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Acer Aspire One 751 benchmarks show Atom Z520 grossly underpowered

The Acer Aspire One 751 is such a good looking netbook that we were willing to give it a second chance.  After disappointing with the first round of testing, primarily because of the underpowered Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz processor, we crossed our fingers that a second round would prove them to be some bizarre aberration.  Sadly, going by the figures at NetbookNews.it, our hopes are unfounded.

Video of the 751 falling flat after the cut

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Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Review

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Review

The 17-inch MacBook Pro was the last of the Apple notebook range to get a unibody update, but for those looking for superlative media editing and general processing grunt it more than delivers.  Apple shipped over the new MacBook Pro just after it launched, and we've been spending the last few weeks getting to grips with the new notebook and putting it through its paces.  After the cut, anti-glare screens, NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M and portability from the thinnest, lightest 17-incher around.

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MSI X-Slim X340 gets hands-on, benchmarks

MSI X-Slim X340 gets hands-on, benchmarks

We grabbed some hands-on time with the MSI X-Slim X340 at MobileFocus, but LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer is obviously far more persuasive (or light-fingered) than we are, as he got to take the slender ultraportable back to his hotel room for the night.  That gave him time to try out the Intel CULV notebook's media credentials, as well as run some preliminary benchmarks.

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New Google Chrome beta: up to 35% faster

New Google Chrome beta: up to 35% faster

Google's Chrome browser turned a lot of heads when it first launched back in September 2008, and the search giant surprised even more people by dropping the beta tag from the browser only a few months later.  Now there's news of a new version of Chrome, still free and back with beta status, but reportedly between 25- and 35-percent faster than previously, depending on benchmarking.  There are also new features like side-by-side tab views and autoscrolling.

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AMD Phenom II X4 995 in wild: easy 4GHz overclock

AMD Phenom II X4 995 in wild: easy 4GHz overclock

Screenshots confirming the existence of an unannounced AMD Phenom II processor have turned up on the XtremeSystems Forums.  The images confirm the AMD Phenom II X4 995, overclocked from 3.2GHz to 4GHz and used in a system running the Windows 7 beta.

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UMID M1 benchmarks: small & speedy

UMID M1 benchmarks: small & speedy

While we grabbed not one but two hands-on demos with the UMID M1 MID at Mobile World Congress last month, we didn't want to push our luck running benchmarks on the compact touchscreen handheld.  Obviously UMPC Portal's Steve isn't quite so shy, hence these CrystalMark 2004R3 results for the 1.3Ghz Atom MID.

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MSI Wind U115 Hybrid: over 13hrs from single charge

MSI’s dual-storage Wind U115 Hybrid netbook was advertised as not only a speed demon (thanks to the 8GB or 16GB SSD) but a frugal one, with the company predicting runtimes of up to 10.5hrs from a single charge.  However it now looks as though MSI were actually too modest in their claims; Eee PC.de have been running battery tests and the MSI Wind U115 lasted 13 hours and 15 minutes.

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AMD & Seagate demo SATA 6Gbps HDD

AMD & Seagate demo SATA 6Gbps HDD

Seagate and AMD will be demonstrating the world's first SATA 6Gbps hard-drive today, theoretically offering twice the throughput of the existing SATA 3Gbps standard.  The demo will compare an existing Barracuda 7200.12 HDD and a SATA 6Gbps HDD that uses a prototype AMD chipset to offer 5.5Gigabits per second performance.

 

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Sony VAIO P benchmarks: 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz plus SSDs

Sony VAIO P benchmarks: 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz plus SSDs

Sony is still causing no amount of frustration among would-be VAIO P buyers with the various levels of configuration and the bemusing differences in availability.  Three processors have been employed - ranging from the 1.33GHz Atom CPU you can buy in the US, through the 1.60GHz version, and up to the 1.86GHz VAIO P that you'd have to source through importers if you wanted it.  Now there are finally benchmarks of all the different configurations (including SSD and HDD versions) to help decide.

Full benchmark results after the cut

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Samsung NC20 gets reviewed, benchmarked, liked

Samsung NC20 gets reviewed, benchmarked, liked

It didn't take LaptopMag long to make up their mind over the Samsung NC20, but then we've known about this VIA-based 12-inch netbook for so long that it might prove tough finding anyone still on the fence.  Obviously it's bigger and heavier than the NC10 - but then it has a larger display, keyboard and trackpad, too - but what we all really want to know is how well the VIA Nano U2250 processor and Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics stand up.

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Intel deny X25-M fragmentation problem: blame poor life-cycle simulation

Intel deny X25-M fragmentation problem: blame poor life-cycle simulation

Intel's X25-M solid-state drive has generally aced all testing, with its combination of super-high read and write speeds, which is why SSD-loving geeks were so disturbed by PC Perspective's long-term performance analysis.  According to their findings, Intel's file controller - which cycles through available flash cells progressively, so as to avoid wearing out regularly-accessed blocks - results in a significant slow-down of performance due to the OS being unable to keep track of fragmentation.  Now Intel are denying that the PC Perspective testing - which simulated a longer life-cycle - is in fact an accurate representation of an X25-M's use.

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NVIDIA Ion platform gets tested: promising HD and gaming performance

NVIDIA Ion platform gets tested: promising HD and gaming performance

After talking the big talk last week, NVIDIA are looking to walk the walk this week with preview samples of the NVIDIA Ion reference nettop hitting at least two review sites.  Both LaptopMag and PC Perspective have been playing with the Ion platform, which couples an Intel Atom CPU with NVIDIA's GeForce 9400 chipset for improved gaming performance together with 7.1 HD audio and Blu-ray full-HD video.

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