Crave presents the week's laptop news, in digest form.
In Europe, our sister site ZDNet Germany was all over the IFA consumer electronics show and sent back pictures of some of the gadgets on display, including the ridiculous Acer 9920 "laptop," which features a 20.1-inch display, and theLG R200, a 12.1-inch laptop with a Sideshow display on the lid. Visit the CNET News.com slide show for a peek at all the gadgets spotted by our European counterparts. Also in Europe, , a 15-inch laptop that may or may not make it to our shores.
One product we definitely won't see on our shores--or anywhere else in the world--is the Palm Foleo laptop-thing. Amid skepticism about the usefulness of a $499 device that did little more than a smart phone, Palm announced that it was canceling the first-gen Foleo. That might not be the last we hear of it, though, as Palm is reportedly still working on the Foleo II.
In cheap laptop news,that the $200 Asus Eee PC (which ) is expected to drive down the costs of UMPCs and other portables. And Matt Elliott of waiting in vain for his $150 Medison Celebrity laptop to ship.
Elsewhere in the news, were up 24 percent compared with last year; and 15.4-inch MacBook Pros are reportedly shipping 7-10 days late due to a shortage of the LED-backlit display--not all that unbelievable, considering Dell has also on a shortage of LED-backlit display technology. Also, PC Magazine picked its five sexiest laptops for the style-conscious; Lenovo unleashed a ThinkPad-branded smart phone (complete with TrackPoint!) in China; and our colleagues at Webware summarized the "New Devices for Mobile Workers" panel at this week's Office 2.0 conference.; sales of notebooks in the "back to school" period of mid-July through mid-August
Have a great weekend!