It's been a week of flashbacks, and not just because I went to a concert that featured '80s bands ABC and The Human League. I also (hypothetically) relived the '90s as the CNET laptop editors (hypothetically) the merits of touch pads versus pointing sticks. Turns out people are still very passionate about their preferred laptop mousing method; join the conversation by voting in . Meanwhile, PC World flashed us back a decade or so by revisiting a classic debate: laptop or handheld?
Fortunately, we had some new releases to jolt us back into the present: Lenovo announced that it would be getting into the Netbook game with the showed up at Wal-Mart Stores. We also had a chance to dream about the future, with rumors of an X200 Tablet and a circling the blogosphere.; Hewlett-Packard confirmed it would launch an later this month; and the Dell Inspiron 1318
Other dominant themes this week were gaming and back-to-school.to the Centrino 2 platform, and Asus released the oddly familiar-looking wireless game controller. CNET News.com's Erica Ogg looked at the , while the Reviews team continued to post reviews of .
Also worth reading: students heading off to school might want to choose a; Asus' rumored "high-end" Eee PC was ; and a laptop holding data on about 33,000 travelers was , but elsewhere in the office from which it had supposedly disappeared.
Finally, data from The NPD Group indicate that the prices of Windows laptops have dropped significantly over the last two years, while the . Discuss.