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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The other tablet: Convertibles in an iPad world

The other tablet: Convertibles in an iPad world

Long before the iPad arrived, convertible tablets found a small following. The sudden interest in tablets got me wondering just how far convertibles have come, and whether one could be a credible replacement for both a laptop and iPad.

July 25, 2010 by in iPad

Are PC gamers better than console players?

Are PC gamers better than console players?

Rahul Sood, who started Voodoo PC and is now an exec at HP, is never one to shy away from bold statements. In his latest missive, he claims that Microsoft has killed a project that would have pitted PC gamers against Xbox fraggers in online play.

July 24, 2010 by in Microsoft

Asus preparing Nvidia Fermi version of Ares graphics card monstrosity

Asus preparing Nvidia Fermi version of Ares graphics card monstrosity

Already making a statement with its ATI-based Ares graphics card -- a $1,200 beast that yokes together a pair of Radeon HD 5870 GPUs in a single board -- Asus is now moving on to an Nvidia version of the beast.Based around the new Fermi architecture, this Ares would pull together two GeForce GTX 480s, each with 480 stream processors and 1.

July 17, 2010 by in Hardware

Intel ramping up production of new Sandy Bridge CPUs

Intel ramping up production of new Sandy Bridge CPUs

Still haven't upgraded your Core Duo or even your Pentium 4 system yet? If you want to jump straight to Intel's latest and greatest for your next PC, you may want to skip the current generation of "Nehalem" Core processors, because the chip giant says it's ramping up the schedule to get its new Sandy Bridge platform to market by the end of the year.

July 16, 2010 by in Intel

Dell taps hipster t-shirt retailer Threadless for Dell Mini, Studio custom laptop designs

Dell taps hipster t-shirt retailer Threadless for Dell Mini, Studio custom laptop designs

While it's dealing with a massive PR headache surrounding its sale of faulty hardware to customers and then trying to cover up the mess, Dell is quietly courting the underground with a new partnership with online t-shirt store/community Threadless that adds custom laptop designs to its Dell Design Studio.Threadless produces t-shirts based on user designs that the community votes on, and has the serious hipster cred that Dell sorely lacks.

July 11, 2010 by in Dell

A crash course on back-to-school laptops

A crash course on back-to-school laptops

Over the past several weeks computer makers have released new laptops--and updated existing ones--in preparation for the back to school onslaught. Before you run down to Best Buy, here are a few tips on what to look for in a school laptop.

July 9, 2010 by in Apple

Asetek develops liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop PC prototype

Asetek develops liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop PC prototype

All-in-one PCs have been classified as "kitchen PCs" or "mom PCs" because they emphasize a space-saving form factor and ease of use over performance. That hasn't stopped Asetek, best known for creating budget liquid-cooling kits that companies like CoolIT and Corsair sell, from developing an all-in-one desktop prototype that receives a blast of water cooling.

July 5, 2010 by in Hardware

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