As part of a bigger plan to increase the number of laptop models it sells by 50% his year, Dell announced today new designs for its Vostro laptops targeted at small businesses. New models include the 13.3-inch Vostro 1310 and a refresh to the 15.4-inch Vostro 1500 series.
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.
It was only a matter of time before Dell jumped on the low-cost laptop bandwagon. Contract manufacturer Compal said it will build a low-cost laptop for Dell with an 8.9-inch display starting at about $400.
The Asus Eee PC is about to get a lot more competition in the emerging category of low-cost laptops from the HP Mini-Note, Acer Aspire and a new version of Intel's Classmate PC.
With HD-DVD dead and buried, computer makers are moving to Blu-ray. Dell is now offering 15.4-inch laptop with a Blu-ray drive for less than $900. HP, Acer and Asus are also offering laptops with Blu-ray.
Dell took its time with tablets. It wasn't until last December that the company finally released its first tablet PC, but it looks like the results have been good enough to convince Dell to stick with this niche for now. Engadget has posted details of Dell's next tablet, the Latitude XT2.
I've been skeptical of plans for in-flight broadband. But it may finally happen. In the past few months several U.S airlines--Alaska Air, American Airlines, Continental, JetBlue, Southwest and Virgin America--have announced plans to offer Internet access.
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.
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.