Archive for Oct 29, 2008

Thanko Heated & Cooled USB keyboard

Thanko Heated & Cooled USB keyboard

"Cold hands, warm heart" goes the old saying, but if you're more keen on melting the ice around your digits than you are reassuring people of your genial nature then Thanko's new keyboard might appeal.  As well as looking monstrously well built, the USB 'board includes both a fan-cooler and warmer function, designed to keep your hands clement despite the weather.

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Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Thecus Technology N3200PRO NAS with RAID-5 & optional WiFi

Liked the look of Mvix's dual-drive RAID NAS but need room for a third hard-drive?  Thecus Technology may have the network-attached storage for you, then, in the shape of the N3200PRO.  With space for three SATA HDDs for total capacity of up to 3TB, the 160 x 170 x 215mm box offers home and small business users not only the convenience of a media server but the speed and data redundancy benefits of RAID 5.

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Acer Aspire One integrated 3G HSPA mod

Acer Aspire One integrated 3G HSPA mod

In September T-Mobile Germany began offering the Acer Aspire One with integrated 3G; however the factory fit WWAN modem has been an elusive option for the rest of us.  As the breakdown of the netbook proved, however, fitting your own 3G modem shouldn't be too difficult a task: the intrepid tnkgrl has done just that, slotting a mini-PCIe HSUPA/HSDPA/EDGE/GPRS card into the 8.9-inch netbook.

 

DIY Acer Aspire One HSPA video after the cut

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HP Mini 1000 netbook: Hands-on & Review Round-Up

HP Mini 1000 netbook: Hands-on & Review Round-Up

The HP Mini 1000 netbook announcement may only be a few page-scrolls away, but the hands-on opinions are already coming thick and fast.  Its predecessor, the HP Mini-Note 2133, was held in high esteem, and expectations for this new, lower-priced version are big.  From the sound of it HP have delivered in most areas, with the over-arching impression being that, while the specifications are not that unusual, the build and design lift the Mini 1000 above the rest.

More first-impressions feedback after the cut

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BF Evergreen 7010A: netslate, nettab or just underpowered rubbish?

BF Evergreen 7010A: netslate, nettab or just underpowered rubbish?

ASUS' confirmation that their touchscreen Eee PC models are imminent meant that we would have to decide whether "netbook" was a suitable name for a slate-format budget ultraportable device, but what thinking time we had has been cut short with the arrival of the BF Evergreen 7010A.  Based around a 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen and running Windows CE, BF Evergreen themselves sidestep the arguments and merely call the tablet a "low cost laptop"; is this one of the first "nettabs" or "netslates"?

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Psystar Blu-ray Mac-clone with GeForce 9800GT cocks snook at Apple

Psystar Blu-ray Mac-clone with GeForce 9800GT cocks snook at Apple

Apple and Psystar may be talking in more reserved tones about their ongoing legal battle, but that doesn't cut the smack-talk out of press releases.  After Steve Jobs described Blu-ray as "a bag of hurt" for consumers at the recent MacBook and MacBook Pro launch, Psystar president Rudy Pedraza has criticized Apple for taking a back-seat on the next-gen optical technology.  To hammer the point home, you can now specify one of Psystar's OS X-running clone machines with a Blu-ray burner.

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Axiotron ModBook retro-fit mod: Pen-enable your old MacBook

Axiotron ModBook retro-fit mod: Pen-enable your old MacBook

Axiotron, makers of the ModBook Mac Tablet that we were reviewed back in February, are now offering a service to convert any plastic Core 2 Duo MacBook into a pen-enabled slate.  The 'Modservice' adds a 512-pressure-level Wacom digitizer, glass screen, GPS and chromed display bezel, creating a tablet ideal for graphics professionals and mobile users.  It's cheaper than a brand new Modbook, too, starting at $1,299.

HP Mini 1000 netbook: 8.9 or 10.2-inch display, Atom CPU & 3G in December

HP Mini 1000 netbook: 8.9 or 10.2-inch display, Atom CPU & 3G in December

The HP Mini 1000 netbook has been officially announced. Borrowing much of the design style of the HP Mini-Note 2133, only with a cheaper plastic casing, four versions of the HP Mini 1000 will be on offer: each will use Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, a change from the VIA processor used in the 2133.  Available today, the HP Mini 1000 offers Windows XP Home on a choice of 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 or 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 BrightView displays, 512MB or 1GB of DDR2 RAM and either a 60GB 4,200rpm hard-drive or 8/16GB SSD. In mid-December, the Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition will launch, offering the 10.2-inch netbook with a casing matching the designer's Spring 2009 collection.  Then, in January 2009, the HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience), a custom HP Linux build, will launch.

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