New models from Lenovo and the 16:9 display trend: The week in laptops

Lenovo announces a wide-screen tablet, we get our hands on HP's 16-inch and 18-inch laptops, and CNET Labs hates DRM (or is it the other way around?). It's the week in laptops!

ThinkPad X200 Tablet

With the back-to-school shopping season drawing to a close and the holiday shopping season not quite begun, life in the world of laptops is relatively quiet.

Relatively, but not completely: there were a handful of new products for notebook enthusiasts this week. Lenovo unveiled the wide-screen X200 Tablet and a sporty X200s at an event in New York. Dell announced two new business ultraportables, the Latitude E4200 and Latitude E4300. And Averatec launched the Buddy , which promptly won the Crave Best Netbook Name Ever™ award.

Meanwhile, we spent some time with the Asus N10 , a Netbook that's not quite a Netbook. We also took a closer look at HP's new 16-inch and 18-inch laptops . (It's a bona fide trend: Gateway is reportedly readying its own 16-inch model for a November release.)

In Reviews this week, we took a look at the expensive end of the laptop spectrum, from the $2,100 HP Pavilion HDX to the $2,900 Lenovo ThinkPad X301. But our Alienware Area-51 m17x review unit took the pricing crown, with a number of upgrades that brought the final cost to $6,100. Gulp.

Also worth reading: DRM's reach extended into CNET Labs, where the install limit on Crysis: Warhead prevented us from using it as a gaming benchmark ; Sony released a new round of Graphic Splash Edition laptops , this time featuring the winning entries from a design contest; Intel's Sean Maloney riffed on laptops and WiMax challenges; and Peru announced that it would be the first country to try out XO laptops running Microsoft Windows .

Finally, a little something for the fanboys: numbers released this week indicate that Apple is gaining North American notebook market share --even without the rumored new MacBooks .

Have a great weekend!

About the author

    Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.


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