Acer threw down the metallic orange gauntlet with its Predator desktop, offering one of the most radical designs for a major manufacturer's PC. Now it's updated the specs on the system, while adding a little bit more black to the case design.
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.
HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC wasn't a raging success -- especially for Voodoo -- but the former boutique builder did contribute to the successful Envy laptop line, which has just apparently added a 14-inch version to its roster. The Envy 14 series is now available for ordering on HP's site, priced from $1,099.
If you're looking for something even simpler, and cheaper, than a Mac Mini for basic computing and perhaps some living room-related duties, eMachines is happy to oblige you with the new Mini-e ER1402 small-form-factor. You won't get much in terms of fancy specs, but it does come with its own pedestal -- and only costs $299.
Remember when all laptop cases were a slab of plastic or, if you were lucky (i.e.
Mac Mini competition? Shuttle's ultra-slim X350 PC packs dual-core Atom D510 CPU, Nvidia Ion graphics
Looking for an alternative to the new Mac Mini? Shuttle is introducing one that's similarly svelte, plus features the latest in -- well, let's be honest -- netbook technology.
Call it a comeback. After a couple of years where it seemed like AMD had all but abandoned the laptop processor market to rival Intel, the company is roaring back with its Vision platform of new notebook chips.
Toshiba and Lenovo have joined Acer and Asus in offering laptops with 3D displays--with more on the way. But they don't all use the same technology. Why you might want a 3D laptop and what to look for.
Some time ago, Dell figured out that competing on specs for laptops priced under $1,000 was becoming increasingly difficult as more players got into the notebook game. Along with HP, the computer giant has been trying to differentiate its portable offerings through aesthetics, including custom case graphics from contemporary artists.
Digital Storm unleashes new SPECIAL|OPS gaming PC line starting at $987 with six-core AMD Phenom II CPU
Let's face it: Gaming computers are often out of the reach of many potential buyers, with the ultimate behemoths priced around $10,000. Of course, you do get the best parts and attention to build detail you don't get from a $500 Dell, but at those prices, it might be a better option to build it yourself.
The 3D laptops are coming fast and furious now, with Toshiba announcing one the other day and now the normally staid Lenovo venturing into the third dimension with the IdeaPad Y560d.The Y560d is a little different in that it uses passive polarized 3D glasses rather than active-shutter ones, and uses an ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics card instead of an Nvidia one.