Gaming doesn't leap to mind when you think about all of a netbook's various uses, unless you're talking about solitaire or Minesweeper. That's especially because you're dealing with integrated graphics that limit the system ability to display all the visual complexity of current games.
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.
With spec parity a given for most notebooks these days, innovations in batteries are one of the few areas that brands can use to differentiate themselves from one another. Case in point: The latest laptops from Asus, which will feature Sonata batteries from Boston-Power.
With the economic recovery appearing to slow down in the past couple of months, there's concern that consumer spending will fall off before it's even had much of a chance to build back up. That may already be impacting the laptop market.
In previous posts, I took a second look at convertible tablet PCs and tested HP's EliteBook 2740p. Here's my take on Lenovo's competing convertible, ThinkPad X201 Tablet.
Convertible tablets have gotten lost in the iPad madness, but they are still around and keep getting better. Here's a closer look at HP's EliteBook 2470p, one of two 12-inch convertibles that I've been testing.
Remember netbooks? They're no longer trendy with the launch of the iPad and the resulting tablet fever, but Acer still appears to be tinkering with the tiny, inexpensive laptops.
The Zino HD is Dell's small-form-factor, living-room-friendly desktop and Mac Mini competitor. It appears that there's a refresh on the horizon for the mini-PC, which will include updated processor and discrete graphics options from AMD and ATI.
With Research in Motion preparing a tablet to compete against the iPad, it shouldn't be any surprise that Motorola is working on one, too. But while RIM's BlackPad seems geared for enterprise customers, Motorola seems to have its sight set on consumers -- especially those who are Verizon FiOS subscribers.
Research in Motion had a massive advantage in the smart phone market when Apple first launched the iPhone -- and we all know what happened next. RIM has had to withstand that blow against its BlackBerry brand, as well as seeing the Android platform making significant inroads with smart phone buyers.
One of the most anticipated games in years, Starcraft II is so hot that it can burn up your graphics card. Literally.