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.
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.
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.
The never-ending saga of the HP Slate tablet took another turn today, when HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley told a tech conference that what was once thought to be an iPad competitor is going to be targeted to the enterprise.
While many of the 3D laptops that have been announced to date have used active-shutter technology, there's also a movement afoot to pump out notebooks using passive 3D instead. Why?
The Rasputin of iPad competitors, HP's Slate tablet appeared to be a goner after the company bought out Palm and suggested it was building tablets around webOS. And yet, there it is, listed in the labyrinth that is hp.
At the same time that Intel's new Core i7-970 six-core processor is showing up on Newegg, the company has reduced the price on several other desktop CPUs, including a huge cut in the cost of the Core i7-870. The year-old quad-core was selling for $562, but its price was reduced 48 percent to $294.
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.
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.
Are Android-based tablets ready to compete against the iPad? We'll be finding out soon, according to word from boutique PC maker Velocity Micro and reports concerning Acer's upcoming plans.
The roll-out of 3D laptops is moving fast and furiously, with iBuyPower being the latest name to bow with such a notebook. In addition, the online systems retailer has gaming PCs now available with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card.