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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Is it possible to build a $20 laptop?

Is it possible to build a $20 laptop?

The unveiling of the $20 laptop-the result of a major project involving the government, universities and the private sector in India-so far hasn't done much to clear up the mystery surrounding the ultra-inexpensive notebook. All we really know about the device is that it will have a low-power chip (it consumes about 2 watts), 2GB of memory, and Ethernet and WiFi connectivity.

published February 3, 2009 by

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Studio + XPS looks like a winner for Dell

Studio + XPS looks like a winner for Dell

Dell hopes the stylish Studio XPS laptops, announced at CES a few weeks back, will help shake up its image, and it may be working. CNET, Laptop Magazine and PC Magazine have all posted reviews of the 16-inch entertainment notebook, and the latter two awarded it an Editors' Choice.

published January 21, 2009 by

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The best of the "Best of CES"

The best of the "Best of CES"

The Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up on Sunday, and by now the many Best of CES lists have been posted. Every year there are a few blockbusters that show up on nearly everyone's list.

published January 13, 2009 by

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Adamo is a near no-show, but Dell ships Studio XPS laptops

Adamo is a near no-show, but Dell ships Studio XPS laptops

The scraps of news Dell parceled out on its mysterious Adamo laptop at CES left reviewers disappointed, but the company did announce several new laptops and one desktop, the XPS 625, at the show.The new laptops meld together two Dell brands, the mid-range Studio and the high-end XPS (Inspiron is budget brand).

published January 9, 2009 by

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SanDisk boosts speed, lowers price of SSDs

SanDisk boosts speed, lowers price of SSDs

SanDisk announced today a new line of SSDs that not only offer larger capacities but, according the company, are twice as fast as competing SSDs that have hit the market in the past year (which are themselves already significantly faster than standard hard drives on many tasks).Intended as the hard disk drive replacements in laptops for consumers and business users, the G3 series SSDs will be available at 60GB ($149), 120GB ($249) and 240GB ($499) capacities.

published January 8, 2009 by

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AMD's Dragon, Phenom II get official

AMD's Dragon, Phenom II get official

AMD is taking its second stab at a desktop platform--this time with a more promising processor as its foundation. The Phenom II X4, which AMD officially announced yesterday, is the final piece in its new Dragon platform for high-end desktops.

published January 8, 2009 by

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Lenovo's latest laptops and first all-in-one desktop

Lenovo's latest laptops and first all-in-one desktop

Getting a jump on the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks-off Wednesday, Lenovo announced today several new laptops and its first all-in-one desktop.The ThinkPad W700ds, which Lenovo claims is the first mobile workstation with two displays, has already received a lot of coverage on gadget blogs because of its novel design.

published January 5, 2009 by

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Sony's "pocket" PC: Netbook or notebook?

Sony's "pocket" PC: Netbook or notebook?

Details of Sony's rumored mini-notebook are steadily leaking. The last thing the world need is another netbook, but this one seems to have a twist: a small LED display (only 8 inches) with a large resolution of 1,600 by 768 pixels.

published December 26, 2008 by

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