Proven, 07 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Nvidia extends nForce 3 Go family to ultra portables

Nvidia yesterday rolled out its latest chipset, the South Bridge-only nForce 3 Go 120, a low-end version of the nForce 3 Go 150 chipset launched last month. And just as the 150 is targeted at a specific processor family - AMD's Mobile Athlon 64 - so the 120 is pitched at Transmeta's Efficeon chip, also formally launched …
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2003
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Samsung SuperSpeed drives out next month

Out next month: Samsung's latest USB 3.0 external hard drives, both 2.5in portable and 3.5in desktop units among them. The desktops fit into the M3 Station series, with capacities of 1, 1.5 and 2TB on offer. Samsung USB 3.0 HDDs Chav drive - the beige ones are a bit... Burberry The portables include the M2 and the C2, the …
Hard Reg, 14 Apr 2011
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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

Review The appeal of replacing your desktop is not exactly hard to appreciate. For me, a big screen, decent sized keyboard and a measure of portability, all add up to deliver one thing: convenience. So here I am with Dell’s latest Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop and, curiously enough, it is on my lap, all 2.6kg of it. Dell Inspiron 15- …
Bob Dormon, 06 Dec 2013
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IDC: 2010 PC sales will top 2008 peak

Happy days are not only here again in PC Land for 2010, but apparently the party is going to continue for the next five years as far as the forecasts coming out of market researcher IDC are concerned. PC sales perked up considerably in the second half of last year, as El Reg previously reported, and sales were up sharply in the …
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Microsoft nails second Android device maker

Microsoft has nailed a second Android device maker to a patent licensing agreement. The Redmond software giant announced on Monday that General Dynamics Itronix has signed a patent agreement that will provide "broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio". In other words, General Dynamics Itronix has agreed to licensing …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2011
Sony BDP-SX1 portable Blu-ray player

Sony BDP-SX1 portable Blu-ray player

Review Just as DVD players inevitably shrank to become portable, so have the Blu-ray successors. Whether this actually makes difference to you depends on how many Blu-ray discs you have and how much you might want to watch them away from home. Sony BDP-SX1 portable Blu-ray player Worth the disc? Sony's BDP-SX1 The BDP-SX1 is not the …
Ian Calcutt, 18 Oct 2011
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RIP Howard Strowman: The stock doctor

Obituary The career and life of Howard Strowman, who died in a motorbike accident this weekend, mirrored the ever-changing fortunes of the UK's high-tech sector. The crash happened in North Wales on Sunday, 9 September, and he was airlifted to hospital with severe injuries. He died on Tuesday morning aged 67. Strowman set up PST Group …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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Soaraway PC market growth for 2010, says IDC

The world PC market has surged out of its recent doldrums and returned to sustained growth, according to research group IDC, which predicts double-digit gains through 2013. "Beyond stabilizing their business, PC vendors are trying to position themselves for gains as the market recovers," said IDC's Jay Chou in a statement issued …
Lewis Page, 17 Dec 2009
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EMEA computer shipments flat in final quarter of 2010, says IDC

The PC market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the final quarter of last year was flat, according to research outfit IDC. In a report published this week, it found that big corporate firms were slowly starting to spend on IT and replace old kit, but added that SMEs continued to struggle with very tight budgets in Q4 2010 …
Team Register, 21 Jan 2011
Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

Review The 11in MacBook Air took top spot in El Reg's recent round-up of the best Ultrabooks – even though, strictly speaking, it isn’t actually an Ultrabook, according to Intel’s proprietary definition of the term. This 2012 model doesn’t tamper with the winning formula, but it does provide a respectable update that should keep it at …
Stephen Dean, 18 Jun 2012
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Only way to stop the iPad: Flash-disk mutant SPEED FREAKS

With the rise of the iPad and the growing desire among consumers and enterprise for sexy and speedy gadgets, it seemed that flash gits were holding all the cards. The hard drive industry was holding its breath, wondering how to replicate the expensive experience. But what about hybrid disk drives, the ones that have a lump of …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2013
Intel Ivy Bridge mobile

Ivy Bridge for Ultrabooks

The one thing missing at the launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU technology was detail on the dual-core and lower powered chips for the mobile market segment, in particular, for its Ultrabook concept. The recent launch of the ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) and dual-core standard voltage mobile Ivy Bridge parts has revealed all, with the …
Simon Crisp, 20 Aug 2012
Apple MacBook Air 13in Ivy Bridge

Apple MacBook Air 13in review

Two years ago Apple got really serious about thin and light laptops - and did something really quite important. It replaced its original Air model – that was by then almost three years old – with two new designs. The first Air had been widely perceived to be an expensive novelty, over-priced and under-powered, and it didn’t look …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2012
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

Review Part One El Reg’s review of the latest 13-inch MacBook Air comes in two parts: here, I take a look at one of the build-to-order configurations offered by Apple, which upgrades the standard 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of 1066MHZ mobile DDR3 RAM, 128GB solid-state drive specification to a 1.7GHz Core i7 machine with 8GB of RAM and …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2013
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Who'll keep taking Windows Tablets in the iPad era?

