Several recent stories have jump-started rumors that AMD may adopt ARM. This might be the fastest and least-costly way to develop a chip for tablets, but there are lots of reasons why AMD may decide it's safer to stick with x86.
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.
You don't usually think of Walmart when you think of gaming PCs, but the retailing giant has partnered with system builder iBuyPower to create a build your own gaming desktop bundle page on Walmart.com.
To compete against the likes of the MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9 laptops, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 forthcoming ultraportable needs to do something a little different. According to a leaked PDF, that difference appears to be a new battery tech called RapidCharge.
Apple seems to having trouble making iPads fast enough, but competing tablets haven't sold well. Will cheaper ones from Acer and Asus show tablets are here to stay?
Dell can never seem to keep its forthcoming products to itself, as another leak has provided specifics about the company's new Android 3.0 tablet and Windows 7 slate, the existence of which had already emerged a couple of months ago.
It's pretty clear that while it still has many adherents, hard-core PC gaming has suffered as a result of the current generation of game consoles. Some game makers have fled the PC altogether and gamers have thus far waited in vain for innovations like Microsoft's Kinect motion controller to be officially supported on their computers.
In a post yesterday, I took a look at ultraportables based on AMD's low-power Fusion processors. In this second part, I'll cover some of the bigger laptops from Acer, Gateway and Toshiba that have co-opted this chip.
AMD's first Fusion processors--chips that combine both a CPU and graphics--have been finding their way into everything from netbooks to 15-inch budget notebooks. Over the past few weeks, I've been testing out a number of these Fusion laptops including the Acer Aspire One 522, HP Pavilion dm1z and Lenovo ThinkPad X120e.
After falling behind in the tablet wars, Acer has been quickly trying to make up ground in recent weeks, first with the Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 and now with the official release of the Iconia Tab W500, which runs Windows 7 in either its Home Premium or Professional flavor.
After weeks of leaks, Alienware is finally ready to announce the latest models in its gaming laptop lineup. On the blog of parent company Dell, the freshly updated M11x and the new M14x and M18x notebooks were detailed yesterday.