This week in laptops

Crave presents the week's laptop news, in digest form.

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Crave presents the week's laptop news, in digest form.

It was a big week for laptop components. Intel officially announced its second mobile Core 2 Extreme processor, the 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme X7900. Rumors flew about new Intel processors for both the Santa Rosa and yet-to-be-released Montevina platforms, and our News.com team posted additional processor-related stories from the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University. News broke that both Toshiba and Samsung are pushing for massive laptop storage , with Toshiba's hard drives reaching 320GB in size. And Seagate announcedthat it, like, totally wants to release a solid-state drive--as soon as it can find a supplier of flash chips.

It was a big week for mobile gaming, too. Cleo, the OEM whose chassis houses that quad-core laptop we told you about last week, wants to emphasize that it has not approved the chassis for anything more than a dual-core processor . Apparently no one told Xtreme Notebooks, who has promised us a review unit in the next few weeks. Engadget posted more detailson the forthcoming Dell XPS M1730, which reportedly will include the just-announced Ageia PhysX processor for gaming notebooks --the first of its kind for the mobile market. And over in Japan Mouse Computer released a 17-inch gamer, the Nextgear Note M700.

In product news, rugged laptops grabbed a few headlines, first with the announcement of the built-to-military-spec Augmentix XTG630 and then with the regrettably named Victum rugged tablet . We found out that Palm's Foleo laptop-thing has been delayed until late September or early October. And Asus, maker of the Lamborghini-themed and leather laptops, is taking its stylish laptops to the Project Fashion Show in Vegas. Here at CNET Reviews, we looked at a couple of business laptops: the full-featured, 15.4-inch Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 and the 13.3-inch Toshiba Tecra M8.

If you're in the market for laptop accessories, check out the Logitech Alto Cordless laptop stand or the $79 Wi-Fire , which boosts your Wi-Fi reception up to 1,000 feet. Or head over to Gearlog for a hands-on review of the Timbuk2 Hacker laptop bag.

Elsewhere in the news this week: we started a profile-based laptop buying guide ; CNET Labs showed you how to test your own network gear; CNET UK is giving away a bunch of gadgets ; and some dude in Germany built a desk out of discarded Itanium processors.

Have a great weekend!

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    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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