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Toshiba PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Super Hero or Too Damn Dear

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Buddhas Brother, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toshiba PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Super Hero or Too Damn Dear

As the Christmas shopping season quickly approaches manufactures are busily getting there wares out there to tempt us. Toshiba recently announced its latest temptation, the Portege Z830 Ultrabook. Having also updated their line-up of tablets and laptops Toshiba seems to be making a serious push in the portable computing market. Like all great comic book super hero’s an Ultrabook must have at least one super power. In the Z830’s case it can lighten both your wallet and your backup, simultaneously.

The Z830’s specifications on paper certainly indicate no compromise computing, a laptop that won’t keep you waiting. CPU choice is plentiful with the full range of second generation Intel Sandy Bridge CPU’s available, i3, i5 or i7 are up for inclusion. System memory can be expanded up to 6GB along with 128GB of storage with the included SSD. The display is a flat Matt 13.3″LED display with 1368×768 resolution, low on reflection and even viewable outdoors. The bezel around the LCD display is on the larger size but still blends in with the overall industrial look of the Ultrabook. Read the full article »»»»


HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition Laptop

Posted: September 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Buddhas Brother, Laptop, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition Laptop

HP the largest laptop maker in the world – for the moment – has reset the value equation for laptops yet again. HP has endowed the humble value laptop with a split personality, The Hooker and the Housewife. Once the standard full sized laptop wasn’t a great performance proposition, eventually we all ended up trading power for value. Compromise no longer, the everyday, everyman PC has a new meaner streak. HP’s introduction of the latest Quad Core CPU technology into the value 15.6″ dv6t Quad Edition  and 17″ dv7t Quad Edition laptops changes the equation. HP has returned to what it does best, reliability and value, they threw in the good looks and performance for free. Not as sexy as the high end gaming rigs these are the laptops we spend  time with, our window on the virtual world for the next few years. HP new laptops are just at home during late nights on gaming’s mean streets as it is doing the little day to day tasks. Read the full article »»»»


Boogie RIP e-Writer

Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Technoid Love, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Boogie RIP e-Writer

Paper, the pulp of fiction, the holder of histories has a new challenger. 2000 years after it’s invention, paper has possibly it’s greatest challenger yet. The world of electronic gadgetry has finally caught up with one of mans greatest ever inventions.

Improv Electronics burst on the scene with their Boogie Board LCD eWriters earlier this year. Cheap, hardy and an incredibly useable writing tablet the Boogie Boards quickly became known  for , now the Boogie just got better.

Improv this week announced the Boogie Board RIP – Record Image Preserve  – LCD Writing Tablet, this new more advanced Boogie at the press of a button will record the contents of the  display to a pdf, storing it in the Boogies on board memory.

While the Boogie may look similar to other tablets and e-book readers it is actually designed from a different perspective, the  writer instead of the reader. At its most basic the Boogie is an electronic notepad for sketches, quick lists and short notes. With sizes ranging from 7.5 to 10.5 and prices low enough to worry 3M the Boogies boards are a gadget on the move.

“Boogie Board Rip tablet users can save page after page of handwriting and drawings including lecture/meeting notes, design concepts, homework assignments, tests/quizzes, etc.” Dr. Green continued. “This functionality, and the ability to upload saved content to a computer, takes the Boogie Board Rip tablet well beyond the limits of ordinary paper and provides a cost-effective vehicle to save enormous amounts of it.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Technoid Channel Blipvert, now able to organise a date faster than a room full of Baldwin brothers

Posted: August 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Technoid Channel Blipvert, now able to organise a date faster than a room full of Baldwin brothers

Channel Blipverts is thrilled to have as our video selector this week Agnus, E-Harmonies love matching algorithm. Agnus was introduced to us here at Highpants through a loose association with World of Warcraft. Actually Agnus saved yours truly from an angry horde of knob goblins that were baying for blood. Agnus it turns out is handy with a broad sword.

While we find it hard to believe that E-Harmony uses anything more than a pair of dice when matching people up we can latest to the fact that Agnus is a whole lot more than a random number generator. Agnus was a natural for selecting video’s as well, people are forever showing her video’s they shouldn’t. So with boundaries hardened through years involved with internet dating, behind the scenes only she would always explain, we set Agnus loose in the world of video. With a new-found respect for those hard-working individuals behind the scenes in the dating game we present this weeks Channel Blipverts.

Video’s selected for your viewing pleasure by the dating dynamo and match maker, our girl Agnus.

Sphero makes another appearance at Highpants this week, this time he has his trailer in tow. It’s always the accessories that cost you. In case you missed the incredibly cool Sphero night golf video CHECK the VIDEO

Sphero with his Chariot

ASUS has released the UX series of ultra shiny laptops  – Highpants UX31 article here -, very classy and thin, it’s not until you see them in someones hands that you realise how slim these new UX series laptops are.

