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The best all-in-one PC: we review the new touchscreen Windows 8 desktops

Sony's mainstream laptops now named 'Fit,' arrive ahead of back-to-school season

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At some point -- we're not sure when -- Sony's naming scheme for laptops got confusing. There was the C series and the E series. The S, T, Z and even the F (RIP). Fortunately, Sony's been working to clear things up: its first Windows 8 products all had...
Sony's mainstream laptops now named 'Fit,' arrive ahead of back-to-school season

Ultra Bust? Intel's "Ultrabook" Now Cheaper, Even Less Impressive

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After four generations of attempts, Intel just made its failed and inconsequential ultrabook concept less expensive, but more pointless. In the world of PCs, hardware makers have made a habit of dreaming up new ways to describe and market their devices. There are all-in-ones, netbooks, hybrids and convertibles, entertainment...
Ultra Bust? Intel's "Ultrabook" Now Cheaper, Even Less Impressive

Slimmer 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pros Reportedly in Production

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Claims of redesigned MacBook Pro models continue to surface ahead of the official launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge chips, and Digitimes now reports that slimmer versions of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro are currently in production. Notably, the report claims that the MacBook Pro line will remain distinct from...
Slimmer 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pros Reportedly in Production
WSJ: Sony considered download-only next-gen console, but decided to keep optical drives

Phil Schiller Claims Customers Aren't Asking for Built-In Blu-Ray Anymore

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Apple customers are no longer asking for Blu-ray drives in their Macs these days, according to Apple marketing head Phil Schiller. This is perhaps unsurprising given Apple's trend toward removing optical drives from its notebook and now desktop lines, but may still cause some consternation among Blu-ray fans. A MacRumors...
Phil Schiller Claims Customers Aren't Asking for Built-In Blu-Ray Anymore
Windows 8 won’t have DVD playback built-in — and that makes total sense

Breaking down the rumors: What’s happening with Apple’s MacBook Pro?

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Chalk this one up to the “no surprise if it’s true” section: AppleInsider is saying that Apple is planning to completely revamp the MacBook Pro line by the end of 2012. Let’s break down the claims, as well as what we here at TNW would believe to be their validity:...
Breaking down the rumors: What’s happening with Apple’s MacBook Pro?
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Dying optical drive segment faces EU price fixing investigation

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The European Commission has never shied away from flexing its regulatory muscles where it perceives consumer injustice to exist, as both Microsoft and Intel can attest (both have been hit with billions of dollars in fines over the years). But targeting the optical disk drive (ODD) industry? That almost seems...
Dying optical drive segment faces EU price fixing investigation

APPLE'S KILL LIST: Here Are The 15 Products It Just Declared War Against (AAPL)

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Apple announced a bunch of new stuff at its Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Whenever Apple releases new products, it signals what devices it wants to kill.  This time around, Apple is shaking up several industries with changes and additions to its hardware and software.Google Maps Apple's new homemade map system...
APPLE'S KILL LIST: Here Are The 15 Products It Just Declared War Against (AAPL)

Lenovo intros the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 with new trackpad, charging standard (video)

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It's CES, which means if a company is going to show up, it may as well go all out with the product announcements. Lenovo, for its part, is getting a head start. The show doesn't actually kick off for another two days, but the company has already unveiled a...
Lenovo intros the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 with new trackpad, charging standard (video)

Apple files hint at re-engineered iMac and Mac Pro models, potentially without optical drives

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Internal configuration files in Mountain Lion make apparent references to yet-unreleased new generations of Apple's iMac (iMac13,0) and Mac Pro (MacPro6,0), both in the context of USB booting options that indicate the new Mac desktops could, for the first time in nearly 20 years, lack built-in optical drives....
Apple files hint at re-engineered iMac and Mac Pro models, potentially without optical drives
How to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs in Windows 8

HP Envy 15 review (early 2012)

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If there's one thing we took away from our jaunt at CES, it's this: consumers' appetites for mainstream laptops haven't waned all that much. Even in the Ultrabook category, Intel expects half of the models to go on sale this year will have 14- and 15-inch screens -- as...
HP Envy 15 review (early 2012)
Retina MacBook Pro Found To Meet EPEAT Standards Thanks To External Upgradeability Options

First Apple iMac teardown reveals Apple's mastery of component shrinkage

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Now that Apple’s (AAPL) redesigned iMac is available for purchase, the only logical thing to do is to pull out the suction cups and take the svelte computer apart. Japanese site Kodawarisan took the first shot at opening the new iMacs up and as expected, found the 21.5-inch model to be very light and very...
First Apple iMac teardown reveals Apple's mastery of component shrinkage

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 review: a reasonably priced Ultrabook for the masses

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More Info Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks start at an inexpensive $699, weigh a little more than the competition Lenovo U310 and U410 Ultrabooks now available worldwide starting at $749 For a while there, the march of Ultrabooks was comprised almost entirely of halo...
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 review: a reasonably priced Ultrabook for the masses

Acer Aspire V5 notebooks get Ivy Bridge treatment, shipping by end of June for $630 and up

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While many laptop makers held off on product refreshes -- not to mention new notebook lines -- till Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs were ready, Acer went ahead and released its Aspire V5 series back in March. Still, that doesn't mean the company can't squeeze in some new models a...
Acer Aspire V5 notebooks get Ivy Bridge treatment, shipping by end of June for $630 and up

Acer shows off new ultrabooks and laptops at CeBIT

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New slim laptops, some with GPUs and optical drives, show up at CeBIT. [Read more]...
Acer shows off new ultrabooks and laptops at CeBIT

Best Windows 8 laptops with optical drives

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Most of the Win 8 PCs we've tested are ultrabooks or hybrids that lack DVD drives, but there are still a handful of new notebooks that play DVDs, for fans of physical media. [Read more]...
Best Windows 8 laptops with optical drives
Redesigned iMac and Mac Pro reportedly in the works

Optical drives not working with Mountain Lion for some

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After installing OS X Mountain Lion, some people are finding their internal optical drives are no longer functioning. [Read more]...
Optical drives not working with Mountain Lion for some

The Real Reason Video Game Consoles Still Have Optical Drives?

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With the rise of online gaming and digital downloads, video gamers in the United States and other developed countries might well wonder why the gaming consoles they buy still come with optical disk drives - and why the next generation of machines will also still have them. The answer,...
The Real Reason Video Game Consoles Still Have Optical Drives?
Phil Schiller says PC makers are 'afraid' to remove optical drives, other 'old' technology
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display said to be nearing launch

Sony to exit PC-use optical drives, say reports

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Sony is getting out the optical disk business as it tries to restructure and shift to businesses that are more relevant to current device trends. [Read more]...
Sony to exit PC-use optical drives, say reports
Lenovo's Erazer X700 gaming PC has a big red 'overclock' button
Alienware M11x won't be refreshed in 2012, set to be discontinued

-ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

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Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go over the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them. [Email your tech questions to answer@pcworld.com or post them on the PCW Answer Line...
-ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup
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