- Toshiba Libretto W105 review
- Samsung Processor New Release, dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9
- Razia Microsoft Bajakan bagi Penjual dan Dealer Komputer
Posted: 08 Sep 2010 09:46 PM PDT
At this point Toshiba’s dualscreen Libretto W105 shouldn’t need much of an introduction — or at least after glancing at the picture above we figure it won’t. It looks like a laptop straight out of the future. And it kind of is. It’s the sort of clamshell gadget we’ve seen rendered and rendered for years, but that’s never made it to market… until now that is. In celebration of Toshiba’s 25 years in the laptop business, the company’s gotten bolder than ever, and it hasn’t just created a gadget with two seven-inch capacitive touchscreens, but it’s actually brought it to market. Sure, it’s only available for a very limited run, and at a lofty $1,100, only die-hard gadget geeks are bound to fork over the cash. That said, it’s still one of the most intriguing devices we’ve seen all year, and that’s saying something. And it’s even more compelling when you consider that packs the parts of a 12- or 13-inch ultraportable, including an Intel Pentium processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD and also runs Windows 7. But that’s exactly what’s wrong with the Libretto — it looks like the future, but it’s held back by modern day laptop parts and software. We’ve spent quite some time with the W105 — we typed half of this review on the bottom screen! — so you’ll want to hit the break to find out just what we’re talking about.
Toshiba Libretto W105 unboxing and review
In terms of size and weight, the W105 is a throw back to older seven-inch netbooks and UMPC devices, like the UMID M2. The smaller displays makes it only 7.95 inches wide, but since they’re stacked up on top of each other when closed it measures 1.2 inches thick. When fully opened, the device is closer in size to a tablet, and it’s actually a bit shorter than the iPad. Folded up, it’s exceedingly small, and at 1.8 pounds it’s no struggle to slide into a large jacket pocket or a purse. Oh, and Toshiba was nice enough to include a velvet carrying case so it doesn’t get scratched up. Thanks!
We have fewer complaints about the touch experience. Both capacitive screens are extremely responsive to both light finger taps and gestures, including swipes and pinch-to-zoom. Toshiba’s also configured haptic feedback for certain functions — for instance, when you strike a key on one of the many keyboards, you’re hit back with some slight vibration. Just to repeat ourselves, we never found the screen failing to recognize a tap or swipe, and all the complaints you hear about the touch experience in the next couple of paragraphs have to do strictly with the software. Last but not least, there’s a 1 megapixel webcam located to the left of the upper display — it actually captured pretty nice still shots as well as video.
Windows 7 doubled
At this point you’re probably wondering how do the two screens work in tandem. Toshiba’s built a small software tool that integrates with all the windows. The small boxes next to the open and close buttons allow you to straddle a window across two screens or simply move a single window from the top to the bottom. You can also double tap the top of a Window to bring up another menu that allows for moving the windows around and shifting them from the top to the bottom screens and visa versa. It’s possible to drag one window from one screen to another, but the tool makes it a lot easier.
Toshiba’s grandest software effort seems to have been made in the keyboard arena as there are six (yes, six!) preloaded virtual keyboards. The keyboards can be brought up at anytime by hitting the physical button on the bottom screen — you’re asked if you want to disable the stock Windows keyboard the first time you boot up the system. We urge you to take a look at all the keyboard options in the gallery below, but all of them take getting used to. We tried our hand at most of them while writing the first half of the review — we ended up using the fairly standard one, but even then we just couldn’t get used to it since it’s fairly cramped and we kept mistyping. For typing a URL or a simple e-mail here and there it’ll be fine, but this thing isn’t meant for writing your memoir.
Which brings us to the question: what exactly are you supposed to use this thing for? Given the form factor, reading would make sense, and Toshiba has partnered with Blio on its BookPlace software. There are some preloaded books that were formatted for the two screens, but at this point there’s no store for buying anything on your own. So, unless you’re up for reading preloaded titles like “Organize Now!” and “The Everything Kid’s Science Experiment Book” there’s not much you can do with the software at this point. We tried out Amazon’s Kindle for PC and Barnes & Noble’s Nook programs, but they were both designed for single page layout so it’s hard to get it to fit across the screen correctly. Still we guess you could read a book on the left screen while keeping your e-mail or Engadget open on the right.
Performance and battery life
Those strong internals also impact the battery life, and though Toshiba strapped a 36Wh six-cell to the bottom of the W105 it only lasted for 2 hours and 10 minutes on our video rundown test, which loops the same video at 65 percent brightness and WiFi switched on. We don’t care what kind of power is inside this guy — two hours is just terrible for any highly mobile device.
Posted: 08 Sep 2010 09:27 PM PDT
SAMSUNG Introduces High Performance, Low Power Dual CORTEX™ – A9 Application Processor for Mobile Devices
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced its new 1GHz ARM® CORTEX™ A9-based dual-core application processor, codenamed Orion, for advanced mobile applications. Device OEM developers now have a powerful dual processor chip platform designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones. Samsung’s new processor will be demonstrated at the seventh annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held here in Taiwan at the Westin Taipei Hotel.
