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.
CeBIT 2014 - A few days ago, Samsung officially launched its Chromebook 2 and today we got a chance to check it out first hand at the 2014 CeBIT conference held in Hannover, Germany. Johannes Knapp stopped by the Samsung booth and took a look 13-inch version that features a full HD 1920x1080 version of the device. Johannes notes that the Chromebook 2 features a Chiclets style keyboard and when closed, the top of the device has the same "leather" covering that the Galaxy Note 3 has.
The 13-inch version of the Chromebook 2 features 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage which is augmented by a microSD expansion slot. A Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor is on board, and thanks to a lot of power-saving technology the Chromebook 2 features up to 8.5 hours of battery life. A Smaller 11.6-inch version is also available with a smaller processor, but all other features remain the same.
CeBIT 2014 - MSI has just unveiled its next generation of gaming notebooks and its new GS60 is the crowing jewel of the line. TweakTown's Johannes Knapp was on hand for the launch and got a chance to check out the new GS60 "Ghost" first hand. The GS60 features an aluminum chassis with a beautiful and sleek brushed finish, but that is by far not the best quality of this notebook.
The most impressive feature of the GS60 "Ghost" is its optional non-glossy display that features a resolution of 2,880 x 1,620, while some are calling this "3K", the official term for this resolution is WQHD+. The Notebook is being billed as one of the thinnest and lightest gaming notebooks on the market, and is also one of the most powerful. Configurations include Intel processors up to Core i7, Dual SSD's plus a high-capacity HDD, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The GPU is NVIDIA based and is expected to be based on Maxwell architecture.
When Samsung first introduced its $250 Chromebook, there were some who thought it would never make it to revision 2, but despite the naysayers, the Chromebook was a major success. Today the Samsung is once again banking on the success of a cheap, but high quality internet only device and has unveiled its all new Chromebook 2 in both 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors.
The 13.3-inch Chromebook features a full HD 1920x1080 display, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. The device is powered by Samsung's latest Exynos 5 Octa SoC and boast 8.5-hours of battery life thanks to the chips new low-power design. Weighing in at just over three pounds the 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 is one of the most high-end Chromebooks ever made. Its 11.6-inch little brother features a 1366x768 resolution display as well as a slower processor. 4GB of RAM remains as does the battery life, and number of USB ports. Both models feature a stitched leather back similar to that featured on Samsung's Galaxy Note devices, with the larger model sporting both black and white trim while the smaller version only comes in grey. The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 retails for $399.99 with its smaller counterpart arriving at a pricing point of $319.99.
Razer has announced its partnership with Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg for a series of 'not-for-sale' Koenigsegg branded limited edition Razer Blade gaming laptops.
As far as specification is concerned, its same as Razer Blade: Intel i7 4702HQ with 8GB memory, GTX 765M, 256GB SSD, Qualcomm NIC N1202, Razer's anti ghosting keyboard with adjustable backlight and 14 inch 1600 x 900 resolution panel. All of this in a ultra thin low profile thickness of 0.66 inch and casing made of aluminum.
Koenigsegg branded Razer Blade gaming notebooks will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2014.
Lenovo India has removed three of the leading Indian e-tailers from their authorized sellers list: Snapdeal, FlipKart and Amazon India. The Chinese based PC and mobile device maker also issued a notice in their website with a message that users should check the warranty period while purchasing from such sites. Few months ago, Nikon delisted FlipKart and Snapdeal from their authorized list.
Many of these companies with its own online retail websites have started a protest against such online retail websites as their 'predatory' pricing are hurting their business and profit margins.
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.
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.