Samsung Event: Everything Announced Disney Plus Price Hike NFL Preseason Schedule Deals on Galaxy Z Fold 4 Best 65-Inch TV Origin PC Evo17-S Review Best Buy Anniversary Sale Monkeypox Myths
Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?
No, thank you

New models from Apple, Samsung, Toshiba, and Fujitsu: The week in laptops

Apple refreshes its MacBook line, Samsung tiptoes into the United States, and both Toshiba and Fujitsu update their lineups. It's the week in laptops!

James Martin/CNET News

What a week for laptops! We'll start with the big news, which drew many a visitor to Crave: at a press event in Cupertino, Calif., Steve Jobs announced a number of updates to Apple's MacBook line. Get a sense of the changes with our "new vs. old" analysis of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, or just have a look at which new MacBook is right for you.

You can also read our review of the new MacBook; stay tuned for the MacBook Pro review. (Also follow those links to see video of the new products.)

Believe it or not, Apple wasn't the only manufacturer making a big laptop announcement this week. Samsung, which thus far has sold laptops only in Europe and Asia, launched a line of laptops in the United States. The company entered the U.S. market with seven laptops that fall into four categories: Netbook (the NC10), slim ultraportable (the X series), mainstream consumer (the Q series and R series), and business (the P series). By week's end the Q310 had made its way to the marketplace.

Meanwhile, Toshiba refreshed nearly all of its notebooks, with two new Tecra business laptops, three new Porteges, and a bunch of fresh Satellites. Not to be outdone, Fujitsu joined the fray with the LifeBook A6220 and updates to two other LifeBook models.

Aside from reviewing the MacBooks, we started filling out our holiday retail laptop roundup, because it's never too soon to get your holiday shopping done. And we had a look at a travel gyroscopic mouse that can help reduce arm pain while mousing.

Elsewhere in the news: Averatec's Buddy Netbook started shipping; NEC joined the Netbook fray; and a report from Gartner indicated that Netbooks are giving the PC industry a boost.

Also, OWC piggybacked on the Apple announcement to unveil its MacBook memory upgrade kit; HP is rumored to be developing a touch-screen laptop; and our colleagues at Crave UK swooned over the Asus Eee PC S101.

Finally, this week we spotted two awesome laptop accessories: the Chinese Beijing Opera USB laptop cooling pad, and the finger trap laptop security device.

Have a great weekend!