16GB – 64GB SSDs for Asus Eee PCs

For those who have bought an Asus Eee PC and desire more storage, Super Talent is hoping to help you out. They’ve announced mini PCI-Express Solid State Drives (SSDs) in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes. These were designed specifically to fit the Eee PC series, … Read more

MSI Wind U100 – 9-Cell Batteries

If you are looking to add quite a bit of capacity to your your 10″ MSI Wind U100, Lion Battery is going to be shipping 9-cell batteries for the U100 starting October 31, 2008. It should increase the battery life of the U100 to over … Read more

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 – GPS

A forum user over at MyDellMini has decided that they needed an integrated GPS solution for their 8.9″ Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook. Seeing as how it’s not offered as part of the standard options available to Mini 9 customers, they’ve decided to add it … Read more

Case Logic e-sling for Netbooks

I mentioned seeing an 8.9″ Asus Eee PC 900A netbook on display at a local Best Buy. I also happened to see some cases from Case Logic that appear to be designed for netbooks – they prominently mention 7″ – 10″ devices (the larger one will apparently go up to 12″). They are a part of the “e-sling” series. I did a photo comparison of the two (see bottom of this article).

Keep in mind that this appears to be custom made for netbooks (and portable DVD players, although it was on display with the 900A), and as such, it’s not a sleeve you fit inside a larger bag – it’s made to be the main bag for toting your netbook and accessories (mouse, A/C adapter, maybe spare battery). It seemed well made, and there is definitely an audience for it, but the prices seemed a bit high.

The model I saw was the XNTM-3 – 10.5″ x 7.6″ x 1.5″ and it looked like it would have no problem at all with the Eee PC 900A. There is a larger model, the XNTM-4 (11.8″ x 9″ x 1.3″ instead of 10.5″ x 7.6″ x 1.5) which can hold some 12″ ultraportable laptops. The XNTM-4 would definitely hold the Lenovo IdeaPad U110s and the Sony VAIO TT series.

Model: XNTM-4
Best Buy – $59.99 (check link for “Store Availability”)
Amazon.com ($51.91 shipped with Amazon Prime)
Buy.com ($50.99 Shipped)

Model: XNTM-3
Best Buy – $49.99 (check link for “Store Availability”)
Amazon.com ($45.80 shipped with Amazon Prime)
Buy.com ($44.99 Shipped)

Model: XNTM-1
Amazon.com ($33.58 shipped with Amazon Prime)
Buy.com ($32.99 Shipped)
– (Best Buy carries it online only)

I’ve posted some comparison photos of the XNTM-3 (medium version) with the 8.9″ Eee PC 900A that was on display. Unfortunately because of the packaging, you couldn’t really open up the e-sling for further inspection, but you can at least get an idea on size. The sling strap along with some packaging materials were inside, which makes the case look “puffed out” as it were.

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Toshiba Demonstrates SCiB Battery Technology

Last week at CREATEC 2008 (a consumer trade show held in Japan every year), Toshiba showed off some new battery technology that could shake up the notebook battery market (and how we think about batteries and battery sizes in general). The technology is called “Super … Read more