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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>
Netbooks powered by Nvidia's Ion platform are nowhere in sight, but that hasn't stopped reviewers from taking it for a spin. These first reviews aren't based on real-world systems-we won't see those until mid-2009 at the earliest.
The unveiling of the $20 laptop-the result of a major project involving the government, universities and the private sector in India-so far hasn't done much to clear up the mystery surrounding the ultra-inexpensive notebook. All we really know about the device is that it will have a low-power chip (it consumes about 2 watts), 2GB of memory, and Ethernet and WiFi connectivity.
As the PC market goes, so goes graphics cards. After "defying gravity" in the third quarter of 2008, the market for graphics processing units (GPUs) came crashing down to earth in the fourth quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research.
Stop me if you've heard this one before. . . BusinessWeek reports that Intel is readying a big push for a new class of handhelds known as MIDs, or Mobile Internet Devices.
AMD has already cut prices for its flagship 45nm processor--which the company announced on January 8--for competitive reasons.The 3.
Dell hopes the stylish Studio XPS laptops, announced at CES a few weeks back, will help shake up its image, and it may be working. CNET, Laptop Magazine and PC Magazine have all posted reviews of the 16-inch entertainment notebook, and the latter two awarded it an Editors' Choice.
You can't judge a netbook by its cover. With its amazing looks, the Sony VAIO P Series landed a spot on nearly everyone's Best of CES list.
The Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up on Sunday, and by now the many Best of CES lists have been posted. Every year there are a few blockbusters that show up on nearly everyone's list.
The scraps of news Dell parceled out on its mysterious Adamo laptop at CES left reviewers disappointed, but the company did announce several new laptops and one desktop, the XPS 625, at the show.The new laptops meld together two Dell brands, the mid-range Studio and the high-end XPS (Inspiron is budget brand).
SanDisk announced today a new line of SSDs that not only offer larger capacities but, according the company, are twice as fast as competing SSDs that have hit the market in the past year (which are themselves already significantly faster than standard hard drives on many tasks).Intended as the hard disk drive replacements in laptops for consumers and business users, the G3 series SSDs will be available at 60GB ($149), 120GB ($249) and 240GB ($499) capacities.
AMD is taking its second stab at a desktop platform--this time with a more promising processor as its foundation. The Phenom II X4, which AMD officially announced yesterday, is the final piece in its new Dragon platform for high-end desktops.
The mystery of the Sony VAIO P series has been resolved. Sony is calls it a Lifestyle PC, but it is really one of the smallest and lightest Netbooks to date.
Plugging a hole in its laptop portfolio, AMD has announced a new processor platform for very thin and lightweight notebooks. HP was the first to announce a new laptop, the Pavilion dv2, based on AMD's Athlon Neo chip.
Getting a jump on the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks-off Wednesday, Lenovo announced today several new laptops and its first all-in-one desktop.The ThinkPad W700ds, which Lenovo claims is the first mobile workstation with two displays, has already received a lot of coverage on gadget blogs because of its novel design.
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- 4 Walmart drops price of iPad 2 to $299, Target to offer $50 gift card with select iPads
- 5 You could be charging your laptop via USB cables soon, thanks to new USB PD technology