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A closer look at laptops with AMD's Fusion processors

AMD's first Fusion processors--chips that combine both a CPU and graphics--have been finding their way into everything from netbooks to 15-inch budget notebooks. Over the past few weeks, I've been testing out a number of these Fusion laptops including the Acer Aspire One 522, HP Pavilion dm1z and Lenovo ThinkPad X120e.

April 21, 2011 by

First Look: Toshiba Portege R700

It’s hard to get excited about a thin-and-light notebook PC when you’ve been carrying them around for more than a decade. However, when Toshiba unveiled the R700, it impressed even a cynical old Portégé and IBM ThinkPad user like me, so I borrowed one.

July 6, 2010 by

AT&T offers netbooks starting at $50

AT&T announced that it will start selling netbooks for as low as $50 in some trial markets with a two-year service contract. The company will offer the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia netbooks--as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 laptop--at subsidized prices in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

April 1, 2009 by

Head in the Data Cloud Pt.I

A simple tale of IMAP email and remote synchronisation in 3 parts.Of late I have have been using two machines, my reliable steed the ThinkPad X60s and the cute n' cuddly Acer Aspire One, both running Ubuntu in some shape or flavour.

January 30, 2009 by

Lenovo's latest laptops and first all-in-one desktop

Getting a jump on the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks-off Wednesday, Lenovo announced today several new laptops and its first all-in-one desktop.The ThinkPad W700ds, which Lenovo claims is the first mobile workstation with two displays, has already received a lot of coverage on gadget blogs because of its novel design.

January 5, 2009 by

The quad-core laptops are here . . . sort of

Back in August Dell, HP and Lenovo all announced mobile workstations that offer Intel's first quad-core chip for laptops. Those systems are now available for order and reviews of at least one model--the Lenovo ThinkPad W700--are giving a glimpse of the performance you can expect from these 17-inch powerhouses.

October 3, 2008 by

Lenovo's World of Leather

Following the celebrations surrounding the ThinkPad's 15th birthday, news arrives of Lenovo's latest wheeze: the ThinkPad Reserve Edition. This is not a notebook likely to be rolled out to the motorway-pounding corporate sales team, one suspects, given that it costs £3,119 (inc.

September 6, 2007 by

Lenovo beats Dell to the punch

Ars technica, among other tech news outlets, reported Monday that Lenovo will begin selling their Thinkpad T Series notebooks preloaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop in the fourth quarter of this year. While Dell was the first tier-one vendor to offer a pre-loaded Linux distribution on mainstream products, computers running Ubuntu (Dell's Linux OS of choice) are only available to consumers.

August 6, 2007 by

Lenovo X61 details emerge

Lenovo appears ready to give its ThinkPad Tablet PC offering a boost with the imminent arrival of the X61 model which features a Core 2 Duo processor, better connectivity options, enhanced displays, and a reported 12-hour battery life with the now-standard 8-cell battery. More info at Apparently my fellow MVP Dennis Rice already has his hands on one and will be posting some comparisons to the ThinkPad X60t I'm currently working with.

May 30, 2007 by

Great Lenovo X60 Tablet PC review

Linda Epstein at TabletPc2 has put together a heavily illustrated, comprehensive review of the new ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC. The unit Linda reviewed is essentially the same as the one I'm evaluating with one notable difference - she's using the multi-touch display which supports both stylus and finger input. Although it runs at a lower resolution, it sounds like a great alternative and, as Linda points out in her review, is excellent for doing demos.

March 9, 2007 by

The keyboard matters

Very recently, the LCD panel on my IBM (vintage) Thinkpad T42 (around one year old), decided it had enough and stopped working on me. It was a gradual death.

March 15, 2006 by

IBM ThinkPad T40

This thin-and-light notebook isn't the speediest Pentium M/Centrino system, but it offers very good battery life and many outstanding features.

June 11, 2003 by

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