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Apple has just refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, pushing in Intel's Haswell-based processors. The entry-level model now sports the faster 1.4GHz Core i5 processor, versus the 1.3GHz processor in the model that was shipping to consumers, until yesterday that is.
The company has also slashed $100 from the price of each MacBook Air, with the 11-inch MBA starting at $899, while the 13-inch now starts at $999. Other than that, in typical Apple fashion, nothing else has changed. The base configuration still includes a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. We haven't seen the new MacBook Air's shrink, like we expected, so that should hopefully come later in the year. a
Traditionally, Android has widely been reserved for devices under 10-inches in screen size, and even then, unless the device was a tablet or phone, it was always the second OS on the system. Today a leaked video has given us some insight into what could be the next Slatebook from HP. If true, the video means that HP will be one of the first OEMs to release a fully Android powered laptop in the 14-inch class.
The video has been removed due to HP claiming a copyright violation, but it depicted a 14-inch Slatebook from HP that would be running Android as its sole operating system. The screen would be a full 1920x1080 resolution, and would feature a quad-core NVIDIA SoC. The device would feature a touchscreen so Android's soft-keys could still be utilized, and they would also be on the physical keyboard. Hit the source link below if you like, but unfortunately the video is long gone.
Apple's next-gen MacBook Air will arrive as an 11.6-inch device, but the feats of engineering required to get it thinner than the already-thin MacBook Air we all know and love have seen the company hire another watchmaker, according to our friends over at MobileGeek.
MobileGeek's sources in the supply industry claim that Apple's next MacBook Air will be "even thinner, lighter, and above all more compact". According to people familiar with the matter, Apple has hired an extra watchmaker for the development of the new MBA. The watchmaker has the experience in working with highly complex, and very small components.
What Apple wants to see, is an 11.6-inch MacBook Air released, but on the dimensions of the classic 10.1-inch netbook form factor. If there's a company that can get the engineering and design right, it's Apple. It should be quite the small notebook when released later this year.
Apple's already-thin MacBook Air might be a little thinner with its successor, which will reportedly ship as a 12-inch device, featuring a "fanless" design. The current MBA has a tiny, but very quiet fan.
The new MBA would also replace the mechanical "clicker" in the track pad, which would see a gesture-only and tap control, instead of physical clicks. Right now, the MacBook Air comes in two display sizes, 11.6- and 13-inch. Providing a 12-inch screen with a Retina resolution, and being even thinner, would be quite the device from Apple.
If Apple could surprise, and make the screen disconnect from the keyboard, now that would be a nice change. Imagine if when it was disconnected, it flicked off from OS X and enabled iOS, making it a 12-inch tablet. We've already heard about an iPad Pro... why can't this be it?
Laptops capable of playing the latest video games are quickly becoming the norm, and today GIGABYTE has added another high-performance gaming notebook to the mix. The new P34G V2 is a 14-inch Ultraforce gaming laptop that is just 20mm thick and weighs less than three-pounds. GIGABYTE says that the Ultraforce P34G V2 is the company's answer to the fast growing demand for ultra-powerful notebooks, and delivers heavy-weight performance in a light-weight package.
"This new breed of gaming laptop grants gamers superior mobility as well as uncompromised performance, readying users with full-throttle gaming on major titles and bringing a whole new definition to gaming on the go. The simple yet sleek style makes P34G v2 a great choice for business people that like to kick back and game on the side when not presenting or typing up reports on the P34G v2," GIGABYTE said in a release.
Last summer we took our first look at an ASUS Republic of Gamers notebook computer. The machine we tested was an ASUS ROG G750JX unit. ASUS has announced that it is adding in some new models to that G750 line. The new models include the G750JZ, G750JM, and G750JS.
All three of the machines are very similar and look just like the notebook we tested last year. In fact, ASUS only tells us the common features the machines have. We know that the series will use NVIDIA GTX 800M series GPUs. I suspect that which GPU is inside is most of the difference between the three models.
Buyers will be able to get the machines with up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M GPU inside. That GPU has 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and was announced earlier this month. The notebooks will also use fourth generation Core i7 processors, likely to be another differentiating factor between the three models.
Razer updated its Blade series thin-for-a-gaming-laptop system with the newer GTX 800M series video card, and its 14" model using a QHD+ resolution.
To maintain a particular form-factor, design and maintaining aesthetics true to Razer's brand name, it goes without saying that the company will spend a lot of money on research and development. Its now known that Razer spent $380,000 for redesigning the standard USB port's colour.
Razer didn't do any changes to the USB as a hardware, but wished to replace the USB 3.0's blue plastic colour to a custom one that fitted with their brand's theme: black and acidic green.
Razer launched its new 'Razer Blade' gaming notebook with the new GTX 870M discrete graphics that was launched very recently. The company went ahead and given a pretty impressive 14inch QHD+ IGZO multi-touch panel.
The new Razer Blade 2014 edition uses i7-4702HQ processor with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory kits and NVIDIA GTX 870M. It uses Intel 7260 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module and with an option to include SATA M.2 drives. The panel is 16:9 aspect ratio with 3200 x 1800 resolution that's found in many high-end notebooks. The previous model has 1600 x 900 paired with NVIDIA GTX 765M. The 'impossibly thin and light' gaming notebook is 2.03kg/ 4.47 lbs heavy.
CeBIT 2014 - Our man on the ground, Johannes Knapp, is doing the leg work for us in Germany right now as CeBIT 2014 is currently under way. He stopped by the Samsung booth and took a look at its new ATIV Book 9 Ultrabook.
What makes Samsung's ATIV Book 9 stand out from the growing crowd of Ultrabooks is that it features a leather design, similar to that of the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The ATIV Book 9 is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook, and inside we have 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD which should satisfy most users' needs. The Ultrabook is powered by Intel's fourth-generation "Haswell" Core i5 processor, with the 15.6-inch display featuring a 1920x1080 - or Full HD - resolution.
The ATIV Book 9 weighs 1.95kg (or 4.2 pounds) and 17.5mm thin. We also have two 2w speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, and a 3-in-1 card reader. As for battery life, Samsung claims up to 12 hours - so shave off a few hours and you'll find your normal, everyday battery life expectancy.
Dell introduces a new mobile workstation with ISV certification with optimized performance and dependability. Dell's Precision M2800 is a 15 inch mobile workstation with starting price of $1,199. The mobile workstation is made for engineers, designers and video editors to need a proper set for critical functions and reliability along with speed.
Dell Precision M2800 can be paired with either 4th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, followed by AMD FirePro W4170M 2GB GDDR5 graphics, up to 16GB memory and up to 1TB of storage. The panel is a 15.6 inch UltraSharp display comes with either HD or Full HD, multi-monitor support and docking compatibility.