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Asus: Atom shortage will last until September

The world is waiting with baited breath for June, when Intel will launch its low-power, moderate performance Atom processor designed for ultraportable laptops (and by world, I mean Liliputing readers). Unfortunately, demand is going to be so high for these chips that Intel has already said it’d going to have a tough time keeping up. […]

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CTL IL1: The American Dreambook

CTL, the company behind the 2Go PC, plans to bring another low-cost ultraportable laptop to market soon: The CTL IL1. Gizmodo got their hands on a few photos of this computer, and it seemed might familiar, so I dug into the ole Liliputing/Eee Site archives, and found a post about the Dreambook Light IL1, a […]

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Want a free Eee PC? Just sign up for a bank account (in Canada)

What happens when computer prices start dropping down below the $300 mark? They become about as valuable as the figurative toaster your bank will give you for opening a new account. Well, a $250 toaster anyway. Honestly, I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a bank actually offer a toaster to new account holders, but I’ve […]

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Comparing the Mini-Note, Eee PC, and Classmate keyboards

While plenty of web sites have put the HP Mini-Note, Asus Eee PC, and other low-cost ultraportables through the paces with benchmarks, comparisons of video performance, and startup times, the folks at Laptop Magazine have been asking another crucial question: Which ultraportable has the best keyboard? Laptop happens to have access to an Eee PC, […]

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Digital audio editing on low-cost ultraportables

When I’m not writing about tiny computers, software, personal video recorders, or the environment, I’m a radio journalist and occasional audio engineer. And every now and again, my worlds cross. A colleague recently wrote to ask for my advice on setting up a field recording kit, complete with a digital audio recorder, mic, cables, headphones, […]

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The HP Mini-Note high-res display: The good, the bad, and how to fix the bad

I’ve mentioned a few times that there’s one major problem with the HP Mini-Note’s display: It’s almost too sharp. While the 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel display on the Eee PC is a bit too small to hold full web pages or some applications, the Mini-Note has the opposite problem. It’s 1280 x 768 […]

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HP ships Linux Mini-Note with XP drives and Linux restore discs – in Hong Kong

Order an HP Mini-Note running Linux in the US and you get a Mini-Note running Linux, a power cable, and that’s about it. There’s no system restore disk, and no drivers for installing alternate operating systems. While you can find drivers and software for Windows Vista on the HP support site, there’s no official support […]

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Asus expects to double Eee PC shipments this quarter

Asus expects to sell a lot of tiny computers this quarter. The company shipped 700,000 Eee PCs during the first quarter of 2008, and is predicting sales of 1.2 million or more Eee PCs during the second quarter. That prediction makes sense, since the company’s first ultraportable has gained a lot of attention over the […]