Andrew's Review Notes I have a lot of sympathy for people who steal their technology from the hearse, just as its driving through the gates of the great technology knackers' yard. While it is obligatory to be savoir faire with the latest in design and innovation, when it comes to my personal spending I'm right there with the laggards, on the extreme …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Jul 2011
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PC sales are back in the black

After a miserable six months PC sales got back into positive territory in the second half of 2009. Figures from IDC showed a yearly growth rate of 2.9 per cent, pushed mainly by laptops and net books. Consumer sales of portable computers grew 38.5 per cent in 2009 compared to 2008. Business sales showed almost one per cent …
John Oates, 16 Mar 2010
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Acer buys into Nvidia's Ion 2?

Some pundits may not see the point of putting a discrete GPU into a power-tight platform like a netbook, but Acer possibly does - if the latest whispers from Taiwan are to be trusted. The PC manufacturer has decided to build Nvidia's Ion 2 chippery into future product, say moles by way of DigiTimes. Ion 2 will inevitably …
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2009
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook

Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

To be fair to Lenovo, reviewing the IdeaPad Yoga shouldn't really be all about Windows 8. After all, this touchscreen Ultrabook – that bends over backwards to become a fully fledged tablet – is a well crafted piece of hardware with engineering merits of its own. So what, if it runs Windows 8? So do a lot of PCs these days. The …
Bob Dormon, 11 Jan 2013
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Royal Navy sailors given PSPs as study aids

The Senior Service has begun issuing PlayStation Portables to its sailors in an attempt to make them... er... study. Under the PSP-per-sailor scheme – conceived at HMS Collingwood, a maritime warfare school in Hampshire - the handheld console will used by Navy personnel for reading coursework on while away at sea. As part of a …
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2009
Alienware M11x

Dell Alienware M11x 11in gaming notebook

Review The Alienware M11x has been heralded as the world's first true gaming netbook. To be fair, that's not a misnomer Dell uses in its advertising, preferring to position the 285mm wide 11.6in widescreen unit as simply a sub-15in gaming laptop. Alienware M11x Fire walk with me: Dell Alienware M11x It's right to do so. At 33mm …
Andrew Bailey, 09 Jun 2010
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Asus will hit e-pad market this year

Asus is working on multiple e-pad type devices which it hopes will exploit the shortcomings of Apple's iPad when they hit the market this year. Eric Chen, corporate vice president systems business group at the Taiwanese portables specialist, told El Reg that many people had described Apple's product du jour as "one big screen …
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2010
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Dell takes aim at Apple with upmarket pledge

Dell will spend "hundreds of millions" to upscale its image and stop majoring on its cheapness, after years of slithering down the brand pole. If that wasn't ambitious enough, the PC vendor has trained its sights on Apple, accusing it of dictating to customers. The direct PC vendor's chief marketing officer for consumer and SME …
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2010
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Apple hikes MacBook SATA speed

Remember the MacBook SATA degrade, meaning affected MacBooks could only operate SATA at 1.5Gbit/s, potentially slowing down SSD MacBook Pros? It's been fixed in a somewhat grudging manner by Apple. The MacBook Pro EFI firmware update 1.7: "allows drives to use transfer rates greater than 1.5Gbps, Apple has not qualified or …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2009

BOFH: I'll get my bonus even if it kills, well, someone

Episode 13 "Okay, so we'll just work our way through last year's review and then move onto this year's one," the Boss says, fingering a couple of chunky wads of paper. I hate review time. The only consolation I get from it is knowing that Bosses hate it as well. Everyone hates them - except for the drones from HR for whom this is …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Sep 2011
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50m PSPs sold shipped globally, says Sony

Sony has announced that 50m PlayStation Portables (PSP) have now been shipped worldwide. The figure’s the combined shipment total, correct as of January 2009, for all three generations of PSP: the 1000, 2000 and the troublesome 3000. It’s worth noting that Sony’s quoted figure is a “sell-in” number. So although the Japanese …
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009

Gunners get PSP footie service

The Gunners - Arsenal to non-footie fans - and Sony have confirmed plans to stream match highlights to fans equipped with PlayStation Portables at the team's Emirates stadium. Sony and Arsenal have been trialling the service – thought to be called S.PORT – at the North London ground since early 2007. But the Japanese electronics …
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2009

Nintendo shifts 100m DS consoles worldwide

Nintendo DS sales have topped a whopping 100m units worldwide, the videogames giant has claimed. The figure’s a combination of sales for all the DS variants: the original DS, released back in November 2004, the DS Lite, which appeared in 2006, and the DSi - which was only launched into Japan in November last year and won’t …
James Sherwood, 12 Mar 2009