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First Look: VIA OpenBook Mini-Notebook

First Look: VIA OpenBook Mini-Notebook
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A week or so ago, representatives of VIA Technologies, Inc. visited us to show off their OpenBook reference design. VIA designed the mini-notebook to demonstrate to manufacturers what is possible in an ultra-portable computer. You can’t buy the OpenBook directly from VIA, but you’ll see it or concepts in the OpenBook in products from other manufacturers soon. The OpenBook is 9.5" wide by 6.9" deep and 1.1" to 1.4" high. It weighs about 2.2 pounds. The display measures 8.9" and features a resolution of 1024x600. All images courtesy VIA Technologies, Inc.

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    humalong , May 27, 2008 2:18 PM
    hmm, yea it looks like the Asus EEE PC, which has been out for a long time. I suppose if you want to buy a version that doesnt work as well and has components that will likely fail after only 6 months, than go with VIA. though i admit, the VIA clone is a little better looking...
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    spongebob , May 27, 2008 4:48 PM
    More

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    Please?
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    xxchocotacoxx , May 27, 2008 5:54 PM
    humalonghmm, yea it looks like the Asus EEE PC, which has been out for a long time. I suppose if you want to buy a version that doesnt work as well and has components that will likely fail after only 6 months, than go with VIA. though i admit, the VIA clone is a little better looking...

    Yeah, it looks like an EEE PC, but with a larger screen (than initial models), larger HD, larger keyboard, larger casing, larger assortment of connectivity options, higher clock speed, possibly longer battery life, addition of separated left and right mouse buttons, and altered port locations.

    But besides all that, it looks like an EEE.
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    velocityg4 , May 27, 2008 6:22 PM
    What I do not get with these tiny Mobile computers is they use less energy but then the twits put smaller batteries in too.

    How about just slighty larger or thicker laptop with a full size battery. Then it can still be smaller and lighter than traditional laptops with an 8+ hour battery life.

    This is what really keeps me away from these tiny laptops why would I want a small screen cramped keyboard and crappy battery life. One of the points to these is to be free of wires.

    Heck just give us nuclear batteries than we can have 10-20 years of charge and never need to plug in. We'll just put terrorists on the honor system. :o 
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    humalong , May 27, 2008 6:29 PM
    true it has superior specs. but your point about everything being bigger is kind of odd, considering that its marketed as mini.

    if you want everything larger, buy a normal laptop?

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    aleluja , May 27, 2008 7:04 PM
    I like this PC's design more than EEE's
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    razor512 , May 28, 2008 1:43 AM
    spongebobMoreThenOneParagraphperpagePlease?



    They divide pages by topic, not length, this allows the article to be more organized and less clutters. On this site, a page can be 10,000 words long or just 50 words long
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    razor512 , May 28, 2008 2:32 AM
    velocityg4What I do not get with these tiny Mobile computers is they use less energy but then the twits put smaller batteries in too.How about just slighty larger or thicker laptop with a full size battery. Then it can still be smaller and lighter than traditional laptops with an 8+ hour battery life.This is what really keeps me away from these tiny laptops why would I want a small screen cramped keyboard and crappy battery life. One of the points to these is to be free of wires.Heck just give us nuclear batteries than we can have 10-20 years of charge and never need to plug in. We'll just put terrorists on the honor system.

    yep it is annoying when they do that.

    when ever they make a smaller chip they feel the need to make the device a mini

    use 50% less power so they decide to use a 50% smaller battery

    when they do this then all you are getting out if it is a smaller device that has less functionality. keep a full sized laptop with the lower power usage components

    i wouldn't mind that hardware in a full sized laptop, the performance is still good for any normal use and it is like i will be working with MAYA 3d or adobe after effects or doing real time croma keying with a HD cam

    how about a cpu like that with a built in speed controller, where you can set the speed to 600MHz or less to save even more power. don't need 1.6GHz to use ms word or watch a video (most videocards have hardware acceleration for video (for me HD video uses only around 5% cpu usage )
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2008 4:26 AM
    Does a book make noise? Get your metaphors right. This is a unicycle or, more likely, a bicycle.

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    spiralsun1 , May 28, 2008 5:12 AM
    I want a mini laptop so bad, but the battery life is the #1 key drawback. Under 6 hours is just plain unacceptable. 8 hours would be ideal. I want to charge overnight and use the laptop all day. At the very least offer a big battery as an option! It is crazy that no one is doing this!
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    aziraphale , May 28, 2008 5:39 AM
    Oh PLEEEAASSEEEE!

    More than one paragraph per page. I am not reading the article like that. And no navigation bar either. Not readable.
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    xxchocotacoxx , May 28, 2008 6:19 AM
    humalongtrue it has superior specs. but your point about everything being bigger is kind of odd, considering that its marketed as mini.if you want everything larger, buy a normal laptop?

    It still is mini, compared to other laptops... The only reason I pointed those specs out is that you compared it to an EEE. I wouldn't have done so. The EEE is built to be as tiny as possible but still functional. This one gives up small form factor for extra functionality.

    velocityg4What I do not get with these tiny Mobile computers is they use less energy but then the twits put smaller batteries in too.

    How about just slighty larger or thicker laptop with a full size battery. Then it can still be smaller and lighter than traditional laptops with an 8+ hour battery life.

    Agree. Keep the same sized battery (or maybe just a wee bit smaller to fit the computer) but keep the same power in it. It's silly to scale down everything including possible duration of use.
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    martel80 , May 28, 2008 7:20 AM
    ASUS did put a SSD drive in the EEE for a reason. I wouldn't buy a mini PC with conventional drive to watch it wrecked after a single drop to the ground. It just needs to be rugged and HDD kills the idea.
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    caskachan , May 28, 2008 10:27 AM
    spongebobMoreThenOneParagraphperpagePlease?

    yes please =S
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    warezme , May 28, 2008 12:23 PM
    Todays notebook with yesterdays technology...., such a low voltage processor and still only 3hrs of usability? When will notebook designers of all sizes learn that if you have case lid of xy size you don't put a tiny lcd in the middle with big ass plastic frames around it. That immediately says cheap, sloppy design to me.
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    razor512 , May 28, 2008 3:50 PM
    warezmeTodays notebook with yesterdays technology...., such a low voltage processor and still only 3hrs of usability? When will notebook designers of all sizes learn that if you have case lid of xy size you don't put a tiny lcd in the middle with big ass plastic frames around it. That immediately says cheap, sloppy design to me.


    lol the oversized borders reminds me of those toy laptops that people give to 2 year old kids

    the idea of the laptop was good but they just went wrong in so many ways when making it
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    Anonymous , May 30, 2008 1:46 PM
    on a previous page it says 10/100 ethernet, but in this specs sheet it says 10/100/1000 ethernet. it's an important difference. so which is it?
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    hawler , May 30, 2008 5:23 PM
    Overall though it's about the same size. You want the shell to be as small as possible but the features be as large3 as possible.

    The EEE PC wastes an ungodly amount of room that could be used for the screen by putting those strips of plastic that house the speakers down either side for example.

    I think that's what he was getting at with the larger thing
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    stuart72 , May 30, 2008 6:29 PM
    Nice, almost want one but yeah - screen border and battery life suck, and is it me or do Intels Atom and Via own Nano processors make this thing obselete already?
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    Anonymous , June 3, 2008 5:49 AM
    I have a "Green"/eco friendly VIA 1 GHz C3 mini ITX computer and it works great only uses 20 watts, except it is about as fast as an old 600 MHz Athlon. I hope this C7 is better, although I looked up some benches and it doesn't impress.
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