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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.
Times are tough, and the chance of you getting a pricey laptop this holiday season is as slim as a MacBook Air. Here's a list of cool gadgets that cost around $100 or less.
Things have been so quiet on the Chrome OS front that I had nearly forgotten Google promised netbooks in time for the holidays. If reports out of Taiwan are accurate, the first models should arrive later this month.
Nvidia appears to be in a real big hurry to cut into the momentum for AMD's forthcoming Radeon 6900 series of graphics cards. Its rumored answer -- the GeForce GTX 580 -- is not only being prepped to compete with (and beat) AMD's latest -- but it also appears to be coming as soon as next week.
Clearwire reached a milestone today with the launch of its WiMax 4G service in New York City--along with cities in New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. Looks like it is finally time to trade in my old AT&T USBConnect 3G laptop card.
You don't need to pay whatever Samsung expects you to pay for its Galaxy Tab to get an Android tablet. Not since Walgreens began offering a $100 model that runs Google's popular OS.
The thought of upgrading a desktop's hard drive is daunting enough for some users, but swapping out a drive in a laptop is potentially even more intimidating, given the narrow confines in which you need to work. OWC hopes to make the task a bit easier with its new DIY Hard Drive Kit, which gives you everything you need to upgrade your PC or Mac laptop and even a Mac Mini desktop.
Much of the world may be going mobile, but the desktop PC is still going strong. The reason is simple: A desktop still gives you a lot more per dollar. Here are holiday picks that cost $1,000 or less.
A year ago, the netbook recipe was simple and boring. But things have become more interesting with dual-core processors, upgraded graphics and display options, and better materials and build quality. These extras push some netbooks a bit above today's $300 entry price, but depending on your needs it may be worth spending a little extra on one of these 2010 holiday picks.
The choices for laptops continued to expand in 2010. The good news is that you are virtually guaranteed to find exactly what you -- or someone on your list -- is looking for.