When it comes to PC monitors convergence is a good thing. A converged monitor allows you to use the screen as you would any other PC LCD while using the screen for entertainment like movie and TV watching when work is done. Samsung has unveiled a couple new HD LCDs today called the 933HD+ and the 2333HD that allow you to work and play with one screen.
It feels like we've been waiting for Lenovo's IdeaPad S12 with NVIDIA Ion graphics for months, probably because it has been months. Announced back in May, demonstrated to us in June, then officially delayed in August until Windows 7's launch, the arrival of the new Microsoft OS means Lenovo can finally push the IdeaPad S12 Ion out of the door.
The actual benefits of transparent displays are yet to be explained - beyond the sheer cool factor, of course - but that isn't stopping manufacturers from announcing them. Both LG Display and Samsung Mobile Display have been flaunting their respective transparent OLEDs, the former having a full 15-inch OLED panel ideal for notebooks, while the latter has a 2-inch OLED panel intended for cellphones.
IR extenders - which can be used to remotely-control A/V components tucked inside closed-up equipment racks or in other rooms - aren't new, but Logitech probably have the brand-name recognition (and bricks-and-mortar shelf space) to soon dominate the market. The Logitech Harmony IR Extender System works with your existing remotes, and comes with a compact IR receiver and an IR blaster with various tethered mini-blasters.
Having gone in sale in Europe this week, the initial reviews of the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook are beginning to show up. The Wall Street Journal have shared their impressions of the 3G and GPS toting ultraportable, praising its battery life but immediately dampening their enthusiasm over what they describe as a "tiny keyboard". Meanwhile Engadget Spanish are yet to review the Booklet 3G, but they have taken the time to unbox it.
Unboxing and hands-on videos after the cut
Intel have yanked their recent X25-M SSD firmware update, after users reported the new software killed Windows 7 installations. The update introduced TRIM support to the solid-state drives, together with boosting sequential write performance by up to 40-percent; however, some Intel support forum users have discovered that after rebooting their Windows 7 machine the new OS will no longer load.
Peek and Twitter are no strangers - the company announced a tweet aggregator system for the email-centric device back on its one-year anniversary - but it's looking like they have a more dedicated option in the offing. Amazon are listing the TwitterPeek, a dedicated "Mobile Tweeting Device" which promises unlimited tweeting in the US and, included in its $199.95 price, lifetime service.
If you thought HP and Dell's Windows 7 compatible multitouch monitors were desk-dominating at 21.5-inches, go away and fetch a cold-compress. Albatron have been working on their latest optical touch display, and it's a full 42-inch whopper promising 1080p resolution, multitouch and gesture support. mobile+notebook grabbed some hands-on (literally) time with the behemoth.
Video demo after the cut
It's taken them over 500 pages of hacking, but earnest tweakers over at xda-developers have managed to get Android 1.6 Donut running on the hitherto Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Diamond. The first-gen Diamond has a compact 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen running at VGA resolution, and the hacked Android ROM is reportedly responsive together with offering support for both WiFi and GPS.
Video demo after the cut