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Dell's Studio line and Sony rumors: The week in laptops

Dell introduced two Studio laptops, Sony is reportedly on the verge of releasing new laptops based on Intel Centrino 2, and the little laptops keep on coming.

The week belonged to Dell, which finally confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in laptopdom, the Studio line of laptops. Somewhere between the budget Inspiron line and high-end XPS line, the Studio 15 and Studio 17 are available with a variety of colors and lid imprint patterns; buyers--whom Dell describes as "today's digital nomad"--can also snap up optional color-coordinated accessories. But how do the new laptops perform? Read our Dell Studio 15 review for the full scoop.

Dell Studio 15
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Aside from launching new laptops, Dell also made headlines by briefly extending the deadline for ordering a system with Windows XP. Now that the deadline's passed, though, you'll have to pay $50 for the XP downgrade option. Buyers can take solace in the fact that Dell's upgrades are still cheaper than Apple's, according to the super-sleuths at CNET U.K.

In little-laptop news, we waited in vain for the MSI Wind, which was supposed to start shipping today but didn't. However, the Intel Atom-based Eee PC 901 did show up--am I the only one who's losing track of all the Eee PC's variations? Colleagues at CNET Asia reported on two Atom-based tablets from Kohjinsha that are popping up in Japan. Also in Japan, Mouse Computer announced the awesomely named, 10.6-inch LuvBook U100.

Other product news this week included rumors of new Sony notebooks and an actual announcement of the Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1. Also announced were laptops to incorporate AMD's Puma platform: the HP Pavilion dv5z and a raft of Toshiba Satellites.

Also worth reading: a California company has developed a mobile fuel cell that can power a rugged laptop; Engadget has "in the wild" photos of the oh-so-shiny Voodoo Envy 133; Newmarket Technology acquired Everex, manufacturer of the CloudBook, from its Taiwan-based parent company; and the U.S. Congress debated the issues of searching citizens' laptops when they return to the country from abroad.

Finally, as part of his summer road trip, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman discovered that your busted Toshiba laptop is likely to be repaired by UPS..

Have a great weekend!