Expected soon: a 2-pound, $200 laptop

If the suspect $150 Swedish laptop I ordered last month fails to materialize, I'm putting those moneys toward another cheap Linux laptop, the Asus Eee PC 701. That's three E's, for easy to learn, easy to work, easy to play. If the Eee is easy to obtain, I'm game.

Take it for what it's worth, but according to a forum post on the Web site, two Eee PC 701 models will make their way to the U.S. at the end of September priced at $269 and $369. Both models will feature a … Read more

Inside CNET Labs: Windows virtual machine performance on the Mac

Note: This post was updated on August 17, 2007, to make a correction.

With VMware's official release of Fusion 1.0 less than two weeks ago, there are now no less than four different ways to run Windows applications on Intel-based Macs. Fusion, as well as SWsoft's Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac use virtualization technology to allow you to simultaneously run the Windows operating system as a virtual machine alongside the Mac OS. CrossOver Mac 6.0 from CodeWeavers uses a different virtualization approach by building on the open-source API, Wine, which allows you to run individual … Read more

A notebook in miniature

You'd be forgiven for classifying Fujitsu's U810 notebook as a slightly clunky ultramobile PC.

After all, it weighs a pound and a half, has the Intel A110 processor used in Samsung's UMPC, and allows for fairly easy and accurate thumb typing. But you'd be wrong. Fujitsu prefers to call it a mini-notebook, mostly because it's essentially a scaled-down version of its other convertible notebooks.

It opens like a notebook, but has a rotating screen, which can be swiveled and locked down like Fujitsu's other Lifebook products. The U810 has a lot of features--biometric security, … Read more

This week in laptops

Crave presents this week's laptop news, in digest form.

Cheap laptops got their fair share of headlines this week, starting with the Intel Classmate PC, a low-cost laptop for schools in developing countries that costs $350 with a Microsoft operating system. Also $350 (after a $200 rebate): the Acer Aspire 3680, spotted at Circuit City by Maybe we should buy one for Matt Elliott, who is still waiting for his $150 Medison Celebrity laptop, now supposedly scheduled to ship around August 15.

In product news, laptop lovers left out by Apple's iMac announcement directed their obsessive … Read more

Toshiba recalls more Sony batteries

Yes, you've seen this headline before. For the third month in a row, Toshiba customers are being urged to exchange potentially dangerous notebook batteries for the nonexploding kind.

This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with Toshiba laptops pose a fire hazard. There have been three reports of models with those batteries overheating in other countries, but none of the incidents caused injury, according to the CPSC.

Users of Toshiba's Satellite A100, Satellite A105 and Tecra A7, it's your turn. If your notebook was made … Read more

Apple's wide touch pad idea

There's probably no greater source of upcoming tech information than the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO Web site is often the first place we find info on new products and emerging technologies, and now that the whole thing is online and (fairly) easy to search, companies are finding it very hard to keep this usually closely held information away from enterprising bloggers.

Our pals over at Gear Log (or Glog, as we like to call it) have found a new patent filing (actually an extension to an existing patent, but that's splitting hairs) from Apple … Read more

Desktoptopia is a cure for the common desktop background

For about the longest time, the background on my Mac had been fairly dull--a Manhattan cityscape plucked from the selection at DesktopNexus. I want my desktop patterns to look good, but I'm not one to put a whole lot of thinking power into it; there are better ways to waste energy.

This morning, however, I switched when I read about Desktoptopia, a new Mac-only downloadable app that lets you easily discover aesthetically pleasing "designer desktop" backgrounds created by innovative digital artists (no generic landscapes here) and switch them up either automatically or manually with a very simple … Read more

Asus joins the sleek with 13.3-inch laptop

With a black piano finish and a leather wrist rest, the Asus U3 joins the Apple MacBook and the Sony VAIO SZ in the ranks of sleek-looking 13.3-inch laptops. Like the others, the U3's 13.3-inch display size definitely hits a sweet spot between portability and usability; its 3.9-pound weight (granted, that's with the tiny three-cell battery) straddles the line between ultraportable and thin-and-light. The screen is large enough for watching movies or to comfortably make it through a workday without squinting.

The Asus U3 incorporates a boatload of professional-level upgrades, including Intel Turbo Memory, 3G … Read more

Olympic laptops headed for auction

There's good news and bad news if you've been dying to get one of those "Cloud of Promise" laptops commemorating the Beijing Olympics, bearing the unique design created for the Olympic torch.

The good news is that some of them will be available through charity auctions benefiting the Lenovo Hope Fund, which is dedicated to sports for children, and many will be autographed by athletes. The bad news is that they won't go on sale until February 8 next year, six months before the summer games begin, according to Tech Digest.

But if you simply … Read more

Hot or not: Fujitsu's tablet touch pad

Every once in a while, a laptop comes through our Labs with an innovative new feature that has us scratching our heads. Such a feature showed up last week on the Fujitsu LifeBook A6030, a well-rounded, media-friendly 15.4-inch laptop. When we first booted up the system, we noticed the Windows Vista Tablet Input Panel hiding along the left-hand side of the screen--but the LifeBook A6030 is not a tablet PC, nor does it have a touch-screen display. Quick investigation of the A6030's case revealed a slender stylus hidden in the laptop's base, so we glanced around for … Read more