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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.
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.