“Consumers are demanding the full web experience without compromise while on the go,” said Dojun Rhee, vice president of Marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “Given this trend, mobile device designers need an application processor platform that delivers superb multimedia performance, fast CPU processing speed, and abundant memory bandwidth. Samsung’s newest dual core application processor chip is designed specifically to fulfill such stringent performance requirements while maintaining long battery life.”
Designed using Samsung’s 45 nanometer low-power process technology, Orion features a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores, each comes with a 32KB data cache and a 32KB instruction cache. Samsung also included a 1MB L2 cache to optimize CPU processing performance and provide fast context switching in a multi-tasking environment. In addition, the memory interface and bus architecture of Orion supports data intensive multimedia applications including full HD video playback and high speed 3D action games.
Samsung’s new application processor incorporates a rich portfolio of advanced multimedia features implemented by hardware accelerators, such as video encoder/decoder that supports 30fps video playback and recording at 1080P full HD resolution. Using an enhanced graphics processing unit (GPU), the new processors are capable of delivering 5 times the 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.
For design flexibility and system BOM cost reduction, Orion integrates a set of interfaces commonly used in mobile devices to configure various peripheral functionalities. For example, with this processor, customers have the choice to use different types of storage including NAND flash, moviNAND™, SSD or HDD providing both SATA, and eMMC interfaces. Customers can also choose their appropriate memory options including low power LPDDR2 or DDR3, which is commonly used for high performance. In addition, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver baseband processor is embedded in the processor to seamlessly support location based services (LBS), which is critical in many emerging mobile applications.
Orion features an onboard native triple display controller architecture that compliments multi-tasking operations in a multiple display environment. A mobile device using the Orion processor can simultaneously support two on-device display screens, while driving a third external display such as a TV or a monitor, via an on-chip HDMI 1.3a interface.
Orion is designed to support package-on-package (POP) with memory stacking to reduce the footprint. A derivative of Orion, which is housed in a standalone package with a 0.8mm ball pitch, is also available.
Samsung’s new dual-core application processor, Orion, will be available to select customers in the fourth quarter of 2010 and is scheduled for mass production in the first half of 2011.
Posted: 08 Sep 2010 09:17 PM PDT
Razia Microsoft Bajakan bagi Penjual dan Dealer Komputer
Microsoft menegaskan kepada para penjual komputer bahwa Microsoft tidak akan mentolerir perilaku yang membuat dealer komputer, perusahaan dan konsumer menanggung resiko karena menggunakan software bajakan.
Menurut Departemen hukum regional Microsoft yang berbasis di Singapura), sedang dilakukan tindakan anti pembajakan untuk mengidentifikasi para penjual PC yang diketahui menjual PC-PC baru yang sudah diinstall software Microsoft bajakan atau palsu kepada pembeli yang bermaksud membeli software asli.
Software bajakan akan memiliki resiko keamanan dan privasi yang tinggi dan rentan terhadap penggunaan e-banking dan transaksi di internet.
Kampanye anti-pembajakan ini akan dilakukan selama 6 bulan ke depan. Komunikasi langsung dengan penjual komputer sedang dilakukan pada saat ini.
Fokus dari inisiatif ini untuk melindungi pengguna dan menyetarakan aturan main di kalangan dealer komputer. Dalam kampanye ini, penyidik swasta akan melakukan pembelian komputer baru secara acak dan mengirim komputer-komputer tersebut ke teknisi software yang akan menguji apakah komputer tersebut dijual dengan software asli dan berlisensi atau tidak.
Dealer yang menjual komputer dengan software asli akan menerima surat penghargaan dari Microsoft, sedangkan mereka yang tidak lulus menghadapi "pembeli misterius" ini akan menerima surat tuntutan hukum yang akan dikenakan tuntutan hukum perdata atau dilaporkan kepada pihak Kepolisian untuk menghadapi tuntutan pidana.
"Dalam 3 tahun terakhir, kami telah menghabiskan banyak waktu dan upaya untuk mengedukasi para dealer komputer mengenai kerugian akibat penjualan PC yang sudah terisi dengan software bajakan. Kami telah melakukan survei pada banyak dealer di seluruh tanah air dan mengeluarkan surat yang bersifat edukatif dan peringatan kepada lebih dari 2000 dealer,” terang Jonathan Selvasegaram, legal advisor for Intellectual Property Microsoft, yang dilansir melalui keterangan resminya, Rabu (8/9/2010).
"Kami sudah mengambil pendekatan yang bersifat edukatif sebelumnya tapi kami juga menyadari kebutuhan akan tindakan yang lebih 'tegas' perlu dilakukan guna melindungi pembeli dari masalah keamanan dan virus yang dengan bebas ikut terbawa di dalam software bajakan,” tambahnya.
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