Toshiba Introduces New Portege M750 Models

Toshiba Portege M750 Toshiba has introduced three new models in its 12.1-inch Toshiba Portege M750 line. The M750 laptops are “convertibles” the display rotates/swivels around to allow you to convert back and forth between a normal laptop/notebook form factor, and a Tablet PC setup. These three models are new in the United States. If you want to jump up to an actual touchscreen as opposed to using a Digital Pen, it’ll cost you around $400 USD, although you get a bump in the CPU performance as well as an optical DVD writer.

All three models feature:
– LED-Backlit display
– Fingerprint reader
– 2GB RAM
– 160GB HDD (some models feature 7200rpm)
– eSATA/USB Combo Port with Sleep and Charge
– Gigabit Ethernet
– Intel WiFi 5100AGN5 (802.11a/g/n)
– 3 year warranty

These models are targeted at the back-to-school shopping crowd, and they are:

Portégé M750-S7211
– $1,279 (USD)
– 12.1″ Display – supports Digital Pen/Stylus
– Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 (2.1GHz)

Portégé M750-S7212
– $1,699 (USD)
– 12.1″ Display – supports Digital Pen and Touch
– Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz)
– DVD SuperMulti DL Optical Drive

Portégé M750-S7213
– $1,799 (USD)
– 12.1″ Display – supports Digital Pen and Touch
– Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53GHz)
– DVD SuperMulti DL Optical Drive

Available: ToshibaDirect.com

Read: SlashGear

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LAPTOP Magazine Updates 10-inch Netbook Face-Off

Netbooks LAPTOP Magazine has updated their 10-inch netbook face-off with a couple of new models, as well as well as updated models of previous netbooks they have reviewed.

In the original face-off, the MSI Wind U110/U100 and the Samsung NC10 came out on top when it came to battery life tests.

This time around, the HP Mini 1000 and Samsung NC10 came out on top with keyboards (no surprise, the NC10 is The Netbook when it comes to the keyboard).

Netbooks/Ultraportables compared:
– Acer Aspire One 10-inch
– ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (Update of Eee PC 1000H)
– HP Mini 1000
– Lenovo IdeaPad S10
– MSI Wind U120 (update of Wind U100)
– Samsung NC10

A major focus of the Eee PC 1000HE was battery life – that’s the main selling point in addition to the chiclet-style keyboard, and it came out on top in the tests. The 1000HE and the 10-inch Acer Aspire One came out on top as far as value.

Read: LAPTOP Magazine

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MSI X-Slim X320 – Under $900?

MSI X-Slim X320 One of the largest, if not the largest, Intel Atom-powered ultraportables, the 13.4-inch MSI X-Slim X320, may sell for around $850 USD.

We’ve been waiting since the X320 was formally announced back in January for a price. The official line was that it would be $700 – $900 USD. It’s been complicated by the introduction of the X340 (which is not using an Atom but instead using a slightly more powerful ULV CPU).

Specifications:
– 13.4″ Display
– 19.8mm Thick (0.78 inches)
– MSI ECO Engine/functionality to prolong battery life
– Up to 10 hours of run-time with the 8-cell battery (a 4-cell is available as well)
– No internal optical drive

Read: Electronic Pulp
via SlashGear

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Paint.NET 3.5 – Optimized for Netbooks

Paint.NET Speaking of how netbooks are changing the PC industry and how we think about laptops these days, a few weeks ago one of the Paint.net developers (the main developer in fact) sat down to write up a list and a theme concerning the upcoming Paint.NET 3.5 release (it’s still a ways off).

Paint.NET is a Windows-based graphics editing program. It’s free and highly portable – a very small download. The performance can be good on lower-specification machines (not just netbooks). It’s probably one of the best stand-alone graphics programs that you can get, given the price.

Two out of the three areas of focus that are being developed for Paint.NET version 3.5 concern netbook/ultraportable users. In fact, he’s got a development machine that is an Intel Atom-based nettop just for testing performance. At the same time that they want to boost performance on high-end machines, they are not forgetting netbooks and are working to insure that Paint.NET can run “comfortably” on a netbook:

2. Scaling down. Those $300 netbooks that are taking everyone by storm only run about as fast as what I was using 7 years ago (Pentium 4 at 2.0 – 2.5ghz). Clearly, classic optimization strategies are important as well: trimming cycles, removing or deferring code execution, and optimizing repainting.

“A brand-new netbook with an Atom processor should run Paint.NET comfortably.”

3. Reducing memory usage. I guess this goes with scaling down. I made a bet a long time ago that 64-bit would slowly take care of the way I was allocating memory, which simplified development work but has had the consequence of consuming vast amounts of virtual address space . I was wrong: 32-bit will be here for a long time, especially since most of those hot-like-pancakes $300 netbooks are not 64-bit capable. This is currently my top reliability issue, as running out of memory causes Paint.NET to crash.

”It’s not all yours.”

Read: The theme of Paint.NET v3.5 is … performance
Download: Paint.net (note this is not for version 3.5, which isn’t out yet).

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One of the Best Articles You’ll Read About the PC/Netbook Industry (Wired)

Netbooks I’ve been waiting for this to hit the web – I read it in the print edition of Wired a few days ago. It’s called “The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time” and it’s a really good look at how the whole netbook industry took off, and how it went in directions that nobody anticipated, starting with the One Laptop Per Child, and then Asustek’s response with their Eee PC line.

It’s four pages long, but well worth a read if you are interested in some of the behind-the-scenes type of stuff or in seeing where they think the market is headed (hint: some PC makers won’t be happy).

Among some of the topics it touches on:
– Why many of the early netbooks/ultraportables had Solid State Drives (SSDs)
– How Asustek thought the Eee PC line would be bought mainly by kids, senior citizens, and folks in India and China
– How PC Makers either didn’t realize or ignored the fact that most mainstream computers and laptops on the market today are much more powerful than anything needed by the typical user.
– How in a single year, netbooks went from being 0% to 7% of the entire world’s laptop market.

The article covers how many of us ended up buying computers or laptops/notebooks that perhaps we didn’t really need:

For years now, without anyone really noticing, the PC industry has functioned like a car company selling SUVs: It pushed absurdly powerful machines because the profit margins were high, while customers lapped up the fantasy that they could go off-roading, even though they never did. So coders took advantage of that surplus power to write ever-bulkier applications and operating systems.

What netbook makers have done, in effect, is turn back the clock: Their machines perform the way laptops did four years ago. And it turns out that four years ago (more or less) is plenty….
For most of today’s computing tasks, the biggest performance drags aren’t inside the machine. They’re outside. Is your Wi-Fi signal strong? Is Twitter down again?

Netbooks are evidence that we now know what personal computers are for.Which is to say, a pretty small list of things that are conducted almost entirely online. This was Asustek’s epiphany

The article also touches upon what scares the PC industry the most:

The great terror in the PC industry is that it’s created a $300 device so good, most people will simply no longer feel a need to shell out $1,000 for a portable computer. They pray that netbooks remain a “secondary buy”—the little mobile thingy you get after you already own a normal-size laptop. But it’s also possible that the next time you’re replacing an aging laptop, you’ll walk into the store and wonder, “Why exactly am I paying so much for a machine that I use for nothing but email and the Web?” And Microsoft and Intel and Dell and HP and Lenovo will die a little bit inside that day.

Read: Wired Magazine.

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