Thanks to specs that match up nicely to the MacBook Air--it also fits in an interoffice envelope--Lenovo's still unannounced X300 ultraportable got loads of press this week culminating in a BusinessWeek cover story. Other news in laptops and desktops this week. . .
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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.
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The news out of GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn't all cell phones. Qualcomm announced that HP will ship several business laptops this year using its Gobi 3G chipset. Meanwhile Sony Ericsson said it will provide the HSPA modules for "select Lenovo ThinkPads" beginning this year.
Acer, the world's third largest computer seller, said today that it will offer a new, low-cost laptop targeted primarily at emerging markets. The specs and price would put it in direct competition with other low-cost models such as the Asus Eee PC and the Everex CloudBook, and to a lesser extent OLPC's XO laptop.
Details of Lenovo's new ultraportable have been leaking out for nearly a month. Here's how it will stack up to the Apple MacBook Air.
It seems Nvidia has "soft-launched" its new graphics processing units (GPUs) for laptops. Though the company hasn't officially announced the GeForce 9M series, the basic specs and other information now appear on Nvidia's site.
Last night, I wrote that Dell had added a few Penryn options to one of its most popular laptops, the XPS M1330. Now comes word that the company may have dropped systems using AMD processors from Dell.com altogether. While it certainly isn’t great news for AMD, it may not be as dire as it sounds.
Exactly one month after Intel released its first 45nm laptop chips, Dell is offering the Penryn processors on the XPS M1330, a popular thin-and-light with a 13.3-inch widescreen display.