This week in laptops

Lenovo and Alienware bring long-awaited laptops to market, Dell sees pink with its new XPS laptops, and HP proves the existence of a once-theoretical circuit element: it's the week in laptops!

Alienware Area-51 m17x
Alienware

Regardless of whether you believe in the recession, you have to admit it's looking like lean times in laptop-land, with only a handful of products hitting the market this week.

But sometimes a handful is enough. Gamers will no doubt be satiated by news that the long-awaited Alienware Area-51 m17x is finally available for order, even if its starting price is a wallet-squeezing $2,199. Also for gamers, Asus dished the deets on its 17-inch G70 gaming laptop. Frequent travelers will be psyched that the Lenovo IdeaPad U110, a Best of CES Award winner, is officially available for purchase (stay tuned for our full review). And fans of princesses and cotton candy will be pleased to know that the Dell XPS M1530 and M1330 are now available in Flamingo Pink.

Also this week, Laptop Magazine got its mitts on the 18-inch Acer Aspire 8920g. And we confirmed that the latest Hello Kitty laptop is, indeed, the fug.

In reviews, we mostly dug the 14.1-inch HP Pavilion dv2700t Special Edition, which features a high-gloss, black-and-bronze finish, called "Verve." And we discovered that the Toshiba Satellite L355D was thoroughly average, but dirt cheap.

Also this week: we were amused by this faux commercial illustrating the key differences between the ThinkPad X300 and the MacBook Air; we eyed the $129 "Tube Stick" , which turns your laptop into a TV with a basic DVR; we secured our laptop from theft, thanks to this slide show from PC World; and we contemplated moving to Canada so we could watch hockey all day and get a free Eee PC from RBC Royal Bank (though apparently your account has to be open and active until December 31 to qualify, so who knows when you'll see your computer).

And finally, our minds were blown by news that HP has demonstrated the existence of a once-theoretical fourth circuit element, the memory resistor (or memristor). If commercialized, memristor chips would function like flash memory and retain data even after a computer is turned off, but they would require less silicon, consume less energy, and require fewer transistors. Crazy!

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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