Toshiba NB200-12N 10.1-Inch Netbook

The Mini NB200 (NB205 in The US) is the second netbook from Toshiba. The spec includes Intel's Atom N280 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz. 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (There is a 160GB version available), webcam, full size keyboard, memory card reader , Wi-Fi (54g) Bluetooth and Windows 7 starter.

Toshiba NB200 (NB205) Netbook With Windows

Design: The NB200's design is one of the smartest looking amogs the currently available crop of netbooks. Just 25mm think and (in ;the case of mine) a rather fetching Brown satin case matched with silver detailing and keyboard. It features a full sized keyboard, although the tab key is a little on the small side. The trackpad is a decent size for a netbook too. The calculator style keys are well spaced making typing fairly stress free.

The 1024x600 resolution 10.1 inch screen is bright and clear, though the glossy screen could be problematic in bright sunlight. Windows 7's ability to hide the task bar comes in handy as digital real estate is at a premium.

Toshiba NB200 (NB205) Netbook With Windows 7 Starter

Connectivity: The Toshiba Mini features 3 USB ports, a card reader, Bluetooth and Wi-fi, Ethernet and analogue video output. The USB can be set to charge items while the netbook sleeps.

Performance: This is a netbook, which essentially means light use and predominately web based tasks. Its not going to replace your desktop / Laptop for processor heavy tasks. While out of the box its able to run web video (BBC iPlayer / Youtube) however it did struggle trying to run hi-def from vimeo. Truth be told many netbooks are much of a muchness as they say, an Atom processor teamed with 1GB of memory and a 10.1 inch screen. Though the NB200 is not really very suited to Hi-Def playback out of the box it's as good as you will likley get with that spec Office tasks etc. run with ease though I would suggest that this and all netbooks could do with 2GB of ram as standard and would suggest purchasing one of the available 2GB sticks for netbooks. Windows 7 starter is certainly an improvement over Vista in terms of memory use and does give a viable option over the ageing XP OS. Power consumption is pretty good giving a claimed up to 9 hours using the right settings, though realistically if your machines is in constant use its more likely to be around 6 or 7, though that's still excellent.

In conclusion, if your looking to buy a netbook this Christmas or January sales this is a best of breed machine for the price. Great styling, phenomenal battery life and A keyboard you can type on without your hand becoming malformed claws. Plus when you whip it out in the local coffee shop you don't look like you've robbed a small child of her "Barbie's first pc". The Toshiba NB200 is available at and in North America from as the NB205 from

Ostendo CRVD 43-Inch Curved Monitor

For the hardcore gamers who are flush with the cash, I present to you the Ostendo CRVD 43-inch curved monitor...

Ostendo CRVD 43-Inch Curved Monitor

Ostendo CRVD 43-Inch Curved Monitor

At this time of year, particularly, there is a whole world of gadgetry vying to catch your eye and empty your pocket, some worthy and some not. At a pricey $6,499, Ostendo's 'world's first curved desktop monitor' does, I do believe, fit into the former category. This 43-inch behemoth has a 90-degree field of vision which uniquely engages the peripheral vision to give you what is, apparently, "an unmatched immersive viewing experience." With its 2880 x 900 quad-DLP display, seamlessly curvaceous screen, compatability with existing operating systems and ability to open multiple applications at once, the CRVD claims to have the ability to up your productivity levels by 30%...or you can just put 3 together, as seen in the video below, and have the drive of your virtual life. (All work and no play an' all that.)

GAME PITCH: being as my virtual driving's as infinitely incompetent as my real driving (i.e. I'm not licensed to do this,) I'd like to suggest a Morgan/EA Games collaboration of a more sedate nature so that I may also get in on the triple screen action. Driving Miss Fifi; a potter about in the British country lanes featuring an appearance by the royal badassery that is Thomas's beyond awesome dad, Cornelius. However, Driving Miss Fifi would not be without a smattering of high-octane thrills as, depending on your social leanings, you'll have the option to knock over the odd pauper or startle the hunt horses to the ends of trampling their charge as they wimper something about affronts to their civil liberties. Interested parties may apply within.

