DesktopReview’s Holiday 2009 Buyers’ Guide

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Want to hear a frightening statistic? It’s less than a month and a half before Christmas. For many, that means it’s less than a month and a half until they have to present gifts of varying sorts to friends and loved ones. It’s no surprise, then, that manufacturers, both in stores and online, give out the best deals of the year right around the holiday season. There’s no reason to go at it unprepared, though – read our guides and find the tech that’s right for you.

 

We’ve split this year’s guide up into five different sections, each covering a different category of machines. All-in-ones are marked by their combination of display and computer in one unit. Mainstream desktops are affordable machines that can handle day-to-day tasks, while performance computers are geared toward users who might need a little more power than most. Slim form factors are for people who need a new computer but don’t have the space. Finally, if you’re just looking for a hot new display or a way to give your current machine a little pep, well, we’ve got that covered, too.

 

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Netbooks

It’s no secret notebook computers have, within the past year or two, finally eclipsed the sale of desktops worldwide. It really makes sense, too – a lot of households will have individual laptops for specific family members, maybe even a couple of netbooks – and then a central desktop that’s shared by the family. Since then, the growth of desktop sales has been relatively stagnant, if not actively declining. Despite this fact, the desktop market has been rapidly evolving as manufacturers try to come up with new ways to entice consumers to buy these products, which typically carry higher profit margins than their portable counterparts. Check out why we’re calling 2010 the year of the all-in-one.

 

This has been one of the more exciting years for desktops in recent memory. The market is evolving at a frenzied and furious pace, and we as consumers get to take advantage of all that change. Manufacturers are pulling out all the stops in the race to come out on top, and we’ve seen more models released in more form factors than in a long time. As a result, it’s hard to tell just what computer is right for you – if you have any questions, or need some last minute shopping advice, don’t forget that we’ve got a forum full of experts that are standing by to help.

 

Jump to: All-in-One | Performance | Mainstream | Slim | Displays & Accessories

 

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Windows 7

For the first time, Microsoft’s Windows operating system is capable of natively supporting multitouch inputs. What do we mean by multitouch? Well, the new version of Windows was designed from a relatively early stage to support multiple simultaneous inputs out of the box. While products have been shipping with claimed multitouch features for some time on Windows XP and Vista, this support was always kind of hacked on by one manufacturer or another. As a result, it never quite worked as well as anyone, least of all the consumer, wanted it to. Microsoft has acknowledged this by building multi-input capabilities into Windows 7 and even went so far as to create a number of touch-centric applications, combined in the “Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7”. Let’s take a look.

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