Apple's latest MacBook Pro may feature that gorgeous 2880x1800 resolution with it being dubbed 'Retina display', but it seems that the notebook doesn't run that high resolution by default. The new Retina MacBook Pro (or rMBP) uses the screens extra pixels to display a higher level of detail on a canvas representing the previous 1440x900 resolution.
The result of this? All windows and user interface elements all appear to have the same relative size as the rMBP's predecessor with the 15-inch 1440x900 display, but with 400-percent more detail. If owners of the new rMBP wish to use a high resolution, then you can go to System Preferences and select a different resolution, all the way up to 1920x1200.
Those who want even more screen real estate, ranging up to the eye-busting 2880x1800 will have to use a workaround that is, wait for it, not authorized by Apple. Macworld reports that in order to get to the 2880x1800 resolution, you'll need to use either a third-party app like the paid SwitchResX, or one of a number of free options suhc as Change Resolution.
Personally, I think Apple should note this to their users, as it is probably the selling point of the entire Retina-powered MacBook Pro.
If the latest refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro weren't tasty enough with their Retina display running 2880x1800, then the news of the notebook being capable of driving three external displays simultaneously should excite you.
Other World Computing posted the above picture on their blog showing off a Retina display-powered MBP hooked up to two iMacs, serving as Thunderbolt displays, with a third monitor plugged in through HDMI. This gives us four screens, with a total of 15,680,000 pixels.
OWC Mike seemed impressed with the results and performance of the MacBook Pro, saying:
Moving images and media didn't create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously.
Now that is impressive.
Acer have jumped out today, late in the week, to announce their thin and light Timeline Ultra M5 Series of Ultrabooks. Measuring in at just 0.81-inches thick, they're quite slim and light. Also sporting up to 8 hours of battery life, a single charge can give you an entire days use from the Ultrabook.
Acer also has their Green Instant On, which as you can imagine is an 'instant-on' tech which can throw the Ultrabook back into action within 6 seconds from a deep sleep, or just 2 seconds from normal sleep mode. Acer's new Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks also feature Intel's third-generation Core processors, as well as NVIDIA's latest discrete GPUs, optical drives, and an option of either a 14- or 15.6-inch display.
The new Ultrabooks feature either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive for super-fast access to your files and transfer speed, with all models sporting a DVD drive as well. Two USB 3.0 ports are found on the Ultrabooks, and filling out the GPU side of things we'll find an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 640M LTE dedicated GPUs for your GPU-accelerated, or gaming needs. Fans of backlit keyboards will feel at home since Acer's latest offerings sport the beautiful backlit keyboards, as well as the professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theater v4 and premium speakers that will deliver some great audio for your music, games or movies.
ASUS' latest get-it-while-it's-hot Zenbook Prime has hit the servers of Amazon, where you can grab one while they're in stock for just $1,149. What does $1,149 get you? Well, you'll get an Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 processor, 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, and an SSD by default.
Of course, if you've got the green, you can get something faster. Optional upgrades are pushed up to a Core i7 variant, 256GB solid-state drive, and the same 1080p IPS display. This configuration will set you back $1599.99.
Not bad considering that ASUS' Zenbook Prime is a seriously slick piece of kit. I think we're going to see ASUS really smash Ultrabooks into a fine market for the company, after all, ASUS virtually single-handedly created the Netbook market with their Eee range of products. Zenbook Prime, one day you will be mine, my precious...
A device that is not quite an Ultrabook is now on sale. Yes, we're talking about HP's Sleekbook line which is basically an Ultrabook sans the Intel processor. The latest Sleekbook offering from HP comes touting a new AMD Trinity APU and HP is now taking orders for the device on their website.
Surprisingly, HP is not offering any sort of configuration options for the new Envy Sleekbook 6. It comes sporting a dual-core AMD A6-4455M APU, integrated Radeon HD 7500G graphics, 4GB of DDR3 system memory, and a 500GB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive. All of that fits inside a machine that is less than 5 pounds and 0.78" thick.
