Last week, I posted about Intel throwing money toward laptop vendors in the hopes they would produce new designs based around the company's Ultrabook platform. While it was generally assumed that Asus would release the first Ultrabook in the form of UX21 sometime in September, DigiTimes is now reporting that HP may leap ahead of Asus.
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.
AMD's launch of Llano accelerated processing units (APU) hasn't resulted in an immediate avalanche of new products, but a trickle has started to emerge. While two quad-core desktop chips have already been released for DIYers, it's only this week that the first desktops shipping with Llano processors inside have been announced.
In time for back-to-school shopping, Gateway has spruced up its laptop lineups with new stylings and the latest Intel and AMD processors.The ID series (pictured above) looks to stand apart by offering a 14-inch display with edge-to-edge glass squeezed into the same dimensions as a 13.
If first you don't succeed, then spend more money. That seems to be the strategy Intel is taking to finally gain some traction with ultra-portable laptops.
Another week, another iPad competitor steps up to the plate. This week, Vizio gets closer to releasing its Android tablet into the wild, announcing that it's available for pre-order at a select few online locations for a price that of course undercuts Apple's base offering.
Samsung's Series 9 laptop line-up has proved to be a credible, Windows-based alternative to the MacBook Air, even if the notebooks have somehow managed to be even pricier than Apple's offerings. The result has been for Samsung to double-down on the sleek, svelte systems, adding new configurations to the Series 9 in time for the back-to-school buying season.
AMD announced new A-Series desktop processors join a lineup that includes several mobile versions. To date it's been tough to find real-world systems using the A-Series, but that is about to change.
The first reviews are in for AMD's new A8-3850 Llano accelerated processing unit (APU), which combines CPU and GPU cores on a single die, and the big question is: Can this $135 chip offer a viable alternative to Intel's lower-end Sandy Bridge processors?The answer: Yes, it can, but with a few caveats.
Somewhat lost in all the blog posts about how much Sony's latest Vaio Z ultraportable, available in the UK, costs, is the laptop's optional docking station, which includes an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card that works with the notebook through Intel's Light Peak connection.
The latest dust-up in the AMD-versus-Intel never-ending conflict concerns BAPCo, a consortium of tech companies that releases a set of benchmarks, including, most importantly, SYSmark. This week, AMD quit the BAPCo board, and speculation over why has run rampant ever since.