Thursday, July 31, 2008

Acer Aspire One hits FCC, gets dissected

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Looks like the HDD version has different housing .. maybe better for upgrades.

6 cell battery extends quite a bit..

Acer Aspire One at FCC

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Could Eee PC have "whole-day" battery life?

Yes, it could. Let's check how..

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1. Whole-day is 8 hours:

Asus Eee PC 901 gives me 5 to 6 hours of battery life. It has 6600mAh 6 cell battery.

If Asus would use the same cells they are using on their 4 cell 5800mAh Eee 900 battery, it would have 8700mAh on it.

It would bring the battery life to 8 hours.

2. Whole-day is 12 hours minus lunch break

If Asus would use the same cells they are using on their 4 cell 5800mAh Eee 900 battery, and add 2 more cells to 901, it would have 11600mAh on it.

It would bring the battery life to 11 hours.

It would still be smaller than Acer Aspire One with 6 cell battery

3. Whole-day is 16 hours

If Asus would use the same cells they are using on their 4 cell 5800mAh Eee 900 battery, and add 2 more cells to 901, it would have 11600mAh on it.

It would bring the battery life to 11 hours.

Then marketing team would use the same benchmarks they used for 901 to get 7.8 hours and published that it can do 16 hours.

It was quite easy, wasn't it!

..I would really like to see those highcap cells on my Eee soon... Mugen? Any others?

UPDATE: 8 cell 8800mAh battery now on eBay for $88, thanks CHS

So whole work day with 901 fully possible today :) I'd rather get a 6 cell with highcap cells thou...

Pile of new Eee PCs coming from Asus

Yep, more coming.. again.

Click here to see more Eees

Ultimate series:


PRO Fashion:

T101 ( tablet?? )

Smart Casual:

700, 701, 701SD(30G HDD), 701SD, 701SD-4G
900, 901, 900A-16G, 900A-8G, 900-16G, 900-30G
904HD, 904HA, 900HD
1000, 1000HD, 1000H

It will be interesting to see how the ultimate ones are... Extreme slim and light sounds goooood.

Also new 900 with Atom, 900A, with many options for storage sounds good.

Bring it on Asus!

Thanks Engadget

Review: Asus Eee PC 901 with Xandros Linux

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Details, News and Links for Eee PC 901

Monday, July 28, 2008

Asus R50A UMPC hits FCC, gets dissected

So it should be soon shipping then...

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All the goodies exposed...

I really hope they managed to get better battery life than on the device we tested.

Details, News and Links for Asus R50A

Thanks FCC

Eee PCs getting 32GB and 64BG SSDs

New ways to have more storage on Eee PCs coming..

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Buffalo will release 32GB and 64GB PCI-E SSDs for Asus Eee PC 900 and 901.

These drives should be available mid-to late September.
Priced pretty ok ( others are 2 or 3 times more ) as 32GB will retail around $150 and 64GB $300.

We will see how fast they are... Soon...

Sadly it's Japan only for now.

UPDATE: Conics is selling them and shipping worldwide

Buffalo [ translated ]

Via PC Watch [ translated ]

Fujitsu entering netbook market.. with new ideas?

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"Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Mini Netbook with coloured clip covers"

It's using the same keyboard as Eee PC 700/900 series..

Estimated size is 235 x 170 x 35

What do you think? What would it need to succeed?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fujitsu U2010, new specs

Looks like the upgrade from U1010 will be bigger than we first thought...

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Intel Centrino Atom running at 1.6Ghz should beat the older one in performance and battery life..

And what about the resolution?
1280 x 800 on 5.6 inch screen!
Yep, the picture above shows the only way to use it ;)

Thanks UMPCFever

Details, News and Links for Fujitsu U2010

U2010 at Hong Kong PolyU

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gigabyte M912 convertible netbook review

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The lowlights.

Screen. Slightly washed out. Not as bright as other netbooks. Indoor use only. Suspected CCFL backlight.Takes a lot of power.

Battery life. Could have been better. In full-on tests last night we were seeing 2.5hours. In lighter tests today it’s averaging 3hours. Max 4hrs (wifi off, typing), Min 1.5hrs (video, full brightness, Wifi.)

Style. Once opened, its quite boring. The plastics look a bit cheap.
Keyboard. Slight flex. It won’t affect you’re typing but it just feels a bit cheap.

