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Acer Aspire One AOD150 in the Philippines!


The new version of the Acer Aspire One is now here in the Philippines! This is the AOD150, sporting the 10–inch LED–backlit LCD screen that is slowly becoming the common screen size for recently released netbooks. The retail price was listed at 23,900 pesos. And the good news is that it is also available in a 12–month zero–interest deal!

I personally tested it and the keyboard, though reportedly unchanged, feels much more solid than the 9–inch model. Build quality seems good with no squeaks or design issues. Though not as small as the first generation Eee PC, the AOD150 is still a very portable computing tool. If only this was below 20,000 pesos, I’d be using one right now to write on this blog.

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Samsung NC20 now shipping in the UK

Samsung NC20

It appears UK shoppers will be getting the Samsung NC20 first. The NC20 is Samsung’s new ultraportable with a unique 12–inch screen unlike the 9 and 10–inch squinters we get from other manufacturers. It also sports the Via Nano processor, an exception to the typical Intel Atom N270 we see everywhere. But without an optical drive, I wonder if this one will outsell standard 12–inch notebooks with snappier dual core processors and an optical drive. What do you think?

(Photo courtesy of user Spitwroot)

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10–inch Acer Aspire One now on sale in Hong Kong!


It seems that the 10–inch version of the Acer Aspire One is now on sale in Hong Kong! Unfortunately, it sells for a lot more than its announced SRP: 3998 HKD, or just more than 500 US dollars. Ouch. I guess that’s the price we pay for being first. I hope it will be here in the Philippines soon, but I’d rather wait for prices to drop to a reasonable level.

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LG X110 reviewed

LG X110 (Photo courtesy of

The LG X110 is LG’s late entry into the netbook market. It has been rumored to be based off the MSI Wind but it does have a few things that make it not entirely just the same as everyone else. Yes it sports the same Intel Atom processor, paired with a 10–inch screen, and a traditional hard disk instead of an SSD. So how does it compare to all other netbooks out there? This review should help you out.

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Quick Review: Sony Vaio P


Having been invited to the Philippine launch of the Sony Vaio P, I got the chance to handle this new ultraportable computer from Sony. I won’t call it a netbook, at least not for now, as Sony has been insistent that this product is not a netbook competitor. Considering its USD $900 price tag, it ought to be a lot more than a netbook. Here in the Philippines, it will be selling for 49,999 pesos at its cheapest configuration while the more upscale option is listed at 69,999 pesos. Ouch.

The cheaper version has a slower Intel Atom processor, the 1.33 GHz Z520 while the other one has the 1.6 GHz Z530. For storage, the entry–level (if you think fifty thousand pesos is an entry–level price point) version uses 60GB HDD while the other one sports 1 64GB SSD. RAM is more than adequate at 2GB, but since they’re using Windows Vista on this one, it really doesn’t help.

Here’s a very quick summary about the Sony Vaio P:

  • 50,000 pesos is a hard sell for an ultra–mobile solution, but then again it might be okay since Sony has never been out to capture the whole market anyway. Maybe it will sell well enough to be not a flop, but definitely not a hit.
  • 1600×768 resolution on a screen this small is a technological feat — but you should’ve stopped at that. There’s no reason to sell it as you cannot read text on the screen. It defeats the advantages presented by the wonderful keyboard — you can type fast comfortably but cannot see what you’re writing. Almost the same as the netbook problem, but this time we’re complaining about the screen, not the keyboard.
  • Now let’s look at things differently: it is a marvelous screen. The ultra–widescreen LCD is bright with good contrast and color that it would be very good for watching movies and viewing photos. Unfortunately, for the same money I could’ve bought a 32–inch LCD TV with a cheap netbook and I can use the netbooks video out port to view everything on the LCD TV, in HD resolution.
  • Trying out Internet Explorer 7 that came with Vista, I opened two web pages on two different tabs. Switching between the two of them takes noticeable time that it becomes irritating. The Vaio P would’ve fared better if it ran Windows XP.
  • Touch–point/trackpoint interface instead of a trackpad was a necessary detail to keep the device’s size to a minimum. However it somehow limits the usability of the device itself, especially considering the ultra–high resolution screen; it is hard to control the cursor movements with such an input device.
  • Not to be entirely negative about the Vaio P, this thing can do HD video output as well as special wireless pairing features with other Sony devices. It can do beautiful photo slideshows and similar presentations. Not to exaggerate, but the device itself is an engineering milestone. It’s just crippled by some compromises and a huge price tag.


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10-inch Acer Aspire One now in Japan!


So the new Acer Aspire One is slowly making its way throughout the world as it has now been launched in Japan. Now with a larger 10.1–inch screen compared to the 8.9–inch from the previous model, this should make the Aspire One a better choice compared to recent offerings from Lenovo, Samsung and the likes that have chosen the 10–inch displays.

