This week in laptops

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

Dell XPS M1730
This week, the Dell XPS M1730 took home an Editors' Choice award. CNET Networks

Tiny, cheap laptops continued to dominate headlines this week. Due to unexplained problems, manufacturing for the One Laptop Per Child project's XO laptop was pushed back to mid-November; that will make it harder for Peru and Uruguay, who've placed two of the biggest orders, to get the systems in hand before the end of the school term. Despite the device's troubles, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Will Poole says the company is spending a "nontrivial" amount of money getting Windows to work on an OLPC. And the OLPC Foundation looked into cows as a source of power for laptops.

Meanwhile, we got our hands on two OLPC competitors , the Intel Classmate PC and the Asus Eee PC (dig that photo of CNET Editor Dan Ackerman holding the two up like they're newborn twins). Though our Eee PC review unit runs Linux, the little laptop will come preloaded with Windows by the end of the year , according to Asus. And CNET Asia spent some time with arguably the least expensive Vista-based UMPC, the Kohjinsha SA1 .

A CNET Editors' Choice award went out to the Dell XPS M1730, a monster gaming machine with a number of cutting-edge components; we decline to confirm reports that tears were shed as we boxed the beast back up for return. CNET Editor Matt Elliott rounded up some additional bold and beautiful laptops for gamers . Dell subsidiary Alienware started a laptop trade-in program not unlike Toshiba's. And in the grand tradition of the Acer Ferrari and Asus Lamborghini laptops--kinda--NEC announced a Nissan X-Trail-branded laptop .

Other news worth checking out this week: Samsung plans to mass-produce 512GB solid-state drives by 2009; an Acer executive promised a complete revamp of Gateway's laptop line in the first quarter of 2008; starting November 11, you'll be able to pick up a Dell Inspiron 1721 and 1521 at Staples ; CNET readers shared some of their favorite laptop stands ; and if you have the intestinal fortitude to upgrade your laptop's CPU, here's a step-by-step.

Finally, the week ended with a bang, at least for Apple fans, as the company officially released the latest iteration of OS X. Read CNET's full review and check out all of our Leopard coverage.

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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