Posted on 17th Jun 2010 at 11:57 by Antony Leather with 40 comments
You may have read my previous posts on my Netbook escapades
. In short I’m now on my third, except it isn’t actually a Netbook - but more on that in a minute.
First, a brief recap: the original netbook I bought was awful. Thanks to its 10in screen, it was too small to be of any real use and its VIA processor was too slow.
Posted on 11th Dec 2009 at 11:05 by Clive Webster with 13 comments
The other night I popped over to the BBC’s Television Centre to record a discussion about how the PC is being seen less and less as a general-purpose machine and how people are buying computers for certain specific uses. The obvious example is the netbook – a basic computer that’s only good for a limited range of uses. The host and I listened to a guy from Dell explain what he thinks is happening to the demand from computer buyers, and what Dell is doing to address that.
Posted on 23rd May 2009 at 16:35 by Podcast with 8 comments
Episode 2 of Series 3 of the all new combined Custom PC and bit-tech podcast is here. CPC Editor Alex, Deputy Editor James are joined by bit-tech’s Richard and Joe. The main topic of discussion is of course the massive £948 million fine the EU has imposed on Intel, along with AMD’s most recent attempt at a netbook, and the fact that it looks like time has finally been called on Duke Nukem Forever.
Posted on 14th Mar 2009 at 17:36 by Antony Leather with 10 comments
I’m sure most of us have had to lump an old heavy laptop around at some point or another. For those of us who commute a fair distance to work, something that weighs in at more than 2kg can be a royal pain in the backside to carry around, especially if you have a case, power brick and other sundry hardware too.
My old 1.6GHz Pentium M laptop has certainly seen better days but it’s relatively nippy and handles XP and video playback fine. Also, because our lab is five floors away from our desks here at Dennis, I was able to start writing up reviews between benchmarks whilst still in the lab tweaking things. However at nearly 3kg, I felt I’d run some dreaded army marathon with a ton of gear on my back by the time I’d got to work.
Posted on 10th Feb 2009 at 16:18 by Richard Swinburne with 19 comments
What else can motherboard manufacturers do to increase the features and sell us new things?
We've got plenty of everything these days: SATA, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, HD sound - it's all "good enough". Motherboard manufacturers are stretching to include energy efficiency wherever they can, and more recently, extreme overclocking and cool designs to draw people into upgrading but for the most part the core hardware levels have remained the same for several years. We're still looking at six to eight USB on the rear I/O, six SATA (sometimes more) on the board and a couple of Gigabit Ethernet sockets.
What have northbridges become? Nothing much - what more can you do with PCI-Express? We've hit two/three/four lanes of x16 or x8 at a squillion MT/s and it's now all pretty normal.