January 7, 2011 23:32 by Jeremy
Netbooks have had a harder time in the market recently, thanks to the ever-so-popular Tablet. But with Razer creating the "Switchblade", we may see a jump in netbook popularity once again.
The idea behind the netbook was mobility: a tiny design that's compact, lightweight, and easy to use. Also, they were great to use as media-devices.
In the Switchblade, however, we see the netbook being used in a slightly different manner than most people would use them for: gaming. Particularly interesting is the keyboard layout: there's just enough keys to get the necessary things in, like letters on your keyboard, but when you start to play a videogame, the peripherals on the keys actually change to match those of the game.
Razer wouldn't announce a release date, saying that the Switchblade was simply a concept idea still. But would they place this much money into something that's simply a design? ...Personally, I hope not.
January 7, 2011 00:17 by Jeremy
Straight from CES, our crew from EBatts managed to snag a few shots of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Toshiba's Tegra 2 powered tablet.
Ah, the BlackBerry Playbook. The top part has physical buttons for power, locking, volume, play and pause. The bottom part is the plug-area: there are slots for mini-HDMI, micro-USB, and the charger. There's a front-facing 3 megapixel camera, too. The downside? Certain parts, such as the email and calendar, are tethered to the consumer's BlackBerry phone; the PlayBook doesn't have an email or calendar to use by itself.
Here we see the PlayBook connected to a fairly large tv above it. You know, in case the normal screen just wasn't cutting it for you. The bigger, the better, right? At least we know the mini-HDMI slot will come in handy.
As of now, there's no release date on the PlayBook.
The EBatts crew also stumbled upon the often-whispered-about Tegra 2 powered Toshiba Tablet, which is still unnamed as of now. This tablet was confirmed to be running the latest version of Android in the future (aka Honeycomb), but for CES' sake, Toshiba has powered the device up with Android 2.2. Details about the inside of this tablet are still largely unknown, but we did find out that the rubberized back cover is replaceable. This brings a number of options for customization, such as a different color, and also battery replacement. However, we'll wait to wait for futher details to really take a look at how Toshiba's unnamed wonder-child will fare against competitors.