Archive for June, 2009

Garmin Dakota outdoor GPS line launches

Garmin Dakota outdoor GPS line launches

Garmin launched their latest GPS line up today with the Dakota 10 and 20, both devices are intended for outdoor used. They even sport a rugged format meant for use on hikes and other outdoor activities.

Both models feature a touchscreen and 850MB of memory. They can be synced with PCs and Macs for geocaching. The Dakota 10 has USB for data transfer, but the 20 sports wireless connectivity.

It also has a microSDHC card slot. Both come with worldwide maps and terrain maps plus the City Navigator NT maps. Expected to ship in August, these GPS devices are set to cost $299 and $349, respectively....

MacBook Pros (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2009) Review

MacBook Pros (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2009) Review

We're over the surprise of seeing new MacBook Pro models arrive at Apple's WWDC keynote, and on paper the new 13- and 15-inch notebooks certainly tick most of the consumer boxes.  Our first-impressions - which you can find with our video unboxing - were that the new Pros have emphasized the most-used functionality at the expense of dropping some of the more marginally used features.  Have those opinions changed?  Check out our full review after the cut.

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Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T Review

Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T Review

Acer's Timeline range of notebooks spans the gamut from 13.3-inch ULV ultraportable to 15.6-inch mainstream laptop, promising prolonged battery life with an affordable price tag. The company sent over their Aspire Timeline 3810T, a 13.3-inch 1.4GHz ULV machine with heady runtime estimates and an $899 sticker, for SlashGear to try out; check out the full review after the cut.

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iPhone 3GS Review

iPhone 3GS Review

With over one million iPhone 3GS units sold in the first three days, there's no shortage of opinion as to Apple's successes in their latest smartphone.  We've covered the basics in our hands-on first-impressions piece; with a few more days of intensive use under our belt, has the iPhone 3GS proved its worth?

The iPhone 3GS' striking physical similarity to the last-gen 3G came as a mild disappointment back at the WWDC, but we've come to appreciate the stability.  It underscores the evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, nature of this update and, perhaps more importantly, it means accessories acquired for the iPhone 3G will still have a place with the new 3GS.  For a device introduced halfway through the contract agreement of its predecessor, that sort of continuity was pretty much necessary if there was to be any hope encouraging existing owners to upgrade.  We do wish that Apple had been a little more imaginative with the finish, however; a matte coating, perhaps slightly rubberized, would differentiate the new handset while not demanding reinvestment in car-kits, cases and cradles.

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ASUS Eee Keyboard delayed until August

ASUS Eee Keyboard delayed until August

After telling us - and then telling us again - that the Eee Keyboard would arrive this month, ASUS are now promising their nettop-in-a-keyboard will actually drop in August 2009.  Rather than blaming manufacturing delays or last-minute firmware tweaks, ASUS claim the Eee Keyboard - which squeezes in an HD capable nettop and 5-inch touchscreen - was in fact held back while they attempted to define a niche for it to sit in.

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mintpad MID first-impressions: surprisingly capable

mintpad MID first-impressions: surprisingly capable

We're still harboring a soft-spot for mintpass' mintpad MID, so it's relieving to hear that the first English-modified units are meeting with approval.  Pocketables shared their unboxing earlier this week, and now it's time for some first-impressions.  The mintpad's 1.3-megapixel camera is proving surprisingly capable, as is the browser (despite not being fully translated yet) and the QVGA screen may be small at 2.86-inches but it's still highly readable.

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MacBook Pro 3.0Gbps SATA upgrade breaking third-party drives?

MacBook Pro 3.0Gbps SATA upgrade breaking third-party drives?

The recently-released MacBook Pro firmware that promises to enable 3.0Gbps SATA connectivity has ironically been causing problems in third-party drives.  Apple released the upgrade earlier this week, after users of the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models reported that the notebooks were limited to 1.5Gbps SATA; this did not affect the speed of standard-fit hard-drives, but may have limited future performance should the user upgrade to a faster HDD or SSD.  Now, some users with third-party drives already installed are reporting frequent pauses, usage spikes and data errors with the new firmware.

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