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Gift Guide: Asus Eee PC 1215N Is Our Laptop Pick for Under $500

Asus has done well by its line of low-cost Eee PCs, but the 1215N distinguishes itself from the rest of the netbook crowd by being fully-capable and ultraportable, rather than a cheaply made, crippled, underpowered toy like most baby laptops we've experienced. The 1215N has a bright, high-resolution (and widescreen dimension) 12-inch display, a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, 2 gigabytes of...

Five Things to Consider When Buying a Computer

Form Factor: Desktop vs. Laptop Deciding between a laptop and desktop is primarily an exercise in identifying how and where you plan to use a computer. Answering these three simple questions should set you on the right path. Where are you going to use it? Obviously, you'll need to answer whether or not you plan to travel with your computer. If you need to work on your commute, or take notes ...

CES Has More Laptops Than Vegas Does Broken Dreams

While 3-D TVs and slate PCs stole most of the attention at CES, there were plenty of interesting developments afoot in the normally mundane world of laptops and netbooks. (Yes, we're lumping them together. What is a netbook but a laptop for people with nothing to do but check Facebook?) There were laptops made out of recycled plastics, new connectivity technologies, surprising Linux demos, and ...

The Great CES Swindle: Five Years of Flaunting and Failing

Since long before Switched was even a twinkle in the Internet's eye, we've been making the annual January pilgrimage to Sin City to pay homage to the tech gods. And every year -- sometimes days, sometimes weeks, or sometimes months after the fact -- we realize that we done got played. We inevitably find that, at some point, amid the hustle and bustle, the lights and music and product pitches, we...

Intel's AppUp Center Could Enhance Netbooks and Mobile Devices

Yesterday, at Intel's CES keynote, Paul Otellini unveiled the AppUp Center, similar to the iTunes App Store but geared toward netbooks and MIDs (Mobile Internet Device). While our friends at Engadget were busy wondering "why you would need an app store for a Windows netbook," and while The Register was inexplicably declaring that Intel was reinventing software sales, we were mulling over the im...

Lenovo Unleashes Super-thin Skylight Smartbook

With the massive success of netbooks, companies like Lenovo discovered a lot of consumers aren't so much interested in cutting-edge notebooks anymore as they are convenience. So it set out to create an extremely portable device with enough power to fill the niche between smartphones and netbooks: the smartbook. For the most part, the 10.-inch Skylight accomplishes that goal. The sub-two-pounde...

Hewlett Packard PC Info Leaks Ahead of CES

It's a bit ahead of schedule, but information about new laptops and PCs scheduled to be unveiled this week at CES is already leaking out to a gadget-hungry public. First up is HP, or Hewlett Packard, and Engadget got the scoop on eight new computers from the company, including three new models being added to its Mini line of netbooks. Details are still a bit thin, but here's a quick rundown of...

Chrome OS, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

Yesterday, Google finally took the cover off Chrome OS and, in so doing, gave a bunch of foamy-mouthed tech journalists an idea of what to expect once consumers are able to get their hands on it late next year. There weren't many surprises in the announcement. Chrome OS is a tweaked Chrome browser running on top of a streamlined version of Linux -- exactly what most were expecting. We can already...

Gift Guide: Sony Vaio X

Sony Vaio X (Gadget Head, Under $2500 While seemingly every other company out there is scrambling to put out their latest low-power, low-feature, low-cost netbook, Sony opted instead to pull out all the stops for its newest Vaio X, a full-featured sub-notebook that also happens to be insanely, runway model tiny, thin and light. Like not much thicker than an iPhone (.55 inches to be exact) an...

Gift Guide: Samsung GO Netbook

Samsung Go N310 Netbook (Style-o-phile, Under $500) A secret about good design: Beveled edges are always a win. But weighing under three pounds, coming in four rubberized colors, and boasting a battery life of about nine hours helps as well. We took this little guy to NY's Fashion Week, and the fast start-up time, large pebble keyboard, and crisp, LED background display made onlookers a little...

Nokia Gets Into the Computer Business With the Booklet 3G Netbook

Well, yesterday Dyson broke out of its vacuum cleaner shell by releasing its first fan, and today Nokia is doing the same thing by releasing its first laptop. Coming out in November for $299 (with a two-year AT&T contract and $60 per month data plan), the Nokia Booklet 3G is actually a Windows 7-enabled netbook that incorporates some of the cell phone giant's mobile know-how into its feature...

If the Nintendo DS and a Laptop Had a Kid, It Would Look Like This...

If the Nintendo DS and a random laptop hooked up, the Sharp Mebius would be their love child. The unique-looking netbook features two different LCD screens, the main one being 10.1-inches, and the second being 4-inches and doubling as a visually-enabled trackpad-cum-touchscreen. The 'trackpad' screen is the world's first optical sensor LCD, which essentially means it stays bright and can handle...

Google Announces Chrome OS: Is It Worth the Buzz?

It finally happened. Late Tuesday, Google announced it will launch the Chrome operating system (an open source, Web-based, and lightweight OS initially targeted at netbooks) in the second half of 2010. As expected, the Web went wild with hyperbole. Some called the announcement 'the mother of all bombs on its chief rival' and others said it is 'as much a threat to Microsoft as a mosquito is to a ...

Be.Ez Sleeves Easily Add Flair to Your Netbook

If you're looking to add a little flair to your new netbook, French brand be.ez (be easy) has just come out with a line of netbook protection gear. The LArobe Netbook sleeves come in 10-inch and 9-inch sizes to fit a range of computers and you have nine colors to choose from. While not exactly reinventing the wheel, these sleeves do give a little love to your ultra-portable... and, if you pick t...

Our Daily Deal: Dell Vostro A90 Netbook for $199

Every day, the folks over at TechDealDigger are letting us know about some of the best gadget deals they can find, so we're going to pass that information on to you. After all, in these tough economic times, every little bit counts. We may not be buying Swarovski-covered iPods any time soon, but everyone needs essentials like a computer. So, take a look at what the online deals site sent us tod...