Desktops and Notebooks: 10 Notable Netbooks, Laptops and All-in-One PCs from 2009
A global recession made 2009 the year of the netbook. Small, light and low-cost, these portables met the needs of price-pinched consumers and kept the overall PC market afloat. It was also a year that saw a proliferation of multitouch devices, both from Applewhich even applied touch capabilities to its Magic Mouseand tied to Microsoft Windows 7, which arrived Oct. 22. The growing needs of small businesses were also addressed, with notebooks such as the Dell Vostro V13, and slim all-in-one desktopswhether for power-requiring designers and gamers, or geared toward busy familiesdebuted and impressed. Also noteworthy was the addition of phone maker Nokia to the ranks of PC competitors, which additionally include Sony, Lenovo, Gateway and Hewlett-Packard.