Windows & Interoperability: Microsoft Windows 7 Showcase Lures Lookers with Laptop Hardware
The Microsoft Showcase in San Francisco talked up the Windows 7 operating system running on Dell, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and ASUS hardware. The lineup also included a monster Origin gaming rig that claims to be the most powerful on the planet and costs just shy of $10,000 including a built-in Xbox 360. Although most of the laptops on display were tempting, it's clear that designers are having trouble coming up with breakthrough interface improvements. Curvy lines, screens that pivot inside a frame, oddly placed touchpads and a color palate mainly limited to lacquered black were offered as innovations in style and usability. The systems themselves were sprightly where it counted with clear, bright displays and plentiful helpings of RAM, processor power and wireless connectivity options. Intel ruled the event with almost every laptop system equipped with some variation of the latest Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. Nvidia was the clear choice for powering the graphics that make the Windows 7 user experience possible.