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14 Hot Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC’s)

Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC’s) can be thought of as mini laptops aimed at the more mobile segments of today’s consumer market. If you are a casual computer user, traveling salesman or a student, carrying around a heavy full-sized notebook is probably daunting and unnecessary.

That’s where the UMPC comes in: It’s slim form factor, light weight and low voltage processor make it ideal for those who need a thin and light road warrior.

While not all UMPCs have a long 3+ hour battery life, manufacturers are certainly getting there this year with Intel’s new Atom Processors which promise lower power consumption at the same clock cycles.

Scroll down to see 14 of the hottest UMPC models under 10 inches!

  1. Asus Eee PC 900 (Available):
    ASUS Eee PC 900
    The Eee PC 900 is a larger screen version of the Eee PC 701. It is available in stores as of now. It runs Windows XP Home or Linux and features a 900Mhz Celeron-M Processor, 8.9″ Display at 1024×600, 1GB RAM, 12GB SSD (Solid State Hard-Drive), 802.11g WLAN, 1.3MP Webcam and a 37Watt/hour battery. It weighs 940grams and has dimensions of 225 x 165 x 35 mm.
  2. Medion Akoya (Expected):

    The Medion looks similar in design to the MSI Wind, however little else besides its specifications are known. It features a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor, 8.9″ 1024×600 display, 80GB hard drive, 802.11b/g and option Bluetooth 2.0. It weighs 1.2kilograms and has a built-in webcam.
  3. MSI Wind U100 (Upcoming):

    Not much is known about the MSI Wind, but its rumored to a Windows XP UMPC that will cost between 450 and 1000USD. An official MSI press release indicates a Summer 2008 availability. It’s features are a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor, 1GB RAM, Intel GMA 950 Graphics, an 8″ or 10″ display at 1024×600, 80GB Hard disk, 802.11b/g and a built-in camera. The unit may also come with an optional bluetooth module. It weighs 1.2kilograms and has dimensions of 260 x 180 x 31 mm.
  4. Everex Cloudbook Max (Upcoming):

    The Cloudbook Max is a Windows Vista UMPC that was announced at CTIA in April 2008 and will be part of the Sprint Xohm product range in the US. The Cloudbook will utilise the latest VX800 integrated chipset that supports DirectX 9 graphics and hardware decoding of common video formats. It’s specs are: 1.6Ghz VIA C7-M Processor, VIA Chrome 9 Graphics, 2GB RAM, 8.9″ display at 1024×600, 80GB Harddisk, 802.11b/g, bluetooth and possibly WiMax. The unit may also feature integrated GPS and front as well as rear cameras. The Cloudbook weighs 1kilogram and has dimensions of 240 x 175 x 27 mm.
  5. HP 2133 MiniNote (Available):
    HP Mini-Note 2133
    The HP Mininote comes with Windows Vista Business or Linux pre-installed. Specs include: A VIA C7-M 1.2Ghz Processor, a VIA Chrome 9 Graphics Chipset, an 8.9″ display at 1280×768, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB Hard Drive, 56Watt/hour Battery and a built-in webcam. The device weighs 1.2kilograms and has dimensions of 256 x 165 x 33 mm.
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Check Out the Dell Art House Special Edition Laptops

Dell just released two new Inspirion 1525 notebook’s, decked out in colorful surf-inspired art by artist Mike Ming. The laptops start at $699 and are named “Sea Sky” and “Bunch o Surfers,” respectively.

The lowest specs on the machines include an Intel Dal Core Pentium running at 1.73 GHz, a 160 GB hard drive, and 3 GB of DDR2 memory.

Dell released a mini-documentary for the product, featuring the artist, Mike Ming.
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Is the Alienware Area-51 m17x the Fastest Notebook Ever?

Alienware, long famous for their gaming laptops, has just unleashed what they are calling their fastest laptop ever. And at over $6,000 with all the stats maxed out, it had better be.

Make no joke, this is a beast of a laptop.

The m17x features dual SLI Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX, 8700M GT or 8600M GT graphics cards.

It is also available with a 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, and up to 1 Terabyte of hard drive space.

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The HTC Shift 9500: A 3G Cell Phone and UMPC Running Windows Vista

Standing at a confident “two DVD cases” tall, the new HTC Shift 9500 gives you more gadget for its size. This little baby is packed with a 30GB hard drive, a 7-inch touch-screen display, which smoothly slides and tilts unveiling a full QWERTY keyboard.

It has a built in USB port which makes connecting accessories easy. It also comes standard with Bluetooth, Quad-band GSM, and Windows Vista Business pre-installed. (more…)

Introducing the Eco-Friendly Bamboo Ecobook from ASUS

Gotta hand it to ASUS, they really know how to make some great products. Not only do they manufacture much of Apple’s iconic hardware, but they recently hit a home run with the Eee PC.

Now they are back again and looking to be a bit more eco-friendly with their bamboo laptop.

The company recently went into production with the laptop and has plans to manufacture them on the bodies of the 11 inch ASUS S6 and the 12 inch ASUS U6, which were last seen dressed in distinguished leather. Rumor has it that it’s going to be built for modularity and easy upgradeablity, while using environmentally sound manufacturing techniques.

No official specs have been released yet, but the laptop is expected to retail for around $1,700.

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The New Apple iMac: Now More Bang for Your Buck

Known for announcing new products on Tuesdays, Apple decided to mix things up a bit today (Monday) by unveiling updates to their popular iMac line of computers.

This update includes faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, more RAM, bigger hard drives, faster front side bus, and a new graphics option for the for the 24-inch model; an Nvidia GeForce 8800GS with 512MB of video memory.

The new machines now run at 2.4GHz, 2.66GHz or 2.8GHz, depending on their configuration. For those needing a little more kick, a 3.06GHz processor is also available for the 24-inch model. (more…)

A Terabyte of Data in Your Hands: the LinkStation Mini

Back in 1980 IBM unveiled the world’s first gigabyte-sized hard drive, the IBM 3380. It weighed 550 pounds and cost $40,000.

The LinkStation Mini

We’ve come a long way.

The brand new LinkStation Mini from Buffalo Technology holds a terabyte of data and only costs $699. It’s also considerably smaller, fitting into the palm of your hand and weighing in at a lightweight 1.1 pounds.

The Mini is targeted towards companies looking to save physical space in their work areas. It connects through an Ethernet port to provide extra storage for an entire workforce. (more…)

The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC: Made to Compete with the Eee PC?

Is this HP’s new Eee PC killer?

The Mini-Note PC from HP is available with a range of VIA Processors, an 8.9″ Display (with a native resolution of 1280 x 786) and you can choose between Vista or Linux for your operating system.

The keyboard is almost full-size (92% of a full size keyboard) so it should be quite good for typing. Due to the resolution of the screen, it is easier to view websites without having to scroll as much as you do on an Eee PC 701 for example. (more…)

Video of the New Eee PC 900 In Action

The new Eee PC 900 is the newest ultramobile computer from ASUS. It features an 8.9″ screen, 1GB of DDR RAM and 20GB of storage space. You can choose between either Linux or Windows XP pre-installed.
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