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MSI has just unveiled its GP Series of notebooks, which all feature SteelSeries keyboards to our surprise. There are three different models within the GP Series, the GP70 and two GP60 models.
The GP70 features a 17.3-inch 1600x900 display, an Intel Core i5-4200M "Haswell" processor, 1TB HDD, a 6-cell 90W battery, and an MSRP of $949.99. The GP60 2OD-072US sports an Intel Core i7-4700MQ "Haswell" processor, 15.6-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, 750GB 7200RPM HDD, 6-cell 120W battery and a $1,049.99 price tag.
The final notebook in the new GP Series from MSI is the GP60 2OD-052US which features an Intel Core i5-4200M "Haswell" processor, 15.6-inch 1366x768 display, 750GB HDD, 6-cell 90W battery and an MSRP of $899.99. All three GP Series of notebooks feature Windows 7 Home Premium, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 output, 720p-capable webcam and of course, the SteelSeries keyboard.
Earlier tonight, HP unveiled its Spectre 13 Ultrabook, which featured an option 2560x1440 display and a wide touchpad. Now we have the company unveiling a premium 17-inch notebook, that features Leap Motion technology inside.
The HP Envy17 Leap Motion Special Edition features Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as Haswell, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB 5,400RPM mechanical HDD with pricing starting at $1,049.99. HP allow you to upgrade the Envy17 Leap Motion Special Edition with a second HDD, where we would suggest putting in an SSD, and discrete NVIDIA graphics.
There's an option of a "17.3-inch diagonal optional full HD display" which means the stock machine won't feature a high-res display unfortunately. The selling point here is the Leap Motion controller, which is capable of tracking all 10 of your fingers in an area of eight cubic feet, as well as detecting movements as small as just 0.01mm.
Today, HP released one of its finest notebooks to date. The Spectre 13 Ultrabook features a machined aluminum unibody chassis that is aimed at taking on Apple's MacBook Air. Even the hinges that attach the body to the aluminum lid are made out of metal.
Featuring a standard edge-to-edge full 1080p touchscreen, the device already edges out Samsung's Series 9 Ultrabooks in terms of display quality. For those who wish for an even better HD experience, the device can be ordered with a 2560x1440 QHD display with HP promising nine hours of battery life thanks to the Intel Haswell processor inside.
Weighing in at just 3.3 pounds and boasting a respectable 13.4mm overall thickness, the Spectre 13 ships with a 120GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and DisplayPort technology. Additionally, the Ultrabook features an ultra-wide touchpad that enables control of special features within Windows 8. The new Ultrabook will retail starting at $999 and will be available later this year.
Today, GIGABYTE launched what it is calling the lightest gaming laptop in the world. The new 14-inch P34G Ultrablade is extremely thin at just 21mm thick and weighs an unbelievably light 1.6kg. GIGABYTE has designed the new notebook around an ultra-smooth sandblasted aluminum matte finish that lends an air of elegance and sophistication.
The new P34G Ultrablade features a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M graphics card. Everything is remarkably cool and stable thanks to GIGABYTE's unique Supra-Cool cooling system that is comprised of a combination of dual heat pipes and dual fans that are efficient at removing heat from both the CPU and GPU.
GIGABYTE says that the P34G supports up to a 256GB mSATA SSD in addition to a large 1TB HDD for unprecedented fast storage without sacrificing capacity. A full 1080p display panel is featured, which provides excellent viewing even at angles of 170 degrees. Finally, the P34G Ultrablade features an automatic light sensing backlit keyboard that illuminates the keys when powered on in a dimly lit room.
IDF 2013 - During today's Keynote speech, Intel invited ASUS up on stage to show off one of its new Bay Trail-powered 2-in-1 Ultrabooks. Intel believes that 2-in-1 systems are the way of the future and has conducted research that seems to show the market is heading in that direction. Details on the new system are slim, but you can get an early look at an upcoming ASUS 2-in-1 system.
IFA 2013 - Earlier today HP released the Chromebook 14, an Intel Haswell-based Chromebook that will be available in three distinctively vibrant colors. The new Chromebook 14 will feature a 14-inch screen, 16GB of built in storage and will include 2 years of free 100GB Google Drive cloud storage.
