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Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr Netbook With Verizon 4G LTE

Friday, August 5, 2011

Verizon Wireless is proud to announce the first netbook from Compaq ‘Mini CQ10-688nr' to use Verizon's 4G LTE network. Using the 4G LTE, customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas. In terms of specs, this mini laptop offers a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LED-backlit display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 1GB DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a VGA webcam, a card reader, WiFi and runs on Windows 7 Home Starter 32-bit OS. The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr will be available online at from August 4th for $449.99.
source: TechFresh

HP 635 Affordable Business Laptop

Hewlett-Packard has launched the HP 635 15.6-inch business-oriented laptop. This affordable notebook features a choice of a 1.6Ghz AMD Zacate E-350 APU, a 2.3GHz AMD Phenom II P360, or a 2.6GHz Phenom P650 dual-core processor with a Radeon HD 4250 GPU or a Radeon HD 6310M graphics. The laptop also has a 15.6-inch (1366×768) anti-reflective display, a 3GB of RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive, a DVD burner, a webcam, an HDMI out, and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home OS. Additional specs include a spill-resistant keyboard, which is an uncommon feature on low-cost notebooks. The HP 635 is priced at between $400 to $550, depending on the specification. [Laptoping]
source: TechFresh

Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr netbook to be launched August 4th

Earlier this year at CES, Compaq unveiled a netbook which will be compatible with Verizon's 4G LTE network. It was said to be released during the first half of the year but considering it's already August it appears that they are late, but you know what they say, better late than never!

The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr is slated to be released on the 4th of August (which is tomorrow) and will come with a price tag of $449.99 with a 2 year new customer agreement contract. Considering that it's a netbook that is meant to be online all the time, you will be required to purchase a monthly data plan of either 2GB at $30 a month, 5GB at $50 a month or 10GB at $80 a month.

Specs wise nothing has changed, but in case you forgot, the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr will be featuring:

1.66GHz Intel Atom Processor N455
256MB (shared) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
10.1″ WSVGA Anti-Glare LED Display (1024 x 600)
Battery life: 8 hours 45 mins
Verizon Wireless 3G and 4G LTE support
Windows 7 Starter
source: Ubergizmo

Toshiba Qosmio F755 Glasses-free 3D Laptop

Toshiba has introduced the Qosmio F755 glasses-free 3D laptop in the US market. The 15.6-inch notebook comes jam packed with a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, a 6GB DDR3 memory, a 750GB hard drive, a Blu-ray burner, and an nVidia GeForce GT 540M for the crucial video component. Other features include Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio HDMI-CEC, a multi-card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0+ HS, 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 with USB Sleep-and-Charge, an HD webcam with the eye tracking technology, and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OS. The Toshiba Qosmio F755 will be launched on August 16, 2011 for $1,699. [Electronista]
source: TechFresh

MSI GT683DX 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

Here's the newest member to MSI's gaming laptop line-up, the GT683DX. Powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, the system packs a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display, a GeForce GTX 570M 1.5GB graphics card, four DDR3 memory slots, up to two 750GB hard drives or one 120GB SSD, a webcam, a Blu-ray drive, a card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2x USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a 9-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 OS. Pricing and availability are still unknown at the moment. [MSI]
source: TechFresh

Find My Mac Helps Locate Your Lost MacBook

MacBooks–or any laptop for that matter–can easily get lost, either through thieves or absent-minded owners. When you think that lost MacBooks would be gone forever, Apple tells you not to lose hope.

The Find My Mac software has been released for registered iOS developers. It also requires a OS X Lion-powered computer and an iCloud subscription to download. The software uses WiFi networks to locate missing MacBooks, which can be displayed either through a web browser or iOS device. Once the MacBook is found, the tool offers the user several anti-theft options such as sending a threatening message, remotely locking the machine, or even wiping off the laptop's data.

The Find My Mac, an iCloud service, is expected to be available for consumers in fall. A beta version has also been released earlier this week.

Gogo And American Airlines Now Streaming In-Flight Movies to Your Laptop

I'll never get tired of this photo of American Airlines' in-flight entertainment. Photo: Charlie Sorrel

Now, customers of American Airlines can watch in flight TV and movies on their own computers, instead of being forced to stare at the terrible seat-back screens of old. Gogo Vision, as it is called, is provided by in-flight Wi-Fi company Gogo, and has been installed on all 15 of AA's Boeing 767-200 aircraft.

