Acer C720-2848: The thrifty Chromebook(0)
Back in October, Acer launched its Haswell-based C720 Chromebook, but with an asking price of $250, consumers are hoping for a more cost-effective alternative.
The PC company did just that, as it unveils the Acer C720-2848 with all the goodies you expect from the C720, but with a lower 2GB of RAM. The 11.6-inch notebook still has its 1.4GHz Intel Celeron processor, 16GB solid-state drive, and the much-bragged-about 8.5 hours of battery life.
This gadget also sports an anti-glare screen with 720p resolution, Intel HD graphics chipset, 128MB graphics card RAM, HDMI port, and WiFi connectvity
The Acer C720-2848 is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Best Buy.
New MacBook Pro with Retina unveiled(3)
Apple is very proud of its new MacBook Pro computers, which the company calls “the best (MacBook) lineup we’ve ever had.” They come with new processors, more efficient graphics chips, and a longer battery life.
The new MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina sports a dual-core 2.4GHz fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor with integrated Iris graphics chipset, 4GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a 128GB solid-state drive. It can last for an impressive nine hours, thanks to the low-energy “Haswell” chip. Meanwhile, the new laptop delivers up to 90% faster graphics performance comparedt to previous MacBook Pro. It starts shipping on Tuesday with an initial price of $1,299.
Meanwhile, the 15-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro comes with a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7 “Crystalwell” processor, 8GB of RAM, and Thunderbolt 2 ports. This flagship model also comes with your choice of an integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics or Iris Pro with Nvidia GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics chipset and 2GB of video memory for optimum graphics performance. This laptop starts at $1,999 and is now available.
Both new MacBook Pro computers come with clear Retina displays. The 13-inch model has 2560 x 1600 resolution, while the 15-inch sports a 2880 x 1800 screen resolution.
Lenovo A10: Your Android-powered convertible laptop(0)
Lenovo dares to be a tad different with its latest laptop. The Lenovo A10 is the company’s first Android-powered laptop. This 10.1-inch notebook also converts into a tablet as you fold the screen back.
This convertible laptop weighs just 2.2 pounds and measures 0.69 inch thick. It features a 1.6GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 Cortex-A9 processor, a touchscreen display with 1366 x 768 resolution, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.2 with a customized user interface, and 32GB expandable internal storage with microSD card slot. The Lenovo A10 also sports a VGA webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI slot. Lenovo claims its battery can last for up to nine hours of continuous video playback.
“With the recent explosive growth in Android-based, smart connected devices, customers are relying more on Android apps for both work and play. Why should they be required to switch and duplicate to use their laptop? Lenovo’s A10 brings ultra-portability and dual-mode benefits to Android users at a reasonable price,” Bai Peng, vice president and general manager of Lenovo Business Group’s notebook business unit, said in a statement. “Thin and light, with multiple modes and user-inspired innovations for an outstanding user experience; the A10 is uniquely Lenovo.”
Despite the introduction, Lenovo remains mum on the availability and pricing, although it is rumored to be around $340. It is nowhere to be found in its online store, even though tech support documents are available.
Dell Latitude 7000: Ultrabooks for business users(0)
Dell introduces its latest ultrabook for its enterprise clientele. The Dell Latitude 7000 is being tagged as the “world’s most secure ultrabook,” combining its consumer-oriented XP3 13 with features the guys from the IT department would love.
Unlike many enterprise ultrabooks, the Dell Latitude 7000 has a thinner and lighter profile, weighing just below three pounds and merely 0.79 inch thin. The guys at Dell made sure this ultrabook would not only perform efficiently out of the box, but even five years from now.
This ultrabook comes with a fingerprint reader, smart card support, and WiGig compatibility (allowing the Latitude 7000 to connect into a work station wirelessly). It also features loads of security features like the Dell Data Protection, which encrypts data to ultra-high FIPS 140-2 standard, and Protected Workspace that defends against zero-day attacks from newly-created malware.
Starting at $1,049, the Dell Latitude 7000 comes with various configuration options. For one, you can choose between a 12.5- and 14-inch screen size. You can also opt for its most premium configuration: up to 8GB RAM, full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080), an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 256GB of SSD, and a touch screen. There is also an option for non-touch screen, as well as a 500GB hard disk for the 14-inch model.
If you find the Dell Latitude 7000 way too advanced for your liking, the company also offers Latitude 5000 and Latitude 3000 series of laptops. The 5000 series has the same security benefits as the 7000, but with bulkier and heavier build. Meanwhile, the 3000 series is geared toward the education market. Its price starts at $549 and does not have the same security features as the 7000. Both series come in 14- and 15.6-inch models.
