After weeks of news leaks, there weren't many surprises left for Apple's event today, but the company gave its entire notebook line a badly-needed update. Major changes across the line included a stiffer, "unibody" aluminum case similar to the one used in the MacBook Air; LED-backlit displays; Nvidia graphics; faster processors and more memory; a redesigned touchpad; and mini DisplayPort connectors.
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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.
The first laptops with built-in mobile WiMax wireless broadband are now available in the U.S.
There are now several quad-core mobile workstations for work, but Asus is laying claim to the first quad-core laptop designed purely for play.This week it announced that the G71 "Republic of Gamers," a 17-inch gaming laptop, now offers Intel's new 2.
With expansive 16:9 displays and Blu-ray drives, the new crop of desktop replacements with 18.4-inch displays are geared toward mobile entertainment.
Back in August Dell, HP and Lenovo all announced mobile workstations that offer Intel's first quad-core chip for laptops. Those systems are now available for order and reviews of at least one model--the Lenovo ThinkPad W700--are giving a glimpse of the performance you can expect from these 17-inch powerhouses.
HP is shipping its first laptop with a 13.3-inch widescreen display.
Turns out you can build a pretty good laptop for more than four grand. LaptopMag.
More than three months after Toshiba launched its first desktop replacement that makes use of the Cell processor in Japan, the Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802 has reached U.S.
[Update 10/2/08: Hands-on reviews of Sprint's Xohm service, which is based on Mobile WiMax, have now been posted at LaptopMag.com (XOHM WiMAX In Baltimore: Speed Tests With XOHM ExpressCard) and PCMag.
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.