This week the world's largest PC company revamped much of its laptop line. Though several of these new models offer Intel processors, the new lineup is also a win for competitor AMD.
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.
High-speed, high-capacity 2.5-inch drives (the ones mainly used in laptops) are few and far between.
AMD has done itself no favors in the mobile market by taking so long to introduce some next-generation processors to compete with Intel's Core offerings. But it appears that the second-place chip company is ready to rumble in the laptop space, readying tri-core and quad-core Phenom II CPUs that could provide serious competition and recoup some market share.
DirectX 11 laptop graphics war heating up? Nvidia's mobile Fermi coming next month, according to Eurocom.
ATI had a good lead over Nvidia in the latest desktop graphics skirmish, getting its Radeon HD 5870 to market several months before its rival's GeForce GTX 480 reached online shops and gaming PC manufacturers. But that lead time appears to be a lot shorter on the laptop front, if one of Eurocom's product pages is to be believed.
If ultra-thin laptops are going to move to the mainstream and do more than elicit "oohs" and "aahs" at how slim they are, they must continue to improve their performance. Svelte style is all well and good until you can't do what you need to do because your laptop doesn't have the horsepower for serious work.
You knew it was only a matter of hours after the official release of AMD's first six-core Phenom II X6 CPUs that the first desktops packing the processors would start being announced. And like clockwork, here they are from boutique builders Maingear, CyberPower and iBuyPower.
AMD released its first six-core processors for desktops, only a few weeks after Intel released its first six-core desktop chip.
While everyone looks at benchmarks for new graphics cards when they're first released, a lot can change as ATI and Nvidia update their drivers. Not only can performance be improved, but more features can be added as well.
It appears Dell has sprung more leaks than the Titanic. The company's internal documents previously revealed a slew of new mobile devices, including a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass.
In the wake of Maingear's eX-L gaming laptop getting revamped with new Intel Core processors and the latest ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics, MSI announces an even cheaper gaming notebook that is also equipped with some new hardware.Unlike the Maingear, the MSI GX640 comes in a single configuration, but it's not a bad one for the $1,099 price tag.