It turns out Acer's Blue is a desktop replacement laptop with a bunch of entertainment-oriented features. The marketing department got a bit carried away, but there's nothing wrong with the Aspire Gemstone Blue. In fact, it has several interesting features.
Laptops & Desktops
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John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
The world's third largest PC company has been running ads for a new mystery product. Company president Gianfranco Lanci will unveil the "concept notebook" at a press event later today.
Asus announced yesterday a new version of its Eee PC at the CeBIT tradeshow. Among other changes, the Eee PC 900 is now available with Windows, but it's XP not Vista.
Samsung plans to double the capacity of solid state disks (SSDs) every 12 months. The company said it will deliver samples of 128GB SSDs by mid-year and a 256GB drive sometime in 2009. At the same time, Samsung is boosting the capacity and speed of its hard drives for laptops.
Right on the schedule, the Lenovo X300 is now available for order. And it looks like Lenovo has the first hit on its hands since acquiring ThinkPad. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, which is no surprise given the ultraportable's unique specs and pedigree.
As expected, Apple refreshed its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops today. The exterior looks the same, which is sure to disappoint some given how long it has been since the last makeover. But inside Apple has done a lot of remodeling.
Now that HD-DVD has imploded, I've been wondering what will happen to the company's highly-rated Qosmio G45, the first laptop in the U.S. to offer an HD-DVD player and recorder. Now comes word that Toshiba may be willing to switch sides, at least when it comes to notebooks.
Nvidia has released the GeForce 9600 GT, a mid-range GPU designed for 3D cards that cost less than $200. Reviews are in and the GeForce 9600 GT not only leapfrogs right over its direct competitor, the Radeon 3850, but also offers performance similar to the higher-priced GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon 3870.
Subnotebooks have always been overpriced and under-performing. But lately that niche has become a lot more interesting. Now it looks like HP is ready to take another stab at subnotes.
Thanks to specs that match up nicely to the MacBook Air--it also fits in an interoffice envelope--Lenovo's still unannounced X300 ultraportable got loads of press this week culminating in a BusinessWeek cover story. Other news in laptops and desktops this week. . .