Connections available include dual USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The system can purportedly run for up to nine hours on its 60 watt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery. If you want a bit more power of customization options, however, you should spend the extra $100 and go to the Intel-based model which can be configured with a discrete GPU and 32GB SSD.
Apple are set to release a Retina Display-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro in October of this year, according to an insider, reports Apple Insider. Apple are expected to ramp up the production of the 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro powered by their high-res Retina Display in September.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI has said that Apple has the "highest hopes" for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. The 13-inch model wasn't unveiled at the WWDC because of low yields and greater assembly difficulty, says Kuo.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will also be sans optical drive, and will rely solely on solid-state flash memory storage. We should expect the screen to sport a resolution of 2560x1600, and be thinner than the 15-inch model, at 18mm. The 13-inch model will also not sport discrete NVIDIA Kepler graphics, and will rely on just the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics.
New leaked slides have arrived for Dell's Windows 8-based tablet, Latitude 10, as reported by Neowin. The new slide reveals that the Latitude 10 is destined for the enterprise market. The new leak is a bit of information on Dell's plans for enterprise-oriented Ultrabooks, as well as a solution of ports on Ultrabooks.
The slides offer a glimpse into the possible time that the Latitude 10 will launch, where we should see the new tablet hitting in Q4 of this year, around the time of the release of Windows 8. The Latitude 10 will sport a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 capacitive multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass, as well as support for an optional Wacom stylus.
The juicy details are an Intel dual-core Atom Clover Trail-based processor running at a minimum of 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and HDMI. Business customers should be happy, as it wil include enterprise-centric security controls, as well as the option to purchase a model with an integrated fingerprint reader, or smart card reader. It will also feature the ability to take a removable two-cell or four-cell battery.
At yesterday's WWDC press conference, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, claimed that the new MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display would ship immediately. It appears that that is now not the case and that could be due to a few reasons and it's not clear which reason it is.
The first reason that they could not be shipping today is some sort of miscommunication or hiccup in the shipping. Although Apple is usually good at avoiding things like this, they aren't immune singularly immune from it. Or, Apple could have sold out the first batch and are now having to make more. This is a bit more likely.
Or, since Apple is all about marketing, this could be a marketing ploy. Apple could be making it look like they sold out to help drive sales. After all, the new PC starts at a hefty $2,199 which makes it unaffordable for quite a large part of the market. But then again, Apple has never been known to make affordable products. All we know is that the website is now quoting 2-3 weeks for shipping time.
Apple today has announced updates to its line of Mac notebooks. First up to receive a refresh was the MacBook Air which will now feature an Ivy Bridge dual-core up to 2GHz. It will additionally sport up to 8GB of 1600MHz RAM and 60% faster graphics along with up to 512B of SSD storage. 11" starts at $999, 13" at $1099, both are shipping today.
The MacBook Pro has also received a refresh today and will now sport Ivy Bridge goodness. The 13" will retain the dual-core version and the 15 will get the quad-core. It will feature up to a 2.7GHz quad with 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, USB 2 and 3, and the 13" will sport a 1280x800 display. The 15" gets a 1440x900 display. Both are shipping today.
Alongside the refreshed MacBook Pro line, Apple announced a new 15.6" model that sports a 2880x1800 Retina display. This model also sports a quad-core, is .71" thick, and under 4.5lbs. It's "the most beautiful computer we have ever made." Comes with up to 768GB of SSD and features a 650M. The price? You don't want to know. $2199. Starts shipping today like the rest.
Going along with the rumor that the Apple lineup of computers will be receiving an update at WWDC, a blurry picture has hit the webs that is purported to be of the 15-inch MacBook's logic board. We can't promise anything, but we should find out later today if this is the real deal as we are just hours from an Apple Keynote.
The picture seems to indicate an NVIDIA 650M as the next GPU destined to be in the MacBook Pro lineup. It's not unreasonable, but a bit unexpected after last year's high-profile switch to AMD graphics. But, then again, Apple doesn't really have any sense of loyalty or sentiment so this shouldn't matter much.
