UPDATED: HANNspree gets involved in the netbook market


The maker of weird and wonderful monitors, TVs and assorted tech, HANNspree, has announced its plans to get involved in the old netbook game. ‘Ardest game in the world, that is.

The Taiwan based company is promising to use their “expertise in unique design and quality display manufacturing to create, what we believe, will be the new fashion accessory for the modern gadget lover that demands style”. Not sure if that means making a computer that looks like a hamburger or not. That’s as specific as they’ve got on looks.

What they have told us is that it’ll have a 10″ LCD display, a full size keyboard, a 1.3MP Webcam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’ll also come with a 6-cell battery, weigh 1.2kg and cost just £289, and that sounds like a bit of a bargain to me, provided as it doesn’t look too silly. I’m intrigued, and so should you be.

Updated: I stand utterly corrected. It appears to be called the HANNSnote and it’ll be available in a comparatively conservative look in both black and white rather like these ones:



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Emtec Gdium Liberty 1000 – a netbook with an OS on a stick


Emtec themselves admit there’s a bit of a netbook craze at the moment in PC land (not a principality of PC World) but then, who really cares? We like these things. Well, most of us do anyway and how can it not benefit the consumer to have more choice and more competition among the manufacturers?

Anyway, that’s besides the point because the 10″ Emtec Gdium offers a twist on standard sub-notebookery with the use of that fat looking USB device at the front, known as the G-Key…

IFA 2008: Medion Akoya Mini E1211 – a 10-inch netbook for the market


No, this isn’t another of the endless teasers about the Dell E, this is actually about the Medion Mini as announced at IFA 2008 today. The only problem is that Medion didn’t bother sending out any pictures and, what with the famous Dell pencil, it seemed like the perfect image to get across the sense of what I’m talking about.

So, the market launch of the Medion Akoya Mini E1211 is planned for October…

Not long to wait for ASUS' Eee 901 and 1000 sub-notebooks, July 1st apparently


Great news for those who’ve been holding out on buying a sub-notebook until the Eee 901 and 1000 launch – they’ve just been given UK release dates of the 1st of July.

With 8.9-inch and 10-inch screens between them, the main advantage with these two models is that they’re running on 1.6GHz Intel Atom processors, making for a better computing experience. They’ll run quietly, and be more energy-efficient. Better battery life is of course another benefit, particularly…

Acer officially announces the Aspire One sub-notebook, the Eee 900 turns green with envy


Acer officially announced what we all suspected, that they had been readying a sub-notebook to compete with the Eee PC. The Aspire One, pictured, is an Intel Atom-based lappy with an 8.9-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit screen.

It’s not just a choice of 512MB or 1GB of RAM you have either, as Acer is kindly offering models with either Linpus Linux Lite or Windows XP, with the first OS packing 8GB of SSD and Windows giving the user 80GB of HDD space. Some things are best left to Acer to decide on however, so each model has a 0.3-megapixel CrystalEye webcam, 5-in1 card reader, Wi-Fi plus the option of integrated WiMAX or HSDPA connectivity.

Out on the 10th of July, the Linux…

Via gives away its OpenBook designs, watch out for even more Eee clones


Via has decided to be friendly to anyone wanting to build an Eee PC clone (or just a sub-notebook PC) by making CAD files available to anyone who wants to build or modify the OpenBook.

Processor specs aren’t amazing — the Via C7-M / VX800 digital media processors may well choke on Windows XP or Vista, although Via says that their next-generation processor – Isaiah – will run four times as fast…