Small Laptops – Saturday Roundup – July 7

Fujitsu announced a 2.5-inch 300GB Portable Hard Drive (via It’s shock-mounted, hits 4200rpm, has a built-in USB 2.0 cable, and is powered by the USB 2.0 port it plugs into. It retails for $229.

Asus splitting off OEM manufacturing. (Reuters/Yahoo)

Asustek Computer Inc. , the world’s top maker of PC motherboards, said on Monday it will split its contract manufacturing from its branded businesses in January to focus on brand building and become more competitive.

The Taiwan firm will also separate its contract manufacturing, or original equipment manufacturing (OEM), into two units: Pegatron, specialising in PC-related products, and Unihan, focusing on casing, modules and non-PC goods.

Best & Worst: First Half of 2007: Best Tech #4 (LAPTOP Magazine)
LAPTOP Magazine selected Intel’s Next Generation Centrino Duo Processor platform (Santa Rosa) as #4 of their Best Tech from the first half of 2007, saying it was designed to pump up the graphics and video eye candy, increase Wi-Fi speed, and provide an overall boost in notebook performance to make Vista run the way it should. And to its credit, it does this all very well.

Review of the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition at

The Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition is an external adapter that allows mobile users to connect two external displays to their laptop. These displays can either be DVI, or with an adapter, VGA. The real beauty of this product is it requires no drivers to function (platform independent), and unlike other USB display adapters, transmits fully accelerated 3D video to your screens.

MacBooks to get LED-Backlit displays this year? (

Component makers recently indicated Apple plans to use the LED V-cut light-guide panel technology from Japan’s Stanley Electric, which is a technology authorizer and major shareholder (11%) of Kenmos. Therefore Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) has decided to adopt Kenmos’ LED BLUs for the panels it will ship to Apple, industry sources noted.

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