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ASUS Eee PC 1215N gets reviewed: bargain 12-inches

ASUS Eee PC 1215N gets reviewed: bargain 12-inches

When is a netbook not really a netbook?  Why, when it gets a desktop version of Intel's Atom CPU, has notebook-style Optimus graphics, and - arguably - a larger display than 10.1-inches.  By those counts, ASUS should be calling their Eee PC 1215N a 12.1-inch ultraportable not a netbook, but then they might put the price up from $499 and, according to Laptop, then we'd be missing out on something of a bargain.

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Toshiba AC100 gets played with: hardware good, Android lacking [Video]

Toshiba AC100 gets played with: hardware good, Android lacking [Video]

Having been spotted in-stock and up for sale in Europe yesterday, the Toshiba AC100 has now made an appearance in Taipei.  Netbooknews got the Japanese version - launching there as the Dynabook AZ - and have mixed impressions; as reviewers found with the HP Compaq Airlife 100, Android simply isn't really ready for netbook-style implementations.

Video demos after the cut

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SmartDevices’ $289 SmartQ T7 3G Android tablet gets video unboxing

SmartDevices’ $289 SmartQ T7 3G Android tablet gets video unboxing

We have to admit, we didn't expect SmartDevices' SmartQ T7 tablet to make it to a launch outside of China, so the news that the 7-inch slate has dropped at Carrypad's German HQ is quite surprising.  They've wasted no time in unboxing the Android 2.1 tablet, and considering the $289 price tag ($249 if you don't mind missing out on 3G) they're impressed.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Kindle 3′s Webkit browser bests Kindle 2 in video head-to-head

Kindle 3′s Webkit browser bests Kindle 2 in video head-to-head

The third-gen Kindle's smaller chassis and brighter E Ink display may have been the main selling points for most users, but it was the new, Webkit-based browser that got the true Kindle-geeks excited.  The "experimental" browser on previous models was sufficient, in a pinch, to check a Wikipedia entry, but anything more ambitious was a recipe for headaches.  A video comparison between Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 by The Kindle Chronicles, though, shows what a step up there's been.

Video head-to-head testing after the cut

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Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

It seems even the threat of legal action can't keep Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin from spilling the beans on unannounced Nokia handsets, with the latest on his test bench to be the upcoming Nokia C7-00.  Spotted in the wild back in early June, the Symbian^3 handset has a 3.5-inch AMOLED 640 x 360 display and, Murtazin reckons, is basically the N8 with a mere 8-megapixel camera and no HDMI output.

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Lenovo ThinkStation C20 Review

Lenovo ThinkStation C20 Review

Big computers generally mean big performance, but does a PC need to be imposing in order to blitz through the benchmarks?  Lenovo's ThinkStation C20 is the baby of the range when it comes to physical size, but with dual Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA's Quadro FX 4800 graphics, it's no slowpoke. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Review

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Review

Lenovo might be best known for their ThinkPad notebooks and ominous black ThinkStation desktops, but the company continues to push ahead with its range of all-in-ones. The new Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z is aimed at both consumer and business users, and while the range kicks off at $929 with a mere Pentium CPU, the model on the SlashGear test bench today is the multitouch-capable touchscreen version complete with a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Check out how it performs after the cut.

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Toshiba Libretto W100: build good, battery bad, geek-cred off the chart [Video]

Toshiba Libretto W100: build good, battery bad, geek-cred off the chart [Video]

Toshiba's Libretto W100 flew off Amazon's shelves when it went on sale earlier this week, with the retailer already confirming that its initial stock is exhausted.  So, how exactly are the first customers liking the dual-touchscreen clamshell?  Jenn over at Pocketables knows her stuff when it comes to ultraportables, and she seems pretty blown away by the W100 - that's despite only 4hrs runtime with the bloated extended battery, laggy screen rotation and an uncertain target market.

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Dell Thunder prototypes leak, get early video review

Dell Thunder prototypes leak, get early video review

A Dell Thunder prototype has not just leaked but come bounding out, with the Engadget team getting enough hands-on time with two of the upcoming Android smartphones.  Despite the early build of both units - dated April, with the real thing not set to arrive until later this year - they sound pretty solid, with one handset seemingly outfitted for quadband AT&T use and the other suggesting T-Mobile USA support.

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