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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How Toshiba's 128GB SSD-equipped Portégé R500 stacks up

How Toshiba's 128GB SSD-equipped Portégé R500 stacks up

Toshiba has released what it says is the first laptop with a 128GB SSD. Technically, the 17-inch Alienware Area-51 m9750 can be configured with two 64GB SSDs, but Toshiba gets credit for shipping the first laptop equipped with a 128GB SSD that you'd actually want to carry anywhere.

published June 17, 2008 by

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Details on HP's new laptops and all-in-one desktop

Details on HP's new laptops and all-in-one desktop

HP released a slew of new consumer and business products--including 17 new laptops--at an event in Berlin earlier today. In addition to HP and Compaq notebooks, new products include a refresh of its TouchSmart all-in-one PC, a Voodoo-branded desktop and notebook, and a 30-inch flat-panel.

published June 10, 2008 by

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Netbook roundup from Computex

Netbook roundup from Computex

When Asus first unveiled its Eee PC at Computex in 2007, the industry viewed it as curiosity. One year later, Asus says it has sold more than a million Eee PCs and a new category, the ultra low-cost PC, is suddenly one of the biggest trends at this year's tradeshow.

published June 6, 2008 by

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Via has designs on mini-notebooks

Via has designs on mini-notebooks

In an effort to capitalize on the surprising growth in mini-notebooks, Via Technologies has released a new reference design based on its C7-M processor and chipset.With all the attention paid to the Intel-AMD rivalry, you may have forgotten about Via, the other company that designs x86 processors.

published May 28, 2008 by

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Microsoft's plan to block Linux on laptops

Microsoft's plan to block Linux on laptops

Details of Microsoft's recently announced plan to extend the life of Windows XP for ultra low-cost PCs are trickling out. IDG News got its hands on what it says are Microsoft documents outlining the program for PC manufacturers.

published May 12, 2008 by

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New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

Gateway has overhauled its desktop line with new models ranging for the $550 budget DX series to the over-clocked FX gaming rig, which tops out at around $3,800. The most noteworthy part of the announcement is that several models (including some retail-only ones) are now available with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

published May 6, 2008 by

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Dell XPS 730 reviews: A Ferrari stuck in traffic

Dell XPS 730 reviews: A Ferrari stuck in traffic

Dell has released a new version of its top-of-the-line gaming desktop, and it is a major update. The XPS 730 series is the company's first gaming rig to come--in some configurations--factory over-clocked, and Dell says it is capable of playing Crysis, a notoriously demanding first-person shooter, at a resolution of 1,920x1,200 at 30 frames per second.

published May 2, 2008 by

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Lenovo's 11-inch laptop now available

Lenovo's 11-inch laptop now available

Lenovo announced today that its new 11-inch widescreen laptop for consumers is now available online.The IdeaPad U110 was one of three notebook models Lenovo announced at CES in January when the company rolled out its new consumer brand, which includes IdeaPad laptops, and outside of the U.

published April 29, 2008 by

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HP, Lenovo join Dell in extending Windows XP

HP, Lenovo join Dell in extending Windows XP

Rumors of Windows XP's demise have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote about Dell's downgrade program in a post earlier this week. Now HP and Lenovo also plan to offer Windows XP to business customers after Microsoft's official cut-off date of June 30.

published April 25, 2008 by

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