Connectivity includes an HDMI port, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi is included and HP will toss 200MB of free T-Mobile Data per month for 2 years. HP says that we will see the new Chromebook 14 hit store shelves this holiday season and it will retail for just $299.99. For a basic internet surfing, email checking, photo browsing device, it is hard to beat the $300 price tag, but at the same time, there are Android tablets with much more internal storage for the same pricing point.
IDF 2013 - Today Acer announced that it will be previewing its first Chromebook that features an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture platform at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. Acer says that this third-generation Chromebook is the result from close collaboration between Acer, Intel and Google, and combines the best technology with exciting new innovation to usher in a new era for the Chromebook market.
"The value proposition of the Acer Chromebook line resonates with consumers, education and a growing number of businesses, as more work is done by teams that collaborate, create and connect using a wide and varied range of apps for learning, research, fun and work," said Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer, Acer America. "The new Acer Chromebook will inspire greater innovation for developers and in turn, for our customers in numerous markets."
"The latest Chromebooks with Intel processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture enable sleek new designs with amazing battery life and improved performance," said Navin Shenoy, Vice President, PC Client Group, General Manager, Mobile Client Platform Division, Intel.
With Chromebook's getting more powerful while remaining energy efficient with every new generation, they are becoming very attractive to users who need a light, portable solution for an on-the-go lifestyle. Personally I am considering picking up one myself to use at conferences, and as a photography companion on photo shoots.
The Intel Developer Forum kicks off later today, where we should expect some Haswell-powered Chromebooks unveiled. Intel's general manager of software and devices, Doug Fisher, will reportedly unveil the new Chromebooks during his keynote.
PCWorld also notes that there should be a Google exec that will join him to discuss the optimization of Android and Chrome for Intel processors. We should expect new OEMs to make the Haswell-powered Chromebooks, as well as the usual Google, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Samsung. Chromebooks could become a big item in the future considering they start at $199.
I'm hoping we see a new high-end Chromebook unveiled, that will include a powerful Haswell processor and the gorgeous high-resolution display. Right now, the 12.85-inch 2560x1700-pixel display on the Chromebook Pixel is hard to beat, but let's hope Google unveil something bigger and better. I wouldn't mind a Chromebook that could run Windows too, that would scream 'shut up and take my money.'
Today, CyberPower PC announced the debut of the ZeusBook Ultimate Series, a new laptop that is said to be the world's slimmest 17-inch gaming notebook. CyberPower says that the ZeusBook Ultimate measures in at under an inch thick and weighs less than six pounds total, which makes it not only slimmer, but also much lighter than similarly powered gaming notebooks on the market.
Offered in two different models, the ZeusBook Ultimate series features the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card and Intel's i7-4700HQ Haswell CPU clocked at 2.4GHz. 8GB of RAM is present alongside a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 LED display. CyberPower has really stepped up the network connectivity by installing an E200 KILLER NIC and a Wireless N 1202 Wi-Fi adapter, which will ensure fast and reliable connectivity during gaming and general use.
The ZeusBook Ultimate comes with Windows 8 64-bit pre-installed and has the ability to connect with three external monitors for a truly immersive HD gaming experience. The laptop is capable of supporting Super HD resolutions up to 3840x2160, which is four-times the resolution of a standard Full HD display. CyberPower has also managed to pack in some very impressive audio hardware into the ZeusBook Ultimate with the inclusion of HD Surround Sound speakers and a built-in subwoofer.
IFA 2013 - Johannes Knapp, our man on the ground at this year's IFA conference, has taken a hands-on look at Toshiba's new Satellite W30T convertible Ultrabook.
The Satellite W30T is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook, which converts into a 13.3-inch tablet in the same way that ASUS' Transformer Pad range of slates does, but Toshiba has opted for Windows 8 in this case. It can detach from its keyboard dock, turning into a 13.3-inch tablet running a 1366x768 HD IPS display. It's also based on Intel's fourth-generation Haswell range of processors, too.
We have HDD choices of a 500GB mechanical drive, or an SSD option. As for graphics we have Intel's HD Graphics 4200 Series, and the usual connectivity through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiDi and HDMI. Ports on the side are plentiful with microHDMI, microUSB, microSD (for both expandable storage and as an SD card reader) and a USB 3.0 port on the keyboard dock.