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Hercules Introduces Their Latest Generation of eCAFÉ™ Netbooks

on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

The newest generation of the 10″ eCAFE netbooks from Hercules are very thin and light, but they aren’t light on features.  Both the Slim HD and the EX HD can playback 720p HD video, and both allow you to surf, check email, shop, and more.  They have 10″ screens, 3 USB ports, an Ethernet port,Read More…


Whoopie Cushion or Laptop Desk?

on Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

Designed by a chiropractor, the LapMate is a unique laptop desk that has a self-inflating mechanism. Just twist the valve on the side and it inflates to provide a soft platform to place your computer on your lap. When you’re finished, you just sit on the LapMate to deflate it (queue the passing gas noise).Read More…


Write the Next #1 Song with Cakewalk’s V-Studio 20

on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Cakewalk’s V-Studio 20 is an all-in-one recording device for guitarists and singer-songwriters who want a simple way to make music with incredible tones. It’s one of the first music production products for Netbooks, the V-Studio 20 offers a user interface optimized for the Netbook screen (1024 x 600 display) and runs seamlessly with lower CPURead More…


The be.ez Levertigo Notebook Bag Review

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Monday, March 15th, 2010

Ok.  Anyone who has read the Gadgeteer knows that I love laptop bags.  I have no idea why…some people collect stamps… I collect laptop bags.   I have two sizes of computers… my large Dell and my 10.2 inch Acer Aspire One Netbook.    I’m a writer so I lug my laptops around with me everywhere andRead More…

15.4 Red Diamond Pattern Sleeve

SLAPPA Laptop Sleeves Review

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Thursday, March 4th, 2010

With everything that is out there on the market for laptop protection, you almost can’t beat SLAPPA laptop sleeves.   I’m a serious laptop bag/laptop sleeve person.  It’s not that I can’t get enough protection for my devices, I just dig sleeves and bags.  The protection from scratches, bumps, chips, dirt and spilled things doesn’t hurtRead More…

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Averatec 10″ Netbook; How Thin is Thin?

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

The Averatec N1200 is the latest and (touted as) thinnest netbook out there. It’s thin but it’s not the lightest.  At 2.2lbs, it matches the weight of Acer’s Aspire netbook.  But it is thin.  I measures at less than 1 inch thick and you can get up to six hours of battery life using theRead More…


Mirus Schoolmate Convertible Netbook/Tablet

on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The Mirus Schoolmate Convertible is a netbook with an 8.9″ LCD screen (1024 X 600 resolution) that can also be used as a tablet.  The Schoolmate Convertible has 1 GB of memory, a 60 GB PATA disk, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, an Intel Atom processor, and runs Windows XP.  It comes with speakers and built-in microphone andRead More…


Reader Questions – Netbooks and HP Tablets

on Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Posted in: Articles

I get quite a few emails every week asking for advice on which laptop to purchase, what mobile phone to buy, help with picking a gear bag, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to offer advice or I don’t have enough knowledge on the subject to answer the question in the first place. AsRead More…


Intel-Powered Convertible classmate PC Review

on Monday, December 28th, 2009

Netbooks have become extremely popular due to their affordable price and small size which makes them wonderful travel companions. But can a netbook make a great learning tool for kids? If it is the Intel-Powered Convertible classmate PC it can. The classmate PC isn’t just a regular netbook. It’s also a touch screen tablet computer.Read More…

A Messenger Bag for Your Netbook – Timbuk2 Freestyle Messenger

on Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Posted in: Gear, News

Timbuk2’s new Freestyle Messenger bag is a scaled down version of their laptop messenger bag that I’ve been carrying for over a year now. It looks like a perfect gear bag for your netbook, Kindle, nook or Sony Touch eBook reader. I really like Timbuk2’s bags and the price seems reasonable at $65.

Mount your netbook with a MiniMount

on Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

If you are looking for a way to mount your netbook to surfaces in your home or car, Aileron Designs has introduced an extensive line of hard shell, netbook computer cases and mounting systems. The Minimount case for netbooks is an all-aluminum hard shell enclosure with a quick connect mounting feature. The cases are availableRead More…


Candy Coat Your Netbook With Hard Candy Cases

on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

We’ve seen hard cases for Macbooks for years, but now that netbooks have exploded in popularity, it’s their turn. Hard Candy Cases are easy to snap on polycarbonate shells that protect your netbook from every day bumps and scratches. That have a unique bubble texture and are available in several colors for ACER, ASUS andRead More…

