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Intel Atom N280 with HD-capable GN40 chipset coming Q2/Q3 2009

Intel Atom N280 with HD-capable GN40 chipset coming Q2/Q3 2009

Anybody who has been following the tech world for the past six months will know that netbooks have swarmed the market; as soon as I see the word, my fingers automatically start typing "Intel Atom N270".  Now it looks as though that will have to change: reports from notebook manufacturers suggest that the next-gen single-core Intel mobile processor, the Atom N280, will begin to appear in devices between Q2 and Q3 of this year.

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Gigabyte M528 MID unboxed

Gigabyte M528 MID unboxed

Gigabyte's M528 MID has been flitting around the pages of SlashGear for so long now, it was hard to believe we'd never seen an unboxing for the touchscreen handheld.  Thankfully the guys at UMPCFever have sorted that, showing the mobile internet device taken from box, to SIM and battery slotting in, to boot and then even flirting with its aigo counterpart.

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Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 gets Zalman GPU cooling in Japan

Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 gets Zalman GPU cooling in Japan

All my video cards have had after market GPU coolers for better air flow with quieter operation, so does my latest Nvidia with Zalman VF900-cu. The Zalman VF900 is a hybrid VGA cooling combines uniquely heatpipes design with a 90mm fan on its pure copper heatsink. Apparently Gigabyte likes the design; they have teamed up with Zalman, packed its latest ATI Radeon HD 4870 GV-R487D5-1GG with VF-900 looks alike GPU cooler.

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Windows 7 on Gigabyte M912 touchscreen netbook

Windows 7 on Gigabyte M912 touchscreen netbook

The Windows 7 testing continues, with Gigabyte's M912 convertible touchscreen netbook the latest to have some playtime with Microsoft's new pre-beta OS.  Actual test results are pretty sparse right now, but UMPC Fever have been recording start-up and shut-down times which give a good indication of how usable the OS might be on the tablet.  Booting into Windows 7 on the M912 takes roughly 1 minute 11 seconds, while shutdown is around 32 seconds.

Video demos after the cut

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OS X Touchscreen Netbook: Gigabyte M912X gets the Apple sauce

OS X Touchscreen Netbook: Gigabyte M912X gets the Apple sauce

Netbooks running Apple's OS X have been done before, so this software install hack takes it one stage further by putting Leopard on a touchscreen Gigabyte M912X.  Since Leopard has inking facilities built-in - including an on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition courtesy of InkWell - it looks to be a very successful transplant.

Check out the video demo of the Gigabyte touchscreen MacBook after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2008

Biggest news this week has been in gaming, with Nintendo announcing the latest iteration of their DS handheld.  The DSi introduces new multimedia features - for instance a 3-megapixel camera - and an even thinner body, at the expense of battery life.  Don't get too excited, though; the US won't see the DSi until "well into" 2009.

In netbooks, ASUS slipped in a few new models at both the low and high-end of the market, with the Eee PC 900HA and 904HA offering bargain 160GB storage while the S101 corners the more-fashionable (and expensive) end.  That's a niche the ASUS N10 already occupies; that netbook ran the review gauntlet this week, proving "technologically clever" but simply too expensive.  ASUS - and MSI, whose Wind U90 was panned too - must be looking enviably at Gigabyte's M912M convertible touchscreen netbook, which was good enough to pull a credit card from the wallet of one reviewer.

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Gigabyte M912M touchscreen netbook reviewed: best model yet

Gigabyte M912M touchscreen netbook reviewed: best model yet

Gigabyte's M912X touchscreen convertible netbook certainly has the performance, the resolution and the upgrade potential, but it still wasn't the perfect mini-tablet.  Battery life was the key complaint, suffering from the CCFL backlight.  Thankfully Gigabyte also have an LED-backlit model, the M912M, which drops pixels (the M912M is 1024 x 600 versus 1280 x 768 on the M912X) but brings with it frugality.  UMPC Portal have been marking the differences between the two versions, and the M912M certainly comes out ahead for most users.

Check out the review video of the Gigabyte M912M after the cut

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