Liquid nitrogen-cooled MSI Wind U100 overclocked to 2.3GHz

When MSI rolled out its v1.09 BIOS, we’re willing to wager it absolutely did not have anything like this in mind. The mad scientists in Team Australia are at it again, this time overclocking a netbook to the point (almost, anyway) of implosion. The unafraid members grabbed hold of a hopeless Wind U100 with 2GB of RAM, hooked up a little liquid nitrogen and proceeded to push the poor 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU to an amazing 2.385GHz. No telling how quickly the whole thing was over, but still, this is pretty ridiculous, mate.

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Acer readies 10-inch Aspire One for Q1 launch

Acer’s top-selling Aspire One is set to break into 10-inch territory as early as February or March. This according to Scott Lin, Acer Taiwan president. Also on the books are 12.1-, 13.3-, and 15.6-inch LED-backlit laptops for 2009 — a 14.1-incher should hit this year with a price of NT$40,000 or about $1,200 of the green, presidential stuff.

HP Mini 1000 now supporting 3G

HP Mini 1000 now supporting 3G
When we got comfy with the HP Mini 1000 last month, there was talk of a full 3G spec’d version coming in December. Lo and behold we’re not even out of November yet and one owner has managed to get online with his brand spankin’ new 1000. User dplxy over at the Pocketables forum put in some quality time with customer support from both HP and AT&T to figure out how, saving you some minutes by describing the how-to. Full instructions are at the read link, but the gist of it is you need to download a WWAN driver from HP, manually extract and install it, and then slot your SIM card into the battery compartment. Speeds are reported to be solid but, with the lowly three cell battery struggling to keep the thing broadcasting, you’d better hurry up and find what you’re looking for. It’s unlikely this will work with older versions of the Mini 1000, which are believed to lack the hardware internals, but give it a shot and let us know what you find, yeah?
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Dell adds $100 32GB SSD option to Inspiron Mini 9

Sure, the base price of Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 is pretty palatable, but good luck passing through that hard drive selection screen with this option unchecked. Yep, as now, Mini 9 buyers can opt for a capacious 32GB solid state drive (a luxury already available in Japan), which is a $100 upgrade over the standard 4GB SSD. Enticing enough to make you finally pull the trigger?
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ASUS Eee PC 1002HA hands-on and video: looks a lot like the S101

The folks over at Laptop have gotten some quality face time with a pre-production model of ASUS’ 10-inch Eee PC 1002 HA, and they seem to like a lot of what they’re seeing. It boasts stylings reminiscent of both the Eee PC S101 (trackpad) and the 1000H (keyboard), and as such is basically a hybridized version of the two, though the test model “wouldn’t power on” so we can’t got much further than that. We do however, know that it’ll house a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, and that it’ll have a two-cell battery which ASUS claims will give users five hours of juice (though that sounds pretty suspect to us). The Eee PC 1002 HA is expected to ready to roar on the first of December for $499, but if you simply can’t wait until then to have a look at it, hit the read like for more photos and a really, really interesting video.

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Chrysler’s Web Edition vehicle package: includes WiFi, iPod touch and a Dell Mini 9

Chrysler has been toying with in-car connectivity for months now, so it’s really no shock to see the next logical step being taken. At the San Francisco Auto Show this week, the automaker is set to showcase a “Web Edition” package, which would theoretically be available as a dealer-installed option for most Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. The bundle would include an Autonet Mobile router (branded as Uconnect Web), a Dell Mini 9, 8GB iPod touch, Sony PSP and an Eye-Fi WiFi SD card; couple that with one year of internet service and you’ve got everything that makes up the $1,999 asking price. Reportedly, a slimmed down option will go for $1,100 and only include the router, service and Mini 9, though there’s no indication of when it’ll be hitting new whips. Nor if Chrysler will survive long enough to tell us.

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Packard Bell dot spotted in UK

Packard Bell dot spotted in UK

Oh, look! It’s another netbook in the wild! This one is Packard Bell’s dot, and according to the boffins at Pocket-lint it’s now available for purchase across the pond by anyone who can find a reason to care. The Aspire One-like specs and style are just what you’d expect (do we really need to recount the Atom 270 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 160GB hard drive yet again?), and while there’s the promise of being able to add internal 3G connectivity at some point in the future, right now the only thing setting this one apart is the red dot on the hinge. (Which, we confess, is a nice look.) Still no mention of when or even if this one will be appearing domestically — though if it does it’ll probably be as an Everex anyhow.

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