Well, it seems that I am a little slow in cover the nettops. Newegg recently launched the Acer AspireRevo Nettop for $199. For $200, you get a decent little computer with the new Nvidia ION graphic chip.
Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz)
1GB DDR2 (rumored to be expandable to 4GB)
160GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
Nvidia ION LE Graphics
Windows XP Home
VGA and HDMI port
USB mouse and keyboard
It’s a nice little package for $200. Seriously, $200. Even at that price, the Atom 230 doesn’t even bother me. I might just buy this little thing for my parents to replace an aging Dell desktop.
Click here to go to the Newegg Product Page.
I think if I had to choose a netbook right now, I would pick the Asus Eee PC 1201N. Yes, I’m giving up size and mobility. As far as changes, there are a few noticeable changes. For one thing, it’s bigger. A lot bigger than my Eee PC 1000H. I use a Thinkpad X61 for work and that’s 12 inches. Of course the bigger screen real estate will give you more to look at. The screen resolution balloons to 1366×768 from 1024×600.
The Nvidia ION chip powering all the graphic duties. There’s been a lot of hype about ION, but nothing real has come out yet for all to use. I wonder if it’s the real deal. The one chip that can elevate a netbook to something a laptop has to be afraid of. Yes, the Intel Atom cpu is weak. But it’s pretty sufficient for most of the things I want to do.
I guess time will tell if it will be a winner. I really hope it will live up to all the hype.
According to rumors, the Asus Eee PC 1201N will make its appearance in Q4 of 2009.
Going from point and shoot to DSLR is a big step up. The learning curve is very steep, and you have to make many investments in order to have the full experence. You have to investment a significant amount of money on the equipment and the time to learn everything.
If you’re the type that just wants to take a picture, stick with a good point and shoot. They have come a long way and are very advanced in a compact package. Some high end point and shoot camera now offer RAW images. RAW images are just that, raw. Cameras normally compress the pictures and manually adjust the photos before saving to a jpeg. RAW images allow you to adjust the image yourself.
I recommend getting the Canon Powershot G10, not the new G11, or the upcoming Canon Powershot S90. I’m glad to see that Canon brought back the Powershot S series. These are very good cameras with more manual controls than the SD series. For more information about the Canon Powershot S90, dpreview.com has a good initial hands on review. The Canon Powershot S90 is available soon. Expect a price tag above $400.
However, not all point and shoots are equal. Sure, there are cameras out there that only cost $100. But the picture quality pays for the low price.
If you’re the type of person that likes taking pictures, a DSLR is worth the investment. The picture quality alone is leaps and bounds above a good point and shoot. I am a little bias towards Canon. However, the Nikon D90 is a damn good camera as well. So it’s up to you to determine what type you are. There’s a camera for every type. Just go out and have fun.
The netbook segment just got a little more interesting. It looks like the Intel Atom CPU is not the only one on the block. Sure VIA came out with the Nano, but it suffered low adoption from manufacturers.
MSI Wind U210
The MSI Wind U210 will be powered by the AMD NEO MV-40, operating at 1.6 GHz. This is a 12 inch model with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768. An AMD Radeon X1250 will be handling graphic duties. The higher end model will, unfortunately, come loaded with Vista. It’s still too early to know if this will qualify for the free Windows 7 upgrade. This might be a good competitor to all the Intel Atom powered netbooks out there.
In my opinion, it’s good to have come competition to the Atom because consumers will benefit. AMD is not so restrictive as Intel when it comes to netbooks. Most netbooks running the Atom N-series processor cannot exceed certain screen resolutions. That is why you see many of the bigger netbooks running the Atom Z processor to get around this rule.
The MSI Wind U210 is available at Amazon.com for $430. Click here to check it out.
I decided on the Canon EOS 50D because it felt good in my hand. The Canon Rebel T1i and the Nikon D90 felt was too cramp. The 50D also had a good heft to it. I have a lot to learn about using the DSLR to its full potential. Without further hesitation, here are the unboxing pictures.
Canon EOS 50D Box
Canon EOS 50D Open Box
Canon EOS 50D Manuals and Software
Canon EOS 50D and Accessories
Canon EOS 50D Top View
Canon EOS 50D Front View
Canon EOS 50D Side View
For some reason, Amazon.com is having trouble keeping this camera in stock. The last time I checked, they had 2 left. Not sure what’s going on there. If you’re interesting, here is the product page for the Canon 50D.