Panasonic Toughbook F9: Ultra-Light, Ultra-Pricey
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published September 8, 2010
Yes, the Panasonic Toughbook F9 laptop is remarkably expensive, yet it has a feature list the justifies the price tag.
MSI X350 Notebook: Thin and Light
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published August 16, 2010
The MSI X350 Notebook is almost as thin as the MacBook air, but it is far cheaper.
Sony Vaio P Notebook: Cool, But Worth Big Bucks?
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published August 2, 2010
Cost about $1500, Sony raises high -- really high -- expectations for this glamorous little unit.
HP EliteBook 8440w Notebook: "W" For Workstation
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published May 17, 2010
The HP EliteBook 8440w notebook isn't cheap, but then it claims to offer the equivalent of a workstation in a portable package. Does it live up to its claim?
Laptop as Workstation: HP EliteBook 8440w
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published May 10, 2010
HP touts the EliteBook 8440w as a true workstation, muscular enough for demanding engineering and scientific applications and built with professional-grade graphics. Does it live up to the hype?
MSI Wind12 U230: Netbook or Notebook?
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published April 2, 2010
The MSI Wind12 U230 netbook -- or is it a notebook? -- has a spacious 12.1-inch screen, a dual-core AMD processor and 2GB of RAM.
Top Netbook: HP Mini 5102
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published March 31, 2010
The HP Mini 5102, selling for $415 or more, presents itself as a top netbook option. Does it live up to its lofty price range?
HP Mini 311 Netbook: Big Screen Netbook
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published March 18, 2010
The HP Mini 311 Netbook's 11.6-inch screen is one of the biggest screens in the netbook market. Where does the "bigger screen" competition end?
Gateway EC1430u: The 'Netbook' Notebook
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published January 4, 2010
Gateway EC1430u, retailing for $550, is a bit big for a netbook, yet is on the small side for a notebook. The perfect compromise?
Toshiba Mini NB205-N210 Netbook: Good Traveler
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published October 14, 2009
Toshiba sells two Mini NB205 models, with and without Bluetooth. Both are good netbooks for their respective prices.
Netbook Review: Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published September 2, 2009
The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 netbook lacks the ExpressCard slot of the prior model, but it offers three USB ports.
Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Laptop: Hot Notebook
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published August 17, 2009
Sometimes, Lenovo pulls out the stops and builds a machine worth swooning over. For instance, the ThinkPad T400s.
Fujitsu M2010 Netbook: Bright, 10.1-Inch Screen
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published July 30, 2009
The Fujitsu M2010 netbook is late to market, but it's an attractive netbook in more ways than one.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y450: Cheap and Appealing
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published July 21, 2009
Netbooks have been getting all the love, offering tons of features for cheap. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 wants you to know you can also get a full-size for small cash.
Review: MSFT Wireless Mouse 6000: Elegant
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published July 9, 2009
The Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is similar to Mac's Mighty Mouse in its simple, elegant design.
Acer Aspire 3935 Laptop: Pricey but Sweet
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published June 25, 2009
The Acer Aspire 3935 isn't the cheapest laptop on the shelves but it lives up to its boast about offering "glamor and efficiency."
Netbook Review: Asus 1000HE, the 'Champ'
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published June 24, 2009
With different user needs, it's hard to call one netbook "the best," yet the Asus Eee PC 1000HE has as good a shot as any netbook.
Gateway UC7807 Notebook: Good Looking Compact
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published April 23, 2009
Gateway positions its first 13.3-inch notebook as a good-looking compact for travelers who can't afford to pay the luxury tax -- but it ain't skinny.
HP Mini 2140 Netbook: Upscale Portable
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published April 20, 2009
With a 10.1-inch screen and an ExpressCard slot, the Mini 2140 is HP's effort to romance mobile professionals or serious students.
Add a Second Monitor: Nanovision Mimo
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published April 6, 2009
A new device offers to make it easer and cheaper to add a second monitor to your desktop, which can improve productivity. Works with Windows and Mac.
Netbook Review: HP Mini 2140, the 'Mobile Professional'
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published March 25, 2009
The HP Mini 2140 netbook is HP's first netbook targeted at the professional crowd. We find it handsomely understated, or, if you prefer, understatedly handsome.
Fujitsu LifeBook N7010: Two Screens
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published March 4, 2009
The Fujitsu LifeBook laptop has both a 16-inch, HD-ready CrystalView screen and a 4-inch-diagonal touch screen that Fujitsu calls a touch zone.
Notebook Gear: Logitech Cordless and Backlit Keyboards
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published February 11, 2009
Do either of these units require a notebook? No, but they are two sweet pieces of PC gear.
Acer Aspire X3200: USB Heaven
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published February 9, 2009
The Aspire 3200 desktop PC will expand your connection collection by no fewer than nine USB 2.0 ports, five up front plus four at the rear.
Review: Logitech V550 Nano Cordless Mouse for Laptops
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published October 17, 2008
Logitech's slightly offbeat mini-mouse sticks to your laptop like a refrigerator magnet to travel with it like a kangaroo in its mother's pouch. Other attractions are smooth performance and 18 months of battery life.
HP TouchSmart IQ506 Review
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published September 25, 2008
Touch and Go
Netbook Review: Acer Aspire One
By Eric Grevstad | Most Popular Article Published September 11, 2008
These mini-laptops are selling like mad to students and traveling professionals who don't want to carry a heavy full-sized laptop.
