Desktops and Notebooks: New HP, Acer, Lenovo Laptops Stress Lightweight Design
Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Lenovo all introduced lightweight mobile PCs in mid-November. HP and Acerthe top two global PC market share leadersintroduced devices for business users, while Lenovo offered consumers an "ultraportable. From smallest to largest, the HP Mini 1103 weighs 2.78 pounds, features a 10.1-inch display, is powered by an Intel Atom N455 or N475 processor and starts at $299. The Lenovo laptop, weighing 3 pounds and featuring a 12.5-inch display, is the first of its size with an Intel Core i7 processor; pricing starts at $899. And finally Acer, offering the TravelMate 5542 notebook for on-the-go professionals, pairs a 15.6-inch widescreen display with an AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) dual-core processor and a starting price of $549. Each runs a version of Microsoft Windows 7. According to data from Gartner and IDC, enterprise and government spending on PCs met expectations during the third-quarter, but consumer spending was soft, as non-students and others able to delay purchases took a "wait-and-see approach, curious about the promised media tablet headed to market for the holidays. While tablets aren't intended to compete directly with mobile PCs, their design, features and pricing are intriguing buyersand even influencing laptop design, as Apple noted during its October introduction of the refreshed MacBook Air.