The $599 Acer Aspire ZC-605 has a 19-inch screen and an Intel Pentium CPU.
Just ahead of its Tech World event in Beijing, Lenovo reveals three new low-cost consumer laptops, including the entry-level 14-inch ideapad 100 starting at just $249.
The new laptops are aimed at consumers who need a budget-friendly, cloud-enabled laptop but would rather use Windows 10 than Google's Chrome OS.
These budget systems cost as little a a Chromebook, but run full windows 8.
Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 for devices under $250 in order to be more competitive with low-cost devices that run on rival operating systems.
In this edition of Ask Maggie CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers her perspective on whether Lenovo will continue Google's strategy for Motorola of offering low-cost, high-quality unlocked smartphones.
Microsoft's new ARM-enabled operating system is expected to create a new kind of low-cost laptop based on ARM processors. Low-end Intel- and AMD-based laptops may see serious market erosion.
Ultrabooks still face major profit and market-adoption hurdles, according to an industry source and a couple of reports.
Robotics engineers are using the Kinect motion-sensing controller, which lets people play video games hands-free, as cheap sensors to help robots "see" their surroundings and operate autonomously.
The carrier introduces lower-priced options for 3G/4G mobile broadband that pack in more data bang for the buck. Its smartphone data plans still remain unlimited.