This week, there have been a few decent deals on netbooks as well as laptops, including a refurbished HP Mini 1030NR for $279.
– Lenovo IdeaPad S10e – $299.99 after rebate (through April 30, 2009)
– Acer Aspire One A110-1588 – $249.99 Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 8.9″, Sapphire Blue, 16GB SSD, 1GB RAM, Windows XP
HP Mini 1030NR (Refurbished) – $279.00, 1GB RAM, Windows XP, 16GB SSD
– MacBook White 13.3″ 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – $913.99 after Rebate (Save $80), NVIDIA, 120GB HDD, iLife ’09
– MacBook Aluminum 13.3″ $1,208 after Rebate (save $81), 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 160 HDD, iLife ’09
– ASUS Eee PC 1000HA (EPC1000HA-BLK001X) – $341.67, 1.6 GHz Intel ATOM N270, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, 10 GB Eee Storage, XP Home, 6 Cell Battery, Fine Ebony
Prices subject to change
Engadget has posted a review/comparison of the current rugged Intel Centrino 2-based 13.3″ Panasonic ToughBook 30 versus the semi-rugged 15.4″ GammaTech Durabook D15RP. The ToughBook 30 isn’t exactly ultraportable – it weighs in at over 8 pounds, however it’s one of the most rugged/durable in its class, if not the most rugged/durable. Both of these meet MIL-STD-810F specifications, which is a set of standards put out by the US Army to test just how rugged certain devices are within certain environmental/field conditions (heat, cold, drop-tests, dust-proof, liquids, etc.).
It’s a unique comparison – the Toughbook has a lower-voltage SL9300 Intel Core 2 Duo, versus the Durabook’s Intel T8300 (faster/higher voltage), as well as the displays – the Panasonic’s is one of the few 13.3-inch displays using a non-widescreen XGA resolution (1024×768) while the GammaTech has a 15.4-inch 1280×800. In the Toughbook’s defense, it does have a touchscreen display
The review is worth it just to watch the videos of both being put through their paces – drop tests (to test the cases as well as seeing just how shock/drop-proof the HDD setups are) as well as the reviewer physically standing on them and pouring water on them.
On Sunday, Brad at liliputing published his review of the professional/business-oriented 10.1-inch HP Mini 2140 netbook.
HP has included better webcam software than most manufacturers, including the ability to record audio-only, as well as controlling the webcam itself (resolution, zoom, backlight levels, output format).
With the default 3-cell 28WHr battery, he was able to get longer battery performance than the HP Mini 1000, although he noted that there is a 6-cell 55WHr battery available.
He points out the appeal of the 2140:
– Sturdier magnesium alloy case/chassis
– spill-resistant keyboard
– Accelerometer to protect the HDD in case of a drop/bump
– ExpressCard slot (something that few netbooks have outside of Lenovo’s S10)
– The upcoming 1366×768 HD-capable display (available in April)
Dell is running another one of their one-day only specials for the Inspiron Mini 9 (Mini 9n in this case). It’s $50 off the base model, with a starting price of $199.
$199 gets you a Dell Inspiron Mini 9n with:
– Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz)
– 512MB DDR2 RAM
– 8GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
– 4-Cell Battery
– Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1
– 8.9″ 1024×600 Display
– Alpine White or Obsidian Black
It started this morning at 6am CDT (US) and ends tomorrow morning at 5:59am CDT or while supplies are available.
Dell Home and Home Office – Inspiron Mini 9 only $199 after $50 off.
Pocket-lint is reporting that the new 13.4-inch Dell Adamo does not have a user-replaceable battery. At this time, Dell hasn’t mentioned any costs associated with a new or replacement battery.
This mirrors the 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air as well as Apple’s high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro.
As Pocket-lint points out, this means people won’t be able to hot-swap batteries, and will have to send them in to Dell to have the battery serviced/replaced.
When you look at the MacBook Air, Dell’s decision does makes sense, when you take into account just how thin the Adamo is. The Adamo is only 0.65 inches (16.51mm) thick, while the MacBook Air is 0.16 – 0.76 inches (4 – 19.4 mm). When you are designing something this thin and light and ultraportable, certain sacrifices have to be made in order to fit a battery that has an acceptable amount of battery life, and removing the mechanism(s) involved in user-replaceable batteries does help.