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Acer Aspire One with 10-inch screen unveiled


The long–expected rumor of a revised version of the Acer Aspire One with a 10–inch screen is now confirmed. This one’s called the AOD150. Everything is basically unchanged except for the screen:

  • Atom N270 (1.6GHz, 533MHz FSB)
  • Up to 2GB RAM
  • 10.1” Display (1024 x 600 resolution, 180 nits)
  • 160GB HDD
  • Multi card reader (SD/MMC/RS-MMC/MS/MS PRO)
  • Stereo speakers (HD Audio)
  • 0.3MP Webcam
  • 802.11b/g Wifi
  • 10/100 Mpbs Wired
  • 3x USB ports
  • VGA Port
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless Broadband (UMTS/HSPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA/HSUPA, 3G)
  • 260 x185 x 33.4mm Dimensions
  • 2.62 lbs (3-cell battery) or 2.95lbs (6-cell battery)
  • 3 Li-ion Batteries: 3-Cell (24.4W 2200 mAh ) or 6-Cell (48.8W 4400 mAh) or 6-Cell (57.7W 5200 mAh)
  • 84-key keyboard (1.6mm key travel)
  • 2 button touchpad

With this new update, I wouldn’t be surprised if Acer comes out way ahead of everyone else in the netbook market by the end of the year.

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Released: Sony VAIO P


It was never a question of “will” but rather “when.” I always felt that Sony wouldn’t just let all the other computer manufacturers have all the fun with the emerging ultraportable netbook market. Now we have their response in the Sony VAIO P:

  • 8–inch screen at 1600×768 widescreen resolution
  • 1.8 pounds
  • Intel Atom Z processor at 1.33 GHz with 512KB of L2 cache
  • USD $900

It’s nice that Sony chose to produce a product not exactly similar as every other netbook out there. The screen diffirentiates it from everything else and might just make it its advantage. The processor though seems to be a less powerful version of the Intel Atom N270 that we see everywhere, I just hope it fares just as well in common computing tasks.

But USD $900? That’s just 99 dollars cheaper than the basic Apple MacBook and more expensive than many budget notebooks with far more of pretty much everything. This won’t be an easy sell.

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CES 2009

CES 2009 brings us a lot of new products and surprises. Here’s just a few:

Now that’s a lot of products to read about. This only means better choices and cheaper prices for the netbook market. We consumers win!

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Google’s Android OS on netbooks


Google’s Android project has been known for use in mobile devices like cellphones, but hardly was it mentioned before that it can be used for ultraportables and netbooks. To their credit, they never said it wasn’t for portable computers, we just assumed it was going to be for phones that will give the iPhone a run for its money. Now here’s the big surprise.

The guys over at Mobile-facts (via VentureBeat) took four hours to compile Android for the Asus Eee PC 1000H. They had the graphics, sound, and wireless internet working, so it’s a very functional hack.

Knowing that Google has the Chrome browesr and the backing of the OHA, it wouldn’t be a wild guess that we will be seeing phone/netbook hybrids pretty soon. More importantly, it could also mean another major factor in the netbook market now with a new OS thrown into the mix. We have Linux and Windows variants, and now we just might have Android. This will definitely be a big push for the netbook/ultraportable market in the coming months.

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Review: Samsung NC10


If the first review of the Samsung NC10 didn’t convince you, here’s another that might make you think twice about this new netbook. Now if only Samsung would sell it more markets worldwide.

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Acer Aspire One deals!


The best netbook deals you can find right now are with the Acer Aspire One. The barebones 8GB SSD version that comes with a 3–cell battery can now be bought for just below 12,000 pesos. Yes, that is an Atom–powered netbook that’s very usable for basic computing tasks. Now if you’re looking for something more robust, the hard–disk equipped version of the Aspire One sells for 24,000 and comes with 6–cell battery along with its 160GB 2.5–inch hard drive. That gives you around five hours of continuous use without a wall socket! Right now, the HDD model even comes with a free slim external DVD–writer which makes it as good a deal as most cheap laptops out there.

Now is this model good enough? This review tells me it is:

For those looking for an even lower cost budget netbook, the Acer Aspire One is a worthy candidate to think about. This computer has solid build quality to handle being tossed around in a backpack or purse, and modest performance to handle common software applications with ease. Battery life isn’t the best with the 3-cell model, so if you spot the 6-cell/160GB version in stock, it is highly recommended that you pick that. While it is not the easiest netbook to upgrade, it does offer a large storage drive to start with and an SDHC expansion slot. Starting as low as $349 it is no question that it blows the socks off the current competing models, which are priced at $499 and up.

Things are getting really better for the consumers these days.

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HP Mini 1000: Editors’ Choice!

HP Mini 1000

The new HP Mini 1000 gets a much coveted Editors’ Choice badge over at NotebookReview:

The HP Mini 1000 is a clear winner on the netbook front, offering a great design and being very user-upgrade friendly. It offers the best keyboard out of the entire netbook crowd, only matched by the earlier Mini-Note 2133 which uses the same design. We are delighted HP finally decided to refresh their netbook with the Atom platform since it increased battery life over the VIA model and greatly reduced the amount of heat thrown off the processor. With great build quality, a spring-loaded RAM slot, awesome keyboard, and super slim design it is easy to give the HP Mini 1000 our Editor’s Choice award. We feel it is well deserved even with the missing VGA port and limited battery options.

