How do you sustain the lust factor for the iPad as more and more tablets enter the market? The anticipated iPad 2 will probably deal with some of the first version's shortcomings, such as built-in cameras (one for snapping photos, the other for video chatting), but that will meet expectations, not inspire desire.
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.
It's pretty much a given that HP will leap into the tablet wars full force with an announcement on February 9, all but certain to involve the WebOS platform it purchased Palm for last year. But can a WebOS tablet compete effectively against Apple's iPad juggernaut and the rash of Android tablets coming from every direction?
Most of the desktops that have been announced that feature Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors have been gaming computers, but Dell has just launched the Vostro 460, the first business-class desktop using the new chips.Clearly designed for biz users who need more power than from the typical corporate desktop, the Vostro 460 packs the Core i5-2400 quad-core processor by default, but you can also upgrade to the Core i7-2600 for some hyperthreading action.
AMD is staking quite a bit on its new Fusion architecture -- which combines CPU and GPU in an Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU -- and the first independent benchmarks for a Toshiba NB550D netbook using the C-50 "Ontario" APU should encourage the chipmaker.Dutch site Hardware.
With Intel's Sandy Bridge rollout including a few Core i7 quad-core mobile processors, it was inevitable that a heavy dose of gaming laptops would be among the first portables announced using Intel's latest CPUs. Here are some heavy hitters from some heavy hitters in the notebook world.
Old-school gamers might appreciate a very traditional product more than any 3D HDTV at this year's CES 2011. Borrowing an idea from a ThinkGeek.
While Nvidia and AMD have released newer and faster single-GPU graphics cards over the last few months, the biggest beast is still the AMD Radeon HD 5970, which packed a pair of Radeon HD 5870 GPUs onto a single piece of hardware. AMD is long rumored to be preparing the Radeon HD 6990 (code-named Antilles) as a sequel to the 5970, but Nvidia may have beaten it to the punch again.
Computer companies aren't quite sure what to make of Windows on tablets at this stage. One of the clearest signs of this confusion is the sheer variety of concepts on display at CES this week.
Alienware's M11x has been viewed as a gaming netbook, but Razer has something a little different in mind with its Switchblade concept. The company says it's been working on the device for the past two years after secretly acquiring an engineering team from an undisclosed mobile handset company.
Yesterday, I posted about Alienware systems that were being fitted with Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, but Dell didn't forget about its mainstream products as well. It's introduced a refreshed version of its XPS 17 laptop as well as offering the new Dell XPS 8300 desktop.