Articles about Laptops
Google promised it would bring Android apps to the Chromebook, and the first apps are now available.
The updated $299.99 Chromebook 14 is powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, while the refreshed Chromebook 11 uses an Intel Celeron Bay Trail CPU and starts at $279.99.
When Steve Jobs first mentioned Post PC, it was all about the gadgets that would replace the traditional PC. Fact is, it’s not about the gadgets at all. It’s about people.
Lenovo dishes out the goods at IFA 2014, including two high-end smartphones (that probably won't make it to the U.S.) and a business-focused convertibles.
Toshiba releases its second 13.3-inch Chromebook and two new 11.6-inch Windows 8.1 notebooks.
Most have heard of using a phone as a mobile hotspot to get laptops online. Tablets can also do that, and here’s how to do it right.
I own and use many devices on different platforms, and I regularly get asked what I am currently using. Here’s a snapshot of my current gear and what is the best of the lot.
Laptops are good rivals for the desktop, especially if you use the iPad Air as an external monitor.
If you pay for data for your mobile devices, keep an eye on consumption when you travel, even domestically.
The challenges facing Microsoft Windows are many, but none so big as the casual PC user's changing habits.
Allowing employees to work from home has benefits for both the worker and the company, but it’s not without risk. Here’s how to do it right.
It can be annoying fighting bulky backpacks for space on crowded buses and trains, but Ogio has a backpack that makes the experience better while also providing pockets for all your gear.
Microsoft is pushing for cheap laptops, including the Stream from HP, to compete with Chromebooks. There’s one crucial advantage of the Chromebook that may throw a monkey wrench in that plan.
Enterprise capabilities of Chromebooks just got a lot better with new software by Citrix.
Coffee shops have become a natural part of the urban worker’s day. It’s so convenient to have work meetings in public, but it’s not without potential consequences.
Join me for the "first" computer Christmas season: when PCs cost thousands of dollars, hard-drives boasted of having megabytes of storage, and connecting to the Internet happened at 1,200 bits per second.
Microsoft's Windows 8 is here, but with no UK launch activities I was slightly dubious as to how many people would drag themselves to central London for Currys/PC World's launch event. So, just how many did?
Sony's newest hybrid is a tablet when flat and a laptop when propped up on a crutch. ZDNet went hands-on to get a quick look at the chameleonic Windows 8-based device.
Fujitsu's 'split personality' Q702 Windows 8-based tablet will be aimed directly at business users. But has it got the chops to go up against the raft of other Windows 8 devices?
Lenovo has announced a lineup of Windows 8 hybrids designed to work as both laptops and tablets. Rather than choosing one convertible design, the company will offer several models including two versions of the flexible Yoga.
My recent purchase of a Chromebook led me to investigate Chrome web apps. I was surprised to find many good apps for Chrome, and have already come to depend on these 11 while working on my Chromebook. A bonus tip for Chromebook owners has been included at no charge.
Your next PC? It just might be a Chromebook.
Chinese PC maker subjects its ThinkPad laptops to dust, noise and drop tests, among others, in its Yamato Laboratory in Yokohama, Japan.
IFA provided an opportunity to get a closer look at some of Acer's upcoming Windows 8 devices.
Writing isn't just sitting at a desk waiting for the news to happen. It often requires a prepared bag of kit for travel to report at the source. Here's what Zack Whittaker keeps in his on-the-go bag.
Lenovo has upped its game with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This ultrathin laptop fits a 14-inch high-res IPS display into the chassis of a 13-inch MacBook Air. The SSD and Core i7 processor make this a powerful addition to the road warrior's travel bag.
The KDE netbook desktop is a little-known and underappreciated alternative that is included in every KDE installation. My step-by-step guide is designed to help raise its profile
Integral's Crypto SSD is the Full Disk Encryption solution for Windows desktops and laptops.
A quick visual tour of Microsoft's Surface tablet announced June 18, 2012, Los Angeles, California.
If you've been reading the news you might think that laptops have been replaced by tablets. Not so, says those who have visited Computex 2012.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and senior editor Sam Diaz about whether recent product announcements will have a positive impact on Apple sales. Dignan and Diaz also discuss the hiccups with the iPhone 3G launch, the new Nano, and whether Apple will refresh its MacBook line for MacWorld.
Intel's David Perlmutter showed the company's new quad-core laptop computers at the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco. He demonstrated how video conferencing can be done in HD--even with other applications running in the background--without sacrificing power and performance.
CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi talks with senior writer Ina Fried about Bill Gates' imminent departure from Microsoft. He's technically leaving the company as a full-time employee, but Fried explains why Gates will still be involved with pet projects like search and the Tablet PC.
At Macworld 2008 in San Francisco Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the company's new ultraportable notebook, the MacBook Air. The new notebook is .76 inch thick and runs on Intel's Core 2 Duo with both 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz options. Other specs include a full-size keyboard, a built-in iSight camera, and a trackpad that supports multitouch gestures.
Shoppers across the San Francisco Bay Area set their alarm clocks extra early to welcome Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. At electronic superstores like Circuit City, $299 laptops were among the first big items to sell out. People didn\222t seem to mind waiting in hour-long lines to buy fancy TVs, if it meant getting a jump on their holiday shopping while cashing in on super savings. News.Com\222s Kara Tsuboi braved the crowds and files this report.
At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., Dell CEO Michael Dell talks to Gartner research analysts about the company's renewed focus on customer-centricity, such as the company's plan to introduce new notebooks and a move into on-demand streaming.
Usually the term "subnotebook" conjures up images of compromise. Subnotebooks are generally too thin to include a drive tray for CD-ROMs and DVDs, and their batteries die before the flight attendant can say, "It's OK to use your personal electronics now." But, Toshiba tells ZDNet executive editor David Berlind, the company thinks it has come up with a no-compromise design with the Portégé R500.
Panasonic's 14in. Toughbook CF-53 is built for ruggedness and therefore relatively heavy. Its standout feature is great battery life. If you need a bigger screen, the 15.4in. Toughbook CF-52 is still available.
Dell's 13.3in. Vostro V131 looks striking, has a superb keyboard and delivers much-improved battery life over its predecessor. But the lack of an optical drive is annoying and a business-ready configuration doesn't come cheap.
Samsung's 600B5B is bulky, heavy and short on battery life for a notebook aimed at mobile professionals, and its 15.6in. screen is let down by moderate resolution. The sturdy chassis and separate number pad on the keyboard may appeal to some, though.
The TravelMate Timeline 8481T is a robust but slim 14in. notebook with impressive battery life. We'd have liked a higher screen resolution, though, and the keyboard has too much flex.
The Elitebook 8460p is a robust, if somewhat heavy, 14in. business notebook. We don't like the keyboard design, but the matte screen is superb. We also appreciate the range of off-the-shelf configurations, and the high-quality audio subsystem.
Dell's visually pleasing Vostro 3750 is a good desktop replacement contender for small businesses. It delivers solid, if not spectacular, performance and reasonable battery life for a 17.3in. system with dual integrated/discrete graphics and a conventional hard disk.
The highly configurable Latitude E6420 ATG's ungainly looks are underpinned by a solid chassis design. The screen and keyboard are both good, as is the battery life. We'd prefer integrated USB 3.0 rather than a modular option though.
Toshiba has updated the Portégé R700 with new components but retained the old chassis design. We'd prefer a more solid lid section, but the R830 is an impressively portable notebook. Battery life is good, but the cost remains high.
Lenovo's ThinkPad W520 is a fast 15.6in. notebook with a high-quality display whose limited portability isn't helped by a brick-like AC adapter. If you do take the W520 on the road, its battery performance ought to be adequate.
If you're after great industrial design or long battery life, this hulking desktop replacement is not for you. But if you value a wealth of configuration options and excellent performance, take a look at Eurocom's Panther 2.0. Just be prepared to rack up a hefty price tag.
Lenovo's ThinkPad T510 is heavy, but in exchange you get solid build quality and a large screen. The keyboard is well designed and although battery life isn't great, this notebook is likely to spend more of its time on the desk than on the move.
Sony's 13.3in. VAIO S doesn't stand out in terms of slimness, aesthetics or affordability. Although it's solidly built and performs well, some users may need to invest in a high-capacity battery.
We like the 13.3in. MacBook Air's slimline design, high-resolution screen, fast boot time and long battery life. If the price and one or two feature omissions don't put you off, it's a great notebook to use and to be seen using.
Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge 11" gives top-end netbooks a run for their money, offering a capable processor, decent hard drive capacity and a screen of reasonable size and resolution.
The 17.3in. ProBook 4720s is likely to be deskbound for much of the time, although it will deliver good battery life if necessary. One or two niggles aside, this jumbo notebook combines stylish looks and good performance with very attractive pricing.
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