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.

Point of View intros 11.6” Mobii ULV Slimline ultra-thin

December 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Point of View Mobii ULV SlimlinePoint of View has launched its first entry into the 11.6-inch CULV ultra-thin segment with the Mobii ULV Slimline. This device is powered by a 1.2GHz SU2300 processor, GMA 4500MHD graphics, up to 2GB RAM and a 160GB HDD. It has a high-resolution (1366 x 68) matte display and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), 1,3MP webcam, card reader, HDMI and three USB ports. It only comes with a 4-cell 4600 mAh battery, which we imagine won’t last very long under normal usage. The whole thing weighs 1.4kg and measures just 26.8mm in thickness. The Mobii ULV will be available from retailers in Europe in the next few days with a €479 price point. Check out the technical specs after the break. 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 and starts shipping on December 9th.

Via NetbookTech [via Liliputing].

Samsung X120 review roundup – poor battery life

November 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

Samsung X120The 11.6-inch Samsung X120 CULV ultra-thin has now seen its first reviews. Despite a short 2.5-hour battery life, Cnet UK claimed it was their favourite 11.6” ultra-thin released so far. The liked its portability, nice screen and comfortable keyboard.

TrustedReviews also reviewed the Samsung X120 and found that it was let down by poor battery life, this is despite being well-designed and having good performance. The mouse buttons are placed on either side of the touchpad that is another minor annoyance. Read more

Acer unhappy with Intel CULV processor performance

November 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Intel CULVIt seems that Acer is not too happy with the performance of Intel’s CULV processors. The chips, mainly used in ultra-thin mini-notebooks ranging from 11.6-inches onwards, are not living up to the company’s expectations according to an earnings call last week.

Acer Chairman, JT Wang, said that whilst consumers are happy with the long battery life, the performance has been found wanting. To address this, Acer is expected to announce new ultra-thin devices in Q1 2010 that use new CULV (currently unannounced) processors. “This time we should be able to do it right,” Wang said.

Whilst it is vague in what Wang may have been referring to, it could be the new 32nm Westmere (Arrandale ) chips that combine a GPU and CPU into a single package. This design will keep consumption low and also provide a performance boost. The new chips are rumoured to have clock speeds similar to laptop CPUs but should benefit from hyper-threading.

Via PC World [via Fudzilla].

Lenovo Ideapad U150 gets US launch details

October 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Lenovo Ideapad U150Lenovo US has officially announced the 11.6-inch Ideapad U150 ultra-thin. This follows on from the recent Japanese launch and video unboxing. The Intel CULV-powered machine is set to launch in the United States in mid-November with prices starting at $585.

The US Ideapad U150 has an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display and is powered by an unspecified Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It comes with 2GB RAM (4GB max) and a 250GB or 320GB HDD (the largest SSD is 64GB). Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, 1.3MP webcam, HDMI, two USB ports, 4-in-1 card reader and unusually a combo USB/eSATA port. The optional 6-cell battery should last for around 6 hours according to the company.

Via Laptop Mag.

Acer Aspire 1420P / 1820PT / 1820PTZ convertible tablets get official

October 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

Acer Aspire 1420PAcer’s marketing people should be fired. That’s the only conclusion I can come to after coming across what appear to be three identical 11.6-inch convertible netbooks/tablets from the company. Obviously, every company has the right to release different SKUs with slightly different hardware under the hood, but Acer doesn’t make it easy for the end consumer to know what those differences are.

The Acer Aspire 1420P, 1820PT and 1820PTZ convertible tablets have been made official by appearing on the official Acer US website. The only model we’ve previously heard of is the 1820PT that recently got a hands-on in Italy. The 1820PTZ seems to be identical but only sports an ‘Intel Dual Core’ processor as opposed to the ‘Intel Core 2 Duo’ seen on the 1820PT. Read more

Acer Aspire AS1410 gets video unboxing

October 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Acer Aspire AS1410The Windows 7 refresh of the Acer Aspire AS1410 was officially announced earlier this week and like most manufacturers it has been released on Windows 7 launch day. Peter from Netbooked ordered the AS1410 CULV ultra-thin and didn’t waste any time in letting us know his thoughts.

The Aspire AS1410 comes with an 11.6” (1366 x 768) display and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It’s reasonably light at 1.4kg and comes with 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD. The keyboard was found to be similar to the Aspire 751, although looking at the video it seems to suffer from a fair bit of flex. Check it out for yourself after the jump. Read more

Lenovo’s 11.6-inch Ideapad U150 CULV sees Japan launch

October 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Lenovo Ideapad U150The Lenovo Ideapad U150 CULV-based ultra-thin has gone official in Japan today. It has made an appearance on the company’s website finally giving away its full system specifications. The Ideapad U150 sports an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz SU2300 processor.

It comes with 2GB RAM (8GB max) and a 250GB HDD. Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, 1.3MP webcam, HDMI, two USB ports, card reader and unusually a combo USB/eSATA port.