There have been several juicy rumors ahead of this upcoming Apple Keynote and we will be sure to let you know the full story of what does actually occur at the speech. Hopefully we see a complete refresh of the Mac Line, though I'm suspecting a new iPod Touch in the works since it's been a while since the last version released.
Computex 2012 - Earlier on today we were invited to the invite-only Intel press suite at the Grand Hyatt here at Computex where we were introduced to some of Intel's new technologies and why they think Intel does everything better than anyone else.
That's up for you to decide for yourself if you believe it, but we'll show you some of the stuff we saw.
One of the first demos we want to show you is of Diablo III running smoothly and looking good whilst running on an Intel reference design Ultrabook. That's not overly exciting in itself, but once we tell you that the system only uses 17 watts of power to do so, that is something pretty incredible.
Check back shortly for some more coverage of our visit to the Intel press suite.
Computex 2012 - MSI's notebook range expands for what seems every few minutes, and Computex 2012 is no different. Today we checked out their GT60 and GX60 notebooks for a quick peek. The GT60 features MSI's Super RAID design, includes the fastest online gaming response thanks to its Killer Gaming Network card, and is the world's first (and exclusive!) GAMING keyboard by SteelSeries, check it out below. It even crams in NVIDIA's GEFORCE GTX 670M GPU, as well as Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge CPU.
Next up we have MSI's GX60, which is powered by AMD's APU, the A10-4600M, backed up by an AMD Radeon HD 7970M GPU. Those specs not enough to get you revved up? How about the fact that the GX60 is EyeFinity-capable. Yes, this notebook is compatible with the 3-screen tech from AMD, EyeFinity. Filling out the specs we have the same Super RAID as its brother above, as well as a Killer Gaming Network card.
MSI also had the GE60 on show, which sports an Intel Core i7-3610M, GEFORCE GT 650M, a 15.6-inch Full HD display and some very nice looks.
Computex 2012 - When I spotted the Samsung booth in Nangang yesterday, I ran up and had a look at their wares. Their latest Series 3 Chromebook was on display where I could see it in person and take a few shots. It's quite a bit smaller in person than what I thought it would be, which is great.
One thing I did notice on the card for it was a bit where it said "zero maintenance", and it lists no blue screens or maintenance, taking a stab at the BSODs that Windows-based users get. It also lists that theres no anti-virus needed, and that there's no data crash/lose worries thanks to its cloud-based service.
Computex 2012 - We sat in on Intel's keynote speech today in Taipei, and let me start off with this: I've never been more excited about the PC world than I have today. We kinda knew Ultrabooks were going to be big, but consumer devices are about to get a whole lot bigger, while physically shrinking in size, while offering more features and functions than ever before.
Intel pushed that their tick-tock method is helping, where we're seeing constant pushes in the shrinking of tech, as well as teaming up with virtually every major ODM, OEM and retailer across our planet. We will have more info, and a heap of hands-on over the coming days, but for now let's quickly update you on what we saw today.
Intel had ASUS on stage, where they showed off some Ultrabooks that were very... ultra. Intel and ASUS are pushing the boundaries of security, to touch on just one of the many things discussed today. They showed off an ASUS Ultrabook that sported a camera that would sense you with increased algorithms that detect facial features such as facial hair, eyes and your smile. ASUS had an Ultrabook on show, where if the Ultrabook detects that it has been moved, it will sound an alarm and secure the system. This protects your precious data from anyone who might steal your Ultrabook if you were to turn away from it at work, Uni, or a coffee shop.
Computex 2012 - We're live here in Taipei and we've just sat in on the Acer press conference where a fair amount of exciting gear was unveiled. Without going into a tonne of details [just yet], what we can tell you is that Windows 8 is a central part of not just Acer's future, but the industry's future. We saw some devices being shown off in the form of a few Ultrabooks, and a 27-inch all-in-one Windows 8-based PC, the Acer Aspire 5600U.
I've got to admit, before this event, I didn't have much faith in Acer going forward into the future, say, 5 years from now, but what they showed off gives me the utmost confidence that they have what it takes to win not just confidence in the industry, but consumer confidence. The all-in-one desktop they displayed was pretty insane, being capable of going into portrait, and swivelling completely horizontal, so it would feel like a super big tablet.