Weight. At 1340gm, its one of the heaviest netbooks and not a device I’d recommend for ultra mobile use.

Mouse buttons. Not easy to press. Problem slightly offset by the ability to tap and click and use the touchscreen. Mouse pad is good though.

When used hard in tablet mode there is a significant heat build-up.

The highlights.

The screen resolution is fantastic.

The disk speed is amazing

ExpressCard slot means easy 3G!

Easy access to disk and memory. (Takes 2GB - I tested it)


Very cool (no heat) in laptop use

The price! Two years ago a similar device was 1600 Euros. Now its under 500.


The backlight on the 1024x600 version is LED This means way better battery life!

The keyboard is the same as on Eee PC 700/900/901, so you could swap it to your local Eee keyboard. Picture here.

Check Steve's full report Thanks Steve!

You can order it from MobilX now

Details, News and Links for Gigabyte M912

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Broadcasting live today at 21:00 CET

Featuring Steve with Gigabyte M912 convertible netbook. Special guests: Eee 900/901 Kohjinsha SC3 and pile of other UMPCs.

UPDATE: Show is over. Recorded parts here

Jump to live broadcast [ starting at 20:00 CET ]

Details, News and Links for Gigabyte M912

Gigabyte M912 unboxed

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Thanks Steve!

Details, News and Links for Gigabyte M912

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kohjinsha SC3 UMPC. Last impressions.

"2.25 - 2.5hrs is all you’ll get out of a fully-charged SC3 under normal wifi-on usage conditions."

Jump to UMPCPortal for more

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How to: Adding touch panel to Asus Eee PC 901

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Hope this helps you all..

Some notes:

Taking the screen cover away can be tricky. That new hinge design is harder to open..

This panel is very thin. ( it has to be to fit ) Be extra careful! Use soft and thin double sided tape to secure it to the screen and to avoid metal contact.

It's gooooood!

UPDATE: there is a great follow up on installing touch and HDD, thanks HeartBeat!

Fido at eBay

Details, News and Links for Asus Eee PC 901

Monday, July 21, 2008

Broadcasting live now..

Steve is up with Kohjinsha SC3 first. I will join him a bit later.

UPDATE; show is over for today. Thanks all for joining!

Jump to live broadcast

Asus Eee PC 30G reveals some possibilities

HDD on Eee 900 didn't sound that good first, but...

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Back cover removed

HDD fits ontop of the adapter and RAM module

Close up from FCC pics

Fitting CF adaptor to my 900.. looks very possible..

Now that I know how Asus is doing it, it sounds actually better.

They are using a PCI-E to ZIF adapter for the HDD. This means that it would be really easy to upgrade it with 1.8 inch SSD or CF adapter.. both good choices for speed and durability.

Even more, this kind of adapter could be used on the "original" Eee PC 900 too..

Should I do it?.. Should I make the adapter available?..

Thanks Pika214 from Mobile01 forum

How to update Acer Aspire One's SSD

As users are finding Acer's new netbook a bit too slow, updating had to be done..

Continue reading..

They are reporting even slower write speeds than on the Eee 900 16G , so this upgrade will make it much faster.

As the original SSD is located under the mainboard, you have to fully open the Aspire One

and cut away some plastic..

and pcb to make it fit.

Zif CF adapter with Transcend 8GB 300x CF card in place.

Not as easy as on 901, but fully possible...

It should be a bit easier on the HDD versions.

Check to full tread at Aspire One User Forum

Details, News and Links for Acer Aspire One

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Asus Eee PC SSD read and write tests. 901 vs 900 vs 900 16G

There are some good news and some bad news...

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Asus Eee PC 901 internal 4GB SSD

Asus Eee PC 900 internal 4GB SSD

Asus Eee PC 901 8GB PCI-E SSD

Asus Eee PC 900 16GB PCI-E SSD

New Asus Eee PC 900 16G, 16GB PCI-E SSD

For comparison, this is the 30GB Toshiba MK3008GL HDD

So... 901 has a bit better write speed but slower read on the 4GB SSD.

8/16GB PCI-E SSD is the same as on Eee 900..

But.. The new cheaper Eee PC 900 16G is slow... super slow.
I have tested XP on my 900's 16GB SSD, and it was slow.
But this new one is horrible slow.

My advice: Don't buy the new Asus Eee 900 16G.
If you have bought it, return it.

Earlier tests: 4G vs 8G vs 900

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