Sony VAIO P – Typing, Size, Performance (Pocketables)

Sony VAIO P Jenn K. Lee over at Pocketables has put together an extensive collection of articles on the new 8″ high-resolution Sony VAIO P series.

The model reviewed comes with Microsoft Windows Vista, and surprisingly, the amount of software that Sony included on the desktop with the VAIO P is very minimal, compared to past ultraportables that were loaded down with third party software. However, there was still quite a bit of 3rd-party and Sony-specific software installed – Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009, Microsoft Works, etc.. From boot-up to a desktop was around 6 minutes, and it took less than an hour to create the restore DVDs.

Jenn has included a series of photos comparing the VAIO P to other Sony ultraportables (such as the TZ), along with other netbooks including an HP 2133 and Samsung NC10, as well as benchmarks and typing tests.

Setting up the Sony Vaio P
Sony Vaio P size comparisons
About the Sony Vaio P’s 3G SIM card slot
Sony Vaio P (VGN-P588E) performance and benchmarks
Video: Sony Vaio P typing test

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Asus Eee PC 1000HG Announced

Asus Eee PC Another member of the The Asus Eee PC family has been announced – this time it’s the Asus Eee PC 1000HG, and it will be available in Taiwan, at least for now. No word on release dates for other areas.

Features include a Huawei 3G modem, allowing for HSDPA/HSUPA mobile broadband connectivity, including up to 7.2Mbit (HSDPA). EDGE/GPRS are also supported.

Outside of the mobile broadband connectivity, it looks similar to the Eee PC that it’s probably based upon, the 10″ Asus Eee PC 1000H.

– 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
– 160GB HDD
– 802.11b/g
– Bluetooth
– 6-cell Battery

Fudzilla lists a price of NT$18,988 (€439/$564 USD/£395), which may seem high compared to other models (especially the new Eee PC 1000HE), but there are no network subsidies for the mobile broadband modem, although it’s a given that there will be monthly data charges.

Read: (Chinese)
– via Fudzilla

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Asus Eee PC 1000HE – Information, Pre-Ordering

Asus Eee PC Asustek has officially started promoting the new 10″ Asus Eee PC 1000HE. It’s one of the first netbooks to feature an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU. How much of an impact the N280 is on battery life has yet to be seen, but Asustek is making a pretty bold claim – up to 9.5 hours of battery life. The new CPU allows for a faster 667MHz front side bus (FSB) – the N270 had a 533MHz FSB.

A major part of Asustek’s claim about the 1000HE’s battery life involves ASUS’ Super Hybrid Engine which helps regulate battery power by monitoring how the machine is being used and scaling back on the CPU speed, etc., in order to reduce battery consumption. An even bigger part is probably the included 6-cell battery which has been described as “high density”. We’ve seen 3rd parties offering replacement batteries for various netbooks in a higher capacity while maintaining the same number of cells, so it’s not surprising that an Asus Eee PC model would be rolled out at some point with a similar battery.

It was announced at CES at the same time as the 10″ Eee PC 1000HDN (which has not shown up for pre-order). It was added to today for pre-order in the US:
Asus Eee PC 1000HE (EPC1000HE-BLK005X) – Amazon – Black
Asus Eee PC 1000HE (EPC1000HE-BLU002X) – Amazon – Blue

– Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz), 667MHz FSB
– 160GB HDD
– 802.11n wireless
– Bluetooth 2.0 standard
– Multi-touch Touchpad
– Two colors – black or blue
– 10GB of Eee Online Storage
– Windows XP Home

ASUS Promotion Page for 1000HE
Official Facebook page
– via SlashGear

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Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Dissected (Ravic)

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 It was bound to happen – somebody was going to take apart one of the new 12″ Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbooks and that somebody was “ravic”. They’ve included plenty of photos as well.

The pictures do show quite a bit of space, both for modding as the article points out, but for other uses as well. I keep wondering if Dell could have reworked a few things internally and added a 2.5″ SATA bay instead of the 1.8″ HDD shown. While it’s almost too large to be consider a netbook, the internal photos shows that it’s basically the same as Dell’s other netbooks. I would guess that it’s due in part to maintaining a close manufacturing base with the 8.9″ Dell Inspiron Mini 9.

YOU CAN SEE THE 1.8″ drive (that limits your upgrade options) – it’s a Samsung HS04THB 40GB harddrive.

One interesting thing – if you don’t order the Inspiron Mini with WWAN, there will be no WWAN slot inside for you to add it yourself later on. The WWAN antennas don’t come standard either.

Read: Ravic’s Blog

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MSI Wind U120 Review (LAPTOP Mag)

MSI Wind U120 The new 10.2″ Intel Atom-based MSI Wind U120 just started showing up in stock or available for pre-order from various retailers, and now LAPTOP magazine has one of the first reviews.

Not much has changed from the original MSI Wind U100 – the chassis was changed slightly in the design department, but the price is much lower than the Wind U100 originally started out.

One thing that jumped out about the review – LAPTOP Magazine mentioned that the battery life was less than the original U100 when paired with a 6-cell battery. Another important thing that the review mentions (and you can see pictures of the bottom of the chassis) – there is no way to upgrade the RAM – you are stuck with whatever ships. This is not an upgrade-friendly netbook.

The keyboard is the same as the U100, and the touchpad still does not support multi-touch (something some early models of the U100 did).

With all of that said, it does start at $379 (depending on retailer and model) and that puts it down into the 8.9″ Acer Aspire One or Dell Inspiron Mini 9 range (albeit not as upgrade friendly as either).

Read: LAPTOP Magazine

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