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More Laptops Opinion

  • Opinion: Toshiba Portege Z830 Billed as Lightest 13-inch Laptop

    The flow of announcements of light and thin Ultrabooks is starting to strengthen after yesterday's Lenovo's IdeaPad U300s and today's introduction from Acer of its Aspire S3.

  • Opinion: Lenovo Announces Stylish 12-inch MacBook Air Competitor

    We've long waited for an affordable Windows alternative to the MacBook Air, and while Lenovo's new IdeaPad U300s looks great, it doesn't appear to be competing on price in the soon-to-be-crowded Ultrabook market. The hardware specs of this 13.3-inch laptop matches the MacBook Air fronts, is arguably thinner, and starts at a reasonable $1200 (about $100 less than the entry-level 13-inch Air). Though the price compares favorably to Apple's ultralight laptop, there are other manufacturers targeting sub-$1000 prices for some Ultrabook models this fall.

  • Opinion: Asus Plans to Unleash Five or More Ultrabooks in October

    There will be no shortage of thin, light, and affordable laptops to choose from this fall--at least from Asus, according to reports of the company's plans to launch five to seven Ultrabooks in October. Even better, some of these models are set to be well within the sub-$1000 target price that consumers seem to want.

  • Opinion: Razer's Blade Proves Gaming Laptops Can Be Light, Sexy

    Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer today launched what might be the most attractive gaming laptop to date. The 17.3-inch Razer Blade is just 0.88 inches thin and breaks the 7-pound weight barrier, but still boasts the high-end hardware specs gamers require.

  • Opinion: Razer Blade: Eyes-on With the 'Future' of PC Gaming

    Razer wants to convince you that the future of PC gaming lies in a $2799 laptop. The first "true" gaming laptop, actually -- the pretenders to the throne that've come before might've been laptops capable of playing games, but they believe that the Razer Blade is the first to offer real portability, and great performance, without sacrifices. Earlier this week Razer CEO Ming-Liang Tan swung by PCWorld's offices and gave me a sneak peek at a prototype of their first real foray into the PC business. I had to muzzle my inner cynic (Razer Blade? Really?), but ultimately wasn't disappointed. I daresay impressed, even. I can't speak to whether or not this will actually spark a PC gaming renaissance (or if we're even in need of one, really), but Razer is certainly on the right track.

  • Opinion: PAX Prime: Meet 'Razer Blade,' Razer's New Gaming Laptop

    You can't swing a mouse without hitting some high-end PC gaming vendor claiming it's built "the world's first true gaming laptop," and here comes Razer with another contender. The boutique PC gaming hardware designer's trotting out an all-aluminum chassis portable dubbed the "Razer Blade" at PAX Prime, which kicks off today in Seattle, Washington.

  • Opinion: Breakthrough Could Lower Costs of Ultrabooks

    One of the main drivers behind the high price of ultrathin or ultraportable laptops is the steep cost of their solid state drives, but that might all be changing soon. SandForce, the company responsible for the processors in many of the drives, announced a breakthrough manufacturing process that should result in more affordable solid state drives - and the laptops that use them.

  • Opinion: Acer Taking on MacBook Air with Ultrabook Laptop

    Acer plans to rival the MacBook Air this October with a new 13.3-inch Ultrabook laptop featuring Intel Core Sandy Bridge chips, longer battery life, and solid-state or hard disk storage options, according to the latest rumors. The supposed Acer Aspire 3951 is clearly a MacBook Air-inspired device including design choices such as silver aluminum casing, large trackpad, and chiclet keyboard. Images of the purported new laptop recently leaked online through the [28 July 2011

  • Opinion: Thanks to MeeGo, Asus Makes Good on $200 Laptop Promise

    Keen observers may recall that Asus's debut of the Padfone back at Computex in May was accompanied by another, albeit less-trumpeted announcement. Specifically, the company promised a $199 netbook computer -- the MeeGo-based Eee PC X101 -- and this week that device took several steps closer to reality.

  • Opinion: When You Don't Want Your Laptop to Go to Sleep

    Bharat's laptop is connected to an external monitor. He asked the Laptops forum how to close the lid without putting it into sleep mode.

  • Opinion: Fake Apple Store in China Carries Real Gear

    The fake Apple stores in China that made headlines for looking exactly like the real thing are, in fact, elaborate knock-offs. And at least one store employee knows it.

  • Opinion: Meet the Bizarre SpaceBook Dual-Screen Laptop

    One screen on your laptop not enough for you? Well, now you can preorder the gScreen SpaceBook, a monster of a laptop with dual 17-inch displays and a price to match.

  • Opinion: HP Taking on MacBook Air, Asus with Ultrabook Laptop

    The ultraportable laptop competition is heating up, as HP is reportedly expected to be the first to launch laptops based on Intel's new Ultrabook category: slim, affordable laptops that may give Windows users decent alternatives to Apple's MacBook Air. DigiTimes says HP will be launching at least two Ultrabook models -- ahead of the Asus UX21, which is slated for September and the laptop Intel used to announce the new category in May.

  • Opinion: Acer ships AC700 Chromebook

    After almost a month's delay, the Acer AC700 Chromebook is now available for order -- and is shipping immediately. The late start, however, probably won't interfere too much with the AC700 catching up to the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook's early sales success. This Wi-Fi-only laptop is $80 cheaper than Samsung's while having similar features.

  • Opinion: Bidding farewell to HMS Netbook

    When Asus put together a small and cheap laptop four years ago, few would have predicted that the Eee PC would spearhead a portable revolution. With the humble netbook's popularity now waning, what's next for the low-power laptop?

  • Opinion: Sony VAIO Z Series - the ultimate, and most expensive, ultraportable notebook?

    Now Apple is the industry leader in quality notebook design, but Sony is still using its expertise to try to out-shrink the doyen of consumer electronics.

  • Opinion: HP Envy 14 Beats Edition Gets Sandy Bridge Processor

    A new version of the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition laptop is now available on Amazon with a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor. The Beats Edition laptop is the sportier version of the highly rated HP Envy 14 and is geared toward audiophiles.

  • Opinion: Tablet or Netbook? How to Choose the Right Mobile Tech

    Tablets, netbooks, smartphones--these days, you can't buy a microwave without being upsold on the 4G, touchscreen, app-store model. But when you're picking out your preferred mobile tech for work (or even for play), you can't rely on a features chart or a list of specs to tell you what you should buy. That's why I decided to try working from the road with three different gadget combinations--a netbook with a smartphone, a Google Chrome OS CR-48 with a "dumb" phone, and an iPad with a dumb phone--to see which arrangement worked best for my needs and my budget.

  • Opinion: Panasonic Reveals Ruggedized Android Tablet

    Panasonic joins the long list of notebook manufacturers getting into the tablet game. The company announced it would release its Toughbook Android tablet later this year. What's interesting about Panasonic's offering is that it comes from the Panasonic Solutions Company, a division that focuses on government and enterprise technology. Panasonic bills the tablet as "enterprise-grade Android" and plans for a fourth-quarter release.

  • Opinion: AMD Complicates Its 'Vision' Processor Branding

    AMD's has revamped its attempt to simplify the computer-buying experience because the previous program was, well, not simple enough.



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