Along with our quarterly laptop guide, near the end of every year we also like to take a look at the state of the gaming laptop market. With a much more cyclical upgrade cycle, gaming laptops tend to evolve in lockstep with the major components inside them. For the gaming laptop market, this includes not only more powerful CPUs, but also more unique (for a laptop) components like discrete video cards, mechanical keyboards, and perhaps an IPS panel or high-refresh TN display. All of which come together to make a breed of laptop that is very different from the kinds of machines that define the mainstream and professional markets.
The HP Mini 311 is one of the first netbooks to ship with NVIDIA's ION platform. The question everyone's asking is: does ION improve the netbook experience? The answer...
Jarred Walton on 11/22/2009
We give our initial impressions of the ASUS UL80Vt, the first in what promises to be a long line of Windows 7 laptops. The bar has just been set.
Jarred Walton on 10/24/2009
One of the most popular mobile form factors, thin and light laptops need to carefully balance features, performance, and design. The Dell Studio 14z is one of the better...
Jarred Walton on 10/20/2009
Unlike desktops, it's not currently possible to get a notebook that wins every benchmark, but we have three of the fastest currently available notebooks and we'll show you where...
Jarred Walton on 10/14/2009
Take one part netbook, one part MacBook Air, and add in some other ingredients… but what we want to know is, will it blend?
Jarred Walton on 10/6/2009
Core i7 officially migrates to the mobile market with today's launch of Clarksfield. If your current notebook isn't fast enough, perhaps this shiny new processor will help.
Jarred Walton on 9/23/2009
What's the best OS for your laptop? Does your choice of operating system affect battery life? How does it affect overall performance? Today we have numbers showing just how...
Jarred Walton on 9/21/2009
With all of the press on Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processors we're not seeing much traction from the OEMs. ASUS attempts to break the mold as...
Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on 9/14/2009
Many people have looked at web browser performance in one aspect or another, but does your choice of browser impact laptop battery life? Let's find out.
Jarred Walton on 9/11/2009
Acer's Aspire One 751h bumps the screen size up to 11.6", along with changing the CPU and chipset to more power friendly versions. Fundamentally it's still a netbook, but...
Jarred Walton on 9/3/2009
Gigabyte's latest netbook offering seeks for convergence between netbooks and nettops by including a docking station and a few other extras. We look at how well it meets the...
Jarred Walton on 8/27/2009
ASUS created the netbook and they continue to innovate in that market. We look at the new 1005HA to see what it brings to the table.
Jarred Walton on 8/20/2009
How do AMD and Intel compare in the mobile market, particularly in entry-level offerings with integrated graphics? Gateway sent us two equivalent laptops and we provide a thorough investigation...
Jarred Walton on 8/12/2009
How do Intel and AMD compare when it comes to mobile processors and battery life? Find out in our "apples-to-apples" comparison.
Jarred Walton on 8/5/2009
Affordable laptops are everywhere with some costing as little as netbooks. We did some searching and compiled a list of sub-$500 laptops available, along with an analysis of what...
Jarred Walton on 7/28/2009
The MSI Wind U123 and the ASUS 1000HE demonstrate where the hot netbook market is headed.
Wesley Fink on 7/17/2009