Crave presents this week's laptop news, in digest form.
Our Apple rumor of the week: A patent application describing collapsible ports, which would in theory allow for a slimmer laptop, prompted talk of the long-awaited ultraportable MacBook. Elsewhere in the rumor mill, Dell is reportedly poised to launch a 17-inch mobile workstation, the Precision M6300, at the end of the month. The workstation will supposedly include support for up to 8GB of system memory and an optional Blu-Ray optical drive.
In the world of actual products,: the $999 LifeBook U810, which weighs 1.6 pounds and features a 5.6-inch screen, will start shipping September 18, while the $1,599 LifeBook T2010, which weighs 3.5 pounds and features a 12.1-inch display, is currently available. Undeterred by the dearth of software that takes advantage of four processing cores--or the lack of a mobile version of Intel's quad-core processors-- with the option of two graphics cards and up to three hard drives. We just wonder if the fan noise will be loud enough to drown out our neighbor's leaf blower.
Matt Elliott's hunt for dirt-cheap laptops continues, and this week the 2-pound, $200 caught his eye. We also reviewed the $599
On the higher end, we reviewed Lenovo's portable workstation, the
One thing that we would definitely be willing to pay for: a Top 10 Power Laptops; Logitech announced the V470 Laser Mouse for Notebooks (dig that blue color); Sprint said it would spend as much as $5 billion over the next three years on a WiMax network--a move that could bring faster wireless to notebook users; and we couldn't help but notice that included a bunch of
Finally, CNET Labs manager Daniel Begun is a madman--how else to explain his Mac?of three different ways to run Windows on your Intel-based
Have a great weekend!