As rumored, Sony announced its new ultraportable this week. The old VAIO TZ series was a slick ultraportable, and the new VAIO TT series looks even better, though I'll wait for some full reviews for confirmation.
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Reviews of the tablet version of Lenovo's X200 ultraportable are in. The big change in this version, which replaces the longstanding ThinkPad X61t, is the switch to a widescreen display.
No sooner had I completed a post on new desktop replacements with 18.4-inch displays then HP introduced its own version.
[Update 9/16: A page on the SonyStyle site referred to the AW series as having the "industry's first 18.4-inch extra-widescreen display.
Wow, a tough day for Windows.BusinessWeek reports that HP, the world's biggest PC company, is so troubled by Vista's 'tepid reception' and Apple's resurgence that it is developing its own operating system.
At a home theater show this week Sony announced three new all-in-one desktops along with a slew A/V receivers, LCD TVs and projectors, and Blu-ray players. All three AIOs offer Blu-ray drives, and the higher-end models offer rewritable BD drives.
Dell will announce its netbook, the Mini Inspiron 910, tomorrow, according to a story in today's WSJ. The new netbook had been expected any day, but the details came to light after a partner, Box.
At a trade show in Berlin, T-Mobile confirmed that it will sell an Asus Eee PC 901 netbook with built-in 3G. If the prices on these bundles come close to what's been rumored, they could start to catch on.
HP has added three new ultraportables to its laptop lineup. All three have 12.
Gateway has released its first Centrino 2-based laptop, a 17-inch wide-screen model that rivals the performance of pricier gaming and entertainment desktop replacements.To get its PCs noticed on crowded store shelves, Gateway has been experimenting with a different mix of features, opting for less expensive processors and plowing the savings into better graphics, more system memory and, on desktops, bigger power supplies.