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Samsung's Series 9 is a worthy competitor to the Macbook Air

In addition to the company's Slider PC7 computer, Samsung's high-end Series 9 laptop was one of the CES 2011 standouts that we wanted to go back and take a look at. Many have billed it as a Macbook Air killer, and though we wouldn't go quite that far, the comparison is certainly a valid one. The Series 9 sports a sleek design that will likely turn just as many heads as the afore-mentioned Cupertino competitor.  Read More

The Swiftmouse offers pen-like comfort and traditional mouse functionality while sitting o...

Laptop users who work on the move usually find themselves having to use the trackpad more than they'd like. It's useful in tight spaces but it's not half as comfortable or useful as a real mouse. The Swiftmouse is said to provide all of the functionality and ease of use associated with a standard mouse, combined with the comfort of a stylus or pen, in a format that lends itself to being used in situations where space is limited. The wireless micro-mouse also benefits from magnetic docking and charging and some rapid scroll wizardry.  Read More

ASUS is about to release a new addition to its U Series family of ultra-portable notebooks...

ASUS is about to let loose a stylish new powerhouse laptop which boasts a 10 hour battery life, ditches the ultra-low-power processors in favor of 35 W varieties and features Nvidia graphics with Optimus technology. The new addition to the company's U series manages to keep its impressive internals cool with dual heatpipe technology that also keeps the palm rest area nice and chilled too.  Read More

Toshiba has slammed a pair of Harman/Kardon speakers into its new mini NB520 netbook, whic...

Research has shown that over 80 percent of netbook owners believe that good sound is important, yet I think it's fair to say that most netbook speakers are not really very good – offering about the same audio output quality as a smartphone. Toshiba has revealed that its new mini NB520 netbook sports a pair of Harman/Kardon speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio technology, to give users the kind of rich audio experience usually reserved for much bigger devices.  Read More

Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N550

Logitech has followed up on its N700 Lapdesk with a unit designed for 14-inch or smaller notebooks and netbooks – the Lapdesk N550. The new addition features integrated stereo speakers, an ergonomic design and four layered heat-shielding.  Read More

Dell's Inspiron Duo convertible tablet

With the popularity of Apple’s iPad it’s easy to forget that most tablet computers used to be laptops with a hinge that allowed the touchscreen display to be swiveled around and folded down over the keyboard. Such designs are still available today but have had their thunder (and much of their market share) stolen by the touchscreen-only designs like the iPad. Recognizing that there’s still plenty of people who prefer the functionality of a full QWERTY keyboard, Dell has introduced the Inspiron Duo with its new flip-hinge design that allows users to switch from touch to type mode with a flip of the screen.  Read More

Lenovo has launched the luxury 12.5-inch IdeaPad U260 laptop with ULV processor, HDD shock...

Lenovo has unveiled an elegant, ultra-portable addition to its IdeaPad range. Along with the company's first 12.5-inch display, the 0.7-inch (18 mm) thin IdeaPad U260 features leather-like trim surrounding the keyboard and touchpad, a choice of ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors to help extend unplugged usage and Dolby surround-sound to complement high definition movie capability.  Read More

HP's new Mini 5103 netbook

Differentiating between the model numbers that make up the HP Mini lineup can be tricky, perhaps even more so with the competing Inspiron Mini series from Dell out there. The new HP 5103, however, does have a lot under the lid to make it stand out.  Read More

Stanford's simple-to-disassemble Bloom laptop concept is designed for easy recycling

It’s a given that we will one day be discarding our present laptop computers. It’s also a given that e-waste is currently a huge problem, that looks like it’s only going to get worse. While most of the materials in a laptop can be recycled, all of those pieces of glass, metal, plastic and circuitry are stuck together pretty tight, and require a lot of time and effort to separate. What is needed are laptops that are designed to be taken apart, for easy recycling – that’s why a group of graduate students from Stanford University made one.  Read More

ifixit has torn apart the new 11-inch version of Apple's thinnest ever laptop (Photo: ifix...

The release of the latest MacBook Air is the most drool-worthy tech news of the week and the folks at iFixit haven't wasted in any time in unboxing and unbolting the new 11-inch version of Apple's thinnest ever laptop. Inside an array of six individual lithium-polymer battery cells is revealed alongside the tiny SSD that weighs grams and is only 2.45 mm thick.  Read More

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