Gallery: Hammerhead takes PC design in new directionsA desktop that looks like it was designed by NASA but hand-crafted like it was being sold on Etsy? That's the story behind the Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989, a gaming rig that's built by a one-man crew who is an engineer and race car designer.
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.
The first tablets and smartphones based on the dual-core Tegra 2 aren't even shipping yet, but Nvidia is already working on a faster Tegra 2 for 3D gadgets and a quad-core Tegra 3.
Probably the most anticipated Android-based tablet, Motorola's Xoom has been the subject of a couple of leaks over the weekend that, if true, would mean it will be available soon -- and for more than you probably thought.As with the latest dirt on HP's webOS tablets, the scoops come courtesy of Engadget.
Don't get too excited if you start seeing some desktops offering the new AMD Radeon HD 6700-series graphics cards. That's because the company has taken the all-too-familiar tactic of just giving the Radeon HD 5700 lineup the new name.
So we already know that HP is planning both a 9-inch and 7-inch tablet based on the webOS it acquired last year from Palm. We know the 7-inch Opal will be released in September, but the 9-inch Topaz may appear as early as March.
I'm still skeptical about HP being able to create a runaway success with tablets based on Palm's webOS, but if the photos leaked to Engadget from "a trusted tipster" are accurate, it's definitely designed a sexy slate -- or, apparently, pair of slates.That's because HP has a 9-inch tablet (code-named Topaz) and a 7-inch model (Opal) in the works, according to the roll-out details also passed along.
How do you sustain the lust factor for the iPad as more and more tablets enter the market? The anticipated iPad 2 will probably deal with some of the first version's shortcomings, such as built-in cameras (one for snapping photos, the other for video chatting), but that will meet expectations, not inspire desire.
It's pretty much a given that HP will leap into the tablet wars full force with an announcement on February 9, all but certain to involve the WebOS platform it purchased Palm for last year. But can a WebOS tablet compete effectively against Apple's iPad juggernaut and the rash of Android tablets coming from every direction?
Most of the desktops that have been announced that feature Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors have been gaming computers, but Dell has just launched the Vostro 460, the first business-class desktop using the new chips.Clearly designed for biz users who need more power than from the typical corporate desktop, the Vostro 460 packs the Core i5-2400 quad-core processor by default, but you can also upgrade to the Core i7-2600 for some hyperthreading action.
AMD is staking quite a bit on its new Fusion architecture -- which combines CPU and GPU in an Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU -- and the first independent benchmarks for a Toshiba NB550D netbook using the C-50 "Ontario" APU should encourage the chipmaker.Dutch site Hardware.