Monthly Archives: February 2006

Announced: MSI Mega Book MS-1057

MSI has announced their latest ultraportable, the MSI Mega Book MS-1057, which is one of the first ultraportables to offer Intel’s Core Duo or Core Solo processors. It has a 12.1-inch widescreen display (1280×800), and weighs in just over 4 pounds (1.9kg). It can handle up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, and has a DVD burning optical drive (dual-layer as well). Continue reading

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Review: Acer TravelMate C200 ( has a complete review from Barry J. Doyle, concerning the the Acer TravelMate C200. The C200 is a “convertible” laptop from Acer that uses a very unique “sliding-track” mechanism to convert from a notebook to a Tablet PC – it happens smoothly in one motion. Lots of good photos and benchmarks if you are considering one of the C200s (either the C203 or C204). Continue reading

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Toshiba M400 – Battery Life (

Craig Pringle has more first-hand information of the Toshiba Portege M400 The M400 is one of the very first ultraportablte notebooks to have Intel’s new CPU, the Core Duo.

This time, he took a look at battery life, saying at worst with the M400 you can expect 3 hours running time. Turning down the brightness and tweaking the power settings using the Toshiba Power Management tool I would expect that you could stretch this to over 4 (have not tried it). Continue reading

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Microsoft Reveals Windows Vista Versions

The BBC has a story on the next major release of Microsoft Windows, Windows Vista or just Vista, which is expected by the end of the year. Microsoft has broken it out into six versions – three targeted towards home (including one that can has PVR functionality), two for business/corporate useage, and one for “emerging markets”.

So it looks like there won’t be a dedicated Tablet PC version, rather you will use one (or more) of the other versions, probably one of the home and one of the corporate versions has the functionality, to install/run on a Tablet PC. It could be that the functionality is built-in all versions of Vista. Continue reading

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Article/Review: How Small is too Small for a Laptop?

How small is too small? is running an article from the Associated Press that attempts to address that very question. The article takes a fairly comprehensive look at the Flybook V3 and Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D /P1500. Both are “convertible” laptops – they have the ability to convert to a Tablet with some, if not all, of the Tablet PC functionality, and both have 8.9 inch displays.
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