Wow, time to start buying it now!

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Acer #1 in netbooks

Yes, Asus is no longer at the top of the netbook market. After creating the market with its Eee PC, Asus has slipped to the #2 slot as Acer takes the overall lead with a 38% share of the market. In the same period, Asus captured just 30% of the netbook shipments. What makes this very interesting though is the fact that Acer only ships basically just one model, the Acer Aspire One. It comes in HD and SSD configs but that’s basically everything. Asus on the other hand has various variants of the Eee PC with a smorgasbord of configurations.

I think good marketing and pricing is what put Acer at number one. Armed with the simple fact that consumers want good value at a reasonable price, they turned the Aspire One into one of the better netbooks you can buy right now. And by the time the others catch up, they’ll be on their next generation of devices and maybe with some tricks up its sleeves.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (6-cell battery) – 26,999 pesos


A new variant of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 that comes with a 6–cell battery is now here in the Philippines. This new model seems to be the same as the IdeaPad S10e we mentioned recently but is simply called the S10 here in Manila. Not surprisingly, it appears just like an ordinary S10. What makes it unique though is the seemingly better keyboard with larger keys, a plus for netbooks of this size. It’s listed at different prices in various stores, but commonly sells for 26,999 pesos. Not a cheap price, now with other models selling for much less. However, this is somehow reasonable as the IdeaPad S10 is better in many respects compared to its competitors. But is the price difference completely justified? Only the market can tell.

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HP Mini 1000 in the Philippines

HP Mini 1000You can now buy the HP Mini 1000 in the Philippines, the updated version of HP’s netbook/ultraportable. This revision now has the Intel Atom processor instead of the underperforming Via offerings. According to Villman’s brochure for the BPI 0% Installment Madness Promo, the HP Mini 1001TU, a variant of the Mini 1000, has a suggested retail price of 21,948 pesos. You can also get it for 12 equal monthly installments of 1,829 pesos. Knowing that the HP Mini 1000 is one of the better–looking netbooks out there, this is good news for those seeking a chic–looking device that performs just as well as the rest of the market.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10e Reviewed


PortableMonkey has a review of the newer version of Lenovo’s netbook, IdeaPad S10e. Not much different than the widely available S10, this updated model has a 6–cell battery and is equipped with a quick–boot OS that appears Linux–based and is made for basic tasks like email and browsing the web. Read on for the complete review.

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Asus Eee PC 901 vs Acer Aspire One vs Dell Mini 9

Portable Monkey has a comparison of three of the more prominent netbooks you can buy now, the Asus Eee PC 901, the Acer Aspire One, and the Dell Mini 9. Interesting how they rate these models in various aspects that will surely be of interest to potential buyers. But then again, TechCrunch tells us why ultraportable netbooks are not good enough. I don’t agree though.

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Samsung NC10: Doin’ everything right


Does it really do everything right? LaptopMag reviews this netbook/ultraportable from Samsung that retails for USD $499. It has a 10–inch screen making it slightly more usable, but at the expense of reduced portability. The spacious keyboard is something not too common among netbooks, so it’s a plus point for this model. In the beauty department, it surely does look good and should be a looker compared to its competitors. Is it worth getting? Read the review to find out.

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Asus Eee PC 900HA: Budget bestseller?


I recently came across a review of the Asus Eee PC 900HA but before I read it, I thought it was just going to be one of many Eee PC variants that are becoming too common these days. After all, the specs is just the same as every other netbook these days:

  • Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor
  • 160GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive (Seagate Momentus 5400.4)
  • 1GB of DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
  • Windows XP Home Edition Operating System
  • 9″ WSVGA LED-Backlit 1024 x 600 LCD
  • Ports: Three USB 2.0, 1 VGA monitor out, headphone jack, microphone input, SD card reader (SDHC-compatible), Kensington lock slot, Ethernet 10/100
  • Webcam (.3 MP)
  • Battery: 7.4v 5200mAh 4-cell battery (39Wh)
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g (Atheros AR5007EG)
  • One-year warranty
  • Size: 8.86 (W) x 6.69 (D) x .79 ~ 1.33 (H)
  • Weight: 2 lbs 7 oz

Nothing too spectacular, right? It has an ordinary notebook hard–drive for more storage but makes it noisier than an SSD module. Even the webcam’s downgraded from the 1.3MP one found on the Eee PC 900.

What makes the Asus Eee PC 900HA an interesting offering are the subtle niceties that comes with it. It has a reconfigured keyboard that’s a lot easier to type on. And with the Intel Atom, it is now a battery miser that can get to four hours of mobile use. And the clincher, a street price of around USD $250! The listed price is supposedly at USD $350 but it’s commonly found in the low 300 range. If it sells for less around 15,000 pesos here in the Philippines, it will be sure to fly off the shelves!

Note: Image courtesy of and/or its reviewer.