Articles By Jason Cross

HP Envy 15 laptop nagged by display problem

Last year's Envy laptops were a bit of a disappointment. The design that wowed me in 2010 had grown stale by 2011; at that point, the rest of the world had caught up

Published on: January 27th, 2012 Jason Cross

What the laptops of 2012 will look like

Tablets and smartphones are in, but don't count laptops out. Impressive new laptops planned for 2012 promise to be thinner, lighter, and faster, as well as to carry longer-lasting batteries.All the pieces are

Published on: December 1st, 2011 Jason Cross

8 questions about Windows 8

We already know a lot about Windows 8. We know it'll have a new,touch-focused interface and application framework for tablets andtouchscreen PCs. We know it will still have a traditional desktop, withenhancements to

Published on: September 12th, 2011 Jason Cross

VAIO Y Series: Fantastic netbook, so-so ultraportable

Upon first seeing the new Sony VAIO Y Series laptop (model VPCYB15KX), your first thought will likely be, "That is a very pink laptop." Virtually everyone in the PCWorld offices who saw our

Published on: March 7th, 2011 Jason Cross

HP Mini 5102 netbook ideal for business road warriors

The Mini 5102 is the latest in HP's line of business-optimized netbooks, featuring a ruggedized metal chassis and design elements tailored for the office road warrior. It does a great job of offering

Published on: March 30th, 2010 Jason Cross

Everything you need to know about buying the perfect laptop

Perhaps no common computer product has as many variations, with as wide a performance range, as the modern laptop PC. From tiny netbooks to big and powerful desktop-replacement systems, the differences in pricing,

Published on: February 3rd, 2010 Jason Cross

Everything you need to know about buying the perfect laptop

Perhaps no common computer product has as many variations, with as wide a performance range, as the modern laptop PC. From tiny netbooks to big and powerful desktop-replacement systems, the differences in pricing,

Published on: February 3rd, 2010 Jason Cross

Geek’s guide to buying the right graphics card

We all know that the GPU in modern computers is essentially responsible for everything you see on your screen. Both Windows Vista and 7 can use the GPU to render the desktop, taking

Published on: September 4th, 2009 Jason Cross