Motherboards, Facebook netbook and the iPhone of 2004

ASRock has launched a line of Socket LGA1155 motherboards, according to TweakTown, including a value range based on Intel’s H67 chipset. Several “enthusiast” models, based on Intel’s P67 chipset, are also available, which should be compatible with new Intel processors expected to launch next year.

Check out the Malibal Nine X7200 gaming laptop, which was reviewed by Hot Hardware. It earned brownie points for good performance, its high-quality display, USB3.0 feature, and overall design, but it lost marks for thermal and power problems, its expensive price tag, and extremely poor customer relations from Malibal itself.

To many people size is everything, and you can’t get much bigger than the 103-inch 3D plasma high-definition TV that Panasonic is flogging, according to Tom’s Hardware. It comes with an insane 500,000,000:1 contrast ratio and an even crazier price of $100,000. Save up your pennies or try bribing Santa. He drinks sherry.

If you’re looking to cool down your computer, Hardware Secrets reviewed the Deepcool Gamer Storm CPU Cooler, awarding it a Bronze medal. It faired well with the quality of its design, materials, and packaging, as well as its quietness, but it lost out where it really matters: performance and price.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report about the Jolibook, a netbook being labelled as “the first Facebook computer”. It features Jolicloud’s operating system, is entirely HTML5 based, and has a plethora of free applications to rival those of Microsoft. It should be released on Friday.

For those interested in how things could have been, TechCrunch reports on a statement by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak that the company was working on a smartphone as far back as 2004, three years before the iPhone made its first appearance. The early phone was shelved by Apple, so we can only wonder how different the market might have been if it had pushed out a smartphone earlier.