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.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
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.
<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>
Other than iMacs, I'm not sure that all-in-one PC designs are actually big sellers. Nonetheless, companies like HP and Dell keep cranking them out.
The ever-busy Asus has recently been releasing gaming laptops in the sweet spot around $1,500you don't pay thousands extra for multiple graphics cards and/or Intel Core 2 Extreme processors, but you can still play Crysis, albeit with some settings turned down. The latest entry in the company's lineup is the G73JH-X1, now available for $1,549.
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.
Remember Hybrid SLI? For those you don't, it was Nvidia's solution for an ever-vexing problem for laptop makers: How can you deliver the power of a discrete graphics card without sacrificing battery life?
Everyone seems to be getting into the tablet PC game, hoping to steal some mind (and wallet) share from Apple's iPad, and that includes Sony. According to reports from PC World and the Financial Times, Sony's CFO Nobuyuki Oneda recently stated that “Sony is very much interested in this segment of the market and we have [the] necessary technology.
Intel's latest launch of mobile processors is yielding more laptop refreshes, such as a number of Lenovo ThinkPads. Last week, the Core i3 CPU suited up for the new ThinkPad T410i, T410si and T510i, and now Engadget is reporting that the ThinkPad X201T convertible tablet will be available with a Core i7 processor.
Without much fanfare, HP has put up the new G62t laptop for sale on its Website. For $599.
Gateway's successful line of midrange FX gaming PCs gets a bit of a makeover, sporting new processors and a new graphics card. In order to keep the price well below $2,000, the company doesn't go for the highest-performing components, but the new parts should provide noticeable improvement over the previous lineup.
No sooner had I posted a story on upcoming six-core processors than Intel held a press conference to discuss its Westmere six-core chip. Here are some new details Intel has confirmed.
In the next few months, both Intel and AMD are slated to release the industry's first six-core processors for desktops, but real-world consumer applications for six-core chips remain limited.
Fujitsu releases LifeBook T900 tablet PC with Core i5, i7 CPUs and miniscule LifeBook UH900 multi-touch netbook
Fujitsu has stayed committed to Windows-based tablet PC's longer than most, and it's not stopping now. The company has just made its new LifeBook T900 series available on its Website, a 13.
Dell's gaming arm is introducing some heft into the pipsqueak world of netbooks with its M11x system, which was introduced at CES a couple of weeks ago. Alienware won't call the laptop the "n" word, but it's clearly marketing it to those who find the usual Atom-based portable lacking in the ability to play games more visually complicated than Solitaire.
Acer's 23.6-inch GD235HZ--one of the first 1920x1080 monitors for 3D gaming and movies--is now available in the U.S.
Touchscreens aren't new to PCs, but until recently they've been relegated to pricey convertible tablets for business, and to a lesser extent to slates--tablets without keyboards--used in niche markets (though I hear Apple is hoping to change that with some new device). Thanks to touchscreen smartphones, however, consumers have become accustomed to touch interfaces.