Every once in a while, a laptop comes through our Labs with an innovative new feature that has us scratching our heads. Such a feature showed up last week on the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030, a well-rounded, media-friendly 15.4-inch laptop. When we first booted up the system, we noticed the Windows Vista Tablet Input Panel hiding along the left-hand side of the screen--but the LifeBook A6030 is not a tablet PC, nor does it have a touch-screen display. Quick investigation of the A6030's case revealed a slender stylus hidden in the laptop's base, so we glanced around for … Read more
It's no secret that we have a soft spot for supersmall laptops. Ultraportables, as they're called, generally have 11- or 12-inch screens and weigh in at less than four pounds--perfect for lugging around all day or hanging at the local coffee shop with. Unfortunately, these guys are usually plagued by the twin devils of high prices and poor battery life (not to mention occasionally underpowered processors).
This, however, has clearly been the summer of the ultraportable, with a generous handful of exciting new systems generating heavy buzz. But with all these new choices, which one is right for … Read more
Responding to cries that its $150 Linux laptop is at best vaporware or, worse, a scam, Medison held a press conference last week at a Stockholm Hilton where it answered some, but not all, questions posed to it by the Swedish press, including Computer Sweden. After reading accounts of the exchange, I have no better feeling on whether this operation is legitimate, fraudulent, or a misdirected publicity stunt.
The only useful piece of information to come out the press conference was the promise that the company would start shipping its Medison Celebrity laptops around August 15. I placed my order … Read more
Imagine our surprise when we were surfing around the Web this weekend and found some alleged top-secret leaked info about a new upcoming 17-inch gaming laptop from Dell, reportedly called the XPS m1730.
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Today I'm covering Emerging Display Technology 2007, an academic conference co-located with Siggraph 2007 this week in San Diego, CA. The research presented here runs the gamut (that's a little display pun there) from display design to… Read more
Crave presents the week's laptop news, in digest form.
The thin-and-light Dell XPS m1330, announced at the end of June, finally started shipping this week, though not before hundreds of customers gave Dell the what-for in the comments section of the company's Direct2Dell blog. Alex Gurzen, Dell's senior vice president of consumer products, blamed the delay on multiple unanticipated manufacturing issues, including a shortage of parts. His excuse gained some credibility the next day, when electronics market researcher DRAMeXchange declared that laptop makers are facing a components shortage that likely will worsen in the third quarter.
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Latest from Knomo is the Slim. For anyone that has been looking for a sleek new way to tote your laptop around, this is pretty slick, and still simple enough to slot into a tote, backpack, large purse, you name it. "This ultra light and Slim pocket is handcrafted from full hide leather and nylon twill quilting to protect your laptop from any knocks or bumps. The retractable padded handle makes it comfortable to carry and easy to fit into your bag." I've been very anti-zippers on laptops for a while ever since my constant use of my iBook in and out of a neoprene sleeve with zips around the side left pretty deep scratches on both sides... so its been all velcro for me, until now perhaps. This sleeve has a unique zipper which goes around, so it looks like it would be pretty easy to lift the laptop in and out of top loading bags! … Read more
For those with an eye on green tech, PopSci.com has published an interesting article outlining the steps designers can take to produce a more eco-friendly laptop. Honestly, one thing that really caught my eye about this was the photo--the proposed laptop's sleek design put my boring, black IBM to shame. Although this super laptop has not yet been built, the article's proposed solutions illustrate a device that could marry tech genius and environmental consciousness.
The piece breaks down eight major ecological issues with these ubiquitous gadgets, including the materials used to make them, and then offers solutions. … Read more
From credit card debt and school loans to rising gas prices and adjustable mortgages, there are plenty of reasons why consumers in the developed world can't afford a laptop. Not to mention the fact that underfunded schools and underprivileged kids also exist in the developed parts of the world. Enter the Medison Celebrity laptop. It's a $150 laptop from Swedish company Medison that's available through the Columbus, Ohio-based online reseller 2Checkout.com.
The One Laptop Per Child organization's XO computer, aka the $100 laptop, has just started mass production. And while Crave is happy that thousands of underprivileged African children will reap the benefits of a PC and the Internet, we can't help but feel a little jealous--and even embarrassed.
Here we are, extolling the virtues of laptops such as the $4,000+ Sony Vaio TZ, when for most users the $100 XO would be just as effective. Sure, it doesn't have a premium badge on the lid, and its 433MHz AMD CPU won't win any speed records, … Read more