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Tablet Advisor

One trend gives way to another. The netbook fad appears to be dying down while tablet computers are on the up-and-up. The tablet era beganwith the release of the Apple iPad. Now that a handful of worthy competitors have hit the market (or will soo...

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Top 5 Tips for Traveling with a Laptop

All year around millions of Americans are hitting the roads and skies (and maybe rails) for vacations, spiritual pilgrimages, or mandatory trips to family gatherings.Along with their usual stuff like toothbrushes, a big chunk of those road warrior...

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Best Laptops and Tablets in 2014

Acer C720 Chromebook 11.6-Inch, 2GBThe Acer 720 is the most powerful 11" Chromebook you can get, thanks to the latest Intel processor based on the Haswell micro-architecture. It is the next model in Acer's C7 line. This exceptional thin a...

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The Best Laptops for Every Type of Businessperson

There isn’t just one type of businessperson out there – people work in countless different industries and often have very different ways of doing things. So how can a businessperson — the orderly small business owner, the eff...

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Lenovo launches a new ultrabook: the ThinkPad T431

On March 18, Lenovo announced the newest addition to its computing family – the ThinkPad T431. Coming on the market in April for approximately $950, this ultrabook has been designed with aesthetic simplicity in mind.The T-Series was desc...

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Ask The Laptop Advisor: PC or Mac? Confessions of a Mac Convert.

A Laptop Advisor editor confesses their thoughts on the available operating systems—and why she switched.It's quickly becoming the new paper or plastic. The new boxers or briefs. It's the new question without a right or wrong answer ...

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Ask The Laptop Advisor

Have a question about laptops, netbooks, notebooks, or whatever you want to call your portable computer? Ask it in the comment box below, and we'll do our best to answer it. In general, it's our pleasure to help you out whenever possible, ...

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Ask The Laptop Advisor: What's A Good Laptop For A First-Time User?

Spring seems like an appropriate time to start something new, so we're taking a crack at a new weekly column: Ask The Laptop Advisor. Some time ago, we put up a page where visitors could come and ask for advice about buying laptops. We tried t...

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Netbook Sales Dropping Fast

Thanks to tablets like the iPad, netbook sales are dwindling. Saleswere 5 percent higher in April '10 than they were in April '09,according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. That seems alright,growth is growth, but considering that sales wer...

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Ask the Laptop Advisor: Connecting to a TV?

We took last week off in honor of the great Bostonian holiday known as Marathon Monday. We’re back to it this week, with a sharp question from reader Joe:“What is the best laptop for streaming videos or sports to an HDTV.”I’m surprised we haven’t ...

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Acer's Aspire TimelineX Series - Long-Lasting Batteries

Several years ago, Acer released their Aspire Timeline series of notebooks. These ultra-thin, stylish laptops achieved a solid eight hours of battery life. However, they suffered from one major drawback: a lack of power. Acer recently solved this ...

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Apple’s New Magic Mouse

Apple’s signature touchpad is now available on both their MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. Now, let’s say you love the features that the touchpad provides you, but you just prefer to control the movement of your cursor with a mouse instead of a to...

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Sony Vaio NW160J: Blu-ray on a Budget

The Sony VAIO NW160J matches a Blu-ray disc drive with a vivid, 15.5-inch display, ATI graphics card, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It's not a multimedia laptop, per se. It's more of a middle-of-the-road laptop with one really great multimedi...

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Best Business Travel Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad SeriesThinkPad laptops have long been favored by business men and women, since back when they were made by IBM. Now that Lenovo has the line, they've kept up the good work by providing strong, durable notebooks that have plenty of ...

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Acer Debuts Powerful Budget Laptops

Acer is giving Intel's powerful i3 and i5 Core processors a home in a pair of new budget-minded laptops. The 15.6-inch Acer Aspire AS5740 and 17.3-inch Acer Aspire AS7740 will both start at $750 when they ship on Sunday, January 17th. The larger A...

