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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new MacBook Air has arrived – and it has a smaller sibling. Apple's update to its ultra-portable notebook range includes the addition of an 11-inch model alongside the 13-inch, with both flavors coming in at a slender 0.11-0.68 inches (0.3-1.7 cm) in height and weighing 2.3 and 2.9 pounds respectively. The top spec 13-inch has a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 256GB of flash storage, 7 hour battery life, 1440 by 900 resolution screen and, in a welcome nod to practicality, both models now feature two USB ports.
Laptop computers are
appropriately named, as they do sit nicely on your lap. If you’ve ever tried using one down there, however, you’ll know that it’s not the most ergonomic set-up imaginable – you have to bend your head down, keep your knees up, and feel your thighs getting toasty warm from the computer-generated heat that is evidently not
able to disperse into the air. In order to position laptops in other ways, various companies have offered laptop stands to put on your desk
, devices for turning your lap itself into a desk-like computer workspace
, gizmos that allow you to swivel your laptop over from the passenger seat of your car
, or that let you use it beside your bed
. If only there was one that held your laptop in front of you while you were lying on your back... there is, of course, and Hong Kong-based company Omax has a variety of them to choose from.
The Inspiron M101z 11.6-inch laptop from Dell has netbook-like dimensions and weighs less than four pounds yet sports a fast Athlon processor, a couple of gigabytes of memory and a good-sized hard disk drive. There's also the promise of over six and a half hours battery life from its standard 6-cell battery, a full-width keyboard, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless N connectivity and a USB port that can be used to power connected devices, even when the laptop is not switched on.
owners may have had some difficulties charging their device via USB on non-Apple PCs with even some older Apple computers having problems in this area as well. Apple is reportedly working with third party PC manufacturers to address the problem and several PC motherboard manufacturers have released new drivers that will allow iPad charging from a PC. If you’re still having problems though, there’s now a cheap and compact solution in the form of the iXP1-500 iPad adapter.
If your PC is more than a few months old, it's unlikely that you have USB 3.0
. An alternative way to get the benefits of the up to 4.8Gbps speeds on offer is to add a USB 3.0 adapter
to your existing machine and TRENDnet has now entered this sector by offering a 2 port Express Card Module (TU3-H2EC) for laptops and a 2 port PCI-Express adaptor (TU3-H2PIE) for desktops.