In size its rival would be the Nintendo DS, but in function it can rival some decent laptops. With 1GB of RAM, a 1.3 mega-pixel webcam, a mini-USB port, wireless connectivity (WIMAX, WiBro, HSDPA), and a card reader, the UMID is a formidable netbook. It probably would not be considered a netbook, though. Like the IMOVIO iKIT handtop computer, it’s more of a mini-netbook. You could almost call it a pocket-sized laptop. It’s screen is 4.8", touch screen enabled, and runs at 1024×600 resolution. The device is powered by Intel’s Atom processor @ 1.33 GHz. It packs quite a punch for such a small device. Some sources on the Internet claim the mini-netbook can support Linux, Windows XP, and even Windows Vista.
The casing looks great, even though there hasn’t been any word on the exact dimensions. It almost looks like the new PDAs or stylish cell phones, but a little bigger. It’s not available outside of Korea yet, but we’re just excited as everyone else. Pricing information should be available soon.
We’ve all seen small laptops, and we’ve also seen mini-laptops now referred to as netbooks. Now let’s take a look at a mini-netbook! IMOVIO has released the iKIT, a tiny pocket-sized netbook which dimensions are 9.5cm by 6.5cm and a petite 15.5mm high. The laptop is just as portable as modern-day cell phones. The device features a full QWERTY keyboard, is Wi-Fi enabled, has an 8GB SD card slot, a 2.8 inch QVGA display, and the capability to add a HSDPA dongle via the optional internal USB connection. Doing so makes the iKIT a reasonable alternative to a laptop. Another noteworthy feature is the access to multimedia and webcam with a press of a button using its dedicated hotkeys.
Dr Jack Torobin, CEO of IMOVIO, says “Many consumers can’t afford the latest smart phone or mini-PC gadget, while others simply can’t use or just don’t like the existing form factors. This means that large groups of people still don’t fully utilize mobile data. These users, mainly women and teens, still want to have the ability to send email, browse the web, and update their online profiles whilst they are out and about.”
Based on Linux 2.419 OS, IMOVI’s iKIT mini-netbook will cost around $170, which is quite reasonable compared to the prices of other similar gadgets. This item is well-positioned to be a hit this holiday season with the current economic client, if the general public is ready for the non-Windows machine. However, it could have greatly benefited from better battery life and 3G connectivity.
Hardcore Computer is a manufacturer of high-end custom computers. Their latest offering is the Reactor model. The system boasts the current most powerful components, including a Core 2 Extreme processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to three GeFoce GTX 280 GPUs, Creative Labs X-Fi audio, Wi-Fi antenna options, CMOS battery and BIOS reset switches, and much more. However, what makes this system stand out the most from other custom computer options is the fact that all the heat-producing hardware components are completely immersed in a custom dielectric fluid (Core Coolant). Similar in concept to the fish tank PC touted by Puget Custom Computers, the Reactor indeed houses the CPU, motherboard, video card, memory, and power supplies with the actual fluid. The Hardcore Reactor approach is more advanced, long-lasting, and available to the general public. Hardcore Computer claims this patented technique results in 10x the heat dispensation of the best water or air cooling solutions on the market. Pricing for the Hardcore Reactor starts at $4,500, with components being fully customizable.
At 2.4lbs, Toshiba claims that the new Portégé R600 is the world’s lightest full featured laptop PC. The system packs quite a punch into the small package. Features include a durable magnesium thin and light design, up to 5GB RAM, 128GB SSD, integrated DVD burner drive, and as much as 8 hours of battery life. The Portégé R600 also includes the latest wireless connectivity options and fingerprint security. Of course, the Portégé R600 does not match the weight of some ultra-portables, but those notebooks do not include functionality present in the Toshiba system, such as an optical drive. The Toshiba Portégé R600 is priced at $2,399.
- Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage Processor SU9400 (1.40GHz) with Intel Centrino 2
- Mobile Intel GS45 Chipset
- Up to 5GB DDR2 RAM
- 128GB SATA Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Integrated DVD Super-Multi Double Layer Optical Drive
- 12.1” Widescreen, High Brightness LCD Display
- Intel GMA X4500 with 256MB Memory
- 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth
- 0.3 MP Webcam
- Fingerprint Reader
- Spill Resistant Keyboard
- Microsoft Windows Vista
The ASUS G71 notebook was designed specifically for the gaming market. The machine emphasizes audio quality and video performance to offer a complete gaming experience. Features include an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9300 (quad-core), DDR3 RAM, dedicated NVIDIA graphics, and a Blu-ray optical drive. The ASUS G71 offers three different processor speed options via the Direct Console 2.0 overclocking and configuration software. Gaming hotkeys are also provided that can be configured to launch a favorite game or execute in-game commands. Similar to the Dell XPS systems, the G71 also features a programmable lighting system that lights up and blinks during in-game events. The lighting options are configurable through the Direct Console 2.0 software. Pricing information has not yet been made available.
- Intel Quad Core QX9300 Processor
- Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset + ICH9M-E
- Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100
- Windows Vista Ultimate
- Up to 4GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GT with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM
- Intel Turbo Memory Technology with 2GB NANDFlash
- 17" WUXGA High Brightness Display
- 1 Terabyte Disk Space via Two 500 GB 5,400 RPM Hard Drives
- Blu-ray Optical Drive
- 2 MP Swivel Web Camera
- Built-in Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
The CyberPower Gamer Xtreme XI is a factory-overclocked gaming machine that boasts impressive specifications. The customized gaming system is based on Intel’s Core 2 Extreme platform and includes a 4GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor, 1600FSB and 4GB DDR3 RAM to match, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB PCIe x16 video cards, two 500GB 7,200rpm hard drives or two 64GB SSDs, Blu-ray optical drive, and 7.1 channel audio. The machine has a starting price of $4939, and is available for purchase online now. Although most enthusiasts are waiting for the Core i7 (Nehalem) processors and corresponding motherboards to be released before buying a new system, if you’re looking to purchase a new system now, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme XI is certainly an attractive option.
Shuttle’s small form factor desktop PCs have maintained a similar, rectangular design for years. The Shuttle D10 is no exception, other than the addition of a built-in 7-inch touch screen display! The D10 is Shuttle’s first computer that boasts an integrated 7-inch (800×480) LCD touchscreen display. The display can be used to view photos, movies, music, video, etc. It was designed with surveillance and simple entertainment center functions in mind.
The Shuttle D10 offers the following Specifications:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E4000, Dual-Core E2000, and Celeron 400 series processor support
- Intel G31 + ICH7 chipset
- Up to 4GB RAM
- Intel GMA 3100 video card
- 5.1 channel audio support
- Two 3.0Gb/s bandwidth SATA II controllers
- Four USB 2.0 ports
- Power efficiency and quiet operation
The Shuttle D10 will be available for approximately $475.
The PC Remote Controller II is a computer remote control that also functions as a mouse for the PC. It features four programmable buttons that can be used to open software applications, and operates such multimedia software as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, KMPlayer, TTPlay, WinDVD, and PowerDVD. The unit seems particularly well suited for handling media and presentations. The PC Remote Controller II is now available for $21.
The Dell Studio Hybrid is one of the smallest PCs on the market. According to Dell, the PC is 80% smaller than standard desktops and uses 70% less power than a typical system. The small design is quite nice, allowing for placement almost anywhere, and making portability a snap. The Studio Hybrid comes with 6 interchangeable color sleeves and a extra bamboo design. As for specifications, the Studio Hybrid offers up to 2.6GHz Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB disk drive, and Sound Blaster Audigy HD integrated audio. Other features include an optional TV tuner, slot loading optical drive, wireless keyboard/mouse, and WiFi. Prices range from $499 to $2026 at the time of this writing.