Skooba Netbook Neo Sleeve

on Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

Skooba’s new Netbook Neo Sleeve is a form-fitting, padded neoprene zippered case that protects your 10 inch netbook from everyday abuse such as bumps and scratches. You can carry the Neo by itself with the included shoulder strap or inside another larger gear bag. There’s even a zipper compartment on the front that provides spaceRead More…


Introducing The Litl WebBook

By: Adam Scinto
on Thursday, November 19th, 2009

There’s a new ‘WebBook’ on the market called Litl, and it’s a top-to-bottom operation that’s designing the whole widget with the philosophy of “The computer works for you ( not the other way around )”. Litl has designed both the hardware and the software with the web experience as the priority, and they call theRead More…


enTourage eDGe DualBook Reader / Netbook

on Monday, October 26th, 2009

People who have an interest in reading ebooks but who want a multi-functional device may be interested in the enTourage eDGe device.  The eDGe closes like a book, and it has a 9.7” (measured diagonally) e-Ink screen on the left and a 10.1” (diagonal) 1024 X 600 pixel color touchscreen on the left. The eDGeRead More…


Gear bag for your netbook – Timbuk2 T-Pack

on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Posted in: Laptops and Gear

Timbuk2 has a new gear bag made specifically for 10 inch Netbooks like the MSI Wind, Acer Aspire One and HP Mini 1000. The bag easily converts from shoulder to backpack style depending on how you like wear it. It has a molded foam exterior that provides protection for the netbook and a zippered pocketRead More…

Acer Aspire One-#1

Acer Aspire One Netbook Review

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Sunday, August 16th, 2009

With the approach of mid August so approaches the Back To School Season.  You know what I mean; whole sections of WalMart, Target, and warehouse stores dedicated to pencils, pens, rulers, white glue and notebooks and folders featuring Hannah Montana and High School Musical all over them. It’s retail’s dedication to sending you or yourRead More…


Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 Review

on Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Posted in: Laptops and Gear

Like a lot of people, if I have room for it while working on my laptop, I’d rather use a mouse than the trackpad. Most mobile mice seem to be created approximately equal, but recently Microsoft introduced something new to the field with their BlueTrack technology which claims to work more smoothly on more surfacesRead More…


See thru protection for your netbook or laptop

on Monday, July 6th, 2009
Posted in: Laptops and Gear

Samsill Corporation has announced the launch of Altego™, a new corporate brand. The Clear Laptop Sleeve represents Samsill’s first product launch under this brand. They are available in 5 sizes and have a transparent front panel to allow you to see the outside design of your laptop or netbook. They are also water resistant andRead More…


3 Months with the HP Mini 1000xp

By: Mark Adkins
on Saturday, April 25th, 2009

I have now carried the HP Mini 1000xp with me daily for three months. This is a short article on the lessons I have learned about the Mini, netbooks, and me.


Netbook Face-Off: Acer Aspire One versus HP Mini 1000

on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I was excited when Julie told her main article contributors that she was sending us HP Mini 1000 netbooks in December, but for an entirely different reason. See, I’d already purchased an Acer Aspire One only a few months earlier, and I was quite interested in seeing how the HP Mini stood up against theRead More…

Ubuntu Appearance Preferences

HP Mini 1000 Netbook – Running Linux

on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I’ve wanted something like a netbook for a long time — and I’ve gone through a lot of PDAs, phones, and other portable devices without quite finding it — so when Julie decided to do a team review of the HP Mini 1000 I was excited to give it a try.


HP mini 1000 Netbook Webcam Issue

on Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

When I was working on my review of the HP mini 1000 netbook, I remember testing the webcam and thinking how dark and grainy the picture was. Rob and I talked about it and after some research, he found some forums where people found a solution. That solution involved doing a bit of surgery though.Read More…


HP Mini 1000 Netbook – Love and Hate, Plus Its Affect On My Domestic Life

By: Ryan Preston
on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I have to be honest, when Julie communicated to her Gadgeteer Geek Gang that we would all be getting a new HP Mini 1000 XP Series Netbook, I was overcome with a feeling much like when I was a kid at Christmas.  You know, that happy/joyous feeling of anticipation that fills the youthful spirit until theRead More…


HP Mini 1000 Netbook – Vivienne Tam Designer Edition

on Friday, February 13th, 2009

Can a laptop create a fashion statement? It can when a famous New York designer like Vivienne Tam puts her artistic stamp on it. Case in point – The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Designer Edition Netbook. It has the same bits and pieces inside that the regular Black swirly Mini has in it, butRead More…