Asus UX21 ultrathin laptop hands-on at Computex 2011

Buddha’s Brother out…


Getac X500 Ultra Rugged Notebook

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Michael Courtenay, Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Getac X500 Ultra Rugged Notebook

Getac are legendary for Ultra Rugged, Purpose Built Field Computing. They’ve just outdone themselves with a NEW Überspecked Military Certified Laptop, meet the X500. Getac’s range of rugged notebook, tablet and handheld computers continues to grow with the release of this heavy-weight Überlappy. Aimed squarely at Getac’s core military and explorer customers, the X500 combines extreme durability, ultra fast speed and expandability to produce the ultimate computing solution for field operations. the X500 is designed to withstand the most extreme working conditions. With Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz and Core i7-620M 2.66GHz processor options, 2GB of RAM and the option of a NVIDIA GeForce GT330M MXM GPU with 512MB of VRAM, the X500 is also the most powerful ultra-rugged PC in the company’s 22-year history.

Getac X500 Features

15.6″ Widescreen high-definition display, 1000 NITs QuadraClearTM LED display, Intel® CoreTM i7 2.66GHz processor, Glove-friendly multi-touch LCD, MIL-STD 810G and IP65 certified, MIL-STD 461F ready, High-Power WiFi booster option, Night Vision display option, Expansion unit (PCI or PCIe) option, Industry best 5 year bumper-to-bumper warranty, Ultra Rugged! MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD 461F and IP65 compliant with a magnesium alloy case, shock-mounted hard drive, and sealed I/O caps and doors to prevent damage from solid particles and moisture.  The display is also multi-touch capable and pressure sensitive, so it can be register touch input from almost anything, including gloved fingers. There’s also a glide touchpad with scrollbar, a full-sized – waterproof and backlit – mechanical membrane QWERTY keyboard.

Loaded with Windows 7 pro, Intel’s 2.66GHz i7 CPU boostable to 3.33GHz thanks to Turbo Boost technology, RAM can be upped from 2 to 8GB. The X500 comes with a 320GB HDD as standard, with an optional 160GB SSD also available. The multimedia bay can be filled with an optional Super multi-DVD, a second battery or a second HDD or SSD to operate as a RAID system.

In its standard configuration the X500 boasts a range of I/O ports, including three USB 2.0 ports, one USB/eSATA combo port, two RS-232 serial ports, two PCMCIA ports, an ExpressCard, SmartCard, dual RJ-45 ports, HDMI and VGA outputs. Custom options include the addition of USB 3.0 ports, fiber optic connections, RS-485 or a high-powered Wi-Fi booster.

Military-certified for extreme conditions, the X500 is MIL-STD-810G certified for ruggedness and shock protection, MIL-STD-2169B certified for High Altitude Magnetic Pulse (HEMP), boasts an IP65 rating for protection from water and dust, and has UL1604 certification to ensure it can be safely operated in the presence of potentially flammable or explosive materials. The X500 is also NightVision-ready for working under the cover of darkness using night vision goggles, and is EPEAT gold certified.

The X500 measures 16.1 x 11.41 x 2.56-inches / 410 x 290 x 65 mm. You may need a sherpa to lug this baby around, weighing in at 11.68 lbs /5.3 kg in its standard configuration X500 is surrounded by weight adding protection. It will be available from Getac from July 6 with prices ranging from $US4,999 to $US6,599.

http://getac.com/X500 for details and orders.

Checkout X500’s Specs Below

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Steam Powered Clockwork Laptop

Posted: June 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Steam Powered Clockwork Laptop

Every now and then something comes along that just catches your eye, something so strange and unusual that it has to warrant your attention. The SteamPunk Laptop and other Richard Nagy – aka Datamancer – projects are just that cool. Datamancer has manged to produce a laptop that looks like its steam driven or as if this is a clock work laptop from the Jule Vern’s Time Machine. Styled to look like a Victorian age music box the SteamPunk Laptop is that fascinating balance of old and new,  elegance and function living in harmony. After receiving literally thousands of inquiries Datamancer has announced the SteamPunk laptop is going into production.

First built in November 2007 as a one-of-a kind design by Richard ‘Datamancer’ Nagy the SteamPunk Laptop blew everyone away, computer mod’ers and SteamPunk fans were fascinated from the get go. There was even much mainstream press at the time. Appearances included  Wired, Wall Street Journals and the Boston Globe. The updated new old style laptop will be a more compact design and use revamped internals. While the internal hardware on a stylised laptop such as this may be secondary the new design will include the latest computing technology allowing the “running any of today’s games,” according Nagy.

