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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Netbooks with Nvidia's Ion wait on Windows 7

Netbooks with Nvidia's Ion wait on Windows 7

Nvidia's Ion platform may be off to a slow start, but that could change once Windows 7 arrives in late October. To date Ion has been used only in nettops--including two new ones from Asus and Lenovo--but the first netbooks should finally arrive around the time Microsoft releases its new operating system.

published August 21, 2009 by

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Why not all 12-inch netbooks are the same

Why not all 12-inch netbooks are the same

I've been skeptical of 12-inch netbooks, especially as prices for real notebooks continue to fall fast. At that size, netbooks start to run up against laptops, so it's no surprise that the PC industry is feeling its way.

published August 10, 2009 by

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HP rolls out more Compaq budget laptops

HP rolls out more Compaq budget laptops

Laptop unit sales have been better than the dire predictions, but buyers are clearly choosing cheap notebooks. Lately HP has been making good use of its Compaq brand to meet this demand for budget netbooks and notebooks.

published August 4, 2009 by

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Intel discusses upcoming laptop and Atom chips, why we need more performance in mobile devices

Intel discusses upcoming laptop and Atom chips, why we need more performance in mobile devices

This week I'm at the Semicon West show in San Francisco. Most of this is inside baseball--the show is devoted to the companies that make the equipment used to manufacture chips--but in his opening keynote, Anand Chandrasekher, who heads up Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, discussed some details of the company's future mobile chips and demonstrated a few prototypes.

published July 14, 2009 by

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Why the luxury netbook is a non-starter

Why the luxury netbook is a non-starter

Almost since the start of the PC industry's "race to the bottom" with netbooks, computer makers have been attempting to reverse course, or at least slow the pace.HP tried painting peonies on the Mini 1000 and charging $700 for it (you can now find the Vivienne Tam Edition for less than $500).

published July 10, 2009 by

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Desktops aren't dead (yet)

Desktops aren't dead (yet)

Laptops have long since overtaken their desk-bound brethren in terms of revenues, and more recently unit sales. In the first quarter, desktop unit sales dropped 23 percent, while notebook sales actually increased 10 percent compared with the same period last year, according to iSuppli.

published June 30, 2009 by

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