Right now, you're probably having the same reaction as me. Why would you want to pay to watch content on your own laptop computer, when you doubtless have movies and TV shows on there already?

On the upside, the “introductory” prices aren't bad, costing more or less the same as services like iTunes. A TV show will cost you a dollar, and a movie will be four bucks. If you don't manage to watch the whole thing then you can finish up back on the ground, TV shows stay available for 72 hours, and movies for 24 hours. You will not have to pay for Wi-Fi to access the service, either.

If these prices stick around, this could be a great emergency service for nerds who have forgotten to load up on in-flight entertainment ahed of time.

I see a bigger advantage, though. I'm over six feet tall, and I'm also terrible at picking a good seat. Often I end up in the seat with the in-flight entertainment machine taking up half of the legroom. If these bulky boxes could be replaced with invisible Wi-Fi waves, that would only be a good thing.
source: Gadget Lab

Acer Aspire 7250 17.3-Inch Laptop

Acer has introduced their newest 17.3 laptop called the Aspire 7250. The system is packed with a 17.3-inch 1600 x 900 CineCrystal display, an optional 1GHz AMD E-350 APU dual-core processor with Radeon HD 6310 integrated graphics (492MHz) or 1.3GHz AMD E-450 APU dual-core processor with Radeon HD 6310 integrated graphics (488MHz), up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, a 320x750GB hard drive, a 0.3MP webcam, a multi-gesture touchpad, a DVD burner, a 2-in-1 card reader, WiFi and a 6-cell battery. Pricing info is still unknown at the moment. [LaptopSpec]
source: TechFresh

Getac B300 Rugged Notebook – Upgraded

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How strong the computer should be? It depends on the users of course. The Getac B300 rugged laptop is still able to work normally in extreme low temperatures of -29 degree Celsius as standard on all pre-configured sku’s. I don’t know how the field-based operators work with their computer, but I think it’s more than enough for such users. Coming with new processor – Intel Core™ i5 2.5GHz or Core™ i7 2.3GHz, MAX 3.2GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the Getac B300 rugged notebook offers two display options — a 700 NITs display, and the 1400 NITs touchscreen display.

The B300 is certified to MIL-STD-810G for ruggedness and shock protection and is certified to IP65 rating for protection from water and dust. Additional options for the B300 include the MIL-STD-810F - 509.4 for protection from Salt Fog, MIL-STD-3009 NRA & NRB for Night Vision and every B300 is Mil-STD-461F ready requiring only the purchase of a MIL-STD-461F power supply for electromagnetic interference applications.

ASUS U31SD-A1 13.3-inch Laptop

Laptop Magazine has reviewed the ASUS U31SD-A1. It is a lightweight laptop that comes jam packed with a 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M processor and a 1GB nVidia GeForce GT520M GPU. Measuring 12.9-inch x 9.1-inch x 1.12-inch and weighing 4.2 pounds, this laptop has a large island-style keyboard with generous spacing between the keys, a Synaptics touchpad that supports multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and two-finger rotation, two USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet. When you are just surfing the web, the notebook automatically switches to Intel's integrated graphics, enabling the battery to provide up to 9-hour of operation time. Here is the verdict:

The ASUS U31SD-A1 is an attractive 13-inch laptop with decent overall performance, good graphics power, and superb battery life. Overall, we prefer the Acer Aspire Timeline 3830TG, which offers even more graphics oomph and a faster Core i5 processor for the same price. The caveat with the Acer is that you have to give up about 2.5 hours of unplugged time. If you want all-day endurance along with the ability to game between classes or meetings, the U31SD-A1 is a fine choice.

The ASUS U31SD-A1 13.3-inch laptop is priced at $799. [LaptopMag]
source: TechFresh

MSI new GE620DX is every Gamers dreamed laptop

MSI launched a new Gaming Laptop last week with the GE620DX. Powered by a Sandy Bridge 2Ghz quad-core i7 CPU, the GE620DX comes with an Nvidia GeForce GT 555M with 2GB of VRAM, a 15.6" screen with a 1,366×768 resolution, USB 3.0, HDMI out, USB 3.0, THX True Studio Pro and even a 720p Web Camera!

