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This week in laptops

Crave presents the week's laptop news.

Is the Asus Eee PC small enough for Cute Overload?

Crave presents the week's laptop news, in digest form.

The seasons are changing, the days grow shorter, and suddenly 4 p.m. on a Friday feels a lot closer to midnight. So this week we're offering the week's laptop news in a super speed round.

First up, Apple. The rumor mill was abuzz with talk of a MacBook refresh to coincide with the October 26 release of Leopard, though speculators agree that the upgrades aren't likely to include Intel's Santa Rosa chipset. MacBook Pros, meanwhile, are reportedly in for redesigned MagSafe cables that will clear up some pesky smoking-and-sparking problems. Meanwhile, some MacBook Pro users are blaming last week's battery update for automatic shutdowns and reduced battery capacity. Finally, if you have money to burn, why not acquire the gold-and-diamond MacBook Pro?

If your Champagne tastes are on a PBR budget, this week was a bonanza of sub-$1,000 systems: 17-inch P-series systems from Gateway, a $300, 15.4-inch laptop (also a Gateway) available at Best Buy, and the $800, 15.4-inch LifeBook V1010 from Fujitsu. Asus claims its much-anticipated $200 Eee PC will be at Best Buy and Newegg by the end of October. Rory Reid at CNET UK got his hands on one of the little guys and posted photos with commentary.

In Dell news, a tipster from IT Expo Alaska sent word of the rumored Dell tablet; the rumor mill also spun tales of the XPS M1530, supposedly a 15-inch version of the M1330. Meanwhile, Sony issued a laptop to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the T505, and Notebook Review.com hosted a Webcast to celebrate the ThinkPad's anniversary.

Other interesting tidbits: the MTube UMPC, due in 2009, is the same size as many portable media players; we learned more details about Samsung's UMPC with a fold-out keyboard; the world debated lessons that can be learned from the OLPC; Asus announced three new gaming laptops; and Sprint's executive shuffle might spell the end of the company's ambitious WiMax plans.

Have a great weekend!