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Updated Alienware M11x pitted against first generation: It’s faster

Dell recently launched an update to its Alienware M11x gaming ultraportable laptop. The new model has the same high performance NVIDIA graphics as the first generation 11.6 inch, 4.5 pound gaming rig. But the new models feature Core i-series processors while the original came with a choice of an Intel Pentium SU4100 or Intel Core […]

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Dual Core Intel Atom N550 benchmarked: It’s fast (for a netbook CPU)

The Intel Atom N550 processor is the first dual core Atom chip built specifically for netbooks. Up until now all dual core Atom processors have been designed for low power desktops. While there aren’t any netbooks shipping with the N550 chip recently, the folks at Notebook Italia got a chance to spend a few minutes […]

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NVIDIA ION, Broadcom HD video accelerator compared

Intel Atom powered netbooks typically have more than enough processing power to handle day to day tasks such as surfing the web, editing documents, or watching standard definition YouTube videos. But the integrated graphics solutions that come with these netbooks typically aren’t powerful enough to handle 1080p HD video, high definition Flash video, or hard […]

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Intel Atom dual core D510 benchmarked on a no-name nettop

Intel’s new Pine Trail chips aren’t designed to be significantly faster than the Atom Diamondville chips we’ve been using for the last 18 months. They’re designed to be more energy efficient. As such, Intel has chosen not to launch a dual core version for notebooks. But as with the early Atom chips, the new Pine […]