Atom is moving on up -- to the Pentium and Celeron branding. And Intel is renaming the architecture too.
Intel's new second-generation dual-core chip draws less power, leaving the door open for system builders to use it in new desktop designs. The performance picture still needs clearing up, but our preliminary results show some improvement over Intel's lackluster first-generation dual-core Pentiums.
We suspect lower-end configurations of the Dell Studio One 19 all-in-one desktop will draw consumers looking for a low-cost, "fast enough" PC. But even its multitouch interface can't save our expensive review unit from other vendors' similarly priced all-in-ones with better features for the dollar.
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Intel's future Larrabee graphics chip will use many tiny processing cores based on the venerable Pentium chip.
If you can afford it, the Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 will keep you fragging happily for years to come.
Toshiba's Satellite A55 is a no-frills system, but it offers decent components, adequate performance, and a nice software package for a reasonable price.
If you want an affordable laptop with lots of screen real estate, you should consider Gateway's M405XL.