It's Official: Dell Enters the Netbook Fray
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published September 6, 2008
The long-rumored Inspiron Mini 9 aims to carve a space for the PC giant in a nascent, yet already crowded market.
Gateway M-1626 Laptop: Sixty-Four But Not Hardcore
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published July 2, 2008
Review: the six-pound, AMD dual-core-powered portable does indeed exceed the run-of-the-mill with the 64-bit version of Vista. But do its battery life and graphics performance suit its suitable-for-power-users positioning?
Market Analyst: Smartphone Use Soaring for Small Biz
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published June 25, 2008
Companies with fewer than 100 employees are hotbeds of smartphone use -- and small offices may outspend medium-sized ones sixfold by 2013.
It's a Small (Notebook) World at Computex
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published June 6, 2008
Whether it's sold by generic white-box resellers or famous names like Dell and Apple, a huge percentage of PC hardware comes from Taiwan. That's why the annual Computex trade show in Taipei always generates big news.
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review (Best. Notebook. Ever.)
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published May 17, 2008
Okay, It costs more than $3,000. Fair warning: You won't care. Lenovo's lightweight goes toe to toe with Apple's MacBook Air -- well, it would if the Air had a DVD burner, a LAN connection, and a sharper screen. Thinkabout a solid-state hard disk, full-sized keyboard, ample battery life, and impeccable green credentials in a 13.3-inch, just-over-3-pound slimline. Now try to be satisfied with your current laptop.
PCs for Five C's
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published February 28, 2008
For PC buyers, $500 is the new $1,000. Here's a selection what five crisp C notes will get you in today's computer market.
Logitech MX Air Review
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published February 20, 2008
This Magnificent Mouse Is a Flying Machine.
Systemax Assault T72212P Review
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published January 17, 2008
Oops, we dropped it again: TigerDirect.com's made-in-USA house brand ventures from its usual good-but-generic PC territory. We put the 14-inch laptop to the test -- making sure, of course, we don't accidentally stand on it...
Asus Eee PC 4G Review
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published January 14, 2008
The Asus unit is a laptop with a 7-inch screen, 4GB solid-state drive instead of a hard disk, Linux instead of Windows, a keyboard that's twice as good as you'd expect, a weight of two pounds, and a price tag of $400.
Personal Tech '07: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published December 20, 2007
Our seventh annual flashback bounces from nifty notebooks and cool Web tools to HDTV headaches, poorly launched processors, and a surprise pick for Product of the Year.
The Best, the Worst and the Ugliest: 2005
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published December 28, 2005
E.G. for Example: The Year in Review.
Grand Openings, December 2004
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published December 16, 2004
Finished your holiday shopping yet? Just in time, here's a holly jolly edition of our quarterly quest for the best desktop and notebook deals under $1,000. Whisking through vendor Web sites turns up bargains on everything from widescreen laptops and dual-layer DVD+R burners to Athlon 64-powered Media Center PCs -- along with one or two lumps of coal.
Intel Gets Extreme
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published September 17, 2003
The king of the chipmakers opens its biannual Developer Forum with a barrage of new processor announcements and demonstrations, from near-term technologies like PCI Express and ExpressCard to the next decade's nano-transistors.Home Sweet 'Pentium Extreme' Home
E.G. for Example: The 'Athens' PC -- It's Greek To Me
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published May 6, 2003
Microsoft and HP have kicked off this week's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference by showing a prototype PC with wide-screen LCD, integrated phone, and other features. But HwC's editor worries that the industry pacesetter's R&D brilliance -- did you know wider monitors benefit women more than men? -- might benefit Microsoft's and its fellow vendors' bottom line more than yours.
Intel Accelerates Pentium 4 Platform
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published April 14, 2003
Chip maker updates chipset platform with 800MHz system bus instead of the previous 533MHz.
Intel Centrino, AMD Athlon XP-M Spark Lightweight Laptop Blitz
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published March 12, 2003
According to Intel's Centrino team, it's a new day for portable computing -- one in which long battery life and seamless wireless networking are just as important as the new Pentium M processor's faster-than-mobile-Pentium-4 power. Meanwhile, AMD has impishly picked the same day to debut a dozen mobile Athlon XP-M chips. Here's your first look at the new technologies and the notebooks that use them.
Intel Unveils Four New Pentium 4 Chipsets
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published October 8, 2002
All are designed to support hyper-threaded 3.06GHz CPU.
PC State of the Union
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published January 28, 2002
HardwareCentral managing editor Eric Grevstad offers an amusing look at the current condition of the PC market from the viewpoint of the PC user.
The Best, the Worst, and the Ugliest
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published December 24, 2001
The managing editor of Hardware Central offers his IT winners and losers for 2002.
Opinion: Microsoft's First Amendment
By Eric Grevstad | Article Published June 14, 2001
In the last few months, the software juggernaut has unveiled everything from inconvenient copy protection to arm-twisting upgrades. But with last week's revelation that Windows XP could add Microsoft-created links to every Web page you visit, it's gone too far -- if you think pop-up ads are annoying now, wait till someone buys hyperlink rights to the words "MP3" or "Britney Spears."