The Dell Latitude 7000 and 3000 series will be available on retail beginning September 12, while the 5000 series roll out a month later.
Desert Storm Veloce Gaming Laptop(0)
Gaming laptops are a breed above those conventional gadgets available in the consumer market. They come with specs that are designed to provide optimum gaming experience to avid gamers. They usually come with higher and more stable graphics as well as general performance that is usually way better than an ordinary laptop. One prime example is the new Desert Storm Veloce gaming laptop.
The Desert Storm Veloce gaming laptop is anything but ordinary. It is the first of the Haswell based gaming laptops that offer a full 1080HD display. This gaming notebook comes with a Quad Core 3.7 GHz Intel Core i7 4800MQ processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, a NVIDIA GTX 765M graphics card and a 13.3-inch display. It also comes with a backlit keyboard, space for two storage drives with RAID capability as well as SuperSpeed USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA video out ports. This new gaming laptop is only 1.26 inch thick and weighs 4.6 pounds, quite light for a gaming laptop. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity. This will be an ideal gamers’ laptop for those who look for a lighter and slimmer notebook to bring along anywhere. The Desert Storm Veloce will be available on July 17th at the Desert Storm site. Prices for this slim gaming laptop will start at US$1,535.
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VAIO Pro 13 Custom Touch Ultrabook, Thinnest Ultrabook in the Market(0)
VAIO Pro 13 Custom Touch Ultrabook is currently the world’s lightest 13.3″ highly responsive touch ultra book with an extra durable carbon fiber chassis and its latest Full HD TRILUMINOS Display (1920 x 1080). This means consumers are treated to more brilliant and vibrant colors than ever before. Perfect for gaming enthusiasts.
Aside from being super-thin at 0.68″, the VAIO Pro 13 Custom Touch Ultrabook is also light at 1.06 kg only, making it as the slimmest 13-inch ultrabook in the market today. By slimming down their ultrabook, the VAIO Pro 13 does away with the standard VGA adapter and Ethernet ports which are now sold as add-ons.
It’s spacious and ergonomically-designed keyboard gives you that chic look and at the same time, comfortable gaming experience specially with the latest 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor. All specs are upgradable up to 8GB memory and 512GB PCIe SSD with battery life up to 7 hours. Comes in black or chrome chassis.
Alienware Launches Upgraded Lineup of Gaming Laptops(0)
Gaming laptops have become a popular niche market. There are avid gamers who really care about their laptops and how it can address their gaming needs while still being mobile and portable. Standard or ordinary laptops and notebooks do not always provide the gaming power and graphics that many gamers look for. That is why there is this need for laptops designed specifically for gaming. Dell’s Alienware brand recently announced three upgraded gaming laptops at E3 in Los Angeles. The Alienware 14, 17 and 18 gaming laptops recently made their appearance at the annual video game conference and show.
The new Alienware 14, 17 and 18 gaming notebooks take their name from the sizes of their display screens. Dell has upgraded them to come with the latest 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processors. Alienware provides gamers with different build options to satisfy their gaming needs. The Alienware 14 provides the most powerful gaming options for gamers who also look for portability and mobility. The Alienware 17 provides the mid-range gaming solution while the Alienware 18 offers the ultimate option available for a gaming notebook.
The Alienware 14 offers from 8GB to 16GB Dual Channel DDR3L RAM while the Alienware 17 and 18 has options available from 8GB to 32GB of RAM. All three gaming laptops offer HDD storage as well as the optional RAID hard drive options. The Alienware 17 offers a 3D graphics option while the Alienware 18 features Dual Graphics options. Base specs for all three Alienware gaming notebooks offer wireless High Definition streaming. Other noted differences between them are size and weight. The Alienware 14 tips the scales at 2.77 kilos or 6.11 pounds. The Alienware 17 weighs 4.15 kilos or 9.15 pounds while the Alienware 18 tops up at around 5.47 kilos or 12.06 pounds. All three gaming laptops feature a new and iconic industrial design with an anodized aluminum shell and magnesium allow body. The angular design is further highlighted by LED lighting along the edges of the laptop with customizable colors. The new Alienware gaming laptops are now available at the Alienware website. Base price for the Alienware 14 starts at US$1,199. The Alienware 17 comes at US$1,499 while base pricing for the Alienware 18 starts at US$2,099.