As we’re finding with most ultra-thins, the U150 ultra-thin comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. It weighs 1.5Kg and at its thickest point measures 34.3mm. Pricing hasn’t been announced despite the U150 launching in Japan today. We would expect availability in other regions to be announced shortly.

Via Netbooked.

Acer’s 11.6” multi-touch 1820PT convertible netbook gets real in Italy

October 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Acer Aspire 1820PTThe Acer Aspire Timeline 1820P was leaked a few weeks back but there has been no official confirmation of its existence. However, it looks like it is on its way as Notebook Italia managed to get some hands-on time with the Aspire 1820PT.

The concept is much the same, the 1820PT is a convertible tablet device with 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) multi-touch display and Windows 7 Home Premium. The specs do seemed to be beefed up, compared to the 1820P.

The Aspire 1820PT ultra-thin is powered by a 1.2GHZ dualSU7300 Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (max 8GB), either 250GB or 320GB HDD. Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g), Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, three USB ports & card reader.

The device includes a stylus to navigate the screen and the touchpad also supports multi-touch gestures (as well as the display). Acer quotes battery time to last for 8 hours. The 1820PT is not the lightest device on the market weighing in at 1.72kg. There’s no word on pricing right now, although I would expect the 1820PT to launch within the next few weeks.

Acer Aspire AS1410 11.6-inch CULV ultra-thin gets official

October 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Acer Aspire AS1410Acer has officially announced the Windows 7 refresh of the Acer Aspire AS1410. From what we can tell the AS1410 now uses a weaker processor but comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and a wallet-friendly $399 price tag (reduced by $50).

The 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) ultra-thin is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel SU2300 processor. It comes with 2GB RAM (max 4GB) and a 160GB HDD. Other features include a 6-cell (4400mAh) battery that should be good for six hours, HDMI-out, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and three USB ports.

The AS1410 also includes a full-sized keyboard and multi-gesture touchpad. The only major omission seems to be Bluetooth support. The Aspire AS1410 is set for launch this “holiday season” in three colours (Diamond Black, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red). Check out a full list of specs after the jump. Read more

Gateway intros EC14 CULV 11.6” Windows 7 ultra-thin

October 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Gateway EC14Gateway has announced a new ultra-thin device called the EC14. This is an 11.6-inch Intel CULV-powered mini-notebook debuting with Windows 7 Home Premium. It comes with up to 500GB HDD storage or 8GB RAM.

It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core SU4100 processor, Intel GS45 chipset and GMA 4500MHD graphics. Other features include HDMI, card reader, three USB ports and a 6-cell 5600mAh battery that should be good for 8 hours. The Gateway EC14 is available in Cherry Red or NightSky Black and will launch on October 22nd for $549.99.

Via Slashgear.

Windows 7 CULV-based ultra-thins now up for pre-order

October 19, 2009 at 11:56 am

Toshiba ultra-thinAs we approach the launch of Windows 7 this Thursday (October 22nd) a number of notebook manufacturers are making the switch over to the new OS. We’ve been drip-feeding Windows 7 devices over the past few weeks and a number of these Intel CULV-powered ultra-thins are now appearing for pre-order on

After the break we have listed all of these, typically 11.6-inch Windows 7 devices, which are now up for pre-order. Most are due to land on October 22nd; Windows 7 launch day. There are a few notable Windows 7 absentees including the Samsung N510, Acer Aspire Timeline 1820P, and Lenovo Ideapad U150. Check out the list after the break. Read more

Acer officially announces 11.6” dual-core Aspire Timeline AS1810TZ

October 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810TZWe first brought you details of the Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810TZ over two months ago. However, it’s taken all this time for Acer to officially announce the device for the US market. The 11.6-inch AS1810TZ features a 1.3GHz dual-core SU7300 processor and will launch with Windows 7 Home Premium on October 22nd from $549.99.

The company is quoting eight hours of battery life using its high capacity 6-cell battery.
Other features include a multi-gesture touchpad, Wi-Fi (Draft-N) and a webcam. The netbook weighs just 3.08lbs (1.4kg). At its thickest point, the AS1810TZ measures just over one-inch in thickness. It will be available in three colours (Diamond Black, Sapphire Blue, Brushed Aluminum). Check out the specifications after the jump. Read more

HP Pavilion dm1 11.6” CULV gets official

October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

HP Pavilion dm1The 11.6-inch Pavilion dm1 CULV-based ultra-thin has been officially announced by HP Japan. Most of the specs were revealed in a catalogue leak, but we still didn’t know what processor would be under the hood. The dm1 will sport a 1.2GHz dual core SU2300 processor, GS45 chipset and GMA 4500MHD graphics.

The Windows 7 Home Premium ultra-thin will have a 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, 250GB HDD, 2GB RAM (5GB max with two slots), 5-in-1 card reader and two USB ports. It will come with a 6-cell battery that should be good for 8 hours of battery life. The HP Pavilion dm1 will go on sold in the middle of November for around 70,000 Yen ($680).

Via Netbooked.

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