5 posts • joined 30 May 2007
What about the Atrix line and accessories?
I'm most worried about the Atrix Lapdock with this buyout. How to know they'll keep up this fantastic concept?
Once again, they've upped the bar
Only Sony does this so well: 13" 1920x1080 (yes it's available as an option, take that Apple 1x), 1.2kg (take that Apple 2x), and it has two megabatteries (take that Apple 3x!). Plus you can connect 4 screens to the dock. These are features that warrant top dollar (and the dollar being so low, as is the pound....), it kicks the opposition to the gutter. But you have to need those features, not everyone does.
Oh and the graphics are hybrid, so you get a discrete as well as a builtin gfx chip. Make no mistake, this is the Rolls of ultraportables.
The Windows iconset probably dates back to the NT port of OPENSTEP back when NeXT had gone all software and were porting their dev environment to various platforms (Solaris amongst them).
An ideal device for the road warrior and sysadmin
Palm have actually got it right. And they have mentionned there's no reason it won't sync with other smartphones with a bit of work. I bet you can use a candybar phone for GPRS/EDGE/UMTS access via bluetooth and it provides wifi onboard. The size is perfect for travel and the weight is too (even if it could be lower, but this is 1st gen). It'll do all the stuff your smartphone will do so you've got your office apps, and it's not windows so much less of a nightmare to administrate for corporate types. Throw out those 3+ Kg laptops that sales/execs use on the road and just get these. It'll save on back problems. And for sysadmins it's the perfect cheap and useable device for running around the office. VPN tools will appear very quickly is Palm play ball and open up the underlying linux OS as well as any other linux commandline tool you can think of. at 500 or even 600$ it's a steal compared to a Vaio TX or Asus 10". So long as the exchange rate doesn't cripple it in Europe it'll do well over here for all of us who spend 1+ hours in trains every day
no flash HDD?
You obviously haven't tried one of the previous TX/T series... these babies are made for extralong battery life, hence no blueray drive and no discrete graphics which soak up too much energy. Just a shame the japanese option of a 32Gbit flash drive combined with the regular s-ata hdd / dvd drive is missing. Europe gets shafted once again...
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