While many of the 3D laptops that have been announced to date have used active-shutter technology, there's also a movement afoot to pump out notebooks using passive 3D instead. Why?
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.
The Rasputin of iPad competitors, HP's Slate tablet appeared to be a goner after the company bought out Palm and suggested it was building tablets around webOS. And yet, there it is, listed in the labyrinth that is hp.
At the same time that Intel's new Core i7-970 six-core processor is showing up on Newegg, the company has reduced the price on several other desktop CPUs, including a huge cut in the cost of the Core i7-870. The year-old quad-core was selling for $562, but its price was reduced 48 percent to $294.
Already making a statement with its ATI-based Ares graphics card -- a $1,200 beast that yokes together a pair of Radeon HD 5870 GPUs in a single board -- Asus is now moving on to an Nvidia version of the beast.Based around the new Fermi architecture, this Ares would pull together two GeForce GTX 480s, each with 480 stream processors and 1.
Still haven't upgraded your Core Duo or even your Pentium 4 system yet? If you want to jump straight to Intel's latest and greatest for your next PC, you may want to skip the current generation of "Nehalem" Core processors, because the chip giant says it's ramping up the schedule to get its new Sandy Bridge platform to market by the end of the year.
Are Android-based tablets ready to compete against the iPad? We'll be finding out soon, according to word from boutique PC maker Velocity Micro and reports concerning Acer's upcoming plans.
The roll-out of 3D laptops is moving fast and furiously, with iBuyPower being the latest name to bow with such a notebook. In addition, the online systems retailer has gaming PCs now available with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card.
While it's dealing with a massive PR headache surrounding its sale of faulty hardware to customers and then trying to cover up the mess, Dell is quietly courting the underground with a new partnership with online t-shirt store/community Threadless that adds custom laptop designs to its Dell Design Studio.Threadless produces t-shirts based on user designs that the community votes on, and has the serious hipster cred that Dell sorely lacks.
Over the past several weeks computer makers have released new laptops--and updated existing ones--in preparation for the back to school onslaught. Before you run down to Best Buy, here are a few tips on what to look for in a school laptop.
The Asus Ares graphics monstrosity costs about as much as a decently equipped midrange desktop -- $1,200 -- so it better perform like a monster. For that price, you get two ATI Radeon HD 5870 cards yoked together, along with 4GB of DDR5 graphics memory, in a unit that weighs 5 pounds all by itself.