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

<p>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.</p>

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Clevo's X8100 loaded gaming laptop packs mobile Core i7, Nvidia GTX 285M graphics

Clevo's X8100 loaded gaming laptop packs mobile Core i7, Nvidia GTX 285M graphics

If you're not a notebook fanatic, you may not be aware of the Clevo brand, though you may be familiar with its laptops if you purchase a system from Sager or Prostar (which merely rebrand Clevo machines). You'll have to go the boutique vendor (like AVADirect, Malibal, XoticPC) to get hold of a Clevo au naturel, but if you're a hardcore gamer, you might want to track down the just released X8100.

published February 21, 2010 by

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AMD's big bet on Llano CPU+GPU

AMD's big bet on Llano CPU+GPU

Intel may own the present, but AMD believes the future belongs to Fusion. At a recent conference AMD provided the first glimpse of its first Fusion APU slated to ship in 2011.

published February 16, 2010 by

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Nvidia considering external graphics solution for laptops. Would you buy?

Nvidia considering external graphics solution for laptops. Would you buy?

In the same week that it introduced its new switchable graphics mobile platform Optimus, Nvidia revealed that it's mulling an external graphics solution to boost the graphics capabilities of laptops. An Nvidia exec told X-bit Labs that it was a "big opportunity," but that the company hadn't decided if it would take the form of an adapter or a GPU docking station.

published February 13, 2010 by

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Digital Storm promises "extreme performance" from new Black|Ops gaming PCs

Digital Storm promises "extreme performance" from new Black|Ops gaming PCs

They get scorn for selling systems that costs thousands, but even in this "great recession" many boutique PC builders have done a lot better than you might expect. Digital Storm has one of the best reputations among this clique (which includes Falcon Northwest, Maingear, and several others), and with its new Black|Ops desktop series, it's promising extreme performance starting at a relatively modest price.

published February 13, 2010 by

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Asus announces first laptops using Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics

Asus announces first laptops using Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics

Along with Nvidia's announcement today that it's upgraded its Hybrid SLI switchable graphics mobile solution to the company's new Optimus technology, Asus has disclosed the first five laptops that will support the graphics platform, ranging from thin-and-lights to bigger, more multimedia-friendly machines.The UL50VF-A1 (pictured above) is the one that's making the rounds of reviewers, including PC Magazine and Laptop Magazine.

published February 9, 2010 by

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