Via: OhGizmo!

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

The cute new Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop computer from Dell may, at a tiny 7.8" x 7.8" x 3.4" and 3.53lb weigh-in, seem like it's only nipping at the heels of its larger counterparts, but its dinky dimensions belie some pretty impressive capabilities. 

With a choice of interchangeable colour and design casings (7 colour options and 3 artist-designed patterns are offered to suit,) this techno-cube is certainly making a bid for your aesthetic affections, but with a decent spec back-up, the Inspiron Zino HD is boxing clever. Prices range from £299 upwards, with a basic package nicely suited to being tucked away as an element of a multi-media entertainment set-up (2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 800MHz memory, 320GB hard drive, integrated HD 3200 graphics card and DVD/CD RW optical drive.) The mid-range model comes with a monitor, more powerful processor, hard drive, increased memory, etc. to bridge the gap between the basic and higher-end model, which, from £719, comes with a Blu-Ray ROM drive aswell as standard increased performance to include a 1TB hard drive. So, whether you need a space-saving multi-media addition to your living room or powerful mini desktop office performer, Dell has it covered. 

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

4 USB ports and HDMI make it ideal for sitting under the living room flat-screen.

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

To find out more about the Dell Inspiron Zino HD visit Dell [US | UK]

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With its 87 bazillion guns and four player co-op, this baby can only be the RPG/FPS lovechild, Gearbox Software's RPS Borderlands. Just released for the Xbox 360 and PS3, PC gamers will be able to get their paws on the already acclaimed action as of next week.

Looking like a fine slice of potentially addictive timewasting, Borderlands is available to pre-order now ahead of its October 30th UK release (October 26th for North America.) Check out the Borderlands site for more info. (Being as this is an 18-certificate game, the site is age-restricted, so mathematically inept children grab your calculators now.)

quick intro to boxee from boxee on Vimeo.

"boxee takes the great user interface of our social media center to control all of your downloaded media, and adds the great streaming content from CBS, Comedy Channel and Hulu! When your friends watch a TV show or movie that is on any one of these (and more) streaming sites, boxee will automatically connect you to the full movie or featured clips, so you can watch along with your friends, for free!."

They posted this video over at Grassroots Modern and as someone who only watches "TV" from online sources it looks pretty good to me.

Via: Grassroots Modern

Technology changes the way we live and for many the Internet has surpased television programming as their number one recreational activity. So like me, you probably have a large LCD / plasma TV in the room you deem the living room. However for me personally, the idea of sitting in front of it for periods of time actually channel surfing or even worse watching one channel's programing schedule for a period of time has become an alien one. Modern life, choice and of course the aforementioned interweb has killed off both the desire and the attention span. Actually using a TV in the way we did back when I was a child in the 80's seems as ridiculous as having a land line telephone (I tried to sign up to and it asked me for one the other day. I thought "you what, I've not had one in a decade, surely only telesales people use them to ring you"). No, old form TV is dead to me, I couldn't care less about the shared watercooler experience of "did you see *insert inane shit reality TV show here* last night". When Virgin (my cable ISP) fell out with Sky and removed channels and then did not pass on any saving (they are back now) and then decided to start throttling Broadband services in classic 'large corporation we can get away with anything we like style', something had to give. And the giving was me giving them back the TV service, and upping the broadband connection. TV when you want it via the Internet is now a reality and getting better all the time and the main thing, other than wildlife documentaries that I would actually care about using my TVs 50,000 - 1 contrast, 100 mghz and full HD for, is movies and well there's Blu Ray for them. So with traditional TV banished from my home, and I'm guessing an increasing number of other's home's too, it's time for the Internet to find it's way out of the ghettos of the office, the laptop and the PC workstation and into the promised land of the living room. And bellow are five small Pc's that should be more than adequate to handle the transition. Of course it's not an 'either or choice', if you love your Freeview / Sky. Virgin etc. TV viewing habits, there's still plenty of good reasons to get your TV hooked up to a PC.

