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Lenovo has just announced two new Chromebooks which are aimed at the education market, starting with the 11e. The Thinkpad 11e also arrives in a model with Windows 8.1 included, but its built for durability. It can take drops, something most laptops cannot.
The normal 11e features an 11.6-inch HD LED display, while the 11e Yoga features an IPS touchscreen panel. 8 hours of battery life should be the norm, with pricing starting from $349 with ChromeOS. The Yoga 11e and Thinkpad 11e models with Windows 8.1 will start from $449.
CES 2014 - It looks like Lenovo is preparing to unleash some low-cost Chromebooks this year, with Jay Parker, President for Lenovo's North American operations confirming the news during CES 2014.
Parker said: "Chromebooks can be very impactful in the market really quickly" and that "we believe the market will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months". Lenovo might not become an overnight sensation in the Chromebook market, but extending its offerings outside of the PC market which is dominated with Windows, could be a step in the right direction for the company.
CES 2014 - There aren't many thin gaming notebooks on the market outside of the Razer Blade, but it looks like GIGABYTE's new Aorus series will take care of that. GIGABYTE's Aorus is the company's new PC gaming hardware brand, which has started off with a new gaming notebook.
The Aorus X7 is a 17.3-inch gaming notebook which features Intel's Core i7-4700HQ processor, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPUs in SLI, up to 32GB of RAM, a pair of 512GB SSDs and the storage is backed up by a 1TB mechanical HDD. All of this arrives in chassis that is just 0.9 inches thick, with two fans, four vents and five thermal pipes doing everything they can to keep GIGABYTE's Aorus X7 cool.
Connectivity wise we have dual HDMI ports, a mini DisplayPort and VGA socket that will drive up to three more monitors from the Aorus X7. GIGABYTE has provided some anti-ghosting keys, dedicated macro buttons on its backlit keyboard, a Killer NIC networking chip, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi to wrap things up. We should expect the GIGABYTE Aorus X7 to ship in March, with prices falling between $2,099 and $2,799.
CES 2014 - We all know Lenovo has some of the best notebooks on the market, but it has just refreshed its X1 Carbon notebook at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 that is currently cranking along in Las Vegas.
The refreshed Thinkpad X1 Carbon offers a carbon fiber-constructed chassis, which weighs in at 2.8 pounds. Something unique that Lenovo has done with its X1 Carbon is provide an Adaptive Keyboard, which the company claims "dynamically adjusts based on the software or application being used to highlight the most relevant keys". The 14-inch display is of the anti-glare variety, with Lenovo offering up a 1600x900 or 2560x1440 resolution.
Lenovo has provided a rapid-charge technology, which will provide 80% of the total charge in under an hour, on top of a nine-hour battery. The pricing on the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon isn't bad, starting at $1,299. The refreshed X1 Carbon will be available starting at the end of the month.
CES 2014 - Samsung has made some modifications to its new Ativ Book 9 ultrabook, where it has dropped the high-resolution display, and instead pushed more battery life into the machine. Something that Samsung estimates will give consumers around 14 hours of battery life.
The previous model featured a 3200x1800-pixel 15.6-inch display, but the new model turns the heat down on the resolution to 1920x1080. This is something that should provide more battery life, but I don't see why we couldn't see two models on offer - one with the high-res display, one with the Full HD panel.
We have a choice between Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors, either a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM minimum.
CES 2014 - Toshiba has just outed its impressive Tecra W50 laptop, which features Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, NVIDIA's Quadro K2100M GPU with 2GB of RAM, and a beautiful 15.6-inch 4K display - providing 282PPI, and it has been color calibrated, too.
Toshiba's new Tecra W50 is "designed for professionals working with graphically-intensive applications". The company also unveiled its new Satellite P50t, which features the same 3840x2160-pixel 15.6-inch display, but is touch-capable. We have edge-to-edge glass, with provides some gorgeous color, clarity, and contrast.
Both of Toshiba's new mobile offerings will be running Windows 8.1, and will be available in the second half of the year.014 -
CES 2014 - ASUS' Zenbook UX301LA Ultrabook is going to be using some seriously slick storage tech with SanDisk, with its X110 SSD being chosen by ASUS for its new Ultrabook.
The new Zenbook UX301LA features two of SanDisk's M.2 2260 form-factor X110 SSDs, which are available in either 128GB or 256GB capacities. Both drives will be running circles around each other in RAID 0 for some serious storage numbers. This will see a total of 512GB (256GB + 256GB) in the ASUS Zenbook UX301LA Ultrabook.
S.Y. Shian, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of ASUS' Notebook Business Unit, says: "With the ZENBOOK UX301LA, we have combined the enjoyment of a high-end laptop, powerful computing capability and a strikingly thin design to create one of the most stylish and functional Ultrabooks we have ever introduced. SanDisk's fast X110 SSD brings a responsive, dependable and truly enjoyable user experience to our new ZENBOOK while the small form factor of the SSDs helped to keep the notebook slim, light-weight, and highly portable".
Consumer electronics company LG is reportedly preparing to exit the PC market, so the South Korean company can focus on tablets, smartphones, and other mobile products. Leaving behind PCs will give LG the ability to focus on product development for other consumer products, including the company's increasing home entertainment business.
"The market for conventional PCs has been losing its luster as smartphones and tablets are replacing the products," an LG official told The Korea Times. "We are reviewing various options in a bid to improve the profitability of our computing business."
To make matters worse, Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 has left users relatively unimpressed, which makes it even harder to woo users to upgrade their machines. PC industry leaders Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard are involved in a close battle, while other companies are weighing their options for the turbulent market - Dell, for example, is rebuilding relationships with vendors while Acer, ASUS, and other companies strategize.
With Chromebooks becoming more popular than ever before, Samsung has decided to step up its offerings and release a model with some serious processing power. The new unnamed Chromebook will feature an 12-inch scree that features a resolution of 2560x1600, which will rival Google's Chromebook Pixel.
The biggest feature is not the screen however, but is the Samsung Exynos Octa-Core processor under the hood. The Exynos 5 8-core processor is built on Samsung's "big.LITTLE" design process and will make the new Chromebook the most powerful ever. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage paired with USB 3.0 and a 7-hour battery will make this 2.5-pound notebook something of a must-have.
During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, computer manufacturer MSI will unveil new gaming notebooks, workstations, touchscreen laptops, tablets, and a new All-in-One (AIO) gaming system.
"MSI's 2014 lineup of notebooks, tablets and AIOs embodies our commitment to delivering exceptional performance, constant innovation and magnificent style," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America Region VP of Sales, in a press statement. "From the world's thinnest gaming notebook to the first gaming AIO and powerful workstations, 2014 will be a year filled with outstanding products."
MSI and other companies are expected to also show off - or announce - motherboard/GPU and motherboard/CPU aimed towards gamers. The lure of a gaming AIO, at a time when the niche market struggles, could jump-start to the industry moving forward. The Taiwanese-based company is well known for its gaming products, and that will be a major driving force for MSI in 2014.