Looking back, looking ahead: The week in laptops
Best laptops of 2008, laptops for back to school, and new models from HP, Gateway, Fujitsu, and Asus.
Ah, summer. Summer means long sunny days, vacations at the beach, and--if you're in the United States--the Independence Day holiday. Which is why this weekly wrap-up is coming a day early: tomorrow my colleagues and I will be busy eating grilled meat and watching fireworks, all in the name of patriotism.
Because it spans the middle months of the calendar, summer can also be a time of reflection. We took the opportunity this week to look back on all that's happened so far this year and came up with a list of. We also pointed our viewfinder to the months ahead, when parents and students will be scouring the weekly ads for a (check back all summer as we post more back-to-school reviews).
Another theme to emerge this week: solid-state drives. OCZ Technology Group announced three low-cost models in its Core series of 2.5-inch drives. Apple of the SSD-equipped
In product announcements this week, we saw first Puma-based systems, the Compaq 6735b and the Compaq 6535b. Germany-based Cizmo of its Centrino 2-based gaming system. And Asus announced the ruggedized B51.(too bad it's not available in the States). in its existing notebook series; all three include 64-bit Windows (stay tuned for reviews). HP broke out its
Meanwhile, the rumor mill is generating whispers that Eee PC 903.and that Asus is readying the
Other news worth reading: Nvidia AMD showed long-term gains in market share, according to iSuppli; and the TSA has given the go-ahead for passengers to use newly designed carry-on bags that will let them pass through security without having to take their laptops out for the X-ray inspection., but gave no specifics;
Finally, my colleagues at CNET U.K. had a bit of fun comparing two breezily named laptops; behold.
Have a great holiday!