Another new (could be newest as of the moment) to the Netbook Bandwagon is the Samsung NC10, which started at 10.2″ screen unlike other early joiners which started at 9″. The Samsung NC10 is set to ship to Europe next month and let’s hope there will be no delays.
The said netbook boast the following specs:
- Intel Atom CPU
- 80GB and 160GB of HDD
- Wifi b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 1.3Mpix webcam
- 6 cell battery which allegedly stays up to 8 hours
- Windows XP Home
Not very much difference with other Netbooks except that it features Anti Bacterial Keyboard which is shielded by very tiny ion powder particles that keeps the keyboard clean. Like your finger tips will be clean as well.
We have heard rumors about Sony’s attempt to hop on the Netbook bandwagon and the main reason why not yet is that they are waiting for the pioneers to commit mistakes. Well, obviously, the pioneers have committed some mistakes but continuously improving their products and still dealing with high demands. So what mistake is Sony waiting?
- Low storage capacity has been resolved already with new products like Eee PC 1000H having up to 320GB.
- Larger screens and higher resolutions have been answered as well.
- RAM didn’t have serious problem even with the 1st generation Eee PC, and upgrades are available.
- Current netbooks has bigger keyboards as well.
- Battery life has greatly improved. Apart from adding power to the battery, manufacturers have decreased power consumption as well by putting Atom processors.
- 3G/HSDPA capability is hacked or embedded already on some products like the Everun Note. Dell Inspiron is also coming with 3G soon.
- Some mistakes regard with delayed shipping dates but the product is still loved.
- All other companies like Samsung, Toshiba, Dell, LG, etc… have joined the trip already except Sony.
Sony has been successful with their Vaios Laptops and there’s a great potential that consumers will love their netbooks (if there will be) as well. So what’s stopping them? Maybe the mistake they are waiting from the pioneers is realize that their netbooks are non-sense and must stop producing more netbooks. That would be a mistake, indeed. I have no idea how they do business. I’m just excited.
While we haven’t heard news about overheating Eee PC 1000H (or we’re just not tuned in), Andrew Chapman has discovered a way to release few degrees of heat out of the system, thus keeping your Eee PC cool. He’s running his Eee PC at 2Ghz.
The hack is very simple which includes removing screws, cutting tin foil, and putting them back together. Oh, and he mentioned you need a screw driver and a cutter knife to do this. Which are by the way just inside your kitchen drawers.
Like what we have thought before, Asus Eee dominated other gadgets, not only under ‘Netbook’ category which the brand created, but in other categories as well like Mobile Phones and PMP. The brand already earned the Stuff Mag’s Gadget of the Year and PC World’s Hardware of the Year awards. We don’t know how many more awards is waiting for it and all I can say is that Asus Eee deserves these awards. Asus created a huge twist in the market of computing technology with their ever successful Eee PC. Its success attracted other PC manufacturers as well like MSI, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba and many more. The numbers of entities under the Netbook category increases and it now owns a huge market share.
The previously dubbed “The Lightest Element in the Planet” is now being dubbed as “The Cheapest Netbook”, as it lowers it’s SRP to Php 9,995 in the Philippines. According to Yugatech, this is a good bargain and a good move at the same time to set them off from their competitors. Asus Eee 701 is not hitting this price yet.
For all of us to know, this netbook can also do what others on its level can with the following specs:
VIA C7-M 1.0 GHz, 1GB DDR2, 7.0-inch Wide TFT, WXGA (800×480) , 40GB Mobile, Audio Built-in speakers, 2 x USB 2.0, 10/100Mbps, 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, 244 x 172 x 28.5 mm, 1.2 kg., Card reader, Web camera, Touch pad with left & right buttons and can last Up to 4 hours battery life.
Dell has started their netbook journey officially last night in Manila as they introduced the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 together with their Dell Studio Laptops and Dell Studio Hybrid in 8 colors. As expected on our previous report, its price is revealed at Php 24, 599 for Windows XP version, which is a bit expensive but still affordable. There’s no words on pricing for the Ubuntu version yet.
One thing that actually turned me netbook ignorant are the function keys [that I first thought were missing] that were placed across the middle of the keyboard sharing letters A to L, etc. Some keys like scroll lock is missing as well, but who uses it anyway? Good thing about lesser keys is that it save space for other keys for larger and easier access.
Just a refresher, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 sports 1.6G Intel Atom, 8.9-inch screen at 1024 X 600, WiFi and Bluetooth, 1GB RAM and 16GB SSD. It can have more storage via box.net.
Netbooks are the current BIG thing in the gadget galaxy, like every BIG manufacturers of electronic devices are jumping in the bandwagon trying to get a bite of the pie. Netbooks are small, “so much ultra-portable”, fast, reliable and most importantly, very affordable (not all). When first generation netbooks came out, users have been satisfied of most of the features, but annoyances about the very limited disk space was heard from the majority. The next generation of the latter tried to address this issue but with extra cost. But some people prefer to upgrade disk space themselves, at least they know and everyone knows they can do it. And these guys, I really admire their works because their talents is something that I am deprived of having.
Watch the videos posted by Electric Vagabond
As you may have already thought, one important thing the Eee PC 901 and 1000H lack is the readily setup 3G HSDPA, though Asus provided an open PCIE slot so you can practice your soldering talent and add the 3G card on your own effort at your own risk. And if you want to try, the ingredients are made available for you as well.
Ingredients: miniPCI-E connector (thin enough to fit inside the case), SIM Socket (1.5 mm height), metal screws to secure miniPCI-E, HSPA or EVDO miniPCI-E card, Coaxial wire with an U.FL connector, Spare cell phone antenna. [source]
Now, for the cooking procedure, there’s only one place you need to go and you’ll be good. jkk has all the knowledge you need to install 3G HSDPA on your Asus Eee PC. Beware though, that you have to be really good on the hot rod since soldering the mini PCIE is not easy to do. Actually, jkk have already claimed to not assist you in this matter right before you ask for it.
Oh btw, in case you are in doubt of jkk’s works, hit this.