Desktops get little love these days as more and more users opt for notebook PCs. Laptops have closed the gap in recent years in terms of features and performance.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
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.
AMD will announce its second-generation Phenom quad-core chips at the big Consumer Electronics Show in January. But at the current rate at which the company is leaking information about its first 45nm desktop processors, there may not be much left to say by the time they get to Vegas.
The biggest surprise of 2008 was the arrival of netbooks. Asus was the first in the pool with its Eee PC, and after some initial hesitation, the big guys were forced to jump in as well.
Now that Intel has officially released its Core i7 processor, fresh desktops are arriving daily. Dell has released four systems with Core i7 processors, including one mainstream Studio XPS desktop and three gaming rigs.
Here's a picture of Kayak, the "PC alternative" for emerging markets that Qualcomm announced yesterday. It looks pretty much the way the company described it: sort of a cross between the Apple Mac Mini--bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse--and the OLPC's XO laptop with its rabbit-ear antennae.
HP's first 13-inch consumer laptop, the Pavilion dv3510nr, is getting good grades, including an Editors' Choice award from CNET.com.
Laptops using multiple GPUs aren't new, but they are becoming more widespread. Earlier this week AMD touted the first laptop "from a major manufacturer" with two ATI Mobility Radeon GPUs, the Alienware M17.
Gateway announced its MC series notebook in late October, but so far it has received little coverage aside from Laptop Magazine's review. The MC series is one of several recent laptops with 16-inch widescreen displays geared toward entertainment.
HP's first netbook, the 2133 Mini-note, was a favorite of reviewers because of its attractive aluminum design and great keyboard. So it's no surprise the follow-on, the Mini 1000, which HP announced earlier today, received extensive reviews coverage.
Dell has released its second Intel Atom-based laptop, the Inspiron Mini 12. Because it carries the Mini moniker and uses Atom, the Mini 12 is widely referred to as a netbook even though it blurs the lines with conventional laptops with its 12-inch display and Windows Vista Home Edition.