HP’s decision to scrap the first, and perhaps only product resulting from its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm was by far one of the most unexpected news stories we’ve seen in years. But just when we thought things couldn’t get any stranger, HP announced it was shopping for a buyer for their PC division as well, a move that would take the company in a radically different direction going forward. As the number one OEM PC manufacturer in the world this came as a bit of a shock to everyone, that is unless your number two. For Michael Dell the HP announcement represents a huge opportunity to grab market share, and the charismatic CEO wasted little time going after HP over twitter.
The thickness of a phone gets a lot of attention due to its fundamental nature as a pocketable device. For a monitor to wow us with its svelte lines, it really has to be eye-catchingly thin. The new Dell S2330MX certainly is that kind of sleek and slender.
Dell on Tuesday reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter of 2012 and described its performance as "strong" based on $15.7 billion in revenue. That's up 1 percent from last year, and 4 percent sequentially. Meanwhile, Dell's operating income for the first half of 2012 jumped 50 percent, and GAAP earnings per share rose a healthy 71 percent to 48 cents. So why did Dell's stock drop so sharply in after hours trading?
Dell decided it was time to revamp its wardrobe and the first thing to go were those old digs the OEM's consumer laptops were known to sport (Studio series notwithstanding). The new Inspiron 13z and 14z laptops bring a fresh look to the table, along with an ultrathin profile and second generation Intel Core processor options of the i3 and i5 variety.
Being computer geeks, most of our wants and wishes skew towards things with processors and AMOLED displays. In this hot almost-August sun, we find ourselves wishing for something a little more simple – a nice, cool breeze. Not for us, but for all the poor fresh air-cooled servers around the country. Traditional thinking says hot winds and hot servers make for a melt-down margarita, but Dell's offering a warranty that guarantees its servers and storage devices can withstand the scorching summer heat.
As geeks, lots of us would rather wiggle wires and alter configuration settings ourselves than call the dreaded tech support hotlines. We've got it lucky; normies (i.e., non-tech types) consider the occasional call center buzz a necessary evil of owning a computer. Dell, the second-largest PC manufacturer, is toying with the idea of using an interesting new way to connect frustrated computer owners with the company's support techs; the group video-chat power of Google+ Hangouts.
Dell today announced new OptiPlex thin clients designed for organizations such as education, financial, healthcare, and retail that have implemented or plan to implement a desktop virtualization infrastructure. For those that fall into the latter, Dell also unveiled additions to its desktop virtualization solutions portfolio, including an enhanced new Virtual Lab 2.0 solution aimed primarily at colleges and universities.
Dell today announced the launch of its Sandy bridge-powered XPS 15z ultra-thin laptop. Touting the now defunct Adamo’s spiritual successor as the thinnest 15-inch PC in the world, the company announced that the XPS 15z is the “first in a series of new thin, ultra-powerful laptops from Dell this year.” Let’s hope that the new series does not share the same fate as the Adamo. And on that optimistic note, let’s just hit the jump and see what the specs have to say.
Dell created a bit of a void when the OEM discontinued its Adamo line, and filling that void is the XPS 15z ultra-thin notebook. Or at least it will once it ships. When will that be? It's "coming soon," as Dell CEO Micheal Dell coyly posted on his Twitter account. He also attached a teaser video just for good measure, giving us an additional glimpse to go along with those leaked photos that surfaced earlier this month.
When Dell killed off the Adamo back in February, many were somewhat puzzled by the move considering they didn’t have much in the way of a direct replacement. The Macbook Air has clearly proven there is a demand for capable thin and light computers in the consumer space, but the Adamo it seems was just too underpowered to compete. According to CNET’s however, Dell may finally be ready to re-engage the competition, and this time they are pulling out all the stops.