Are you bored by laptops?

Are laptops in need of a top-to-bottom design overhaul?

As I began my 130th or so laptop review at CNET this week, I stopped to pause on what it all means. Samsung Series 9 open on my lap, I looked at its curved lines and flowing form and wondered: is this enough?

I wondered if I was getting bored with laptops.

Moreover, I wondered if the laptop industry wasn't simply getting lazy amid a period in time that's seeing a computing revolution everywhere else.

Our current age is awash in new portable computing gadgets. Smartphones, now tablets. They get smaller, more advanced, and their designs keep changing, even on a monthly basis. Their OSes are fluidly redefining themselves--Android and iOS are adding new features and spreading their capabilities yearly. Windows 7 and OSX, meanwhile, feel frozen in time.

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by Drew Stearne