Call it a comeback. After a couple of years where it seemed like AMD had all but abandoned the laptop processor market to rival Intel, the company is roaring back with its Vision platform of new notebook chips.
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.
Toshiba and Lenovo have joined Acer and Asus in offering laptops with 3D displays--with more on the way. But they don't all use the same technology. Why you might want a 3D laptop and what to look for.
Some time ago, Dell figured out that competing on specs for laptops priced under $1,000 was becoming increasingly difficult as more players got into the notebook game. Along with HP, the computer giant has been trying to differentiate its portable offerings through aesthetics, including custom case graphics from contemporary artists.
Digital Storm unleashes new SPECIAL|OPS gaming PC line starting at $987 with six-core AMD Phenom II CPU
Let's face it: Gaming computers are often out of the reach of many potential buyers, with the ultimate behemoths priced around $10,000. Of course, you do get the best parts and attention to build detail you don't get from a $500 Dell, but at those prices, it might be a better option to build it yourself.
The 3D laptops are coming fast and furious now, with Toshiba announcing one the other day and now the normally staid Lenovo venturing into the third dimension with the IdeaPad Y560d.The Y560d is a little different in that it uses passive polarized 3D glasses rather than active-shutter ones, and uses an ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics card instead of an Nvidia one.
Shuttle's small-form-factor J3 5800G gaming PC can handle Intel Gulftown processor, Nvidia Fermi graphics cards
Who says you need a massive desktop tower to handle the latest high-performance PC components? Shuttle wants to prove that less is more with its newest small-form-factor PC, the J3 5800G.
Toshiba is reportedly developing a tablet with two 7-inch displays, which folds like a book. That would make it the latest in a long line of companies-both big names and start-ups-who have toyed with these dual-display devices.
Like it or not, 3D laptops are coming hot on the heels of 3D TVs. Asus took things to the extra dimension with the G51J-3D, and now boutique builder Origin PC is launching the first 3D notebook that's customizable -- though we have a feeling it's far from the last.
If you've been as dependent on Microsoft Windows for all of your computers as HP has been, how do you free yourself from the tug of Redmond's gravity? Apparently you make some acquisitions that give you the building blocks for an alternative ecosystem.
It's only been a couple of months since Intel released its first six-core desktop chip, the Core i7-980X "Gulftown" processor that is the fastest on the market, but X-bit labs is reporting that the company is readying a faster successor for release by the end of this year.X-bit surmises that the new CPU will be dubbed the i7-990X and boost clock speed beyond the 3.