We have a confession to make: When people were making fun of Dell's monstrous half-laptop, half-desktop beast, we secretly wanted one. But despite our regular visits to the gym, we weren't sure if we'd be able to carry all 18+ pounds of this "mobile" computer without risking a hernia. Then our cousins at Crave UK came to the rescue with this video of a staffer lugging the 20-inch Dell XPS M2010 around the streets and subways of London. Check it out--it's as hysterical as it is useful, if you're thinking of springing $3,… Read more
Looks like the holidays have come early for cheap-laptop hunters: Today Gateway announced a 15.4-inch notebook that will cost just $699 through December 28. At that price, the NX570X comes stocked with a 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo T2050 processor; 512MB of swift 667MHz RAM; an 80GB, 5,400rpm hard drive; integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics; and a CD burner. That's not exactly a mind-blowing configuration, but it is quite respectable, considering most laptops in the sub-$800 range cheap out with generations-old components and missing features.
All the models in the NX570 series will include a 15.… Read more
Where the MacBook Pro goes, the MacBook is sure to follow. Like its big sibling, Apple's low-end laptop has ditched its Core Duo processor in favor of Core 2 Duo. The MacBook page at the Apple Store is currently in the midst of an update, but AppleInsider reports that pricing will remain at $1,099 for the baseline model. That price nets you a white MacBook with a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 60GB hard drive, and Intel GMA 950 graphics--plus all the other Apple goodies you've come to expect, such as … Read more
This is something for those of you who really get into your games--maybe even a little too much--but can't afford a life-size cockpit.
NEC and Takara have teamed up to offer a laptop designed to look like a panel you'd find at mission control. It's a natural extension for Takara, which Akihabara News says has already made such troubling items as a "destruction button" to turn off your PC and a fan shaped like a rocket launcher. (And here I was worried about my son having a toy six-shooter to go with his Halloween cowboy … Read more
Tablet PCs used to be a niche product, to put it kindly. They were bulky, underpowered and rarely worked. But the idea of being able to scribble on your laptop screen is hard to resist, so PC makers kept working on tablet designs until they perfected the Transformer-like convertible tablet--a seemingly normal-looking laptop, with a screen that rotates 180-degrees and folds down over the keyboard.
A lot of people must be adding convertible tablets to their holiday wish lists, because we know of several new models that have either been released lately, or are about to be released. Fujitsu announced … Read more
Remember when practically every computer maker's product line sported such stunning colors as putty or battleship gray? What morons. Until Apple came along with the iMac, you'd think that they all lived in the monochromatic half of Pleasantville.
All that has changed, of course, but one name had been noticeably absent from the peacocking of the PC landscape: Swarovski. That's right, as in the crystals. In case you hadn't noticed, Swarovski has been making its way into all manner of hardware, ranging from Paris Hilton's cell phone to wireless mice and refrigerators.
Apparently Swarovski has … Read more
While slightly larger than the usual USBs, Chip Chick points out, the Pexagon Store-It portable USB 2.0 hard drives pack in a lot.
The 1.8-inch Store-It comes in a 60GB version for $199, or 20GB for $139, and the 2.5-inch Store-It comes in up to 120GB for $179. They all include an EZ-Touch One Button that instantly backs-up your stuff. The idea is that in age where more and more applications are tied to the Web, you no longer need to carry them with you.
Instead of carrying personal laptops for trips, you can take the more … Read more
Looking for that perfect accessory to go with your new Versace Lamborghini? You're in luck, Sparky: ASUS, maker of the rumored Prada laptop, is rolling out a new Lamborghini notebook in head-turning bright yellow with black interior and suede-trimmed black case. I4U News says the machine has some go as well as show, with a 2GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive to go with its 15.4-inch LCD screen.
Is that enough to justify a $2,800 sticker price? Remember, it is a Lamborghini. But be warned: If your neighbor pulls up … Read more
Fancy that--another pink product. It must be one of only, say, 500 released in the last week or so. To be fair, though, there are a few things about this one that do set it apart.
One, it's a computer. Not too many pink ones of those around. Narrowing its field even further, it's reported to be partnering with Prada. So there.
Our posture? Put it this way: Next to us, Quasimodo looks like a Marine. So we welcome this potential weapon in our never-ending war against PC-induced spinal curvature.
Logitech's Alto notebook stand is designed to raise the screen within the natural line of sight for most bipedal primates (we all have goals). The $100 stand, which also comes with an integrated keyboard and folds away neatly, is slated for U.S. sales in January. Until then, we'll be consulting our team of orthopedists and chiropractors on the specifications.