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My New Laptop – Asus UL80Vt

I considered buying a 12 inch netbook but decided against that.

Asus UL80Vt

I chose the Asus UL80Vt because it offers performance in a thin and light package.  This laptop gave me the best of both worlds.  It’s very good on battery life when in the right settings.  However, it has the hardware to handle some gaming if I wanted.

The switchable graphic option was the main reason why I got this laptop.  I don’t need a discrete graphic card all the time.  The overclocked CPU is the same.  The system will overclock the CPU to 1.73 GHz when you need more power but will operate at 1.3 GHz to extend battery life.  Asus does over the same package in a 13.3″  (UL30Vt) and a 15″ model (UL50Vt), but I wanted a DVD drive for movies on the go.

Asus UL80Vt

Here are the specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz (Factory overclocked to 1.73 GHZ in Turbo33 Mode)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 1066 MHz
14″ (1366×768) LED backlit screen
Intel GMA 4500MHD and Nvidia G210M 512MB DDR3 Graphics
500GB 5400RPM Hard drive
DVD RW drive
SD card reader
0.3 Web cam
802.11G/N Wifi
11.5 hours of battery life
2 Year warrenty with 1 year of Accidental Damage Warranty

You can pick this unit up for about $820 at Amazon with Free Shipping.  Amazon Product Page Link

Asus Eee PC 1005HR

Asus Eee PC 1005HR

Asus Eee PC 1005HR

Since the launch of Microsoft Windows 7, there has been a steady stream of new netbooks from everyone.  The problem is that with every new model, there’s only a couple of minor changes.  The new Asus Eee PC 1005HR has the same internals as all the netbooks out there, except the screen.  The 1005HR has a 10.1 screen with the resolution of 1366×768.   That’s right.  This screen is capable of displaying hi-def video at 720P.

Other than that, there’s not that much difference from every other netbook out there.

The key to purchasing the right netbook is to know what you’ll be using it for and how much you want to spend.  Most people buy netbooks thinking it is a small and cheap laptop computer.  Yes it’s very mobile and the price is low compared to a regular laptop, but it also does less.  You can’t really play games on netbook or expect high performance from the Intel Atom N280 CPU.  It’s best to evaluate all the different brands of netbooks of out there and determine which will fit your needs.

Will I replace my 1000H for a newer model with a better screen?  Nope.  If anything, I’ll get a new full size laptop instead.

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

Asus Eee PC 1101HA

It’s only a matter of time before our little Eee grew up.  The Asus Eee PC 1101HA is an 11.6 inch netbook with a bigger screen and higher screen resolution of 1366 x 768.  The Eee PC 1101HA is part of the Seashell family, so it’s thin, sleek, and lightweight.

Keep in mind that this Eee does not run on the standard N series Intel Atom N280 CPU.  The Z520 is a little slower than the N280.

So here’s what you’re getting.

Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz
1 GB DDR2 Memory, 1 Slot, 2GB Max
160 GB Hard drive with 10GB EEE Online Storage
11.6″ WXGA LED 1366×768 Screen
Intel GMA 500
Built-in Webcam
Wireless G/N
RJ-45 Network Port
3 USB Ports
1 VGA out port
SD Card Reader
10 Hour Battery
~ 3 pounds
Windows XP Home

Pros:

Bigger Screen
Thinner Design
Longer Battery Life

Cons:

Slow Z-series CPU

Amazon.com:  $429.99 with Free Shipping

Intel and Asus’s Announcements

There are two big announcement in the netbook world recently.  Asus has announce that they will not introduce a new netbook until 2010.  The second announcement was from Intel.  They have said that they will not be accepting any new orders for the Intel Atom Z CPUs. Update:  It seems that Intel is still continuing production of the Atom Z CPUs.

So what does this mean?

Well, I’m speculating that Intel may be getting the next generation Atom CPU (Pine Trail) ready for prime time.  Pine Trail will incorporate the graphic and memory controller chip into the CPU.  The results is a platform that can adapt into smaller form factor computers.  It’s a more efficient design that will decrease power usage, increase battery life, and improve cooling.

