Our friends at Computer Aid, the charity that supplies refurbished PCs to developing countries, have published their follow-up to the low-power computer testing that ZDNet UK carried out last year.A year ago, ZDNet produced a five-strong shortlist (ASUS Eee, OLPC XO, Intel Classmate, Inveneo Computing Station and NComputing X300) based on performance and power consumption measurements.
Dispatches from the Reviews Editor
Hello, I'm the Reviews Editor at ZDNet UK. My experience with computers started at London's Imperial College, where I studied Zoology and then Environmental Technology. This was sufficiently long ago (mid-1970s) that Fortran, IBM punched-card machines and mainframes were involved, followed by green-screen terminals and eventually the personal computers we know and (mostly) love. After doing post-grad research at Imperial for a while, I got involved in helping to produce a weekly news magazine based in Amsterdam. This was in the mid-1980s, and one of my duties was to set up data communications links with technologically-challenged national newspaper journalists in a number of European cities via a 300-baud modem and an acoustic coupler. Tech support people have my sympathy! I've been in computer publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed Business Publishing's Practical Computing, then joining Ziff Davis in 1991 to help launch PC Magazine UK as Production Editor. After a couple of years I switched to commissioning, editing and writing, becoming a Technical Editor and then First Looks Editor. When ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, I was ready to make the move from print to online — just in time for the dot-com crash! It's been a long road from punched cards to the cloud, but it'll still be fun seeing where we go from here.
Drobo's original USB 'data robot' combined an attractive chassis with the company's BeyondRAID technology to deliver a well-received and user-friendly storage device, mainly aimed at creative professionals requiring large amounts of direct-attached storage. Subsequently the company has added a second-generation device with FireWire support and a networking module (DroboShare) to broaden its appeal.
Samsung recently caught the attention of notebook users with the 12.1in.
Dell has made rugged Latitude notebooks for a while, but the latest Latitude E6400 XFR model looks to be the toughest yet. Aimed at "the military, first responders, oil & gas environments, manufacturing floors, field technicians and homeland security" (phew), this 14.
We were diverted yesterday by Gizmodo's report (via TechFlash) on ex-Vista-honcho Jim Allchin's solo album, Enigma.Of course it's all too easy to scoff at the former Microsoftie's AOR noodlings.
There has been much vaunting on the interweb these past couple of days concerning India's '$20 laptop'. Or is it $10, or $30?
Most of us are familiar with Google's web-based applications, but useful as they are, Google Spreadsheet and its perpetual-beta brethren don't yet deliver the look and feel of a desktop application. One 'cloud' app that most definitely does, and has recently turned version 1.
The announcement of Sony's tasty-looking 638g, 8in. VAIO P (below), which launches over here in February, has sparked a debate in the ZDNet UK office about what is, and what isn't, a 'netbook' (we take these things seriously round here).
OQO, maker of UMPCs, or MIDs (or whatever the latest name for even-smaller-than-netbook PCs is) has surpassed itself with the press release announcing its Model 2+ device.The hardware (above) is genuinely interesting.
Intel has taken the wraps off its new Core i7 (Nehalem) processor architecture, which features an integrated memory controller and new QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) point-to-point links. The first CPUs to become available later this month — all quad-core with two threads per core — will be the $999 Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, the $562 Core i7-940 and the $284 Core i7-920.
London's St Martin's Lane hotel yesterday saw BenQ (slogan "Bringing Enjoyment 'N Quality to Life") showing off its latest projectors, with technology partner Texas Instruments on hand to deliver its usual spiel on DLP (Digital Light Processing).
With HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and others all on-board the netbook bandwagon, it's no surprise at all to see Toshiba announcing its own offering in the shape of the 8.9in.
Intel is hosting a shindig in Prague today, to celebrate the recent launch of its Dunnington processor, a.k.
HTC, the hardest-working smartphone maker in the business, has announced another Windows Mobile handset in the Touch family. The headline feature on the Touch HD, which joins an increasingly long list of WinMob iPhone-wannabes, is a high-resolution 3.
When is a netbook (or mini-notebook) not a netbook? When it's a 'notbook' such as Celio's Redfly Mobile Companion, that's when.
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