Friday, April 16, 2010

Acer's New Aspire Ethos TouchScreen Laptop

Acer's New TouchScreen Laptop

This week, Acer announced its new Aspire Ethos laptops. The laptops have a secondary touchscreen, which doubles as a touchpad. The new technology is meant to help users navigate through multimedia content. The touchscreen is placed below the keyboard where a touchpad would normally be located and it displays movie and music navigation icons. According to spokesperson for the company, the icons allow you to do thing such as adjust volume or go through images.

In a press release, Acer said, "The media console is now combined with the touchpad, providing a set of commands all managed by a single key and a completely new approach to entertainment control." They also stated that the new technology leaves the laptop's surface looking clean and elegant.

According to PC World, Acer is not the only company looking to make touchpads a little fancier. Synaptics is adding gesture functionality, which allows users to perform routine tasks more quickly. They also report that Intel has suggested auxiliary screens that display widgets that allow you to do things such as type Twitter messages replace touchpads.

The new Acer laptops feature Advanced Micro Devices ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards, which are great for watching HD DVDs. They can also be bought with Blu-ray Disc drives and they each run Intel's Core i5 or Core i7 processors. The laptops also include Acer's Arcade Deluxe multimedia management software, which allows users to take more advantage of the touchpad controls and makes it easier to share content through YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr.

The Ethos 8943G will have a 18.4-inch screen and the Ethos 5943G will feature a 15.6-inch screen. Each one will have up to 1.28TB of storage through two 640GB hard drives, as well as including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Release dates and prices are not yet available.


Word is that Toshiba will soon release a dual screen tablet PC running Windows 7. The company also plans to release smaller and cheaper models running Google Android.

In functionality the Toshiba tablet, won't be much different from the iPad. The company has already said that it tablets are for consuming media and not creating it. If that is the case, then building an Android tablet is probably a better idea than building a Windows tablet because the Android platform is specially designed for touch input. Android tablets will be able to run on low power ARM processors. And now that both Google and Adobe are working on bringing Flash to Android, the device will also be able to handle Flash video - something which iPad can't.

The Windows platform, on the other hand, isn't very touch friendly, but it will be able to run all desktop applications. And since a Windows tablet will have a few USB ports, you will be able to plug in peripherals such as a keyboard or printer and use it as a fully functional laptop.

Not much is known about either tablet at the moment, so we can only guess. But one thing is certain: the tablet revolution has begun.

New Keyboard Dock for the Apple iPad

ipad keyboard dockThere has been quite a bit of hype lately surrounding Apple’s new iPad. Its a very interesting creature. The greatest selling point is definitely it’s sleek appearance. The shiny, brushed aluminum backed gadget is almost elegant looking. One of the reasons for this attractiveness is the absence of a keyboard. The problem with being keyboard-less is that many people will not be able (or maybe not want) to huddle over the device to punch on the on-screen keys for an extended period of time. Even when you set the iPad on a table or desk, there is still an annoying wobble that you must deal with due to the it’s slightly bowed back. Well, for iPad users who miss the traditional keyboard that comes with laptops and desktop computers, Apple has released a solution. There is now a iPad Keyboard Dock that provides you with the comfort of a keyboard while also holding your iPad upright for easy visibility. Those who couldn’t part with their keyboard can now feel completely at home with their new iPad.

The keyboard dock is very conveniently designed. It is small (0.5 x 11 x 4.5 inches HWD) and wireless. It is constructed with a brushed aluminum shell that features 77 fully separated, shallow keys that make typing on the iPad a breeze. The dock has a raised back that allows the keyboard to be slightly angled forward for ease and comfort. At the back of the keyboard, there is a power connector and a Line Out that lets you easily hook up speakers for the iPad. You’ll need a 10-watt power adapter to be able to utilize the dock, but this is included when you purchase the iPad. With that adapter, there is also a detachable USB cable that is included as well. This allows you to connect the keyboard directly to your computer so that you can sync the two devices. You are also able to use a few other accessories with the Keyboard Dock including the iPad Camera Connection Kit and the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter. Another advantage to having the Keyboard Dock is that if you have the iPad docked, the keyboard will charge your device.

If you don’t want to deal with the annoyance of attempting to type for long periods of time on the iPad then the Keyboard Dock is just what you are looking for. It will make you feel right at ease with typing anything. It will be available in late April and will be listed for $69.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Asus has introduced two laptops with 3D displays – the G51J3D and the G72GX. The G51J3D is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with 1GB of NVIDIA GeForce 160M graphics processor. It has a 15.6 inch display.

The G72GX is bigger with its 17.3 inch display. Its specifications have not yet been disclosed.

The Asus 3D notebooks are different from 3D notebooks released by Acer. Asus claims that the special glasses it uses on its 3D notebooks allows for better viewing of 1080p HD video playback. The glasses also provide better viewing angles.

Pricing and Availability
The G51J3D is expected to be released in December and the G72GX in the second quarter of 2010. No information regarding pricing is available as yet.


First Impression
Sony gadgets have always been famous for being stylish and sturdy. They are high on both promise and delivery. The same goes for this line of netbooks.

Sony VAIO W series is powered by the latest Atom N280 at 1.66GHz. It uses the Windows XP OS. The entry model has a 10.1 inch LED screen with a 1366x768 resolution.

The netbook does look a bit bulky but weighs just 1.2 kg. Build quality is good. It looks and feels solid. The large trackpad is nice and easy to use. The VAIO W has the same kind of keyboard found on VAIO P. The keys are large and comfortable to use.

The basic configuration uses a standard 3 cell battery. But you can opt for 6-cell, if you want to. The netbook is available in three colors – white, pinks and brown. Sony will be selling the netbooks for $625.

System Specifications
Processor: Atom N280 processor at 1.66 Ghz
Memory: 1 GB of RAM all running on a Intel 945GSE Express chip set
HDD: 160 GB hard drive
Display: 10.1 inch display
Ports and slots: Card reader, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a webcam.
Estimated battery life: 3.5 hours


The new multitouch version of the Asus Eee PC T91MT is now available for purchase. The T91MT is a convertible tablet PC with an 8.9 inch touchscreen display. It can be used either in tablet or laptop mode. The new version is better than the previous version in many aspects:

The new T91MT supports multi-touch gestures. The Solid State Drive is now available in 32GB capacity as against the 16GB drive that came with the previous version. The new model comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium. The previous model had Windows XP.

Asus has also updated the computer’s Touch Gate software. The new version of the software supports gestures such as pinching to zoom in the photo application.


Sony has unveiled their newest notebook – the VAIO CW. It is available in five colors – red, pink, white, black and indigo.

Display: 14-inch screen (16:9, 1366x768)
Operating system: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 2.80GHz (T9600)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 210M 256MB or GT 230M 512MB
Memory: Up to 8GB RAM
Storage: Up to 500GB hard drive space

Other features include a Blu-ray disc drive. The standard battery is expected to give 4 hours of up time. With an extended battery, you should be able to get up to six hours. The machine weighs 5.3 lbs with the battery.

Pricing and Availability
The VAIO CW should be available around the launch date of Windows 7. Prices start at $799.