Laptops

VAIO Returns To The U.S. This October, Starting With Canvas Z

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Earlier this year, Sony spun off its VAIO PC brand, remember?

Starting at $2199 in the U.S. — the equivalent of $500 more in Japan — the Vaio Z is a 13.3-inch ultrabook with Windows 10, up to 16GB onboard memory, a 256GB SSD and a top-notch Core i7 CPU.

The laptop/tablet hybrid will go on sale in Microsoft’s stores and online via VAIO’s new US website on October 5th.

Preorders debut in September, however it is worth noting that while VAIO is now its own brand, no one has ever really used a VAIO PC long-term, so it should be interesting to see how they fair in the real-world.

 

Acer’s World Trade Center Press Event: Convertibles, Wearables, Gaming, Oh My

picsToday’s Acer event showcase features over 250 devices, with 40+ devices announced at the event. Acer’s new product line features some of the first Windows 10 devices on market, and that’s just the surface of Acer’s current advantage in the market, albeit brief, most likely.

From the 54th floor of the World Trade Center, Acer’s CEO Jason Chen unveiled to the global tech press new products of the company’s computer line. Chen’s new company strategy is composed of having designs “that captures people’s hearts”, bringing stable devices to market, and keeping it global by selling Acer devices in over 160 countries.

More after the break.

ASUS’ G501 Is The 4K Screen, GTX 960M Boasting, And 0.81″ Thin Gaming Ultrabook

G501_lighting_01-copy-980x621That doesn’t sound quite right, but it is: the ASUS G501 is technically, a gaming ultrabook. It’s a svelte .81 of a inch thin (or thick, depending on how you look at it), sports the newest GTX 960M graphics chip form NVIDA. A 15.6-inch true 4K IPS screen with pixel density 282 PPI in a case that’s 4.54 pounds.

The aluminum body contains a 512GB SSD with up to 1400MB/s data transfer speeds, all of which benefits from ASUS’ Hyper Cool tech (two fans and copper heat-pipes) for the starting price of $1,999 — cheaper than a Razer Blade, mind you.

Via: ASUS ROG

The New Chrombook Pixel: $999 And Up, Rocking USB-C

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 2.22.05 PMThe new price tag of the Chromebook Pixel is still rather high for any Chromebook: $999. At that price, you can get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8G RAM, and 32GB SSD or for $1,299 a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 64GB SSD. Efforts have been made to increase battery life as well, to 12 hours.

The same industrial design of fame from two years ago persists, but with a new USB-C port, also serving as the charger port, and becoming part of the industry push to standardize the better laptop port.

Oh, and in case you forgot: with wider color gamut, the 3:2, 2560 x 1700 pixel screen makes a magnificent return. Even if it’s running the constricting Chrome OS, the Pixel sounds like a great laptop.

Via: Google Store

The New 12-Inch Apple Macbook: Thinnest And Lightest With Retina Display

new-macbookIt measures 13.1mm at its thickest point, and comes in space grey, silver, and in gold, starting at $1,299.

But the coolest parts of the new 12-inch Retina Macbook run deeper: a completely redesigned and individually-backlit keyboard, the new Force Touch trackpad (all around haptic feedback and customized sensitivity) and a single (that’s right, just one) USB-C port for USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, power, and VGA tethered connectivity. The only other port? A 3.5mm headset jack.

Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac make for wireless capabilities. Meanwhile, the fanless design is made possible by Intel’s Core M series, so speed, quiet and energy efficiency can all exist, happily.

Via: Apple

Finally, A New Chromebook Pixel Is On Its Way

The Google Chromebook PixelAh, the Chromebook Pixel. An example of the perfect Chromebook, with high quality materials, a stellar touchscreen of the sharpest clarity and sleek profile — characteristics that don’t often come to mind when thinking of typical $200-$400 Chromebooks. Those models are the most popular on the market, especially at Amazon.

An interview posted to YouTube — which has since been taken down — featured Chrome’s own Android and Chrome for work and education division leader, Renee Niemi:

“We do have a new Pixel coming out and it will be coming out soon. We will be selling it but I just have to set your expectations: this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very many of these — we really don’t. And […] our developers and our Googlers consume 85% of what we produce. But yes, we do have a new Pixel coming out.”

Hopefully, the die has been cast and there will really be a Pixel successor in time for Spring. Albeit, expensive. But, still a great laptop.

Via: Ars, OMG Chrome

The VAIO Brand Is Resurrected, In Japan, As The Z And Z Canvas

vaio-zAn iconic PC brand, VAIO has been out of the headlines for months now, as Sony ejected the division from its ranks. Now, VAIO has a new parent company, with product launches exclusively in Japan (for now, at least). But today, there are two new VAIO machines, and they’re stating one thing: VAIO is back.

The first, the VAIO Z, is the brand’s laptop with the longest advertised battery life, at 15.5 hours. A 13.3-inch touchscreen, with choice of Core i5 or Core i7 Intel processors, aluminum carbon shell body, and a speedy SSD (solid state drive) that boots the Z from standby to on in 0.3 seconds.

But the most quizzical feature about the VAIO Z is that its hinge allows the display to be flipped, so it faces outwards and acts like a tablet — or to show colleagues what you’re working on. Available for pre-order in Japan, starting today at $1,600.

The Z Canvas is the second machine.A  12.3-inch device with an i7 processor, a 256GB SSD, and up to 16GB of onboard memory, it’s mostly a tablet, with a detachable keyboard to round it off. Comes out in May.

Japanese exclusives, for now. Hopefully.

Via: VAIO

There’s A Razer Blade Laptop Refresh: 3200×1800 Screen And Nvidia 970M

uU6ss6DNAILp.878x0.Z-Z96KYqThe laptop with the most power per cubic inch just got a little bit more powerful. Updated to the latest Core i7-4720HQ quad-core processor from Intel, the 14-inch Razer Blade has also been christened with Nvidia’s latest 3GB GTX 970M graphics card — crisper, faster, and more powerful gaming on the run, definitely.

16GB of RAM is included by default, while the processor is clocked at 2.6GHz and can be turbo-boosted up to 3.6Ghz — speed is all the Blade knows. To top it all off, a higher-resolution display is included, at 3200×1800 pixels with IGZO touch display technology; a lower power display material better-suited for higher pixel densities.

Price? $2200, with a launch on February 16th.

Via: Razer