WD's Caviar Blue internal hard drives are the cheapest in its Caviar family, which means you shouldn't automatically expect the best performance compared to its Caviar Black lineup. But they just received a shot of adrenaline in the form of a SATA 3.
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.
For those who want serious performance without spending hundreds of dollars on Intel's Core i7 processors, AMD offers the Phenom II X6 CPU series -- six cores for under $300. Intel's rival has just delivered a new version, the 1100T Black Edition, that benchmarking sites have found to be the fastest desktop processor AMD has released to date.
Ah rebadging, graphics card companies' dirty little not-so-secret. They may call it refreshing, but cynics use the less-flattering term to describe boards that get a itty-bitty upgrade -- along with a brand-new name that looks better on spec sheets.
Any parent knows that his or her kids flock to computers like moths to a flame. That means greasy fingerprints, scratched screens, and various "oopsies" that put your laptop in constant jeopardy.
Despite readying a big push of Android-based tablets with its new update to that OS (the forthcoming version 2.3, a.
Things are about to get a lot hotter in the desktop graphics cards wars, and I'm not just talking about the heat being generated inside your system.Nvidia hopes to short-circuit the hoopla over the launch of AMD's new flagship Radeon HD 6900 series of boards, due to be released on December 8, by bringing out the new GeForce GTX 570 the day before.
Intel has let the world know it plans to roll out its new Sandy Bridge processors at CES in January, but that doesn't mean that sleuths can't unearth details online weeks before the official announcement. So far, three laptops using the new CPUs have been located on the Internet, each sporting the quad-core Core i7-2630QM processor running at 2GHz.
It's that time of year again. Yes, this is the week when shoppers will wake up in the dark, stand in line for hours and stampede into stores for a shot at $70 Blu-ray players and $300 LCD TVs.
I love my iPad and I love my dual-monitor setup at work. Now Acer has decided that combining those two approaches to computing is the way forward.
If you want to take a look at a radical notebook design, feast your eyes on the Bloom laptop, a prototype that Stanford students designed to make it easier -- much easier -- to disassemble and recycle.The impetus for the project is the fact that laptops are tightly assembled with screws and other adhesives keeping everything fitting together, which makes it difficult to break them down into their recyclable materials.