Asus might be developing a new netbook based on the new Atom CPU.  Let’s see if Intel will lighten up with the 1024 x 600 screen resolution limitation.

So if you’re looking for a new netbook, I would wait until 2010 to see what the models will look like.  You might get more power, more efficiency, and HD capable hardware.  I’m only speculating on what I think will happen.  Don’t take these as definite facts.

Intel Atom N450

Intel announced that there will be a new Atom processor to replace the netbook popular Atom N270.  In my opinion, it’s about time.  Sure, they released the Atom Z series.  But that’s just a more efficient N270.  I like the N270, but I always thought it could use a little more power.  On my Eee PC 1000H, running a few tabs in Firefox will give the CPU some trouble.  Flash video requires the majority of the CPU cycles.

Intel Atom Pine Trail

Intel Atom Pine Trail

The new Atom N450 will push the tiny CPU to the 2 GHz range.  That’s a much needed increase for the highly efficient platform.  Future netbooks will benefit greatly.  Along with more power, the new CPU incorporates the GPU and memory controller on one smaller chip.  The new platform, code name “Pine Trail”, will process information more efficiently and increase battery life.  The newer chip will be easier to keep cool and easier to fit into smaller netbooks.

Asus Eee Top

Asus Eee Top

As we move to a more green society, expect a lot from the little Atom.  You can already see it in action in form of nettops.  A nettop is a netbook in a desktop form factor like the Eee Top.  It’s basically an Eee PC with a 15.4 inch touchscreen for $500.  Click here for more details. As for me, I like my Q9650.  It’s fast.

Dropping CPU Prices

Ever since the release of the Intel Core i7 Quad core CPUs, the prices for everything else has been on the decline.  Some of these CPUs are some noteworthy models are below $250.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300
Yorkfield
2.5 GHz
LGA 775
45nm
6MB L2 Cache
1333 MHz FSB

For a low price of $240, Amazon.com has Newegg beaten ($274.99).  For a few build, I would recommend this CPU because it gives you more bang for your buck right now.

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Intel’s new CPU on the block – Core i7

For the longest time, since the introduction of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, I thought my desktop could hold it’s own against these new faster CPUs. This weekend, my trusty Dell Dimension 9150 showed its age.

Dell Dimension 9150

The Intel Pentium D 820 had trouble keeping up with some of the new high definition video.  It was a very sad moment to see my “once top of the line” system struggle.  I think it’s time for it to retire from active duty and become a server.  This whole time, I’ve been see the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad CPUs make a significant leap in computing power and lower energy consumption.

Well, the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad are now officialy obsolete.

Intel Core i7

Intel recently announced their new Core i7 processor using the Nehalem architecture.  Say good bye to dual channel memory and hello to triple channel and DDR3.  Intel also brought back Hyper Threading.  So, in theory, the Core i7 can function with 8 cores.  There are some downfalls to the new Core i7.  Early benchmarking reveals that the new CPU doesn’t do well with gaming.  This is sort of true with certain games requiring certain configurations.  Fortunately for me, I don’t game on the PC.

The raw processing power of the new Core i7 CPUs trumphs the old Core 2 Quad in many ways.  So now, I’m on the search for a Core i7 system that won’t bankrupt me.  I’ll probably go with HP or Dell because they can get me an entire built system for about $600.  Those prices will fall soon.  Depending on the situation, I might even settle for a high spec Core 2 Quad if the price is right.  Stay tuned for more details.

If you are looking for the bare CPU, it comes in 3 flavors:

Intel Core i7 920

Intel Core i7 920 – 2.66 Ghz LGA 1366 Quad Core – $300 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com

Intel Core i7 940

Intel Core i7 940 – 2.93GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core – $579.99 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com

Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition

Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition – 3.2GHz LGA 1366 Quad Core – $1059.99 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com