This week in laptops

All laptop news for the week of November 26.

Dell XPS M1530
The XPS M1530 was one of the only laptops to be released in the States this week. Dell

We here in the States were sleeping off our turkey comas and fretting over holiday shopping, so this week's laptop news is bursting with international flavor. Packard Bell unveiled plans to release the EasyNote XS20 UMPC on the Singapore market, while Dynamism.com began offering the Wibrain B1 UMPC to customers outside of Korea. Apparently Dell is looking to expand its reach in China, which is Lenovo's home turf. (Fight! Fight!) Philips is reportedly set to launch a notebook line in Brazil, and Brazilian artist Romero Britto has designed a custom paint job for NVous PC . Meanwhile European designers accepted Intel's challenge to develop an environmentally friendly way to power a laptop.

Closer to home, Silicon Valley-based Zonbu announced plans to release an energy-efficient, $279 laptop in 2008 . In Palo Alto, a group of mobile operating system developers met to discuss the future of software on mobile platforms . And students in Fresno will soon be happily typing away on the low-cost Asus Eee PC.

In product news, Dell unveiled the XPS M1530 . Apple acknowledged some problems with the Seagate hard drives used in MacBooks. The One Laptop Per Child program extended its Give One, Get One program through December 31, even as a Nigerian company filed suit for patent infringement . (Also, CNET News.com's Ina Fried found out where all those "Give One" laptops are headed.) Fujitsu announced new mobile hard drives with up to 320GB of capacity. Meanwhile, solid-state drive prices are expected to drop in 2009 and 2010.

At CNET Reviews, we looked at the quad-core Xtreme Notebooks 917V Accelerator gamer, the remarkably lightweight Fujitsu LifeBook S6510, and the Targus Radius convertible backpack/messenger bag. In the short week last week we also reviewed the Toshiba Satellite X205 SLI gamer and the Kensington Contour Active vertical messenger bag. There's also a helpful slide show comparing the design of cheap laptops from Dell and Sony, plus a roundup of laptops that cost less than $1,000 .

Other posts worth reading this week: Elsa Wenzel brings up a roundup of laptop cases made from recycled materials , and even toddlers are seized by gadget lust this holiday season. Finally, if you're still looking for that perfect tech gift, have a gander at CNET's Holiday Gift Guide.

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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