No word on the pricing yet but I can bet this one won't come for cheap!

Taipei-MSI has introduced its new GE620DX gaming laptop, featuring the Intel second generation Core i7-2630QM quad core processor (core speeds of 2.00GHz) and nVidia's top-end GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card. Not only does the GE620DX offer more powerful graphics performance and enhanced resolution, it supports nVidia's PhysX and Microsoft's DirectX 11 for great graphics with more detailed and convincing details, like cooler explosions and more realistic flowing water, to maximize your gaming pleasure.

Eric Kuo, associate vice president for global sales, MSI Notebook, points out that MSI's superior Premium Sound and THX TruStudio Pro wrap around sound team up to offer you the perfect combination of sound and visuals for the ultimate multimedia experience. This gaming dream machine also boasts an exterior with awesome high tech lines. The letters “MSI” are emblazoned in the center of the GE620DX' cover in luminescent white script which is set off by the metal brush finish. Not only is this machine a dream to play, it's a dream to look at, too.

Power is the name of the game

Intel 2nd generation Core i7 quad core CPU: The GE620DX features the latest Core i7-2630QM quad core processor with core speeds of 2.00GHz. The new generation Intel Core i7 processor supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Quick Sync Video. Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0 greatly enhances performance in each core, automatically allocating processor resources to boost core clock speeds and overall computer performance, while Quick Sync Video revs up efficiency when ripping, synchronizing, and editing multimedia files.

nVidia's high end GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card: The GE620DX packs nVidia's new generation GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics card with 2GB of display memory. The nVidia PhysX technology offers the serious gamer some seriously realistic visuals. In addition, the GE620DX supports DirectX 11 for higher resolution, allowing you to see, for example, details of distant buildings for more realistic gaming.

GPU Boost: The GE620DX laptop supports MSI GPU Boost technology which automatically switches back and forth between the discrete graphics card and the graphics chip. When your computer is processing graphics-heavy applications, it automatically kicks into the discrete graphics card mode to give you superior graphics processing capabilities and when performing general word processing tasks or browsing the Internet, it cuts to the power-sipping integrated graphics chip mode, striking the ideal balance between performance and battery life.

Realistic multimedia experience

Top cinema-grade sound: The GE620DX comes with MSI's Premium Sound to meet the need of even the most demanding audiophiles for crisp, clean sound. Now, you can experience sounds like you've never heard them before in an NB computer. The GE620DX also comes with THX TruStudio Pro smart surround sound technology previously found only in cinemas, which when coupled with its top-end internal speakers, reproduces any music type or frequency faithfully.

Cinema Pro technology: The GE620DX features powerful multimedia processing and MSI's own Cinema Pro technology for superior graphics. One touch of the Cinema Pro hotkey instantly switches you to film mode for higher resolution and richer colors.

Full array of HD hardware: The MSI GE620DX sports a 720p webcam to give you high definition, smooth, bright pictures when video conferencing with friends and family. If you want something bigger than a high definition computer screen to view films, it comes with an HDMI port, so any type of high-fidelity, high-definition video can be played on your NB, but viewed via a cable on a large-screen LCD TV.

Designed with you in mind

USB3.0: The GE620DX comes with new USB3.0 ports which boast transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps-10 times faster than USB2.0, and 80% higher power transmission, providing vastly higher data transfer rates and charging speeds for external hard drives, flash drives, and other handheld electronic devices.

Shortcuts to shut off power to idle hardware: Located above the GE620DX' keyboard are six shortcuts. With one click of the mouse, you can eject a DVD, turn off the screen, or turn on the S-Bar, Turbo Battery+, Cinema Pro, or power, so don't waste battery power when you're away from your computer for a few minutes.

MSI S-Bar: Just one click of the GE620DX' S-Bar hotkey calls up all functions onto the screen, so you can control everything from the webcam, projector, network, and Bluetooth to volume control, screen brightness, and standby mode.
source: Akihabara News

Ergo-Tilt Laptop Stand Review

I recently reviewed a laptop cooling stand, and Herb Ostroff, the CEO of Ergo-Tilt, contacted Julie to ask if we'd put his Ergo-Tilt laptop stand through the same tests. We agreed, and Herb quickly shipped out a couple of stands to me. The Ergo-Tilt stands are designed to keep your back, neck, and wrists relaxed by lifting your laptop up to improve the typing and viewing angles and to allow ventilation under the laptop to help keep it cool. Let's see how it performed.

