So I braved the lines, which weren't outrageously long, at my local Apple store, and picked up an iPad yesterday morning. To be honest, my kids spent more time with it since then than I did, but I played with it enough to offer my first impressions to the growing multitude of iPad commentary.
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.
You're going to be hearing a lot about whether the iPad can be an adequate replacement for the netbook, which Steve Jobs derided when he first announced the Apple tablet back in January. In particular, netbooks with 10-inch screens appear vulnerable as their screen size is similar to the iPad's 9.
The netbook market has been saturated with a seemingly endless supply of product, but apparently there's one customer segment that's been unaccounted for: children. At least that's the thinking behind the PeeWee Power Laptop, a full-fledged netbook with a few tweaks thrown in to make it suitable for the juvenile set.
Dell Precision M4500 mobile workstation delivers Core i5 CPU, Nvidia Quadro FX 880M graphics starting at $1,549
Whether you don't need the quad-core power of the Dell Precision M6500 mobile workstation (or the competing HP EliteBook 8740w) or just can't afford it, Dell is offering a far more affordable, if still powerful option in the Precision M4500.For $1,549, the M4500 comes with an Intel Core i5-520M dual-core processor, 15.
After a slow start, mobile hotspots may be ready to go mainstream. Wireless operators are deploying more advanced 4G networks and new types of devices such as Apple's iPad are vying to get onto them.
Attack of the Fermi desktops: More gaming PC builders announce systems with new Nvidia graphics cards
Seemingly minutes after I posted about CyberPower announcing gaming computers with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 DirectX 11 cardspart of the so-called Fermi platforma slew of other system builders announced their own Fermi desktops. Though these are pretty much existing lines that just have the new cards as upgrade options, in sum they represent a range of prices.
With Nvidia set to officially launch its new Fermi graphics card architecture tonight, CyberPower is making sure it's first with its announcement of desktops that will come with the new cards. Not surprisingly, the company's lines that will sport the latest Nvidia cardsBlack Pearl, Black Mamba Fang Series and Gamer Xtreme 3Dare the same that are rocking the new Intel Core i7-980X six-core processor.
I remember when I had a laptop with a 100 megabyte hard drive, though that was well before you could fill that amount up with a couple of albums' worth of MP3 files. Now, we're hitting the terabyte milepost for notebook hard drives with one of Toshiba's new 2.
HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation
HP has beefed up its top-of-the-line EliteBook 8740w laptop workstation, packing them with Intel's latest mobile processors and offering the option to outfit it with a 17-inch DreamColor screen, which is a 30-bit panel that can display more than a billion colors (64x more colors than a typical LCD can display).HP has a number of configurations available on its Web site (and lets you configure your own).
Intel has spent a lot of time making its mobile processors act more like the application processors in smartphones, creating a new category of netbooks in the process. But the opposite is happening as well.