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This week in laptops

This week's laptop news, in digest form.

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

Cheap laptops got their fair share of headlines this week, starting with the Intel Classmate PC, a low-cost laptop for schools in developing countries that costs $350 with a Microsoft operating system. Also $350 (after a $200 rebate): the Acer Aspire 3680, spotted at Circuit City by Maybe we should buy one for Matt Elliott, who is still waiting for his $150 Medison Celebrity laptop, now supposedly scheduled to ship around August 15.

Aspire 3680: $350 at Circuit City Acer

In product news, laptop lovers left out by Apple's iMac announcement directed their obsessive energies toward speculating on Apple's attempt to patent a "wide touch pad on a portable computer"; Asus launched the sleek, 13.3-inch U3 laptop; Lenovo announced it would officially support ThinkPads running Linux; and Alienware promised impatient gamers that every Area-51 m5550 Quick Ship Edition will ship within two business days. In the future tense, rumor sites claimed the imminent release of Dell's XPS m1730 gaming rig; pointed to a product sample of the totally retro Wibrain B1 UMPC; and Computerworld declared 2010 as the year to expect 1.2-terabyte laptop hard drives.

In reviews, we looked at a pair of business laptops from HP, the Compaq 2510p and the Compaq 6910p. We also rounded up our latest ultraportable laptop reviews and continued to debate the benefits of the tablet touch pad found on the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030.

If you're looking to upgrade your laptop, PC Magazine posted a quick tip for replacing your laptop's hard drive, while CNET TV showed you how to upgrade your laptop's RAM [video link].

Elsewhere in the news, Toshiba recalled 1,400 more laptop batteries; Lenovo entered into talks to buy European PC maker Packard Bell; and Virgin America set out to become the gadget geek's airline of choice.

Have a great weekend!