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Laptop buying guide

The most important things to know when shopping for a new laptop, hybrid, or Windows tablet.

By November 27, 2013


Reporters' Roundtable: Portable computing

Want to buy yourself a MacBook Air? Watch this show first. Today we're talking with CNET mobile computing product experts Donald Bell and Dan Ackerman about the state of the art and the near-term future of mobile computing.

By July 22, 2011


Viliv S5: Are UMPCs lost between Netbooks and smartphones?

It's too large to be a smart device, and too small to be a useful Netbook. Is the import-only Viliv S5 right for you?

By June 17, 2009


Windows 8, iOS 6 set for tablet face-off in 2012

Microsoft says the next version of Windows will not be out this fall, making 2012 a better candidate. Will Apple be on iOS 6 by then?

By June 1, 2011


Samsung Galaxy Tab sequel is 10-inch Windows 7 slider named Gloria

Like to tell you 'bout my baby, you know she comes around, just 'bout 10 inches from her head to the ground... and her name is G... L... O... R... I... A... It's the Samsung Gloria and it runs Windows 7.

By December 9, 2010


Hands-on with the Toshiba Libretto W105-L251

For a largely experimental showpiece that Toshiba says was not intended for wide-scale consumption, the dual-touch-screen Libretto W105 delivers on a good deal of its promises, and is--more importantly--frequently fun to use.

By September 2, 2010


Out of the Box: Samsung Q1 UMPC

JK opens up Samsung's ultra mobile PC.

May 21, 2008


Buzz Out Loud 1253: Google has an honesty problem (podcast)

Here's the thing: Google keeps insisting that the data it snared from open WiFi hotspots isn't a big deal, it's useless, it was an accident, and so on. But now, some French investigators discovered that the "useless data" contains obvious passwords and recognizable snippets of email. Which isn't as "useless" as Google suggested, you know? Also, Apple iOS 4 is here; the Nook is, hopefully, resetting e-book reader prices to somewhere they should be; and you decide: Toshiba folding tablet, awesome or DOA? Or both?

By June 21, 2010


Hands-on with the HTC Shift: UMPC slider

We've got our hands on an HTC Shift. Does its compact design, lightweight chassis and versatility make for a winning combination? Hang on, it costs how much?!

By April 28, 2008


OQO model 2: A 'UMPC' that works? Surely not!

We yawned wilfully when the tech stork dropped a little baby OQO model 2 through the chimney, but then something strange happened...

By June 13, 2007