Taking a CPU intended for an 11-inch ultraportable and sticking it in a midsize system can potentially be a recipe for disaster. Gateway's 15-inch AMD Fusion-based NV51B05u avoids any major problems, but it could be better.
The 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5253 starts at under $500, thanks to AMD's new low-cost E-350 processor.
The latest AMD chips combine a CPU and GPU into a single unit, and are aimed at mid- to high-level laptops.
Reports from a leak-friendly Turkish website Donanimhaber say AMD's quad-core A8-3530MX processor is coming to laptops in June.
AMD's Fusion APU (which combines a CPU and GPU), is showing up in sub-$500 laptops, and we've rounded up the first wave of reviews here.
Intel turned heads with its next-gen Core CPUs this week and, not to be outdone, AMD's unveiled its rival Fusion chips, set to grace Acer's forthcoming Aspire 5253 and 4253 laptops.
Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba are the latest in a growing list of first-tier PC makers signing up for AMD's power-efficient Fusion chips. Watch your back, Intel.
AMD hopes a Fusion APU in a laptop will take the place of a traditional dedicated CPU/dedicated GPU combo, as well as improve on laptops with a CPU and mediocre integrated graphics.
The setup uses 25 AMD Radeon graphics cards and can make 350 billion guesses per second. All eight-character passwords fall in hours; some take only six minutes.
Lenovo's 11-inch ultraportables come with a choice of AMD or next-gen Atom processors.