Computex 2009

Pegatron Vivid netbook: Tegra, 1080p and shortcut keys

Pegatron Vivid netbook: Tegra, 1080p and shortcut keys

It doesn't take much to differentiate your netbook, what with most sharing the same hardware, so Pegatron have managed to surprise and delight by slapping Yahoo!, Google, MSN and Skype keys on their Vivid prototype.  To be honest, though, they didn't need to bother: all they needed to highlight was the fact that this is one of the rare machines with NVIDIA's Tegra chipset.

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ASUS Eee Keyboard gets Moblin [Video]

ASUS Eee Keyboard gets Moblin [Video]

ASUS have been showing off their Eee Keyboard since CES back in January, but until now it's always been demonstrated running Windows XP.  Now the Eee Keyboard - which has a 5-inch touchscreen and is intended to function as a media PC - has been given a shot of Moblin, Intel's Linux-based OS.

 

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Foxit eSlick Reader e-ink video demo at Computex

Foxit eSlick Reader e-ink video demo at Computex

Foxit brought their eSlick Reader along to Computex last week, and they're still positioning it as a more flexible, cheaper alternative to the Amazon Kindle 2.  Priced at $259.99, the 6-inch ebook reader lacks wireless connectivity but, as jkkmobile's hands-on video shows, it's a compact and highly-portable device.

Video hands-on after the cut

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dmedia M0 WiMAX MID gets video hands-on

dmedia M0 WiMAX MID gets video hands-on

We called dmedia a "damp squib" when they failed to show up with their promised WiMAX MID at CES; they countered by tipping a Computex launch, and sure enough the 4.3-inch touchscreen device appeared.  The M0 has a Fujitsu WiMAX module together with a Samsung 533-800MHz CPU and 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, plus a 5-megapixel camera.

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J&W Minix 811 super-thin Windows 7 3G netbook [Video]

J&W Minix 811 super-thin Windows 7 3G netbook [Video]

Computex 2009 may have finished last week, but the final few glossy surprises are just now emerging.  One of the last new netbooks we're seeing from the show is, strangely, one of the most attractive; the J&W Minix 811 is tipped as the thinnest netbook there, despite packing an internal 3G modem.

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OCZ Colossus 1TB SSD: 265MB/s super-drive

OCZ Colossus 1TB SSD: 265MB/s super-drive

Storage may not be as glossy or as exciting as a new netbook, MID or Smartbook, and as such we didn't see as much hard-drive coverage from Computex as we did mobile devices; still, that doesn't mean there wasn't some deuced impressive hardware lurking at the show.  OCZ brought along their Colossus, a 3.5-inch SSD-based drive which boasts 1TB of capacity and sustained read/write speeds of 265MB/s.

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Gateway ZX6800 Full-HD multitouch all-in-one

Gateway ZX6800 Full-HD multitouch all-in-one

Acer subsidiary Gateway have been showing off their all-in-one touchscreen PC, and with a multitouch-capable 23-inch Full HD display it's certainly no slouch.  Unlike touchscreen nettops, the Gateway ZX6800 packs an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and DDR3 memory, and runs Windows 7.

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GNB netbook & Kinpo Tablet get Android & low-cost Freescale CPUs

GNB netbook & Kinpo Tablet get Android & low-cost Freescale CPUs

Sony may be tinkering with Android, but other companies are already slapping it onto hardware and talking about releases.  Last week we heard Acer's plans for a dual-boot Android/XP netbook, together with BenQ's intentions, and saw a couple of OEM netbooks and MIDs; taking things right back to basics (by which we mean cheap) were Kinpo, with their 7-inch Android-based touchscreen tablet, and GNB, with a sturdy little Android netbook.

Video demos of Kinpo Android Tablet and GNB Android Netbook after the cut

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Samsung, Clevo & Toshiba announce WiMAX ultraportables

Samsung, Clevo & Toshiba announce WiMAX ultraportables

There's nothing like a WiMAX ultraportable to wake you up on a Monday morning, and we've got three of them.  Samsung, Clevo and Toshiba have all announced WiMAX-enabled models; netbooks in the case of the former two - the Samsung NC10 WiMAX and Clevo M811L WiMAX - while Toshiba have stuffed the high-speed connectivity into a full-spec notebook, the dynabook SS RX2/WAJ.

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III Hybrid netbook with removable Android UMPC-display [Video]

III Hybrid netbook with removable Android UMPC-display [Video]

You'd think we'd seen every form factor and possible processor combination from Computex already, but III have still managed to surprise us.  Their hybrid system combines the base of an HP Mini 1000-series netbook, from which the Intel Atom processor has been junked and replaced with a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M CPU.  Meanwhile the display has been replaced with a detachable touchscreen slate, with its own processor, and running Android.  The two can be used separately.

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xpPhone video hands on: 3G, 5hrs battery & plenty of bulk

xpPhone video hands on: 3G, 5hrs battery & plenty of bulk

ITG's xpPhone was one of the more curious prospects for Computex - something with the form-factor of a MID but resolutely intended to be used as a cellphone - and jkkmobile stopped by to check it out.  The xpPhone certainly tries to fit in as much as possible: SSD up to 64GB in size, multiple wireless options including Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and WiMAX, and an AMD mobile processor.

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Freescale Smartbook concepts: ARM-based ultraportables

Freescale Smartbook concepts: ARM-based ultraportables

Nothing like a new niche to get the concept artists salivating, but this time it's Freescale Semiconductor who are working on possible Smartbook designs.  The company has commissioned six prototypes, ranging from the touchscreen-slate-with-QWERTY-ears you see here to a modular mini-notebook and a leather-clad clamshell.

Five more Freescale Smartbook concepts after the cut

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