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.

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The best back-to-school laptops

The best back-to-school laptops

With back-to-school shopping in full swing, here's a look at 10 (mostly) affordable notebooks for students returning to the classroom. Most of them are helped by Intel's new fourth-generation Core processors (a.k.a. Haswell), which manage to improve both performance and battery life. That will come in handy for those all-night study sessions -- or YouTube viewing marathons.

August 18, 2013 by in 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

Apple's MacBook gets a new look

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the updated version of the popular MacBook laptop. New features include Nvidia graphics, a glass multitouch trackpad, a thinner casing crafted from a single block of aluminum, solid state drives, some price reductions, and more.

October 14, 2008 by in Laptops

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

Eurocom Racer 3.0 review

Eurocom Racer 3.0 review

Eurocom's 15.6in. high-performance notebook gets the 4th-Generation Intel Core (Haswell) upgrade, and delivers the goods in terms of specification and speed. The design is uninspiring, though, and it's also bulky and heavy.

June 18, 2013 by in Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch review

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is attractive and solidly built, with an excellent touchscreen and a great keyboard. However, we'd like to see more ports and a removable battery at the very least. As it stands, this ultrabook is too expensive for widespread deployment.

June 11, 2013 by in Laptops

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m review

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m review

The EliteBook Folio 9470m is a well-made ultrabook with a particularly good keyboard and touchpad. We like the removable battery and optional battery slice, but would prefer a higher screen resolution across the range. Windows 8 fans will also note the absence of a touchscreen option.

June 6, 2013 by in Laptops

Google Chromebook Pixel review

Google Chromebook Pixel review

Although it's visually pleasing and well specified, particularly in the display department, the Chromebook Pixel's premium price tag makes it difficult for us to recommend.

April 9, 2013 by in Laptops

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.

March 5, 2013 by in Laptops

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Microsoft Surface Pro review

The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.

February 12, 2013 by in Mobility

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review

An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be an issue though.

December 14, 2012 by in Laptops

Toshiba Tecra R950-11F review

Toshiba Tecra R950-11F review

The Tecra R950 is a hefty 15.6in. business-grade notebook with an up-to-date set of security and manageability features, integrated mobile broadband and a solid but understated design. It performs well enough for its market, but we'd prefer a higher screen resolution.

September 11, 2012 by in Laptops

Dell Latitude E6430s review

Dell Latitude E6430s review

The Latitude E6430s is a solidly built and highly configurable 14in. business notebook with excellent security and remote management features. However, some may find it just too big and heavy to take on their travels.

September 6, 2012 by in Laptops

Gigabyte X11 ultrabook review

Gigabyte X11 ultrabook review

This lighter-than-MacBook-Air 11.6in. ultrabook has a slim but sturdy carbon-fibre chassis and performs well for a system with integrated graphics, although battery life is slightly disappointing.

August 30, 2012 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

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