Computex 2009

Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

MIDs a failure?  No no no, how could that be when this little beauty is headed to the market?  Known here as the Compal KAX15 MID, but likely to find itself a variety of alternative brands including Gigabyte and Aigo, it's based on Intel's existing Menlow platform and packs an 800MHz Atom Z515 processor, a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Acer Android netbook will be dual-OS: no escape from Windows

Acer Android netbook will be dual-OS: no escape from Windows

When Acer global vice-president Jim Wong said the company would continue to supply Windows netbooks alongside their new Android netbooks, we didn't expect that to mean dual-booting.  However, much to Linux-lovers dismay (and in fact anybody who wanted to avoid the so-called "Windows tax" of roughly $25 for an XP license), company president JT Wang has now confirmed that at least the first wave of Android netbooks will come with both open-source and Microsoft OS.

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IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

IAC & Netronix E-Book readers: touchscreens, WiMAX, EVDO & HSPA

The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way.  Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens.  IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.

Video demos after the cut

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ASUS Eee PC T91 launches, reviewed: interesting twist on netbook design

ASUS Eee PC T91 launches, reviewed: interesting twist on netbook design

ASUS have officially launched the Eee PC T91 convertible touchscreen netbook, and already the first reviews are surfacing.  Based around an 8.9-inch display which can rotate flat onto the keyboard for slate use, the T91 runs Intel's Atom Z520 CPU with 1GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.  According to Pocket-lint, it's a useful compromise between traditional Tablet PC functionality and netbook scale.

Video demo of T91 GUI after the cut

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HP dv2 getting dual-core Congo & Athlon 2 CPUs, white option

HP dv2 getting dual-core Congo & Athlon 2 CPUs, white option

We have something of a soft-spot for HP's Pavilion dv2 ultraportable, the 12.1-inch AMD-powered notebook we played with back in April.  Managing to find space for a capacious 500GB hard-drive, 4GB of RAM and a 512MB ATI discrete graphics card, the only potential downside is the ULV processor.

Now HP are preparing at least two new versions of the notebook, together with a new color option.  Of interest to anybody who found the Yukon CPU of the original dv2 underpowered, AMD's dual-core Congo and full Athlon X2 processors are set to hit the notebook; there's also a white version planned.

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