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Macbook Air Features New Upgrades(0)
The recent WWDC 2013 offered announcements and news regarding a number of Apple products. While most of them may be considered as upgrades, they do provide some things that Apple enthusiasts will be looking out for and expecting in the coming months. One of the recent announcements involves upgrades to the Apple Macbook Air.
Apple has announced that the Macbook Air will feature some welcome upgrades. One of them is a longer battery life. The 11-inch model will now have a 9-hour battery life from the previous 5-hour capacity. The 13-inch version will be upgraded to 12 hours for a full charge from the previous 7-hour battery life.
The upgraded Macbook Air will also have the new Intel 4th Gen Haswell dual-core processors. The 11-inch model with comes with a 1.5GHz Intel Core i5 while the 13-inch model will feature the 1.7GHz Intel core i7 processor. The new Macbook Air will also come with improved and much larger capacity flash drives. Both the 11-inch and the 13-inch models will come with 128GB of internal flash storage. They also come equipped with a faster flash memory, which performs 45 percent faster than the flash storage of previous Macbook Air models.
In addition, the upgraded Macbook Air will also come with faster wireless Internet connectivity featuring the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. It offers three times the speed of the older 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. The upgraded Macbook Air ultrabooks will come with the standard 4th generation processors and a 128GB internal storage. The 11-inch model will come at a base price of US$999 while the price of the 13-inch version starts at US$1,099.
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Sony Vaio Pro 11 Ultrabook(0)
It seems that “thin is in” when it comes to new notebooks and laptops. Laptop design and size over the years has changed. You had those hulking and heavy laptops to use when they first became popular. A lot of them weighed for more than 2 to 3 pounds. However, things have changed. Many laptops and notebooks today are almost as thin as a slim book. They are even getting thinner and lighter, even while they come with more powerful features. Their rapidly changing profile has led makers to put them in an entirely different category in the form of ultrabooks. While the ultrabooks are already slim, light and handy, makers still try to make the thinnest and lightest ultrabook they can. In this light, Sony is introducing the new Vaio Pro 11, the world’s lightest touch capable ultrabook.
The Sony Vaio Pro 11is set to be the lightest touch-capable ultrabook in the market when it launches. It comes with a carbon fiber casing, enabling Sony to create a lighter ultrabook weighing only 0.870 kg. Despite its slim size, the new Sony ultrabook still comes with the features that makes it comfortable to use. Keyboard design comes with a wide key pitch and stroke feature that allow users a natural typing experience.
The new Sony Vaio Pro 11 also comes with a TRILUMINOS display to allow users to enjoy a rich palette of natural colors. It provides a Full HD touch display that combines with Sony’s super resolution technology to give users an unrivaled visual treat from the other ultrabooks in the market. The new Sony Vaio Pro 11 is set to be available for purchase later in the month. Pricing details have yet to be provided.
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Razer Blade Gaming Laptop Is World’s “Thinnest”(0)
Electronics company Razer has unveiled its first 14-inch gaming laptop, along with an updated version of its popular 17-inch Razer Blade, now called Razer Blade Pro. The 14-inch Razer Blade (pictured) is touted as the “world’s thinnest gaming laptop” at 0.66 inch, making it about half as thick as the 14-inch Alienware M14X gaming laptop. In fact, it is “impossibly thin,” it is actually thinner than a dime when placed upright.
During a recent press event in San Francisco, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said that they were able to pack high-performance parts into such a thin design by redesigning the Razer Blade’s thermals and platform architecture from scratch. He added that they used “bespoke components,” enabling them to “pack more performance-per-cubic inch than any other laptop in the world.”
The new Razer Blade and Razer Blade Pro feature a new Haswell-generation Intel CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX765M GPU, and full solid state drives that come in 128GB by default, as well as options for 256GB and 512GB. The usage of SSDs is a departure from Razer’s hybrid storage solution it used in previous laptops. Both the 14-inch and 17-inch laptops also sport Qualcomm’s “Killer” WiFi chipset to amp up the “gaming quality connectivity.”
The 14-incher comes with a 14.3-inch LED-backlit full HD screen with 1600 x 900 resolution, while the Razer Blade Pro has a 17.3-inch LED-backlit full HD display with 1920 x 1040 resolution. Like its predecessor, the Razer Blade Pro contains the company’s propriety Switchblade User Interface, which can be accessed through the laptop’s mini-touchscreen and 10 dynamic tactile keys placed near the keyboard.
The 14-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop is priced for at least $1,799, while the Razer Blade Pro will be available for $2,299, a $200 markdown from its award-winning predecessor. Both gaming laptops will be available for pre-order beginning June 3, with shipping expected to arrive two weeks later.