Thanks to a slew of acquisitions, Acer has quickly become the world's third-largest PC company, and is now within striking distance of Dell.Yesterday Acer unveiled a new line of notebooks, netbooks and desktops that is meant not only to maintain that momentum, but also to sharpen the identities of the four brands leftover from this buying binge.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
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.
<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>
HP's latest ultraportable, the Pavilion dv2, is now available.Announced at CES in January, the dv2 is notable because it is part of AMD's strategy to counter Intel Atom-based netbooks with ultraportables that are closer in price to netbooks, but offer features more like full-fledged notebooks.
AT&T announced that it will start selling netbooks for as low as $50 in some trial markets with a two-year service contract. The company will offer the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia netbooks--as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 laptop--at subsidized prices in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
In the past wireless carriers spent a lot of time devising ways to keep devices other than phones off their networks. But as wireless networks get faster, the options for connecting are expanding.
Sprint is on a roll this week. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported the company is making a big push to sell its network capacity wholesale for use in gadgets such as digital cameras, GPS receivers and MP3 players (it's already in the Kindle).
Samsung has previously hinted at a new 10-inch netbook, and now the company has released a few details. The specs look nearly identical to current netbooks--including Samsung's own NC10--but the Samsung NC310 has an entirely different design.
After months of teases, Dell has finally launched its Adamo high-end ultraportable. The basic design--an ultra-thin 13-inch laptop in the mold of the MacBook Air, Lenovo ThinkPad X301 and HP Voodoo Envy 133-- has been well-known since the company's press conference at CES in January.
HP introduced two consumer laptops at CES in January: the 12-inch Pavilion dv2 and the 13-inch Pavilion dv3. The dv2 got all the press because it employs a new AMD Neo processor, which is the closest thing AMD has to a netbook chip, but the dv3 seemed like a potential sleeper.
The Studio One 19 won’t be available in the U.S.
There's more to the changes in the updated Mac mini than meets the eye. The small form-factor desktop looks exactly the same, but even the $599 base model now includes much better graphics, a faster Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory, a larger hard drive, 802.
Digital cameras and camcorders aren't part of my regular beat, but since I spent most of last week in Las Vegas at PMA for my day job, I thought I'd post some pictures from the show floor. With even entry-level cameras approaching 10MP or more, megapixel madness may finally be nearing an end.
Asus is making a lot of news at the massive CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany this week. Among other products, the company unveiled three new Eee PCs--including the sleek Eee PC 1008HA--and the new notebooks, the U and UX series.
In one fell swoop, Apple updated its entire desktop line this morning. The 24-inch iMac now starts at $1,499 (the previous price of the 20-inch model) and the Mac Pro workstation gets the first Xeons in Intel's Nehalem family.
Laptop Magazine has just posted a roundup of the latest 10-inch netbooks. They tested six netbooks including the Acer Aspire One 10-inch, Asus Eee PC 1000HE, HP Mini 1000, Lenovo IdeaPad S10, MSI Wind U120 and Samsung NC10.
Dell's Studio XPS was one of the first desktops to offer Intel's Core i7 processor (aka Nehalem) at prices starting below $1,000. Now it looks like Dell may be close to releasing a second Studio XPS desktop with a bolder design and higher-end configurations to match the Core i7's performance.