There has never been more choice in notebooks. The standard 12-inch ultraportables, 14-inch thin-and-lights, 15-inch mainstream laptops and 17-inch desktop replacements are still commonplace.
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.
Dell is getting an early start on Black Friday. The company has been running daily specials at www.
If your holiday list includes a laptop, there's a new choice from an well-known name: Samsung. In October, Samsung announced that it was entering the U.
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.
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.