Archive for Feb 26, 2009

Dell 24-inch G2410 Green monitor gets White LED backlit, cuts 60% power

Dell 24-inch G2410 Green monitor gets White LED backlit, cuts 60% power

Dell has today unveiled its greenest monitor display with the launch of the G2410, a 24-inch white LED Full HD LCD with EPEAT Gold rating and many power saving promises to deliver great images at 60% less power consumption.

The display features 250 nits of brightness, 5ms panel response time and provides 1000:1 of contrast with ability to extend up to a whooping 1 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Panel is TN type with 16.7 million colors and 160/170 viewing angles rating. It’s unfortunately not a better e-IPS panel type we would like to see.

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OWC unveiled Voyager Q hdd docking stations, Quad-interface included

OWC unveiled Voyager Q hdd docking stations, Quad-interface included

When I first heard of hdd docking station, I was thrilled and excited about the simplicity of accessing an internal 3.5-inch form factor hard drive with plug-n-play ability. Forget the external enclosure unit, a bare drive docking unit is the best hdd accessory ever invented and you better believe it. The increasingly popular hard drive docking station is everywhere now, and even OWC has joined the bandwagon.

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Viliv S5 gets unboxed, compared to VAIO P & Compal MID

Viliv S5 gets unboxed, compared to VAIO P & Compal MID

Since we're still waiting to hear when the Viliv S5 MID will land in Europe or the US, our unboxing joy will have to be achieved vicariously through photoshoots like UMPC Fever's.  They've managed to score one of the 4.8-inch touchscreen handhelds, and have photos not only of the unboxing but of the GUI, accessories and even a few group shots with the Sony VAIO P and what looks to be Compal's MID.

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Acer Hornet NVIDIA Ion nettop leaks

Acer Hornet NVIDIA Ion nettop leaks

Leaked Acer slides suggest the company is planning a high-end nettop device that would use NVIDIA's Ion graphics chipset.  The Acer Hornet is a small form-factor computer that would use either a dual or single-core Intel Atom processor, together with the 1080p-capable Ion, and be optionally VESA mounted on the back of a monitor.

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 on sale now from $399

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 on sale now from $399

From a behemoth of a Dell to a much smaller proposition: the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook has finally gone on sale in the US.  Having shown up on the company website at the tail-end of last week, the 10.1-inch netbook is now available preorder, with the earliest preliminary ship-date being April 2nd.

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Dell Studio XPS 435 goes on sale today

Dell Studio XPS 435 goes on sale today

The Dell Studio XPS 435 which quietly appeared on the company's US site yesterday has now gone on sale, with prices starting at $1,099.  That gets you Intel's Core i7-920 processor running at 2.66GHz, 3GB of DDR3-1066 memory and a 500GB hard-drive, together with AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3650 256MB video card.

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PSP2 dropping UMD, hardware is ready claims developer

PSP2 dropping UMD, hardware is ready claims developer

Sony just can't seem to convince people that its gaming hardware developers are sitting around idle; everyone is desperate to believe a replacement to the PSP is in the works.  Latest to stoke the rumorburn is David Perry, former COO of game developer Acclaim, who tweeted "I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive. I'm excited" earlier in the week.

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Vintage Synths get mini felt-homage

Vintage Synths get mini felt-homage

With classic synthesizers fetching huge prices on eBay, never mind what you'd pay in a specialist music shop, those of us with a fondness for retro music design could do far worse than turn to Australian fabric artist pulsewidth and her incredible miniature replicas.  Lovingly crafted out of felt, with hand-stitched buttons, knobs and patch-cables, each is a tiny reproduction of a classic analog synth.

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Microsoft Red Xbox 360 gets video unboxing

Microsoft Red Xbox 360 gets video unboxing

How turned on you are by the Microsoft Red Xbox 360 Resident Evil Limited Edition does really depend on your attitude both to the color red and the game Resident Evil 5, but in case you've been wavering on the fence there's now an unboxing of the whole bundle.  Major Nelson, who does actually work for Microsoft, is today's lucky unboxer.

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Walt Mossberg reviews Kindle 2: ‘Vast improvement’

Walt Mossberg reviews Kindle 2: ‘Vast improvement’

Everyone's favorite bearded tech pundit, Walt Mossberg, has delivered his opinion of the Kindle 2 in the Wall Street Journal, and much to Amazon's relief it's a pretty much glowing review.  Mossberg reminds us how "clumsy and annoying to use" he found the first-gen Kindle, before praising the Kindle 2 for its "vast improvement" in controls, design and the detail possible from its epaper display.

Mossberg also highlights Amazon's plans for ebook content on non-Kindle mobile devices, suggesting that such a move would easily eclipse the Kindle 2.  The ebook market "could explode" he says, if Amazon offered iPhone or BlackBerry apps.

Video review after the cut

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Samsung: AMOLED laptop displays in 2009, flexibles in 2010

Samsung: AMOLED laptop displays in 2009, flexibles in 2010

Samsung has publicly declared its goal of doubling AMOLED production in 2009, with a further doubling in 2010.  According to Daniel Lamberti, brand manager at Samsung Mobile, AMOLED will reach economy of scale sometime this year, with TVs, laptops and monitors all commercially viable.

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Taping magnets to crocodiles could protect Florida residents

Taping magnets to crocodiles could protect Florida residents

Florida state wildlife officials are taping magnets onto crocodiles, in an attempt to keep them out of residential areas.  The project aims to disrupt the crocodiles' natural homing instinct; usually, captured crocs will return to where they were caught, despite being relocated many miles away.

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