Much of the world may be going mobile, but the desktop PC is still going strong. The reason is simple: A desktop still gives you a lot more per dollar. Here are holiday picks that cost $1,000 or less.
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.
A year ago, the netbook recipe was simple and boring. But things have become more interesting with dual-core processors, upgraded graphics and display options, and better materials and build quality. These extras push some netbooks a bit above today's $300 entry price, but depending on your needs it may be worth spending a little extra on one of these 2010 holiday picks.
The choices for laptops continued to expand in 2010. The good news is that you are virtually guaranteed to find exactly what you -- or someone on your list -- is looking for.
Oh those pesky Internet slip-ups. Someone at Nvidia decided to add the rumored GeForce GTX 580 on the list of graphics cards that supports the company's 3D Vision technology.
It's been leaked many-a-time, but it's finally the day HP makes it official: the long-rumored Slate tablet PC is here, running Windows 7 and geared toward the corporate market.The Slate 500 is powered by an Intel Atom Z540 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash-based storage.
Dell hasn't released laptops under the XPS brand alone (as opposed to the Studio XPS lineup) for some time, but the series is back with a vengeance, as the computing giant has introduced three new models today.
Both Seagate and Western Digital have released 3-terabyte external hard drives earlier this year, but WD has finally dropped the first 3TB internal drive on the market. The Caviar Green 3TB, which includes 64MB of cache and hangs on to the SATA 3.
AMD moved a step closer to its Fusion future with the first public demonstrations of its Llano 32nm processor. But the company gave no new details on exactly when Llano, designed for mainstream laptops, will arrive in 2011.
It's that time again: Intel drops the price of some of its slightly older CPUs as they get replaced by newer ones. The results should trickle down to consumers in cheaper systems and upgrades -- as long as you don't mind the older parts.
Nvidia's new Fermi cards haven't been runaway successes, but the GeForce GTX 460 has managed to hit the price/performance sweet spot. However, it looks like AMD will have an answer for it -- apparently as soon as next week.