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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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AMD Radeon HD 4770: Great graphics for $99

April 28, 2009 by in Processors

AMD Radeon HD 4770: Great graphics for $99

AMD has made the eagerly-anticipated Radeon HD 4770 GPU official. Although it is based on some of the most advanced technology--it's the first GPU manufactured using a 40nm process and has nearly as many transistors as the flagship Radeon HD 4890--it is neither the company's fastest nor most costly GPU.

Will ARM netbooks be competitive?

April 27, 2009 by in Processors

Will ARM netbooks be competitive?

Rumors of netbooks using smartphone components rather than Intel chips and Microsoft Windows are nothing new. But we're finally getting a good idea of just what a PC based on an ARM processor and Linux will look like.

AMD pushes Phenom II X4 to 3.2GHz

April 22, 2009 by in Hardware

AMD pushes Phenom II X4 to 3.2GHz

AMD will give its Dragon desktop platform a boost today with the release of faster Phenom II X4 quad-core chips. The new platform, which also includes the ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU announced earlier this month and an updated version of its OverDrive utility, is geared toward enthusiast and gamers.

Super-slim MSI X340, Intel CULV coming this month

April 21, 2009 by in Laptops

Super-slim MSI X340, Intel CULV coming this month

Intel hasn't made any secret of its plans to release ultra low-voltage chips for relatively inexpensive, ultra-thin consumer notebooks. In last week's earnings call, CEO Paul Otellini said the company looked forward to the "new consumer ultra low voltage products which will enable many new thing and light notebooks at very compelling price points.

AMD says "Fusion" chip looks good, but is 2011 too late?

April 21, 2009 by in Networking

AMD says "Fusion" chip looks good, but is 2011 too late?

AMD appears to be on track to release its first "Fusion" processor that combines an x86 CPU core with a graphics processor on a single silicon chip sometime in 2011. The first so-called APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is code-named Llano and will be manufactured using 32nm process technology.

Reviews: Dell Adamo is all beauty, not enough brains

April 14, 2009 by in Dell

Reviews: Dell Adamo is all beauty, not enough brains

After a prolonged, elaborate marketing campaign, the Dell Adamo 13 ultraportable is finally widely available and several sites have recently posted full reviews.Reviewers agreed that the Adamo succeeded in the design department with a sturdy, aluminum case that, at 0.

Details on Acer's new notebooks, netbook and all-in-one

April 8, 2009 by in Processors

Details on Acer's new notebooks, netbook and all-in-one

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.

AT&T offers netbooks starting at $50

April 1, 2009 by in Mobility

AT&T offers netbooks starting at $50

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.

Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

March 23, 2009 by in Mobility

Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

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.

Behind Dell's designs for its Adamo laptop

March 17, 2009 by in Dell

Behind Dell's designs for its Adamo laptop

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.

The sleeper HP Pavilion dv3 13-inch laptop

March 16, 2009 by in Hardware

The sleeper HP Pavilion dv3 13-inch laptop

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.

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