Laptops

Nearly 60 percent of computers sold in 2011 were notebooks of one kind or another — desktop PCs, by contrast, accounted for less than 30 percent. Over the years, laptops have become generally slimmer, lighter and less power-hungry, and they will remain the staple tool of business workforces worldwide for the foreseeable future.

Featured Stories

Articles about Laptops

10 awesome handheld computers from yesteryear

10 awesome handheld computers from yesteryear

Mobile tech has advanced so fast in the last few years that it is easy to forget how long companies have been pushing the envelope in preparation of today's powerful gadgetry. Join us in a trip down memory lane as we look at early gadgets that changed the landscape forever.

April 22, 2013 by in Mobility

Lenovo's lineup of Windows 8 convertibles

Lenovo's lineup of Windows 8 convertibles

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.

October 10, 2012 by in Laptops

11 good Chrome web apps for the Chromebook

11 good Chrome web apps for the Chromebook

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.

October 8, 2012 by in Mobility

Earnings preview: Will Apple deliver?

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.

September 30, 2008 by in Networking

Big tech on campus

CNET's Kara Tsuboi visits the University of California, Berkeley, to find out what gadgets students are craving at the start of their school year. CNET Reviews editors Bonnie Cha and Donald Bell also weigh in on their top cell phone, MP3, and laptop picks.

August 22, 2008 by in iPhone

Intel demos quad-core notebooks

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.

August 20, 2008 by in Hardware

Apple introduces ultrathin notebook

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.

January 15, 2008 by in Laptops

Get in Line for Good Deals

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.

November 23, 2007 by in Laptops

Dell demos new convertible PC

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Dell CEO demos the company's new convertible Latitude XT, which he claims is thinner and brighter than competing systems. It also has multitouch technology that senses the five fingers of a hand.

November 14, 2007 by in Hardware

Michael Dell talks turnaround strategy

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.

October 11, 2007 by in Hardware

New Toshiba notebook weighs less than 1.7 lbs.

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.

October 2, 2007 by in Laptops

Lapwork's latest laptop desk

ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind tries out Lapwork's third-generation laptop desk. The Futura fits between the bottom of a laptop computer and a person's thighs and provides large open ventilation slots to channel the heat away from under the laptop.

July 25, 2007 by in Laptops

Toshiba Satellite Pro L830 review

Toshiba Satellite Pro L830 review

The Satellite Pro L830 isn't a particularly lightweight, compact or powerful 13.3in. notebook, and the screen quality could be better. Still, it's quite solidly made, there's plenty of hard drive storage and the price is reasonable.

August 17, 2012 by in Laptops

Dell Vostro 3560 review

Dell Vostro 3560 review

The Vostro 3560's 1080p screen is well worth the extra outlay, and rest of the specification is solid, although we'd like more storage options. The physical design is unremarkable, the keyboard a little too flexible and battery life disappointing, but it's still good value for money.

August 14, 2012 by in Laptops

Acer Aspire S5 review

Acer Aspire S5 review

The Aspire S5 is an exceptionally slim, light and stylish ultrabook. However, it's also expensive: to blow us away, it needs a better screen, an Ethernet port and longer battery life — and a lower price.

August 1, 2012 by in Laptops

Eurocom Monster 1.0 review

Eurocom Monster 1.0 review

This 11.6in. notebook is an outstanding performer. It's not particularly lightweight or attractive, but the specification is top-notch and the screen, keyboard and touchpad are all perfectly usable. Plenty of professionals will be keen to get their hands on this system, if they can stomach the price tag.

July 5, 2012 by in Laptops

Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-10N

Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-10N

The Satellite Pro C850-10N delivers decent performance at a reasonable price. The keyboard flex is a concern, but build quality is generally robust. Overall, it's a good basic business workhorse.

May 29, 2012 by in Laptops

Dell Vostro 3555

Dell Vostro 3555

Despite a number of drawbacks, the Vostro 3555 could be a good buy if you're looking for a low-cost business workhorse. It's also the first business notebook we've seen with three USB 3.0 ports.

May 8, 2012 by in Laptops

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook looks stunning, and has a good keyboard. However it's short on ports and connectors, and the display's resolution and vertical viewing angles could be better.

April 3, 2012 by in Laptops

Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

Dell Latitude XT3 Tablet PC

Dell's convertible Latitude XT3 tablet has some neat features and a good choice of configurations. However, it lacks USB 3.0 and an optical drive, battery life is disappointing and it's relatively heavy for a 13.3in. notebook. As a result, we'd hesitate to recommend it for everyday use.

March 20, 2012 by in Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s

Much of this ThinkPad's design — and particularly the excellent keyboard — is traditional, but it packs plenty of up-to-date specs too: Core i7 CPU, hybrid discrete/integrated graphics, solid-state drive, USB 3.0 and a high-quality multimedia subsystem. All this makes for an expensive notebook, but it's one we're happy to recommend.

March 15, 2012 by in Laptops

HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation

The EliteBook 8560w is a well-built 15.6in. mobile workstation that can be configured with top-notch components, making it ideal for CPU-, GPU- and memory-intensive workloads. It's not especially portable, though, and battery life is among its least impressive features.

March 13, 2012 by in Laptops

HP Folio 13-2000

HP Folio 13-2000

The HP Folio 13 is a neatly designed business ultrabook that's solidly built and has a comfortable keyboard. However, there are only two USB ports, the screen is unimpressive and storage capacity is limited.

February 28, 2012 by in Laptops

Dell Precision M6600

Dell Precision M6600

The Precision M6600 is a hefty investment and it won't win points for elegance. However, this is a solid and highly configurable mobile workstation that should perform well with a wide range of demanding workloads.

February 15, 2012 by in Laptops

Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P

Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P

The Portégé Z830 is an impressive business ultrabook. Apart from the amount of flex in the lid, we like the slimline design and thoughtful ergonomics. Not everyone will appreciate the connectors on the back edge, though, and we'd have liked access to the battery.

January 19, 2012 by in Laptops

HP ProBook 5330m

HP ProBook 5330m

HP's ProBook 5330m is nicely made, with a responsive keyboard, integrated mobile broadband and generally good performance. We'd have liked it even more with an optical drive, USB 3.0 and better battery life.

October 27, 2011 by in Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e

This 11.6in. ultraportable features the usual impressive ThinkPad build quality and exemplary keyboard. If you're seeking a small, portable and relatively affordable notebook and don't mind the absence of an optical drive, the ThinkPad X121e is well worth considering.

October 21, 2011 by in Laptops

Most Popular