Yesterday, I posted about Alienware systems that were being fitted with Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, but Dell didn't forget about its mainstream products as well. It's introduced a refreshed version of its XPS 17 laptop as well as offering the new Dell XPS 8300 desktop.
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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 Windows-based ultra-portable competitors to the MacBook Air keep on coming, and the newest challenger from Samsung definitely has the chic look down.Under 3 pounds and just 0.
CES 2011: Alienware updates Aurora gaming desktop, M17x gaming laptop with latest hardware, 3D support
As part of its CES press event, Dell announced refreshes of two Alienware lines that include new hardware from Intel and Nvidia and 3D capabilities.The latest member of the Aurora family of gaming desktops, the first in a MicroATX form factor, will feature new Intel Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors that will be overclocked and liquid-cooled and can support dual graphics cards (whether in AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI flavor).
After debuting with a wild orange-metallic design with its first gaming desktop, the Acer Aspire Predator line has become more demure in style and cheaper in price. Now Acer is launching a new Predator that is even more understated and affordable.
Sony has finally taken the plunge into the world of 3D laptops, introducing the new Vaio F Series 3D notebook at its CES press event last night.The new addition to the Vaio F series features a new Intel Core i7 quad-core Sandy Bridge, along with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated RAM.
CES 2011: Maingear, Origin PC add Intel Core i7-2600K CPU overclocked to 5GHz to their gaming desktops
It didn't take long for boutique PC companies to take advantage of the overclocking potential in Intel's fastest Sandy Bridge processor, the Core i7-2600K. (The "K" standing for an unlocked multiplier, which eases user overclocking.
Most of Nvidia's press conference at CES was devoted to its Tegra 2 processor for smartphones and tablets, but CEO Jen-Hsun Huang saved one big surprise for the end, a project to develop a high-performance CPU for PCs and servers based on the ARM.
Getting a jump on Intel, AMD announced its first Fusion processors on the eve of CES 2011. Like Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, AMD's Accelerated Processing Units combine a CPU and a graphics processor on a single die, but these low-power APUs are designed for different sorts of laptops, netbooks and desktops.
HP's Envy 13 notebook might not have been a runaway success, but its bigger brother has just been refreshed in time for CES. The Envy 17 gaming laptop now will feature the latest Intel processors and AMD mobile graphics, along with an HP feature that's new to this model.
Intel will announce its new line of processors, code-named Sandy Bridge, at a press conference tomorrow, but at this point it is a mere formality. The changes to the microarchitecture have been known for some time and the only remaining question was just how well Sandy Bridge would perform. Now we now that too.