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.
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>
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.
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.