Dell Studio Hybrid

The Studio Hybrid from Dell is all about space saving, power saving and ultimately (according to the marketing blurb) Earth saving. The Dell is a pretty attractive little desktop that will look stylish in the living room without claiming much real estate. As shown above you can stand it horizontally or vertically depending on your taste / available space. As a living room PC you will ultimately want to connect it to your shiny new living room dwarfing TV and the Hybrid has both your normal monitor connection and HDMI. Prices start from around £340 in the UK and run to around £560 for the 4044 with Blu-Ray.


Packard Bell imax 3516

Packard Bell's iMax 3515 / 3516 is much larger than the Dell or the tiny Asus Eee PC desktop, but its mini tower is still half the size at least of the company's full size PC's. The 3516 retails for around £480 and can read Blu Ray Discs. Depending on your space and aesthetic taste, the Packard Bell packs a decent spec with the Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and 3GB DDR2 and optical S/PDIF to connect a surround sound amplifier. There's no HDMI and like all these smaller PC's the Graphics card is a little disappointing, though its adequate enough for most living room based computing tasks it's probably going to struggle with a bit games.

Sony Vaio TP

Sony Vaio VGX-TP2S/B is constructed with the living room firmly in mind, with it's Blu Ray reader, HDMI port, remote and wireless keyboard receiver built into the case and its got a built in wireless receiver for connecting to a network. Being a Sony though the price is between £800 and £900 (depending where you look) in the UK and while a round case is a bit different, nothing in the spec (on paper at least) makes this vastly superior to the others here, other than of course the Eee Pc, but then that retails for a quarter of the price and really is meant for net surfing and very simle tasks.

HP Pavilion Slimline


For around £500 the HP Pavilion Slimline s3644 with Blu-Ray Combo stuffs a lot into its slimline case. The AMD Phenom X3 8250e processor (e is for energy saving) means it's not too power hungry. The spec includes a Digital TV Tuner, 4GB of ram (the most of any system here) and like the Sony it has a 500GB hard drive so you can pack a lot of media onto it.

Eee Box

The Asus Eee Box (available in black or white) is not a multimedia machine and is aimed squarely at those who as Asus have noticed use a computer to essentially launch the Internet and get online. In terms of a living room PC this is a great option for those that already have the DVD, Blu Ray, sound system etc. and would just like to be able to go online and read a cool blog (like LateMag) or check their email from the TV while eating their toast before work in the morning. It's Tiny and cheap and essentially does what it says on the tin. The first of the new generation of PC's that has come to be known as Nettops, taking their name from their netbook cousins also pioneered by Asus. If a simple way to access the internet from your TV is all you want from a living room PC, at less than £200 and with built-in wireless this is a great choice.

Of courses these are not your only choices, there are the high-end dedicated media center PC's many of which will look much like your existing separate AV components. If you know your way around the insides of a PC then there's a large array of barbone PC's from Shuttle that you can upgrade to fit your needs. Low power "eco" offering like the Advent Eco PC which claims to use 78% less power than a normal PC ( I imagine they measured that against a pretty power hungry machine which did not have the equivalent spec so be dubious of items which make "eco" claims). And of course for those who can't live without Apples operating system and badge theres alway's the diminutive Mac Mini.

Commodore UMMD 8010%2FF Netbook

Commodore UMMD 8010%2FF Netbook

Commodore UMMD 8010%2FF Netbook

The Commodore branded 8010/F Netbook features VIA C7-M CPU, Windows XP Home or Linux, 10.2″ Display with Webcam, 80GB HDD, 1GB RAM
and 802.11b/g and optional Bluetooth.

Its main appeal of course is probably the Commodore logo which will have children of the 80's remembering happier simpler times. Especially as the price (expected to be £325) is not exactly competitive in the cutthroat mini portable market.

 Via: Retro To Go ,NRK, Pocket-lint

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