Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Something truly interesting is currently happening in the PC space. Ask any random internet commenter how the PC market is doing, and I'm pretty sure you're going to get something along the lines of 'everybody but Apple is failing'. Turns out this isn't the case - Lenovo has just become the world's largest PC and laptop vendor, after three years of steady growth in sales and profits. "During the second fiscal quarter, Lenovo's worldwide PC shipments grew 10.3 percent, in a difficult market that was down eight percent year-over-year, the 14th quarter in a row that the company has grown faster than the PC industry as a whole. In this challenging environment, Lenovo achieved its highest-ever worldwide market share of 15.6 percent, gaining share points in every geography, every product category in which it competes, and in every respective customer segment." Very impressive.
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In my experience the Dell Latitude line (with the notable exception of the D400) has been pretty good with thermal issues. That is, they generally don't overheat and rarely get too warm to touch, despite a metal base construction and general thinness compared to similar business class laptops.

They are also a dream to upgrade or repair when something does go wrong. I could take one apart and put it back together blindfolded, and that's no exaggeration.

The only downside to that line is the persistent lack of good GPUs. You could get a D600 series with an Nvidia Quadro NVS, but even that chip was severely underpowered and really didn't deserve the Quadro name. Otherwise you were left with Intel integrated video. That was fine if you were using the machine just for presentations and email/browsing, and it was a boon for those who sought a pure open source environment, but for the rest of us it made for some lackluster performance.

Still, I wish I had held onto one of those D620s I had in my collection.

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