The first Sandy Bridge chips were quad-cores for high-end desktops and larger laptops. With a design flaw fixed, it now it looks like the mainstream dual-core laptops are ready to roll.
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.
Asetek has lately pushed its component-cooling prowess towards retail partnerships with companies like Antec and Corsair, along with providing the liquid-cooling solutions for gaming PC makers, including Asus and Dell Alienware. But the company has just announced that it will be bringing its WaterChill family of products back to the marketplace.
Seagate new Barracuda XT isn't the first internal hard drive to reach the 3TB plateau, but it does make it easier to access all of that storage if you are still using Windows XP or have a system with a PC BIOS controller.The problem for those with such legacy technology is that they don't natively support storage beyond 2.
In the now lengthy campaign for solid-state drives to replace hard drives as the storage tech of choice in desktops, Intel and OCZ hope they have breakthrough products with their latest lines of SSDs, the SSD 510 and Vertex 3 (pictured above), respectively.Both have native support for SATA 6Gbps, which helps propel their read/write speeds to levels well ahead of most consumer SSDs.
The trend may be toward thinner, lighter laptops and tablet PCs, but don't tell that to Maingear. The boutique PC builder is going bigger and brawnier with its new Titan desktop-replacement notebook, which packs a 17.
Some svelte notebooks, like the HP Envy 13 and Dell XPS 14, have recently bit the dust, but Sony is not only carrying on with its Vaio S laptop, but also sprucing it up.The new 3.
Years ago, Apple championed FireWire as its interface technology of choice, to some success (at least until USB 2.0 overwhelmed it).
While Intel is still the king of CPUs, chief competitor AMD can't ignore an opportunity to take advantage of a misstep by its rival. With Intel still smarting from the chipset flaw that is marring the rollout of its new Sandy Bridge processors, AMD announced a new marketing campaign that takes a swipe with its tagline.
Seemingly always prone to leaks, Dell had its road map for forthcoming phones and tablets leaked the other day, and now Engadget has received more details about the company's Windows 7 tablet, code-named Rosemount and due in June.First off, the tablet will be given Latitude branding and, as such, will be geared toward the corporate world.
At Mobile World Congress, the chips that power mobile devices are getting as much attention as the gadgets themselves. Over the past week Broadcom, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have announced new chips that look more like PC processors.