Ergo-Tilt is a Canadian company, but they ship internationally. To make things easy on us here in the US, they even have a US page with prices shown in American dollars. They are a socially responsible company. Ergo-Tilt stands are assembled in workshops for challenged individuals. They are all plastic with no metals, so the stands are easily recyclable. Even their packaging is made from recycled materials.

The Ergo-Tilt is a one-size-fits-all-laptops product. I measured it at about 13.6" X 12.10" X 0.75" when closed. I couldn't fit it on my digital kitchen scale very easily, but the website says the stand weighs 8.9 oz. There's a hinge at the back that opens to raise the back end of the stand to about 3 inches.

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It is currently available in black, yellow, lime, and pink, although they also show a couple other colors in pictures on their website. I requested a yellow stand. I was surprised when I received both a yellow and a pink stand. The Ergo-Tilt URL is molded into the raised lip. There is a large paper label on the surface of the stand area and a small one centered on the raised lip area. The labels have the Ergo-Tilt logo and URL on them. The stands can be branded for any reseller by replacing these stickers with another logo.

The front of the stand has a raised lip to prevent the laptop from sliding off the stand. At first, I thought both the yellow and pink stands were exactly the same, but I quickly realized that the pink stand had a raised tab at each end of the raised lip. Info from Herb said they had recently added the tabs to their molds to prevent laptops with very rounded fronts from slipping over the raised lip.

My MacBook Pro worked well on the yellow stand without the retaining tabs. Of course, I tried out both stands with my laptop. I was a little afraid that the retaining tabs would dig into my wrists and make using the stand uncomfortable, but that wasn't the case. The front of my laptop is tall enough that the tabs were below the level of the laptop's wrist rest area.

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I already mentioned that the Ergo-Tilt is one-size-fits-all-laptops. Because I have a 13" MacBook Pro, you can see that the stand is bigger than the laptop. It's not very much wider, but it is about 2.25" deeper than needed for my laptop. That means the stand takes up much more real estate on my tiny laptop table than it should to fit my laptop.

The angle/height of the Ergo-Tilt stand isn't adjustable. You unfold the leg at the back into a single position. I've mentioned my tiny laptop table (too?) many times. Not only is the tabletop small, but the stand is very low, too. Normal desks are usually about 29" tall, but my stand is only about 24" tall. Even being 5-foot-nothing, I find this table a bit low, so I was hoping the stand would make using the computer more comfortable. It does raise the screen enough that I don't slouch as much to view the screen, so my back and neck feel a bit more comfortable. The stand, when sitting on the very low table, isn't as comfortable for my wrists as I'd like, though. My wrists are too flexed, with the hands angled back toward my arms, when I'm using the very low table. However, I do plan to replace this table with a standard desk, so I decided I should also try the Ergo-Tilt on something with a standard height. My kitchen table is about the same height as a desk, so I tried the stand on it. With the higher table, I found the angle much more comfortable. My arm/wrist/hand was almost a straight line as I typed. Since having your wrists bent in weird angles while typing is the root cause of wrist pain and damage, having my wrists straight should help. Of course, I did mention that I'm only 5' tall, so taller people using a standard desk may have the same problem I have on my low table.

I was a little concerned by the way the hinge flexes when pressure is applied to the laptop area. I don't think there's any way that the weight of any laptop I've seen would cause the hinge to flex too far and break, though. However, the Ergo-Tilt is covered by a 5-year warranty, so you'll probably be covered if you do have a problem with the hinge.

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The Ergo-Tilt stand is designed to fold up fairly flat so you can carry it in your laptop bag. I carry my laptop in the Cocoon Kips Bay bag for the 13" MacBook Pro, and the Ergo-Tilt is far too big to fit in my bag.

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You'll notice that the Ergo-Tilt is vented. Like many laptop stands, the Ergo-Tilt says it will help keep your laptop cooler. The stand doesn't have any fans that require power from your laptop battery. It is a passive cooler that simply allows airflow under the laptop, and the vents are designed to allow the cooling air to reach the bottom of the laptop itself.

