Small Laptops – Saturday Roundup – June 30

– Dell has launched their new Inspiron lineup with 8 colors (Dell.com), bringing some style to a formerly dull-looking market.

Bluetooth tether a Windows Mobile phone to a Mac for modem use
(jkOnTheRun) – Using a MacBook or MacBook Pro and your Windows Mobile phone to setup an internet connection on the go. For Windows users,
How to use Internet Sharing on Windows Mobile for a PC .

Apple Mac Sales Grow Faster Than Windows PCs In Consumer Market (Information Week)

Among the drivers in May was an upgrade of MacBook consumer notebooks to faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1-Gbyte of memory, and larger hard drives in every model. “The consumer market in general is embracing notebooks, and Apple is strong in notebooks,” Baker said.

In May, the overall notebook market grew by 40% over the same month a year ago. Apple outpaced overall market growth with a year-to-year jump of 65%, Baker said. Windows-based notebooks saw a 37% increase in sales. NPD does not release actual dollar amounts or unit sales.

Notebook makers cautious in competition between 13.3- and 12-inch notebooks (Digitimes)

With Sony, Apple and Dell rolling out 13.3-inch notebooks, some notebook makers are optimistic over demand for the segment while others are more cautious and are opting for 12-inch models.

On the other hand, other notebook makers hold that 12-inch notebooks, as pushed by vendors including Acer and Hewlett-Packard (HP), are now seeing stronger demand than that of 13.3-inch notebooks and panel makers now earn more out of production of 12-inch panels than 13.3-inch panels.

Panel makers expect the two segments to account for 9-10% of overall shipments of notebook panels in 2007.

Multi-Touch On MacBooks In October (CrunchGear)

Today, another “trusted source” ….. added that the iPhone’s multi-touch technology is theoretically supposed to roll out with all the new laptops, including those coming out in October. The feature will be built into the touchpads, allowing you to navigate through your notebook’s files, applications, etc. the same way you can on the iPhone

Small laptops announced this week:
Fujitsu LifeBook P8240
Fujitsu LifeBook T8240
Fujitsu LifeBook T8140

Small laptops released this week:
HP Compaq 2510p
Dell XPS M1330
Dell Latitude D430

Site Updates:
Forums added
– Massive update of all information (checking for broken links, moving various laptops to the discontinued lists, checking data for errors, adding more older models, etc.) has been underway for a few weeks and coming along nicely. Not as fast as we’d like, but there are only a couple of us, all of whom have full-time jobs that have nothing to do with the site.

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