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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TechRepublic's New Laptop Checklist

When it's time to order new laptops, the New Laptop Checklist will help you avoid mistakes and oversights. We've created the checklist as an editable Excel worksheet and as a PDF. A sample version is included...

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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.

published October 10, 2012 by

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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.

published October 8, 2012 by

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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.

published September 30, 2008 by

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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.

published August 22, 2008 by

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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.

published August 20, 2008 by

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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.

published January 15, 2008 by

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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.

published November 23, 2007 by

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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.

published November 14, 2007 by

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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.

published October 11, 2007 by

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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.

published October 2, 2007 by

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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.

published July 25, 2007 by

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-53

Panasonic Toughbook CF-53

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.

published October 10, 2011 by

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Dell Vostro V131

Dell Vostro V131

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.

published September 22, 2011 by

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Samsung 600B5B

Samsung 600B5B

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.

published September 20, 2011 by

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Acer TravelMate Timeline 8481T

Acer TravelMate Timeline 8481T

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.

published September 19, 2011 by

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HP Elitebook 8460p

HP Elitebook 8460p

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.

published September 8, 2011 by

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Dell Vostro 3750

Dell Vostro 3750

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.

published August 9, 2011 by

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Dell Latitude E6420 ATG

Dell Latitude E6420 ATG

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.

published August 1, 2011 by

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Toshiba Portégé R830-138

Toshiba Portégé R830-138

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.

published June 29, 2011 by

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Lenovo ThinkPad W520

Lenovo ThinkPad W520

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.

published May 27, 2011 by

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Eurocom Panther 2.0

Eurocom Panther 2.0

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.

published February 15, 2011 by

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Lenovo ThinkPad T510

Lenovo ThinkPad T510

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.

published February 1, 2011 by

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Sony VAIO S VPCS13V9E/B

Sony VAIO S VPCS13V9E/B

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.

published January 25, 2011 by

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Apple MacBook Air 2010 (13.3in.)

Apple MacBook Air 2010 (13.3in.)

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.

published November 29, 2010 by

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11"

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11"

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.

published November 22, 2010 by

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HP ProBook 4720s

HP ProBook 4720s

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.

published October 8, 2010 by

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