There's Never Been a Worse Time to Buy a Laptop

If you're thinking about buying a laptop any time soon, don't. Just don't do it. We're at a unique point in history, where weird and wonderful new hardware and revolutionary platform changes of every stripe will converge over the next few months. » 6/06/12 11:00am 6/06/12 11:00am

Microsoft Isn't Worried About This Android Tablet Nonsense

Android tablets? Sure, Microsoft exec Steve Guggenheimer's heard of them. That doesn't mean he thinks they're worth a toot, at least not in this WSJ interview. A bold stance! And one that doesn't really hold up. » 6/01/10 1:22pm 6/01/10 1:22pm

iPad Screen Versus Pixel Qi In Daylight: It's Not Even Close

This is hardly a scientific test. But when an iPad screen and a Pixel Qi faced off head to head recently at Computex in broad daylight, there was one very clear winner. And one very murky "magical" device. » 6/01/10 9:40am 6/01/10 9:40am

Qualcomm's Dual-Core Snapdragon 1.2GHz Chips—Seen In A Smartphone Near…

It's become de rigeur for manufacturers to whack a Snapdragon processor in smartphones nowadays—even if people don't quite understand what it means (or does), they want nothing less. Now, Qualcomm's offering dual-core 1.2GHz chips to manufacturers. » 6/01/10 5:18am 6/01/10 5:18am

Intel Trims Netbooks To Just Half an Inch Thick, Adds Dual-Core Atom…

The bad news: Intel's new dual-core Atom processors won't be appreciably more powerful than what's in your netbook now. The good news: a Pine Trail netbook reference design Intel introduced today at Computex is only slightly thicker than an iPhone. » 6/01/10 12:00am 6/01/10 12:00am

Synaptics: PC Trackpads Getting Four-Finger Gestures

PC trackpads have tended to lag behind their MacBook counterparts, but the gap's narrowing today. Synaptics—the same folks who introduced the buttonless, clickable PC trackpad last year, are adding four-finger gestures and more goodies with their TouchPad-IS platform. » 5/31/10 9:00pm 5/31/10 9:00pm

ASUS Eee Pad Is a Windows 7-Running Tablet

They weren't joking when ASUS said they had some tablets in store for us this year. The Eee Pad runs Windows 7, and comes in two sizes: 10 and 12-inches. » 5/31/10 5:00am 5/31/10 5:00am

MSI Slatebook: Microsoft's Best Windows 7 Tablet Hope?

According to DigiTimes, MSI is going to be showing off a tablet next month at Computex. What it is: a 10-inch Atom-based system running Windows 7. What it's not: one of the Tegra 2 tablets we've been yearning for. » 5/11/10 9:59am 5/11/10 9:59am

ASUS' EeePad Ready For July Launch

EeePad is go, according to ASUS' Chairman Jerry Shen, who will be showing it off this June at Computex as planned. However, a launch date has also been mentioned by the Taiwanese—an early-sounding late July. » 4/23/10 6:55am 4/23/10 6:55am

Asus 'Seamless Experience' Concept Knows More About Your Coffee Than…

This slick Seamless Experience video from the Asus Computex booth is a neat glimpse at a future where even coffee cups have a story to tell. It looks, unsurprisingly, like Microsoft Surface. Let the marketing concept arms race commence. » 6/14/09 5:00pm 6/14/09 5:00pm

Hybrid Android/XP Tablet/Laptop Looks Nice, Has Me Confused

At first this seems like a good idea: A tablet that runs Android in stand-alone mode. Then you connect it to an HP Mini 1000 netbook and it will run Windows XP. » 6/05/09 12:30pm 6/05/09 12:30pm

Acer's Android Netbook Will Come With Windows, Fail at Being an…

When a company says they're working on an Android netbook, people make assumptions: they'll come up with a fresh UI; they'll cater the netbook's hardware to Google's lightweight OS; they'll make it cheap. Acer is doing none of these things. » 6/05/09 7:03am 6/05/09 7:03am

Computex Spawns Hellish "MID Phone" Phenomenon

New device categories almost invariably fall between preexisting ones. Sometimes they find a useful niche, like netbooks. Other times, they seem like obsessive compulsive attempts to fill a tiny, intentional gap in the spectrum of consumer electronics. Like MID phones! » 6/04/09 6:57am 6/04/09 6:57am

Atom-Based Ferrari Makes Up for Lack of Horsepower With Extreme Levels…

There really isn't a whole lot that distinguishes a conference like Computex from a real life version of the Ben Heck forums: yesterday, we saw a PC in a vase; today, an Atom-based net-top in a Ferrari. » 6/03/09 12:10pm 6/03/09 12:10pm

SilverPac SilverFrame Is a Questionably Acceptable Use of the Term…

If a device has a 10.1-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage, Windows, a browser and an IM client, isn't it really just a PC? If you're SilverPac, apparently not. [Slashgear via BBG] » 6/03/09 9:50am 6/03/09 9:50am

Microsoft Wants to Rebrand Netbooks 'Low-Cost Small Notebook PCs'

Microsoft wants us to move away from the term "netbook", instead referring to the tiny, cheap laptops, which the company says demand recognition for handling more than just browsing, as—brace yourselves—"low cost small notebook PCs", according to Digitimes. Sorry, Intel! » 6/03/09 7:01am 6/03/09 7:01am

DigiLife Crams a Pico Projector Into a Pocket Camcorder

DigiLife's DDV-JF1 pocket camcorder rocks mostly the same features as other mini-cams like the Flip HD, including 720p recording and a 2.5-inch LCD. But it's got a trick up its sleeve—a 640x360 pico projector built right in. No word on price or availability yet, though. [Engadget] » 6/02/09 2:00pm 6/02/09 2:00pm

Nvidia Announces 12 Tegra Products You'll Probably Never See, Tweaks…

Nvidia is using Computex to herald the arrival of their system-on-a-chip Tegra platform, but it's not the most explosive debut. They've announced 12 netbook and tablet products from relative unknowns, and bizarrely altered their claims about the platform's capabilities. » 6/02/09 4:14am 6/02/09 4:14am

Nvidia Ion-Powered Cheap PCs Arrive En Masse

Lenovo and Acer were the first, but now they're not the only ones with cheap computers powered by Nvidia's Ion platform—GeForce 9400M graphics paired with an Intel Atom CPU. Besides Asus's eeetop here, there's 20 others, though you won't find the likes of Dell or HP here: » 6/01/09 11:30pm 6/01/09 11:30pm

New Gadget Will Synchronize Your iPhone or iPod Wirelessly

Soon you will be able to synchronize your iPhone or iPod touch to your PC or Mac, using a low power chip from Alereon. The new device—a reference design to be used by third-party manufacturers—is small and have a built-in battery that will supply electricity to the iPhone while it's synchronizing with iTunes without… » 6/01/09 3:00pm 6/01/09 3:00pm