FInally, some next-gen graphics and names (does anyone care about the names part?). Right before the Computex expo in Taiwan, MSi took the wraps off its next-gen gaming laptop, the GT70 Dragon Edition 2. Complete with a new Haswell chip and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics card, you’ll most likely reach scores from 3DMark Vantage at around 36,000 — equivalent to an Ivy Bridge Core i5 and GTX 670 on a desktop. SteelSeries-branded keyboard, multiple SSDs in RAID 0 formation, and three video outputs, all contained in the 21.8mm-thick package that weighs hefty 2.9kg (6.4 pounds).
This is some serious power, courtesy of MSi.
An ultraportable, laptop/tablet hybrid with some great versatility where it matters, the Ideapad Yoga 11, barely fits that description. Being the world’s thinnest multimode laptop, it struggles when endowed with performing the tasks of either a laptop or a tablet, which sort of defeats the purpose of a hybrid.
When the Idea of a laptop/tablet Hybrid was first introduced, many manufacturers went after the idea of productivity with a bit of versatility. Um…not to say that its a bad investment, but there is definitely better.
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HP has announced its second Android-powered device, the SlateBook x2, which is the first Tegra 4-powered, 10-inch Android convertible tablet. A superpowered NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor powers the system, with a 1920 x 1200 IPS display, with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean where the only customizations that HP has added are a text editor, file explorer, and others. To bolster the feel of using a laptop, HP added a touchpad and 2 USB 2.0 ports, along with the support for a second battery to prolong usage time. PR after the break.
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Here’s the Acer Aspire R7, the absolutely crazy laptop with a 3rd-generation 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB SATA hard drive with 24GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, a full HD display, Dolby Home Theater speakers, and Acer’s own Screen Grasp technology which lets you grasp and manipulate things on-screen.
Acre aims to not only change the way laptops are built, but to give it an edge that other competitors don’t have, like for example, designing this crazy laptop. The build quality is excellent, with a mix of plastics and metal, plus a backlit keyboard and the Windows 8 Pro operating system. My time with the R7 has been pretty short, but so far I’ve recognized 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 extra USB port, an HDMI port, SD card slot, power jack, 3.5mm headset jack, and a DisplayPort.
There are no specifics as to how much the Acer Aspire R7 weighs, but it did feel quite solid, so I’d put it anywhere around 5 pounds (the Acer representative told me it’s exactly 5.1lbs and 1.1-inches thin), making it a full-size notebook. It also looks and feels quite promising, but its fate will be certain when it’s featured in a LaptopMemo review.
It’s releasing May 14th at Best Buy exclusively in the United States, for $999.
Acer Aspire R7 Hands-On Shots
At a global press event here in New York City, Acer has announced several new devices to bolster their WIndows 8 and Android catalog. The purpose of these new devices is a theory Acer calls “duality”, where you can access different input options for different devices, so basically touch interfaces and typing interfaces are what will make what Acer thinks is a market advantage.
The Acer Aspire R7 is the first laptop that Acer is announcing at this event. The R7 radically changes the placement for the keyboard and trackpad, along with a rotatable display, very much like a easel — a branding name which Acer dubs “Ezel”. Designed as the notebook designed for touch, these features allow the user to edit and create without compromise between touch or keyboard interfaces. The design allows for a variety of usual ports, like two USBs and an HDMI port. A full HD display, Dolby Home Theater speakers, and Screen Grasp technology which lets you grasp and manipulate things on-screen.
Specs for the Aspire R7 notebook includes four speakers with one on each channel for easy listening. It comes out in United States on May 14th, as an Acer.com and BestBuy release.
The Acer Aspire P3 is your typical ultrabook, however still has the “Ezel” hinge, but to a lesser versatility — something that Acer calls an “ultrabook convertible”. It’s all backed up by Intel Core i5 processors, along with Windows 8 and support for a stylus pen, besides the touchscreen and keyboard. And if you’re not exactly into the laptop interface, you can remove the screen to use it as a normal Windows 8 tablet.
Lastly, the Acer Iconia A1 is an Android tablet with 8 hours of battery life with a price of $169, a 7.9-inch IPS display, and a quad-core processor.
So, this is interesting. A tilt-screen Windows 8 laptop due for a press debut on May 3rd in New York City will pay homage to Star Trek Into Darkness, so much so it would fit into the extraordinary 23rd century universe. While there isn’t much go on besides a teaser video you can watch that is with the rest of this post, it begs one to wonder: what laptop would Captain Kirk use?
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The idea of a mobile operating system with lots of flexibility in what the user could do has become a top-notch platform for tablets and smartphones: Android. But Google’s other platform, destined for small desktops and laptops, called Chrome OS, has been in development for a few years, and has seen amazing improvement – and now a climax.
Enter, the Google Chromebook Pixel, the company’s own laptop, with the highest resolution touchscreen on a laptop: 2560 x 1700 — basically, the best-in-class. There’s a lot more that makes the Pixel what it is (and isn’t) all of which you can find out in the full review.
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Once again, Lenovo has taken into priority that modern design is well, modern, and that if used correctly, can be extremely satisfying. Enter, the Thinkpad T413s ultrabook, which uses “graphite black”, a thin bezel, is 20.6mm thin, a polished trackpad, and a carbon fiber top with a magnesium exterior to make it look visually interesting while still meeting military-grade standards. On the inside though, it’s current-generation laptop parts: up to 12GB of RAM is nice (starting with just 4GB), typical Lenovo software with Windows 8, the comfortable isolated-style keyboard, a 14-inch 1600×900 matte screen, Intel HD graphics,and a dual-core 1.8GHz Core i5 processor (up to a 2.1GHz Core i7 is available).
Ports-wise, there’s a full-sized Ethernet and VGA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, and an SD card slot. A 720p HD webcam, optional backlit keyboard, a base 320GB hard drive, and hybrid as well as SSD-only options fill in the rest of the options when buying the T413s, starting at $950 starting in April.
Do you think the Chromebook Pixel is useless and expensive, despite having one of the best screens ever put on a laptop (plus it doubles as a touchscreen)? Well, look again. Google and Lenovo were smart enough to include the usual bonus unverified BIOS slot that you can go and enable through developer settings — which would then allow you install a different operating system.
Linux is the first to be added by a Googler named Bill Richardson; a Windows 8 modification shouldn’t be too faro ff considering the Pixel uses an Intel Core i5 processor.
Via: Bill Richardson
Google has taken the initiative to build a high-end Chromebook laptop. The Chromebook Pixel starts at $1,299 for a Wi-Fi model or $1,449 for LTE and more storage. (a full 1TB of Google Drive storage, per user, for three years) and ships in the first week April from Google Play or Best Buy — pre-orders start now.
The Chromebook Pixel is built by Lenovo using anodized aluminum, which contains a 2560×1700 resolution screen on a unqiue 3:2 aspect ratio — 18% more vertical space than the conventional 16:9 layout at 4.3 million pixels total, or 239 per inch (more than the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro’s 227 ppi). The screen is also built with Gorilla Glass and doubles as a touchscreen. A full-sized keyboard, an SD slot, 720p webcam, dual USB ports, a multitouch trackpad, and a trio of integrated mics for noise cancellation during video chats are your input options.
Processing power is provided by a Core i5 with a 32 or 64 GB internal SSD. Users can also purchase an unlimited day pass from Verizon for $10 alongside Google’s suite of web apps.
So, Google has officially rounded out their catalog of official gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 — and the new Chromebook Pixel.
Via: Google, Play Store