Standing there with our competition winner Roshan (amazing guy btw!), we listened to the presence-bringing J.T. Wang take the stage, where he reiterated how much Windows 8 will change Acer. Normally this would be just press talk, but the room filled with applause when he talked, and his aura took the room into his world. Acer showed off the Aspire 5600U which was very, very impressive, sporting a Full HD display and the ability to tilt completely horizontal. While this may sound unimpressive in text form, it was very cool to see this happen on-stage.
Intel is set to show off some new Ultrabooks powered by their third-generation Intel Core processors otherwise known as Ivy Bridge. Intel took to their blog to state this, and have announced there are now 21 Ultrabooks on the market today, and this list will continue to grow with more than 110 designs currently being worked on.
Intel have said to anyone outside of the company, this may look effortless, but it has been anything but. Intel have knuckled down with customers, partners and suppliers all around the world to "re-think and re-design virtually every major component that makes up an Ultrabook". Intel says they can't wait for everyone to see the next wave of Ultrabooks that sport the Ivy Bridge-based processors that are set to be unveiled next week at Computex in Taipei.
The latest report from DigiTimes is that heavyweights ASUS and HTC will not be making Chromebook's. Even after Google and Samsung unveiled their second-generation Chromebook, which was jointly developed by the latter company, ASUS and HTC are weary.
Why are they staying away from the Chromebooks? Because after seeing Acer's and Samsung's first-generation Chromebook's selling less than 200,000 units, both company's decided it wasn't for them and backed away from cooperating with Google on the second-gen Chromebook. Acer is reportedly still 'evaluating' the project, according to DigiTimes' sources.
DigiTimes cites 'some notebook players' pointed out that the first-generation Chromebook's sales were impacted by its hardware design, and competition from netbooks which have already seen dramatic price drops to $299-$399, as well as users' are more familiar with Windows. The same notebook players have noted that Chromebook's may find it difficult to replace netbooks in the market. On top of this, we also have the ever-increasing size of smartphones, with Samsung's GALAXY S III reaching 4.8-inches, as well as the still-powerful tablets which sell like hot cakes.
Google and Samsung sitting in a tree, C-H-R-O-M-I-N-G. Yeah, you get the point. Samsung have released two new Chrome OS-based products today, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and the Series 3 Chromebox. What makes these products stand out from the crowd? The cloud-based OS UI has been updated, and now sports multitouch trackpad support.
Coinciding with the new OS update, are Samsung's two products. The updates OS now sports an app-focused user interface that lets you select which programs you use the most, for easier access. Google Drive is now the data storage system, and deeper integration should come through in the coming weeks.
A revamped media player peeks its head up, too, as well as a brand new photo editor and uploader, as well as remote desktop support for both Windows and Mac. What hardware is inside the new system? According to The Verge's review on the units, the Chromebook sports a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12.1-inch screen, 1200x800 resolution, multitouch trackpad, Wi-Fi and 3G, two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader and more than eight hours of battery life.
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It's looking like we will soon need to change this category to "Laptops & Ultrabooks" as more and more manufacturers are dropping Netbooks from the US market. Toshiba has confirmed that they will soon be joining the ranks of Dell and Lenovo who have also pulled out of the US Netbook market. It looks like tablets and Ultrabooks have killed the Netbook star.
Part of the reason for the change is that Netbooks have very little profit margin. So not only were sales slipping, but Toshiba wasn't making very much on the few sales that remained. Instead, Toshiba has decided to focus more on their Portege Ultrabook line and Excite tablet line. Looking at the money reasoning, you can see why. An Ultrabook sells for $800 or more which allows quite a bit more profit margin.
Another reason to focus on tablets is the upcoming Windows 8 which is designed with tablets in mind. Additionally, users like the higher performance capabilities of an Ultrabook as more and more users need to do more with their computers. It's pretty hard to play any sort of game or type any long message on a Netbook. If you still want one, HP, Acer, and ASUS are still offering them in the US. They will range from $200-$500.
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