There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but Intel and Microsoft are going to get their share. Those two relatively fixed costs in the PC bill of materials can do one of two things: encourage OEMs to skimp on component cost elsewhere, or drive the entire ecosystem to supply higher quality components at lower prices. If you’ve been following the PC industry for the past decade, I think we’ve seen more of the former and less of the latter.
Apple occupying the high-end of the notebook PC space has forced many OEMs to reconsider their approach, but that’s a more recent change. What AMD...
We look at the 2G Surf's features, usability, and differences from the 4G. Is this the right tool for the job, and if so, what's the job?
Matt Campbell on 1/4/2008
The ASUS Eee PC has received quite a bit of attention since its launch. Just what is the target market for this computer, and who else might like to...
Jarred Walton on 11/30/2007
Today marks the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800M parts, with up to twice the performance of last generation mobile hardware. Read on to find out why gaming notebooks might...
Jarred Walton on 11/19/2007
We've got a look at a couple of recent notebooks from the AMD and Intel camps. On AMD's side, we've got the latest Turion X2 TL-66 (and the older...
Jarred Walton on 10/5/2007
Our initial look at the Toshiba Satellite X205 skipped over some items, like the LCD and DX10 gaming performance. We're back with the conclusion, which includes a closer...
Jarred Walton on 9/6/2007
We've got Toshiba's latest gaming notebook, which includes NVIDIA's fastest current DX10 mobile GPU. But can the newcomer even beat the last generation DX9 GPUs, and does it matter?
Jarred Walton on 8/31/2007
Just how much gaming performance can you pack into a 17" notebook chassis? It seems Alienware was determined to find out.
Jarred Walton on 8/24/2007
It's that time of year when students everywhere are returning to school after summer vacation. PC Club hopes to capitalize on that fact with their latest no-nonsense laptop.
Jarred Walton on 8/14/2007
The One Laptop Per Child organization is about to begin final production of their $100 laptop. Can they bring the information revolution to the developing world?
Ryan Smith on 8/8/2007
Gateway's new convertible tablet PC targets the thin and light sector of the mobile landscape. Is the result a delicious low-carb notebook, or is it merely less filling?
Jarred Walton on 7/4/2007
Intel launched their Santa Rosa notebook platform last month, and we're finally starting to get some new notebooks in for review. What does HP have to offer people looking...
Jarred Walton on 6/22/2007
We investigate one of the most interesting on paper but disappointing in reality technologies out there: Intel's Turbo Memory. We figured out why it doesn't work and what...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/19/2007
We take our first look at Intel's new Centrino Pro platform that brings new features and performance to the table in the ultra competitive notebook sector.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/10/2007
What happens when you take one of the fastest gaming notebooks currently available and throw in overclocking? We put an updated version of Dell's XPS M1710 through the wringer...
Jarred Walton on 5/8/2007
We've got several new Core 2 Duo notebooks to look at, but beyond the CPU and memory they couldn't be more different. We dissect the designs to find out...
Jarred Walton on 12/29/2006
AMD's Turion processors have been available for a while now, and we take a look at how the X2 version compares to the competition.
Jarred Walton on 10/16/2006
Our first look at ASUS's entry into the growing market for wireless VoIP phones designed for Skype.
Gary Key on 7/11/2006