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.
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.
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.
Despite talk of a slowdown, the PC market has held up surprisingly well. But it is increasingly clear that chipmakers see the real opportunities for growth in areas outside the PC.
Details emerge on Dell Looking Glass: 7-inch, Android-powered tablet that might be the iPad's toughest competition.
Engadget has received leaked documents from Dell detailing a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass that runs the Android OS using an NVidia T20 (or Tegra 2) processor and could provide the type of competition for the iPad that HP's forthcoming Slate tablet may not be able to provide.Dell is positioning the Looking Glass as a big brother to the 5-inch Streak, which is due later this summer.
HP's upcoming tablet is getting all the press, but the company still sells a few desktops too. Today it introduced a new all-in-one and updates to its existing TouchSmart PCs.
Maingear upgrades eX-L gaming laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11-supporting graphics
After racing ahead on the desktop late last year with Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, ATI is finally starting to equip gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphicswhich, like its desktop sibling, supports DirectX 11after it was announced in January at CES. First, Asus announced the G73Jh, and now Maingear has revamped its eX-L gaming laptop around the new graphics chip as well as the latest Intel mobile processors.