While AMD has been quiet on the CPU front at this year's show (unless you count the introduction of a logo as news), its graphics division has something of substance with the new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series. This new laptop graphics lineup comprises two models, the HD 3400 and the HD 3600, and is optimized for AMD's next-generation mobile platform (codename Puma) due out next quarter. The new GPUs support DirectX 10.1 and PCI Express 2.0, and can display Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at full 1080p resolution. They also come equipped with ATI'… Read more
Intel had three different high-end PCs to show us at the show this morning. Two were based on its forthcoming dual-quad-core enthusiast motherboard, code-named Skulltrail. The other was based on Intel's X48 chipset, which is the 1,600MHz front side bus version of X38, which itself came out last November to coincide with Intel's new Core 2 Quad 9000-series chips. We were suitably impressed at the benchmarks Intel ran for us, as well as the overclocking and cooling of each.
The problem is that each platform is going to be a hard sell, as they're dependent … Read more
Netgear has rolled out some new Draft N products, including the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300). This dual-band router is based on the draft 802.11n 2.0 spec and operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, so you can avoid interference from other wireless devices in your home. It manages to cram eight internal antennas into its compact 8.8x6.0x1.2-inch body, which also includes the ubiquitous four 10/100 LAN ports. It features QoS to help prioritize voice and video packets on your network. Price is $130.
For $30 more, the new RangeMax Wireless-N … Read more
Ultraportable laptops are usually pretty sharp-looking, but dressing one up in a leather-covered chassis is even better. Taiwanese PC maker Asus has had leather laptops for a couple of years now, but the latest version, called the U2E, packs in plenty of high-end computing features on top of the slick looks.
This 11-inch notebook weighs about 2 pounds and features a 32GB solid state drive, which helps with weight and heat, as well as power consumption. The LED backlit display also consumes less power and allows the screen to be thinner than traditional LCD screens.
The built-in Webcam offers an … Read more
We first told you about the existence of Dell's new low-cost 15-inch laptop late last week, now we've got some more hands-on details. While we've always liked the excellent 14-inch Inspiron 1420 model (and the very cool, but more expensive, XPS line--the 13-inch M1330 and 15-inch M1530), somewhere in there, Dell's basic Inspiron 15-inch--long the bread and butter of the company's consumer laptops--got lost in the shuffle, offering a small increase in screen size, but a much larger, more unwieldy chassis.
Dell's taken these points … Read more
Netgear's ReadyNAS line of network-attached storage devices has probably sounded like a good idea to home users looking for an easy and secure way to back up and access their files over their home network, but the drives' high prices have probably scared off many would-be purchasers. With its new ReadyNAS Duo line, Netgear is wooing home users. The company announced three ReadyNAS Duo models at CES: ReadyNAS Duo 500GB (RND2150), ReadyNAS Duo 750GB (RND2175), and ReadyNAS Duo 1TB (RND2110).
The drives feature only two SATA drive bays to the four bays found in Netgear's ReadyNAS NV+ line … Read more
Even though Dell released this 15-inch entry in the high-end XPS line a little more than a month ago (to capitalize on holiday sales, no doubt), the XPS M1530 is still one of Dell's big pushes at CES. It's a move that makes perfect sense, as Dell basically took one of our favorite laptops of last year, the slim, snazzy 13-inch XPS M1330, and built a new 15-inch laptop around it.
The XPS M1530 isn't nearly as revolutionary as the earlier model (which had an LED-backlit screen and was less than an inch thick), but it's … Read more
We mentioned this new HP tablet briefly last week when it was first announced, and now we've gotten a chance to get our hands on the HP Pavilion tx2000.
We don't actually know too many people who use a convertible tablet PC, but everyone's always asking us about them, and the tech press likes to cover new tablets extensively. While most of these systems are meant for industrial use, in hospitals, industrial sites, and occasionally by note-taking students, HP hit on a novel idea last year, introducing a tablet aimed strictly at movie-watching consumers, called the tx1000. … Read more
HP announced a CES revamp of its ubersize desktop replacement late last week. Now that Intel has unveiled its new line of laptop chips, we bring you more details and hands-on observations of this high-end laptop.
While some PC makers endeavor to make ever smaller and lighter machines, HP gets credit for going the other way, creating one of the largest laptops ever seen--the massive HDX. With a huge 20-inch display and weighing more than 15 pounds, the HDXis a glorious example of conspicuous consumption. Even better, unlike Dell's similar XPS M2010, HP continues to update the system regularly--the … Read more
Intel introduced its Penryn mobile processors today, and Dell sent us a Latitude D630 with one of the new chips last week to test against an identical Latitude with a previous-generation Merom chip. As we found last year when we tested the first Penryn desktop chip, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650, performance gains aren't immediately evident. While the Penryn mobile processor we tested, the Core 2 Duo T9500, boasts a more efficient 45-nanometer manufacturing process, it really is just laying the foundation for architectural advances that Intel will release later in the year with Nehalem. Compared with the previous-generation … Read more