If there's one buzz topic that has laptop fans excited right now, it's the transition from traditional platter-based hard drives to solid state drives (like the one in your iPod Nano). These drives, like that flash memory stick hanging off your keychain, have no moving parts, give off less heat, and require less power to run--all good things if you're packing a few thousand dollars worth of battery-powered technology into your carry on bag.
In the first quarter of 2007, Hewlett-Packard officially entered the ranks of the PC giants.
HP racked up a 19.1 percent worldwide market share by shipping 11.2 million computers, according to IDC figures released Wednesday. That effectively ties the 2Q 2006 high-water mark for Dell. In that quarter, Dell scored a 19.14 percent market share, but only shipped about 10 million PCs.
Gartner came up with similar numbers. Gartner said HP had a 17.6 market share by shipping 11 million PCs. In 2Q 2006, Dell achieved a 17.7 percent market share, but only shipped 9.… Read more
I was somewhat surprised to pop open yesterday's USA Today and see a nearly full page ad for an HP computer running Windows XP. The PC, a Compaq desktop, is aimed at businesses and is touted for having dual hard drives allowing for redundant backup.
In addition to USA Today, the ad is running in "several other major metropolitan dailies," according to an HP representative. Interestingly, although the PC makes no mention of Microsoft's new operating system as an option, the ad does carry a mention (presumably as part of its co-marketing arrangement) that "HP … Read more
The latest batch of market share numbers from iSuppli shows that while Hewlett-Packard continues to dominate the notebook PC market, Acer is coming on strong.
Acer moved up into third place during the last quarter, moving past Toshiba, in iSuppli's most recent look at worldwide notebook shipments. HP's on top with 21.4 percent of the notebook market, and actually grew faster than Acer as compared to last year. But Acer had a really strong showing in the fourth quarter as compared to the third, enough to put it extremely close to second-place Dell. Dell has 14.9 … Read more
Lenovo has set up a business unit tasked with transforming the company into a consumer electronics powerhouse.
The internal unit will look for ways to introduce devices such as printers, smart phones, and music players that Lenovo already sells in China to a broader market, namely the U.S. and Europe. A Lenovo representative confirmed reports in the Shanghai Daily citing Sina.com that the unit will focus on the consumer business, which means it will also likely involve an effort to increase sales of PCs to consumers.
A modified version of so-called $100 laptop developed by Nicholas Negroponte for kids in Africa, Asia and Latin America, will get sold in developed nations too, according to an article in the Financial Times.
??We will definitely at the right time launch a commercialised product similar to the OLPC," Michael Wang, president of Quanta, told the publication. ??There are a lot of poor people in developed countries, too."
Quanta is the Taiwanese contract manufacturing giant that has agreed to make the XO, the cheap laptop that came out of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization.
The version … Read more
The long, arduous quest to put PCs in the heart of the living room hit another snag this week, with Hewlett-Packard deciding to drop its line of Digital Entertainment Centers.
A company representative confirmed a report by CE Pro that HP would be dropping the line of PCs, which were styled to resemble consumer electronics devices like stereo receivers or DVD players. The idea was that people would be more comfortable using a Media Center PC that looked like a device already in their living-room entertainment system.
Windows Vista Ultimate, as the name suggests, is the most feature-laden release of Windows Vista and commands a $399 price on store shelves. But Systemax is offering the OS plus a laptop around it--which is always helpful--for $999.99.
My colleague Dan Ackerman took a look at the Pursuit 4155 over on Crave and notes that it's a decent option for a cost-conscious buyer who still wants all the bells and whistles. But, according to Microsoft, the 1GB of RAM in the system is the minimum requirement for a Vista Ultimate PC, meaning that you might--as always--get what you … Read more
What would happen if you put your computer away for a day? Montreal residents Denis Bystrov and Michael Taylor are hoping that thousands of people around the world will find out tomorrow. They founded Shutdown Day, in which participants are challenged to shut down their computers for the duration of March 24, 2007--and keep them off all day.
Think you could do it? You're not alone. As of 9:00 AM PST on March 23, nearly 55,000 people worldwide have clicked on a "yes, I can do it" button on Shutdown Day's official site.
The … Read more
Fresh off an interview earlier this week in which Acer's chairman expressed interest in acquiring another company, familiar takeover rumors involving Gateway are being floated.
Acer is not as familiar a player in the U.S. PC market as Gateway, with its iconic cow boxes and ill-fated strip mall stores. But the Taiwanese company is growing faster than most of its rivals, and is looking for ways to keep that streak going, Chairman J.T. Wang told The Wall Street Journal earlier this week. Now DigiTimes is suggesting that Gateway could be one of those targets.
Gateway has been … Read more