Back when we reviewed the ASUS Eee Top ET1602 late last year, we suggested it could be the epitome of a niche product: netbook hardware squeezed into an unusual desktop case. Now all-in-ones are more common, and so ASUS have returned with an updated design, bigger screen and more media-centric intentions. The ASUS Eee Top ET2002-B024C sticks with Intel's Atom CPU range but now pairs it with NVIDIA's Ion graphics chipset for potentially 1080p High-Definition performance. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Having long been the preserve of expensive ultraportables or performance intensive media processing and gaming machines, SSDs are beginning to trickle down the price ladder. There's still more GB for your dollar in a traditional platter-based hard-drive, but switching to solid state is cheaper than ever. On the SlashGear test bench today we've got Corsair's 64GB P64 CMFSSD-64GBG2D SSD.
AT&T's first Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the HTC Pure, has some reasonable heritage; while the casing may look new, the guts of the handset are shared with HTC's Touch Diamond2. Back when we reviewed the Diamond2 in May, we described it as the best Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone on the market, and suggested it was well placed for the promised update to 6.5. Has the Pure managed to deliver on that? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut. Click to Read Windows Mobile 6.5 Review
It's been a few months since HP launched their Z400, Z600 and Z800 workstations, and we've finally got the company's mid-range Z600 on the SlashGear test bench. A dual-processor monster that HP envisage being used in midrange CAD, financial modelling and even high-end DCC, the Z600 would also make for a storming video editing workstation; HP also claim it's environmentally friendly. That's the theory, anyway: can the Z600 really deliver performance in a home or small-office friendly way?
Apple surprised many people at their recent iPod launch event by focusing on the iPod nano rather than their flagship touchscreen PMP, the iPod touch. Still, they saved a little magic for the third-generation model, including a lower starting price and some games-focused speed boosts higher up in the range. Does the iPod touch 3G stay ahead of the pack, or did Apple miss a trick by not tweaking further? Check out our review after the cut.
Video head-to-head with iPhone 3GS after the cut
AMD have revealed their latest attempt to corner the market in notebook hardware, with the launch of the 2009 AMD Mainstream Notebook Platform "Tigris" and the Second-Generation AMD Ultrathin Platform. Both combine AMD's latest CPUs and ATI-range GPUs, and promise up to 42-percent improved performance in the mainstream range and ultraportables that "visibly outperform" rival systems (such as Intel's CULV, we presume) when it comes to 3D gaming, media processing and more.
It's not quite the September 6th announcement we expected, but Intel have finally come clean on their new Core i7-860, i7-870 and Core i5-750 processors, along with a cluster of new Xeon chips. The three new Nehalem-based consumer processors run at 2.80GHz, 2.93GHz and 2.66GHz respectively, with the two Core i7 chips having four cores and eight threads each, while the Core i5 chip - which lacks Hyper Threading support - manages with four cores and four threads.
Each can be flipped into Turbo mode, with the i7-860 scaling up to 3.46GHz, the i7-870 up to 3.6GHz, and the i5-750 up to 3.2GHz. All three have a TDP of 95W, and will be priced - when bought in 1,000 unit quantities - at $284, $562 and $196 each, respectively.
While expensive ultraportables may get the bulk of online attention, the real battle is going on at the budget end of the market, where netbooks, CULV ultra-thins and cheap notebooks are fighting it out for a slice of the lucrative back-to-school audience. Into the fray steps Gateway, no stranger to the segment, and they've brought along their NV5214u, very much the desktop-replacing notebook rather than a slick but underpowered netbook. With an MRSP of $499.99 it certainly ticks the budget box; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut to see if it can tick any others.
Where netbooks go, their deskbound nettop brethren eventually follow, and as NVIDIA's Ion GPU has made its impact on the graphics capabilities of budget ultraportables, so it has its sights set on compact desktops too. ASRock and NVIDIA worked together on the ION 330-BD, a Blu-ray toting nettop that pairs Intel's Atom processor with NVIDIA's ION platform, and sent one over to prove to SlashGear that just because the footprint is small, it doesn't mean the performance is too.