Fujitsu may be experimenting with Frankenstein prototypes, but it remains fully grounded in reality where ultra-portable notebooks are concerned. To wit: Fareastgizmos points out that Fujitsu has introduced a new tablet PC that's less than 1 inch thick and weighs 3.5 pounds, complete with Intel's Duo Core processor, 1GB of memory, 80GB hard drive and a choice of 10.4- or 12.1-inch screens. It doesn't fold away into your pocket, but with those dimensions you made not need it to--proving that contortionism isn't necessarily for everyone.
Gaming laptop specialist WidowPC is gunning for Dell big time in an old-fashioned Texas shootout. Just a few miles down Interstate 35 from Dell's worldwide headquarters, Austin-based WidowPC just announced a new laptop that it claims is less expensive than comparable models from its gigantic competitor while performing just as well.
Fosfor Gadgets says the top-of-the-line Sting 517D features a 17-inch wide screen, Intel's latest Core 2 Duo Merom processor, up to 4GB of high-speed memory, a 200GB SATA hard drive, "the industry's fastest gaming video card" from Nvidia and "lifetime tech support from … Read more
That, apparently, was the philosophy behind Sony's latest designs for their VAIO notebooks. Gizmodo gives us the lowdown: "The mid-range C-Series (starts at $1,150) gets Green/Red Storm, Angel, Blue Streaks, and Pink Swirl makeovers while the desktop replacement AR Series (starts at $2,270) gets Green Streaks and Orbit."
The old battleship gray is starting to look better and better all the time.
It seems as if the $100 laptop (give or take a few bucks) has been discussed forever, but the first ones appear to have finally been built and shipped. The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project says it has received its first 10 from Quanta, its Taiwanese manufacturing partner.
The project is still in a beta stage, as the first 10 "B1" laptops were hand-assembled before a larger 900-unit run, according to the OLPC Wiki. Pictures were also available on the project's news Web site.
The B1 laptops run Linux and come with AMD's Geode processor, … Read more
Circuit City is celebrating the holiday season with price wars.
The retail chain will try to best Wal-Mart and Staples with a Compaq notebook for $299 after rebates, or $99 with rebates and a 12-month subscription to Vonage, according to Black Friday 2006. The bargain-hunting site posts scans of Sunday advertising inserts before they're delivered with newspapers.
Wal-Mart and Staples have come out with $398 and $399 Compaq laptops. The Circuit City notebook is similar, though it comes with a Celeron processor from Intel rather than a chip from Advanced Micro Devices. It also contains a drive that burns … Read more
If there's one thing every laptop junkie can always use, it's better posture. Yet conventional computer stands that adjust angles can go only so far.
For one thing, what do you do when you want to surf while lying on your back? So far as we know, no one has invented a suspension system that would lower your laptop from the ceiling a la Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3.
I'm dying to try this, but sadly, I don't think I'll be able to find any Sharpie color that will show up against my old-school black IBM laptop. White (read: Apple) laptop owners only need apply. (Did anyone else think they were hip enough, anyway?)
If you're curious about what an exploding laptop looks like, have we got a YouTube video for you. Since actually being on hand with a video camera at the exact moment a laptop battery decides to flame out is a one-in-a-million shot, the guys over at PCPitStop decided to deliberately overload a Li-ON battery pack to see what would happen.
The first cell blows out in a puff of smoke, blowing a hole in the wrist rest of this generic laptop. It takes a bit longer for the actual flames to break out, but once they do, it's … Read more
Even though we rail against tiny products that defy common sense, we still like small laptops (we're an enigma). So we naturally clicked on Pocket-lint's headline trumpeting a "smallest and lightest" notebook from U.K.-based Evesham.
The dimensions are certainly small enough for a laptop with 12.1-inch screen: It measures about 11 by 9.4 inches and 1.4 inches thick. But the "Light Book" tips the scales at more than 2.6 pounds--not tubby, but certainly nowhere near as light as Sony's recently announced laptop under 2 pounds.
The reason … Read more
ASUS, for the record, isn't just about Prada accessories and Lamborghinis. Showing that it can back up beauty with brawn, the Taiwanese computer maker late Friday announced two new laptops targeted specifically at hard-core gamers.
The G1 and G2 notebooks, with their respective 15.4-inch and 17-inch screens, are designed to take on even powerful game-oriented desktops. In addition to an Intel Core Duo processor, ASUS touts their advanced graphics, gaming hot keys, long-lasting batteries and various high-speed wireless options, including Bluetooth 2.0.