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Dell Announces New XPS Dockable Windows Tablet and Convertible Ultrabook

Dell is getting into the Windows tablet game with a dockable tablet and an Ultrabook with a flippable screen.


The Best Business-Friendly Ultrabooks

Looking for a lightweight laptop to take on the road? Here are our top five picks.

Microsoft Patents an Advanced Multi-Touch Stylus

Microsoft’s next-generation digital pen, or “ePen” patent includes not just touch sensors but also a gyroscope, compass, accelerometers, and other sensors.

Archos 101 XS Tablet Comes With Keyboard Cover Case

Archos' newest tablet, the 101 XS, includes a keyboard/case in its $400 price tag.


Next-Generation Laptop Touch Keyboards and Touchpads on Their Way From Synaptics

Slim Ultrabooks may be able to slim down even more if this technology is adopted.


Which Ultrabooks Have User-Replaceable Batteries? Too Few

Many of the sexy new Ultrabooks have batteries that are difficult or impossible to replace. If that bothers you, use these charts to check your model before you buy.

5 Ways to Make the Most of an Ultraportable Laptop's Small Screen

An ultraportable laptop's smaller display can be a challenge to work on. Here are five ways to squeeze more productivity out of limited screen space.

Top Back-to-School Laptops

Do you need to help a family member choose a back-to-school laptop? Are you having trouble deciding what to purchase? Here are some suggestions.


Samsung Series 7 Gamer Gets a Bright Refresh

In addition to a processor and graphics card update, the gaming rig boasts 3D support on its 17-inch SuperBright display and a glossy coat of bright yellow paint.


Leaked Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Runs Windows 8

A leaked Lenovo document spills the beans on Lenovo's upcoming Windows 8 tablet, dubbed the ThinkPad Tablet 2.

Images of Sony Xperia Tablet Leaked Online

This new model is reportedly 42 percent thinner than the Sony Tablet S it is replacing, and lighter as well.


Google Chromebook and Chromebox Buyers to Get 100GB of Free Google Drive Storage?

It's not clear if existing Chromebook or Chromebox owners would get this supposed promotion.


Purported Chinese Assembly Line Video Pops Up on New HP Laptop

A Swedish YouTube user posts the video he says was pre-loaded in his “My Documents” folder on his brand-new HP laptop.


Easy Ways to Clear Space on Your Laptop's Hard Drive

Do you live with a thin-and-light laptop that has a small drive? Or just have a large drive that's filled to overflowing? Here's how to get some breathing room back.

Windows 8 Ultrabooks and Tablets to Feature New Sensors

Ultrabooks and convertible tablets will soon have everything from compasses and gyroscopes to GPS and accelerometers.