In a media-saturated online world, it's no surprise that whole categories of laptops now seem made to appeal to the home streaming-video connoisseur.
Acer is quick to unveil a system with the new quad-core processor. Also out from Intel: additional mobile Core 2 Duo processors.
We've been getting a handful of reader queries per week recently about Gateway's well-known line of budget gaming laptops. Two new models are in the works, although they're not available for sale yet.
Lenovo's Windows 7 upgrade to the ThinkPad SL500 keeps the price affordable, and features a consumer-friendly 16:9 display.
The Asus G71GX-RX05 is a solid gaming-oriented desktop replacement, but with a few shortcomings that could make or break a purchasing decision.
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Online media consumers who want a portable laptop with high style and plenty of screen real estate should give the Y650 a look.
With strong competition among small PCs on the Windows side of the aisle, the latest Mac Mini faces a greater challenge than older models. If you demand a small, relatively affordable Mac, we suppose the Mac Mini is your only option. Otherwise, you can find Windows-based small form factor desktops that offer more interesting features with better value.
For an extreme visit into ultracustomizable large-scale gaming laptops, the Origin EON18 offers just about everything, provided you can live with an extremely large and unwieldy box.
We like smaller vendors because they often take risks that larger vendors won't, and we can even justify paying a bit extra for the privilege. Unfortunately, Puget makes a bad bet with the Echo II by offering no benefits over similar mainstream PCs that cost almost half as much. Keep shopping.
Gateway's SX2840-01 remains the budget PC to beat. Its combination of small size, fast performance, and living room competence makes it one of the most flexible desktops on the market. That it has room to upgrade makes the deal that much sweeter. We recommend this desktop to anyone looking for a powerful, versatile low-cost computer.