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.
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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.
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.
When its specs were leaked to the world a couple of weeks ago, HP's answer to the iPadthe Slate tabletlooked like it was bringing some game to the competition, featuring things like a built-in camera and an integrated Webcam, USB port, and Flash support, all of which Apple's tablet lacks. But the first hands-on writeup of the Slate being tested "in the wild" probably isn't going to cause Steve Jobs and company to lose a lot of sleep.
AMD and Nvidia have spent years trying to convince users to upgrade to better graphics. Yet most still choose laptops with basic integrated graphics. Is it worth spending a little extra for a better GPU?
AMD is about to bring the six-core processor closer to the mainstream with its Phenom II X6 1090T "Thuban" CPU, long announced but finally starting to appear in the hands of the masses. The 1090T is showing up for pre-order at online stores for between $300 and $350, which is more than $600 cheaper than Intel's current six-core desktop processor, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition.
One of the main reasons Apple was able to turn around its Mac sales in recent years was the company's decision to switch from the PowerPC to Intel processors. But if the latest rumor circulated by AppleInsider.
If Apple doesn't have a problem letting other manufacturers build its iPads, iPhones, and iPods, then maybe that's not such a bad ideaat least it may explain why Sony is planning to add a second division of laptops that it won't be building itself.A Sony exec told PC Pro that the electronics giant is splitting its laptop business into two divisions: the first one still built by Sony itself, with the second one built by partners but still sold under the Sony name.