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Packard Bell’s Valentino Rossi dot VR46 netbook specced and priced

February 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Packard Bell dot VR46 Packard Bell is set to launch the 11.6-inch dot VR46 netbook in homage to motorcycling living legend Valentino Rossi. The ‘VR46’ model number stands for Valentino Rossi’s initials plus his racing number and is visible on the lid as well as inside on top of the display. We touched on the unique design back in mid-December, but now we have details on specifications as well as UK pricing.

The VR46 netbook will come with an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display and will be powered by either an Intel ULV Core 2 Duo or Celeron processor as well as Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. Up to 4GB of DDR RAM will be supported and maximum storage of 640GB. All models will come with Windows 7 Home Premium. Read more

Samsung X120 ultra-thin video unboxing

January 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Samsung X120We have covered Samsung’s X120 CULV-based ultra-thin before, including a review roundup back in early November. However, what we never saw up until now was the obligatory unboxing. Well here it is, courtesy of Roland from NetbookNews.

It looks like a reasonably attractive device although I don’t really understand why Samsung opted for mouse buttons either side of the touchpad rather than underneath it. Check out the video yourself after the jump.

Roland also unboxed the Acer Aspire 1810TZ and we’ve attached that video below too. Read more

10-inch Pine Trail netbook shootout

January 26, 2010 at 8:05 am

10-inch Pine Trail netbook shootoutThe guys over at Laptop Mag have pitted six 10-inch Pine Trail netbooks against each other to find out a worthy winner. All models sport the 1.66GHz N450 Atom processor and various features were compared including design, performance and battery life.

The models tested were the Acer Aspire One 532h, ASUS Eee PC 1005PE-P, Dell Inspiron Mini 10, HP Mini 5102, MSI Wind U135 and Toshiba mini NB305. We won’t spoil the overall winner, but three models stood out. The Toshiba has the best keyboard and touchpad, whilst the Asus offers the best battery life. The HP is a great all rounder and great for business use. Click here to read more.

Acer targets Chrome OS in 10% of netbooks; first to launch in Q3

January 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

AcerAcer will look to aggressively push Chrome OS in its netbook line-up, expecting around one million Chrome OS netbooks to be sold this year out of a total 12-15m forecast. The company wants to be first to the market with Chrome and is planning to launch its first netbook in the third quarter.

Acer is targeting Chrome OS netbooks to account for 10 percent of its line-up, to put this in context, its dual boot (Android/Windows) netbooks currently account for 5 percent. “For Chrome, we’re aggressively pursuing to become one of the first, so there’s a change to the Microsoft-Intel environment,” Jim Wong, president of IT Products division said. Read more

Acer Aspire 532h & HP Mini 210 netbooks unboxed [Video]

January 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

HP Mini 210For those keeping an eye on the Acer Aspire 532h & HP Mini 210 Pine Trail netbooks, you may want to check out a couple of unboxing videos for a closer look. nDevil unboxed a HP Mini 210 with high-resolution (1366 x 768) display. You can see that the 6-cell battery sticking out quite a bit at the back, another video also shows the screw-less access to the bottom panel.

The Acer Aspire 532h was unboxed by NetbookNews.it. It’s in Italian but gives you an idea of what’s in the box. Check out both videos after the jump. Read more

Acer Aspire One 532h reviewed – good value for money

January 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Acer Aspire One 532hAcer’s first Pine Trail netbook, the Aspire One 532h has seen its first review from Engadget. The 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) AO532h has pretty standard specs, for this new Pine Trail generation. You’ll get a 1.66GHz N450 Atom processor, 1GB RAM, a 160GB HDD and Windows 7 Starter. You’ll also get a 6-cell battery for a bargain-busting $299.

You don’t get anything more than a plastic chassis for that kind of money, but thankfully it doesn’t feel any cheaper than its rivals. It’s also reasonably lightweight at 2.4lbs and just an inch thick, thinner than both the Asus Eee PC 1005PE and MSI Wind U135. The 532h comes with a chiclet keyboard, although it isn’t the best implementation with small spacing between keys and shallow travel. The palm rest-integrated touchpad is a bit too “grippy” although it is multi-touch enabled. Read more

Gateway LT2102H netbook unboxed and first impressions

January 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Gateway LT2102HThe Gateway LT2102H is just one of the company’s offerings in the 10-inch Pine Trail space. Lee from Minifrag managed to get hold of a unit and has posted his initial impressions of the device as well as some unboxing pictures.

This is his fourth Acer/Gateway device and the build quality is as good as the last. The chiclet keyboard is comfortable to use, despite a slight wiggle. The touchpad is large and the single rocker mouse button has a solid feel. Whilst, Lee hasn’t done a full battery test yet, he says that the 3-cell 2200mAh battery should last 4 hours and 55 minutes according to Windows 7. Read more

First pictures of Acer Aspire One 532 spotted

December 31, 2009 at 10:39 am

Acer Aspire One 532The Acer Aspire One 532 will be the company’s first Intel Pine Trail netbook. We’ve already come across the specifications that include a 10.1-inch high-resolution (1280 x 720) display and 1.66GHz N450 Atom Pineview processor. The first pictures of the AAO 532 have been spotted at a couple of retailers. Check out a few larger pictures after the break.

The Aspire One 532 will come with 1GB RAM, a 160GB/250GB HDD and Windows 7 Starter. Other features include a 3-cell battery, 5-in-1 card reader, 0.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and three USB ports. It will be available in four different colours (Blue, Red, Black and Silver). It has dimensions of 22.9 x 31.5 x 11cm and weighs 1.25kg.

