Almost nine months to the day after Nvidia announced its Ion Platform, the first real netbook to make use of the technology has finally shipped. HP announced the Mini 311, an 11.
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One way to wean customers off of cheap netbooks is to offer a better alternative. Many computer makers are now offering ULV-based laptops.
Just when I was starting to wonder what happened to all those ultra-low voltage (ULV) laptops, computer makers opened the flood gates. These laptops, which are thinner, lighter and less costly than mainstream notebooks, are now available in a range of display sizes, including some models with 11.
Nvidia's Ion platform may be off to a slow start, but that could change once Windows 7 arrives in late October. To date Ion has been used only in nettops--including two new ones from Asus and Lenovo--but the first netbooks should finally arrive around the time Microsoft releases its new operating system.
We've seen netbooks such as the Dell Mini Inspiron 12 (R.I.
Businesses may not be buying, but that hasn't stopped Dell from trying. The company is rolling out three new additions to its small business line, the 14.
I've been skeptical of 12-inch netbooks, especially as prices for real notebooks continue to fall fast. At that size, netbooks start to run up against laptops, so it's no surprise that the PC industry is feeling its way.
Novatel's MiFi mobile hotspot, which is available from both Sprint and Verizon, has received great reviews and is selling well, according to Sprint Nextel CEO Daniel R. Hesse.
The Wall Street Journal has an odd story in today's print edition with the headline: "AMD enters netbook market." (It was posted on the Dow Jones newswire earlier).
Laptop unit sales have been better than the dire predictions, but buyers are clearly choosing cheap notebooks. Lately HP has been making good use of its Compaq brand to meet this demand for budget netbooks and notebooks.
In response to reports that it had delayed its Android netbook, Acer told News.com that it wasn't discussing the timing of a dual-boot netbook.
The $298 Compaq laptop that generated so much coverage this week goes on sale at Wal-Mart today. Hopefully no one was trampled this morning, but if Best Buy's recent experience with a $300 Acer laptop is any indication, it could be tough to get your hands on this one.
To date, the solid-state disk has been a tech mirage. The vision is great, but it always seems to be just over the horizon.
This week I'm at the Semicon West show in San Francisco. Most of this is inside baseball--the show is devoted to the companies that make the equipment used to manufacture chips--but in his opening keynote, Anand Chandrasekher, who heads up Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, discussed some details of the company's future mobile chips and demonstrated a few prototypes.
Acer and Lenovo will be among the first to release netbooks running Google's Chrome OS. These netbooks, which will be dual-boot systems with Windows XP as well, could be available as early as next month in some markets, according to several reports.
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