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BenQ E2400HD Full HD LCD Monitor

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Like the Dell SX2210 LCD monitor I talked about this morning, the BenQ E2400HD LCD monitor will also support full 1080p HD. This beautifully designed monitor has a 24-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 2ms response time, and has a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. A lot of people much prefer the 16:10 aspect ratio, but if you want to get rid of those ugly black bars on the top and bottom of those HD movies then you should try this monitor out. A lot of people complain because they're simply not used to it and don't enjoy it as much. Anyways, the LCD monitor has DVI as well as HDMI connectivity and a microphone / headphone jack. The official BenQ website has the monitor available for $400 USD, but you can probably find it hovering around the $350 mark if you look hard enough.

[Maximum PC]

Asus Eee PC 1000HA With The Chiclet Keyboard

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The Asus Eee PC 1000HA is now available and with the handy-dandy chiclet keyboard. You'll find the chiclet keyboard on various Apple laptops (MacBook), so it's not the newest thing around. The keyboard looks great but the netbook itself only comes in black - no white version. The 1000HE may be a better option, but for the 1000HA you will have an Intel N270 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, a battery life that will last around 7 hours, and it will run on Windows XP Home. The Asus Eee PC 1000HA is now available for around $350 USD.


LG Env3 and Voyager 2 Leaked Photos

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What you see here is the LG Env3 and the Voyager 2 - left and right, respectively. The LG Env3 is obviously the successor to the Env2. It is said to have minimal changes, including: a tweaked QWERTY keyboard, a "more stylish" numeric keypad, and the camera is said to be bumped up to 3 megapixels. The LG Voyager 2 - the successor to the LG Voyager - has no leaked specifications at all, so they will be officially announced at a later date. Both of these phones will be coming to Verizon, but no one knows exactly when. For more photos, click on the Boy Genius link below.

[Boy Genius, Engadget]

Vista Is Bad; Texas Bans It From Government Computers

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It's happened before, but Texas has just banned Windows Vista from being used on government computers. Windows Vista is slow, unstable, and the UAC sucks. Need I say more? I guess Windows 7 will be better, right?


Samsung N20 Netbook Now Available; A Via Nano First

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Before this netbook you never had the option to choose an AMD processor - thanks to Intel's Atom. That's where the Samsung N20 comes in; it is the first netbook to sport AMD's Via Nano processor. The N20 has a 12.1-inch WXGA display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution (quite large for a netbook), the 1.3GHz Via Nano CPU, weighs 3.3 pounds, has a 6-cell battery that lasts around 4 hours, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, Bluetooth, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, and will run on Windows XP Home. It also comes with 802.11 b/g wireless connectivity, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, MMC), a microphone / headphone jack, and a VGA port. The Via Nano processor from AMD is said to be on par or slightly faster than Intel's Atom processor, but you could be sacrificing some battery life for that extra bit of speed. The Samsung N20 is now available on Newegg for $550 USD.

Update: I've made a big mistake in this post. The VIA Nano is not made by AMD; it's made by VIA Technologies. It is their answer to the Intel Atom and the AMD Geode (which we have yet to see hit a netbook, I believe). Now I know not to rush my blog posts. Thanks, Anonymous!

[Gizmodo, NewEgg]

Apple Orders 3.2MP and 5MP Camera Sensors For Future iPhone?

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That's what Digitimes is reporting. It's no surprise that Apple will boost the pathetic 2MP camera of their iPhone. Apparently, Apple has already ordered 3.2MP and 5MP CMOS camera sensors from OmniVision Technologies for their future iPhones. Their next-gen iPhones are really shaping up to be an incredible device, even more than the iPhone 3G. Obviously, the 3.2MP camera will be on the next iPhone that comes out and the 5MP camera will be on the iPhone after that. I think I'll just wait until the iPhone 4G since 4G technology is around the corner.

[Gizmodo, Mac Rumors]

Samsung's First Android Phone In June; 2 More Afterwards

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Remember the blurry Samsung Android-based phone photo (right)? Well, they were expected to touch down in July but according to Samsung VP, Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, the phone will see an international release in June. Along with this phone, he also confirmed that they are expecting to launch 2 more Android-based phones by the end of the year - in the second half. The phones are said to be "totally different" from each other and will also be dissimilar to HTC's Android phones. All I'm hoping for is a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with a fairly large and working touchscreen - around 3.5-inches. Oh, they should also get rid of the chin too, I don't like it at all.

[Tech Tree, Engadget]

Dell SX2210 21.5-Inch Full HD LCD Montior Now Available

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The Dell SX2210 LCD monitor has made its debut today. The beautiful monitor boasts a 21.5-inch display that is capable of giving you full 1080p HD. The monitor has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 2ms response time, a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 160 degrees horizontal / 170 degrees vertical viewing angles, and an integrated 2MP webcam. It also has 300 nits of brightness, dual microphones, and has both DVI and HDMI connectivity. This can all be yours for just $279 USD from Dell's official website. Clearly, it missed the projected March 19 release date, but you can scoop one up now.

[Tech Report]

Nintendo DSi Almost Available

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The Nintendo DSi launched in Europe today and is hitting North American shores in just 2 days. The new DSi is a bit lighter, weighing in at just 7.5 ounces, and is also slimmer than the previous DS. It's around $40 USD more expensive than the current DS, but that shouldn't be a problem because of its new features. It has two 0.3MP cameras, an ARM 133MHz processor, 16MB of RAM, WiFi, a larger 3.25-inch screen, and an SD card slot. Unfortunately, the DSi drops the old Game Boy Advance card slot to make room for these new features. The new DSi will compete directly with the PSP and indirectly with the gaming aspect of the iPod Touch / iPhone. Like Apple, the DSi will have its own App Store called DSi Shop where you can purchase DSiWare - basically, downloadable games. To top it off, the DSi also doubles as a music player. Americans look out for this new toy for your kids in just 2 days.

[Tech Tree]

HTC Magic Delayed Until May

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The HTC Magic - aka the G2 - was expected to be released later this month (April) through Vodafone. Well, reports from HTC and Vodafone have now officially stated that it is going to be released on May 1st because of "last minute hardware changes." I don't know what hardware changes were made, but the HTC Magic could be in trouble because the Palm Pre is rumoured to be released on April 30 - one day before the HTC Magic drops.


Google Buying Twitter?

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Apparently, "Google is in 'late stage' talks to acquire microblogging service Twitter, according to a report Thursday on TechCrunch citing two unnamed sources." This rumour is pretty juicy because Facebook tried to buy Twitter when it first started to become popular, but that never happened. As Twitter's popularity expands, Facebook continues to try to imitate them as much as possible - clearly missing the big picture. It would be interesting to see how Twitter would help Google in the future. Whatever happened to that rumour about Google acquiring Skype from Ebay?

[CNet News]