Opening of the laptops clock work lid reveals a wood, brass and leather keyboard that could have come from the control panel of a great steam train like the Flying Scotsman one of the greatest steam loco’s ever -. The keys are pure Jules Verne but have a high-tech twist with backlight’s highlighting the letter on the key. All the normal ports are exposed and the DVD player even pops out of the side with its wooden finish allowing it to just blend in when not in use. The steampunk influence flows through to the laptops core, turning on the machine requires two cranks of the clock work mechanism with a key, the key itself is a large clock work key that continues the mechanical age theme.

This isn’t Datamancers only foray into Victorian Era hardware, the SteamPunk keyboards are also amazing works of art. Don’t be confused the keyboards aren’t $20 cheap imports with a new case, Datamancer hand makes them to the customers specs using mechanical key mechanisms that will last longer than any hack using them.  With 18 spectacular examples of the possibilities shown on the website you may see your interpretation of the über keyboard there already. The Scrabble keyboard is worth checking out if you have a scrabble nut in the family, initially the bulky style catches your eye, looking like a cave man keyboard. Then  you realize the keys are actual scrabble pieces and the look of the keyboard falls into place. The scrabble keyboard is probably the least SteamPunk of all, the other keyboards like The Aviator are more purest SteamPunk with their mechanical type-writer feel. Except for the usb lead it would be easy to mistake these for an old-school type-writer and try to feed paper in somewhere.

“It’s about the mixture of form and function,” Nagy explains. “It seems like the Victorian age emphasized the two so beautifully, whereas our more modern technology balances function over form.”

These hand-built works of functional art won’t be cheap, the first batch can be pre-ordered now for $5,500 USD, the price of the second batch will increase to $7,500 USD so it pays to get in early. Here at Highpants we love the a well executed contradiction and this is a beautiful contradiction in motion. A work of art that you can Facebook and tweet on, does it get any better than that.

More information at Datamancers page

Buddha’s Brother out…


Ü is for Über

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ü is for Über

The Über laptop release cycle continues unabated, the latest entrant into the race is the Maingear eX-L17 a TRUE gaming laptop. Most entrants in the Über laptop competition are extravagant looking as they are full of bleeding edge technology. The Maingear bucks this trend, eX-L17 is the Clark Kent of the Über Laptop world. Don’t underestimate eX-L17, it’s definitely faster than a speeding bullet. Underneath the nice guy exterior the eX-L17 has all of the technology to make it into the Über category, but can it take the crown ?

While the rise of the tablet seems to be negatively effecting the sales of desktops the Über laptop seems as popular as ever. With a new contender for Über King of laptops every month the battle continues heats up. With a top spec unit costing  over $4,746 you would expect some top end equipment and that’s exactly what you get, the latest generation Sandy Bridge i7 CPU’s with a maximum Turbo mode  speed of 4.8Ghz. This is a record for any laptop. Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M with 2GB takes care of pushing pixels and running the latest games, coupled with a true 1920×1080 high def 17.3″ LED display. The screen is capable of pumping out 3D at 120 Hz, for those who love the glasses 3D movies pop on this display. 16GB of fast DDR3 memory and Dual SSD based hard drives ensures there are no bottle-necks on this gamers delight.

One of the highlights for the Maingear design are the very cool laser etched display lid with a choice of patterns. The examples range from a Tron style geometric pattern, to fractal looking organic curves. The laser etched lid comes in 4 standard choices or you  can pay an extra $100 to have your own pattern etched on. Purely bling it’s a nice option to help you stand out a little. Customization is one of Maingear’s strengths, from you basic video cards all the way up to a Workstation class QuadroFX 2800m all options are covered. This same flexibility is applied across the board from CPU to Hard drives, if you have the coin Maingear will shoe horn it into the eX-L17 . .

Based on a common chassis Maingear take the basic shell and build out the laptop with your selection of parts. The chassis is produced by Clevo and shared by other OEM manufacturers. The current chassis doesn’t support a backlight keyboard which is a major drawback for a laptop of the calibre, back to using the miners torch hat when working in the dark. This is the downside to using off the shelf parts, like the chassis, waiting for your manufacturer to catch up with the latest option.

If running the latest video games is your thing or you need huge amounts of computing power for video production or 3D design then this is one of the laptops you should look at. While the latest Alienware 18″ laptop probably still has the lead and the crown the Maingear is a slightly more affordable and subdued option. The standard spec Maingear and Alienware M18x are very similar spec but the Maingear is $2,699 and the Alienware is $3,299 and the M17x is $2,999. The Maingear is a well made extremely quick laptop with subtle looks and plenty of muscle.

Maingear website and eX-L17

Buddha’s Brother out.…