This week in laptops
Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro updates, new cheap laptops, and mobile component news.
This week Apple laptops to include Intel's newest Penryn processors, with the Pro models also getting the multitouch track pad introduced on the MacBook Air earlier this year. Initially it looked like Apple had also updated the laptops' battery life expectations with lower numbers, despite the promise of power savings with Penryn. But as , the apparent drop (from 5 hours to 4.5 hours on the 17-inch MacBook Pro) was the result of a change in how Apple reports battery life and not the battery life itself. Phew.
For the five of you who actually back up your laptop's data regularly, Apple also finallybackup drive that Steve Jobs announced at this year's Macworld. We've , so expect a review soon. (And seriously, start backing up your data regularly. Also, don't forget to floss.)
Moving on to cheap laptop news, it seems that manufacturers could very well be racing to the bottom, price-wise. The latest example: Dell confirmed its plans to build more cheap laptop models for the Asia market. It's a trend that has the attention of at least one senior vice president at Sony; that systems like the $299
That's not to say Sony's not keeping up with the high end of laptops as well: this week saw theof FZ series notebooks. Not only do you have your choice of groovy colors and patterns, but you can now choose the font for your key labels. That's progress!
Dipping into this week's rumor mill we find word that Intel's next Centrino mobile platform, codenamed Montevina, will double the graphics performance of its current Centrino (aka Santa Rosa) lineup--but the company isn't expected to release the new platform for a few months, so verification of that claim will have to wait. We've also got the scoop on , Intel's upcoming single-core (read: slower performance, lower power consumption) Celeron replacement, which will most likely make its way into laptops in emerging markets.
Finally, Crave Asia offersfor buyers looking at a laptop with a Blu-ray drive, noting that displaying video in high def might take a toll on battery life. Pity that is still in the concept stage.
Other tidbits: the CNET Editors Choice-winning
Have a great weekend!