Update: The Acer Aspire One 532h has now been officially announced. It comes with a choice of two 6-cell batteries, a 4400mAh battery for 8 hours of use and a 5600mAh battery for 10 hours of usage.
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Gateway EC18T (Acer Aspire 1420P) passes through FCC

December 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Gateway EC18TThe 11.6-inch Gateway EC18T convertible netbook has passed through the FCC. We’ve already seen a whole gallery of photos of the EC18T but this news is likely to mean a US release is just around the corner. The model just looks like a rebranded Acer Aspire 1420P or Packard Bell Butterfly Touch, not surprising since both Gateway and Packard Bell are subsidiaries of Acer.

The Gateway EC18T convertible tablet will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz SU2300 processor, 4GB RAM (8GB supported) and a 250GB/320GB or 500GB hard drive. It will have HDMI, three USB ports and a battery that will last for 8 hours.

Via NewNetbookReviews.

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition gets UK launch details

December 22, 2009 at 9:44 am

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch EditionPackard Bell’s 11.6-inch convertible tablet, the EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition, has been formally announced for the UK market. This model appears to the same as Acer’s 1420P / 1820PT / 1820PTZ models offering an 11.6” multi-touch (1366 x 768) display in a convertible tablet form factor.

The Butterfly Touch will be powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. It will support up to 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD and will be running Windows 7 Home Premium. Other features include a HDMI port, Wi-Fi, 5-in-1 card reader, webcam and optional 3G & Bluetooth. The 6-cell battery should last for around eight hours. All of this is wrapped up in a package weighing around 1.6kg.

The Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition will launch in February 2010 in the UK with prices starting at £499. It will be available in two colours, Cherry Red and Nightsky Black.

Acer Aspire 1820PTZ tablet gets first video impressions

December 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Acer Aspire 1820PTZThe first impressions of the 11.6-inch Acer Aspire 1820PTZ convertible netbook are starting to roll in. VR-Zone forum user Denosha posted up a mini-review of the upcoming tablet and it seems like it will be worth the wait.

As you would expect, the 1820PTZ feels heavier than a normal netbook/ultra-thin of this size. The display has pressure sensitive finger & stylus support. When using it in pen mode, the display can enable palm rejection. The accelerometer worked well although it does take 1 – 3 seconds to rotate.

Denosha posted three videos of the 1820PTZ in action including a demonstration of its multi-touch capabilities with Microsoft Surface and an inking test in Microsoft Journal. He also posted a video showing the device booting up and how it transforms into a tablet. You can catch all three videos after the break. Read more

Acer Aspire One 532 discovered; N450 Atom & 720p display

December 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm

AcerAcer is preparing a new 10.1-inch netbook armed with an Intel Pineview processor. The Acer Aspire One 532 (AO532h) is listed on Acer’s driver pages and it seems that this model is already listed by some e-tailers where the specs were found.

The Aspire One 532 will come with a 10.1-inch high resolution (1280 x 720) display and will be powered by the upcoming 1.66GHz Intel Pineview N450 Atom processor and GMA 3150 graphics. It will also come with 1GB RAM, a 160GB/250GB HDD and Windows 7 Starter.

Other features include a 3-cell battery, 5-in-1 card reader, 0.3MP webcam and three USB ports. It will be available in four different colours (Blue, Red, Black and Silver) and prices look like they’ll start from €299. If that price is true, Acer could have a winner on their hands! Check out the evidence after the break. Read more

Acer Aspire 1820PTZ convertible netbook hits UK pre-order

December 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Acer Aspire 1820PTZThe 11.6-inch Acer Aspire 1820PTZ convertible tablet is finally up for pre-order from a number of UK retailers. There seems to be some discrepancy on release date, but most retailers agree it won’t launch this side of Christmas.

Play.com has the device (1820PTZ – 413G16N) listed for £529.99 and launching on the 25th January 2010. OYYY is a bit more optimistic, listing it for £568.89 albeit with an earlier 11th January release date.

The 1820PTZ seems to be identical to the 1820PT but only sports an ‘Intel Dual Core’ processor as opposed to the ‘Intel Core 2 Duo’ seen on the 1820PT. It comes with a 11.6” multi-touch display and 8-hr battery life. It will be powered by a 1.3GHz SU4100 Intel processor and comes with 3GB RAM, a 160GB HDD and 64-bit Windows 7 Professional.

Acer Ferrari One netbook hits the US

December 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Acer Ferrari OneThe Acer Ferrari One ultra-portable is now shipping in the United States with prices starting at $599.99. This 11.6-inch netbook is powered by AMD’s new 1.2GHz dual-core Congo processor as well as ATI Radeon 3200 graphics.

The Ferrari influence is felt via the ‘Ferrari-red’ lid and checkered palm rest. There are also tire-shape grips underneath the chassis, racing-inspired wallpaper and calendar, as well as a quick access key to Ferrari.com. Other features include Windows 7 Home Premium, a 250GB hard drive and a built-in optical drive. Check out the full list of specifications after the cut. Read more

Gateway EC1805U: CULV-powered 11.6-inch ultra-thin

December 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Gateway EC1805UThe 11.6-inch Gateway EC1805U ultra-thin looks very similar in specs to the Acer Aspire 1410, this wouldn’t exactly be a surprise given that Gateway is a subsidiary of Acer. It comes with a 1.4GHz Intel Core2 Solo SU3500 processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD and Windows Vista Home Premium.

Other features include a webcam, card reader, Dolby Sound, Wi-Fi, three USB ports, HDMI-out, a multi-gesture touchpad and 6-cell battery with 7 hours of reported battery life. The EC1805U is selling for $449 on Amazon.com and starts shipping on December 9th.

Via NetbookTech [via Liliputing].

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