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Intel's New Pine Trail Netbook Processors

Intel's new Pine Trail processors have finally launched, and it's about flippin' time. A chunk of all netbooks released in the past year or so have run on Intel's 1.6 GHz Diamondville Atom N270 or N280 processors, which is a nice configuration for...

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Acer Introduces "Quad-Core" Laptop

If you're looking for a supercharged notebook experience, the Acer 8930G is here to provide you with an entirely hyperbolic quad-core processor. Just in case you need to do some serious processing on the go, I suppose. CNET is pretty down on wheth...

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The Best Gaming Laptops

Portable Muscle for Taking Your Games on the RoadLast Updated Feb. 12, 2010By Joel Durham, Jr. No laptop will ever beat a powerful desktop PC as a gaming powerhouse. There have been, however, great strides made in the portable gaming space in rece...

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Fujistu ProGREEN Lifebooks: How Long Can You Compute?

Because Fujitsu isn't known for anything else, they've announced the ProGREEN line. Yes, this bit player in the portable computing business could use the attention that calling anything "green" gets these days, but these models look pretty legit. ...

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Sony Vaio E Series: Mid-Tier Laptops With Panache

Sony announced their latest line of Vaio laptops last week, the brightly colored mainstream E Series. The color options are certainly, uh, flamboyant? Styles listed on the Sony Style web store include: Coconut White, Gunmetal Black, Lava Black, Hi...

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The Apple iPad: Nerds'll Hate It, Laymen'll Love It

In case you've been trapped under a bus for the last 30 hours, Apple announced their "latest creation" in San Francisco yesterday, a "magical and revolutionary device." It's the tablet computer that the world has been expecting from Apple for near...

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Samsung N510 Hits The Shelves

Samsung's relatively long-awaited N510 netbook has arrived in the states, just in time for Cyber Monday. It's a fairly standard 'ol netbook, but Samsung is marketing it as the "entertainment netbook," featuring a 16:9, LED-backlit display with an ...

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ASUS EEE Convertible Netbook for Windows 7 Shipping

The world's first convertible netbook-tablet for Windows 7 has arrived stateside. The specs for the ASUS EEE T91mt are pretty similar to the regular ol' T91, though it does ship with Windows 7 Home Premium and the hard drive is twice as large.This...

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Laptop backpacks: the best laptop computer carriers in the world?

What are the best laptop computer carriers in the world? Read on to find out...Laptop backpacks are extremely popular nowadays with mobile computer users. As light as notebooks are, eventually, they'll start to weight on your left or right shoulde...

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Laptop Buyer's Guide

Buying GuideExtra TipsAsk The Laptop AdvisorNew To Laptop Computer Buying? Start Here!The Most Important Question You Must Ask Yourself Before You Even Begin Shopping AroundHow To Determine What Laptop Is Best For You By Avoiding This Number One M...

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HP Laptop and Netbook Computers

Jack of All TradesLast Updated Mar. 11, 2010By Joel Durham Jr. Perhaps better known for their printers these days, Hewlett-Packard (HP) still makes a wide range of laptops to cover virtually every user, from the young creative-type who spends his ...

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Acer Roundup

A Fast-Growing Brand On The Cutting Edge of Energy EfficiencyLast Updated Feb. 25, 2010By Johanna Maaghul Acer is out to conquer the world of computing. These aren't the most solidly built machines on the market, but consumers are snapping them up...

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Gateway Laptop and Netbook Computers

Last Updated Feb. 8, 2010By Johanna Maaghul Gateway was a late entrant into the portable computing market, standing loyally by desktop machines for a long time. They seem to have accepted the inevitable shriveling of the desktop market and have fo...

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Nokia Introduces the 3G "Booklet" Netbook

Best known as the company that made your cell phone five years ago, Nokia is now entering the very active netbook market with a mini-notebook of their own. The adorably-named Nokia "Booklet" offers a fairly robust array of specifications, the most...

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How long will my laptop computer last? - Ask The Laptop Advisor

Don't Be ClumsyWhat I can tell you that if you’re clumsy, it will be a miracle if your laptop computer can make it for six months without something breaking.A personal friend, who shall remain nameless, got a shining new computer but she does...