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Acer Aspire One 531 Pro

Acer intros 'pro' netbook

Acer has formally launched the Aspire One Pro 531, a "business class" version of the already rather corporate-styled Aspire One 531. Acer Aspire One 531 Pro Acer's Aspire One 531 Pro: business class, apparently To be honest, we think the regular 531 is better looking, and since both vanilla and Pro machines are an inch …
Tony Smith, 2 Jun 2009

Panasonic says Intel Atom not up to snuff for its PCs

Japanese giant Panasonic has said no to netbooks: it's not going to make a Small, Cheap Computer. It's reasoning is that SCCs are consumer products and it's in the business of selling to, well, business. Clearly it doesn't - for the moment - believe executives and mobile workers want ultra-compact laptops. Given the battery …
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008

Toshiba unwraps 256GB 2.5in SSD

Toshiba has taken the wraps off a 256GB solid-state drive, though the unit's not set to become widely available until Q4. The 256GB unit follows the laptop-friendly 2.5in form-factor and is based on the multi-level cell (MLC) Flash design. Toshiba 256GB SSD Toshiba's 256GB SSD: fast? Toshiba claimed the drive delivers a …
Tony Smith, 29 Sep 2008

AMD pooh-poohs 'Atom smasher' cancellation claim

So farewell then, Bobcat, AMD's answer to Intel's 'Silverthorne' Atom processor family? AMD's denying it, but at least one analyst is tolling the low-power chip's death knell. Avi Cohen, managing partner at US investment house Avian Securities, this week told clients: "There are reports that AMD has decided to cancel its …
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2008

Medion launches mini laptop in UK

Medion has formally launched its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena: the MSI Wind-based Akoya Mini E1210. The Akoya sports a 10in, 1024 x 600 display driven by the mini laptop's chipset-integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics core. Intel supplies the CPU too: the standard 1.6GHz Atom N270. It's backed up by 1GB of DDR 2 …
Tony Smith, 3 Sep 2008

Acer: Aspire One HSDPA support is imminent

IFA Owners of Acer's Aspire One mini laptop will soon get the USB 3G modem support so many of them have been crying out for - and that's without having to replace Linux with Windows XP. Robert Perenz, Acer Europe's product manager for the AA1, confirmed that the machine has the ability to support HSDPA dongles, but admitted the …
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008

Samsung samples SSDs for SCCs

Samsung has begun punting a compact 32GB solid-state drive card at makers of Small, Cheap Computers. The SSD - which is also sampling in 8GB and 16GB versions - incorporates Samsung's multi-level cell (MLC) Flash chips. MLCs are usually held to be less responsive than single-level cell chips, but they're key to getting as much …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2008
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Dell to launch 'Eee PC beater' today

Dell is expected to unveil its eagerly anticipated attempt to out-Eee Asus' Eee PC later today at an event focused on a "new generation of mobility products". The PC giant is saying nothing, of course, beyond admitting that it will be hosting an event this afternoon - first thing, San Francisco time; that's where the launch is …
Tony Smith, 12 Aug 2008

Japanese tiny PC fans offered 50p Eee

Here's a way to get an Asus Eee PC for less than 50p - though flying to Japan to pick it up will set you back rather more than that. Japanese gadget retailer Kojima is offering the original Eee PC 4G - the one with the 7in screen and 4GB solid-state drive; you know, the one that was actually cheap - for just ¥100. It even …
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2008

Asus to revamp Eee PC 901 with bigger keyboard?

Asus' latest Eee PC, the 901, hasn't even gone on sale in the UK yet - tomorrow, since you ask - but the company is already preparing the machine's successors. Asian reseller moles cited by DigiTimes claim Asus is working on the Eee 904 and 905. Like the 901, both are expected to use Intel's Atom processor and sport an 8.9in …
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2008

Asus pledges end to Eee PC 900 battery swap 'delay'

What is Asus UK doing with its Eee 900 battery replacement programme? Punters who've tried to get a new power pack out of the company claim the scheme has been quietly shelved. No so, says Asus. Asus announced the programme earlier this month. It offered to swap the 900's 4400mAh battery for a 5800mAh one to any owner of the …
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2008

Thailand to get Acer Aspire One first?

With still no official word from Acer on the Aspire One Eee PC rival's release date over here, we're left looking oversees for hints. Specifically to Thailand, where the Small, Cheap Computer is due to go on sale at the start of July. So claims French-language site Blogeee.net, which has Thai flyer for the product on show. The …
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2008

Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July

Asus' Atom-powered Eee PC 901 will go on sale across the UK on 1 July for an Eee PC 900-beating £319, Register Hardware has learned. The 900, which went on sale back in April, was priced at £329. The new model not only sports a more advanced processor, but also includes Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a two pick-up microphone array …
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008

Small, Cheap Computer sales to soar as Intel boosts Atom supply

Computex Asus' President, Jerry Shen, has forecast sales of Small, Cheap Computers™ will top 10m units this year, presumably having been encouraged by Intel bigwig Sean Maloney's promise of "very, very high volumes" of Atom CPUs by September. What a week for this emerging market segment it's been. On Monday, Shen was reported to have …
Tony Smith, 5 Jun 2008

Medion takes aim at Asus' Eee

Medion, Europe's prime purveyor of low-cost PCs, phones and satnavs, is taking on Asus' Eee PC. Its Akoya sub-notebook will come in MacBook-like shiny black and white versions, sport a 10.2in display and cost just €399 ($620/£318). Medion hasn't detailed the Akoya's processor specifications, but Intel's Atom has to be the most …
Tony Smith, 20 May 2008

Asus throttles back Eee PC WiMax drive

Asus' Atom-based Eee PC 901 will come bundled with Bluetooth in addition to the new case design that emerged last week. But it won't have WiMax as standard. Taiwanese website DigiTimes claimed that moles had told it Asus is aiming the Eee-oriented WiMax module at contract customers - essentially, service providers who will …
Tony Smith, 19 May 2008

MSI's 10in Eee PC rival priced up in UK

How much will MSI's would-be Eee PC beater set you back? £320 for the Linux version or £350 for the Windows XP Home release, according to UK importer Expansys. MSI Wind MSI's Wind: blowing into the UK in June Both models incorporate a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, integrated Intel graphics …
Tony Smith, 9 May 2008

Local mag claims Aussie Eee PC buyers will pay extra for Linux

In a move that's going leave local Linux buffs alleging Asus has been handsomely rewarded by Microsoft, the computer maker is to charge less for the Windows version of the Eee PC 900 in Australia than the version using the open source OS. The Linux-loaded 900 already matches the Windows XP version on price in many countries by …
Tony Smith, 9 May 2008

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