New from Japan
The article was written by a former employee of the EPOS company Sergey Tkachenko. Currently, Sergey is studying and working in Japan, he is a graduate student at Chubu Daigaku Private University in the course of Laser Lithography. In his new article, the latest achievements of electronic technology in the Land of the Rising Sun are described.
This article will discuss the novelties of the Japanese segment of the IT market. The “Land of the Rising Sun” traditionally feels like a trendsetter in this area. So, what on the eve of the new year 2003 does the modern Japanese market offer?
Of course, among the Japanese, and it is worth complying with them, portable computers are in great demand, and I think it’s worth starting with them. I will focus on several models of laptops, monitors, computers from various manufacturers and try to describe their declared capabilities.
In fact, my subjective opinion on the purchase of a laptop is as follows – if the client, as they say, “has already matured,” then I would advise buying only mobile devices of the subnotebook class. For a successful purchase, I would recommend focusing on the weight of the device and a good matrix with a small pixel size for a seamless reading of information from a laptop screen. There is no point in buying a four – five kilogram “monster”; an upgrade will inevitably lead to problems. From my own experience, I can only say that it is possible to replace only a hard disk (with a faster and larger volume), a CD drive with a faster CD R / RW, DVD, DVD / R and expanding RAM.
Instead of heavy laptops, I recommend purchasing a system unit in microATX format, which will not take up much space on the table, and the possibility of a constant upgrade of internal components will appear. It comes with an LCD monitor that can even be hung on the wall. Especially at a price such a system will be 1.5 times cheaper than a laptop of a similar configuration.
So, the subnotebook market segment. What’s new? But first, a little help – all mobile devices of this class come with a replicator port, which has all the standard connectors today.
JVC Corporation announced the Victor lineup, consisting of three laptops weighing up to 900 grams.
The laptops are built on the basis of mobile Pentium III with a clock frequency of 866 MHz, equipped with RAM 128-256 MB and a hard disk 20-30 GB. The diagonal of the TFT matrix is 8.9 inches, the resolution is XGA, 1024×768, and the battery life is up to 5 hours.
Panasonic Corporation has released a new model of the legendary in Japan series Let’s note.
The model, code-named CF-R1NCAXD, is built on the basis of the mobile Pentium III with a clock frequency of 866 MHz, which supports SpeedStep technology. The laptop has 128 MB of RAM and a 20 GB hard drive with a spindle speed of 5400 rpm. Currently, hard drives with this speed in the notebook segment are the fastest. Also, this model is equipped with a 10.4 inch XGA TFT screen and weighs 960 grams. The price can be seen in the photograph, only you need to add 5% value added tax to it (i.e. multiply by 1.05). Let me remind you that at present, the Japanese yen against the US dollar is 124: 1. The result is about $ 1,520. As the owner of a notebook of the Let’s note line, I recommend it to anyone who needs a lightweight and small-sized mobile computer. Believe me, there are no problems with carrying it – you can easily carry it in one hand like a notebook. The sizes of portable computers of this line are 250x200x23 mm.
But what kind of “baby” offers the world famous Sony Corporation. Firstly, in size it is slightly larger than a 3.5-inch hard drive. It seems that the “baby” lies in the palm of his hand, as if he had always been there. If the weight of the previous laptop was almost not felt, then what about this mini-miracle weighing only 820 grams?
In my purely personal opinion, this laptop seemed to have invaded the ownership of handhelds a little, in any case, instead of Palm, I would prefer to have such a little laptop in the latest models. The computer is based on the Transmeta Crusoe processor, the code name for the series is TM5800. The processor clock speed is 933 MHz. A hard drive with a capacity of 20 GB allows you to run almost any application, and the amount of RAM in 256 MB is enough for installation and normal operation of WindowsXP. The screen with a diagonal of 6.4 inches has a resolution of 1024×768, which is very, very good for such a baby! Excellent picture clarity is achieved by reducing the size of the pixel itself. Judge for yourself: the optimal resolution for matrices of 6.4 and 14 inches is the same – 1024×768 pixels! It turns out that the pixel area of the baby matrix from Sony is about 4 times smaller than that of the pixel of the 14-inch matrix, so the picture is quite clear. In this case, the “ladder effect” practically disappears. The battery life of the laptop is 3.2…