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I put the cooling claims to the test using the same method I used before. I used the MagicanPaster app from the Mac App store to measure the CPU, battery, and disk temperatures to quantify the cooling function of the stand. I used the MagicanPaster app to see the internal temperatures of my laptop as I used it in normal conditions. I don't use my laptop under carefully controlled testing facility conditions. I do use it in an air-conditioned room. I do a lot of surfing, photo editing, word-processing, emailing, and the like on my laptop. I am not a gamer. I started out with the laptop just sitting flat on my laptop table. I never took a temperature reading immediately after waking up the laptop. I would wait until I had been using the laptop for more than an hour before I took a temperature. After a few days of collecting temperatures with no stand, I placed the laptop on the yellow Ergo-Tilt stand and collected temperatures during use just as described for the no-stand period. You can see from the data (above, click for a larger view) that there is no clear evidence that the stand cools the laptop during use.

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I also ran a flash test to see how the stand cooled while my laptop was being used at heavier load than normal. There were no golf games I could use like in my earlier test, so I used the Flash Stress Test at the Munsie Games website. The stress test exercises your computer by displaying a lot of images on your screen in a 30-second burst. I started by testing with no stand. I took a starting temperature reading, then I ran the test two times, immediately back-to-back, then re-checked the temperatures using MagicanPaster. I waited about 30 minutes (with the laptop in sleep mode) while the laptop cooled down, put it on the Ergo-Tilt stand, took a starting temperature, then ran the flash stress test just as before. Again, I don't see any strong evidence that the stand keeps the laptop running cooler.

I found the Ergo-Tilt laptop stand elevated my laptop screen to a good viewing angle and kept my wrists at a comfortable, straight angle when I used it on a standard-height table. I didn't find any cooling benefits, but you might find it more effective if you laptop tends to run hotter than mine does normally or if your laptop has cooling vents on its bottom. You should be able to fold up and take the Ergo-Stand along with you in your laptop bag, so you can type comfortably where ever you are.
source: The Gadgeteer

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13876 10.1-Inch Netbook (Seashell White)

The Aspire One AOD257-13876 is another budget-friendly 10.1-inch netbook from Acer that packs a 10.1-inch WSVGA LED-backlit display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor, an Intel GMA 3150 graphics card, a 1GB DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a 0.3MP webcam, a card reader, WiFi, a 3-cell battery and runs on Windows 7 Starter OS. If you're interested, the Acer Aspire One AOD257-13876 can be yours for just $269.99 via Amazon.
source: TechFresh

PC-Koubou AEX 17L2-16GXR 17.3-Inch Notebook

Here comes a new 17.3-inch notebook from PC-Koubou called the AEX 17L2-16GXR. Powered by a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-2720QM quad-core processor, this high performance system sports a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a GeForce GTX 580M 2GB graphics card, a 16GB RAM, a 750GB hard drive, a 120GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. The AEX 17L2-16GXR sells for 249,980 Yen (about $3,200). [PC-Koubou]
source: TechFresh

Tough Case Makes iPad Look Like 1990s Laptop

If you have been looking for a case that would protect your iPad against anything short of a nuclear explosion, and at the same time make it look like a really tacky Dell laptop from the late 1990s, then today is your lucky day.

The case is from Pelican, and if you know anything about Pelican gear you'll know that it is pretty much indestructible. The Pelican 1075 HardBack is designed to work with the iPad or iPad 2, but is big enough to fit a netbook if you still have one that works. In the latter case, you can install the standard “pick and pluck” foam lining, or a netbook-shaped pad.

For either iPad, a custom-shaped insert is available. This will also prop up the iPad when the case is open, letting you put a Bluetooth keyboard on the bottom section and making the thing really look like an old, ugly laptop. These is also space under the keyboard for various cables and accessories — this isn't the case for you if you want something slim and stylish.

In fact, the Pelican is most likely to be used by people in harsh environments. Tony Stark might use it next time he takes a trip to the Middle East, for example.

The case is pretty reasonable. And calling a Pelican case affordable says more about the crazy overpricing in the iPad case world. You can pick on up for $70.

Pelican 1075 HardBack [Pelican. Thanks, Kiersten!]
source: Gadget Lab







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