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This week in laptops

Lenovo IdeaPad U110, Asus Eee PC, the most reliable laptops, and more in this week's laptop news.

Lenovo IdeaPad U110
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Driving through West Hollywood earlier today, I found myself stopped by a gaggle of paparazzi standing in the middle of the road. I'm not sure who they were trying to shoot, but for the first time I kind of understood how they felt. I mean, we here at CNET were all over the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 like a 'razzo on a starlet. First, there was the news that it had arrived in CNET Labs. Then we posted our initial impressions after using the laptop for a day. And finally, the full Lenovo IdeaPad U110 review. But who were we to resist? The little laptop is simply the most beautiful laptop we've seen in years.

Other laptop-related reviews we posted this week include the Averatec 2575, a reasonably priced 12.1-inch ultraportable, and the Lapworks Futura laptop desk. We also saw more leaks about Dell's new Inspiron line, and the 9-inch Asus Eee PC landed in our Labs.

Also this week, Consumer Reports issued the results of its annual assessment of the computer industry, and we were combing the brand repair history to figure out who makes the most reliable laptops. The conclusion? No one brand stands out particularly prone to problems. That's happy news for Dell, who announced this week that it will fix the funky keyboards that showed up on some Vostros, and for Apple, who announced that it would issue refunds to consumers who had to buy a replacement power adapter for their iBook or PowerBook.

Other stories worth reading: Hitachi busted out a 320GB notebook hard drive; Dell got in touch with its artsy side by issuing a special edition Inspiron 1525; NEC introduced a tough ultraportable in Singapore; and we checked out two kinds of laptop sleeve, both DIY and high-design.

In non-laptop-related news, I visited an open house NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory last weekend and posted a slide show of rover prototypes that were on display. I also put together a short list of tech gift ideas for Mother's Day, many of which can be picked up at your local retailer.

Have a great weekend, and happy Mother's Day!