Items tagged with Notebooks

It's fair to say that Windows 8 has gotten off to a rocky, if not misunderstood start. At a glance, the timing couldn't be worse, with Apple's iPad cannibalizing PC sales among folks who just want to surf the Internet and check their Facebook feeds. In fact, if you count tablets, Apple is the world's top PC supplier, according to data that was recently released by Canalys. This is part of what started all that so-called "post-PC era" chatter, but don't you go believing that nonsense. PCs are far from dead, and according to a Citibank analyst, Windows 8 will spur innovation in the PC industry that... Read more...
For years, notebook PCs have been the go-to device for mobile computing, but is this the dawn of a new era? Tablets are everywhere these days, they're dropping in price, and according to NPD DisplaySearch, they're going to fly off store shelves faster than notebooks in 2013. NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that tablet shipments will reach 240 million units by the end of the year, trumping notebook shipments, which are expected to reach 207 million units. That's a pretty significant divide, and what's making it possible is "a new class of small tablets," such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Tablets... Read more...
Among the many items Lenovo has chosen to announce just days before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a new lineup of consumer and business Windows 8 touch-optimized notebooks. According to Lenovo, "people love touch," and the OEM is putting its money where its mouth is by aggressively integrating touch capabilities into an extensive line of PCs. Let's have a look at Lenovo's upcoming notebook products with touch. Lenovo's signature IdeaPad U310 and U410 mainstream Ultrabooks models are the first up to bat. These thin and light PCs feature 10-point multi-touch displays and are... Read more...
The expression "better late than never" fits like a glove when talking about the recent trend towards 15.6-inch Ultrabooks. We fully appreciate that Intel and its hardware partners made a concerted effort to slim down the notebook without sacrificing performance (unlike the once popular netbook form factor), but limiting the segment to 14-inch displays (and smaller) felt like a step back in some ways. Enter Hewlett-Packard's Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 Series. The Envy Ultrabook signals a return to the 15.6-inch form factor for those who want a larger size display, but otherwise find themselves, well,... Read more...
The expression "better late than never" fits like a glove when talking about the recent trend towards 15.6-inch Ultrabooks. We fully appreciate that Intel and its hardware partners made a concerted effort to slim down the notebook without sacrificing performance (unlike the once popular netbook form factor), but limiting the segment to 14-inch displays (and smaller) felt like a step back in some ways. Enter Hewlett-Packard's Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 Series. The Envy Ultrabook signals a return to the 15.6-inch form factor for those who want a larger size display, but otherwise find themselves, well,... Read more...
Apple wasn't fooling anyone when it neglected to give its 13-inch MacBook Pro model the same Retina Display facelift that the 15-inch model received. Let's face it, Apple loves staggered release schedules, partly to build up hype to a particularly product or technology. We all know it's only a matter of time before the 13-inch model gets the same Retina Display upgrade as its larger 15-inch sibling, and if the latest reports are accurate, Apple will roll it out the same time as the rumored iPad Mini device. That information comes from 9to5Mac, which in turn was tipped off by "a consistently reliable... Read more...
So here it is, the mid-2012 refresh of Apple's trend setting MacBook Air line.  In all likelihood, the MacBook Air inspired Intel's Ultrabook specification, created so that Windows users would have access to the same overall experience on their platform of choice. The MacBook Air is the real McCoy, so to speak, and though technically not an Ultrabook, the newest models cross over to Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core processor microarchitecture. In fact, Ivy Bridge is at the heart of Apple's mid-2012 refresh, bringing with it not only greater processing power, but a graphics speed bump... Read more...
So here it is, the mid-2012 refresh of Apple's trend setting MacBook Air line. It's been four long years since Apple first introduced the MacBook Air to the world, which at the time was almost considered a luxury item, with a comparatively steep price tag versus other ultralight machines. That changed a couple of years later, and in the process of making the MacBook Air more affordable, Apple helped shift the mobile market away from chunky desktop replacements, to a trend where competent computing power exists within thin and light profiles. In all likelihood, the MacBook Air inspired Intel's Ultrabook... Read more...
Intel's mobile Ivy Bridge chipset has arrived, and it should come as no surprise that boutique system builder Maingear is ready to make a run at the new platform. Three of Maingear's popular notebook lines have been upgraded to support Intel's 3rd generation Core processors, including the 15.6-inch ALT and 15.6-inch and 17-inch eX-L series, all of which also boast refined designs and new screen options. Working our way from the bottom, the ALT 15 is a hybrid notebook with a 15.6-inch display and either a 1366x768 screen resolution or a Full HD 1920x1080 panel. These can be configured with up to... Read more...
Apple is at the top of yet another market share list; this time, it’s mobile PCs, which includes both tablets and notebooks. According to DisplaySearch’s Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment And Forecast Report, the Cupertino company shipped 13.6 million units in Q2 2011, far outpacing second-place HP’s 9.7 million. Year-over-year, that represents 136% growth for Apple in the mobile PC space. Dell (7.5 million shipments), Acer Group (7 million), and Lenovo (4.8 million) round out the top five spots. In terms of percentages, Apple’s 21.1% market share is almost double that of Dell... Read more...
Intel has been working with its OEM partners to ensure that ultrabooks arrive below the Macbook Air's $999 price point, but DigiTimes reports that the company has drawn a line when it comes to CPU pricing. Faced with calls to cut the price of Ultrabook CPUs by 50 percent, Intel has instead given notice that it will offer 20 percent discounts to first-tier notebook vendors. Grumpy OEMs (presumably the ones who don't qualify for discounts) have pointed out that Intel's high CPU prices are the major cost behind a number of products, including those based on Oak Trail (an Oak Trail platform costs an... Read more...
We're getting close to the end of the year, and that means the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner. This is the time when companies gather to show off their new and upcoming products, and you can bet we'll be in attendance. So will MSI, which today announced it plans to unveil a bunch of new notebooks at the show, including "the fastest gaming notebook ever." Oh really? Really, says MSI, which claims its upcoming GT680 gaming laptop is the shiznit. MSI said its GT680 posted a score of 18,162 in PCMark Vantage, but didn't go into details on what it's packing inside. Instead,... Read more...
Asus has without doubt made a name for themselves over the years, whether you consider the long-standing brand name recognition in components like motherboards, or their more recent storm of the market with netbooks and notebooks like the hugely popular Eee PC series.  Formerly a Taiwanese ODM brand more recognized by techies in the know, now Asus adorns competitive shelf space at Best Buy, product feeds at Amazon and plenty of other mainstream retailers.  In fact, (an inside tip for you Gents; thank us later...) as the case may be, carrying an Asus machine may just get you noticed with... Read more...
MSI added two new 16-inch notebooks to its C Series line. The new CX600 and the CR600 feature clean, minimalistic styling. Both notebooks feature a display that is 20% thinner than traditional 16-inch notebook displays. You’ll also find 802.11 b/g/n high speed WLAN, a new Bluetooth V2.0+EDR module, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam on both notebooks. The CX600 is equipped with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 3D discrete graphics card (512MB VRAM), while the CR600 comes with the nVIDIA GeForce 8200M G GPU. Additional details and full specs can be found in the press release below. The MSI CX600 & CR600:... Read more...
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