The Samsung Series 9, one of my favorite laptops from the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is finally available.
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.
As with Microsoft, Intel's prowess in the conventional PC world of desktops and laptops has not provided much help when it comes to smaller mobile devices. Intel's been a non-player in smartphones, and it's late to the game when it comes to tablet PCs.
You may remember my post on the DARWINmachine Hammerhead PC HMR989, a hand-assembled concoction that's the closest thing to a cubist painting a desktop may ever get. It didn't have the latest and greatest in components, but boutique builder Pure PC has rendered that criticism moot by jamming new Intel and Nvidia parts into the Hammerhead chassis and redubbing it the Pure Luxury PC.
Less than 24 hours after details of its revamped ThinkPad X Series with Sandy Bridge leaked out, Lenovo officially announced the X220 and X220 Tablet.
AMD has finally launched the long-anticipated followup to its Radeon HD 5970, its dual-GPU monster graphics card. Like its predecessor, the new Radeon HD 6990, code-named Antilles, combines two GPUs in a single package, and the result is the fastest graphics card you can buy.
The first Sandy Bridge chips were quad-cores for high-end desktops and larger laptops. With a design flaw fixed, it now it looks like the mainstream dual-core laptops are ready to roll.
Asetek has lately pushed its component-cooling prowess towards retail partnerships with companies like Antec and Corsair, along with providing the liquid-cooling solutions for gaming PC makers, including Asus and Dell Alienware. But the company has just announced that it will be bringing its WaterChill family of products back to the marketplace.
Seagate new Barracuda XT isn't the first internal hard drive to reach the 3TB plateau, but it does make it easier to access all of that storage if you are still using Windows XP or have a system with a PC BIOS controller.The problem for those with such legacy technology is that they don't natively support storage beyond 2.
In the now lengthy campaign for solid-state drives to replace hard drives as the storage tech of choice in desktops, Intel and OCZ hope they have breakthrough products with their latest lines of SSDs, the SSD 510 and Vertex 3 (pictured above), respectively.Both have native support for SATA 6Gbps, which helps propel their read/write speeds to levels well ahead of most consumer SSDs.
The trend may be toward thinner, lighter laptops and tablet PCs, but don't tell that to Maingear. The boutique PC builder is going bigger and brawnier with its new Titan desktop-replacement notebook, which packs a 17.