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Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)

July 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

Linux Laptops Rank Well in Amazon Bestseller List (in Germany)

So don’t start squeeing yet, Linux lovers: a list on Amazon Germany (amazon.de) is hardly a sign of widespread adoption of the “alternative” OS, especially since the German market isn’t visible for the US-centric English-writing tech media.

It’s still worth scoping out both stellar performers. The 400 euro (around $568) ASUS X5DIJ-SX018L (second) features a 250GB hard disk, 2GB of RAM, a 2GHz Pentium Dual-Core CPU, and a 15.6″ screen. The 300 euro ($426) Acer 5235-571G16N (fourth) holds its own with a Celeron M575, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 15.4″ display.
Both laptops use the Intel GMA …read more

Video: Laptop Runs Android OS

June 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

Video: Laptop Runs Android OS

In the video below, you can see the Android OS—originally designed for mobile phones—boot up relatively quickly and take full advantage of the laptop’s built-in HSDPA. Yes, you heard that right, a laptop:
Featured at the recently concluded Computex, it’s obvious that Google needs to change at least one thing: you don’t tell a laptop owner to turn of his or her “phone”. Interesting though how the apparently unvarnished version of the OS automatically adapts to a laptop’s larger-than-mobile resolution. According to the video’s uploader, Asus was publicizing their own Android-based laptop, but reportedly chose not to showcase a demo unit.
Compal, …read more

Asus: We Released Too Many Netbook Models!

May 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Misc. Gadgets, netbooks

Asus: We Released Too Many Netbook Models!

Wow, Asus was really active last year! According to the Wall Street Journal, Asus released a new Eee model every six weeks. A little too much you might say? Asus chairman and founder, Jonney Shih agrees with you:

“We might have offered too many models because of our competitive engineering culture,” Mr. Shih said, adding that the company won’t repeat this mistake. This year, Asustek plans to release three new versions.
Aside from competitiveness, another reason cited for this rapid pace of release makes sense: Asus realized that customers weren’t really going for the original Eee’s relatively miniscule keyboard and lack of …read more

Asus Eee Top ET1602 Reviewed

April 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops

Asus Eee Top ET1602 Reviewed

The man behind Liliputing put an Asus Eee Top ET1602 through its paces, especially detailing what was possible through the touch-sensitive display, and coming up with the following conclusion.

The Eee Top is an interesting machine. It looks like an iMac, but runs like a netbook — with a touchscreen display. I think it’s plenty powerful enough for day to day use if you spend most of your time on a computer using web browsers, editing office documents, making Skype calls, and other light weight tasks. If you need a machine that can play video games, handle high definition video, or …read more

Team Fortress 2 Enthusiast Turns Asus Eee PC 1000H into Gaming Netbook

January 10, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, netbooks

Team Fortress 2 Enthusiast Turns Asus Eee PC 1000H into Gaming Netbook

“I got the game running (sic) on my small 10″ 1.6Ghz Intel Atom based laptop with GMA Intel 945 Chipset.”
Thus began the interesting—but unverified—account of Steam user “The Neighbor”, who describes the results of his tweaks as instructed by a Steam forum thread (which apparently details how to run games on the dreaded integrated Intel GPU).
More of an experiment rather than a desperate penny-pincher trying to get the popular multiplayer shooter running on his basic netbook, the tweaks hardly produce an optimum gaming experience. Neighbor warns that framerates drop to as low as 10 per in outdoor environments, and that …read more

Asus Eee PC 901 Modded for Mobile Broadband

September 11, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under netbooks

Asus Eee PC 901 Modded for Mobile Broadband

That’s right folks! An enterprising member of the eeeuser forums has found a way to give the Asus Eee PC 901 HSDPA.
The instructions, stripped down for the layman, involve opening up the netbook, installing a HSPA or EVDO miniPCI-E card, and setting it up properly in the OS. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, can we expect an add-on kit from Asus? (And how does this mod affect the Eee’s battery life?) While you’re waiting though, feel free to check out the complete how-to here.

A Small MacBook Under $600

September 9, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under netbooks

A Small MacBook Under $600

A pretty simple—if somewhat overused—premise. Why not hack an Asus Eee PC 1000H so that it can run on supposedly the best OS around, Mac OS X?
Easier done than said. The staff of The Cult of Mac is probably going apeshit over their newest toy, an Asus Eee PC 1000H that runs on Mac OS X. Interesting how those dock icons practically fill-up the entire low-resolution screen. And what about performance?
“Performance is on par with my MacBook,” says Gilbertson. “Benchmark-wise, I think it comes in around the equivalent of a G5.”
Ha Apple! Expect mass defections as people decide to go …read more

How to Get a Laptop With 4GB RAM and 1GB Video Memory for Less Than $1,250

September 6, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Deals, Laptops

How to Get a Laptop With 4GB RAM and 1GB Video Memory for Less Than $1,250

Click on the link below:
More Savings on Some of the Hottest Laptops at Newegg.com

Look for the “ASUS M50Vm-X1″. Click on it.
To verify, click on “Specifications” and see if the “Memory Size” is “4GB DDR2″ and that “Video Memory” is “Dedicated 1024MB”
Click Add to Cart
$1199.99 + $16 3-day Shipping = $1,215.99

That’s all you have to do! Though take note, as a 15.4″ laptop, the Asus M50Vm-X1 isn’t as portable as say, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.

The Gadgenista is Shocked. Shocked!

August 26, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

The Gadgenista is Shocked. Shocked!

That’s because Asus is coming with, get this, fragrant laptops!
Ok, this is totally weirding me out. What is it with smelly gadgets? I like the USB Fragrance Oil Burner but to have your laptop have a fragrance is just totally (again) weirding me out.
I mean seriously, what if the fragrance runs out? I’m sure it’s going to leave some weird residue smelling scent, hahaha.
Well my dear, this probably means laptops are becoming ubiquitous as pens. Remember when we were kids and scented ballpoint pens were all the rage? This is the next-generation version baby!
Now go read the Gadgenista’s post on …read more

Engadget plays the Asus 9-inch Eee PC at Cebit 2008

March 4, 2008 by colbert low  
Filed under Announcements, Desktops, Laptops

Engadget plays the Asus 9-inch Eee PC at Cebit 2008

** NO PICS UNTIL SOME ISSUES ARE SORTED OUT**
The guys at Engadget get to play the new 8.9 errr 9.0 inch (who cares? its bigger) Asus Eee PC at CeBIT 2008 in Hannover. Lucky them. There is some similar traits between the 7 inch version and this 9 inch wonder ( is it called Eee PC 900? ) Its gonna be having a quoted 2.5 to 3 hours of battery life, hit shelves mid 2008 with a 8GB and €399 price for the 12GB model. Nice compact model with higher capacities.
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