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PsiXpda UMPC video unboxing & first impressions

PsiXpda UMPC video unboxing & first impressions

UMPCs are still niche products, and native US or European vendors for them are even rarer, so we're quietly intrigued by UK startup PsiXpda and their first UMPC. Having broken cover yesterday, SlashGear's demo unit arrived in this morning's post and we promptly shot an unboxing video together with a brief hands-on demo. After the cut, two videos with the PsiXpda UMPC and some first impressions.

Shenzhen HT560 MID packs VIA C7 CPU

Shenzhen HT560 MID packs VIA C7 CPU

Given how popular Android has tuned out to be among no-name tablet manufacturers, it's almost a surprise to see a new Windows XP slate.  Still, the Shenzhen Seed Industrial Co. HT560 has a few tricks up its sleeve: behind the 5.6-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen lurks VIA's 1GHz C7 processor rather than the Intel Atom we've come to expect, paired with 1GB of memory and between 8GB and 32GB of SSD storage.

ViewSonic N01 3G MID spotted

ViewSonic N01 3G MID spotted

ViewSonic's deluge of new products back in July failed to include a MID or UMPC style device, but it seems they were merely waiting for the holidays to arrive in order to roll out just such a model.  The ViewSonic N01 is a reasonably striking MID with a 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 processor, 1GB of RAM and a scant 10GB of onboard storage; it also has integrated 3G connectivity along with a TV tuner and Windows XP.

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Can Anything Replace Windows XP As the Best Netbook Operating System?

Can Anything Replace Windows XP As the Best Netbook Operating System?

As someone who has been running Windows XP as a primary operating system for the past eight years and has seen more netbooks with the dated OS in the last year or so, I was probably more excited about the arrival of Windows 7 than Twilight fans are about the upcoming release of the vampire packed New Moon movie. However, the last two netbooks I have gotten my hands on run the lower-end and feature-missing Windows 7 Starter edition. Although it pains me to admit it, I miss the rolling green mountains and blue skies of Windows XP.

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Soyea Z5 Atom MID packs 3G

Soyea Z5 Atom MID packs 3G

If you've seen one Chinese MID, the saying goes, you've seen them all, and yet we still keep digging through the dross in the hope of turning up something shiny and loveable.  The latest glimmer amongst the grubs is the Soyea Z5, an Atom Z515 1.2GHz based ultraportable with a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, integrated 3G and a choice of Windows XP or Linux.

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NVIDIA Ion LE DirectX 10 hack suggests purposefully crippled features

NVIDIA Ion LE DirectX 10 hack suggests purposefully crippled features

NVIDIA's Ion LE promises to deliver the same 1080p HD playback as its regular Ion sibling, but at a cheaper price; to do that, it drops DirectX 10 support in favor of solely accommodating DX9.  It turns out that the limitation is, in fact, an arbitrary one and that the Ion LE seems to have been artificially crippled by NVIDIA themselves; MyHPMini forum member runawayprisoner found that by slightly modifying HP's own Ion drivers he could get them to install for the Ion LE.

The FrankenBook: A Creation that Cannot be Killed

The FrankenBook: A Creation that Cannot be Killed

Leading computer manufacturers along with Intel and Microsoft have inadvertently created a monster. And like Frankenstein, it is a monster they’d like to destroy. Although the industry’s hot-selling brainchild is physically quite small –perhaps more analogous to a gremlin in scale— with its small 10-inch screen, underpowered Intel Atom processor, cheaper version of Windows and under $400 price, netbooks are devouring corporate profit margins.

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Acer Aspire One D250 Android netbook previewed: disappointing

Acer Aspire One D250 Android netbook previewed: disappointing

Acer's Android netbook has been regular grist for the rumor-mill, with delays tipped, buyer apathy prediced, along with vehement denials from the company themselves.  So it's with no small amount of interest that we read one of the first reviews of the Acer Aspire One D250 Android - as the netbook appears to have been labelled - courtesy of ePrice.  They found the AOD250 to be "semi-finished", with Android perhaps unsurprisingly causing many of the issues.

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ASUS Eee PC 1001HA offers Linux, odd texturing

ASUS Eee PC 1001HA offers Linux, odd texturing

ASUS' second netbook from this weekend offers a blast from the past, in the shape of a Linux OS option.  The ASUS Eee PC 1001HA is billed as an entry-level model, but will be available in three different versions: the 1001HA XP, with Windows XP, the 1001HA LX, with Linux, or a bare model that comes with no OS at all.

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