Remember when HP was getting out of the PC business? Well, now it's roaring back with two new desktops that it's announcing to jump the gun on CES 2012.
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.
The iPad 3 rumor mill is churning furiously now, but what will be the fate of the iPad 2 when Apple's latest tablet inevitably drops?The first-generation iPad got a $100 price cut until units ran out when the iPad 2 was released, but that was when there was basically no competition for the Apple tablets.
Intel and Apple introduced Thunderbolt technology with much fanfare earlier this year, but since then the number of products shipping with the new super-fast interface has been limited to new Macs and a handful of peripherals. According to a DigiTimes report, that could change in a big way next year, as the site claims that some big PC names plan to introduce Thunderbolt support in their products in 2012.
The rumors were right: AMD has introduced its new flagship desktop graphics card, the Radeon HD 7970. While the $549 super board won't hit retailers until January 9, the first reviews are in, and as expected, the new Radeon is now the fastest single-GPU card available.
AMD has updated its A-Series line of processors for mainstream laptops and desktops with new chips it says operate at faster speeds, deliver better graphics performance and include other enhancements.
With hard drive shortages owing to recent flooding in Thailand affecting the PC industry, what should disk manufacturers do in addition to profit from higher prices? Why, cut warranty lengths, too.
AMD still may not be able to claim the top-performing desktop processor, but it's gunning for the title of fastest graphics card for your PC with its newest board. The Radeon HD 7970 is based on the new 28nm "Tahiti" manufacturing process and sports a brand-new architecture.
Alienware has rebooted its Aurora gaming desktop, giving it new aggressive styling and loading it with the latest hardware.The vents along the top of the case not only give the new Aurora a distinctive look, but also aid in airflow to cool the system.
Somehow hard drive manufacturers can keep squeezing out more and more capacity from those magnetic platters. While you can already purchase 4TB external hard drives, internal drives have been limited to a "mere" 3TB.
In a move that should surprise no one, AMD is reportedly working on an Ultrabook competitor called "ultrathins" that may hit the laptop market as soon as next month (at least in Australia).But unlike Intel, which instructed its manufacturing partners specifically on how to build their Ultrabooks, AMD is apparently giving vendors more leeway in how they build their ultrathins.