Category: Laptops

Razer Blade Stealth: An Ultrabook Designed For Gaming — We Want It

razer-blade-portability-performanceThe moment this appeared in my inbox, I fell in love with what Razer was proposing.

The Blade Stealth is an ultrabook by design, starting at $999. Each Blade Stealth measure 0.52-inches thick with a starting weight of 2.75 pounds, while maintaining the CNC aluminum chassis seen on other Blade systems, but with an exception: individually-lit keys, meaning that this is a Chroma backlit keyboard (read: customizeable rainbow keyboard).

Be default, the Blade Stealth comes with a 2.5GHz (3.1 TurboBoost) Core i7 Skylake processor, a QHD display (2560 x 1440) or the option for a higher-res 4K display (3840 x 2160) display, which in variably will take a higher toll on the proposed high battery life that the Blade Stealth has, thanks to a 45 Wh cell.

Regarding memory, 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM is the only option here, with storage options ranging from 128 GB to 256 GB of PCIe storage on the QHD model, or 256 GB to 512 GB on the 4K screen model. Port selection includes two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support — which is integral to Razer’s strategy for the Stealth.

This is where it gets interesting: the Razer Core. Basically, it’s a PCI express storage unit, where just about any 375W graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD can fit inside. When plugged via the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, can bring discrete graphics power to the Blade Stealth, turning it into a full gaming machine, with an excellent screen on both models. Four additional USB 3.0 ports come along for the ride, along with Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the Core, but anyone buying the Blade Stealth will definitely have to factor in the price, since it’s practically a necessity.

The 4K Laptop Of The Moment Is The HP Spectre x360 15″

20151208_113741In all my years of tech writing and general fooling around with the latest gear, I never would have thought that the best looking 4K aptop would in fact, be built by HP.

Furthermore, that is would be a 15-inch laptop, but with the same thickness as its smaller 13-inch version. Back in December, HP stopped by NYC to show me and a few others what was in store for the early 2016. This is the Spectre x360 15-inch, and it is beautiful machine.

Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Pro Laptop Introduces 4K Screen To Their Portfolio

samsung-ativ-book-9-pro-2015-11-04-01It’s a first for Samsung ultrabooks: a 4K screen.

Being that Samsung produces some of the best TV and smartphone screens in the world, it comes as no surprise that this expertise would find its way onto the company’s premier line of laptops, starting in the new ATIV Book 9 Pro. A 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 touchscreen display is what the big S claims has “real time HDR enhancements” — probably just contrast and brightness optimizations.

Other specs include a sixth-gen Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.6GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card, four speakers, 4K HDMI out port and a price reflective of all this: $1,599. The downsides here include 4.45lbs that it weighs and the 6.5 hours of battery life — far below the norm for the other ATIV Ultrabooks with high-resolution screens, but that are not 4K.

Both the ATIV Book 9 Pro and the Book 9 Spin — a 13.3″ ultrabook with a 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display and similar specs overall — will launch later this month.

Via: Businesswire

Lenovo’s Yoga 900 Laptop Touts Intel Skylake Chips, Still With An Unusual Hinge


Just  about every major PC manufacturer has debuted new Windows 10 machines this Fall, and Lenovo just made the cut with its Yoga 900 — successor to the Yoga Pro 3.

Still sporting the high-durable but unusual hinge design (now tightened) of the previous model, the Yoga 900 trades in a sliver of its thinness for a much-needed power upgrade over the Core M setup — ta 2.8 pounds and 14.9mm (0.59 inch) thick, it’s still in ultrabook territory.

Relating to specs, one starts off with a Core i7 Skylake processor, either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and with 256 or 512 solid-state drive storage options. The touchscreen is still 3,200 x 1,800 pixels in resolution, and for that (and many other reasons) the starting price is set at $1,200, at Best Buy and on Lenovo’s website starting today.

Colors include gold, silver and “clementine orange” — with get this — matching hinges.

Via: Lenovo

Dell Refreshes The XPS Line: 15, 13 And Now The Surface-Like 12

dell-xps-family-late-2015There are now three distinct Dell XPS laptops in the wild, starting today. The first of which is the much-beloved-by-reviewers Dell XPS 13, now updated with sixth-generation Intel Core i processors. Upping the amount of storage to 1TB at max and 16GB RAM, the XPS 13 also benefits from the chip upgrade with a manufacturer’s suggested battery life of 18 hours with an FHD display, starting at $799.

The XPS 15 is an enlarged version of that, with a weight of 3.9 pounds (not bad for a 15-inch machine!), thickness of 11-17mm, a 4K Ultra HD screen option, up to GTX 960M graphics, 16GB at 2133MHz, up to a 1TB SSD and 17 hours suggested battery life (uhh, no), with the FHD screen. Starting price is $999.

Alright, and now the newest, but also potentially least exciting addition to the XPS line: the new guy. The XPS 12. It’s a 2-in-1 machine, with a 4K display option, comes with an 8MP world-facing camera and a 5MP user-facing (for Windows Hello) and comes standard with backlit keyboard and touchpad. Its dock doesn’t allow for setting different viewing angles, only in tablet mode it can. Also, for a starting price of $999, you’ll have to make do with weaker Intel Core M chips — just a thought.

By now, we’ve seen every major PC manufacturers produce a Surface clone at this point, and it goes without saying  that from looking at press images and the spec sheet, the XPS 12 isn’t the most exciting of the bunch. The 13 and 15 however seem to be the best Windows laptops (with the prettiest outlines) you can buy in those sizes.

LG Finally Brings Its Gram Laptops Stateside

lg-gram-13Everywhere else in the world, LG laptops are something of a regularity — but reading that sentence in the United States may warrant a question mark.

Yes, LG does produce laptops and as of today, is introducing the Gram series to the United States, starting on Amazon and the Microsoft Store. Still running fifth, not sixth generation Intel Core processors, they may be slightly behind on the times, but still are venerable 13- and 14-inch systems. The lightest machine weighs 980g (2.16lbs), but still offers a 1080p display, microSD card slot and HDMI-out.

Pricing $899 for a 13-inch version with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive. The 14″ costs $999 with similar specs, or $1,399 for one with a Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD.

While the build quality isn’t in the same ranks as an ASUS Zenbook, Dell XPS 13 or even a Macbook Air, LG does have a nice little offering here.

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


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.