Averatec All-in-One PC

Averatec All-in-One PC

Averatec are coming out with an all-in-one computer that looks pretty nice.

For $1299 you get a 22″ 1680×1050 LCD, Core 2 Duo processor, 320BG hard drive, 2GB RAM, GeForce graphics, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 4-in-1 memory card reader, and dvd/cd writer.

I think a trend we will see in the next year will be the convergence of the low cost low power ultra portable and the all-in-one-pc for home use:

For about $400-$700 you would get an all-in-one PC that is great for everything except gaming (perfect for a kids pc or a kitchen pc) with 15″ screen, Atom processor, 1GB ram, 80+GB hard drive, WiFi/bluetooth.

We use an old laptop connected to a 15″ LCD and bluetooth keyboard/mouse like this in the kitchen at the moment – it is always available to lookup a recipe, check CNN, delete spam from this website etc and you don’t need to carry a laptop or tablet from room to room.

Averatec All-in-One PC via ubergizmo

Panasonic DMC-TZ5 review

Panasonic DMC-TZ5 review

The Panasonic DMC-TZ5 is the subject of a new review posted over at LetsGoDigital.

Here’s what they thought of the $290 9 megapixel image stabilized Panasonic DMC-TZ5 with 10x optical zoom:

“The combination of an effective and powerful image stabilizer and a large optical zoom makes a very strong concept. Nothing beats having a camera loose in your inside pocket and being able to capture virtually any moment you want. The ease and user-friendliness are clearly present and we have no comments on these. If Panasonic works on the aforementioned remarks, in our opinion the concept will then be perfect. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is an absolute must for the photographer that wants to capture his or her moments in the most comfortable way! “

Panasonic DMC-TZ5 review at letsgodigital

Nikon Coolpix P60 review

Nikon Coolpix P60 review

The Nikon Coolpix P60 is the subject of a new review over at PC Magazine.

Here’s what they thought of the $200 8.1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P60:

“Though the Nikon Coolpix P60 offers an impressive 5X zoom, and clear, crisp images, its price holds it back from the ranks of truly stellar, less-expensive compact cameras like the Canon PowerShot A590 IS. The impressive A590 IS offers a lot of the same features and manual controls as the P60 for roughly $50 less. But if you’re willing to put up with the slow start time and bulk of the P60, you might just come to appreciate the thoughtful little details Nikon incorporated, like the capable electronic viewfinder and the ability to start up in review mode.”

Nikon Coolpix P60 review at PC Mag

Carbon nanotubes: as safe as…. asbestos?!?

carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes are often hailed as the best thing since sliced bread and a technological innovation that will change our lives in a myriad of ways, but unfortunately a study just published expresses concerns about their safety and compares them to asbestos due to their potential ability to cause inflammation and lesions when inhaled.

“Researchers with British institutes and the U.S.-based Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies injected mice with asbestos and with commercial samples of carbon nanotubes of varying sizes. When they examined the lining of the rodents’ abdominal cavities, the researchers observed that longer nanotubes behaved like asbestos, provoking inflammation and lesions.”

This is very much just a preliminary study and it seems a lot more testing is needed to determine if carbon nanotubes are a health hazard.

Associated Press via Yahoo

Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth speakers

Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth speakers

Logitech has announced a bluetooth portable speaker system for cellphone users.

The Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth system has four two-inch speakers (two active, two passive) and delivers 12 hrs of playtime before needing to recharge the built-in battery via USB.

You can also use it as a PC speaker or with almost any gadget that had a standard line-out.

The Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth speakers will be out in June for $150.

Logitech Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth speakers via crave

Laptop hard drive shortage coming?

digitimes has reported that shortages of 1.8″ and 2.5″ hard disc drives are expected later this year due to the fast growing demand for ultra-portable laptops:

“Global supply of 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) may fall short in the third quarter of 2008 due to fast growing demand for use in Eee PCs, mini notebook PCs and UMPCs (ultra-mobile PCs), in addition to demand from traditional applications such as notebook PCs, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

In light of the popularity of Asustek Computer’s Eee PCs in the global market, other international PC vendors including Hewlett-Packard and Acer have offered or will offer low-priced portable laptop PCs or UMPCs, causing a related increase in demand for 2.5-inch HDDs, the sources pointed out.

There are only a few global suppliers of 2.5-inch HDDs, including Seagate Technology, Western Digital (WD), Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Fujitsu and Toshiba, and makers of HDD components have not expanded their production capacities, the sources noted. Consequently, global supply of 2.5-inch HDDs may not be able to meet fast growing global demand in the third quarter, a traditional strong sales period for PCs, the sources pointed out.

WD’s production capacity of 2.5-inch HDDs has been booked up until September 2008, the sources cited WD Taiwan as saying. “

It sound to us that all the Eee PC clone manufacturers are going to have a hard time sourcing hard drives for their machines which can only benefit the more established players (HP, MSI, Asus) who probably already have supplies organized.

Netflix set-top box reviews

We mentioned the Netflix set top box for streaming movies to your TV earlier today and already there are a bunch of reviews posted. Here’s a sampling:

PC Mag gives it 4/5 and says “For those looking to augment an unlimited Netflix subscription, this set-top box from Roku is affordable and easy to use. Here’s hoping the movie selection becomes broader.”

CNet gives it 7.7/10 and says: “While it’s still a work in progress–and currently lean on quality content–the Netflix Player’s simple operation, overall convenience, and cheap price makes it a compelling option for Netflix subscribers looking for instant gratification.”

and Wired gives it 7/10 and says “Another nondescript black box to clutter up your living room. Just not as much content as we wish was available. Box and remote, while functional, just aren’t very good looking.”