HP buys 3Com; hopes to compete with Cisco

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A tidy sum of just a hair under $3 billion.  I’m not so sure that adding 3Com’s gear to their ProCurve gear will make any sort of dent in Cisco’s market share, but then again, I’m not a major business analyst, either.

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Crunchpad Release Date…

Perhaps … NEVER!  The last few days have been full of rumors that the Crunchpad is dead, but is it?  Are Mike Arringtons dreams of producing a $200 $300 tablet dead in the water?

CrunchPad

The time-line behind the Cruchpad does play out like your typical too-good-to-be-true vaporware product, but the evidence of real working prototypes and even fancy packaging have leaked into the wild making this more than some drawing board pipe-dream.  It’s real, it works and we’ve seen it.

Many seem to think that the project might be scrapped due to higher than anticipated production cost.  Arrington has stated that he wants to sell the CrunchPad as cheap as possible — initially shooting for the $200 price point, and later saying “you can sell it for $300 and probably not go out of business”.  Is cost the sticking point?  Are they worries that people won’t pay more than $300 for a tablet that won’t do anything more than surf the web?

Another popular theory is that Fusion Garage and their Linux/WebKit based browser OS may be the hitch in the giddy-up.  Perhaps with Google and their open source Chrome OS seemingly around the corner, Mike has made the decision to dump Fusion Garage and wait for the Google offering to become a reality.  This would definitely put the CrunchPad in a holding pattern, but since Google Chrome OS is bound to be very well developed and more full-featured than the Fusion Garage offering, it seems it’d be a much smarter way to go.

So, is the CrunchPad dead?  Has the project run into problem it can’t overcome or are the delays just a reflection of changes in market overall?  I for one hope to to be sitting on my couch, surfing all my favorite blogs on a  CrunchPad, or Google Tablet, in the near future.

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Acer Aspire Z5610 All-In-One MultiTouch

Acer joins in on the mutli-touch all-in-one party with their announcement of the Z5610.  This announcement come just a week or so after Sony and Gateway announced similar All-In-One systems.

Acer Aspire Z5610 All-in-One

Priced at $899 for the Z5610-U9072 comes configured with a 23″ HD Display (1920×1080), Pentium Dual Core E5300 Processor (2.60GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB SATA Hard DiskSuperMulti Optical Drive, Multi-in-One Card Reader, ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 Graphics With 512MB Memory, High Definition Audio With 5.1 Channel Support, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/Draft N, Six USB 2.0 Ports (Two Side, Four Rear), eSATA Port, Integrated HD Webcam with Microphone, Integrated Keyboard Light and Foot-Mounted Ambient Lighting and wireless Keyboard and Mouse.

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Dell Mini 9 Tablet

Want a tablet?  Why not turn that cheap netbook into one?  That’s exactly what one guy over at myDellMini did.  He’s hacked up a Dell Vostro A90, added a Hoda Technology solderless touchscreen kit and this is what he ended up with.

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Since Nintendo’s traditionally been an ATi customer, this would be a major win for nVidia if true.  Personally, I can’t wait for more smart phones that are based on Tegra…

Currently, we have no information what exact chip is being used [just that nVidia won the contract], but with the debut set for February 2010, the second generation of Tegra chips could make an excellent base [to be launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona].

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ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Reviews

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 reviews have hit all the usual places today.

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Reviews

Although these cards may not blow your socks off, all the reviews seem to indicate that they’re not at all shabby.  These two new video cards are part of ATI’s value line starting at $109 and $159, respectively.

Check out the full reviews here:

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Thin is in … Dell Adamo XPS

Dell teasing us with some profile images of the Adamo XPS.  Although we can’t really see much of the laptop, we sure can tell it’s thin!  9.99mm thin to be exact.

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I’m going to ponder a guess that this is the Adamo XPS flipped screen side down.

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Now — If only we could get our hands on a review unit…  Not that Dell would be kind enough to send a little site like ours something this cool. <sigh>

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Sony Vaio L All-in-One MultiTouch Touchscreen

Yesterday we announced that Gateway would be introducing some multitouch all-in-one models, the ZX4800 and ZX6800;  Today, we’ve got news about Sony’s entry into the touchscreen all-in-one market with it’s first touchscreen system, the VAIO L.

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The Vaio L features 24-inch 1080p display, a Intel 2.7GHz Pentium dual-core and 4GB of RAM, 320GB (Up to 1TB) hard drive, Multi-DVD write, and GeForce G210M.  Systems should start around $1300.

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