Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

John Morris

John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.

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Upgrade your laptop or Mac Mini storage with the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit

Upgrade your laptop or Mac Mini storage with the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit

The thought of upgrading a desktop's hard drive is daunting enough for some users, but swapping out a drive in a laptop is potentially even more intimidating, given the narrow confines in which you need to work. OWC hopes to make the task a bit easier with its new DIY Hard Drive Kit, which gives you everything you need to upgrade your PC or Mac laptop and even a Mac Mini desktop.

October 26, 2010 by in Laptops

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Netbook computers

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Netbook computers

A year ago, the netbook recipe was simple and boring. But things have become more interesting with dual-core processors, upgraded graphics and display options, and better materials and build quality. These extras push some netbooks a bit above today's $300 entry price, but depending on your needs it may be worth spending a little extra on one of these 2010 holiday picks.

October 25, 2010 by in Hardware

Nvidia rolls out GeForce GT 430 DX11 graphics card for $79

Nvidia rolls out GeForce GT 430 DX11 graphics card for $79

If you've been pining for a new Nvidia entry-level graphics card, you've had a long wait since the company introduced the GeForce GT 220. But now that time is at hand, as the green giant has just introduced the GeForce GT 430, the lowest priced Fermi card to date -- $79 for a DirectX11 budget board.

October 11, 2010 by in Hardware

Upgraders' Utopia: Maingear Shift now available with Super Stock options

Upgraders' Utopia: Maingear Shift now available with Super Stock options

The Maingear Shift performance desktop is already a beefy machine with a starting price tag of over $1,500, but for some with deep enough pockets, you can never upgrade your system enough. So the company is now offering what's it's calling a "Super Stock" option, in the form of both performance-boosting components and aesthetic customizations.

October 9, 2010 by in CXO

Intel's next generation of X25-M SSD drives includes 600GB model

Intel's next generation of X25-M SSD drives includes 600GB model

Solid state drives have been marketed as offering speedier performance than typical hard drives -- making them great alternative boot drives for your OS -- but with the caveat that you will receive far less capacity at a higher price. Intel may not have completely solved the pricing issue, but it appears to have figured out how to move past the storage size limitations.

October 6, 2010 by in Hardware

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