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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.
We've already seen a faux leather (or 'pleather') look on the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) slate, but now it looks like Samsung could use this look on its upcoming notebooks.
The news is coming from a person who attended a Samsung S Academy event, who said that the new Ativ Book 9 family would run Windows 8.1, feature four 2W speakers, and a leather-like case compete with a stitching effect along the edges. The image above is supposedly from an Ativ Book 9 Style laptop, which features a faux leather lid.
About a month after Google and HP suspended Chromebook 11 sales over faulty charging adapters, the Chromebook 11 has returned to retail sales and now includes an all new charging adapter. Sales were previously suspended due to the original charger overheating and causing a fire risk.
Google and HP have redesigned the charging adapter, and say that the Chromebook ll's now on sale are good to go. If you have an existing HP Chromebook 11, you can sent the charger back to HP for an exchange, and those who purchase a new Chromebook 11 should check to see if the charger they received is the newer model. The new charger looks much like the one used on the Chromebook Pixel but features a micro-USB tip instead.
Notebook and server specialist Eurocom launched the Panther 5SE mobile server, a powerful Intel Xeon-powered device designed for server virtualization. The device is designed to work immediately out of the box, and running VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 gives users the ability to virtualize their work environment in a streamlined, simplified manner.
The Panther 5SE has four memory slots, supporting up to 32GB of RAM; four HDD/SSD in RAID up to 6TB storage; and supports the Intel Xeon E5-2600 or Xeon E5-2600 v2 series line of CPU. The mobile server supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2, 2012RD, Red Hat 6.4 Enterprise Linux, VMware, or Linux. Since the Panther 5SE is designed as a mobile server, it weighs in at a whopping 12.1 pounds.
Today Dell announced the launch of its first adventure down the Google Chromebook road. The all new Dell Chromebook 11 is a sub $300 notebook that is targeted at students and schools, and is just the first of many Chromebooks the company plans on releasing.
The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch screen, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and 2GB of RAM with an option for four GB being available. The Display features an effective resolution of 1366x768, while a lithium battery provides 10 hours of use on a single charge. The new Dell Chromebook 11 will go on sale in Q1 2014 and will retail under $300.
This morning MSI announced the launch of a new mobile lineup that includes the industry's first 3K gaming notebook and an Adobe certified 3K workstation. Just in time for Christmas, the all new GT60 20D-261US features a ultra-HD display resolution of 2880x1620 which provides bright, sharp and crisp graphics for an unmatched experience.
The GT60 gaming notebook features an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 16GB of DDR3L RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M GPU, and a Killer NIC. A 720p webcam is on hand while Dynaudio speakers and a subwoofer handle the audio. The 2880x1620 3K display is of the 15.6-inch class, but does not feature touch sensitivity. Three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, and a 128GB SSD / 1TB HHD combo rounds things out.
The GT60 Workstation has been optimized to run Adobe Creative Suite 6, Autodesk software, and Solidworks, and the 3K display allows professionals to work in stunning ultra high-resolution for the highest quality work possible from a mobile workstation. The GT60 2OKWS-278US features the same CPU, RAM, and storage. The difference in the powerful NVIDIA Quado K3100M workstation GPU that MSI has fit inside.
Acer has announced their new Acer C720P Chromebook, which is a touchscreen version of their C720 budget Chromebook that was introduced last month. The Acer C720P will be available early December, and will come equipped with a HD 11.6 inch 1366x768 LED touchscreen display. This is Acer's first touchscreen Chromebook.
The Acer C720P has a 7.5 hour battery life and a 7-second boot up time. It runs off an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, it also comes with a 32GB SSD and 2GB of DDR3 memory. Other features include an HD webcam, duel speakers, both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, as well as an HDMI port. It can support 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and will come with 100GB of Google drive storage free for two years, plus 12 free Gogo inflight passes. The Acer C720P will be available to purchase from Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from Acer early December for $299.99.