Acer has announced the Acer Chromebook R 11, the company's first convertible Chromebook laptop unit.
The Chromebook R 11 features an 11.6-inch (1366x768) display, HD webcam, powered by Intel Celeron processors. The device features a dual-torque hinge design able to support the following modes: laptop, pad, display and tent. It is just 19.2mm thin and weighs less than three pounds, so it'll be easy to transport out and about.
The Acer Chromebook R 11 will launch in North America next month with a $299 MSRP. Global rollout will begin in November.
It might be the introduction of high performance unlocked K-series mobile processors from Intel, but EVGA has decided to enter the gaming notebook market. At IDF, Intel hinted that EVGA would be bringing a gaming notebook to market featuring a new Skylake mobile CPU.
EVGA is traditionally known for their aftermarket video cards and motherboards, and they have a large following of enthusiasts and gamers who want the best hardware in their computers. I contacted our EVGA representative to get more information or even confirmation. According to EVGA marketing, "[EVGA] are working on a new 17-inch thin gaming notebook with very high-end hardware. Plan to launch late this year/early next. 100% EVGA design from the ground up".
EVGA is known for their NVIDIA-based GPUs and Intel-based motherboards, so we should expect an Intel CPU and the possibility of a discrete mobile GPU from NVIDIA. We could even go as far as to expect Intel's first K-SKU mobile CPU in EVGA's gaming notebook, but at this time there is no solid confirmation of what hardware will be used in their gaming notebook.
Now that the new Skylake processors are floating into PCs across the world, Apple is preparing new 12-inch Retina MacBook models using Intel's latest and greatest processors.
Intel will be reportedly providing low-power Skylake-Y processors including the Core M3, Core M5 and Core M7 for the new Retina MacBooks. The new Retina MacBook that will have an expected price of $1299 will rock the Cor M3 6Y30, with a default clock speed of 900MHz and two cores. Intel's Turbo Boost technology will push it up to 2.2GHz when needed.
The mid-range processors will include the Core M5 6Y54 and Core M5 6Y57 and will be clocked at 1.1GHz with Turbo Boost speeds of 2.7GHz and 2.8GHz, respectively. These chips will be plopped into the MacBook priced at $1599. The higher-end model will feature the Core M5 6Y75 that will be clocked at 1.2GHz, with Turbo Boost of up to 3.1GHz and doesn't yet include a price. If we had to guess, it would be $1999.
Alienware has just announced its latest and greatest gaming notebook, the Alienware 18, with what I would call the single most best, cringe-worthy announcement video of all time. Check it out below.
The new Alienware 18 gaming laptop kicks off with a minimum of a Core i7-4710MQ at 2.5GHz, but you can opt for the Core i7-4910MQ or Core i7-4940MX if you want some added CPU performance. There's four DIMM slots inside, with a stock 16GB of RAM upgradeable to 32GB. The stock model includes a 500GB HDD, while the 1TB model costs an insane 1TB more. Very strangely, there's no SSD here which is super disappointing and somewhat of a showstopper for me.
GPU wise you can have up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980Ms in SLI, which will more than handle the 18.4-inch 1920x1080 display and any game you throw at it. Connectivity wise, we have a Killer Ethernet port, Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, a miniDisplayPort, HDMI (in and out) and more. Dell has also packed in 20 LED lighting colors across 10 separate zones for the ultimate customization.
Featuring a 13.3-inch IPS display, a 720p HD webcam, 12 hours of battery life and a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, this $399 and above laptop will be hitting shelves on September 17 in the United States and Canada.
With lower models set to include Intel Celeron or Core i3 processors, the Dell Chromebook 13 will come packaged with up to 8GB of RAM and are bundled with a bunch of Dell software and extras including Dell SonicWALL (a VPN app), Sell Secure Mobile Access, Dell Wyse vWorkplace desktop visualization and more. This could be seen as bloatware or as something extremely useful - that is up for you to decide.
All Chromebook 13 owners will also gain access to Dell's ProSupport plus, enabling them access to 24x7 IT support and repairs covering drops, liquid spills and more.
Lenovo has just unveiled its new ThinkPad P50 and P70 laptops, both capable of packing Intel's new Xeon processor, 4K displays, professional-grade NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and more.
The new mobile offerings can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM, a Thunderbolt 3 connector (which can drive multiple 4K displays on its own), and the aforementioned Intel Xeon CPU. The P50 model features a 15.6-inch display while the P70 kicks it up to a 17-inch panel. The 15-inch P50 weighs in at 5.6 pounds while the 17-inch model is a much heavier 7.6-pound machine.
Lenovo's P70 does include a fourth storage bay and a second Thunderbolt port, for some serious mobile workstation power. The P50 starts at $1899 with a 1080p display, while the P70 begins at $1999 and scales very high in price depending on the configuration.
Acer is excited for the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, and consumers can purchase the Aspire E Series notebook powered by Windows 10 starting tomorrow.
The Aspire E Series will launch during the first week of August, Acer said in a press statement. The notebooks support either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays, powered by Intel CPUs.
The cheapest model, the E5-573-58FN, has the following specifications: 15.6-inch display, 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive, and will be available for $499.99.
"Upgradeability is a core tenet of all Eurocom systems" reads a recent press release from this high-end portable technology company. Eurocom's latest release, the Shark 4, is no different with its changeable wireless card compatibility, M.2 4G/LTE module support, replaceable keyboard and even the ability to change your display to suit your needs.
Further supporting DDR3-1600 RAM up to 16GB, three storage devices, an optical drive and more - this product strays away from Eurocom's general tech-heavy products but still includes customization to suit all needs.
Complete wth an Intel i7-4720HQ processor, an NVIDIA GTX 960M and the choice between two 15.6" displays (matte or gloss), the technology within is certainly nothing to sneeze at either way, but it's the extra options that Eurocom believes will set it apart from the rest.
Windows 10 is right around the corner with its July 29 release, but an interesting new tidbit is that Acer is preparing a seriously cheap Windows 10-powered notebook, the Cloudbook, at just $169.
While Chromebooks might not have ignited the smaller notebook market, a Windows 10-powered offering might be a low-end enough market that has people interested. Acer is set to release two models; an 11-inch and 14-inch model with the 11-inch model starting from $169. There's no pricing on the 14-inch model, but we should expect the Cloudbooks to launch next month, just after Windows 10 flies out..
So where Microsoft can't compete against Chromebooks in the super-cheap market, it will compete against them at the interface level. Microsoft's operating system is much more known than Google's, and has a far bigger feature set. At just $169, Acer could quickly secure itself some serious Windows 10 market share, especially when it comes to the education and low-end markets.
The P5 Pro SE3 is powered by the Intel Xeon E3 processor series and comes with 32GB of memory, 5TB of RAID storage and support for upgrades depending on your needs. This product is described by the Eurocom president, Mark Bialic, as "designed to provide professionals with a quick deployment solution that can be carried into a new office or even an emergency or disaster area."
Complete with a keyboard, display and UPS battery, the P5 Pro SE3 utilizes the Intel Z97 Express Chipset with an LGA 1150 socket. Support for up to 32GB of memory is on offer with this mobile server running the Windows Server 2012 operating system.
The UPS features an 8-cell 82Wh Li-Ion design and is said to provide 120 minutes of backup power in emergency situations, allowing for a safe shutdown procedure. This is coupled with 3G/4G module support, a fingerprint reader, a 15.6" WLED backlit screen, a mechanical frame brandishing heady duty ABS plastic and much more.