This week in laptops

Dell Vostro 1310, Enpower ENP780, and all the week's laptop news.

Dell Vostro 1310
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Blame it on the tax man, but it was a relatively quiet week in the laptop-osphere. That was good news for Dell, which refreshed its Vostro small-business laptops. We got a look at the 13.3-inch Vostro 1310, which makes a pretty decent value proposition for companies with fewer than 25 employees.

We also had a look at the Enpower ENP780, a desktop-replacement laptop with the heart of a thin-and-light. Elsewhere in reviews, posted its impressions of the new Toshiba Satellite L355D; we have a review unit in our Labs and will post our buying advice soon.

As you might expect from such a slow week, there's quite a lot on the horizon. For starters, we've got the new Asus Lamborghini VX3 on hand and are running it around the track. We found more details on the 9-inch Asus Eee PC 900, which has a set release date of May 1 for the U.K. market but no timeline for release in the U.S. Two notebooks were scheduled for a June release in Japan: the Intel Atom-based Willcom D4 UMPC and the Toshiba Dynabook SS RX1, notable for its promised 128GB solid-state drive. And finally, specs and pricing for the Best of CES Award-winning Lenovo IdeaPad U110 briefly appeared on the site of retailer J&R, implying an imminent release date.

In news, Apple acknowledged video problems with the latest shipment of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, while IDC reported that growth of the U.S. PC market slowed in the first quarter of 2008, even as PC shipments worldwide exceeded expectations.

Also worth reading: Engadget spotted some early benchmarks comparing Intel Atom with VIA Isaiah; the ThinkPad X300's solid-state drive won a speed test against a traditional 7,200rpm disc; a 500GB laptop hard drive actually turned our heads; and we profiled laptop-carrying methods both deluxe and ridiculously basic.

Finally, if you're looking to adopt a laptop with a built-in cellular radio, check out Dan Ackerman's walk-through of mobile broadband options for popular laptops.

Have a great weekend!

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