With HD-DVD dead and buried, computer makers are moving to Blu-ray. Dell is now offering 15.4-inch laptop with a Blu-ray drive for less than $900. HP, Acer and Asus are also offering laptops with Blu-ray.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
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.
<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>
Dell took its time with tablets. It wasn't until last December that the company finally released its first tablet PC, but it looks like the results have been good enough to convince Dell to stick with this niche for now. Engadget has posted details of Dell's next tablet, the Latitude XT2.
I've been skeptical of plans for in-flight broadband. But it may finally happen. In the past few months several U.S airlines--Alaska Air, American Airlines, Continental, JetBlue, Southwest and Virgin America--have announced plans to offer Internet access.
It turns out Acer's Blue is a desktop replacement laptop with a bunch of entertainment-oriented features. The marketing department got a bit carried away, but there's nothing wrong with the Aspire Gemstone Blue. In fact, it has several interesting features.
The world's third largest PC company has been running ads for a new mystery product. Company president Gianfranco Lanci will unveil the "concept notebook" at a press event later today.
Asus announced yesterday a new version of its Eee PC at the CeBIT tradeshow. Among other changes, the Eee PC 900 is now available with Windows, but it's XP not Vista.
Samsung plans to double the capacity of solid state disks (SSDs) every 12 months. The company said it will deliver samples of 128GB SSDs by mid-year and a 256GB drive sometime in 2009. At the same time, Samsung is boosting the capacity and speed of its hard drives for laptops.
Right on the schedule, the Lenovo X300 is now available for order. And it looks like Lenovo has the first hit on its hands since acquiring ThinkPad. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, which is no surprise given the ultraportable's unique specs and pedigree.
As expected, Apple refreshed its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops today. The exterior looks the same, which is sure to disappoint some given how long it has been since the last makeover. But inside Apple has done a lot of remodeling.
Now that HD-DVD has imploded, I've been wondering what will happen to the company's highly-rated Qosmio G45, the first laptop in the U.S. to offer an HD-DVD player and recorder. Now comes word that Toshiba may be willing to switch sides, at least when it comes to notebooks.
Nvidia has released the GeForce 9600 GT, a mid-range GPU designed for 3D cards that cost less than $200. Reviews are in and the GeForce 9600 GT not only leapfrogs right over its direct competitor, the Radeon 3850, but also offers performance similar to the higher-priced GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon 3870.
Subnotebooks have always been overpriced and under-performing. But lately that niche has become a lot more interesting. Now it looks like HP is ready to take another stab at subnotes.
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. . .
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.