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Apple announces a refreshed MacBook Air line at WWDC, now featuring Intel Haswell processors and "all day battery life"
This morning Apple kicked off its annual WWDC developer's conference. As expected, during the keynote address, we saw a
new refreshed line of MacBook Air's make an appearance. The refreshed notebooks now feature the energy efficient Haswell processors from Intel.
The Air's now ship with Core i5 or Core i7 processor and are available with a 128GB or 256GB SSD. The 11.6-inch model is said to be good for 12 hours of use while the 13.3-inch can last up to 9 hours with continual use. The new models also feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Intel 5000 series HD Graphics.
Both models are available today on Apple's website with the 11.6-inch model starting at $999 for the 128GB version. The 13.6-inch model will begin at $1099 at the 128GB level and increase to $1299 for a 265GB model. At the moment all models feature a 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and those seeking the higher performance models will have to place a custom order.
This morning, AVADirect announced the launch of Clevo's P375SM, a 17.3-inch full HD gaming notebook that features Intel's 4th generation Core i7 Haswell processors. This new gaming laptop also supports NVIDIA's new 700M series of GPUs as well as ATI's Radeon 8000 Series.
AVADirect says that unlike previous generation gaming laptops, users will not have to worry much about the age-old quandary of performance versus battery life as Clevo has designed the P375SM to alleviate the concerns of power consumption. This is possible thanks to Intel's Haswell architecture, which are the lowest power high-end processors ever made.
The Clevo P375SM includes a total of three 2.5-inch changeable bays (2 for standard storage, 1 for an optical drive with options to swap for an additional 2.5-inch storage drive). The integrated speakers are powered by Onkyo and have the ability to power an external 7.1 surround sound speaker system.
Additional features include a backlit keyboard, touchpad, and front bezel which illuminates when the notebook is turned on. Other features are a Thunderbolt port, an HDMI out port, four USB 3.0 ports, and a single eSATA connector. The Clevo P375SM starts at $1995 and is available now.
Computex Taipei 2013 - During Intel's keynote earlier today at Computex, the chip making giant alluded to the arrival of embedded 3D-depth cameras arriving on its devices in the second half of 2014. This technology is the same as Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox.
SoftKinetic, a Belgian company, is apparently showing off a notebook that has their own Time-of-Flight 3D-depth camera molded into the lid. At the moment, the hardware looks a little large, but not too large to be featured on laptops in the 13-inch range and larger.
We're hoping to get a hands-on of the device very shortly. What do you think about an embedded Kinect in your laptop? While it would be awesome for gesture-based control, I do not see gaming with the device being that big of a deal. If we begin seeing the device embedded into smart TVs then the sky is the limit.
Computex Taipei 2013 - ASUS have shown off their upcoming Zenbook Infinity, their sure fire hit of a product. There's not much known on the Zenbook Infinity, apart from the amazingly seductive way ASUS showed it off in the Le Meridien, Taipei.
It was housed in a square glass case, where what felt like half of Taipei were standing around with cameras snapping videos away. It looks incredible, it's thin and beautiful, and I'm sure it would even feel like that, too. We can't go on too much about it, as there's nothing to go on, but you can bet your bottom dollar that as soon as we sniff up the trail, we'll be on it like crazy.
If I had to guess some specs, I'm expecting no less than Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, aka Haswell, 16GB of RAM, a high-resolution display (ASUS wouldn't confirm if it were over 1080p or not, something I hope), and a 256GB (or so) SSD. The keyboard looks great, from what I could see through the glass, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Computex Taipei 2013 - If you're after a new gaming notebook, you might want to wait ASUS' new bad boy, the ROG G750. ASUS' new ROG G750 is a 17-inch notebook that crams Intel's latest fourth-generation "Haswell" processor inside, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780M mobile GPU (configurations will change, depending on how you spec your G750).
There's the usual backlit keyboard, multi-touch track pad and hardware mouse buttons. There's some serious venting going on, as you can imagine, and output wise we have four USB 3.0 ports, DVD multi-drive, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, and two 3.5mm audio jacks. Better yet, ASUS have thrown in a built-in headphone amplifier, for the true gaming audio experience.
Another day, another Apple rumor. According to 9to5mac, Apple will likely unveil refreshed MacBooks during this year's WWDC Keynote address on June 10. Leaked codes seem to indicate that a refresh is likely. Also adding fuel to the fire, inventory for current MacBooks is reportedly constrained.
MD711LL/A - Better - USA
MD712LL/A - Best - USA
MD760LL/A - Better - USA
MD761LL/A - Best - USA
These numbers would correspond with refreshed models with two different screen sizes. The "better" and "best" would correspond to different configurations within the screen size. It's somewhat likely that Apple will debut refreshed MacBooks at WWDC, however, this is just a rumor for now. But I would place this rumor towards the "likely" end of the spectrum.
Computex Taipei 2013 - GIGABYTE have come out swinging lately, with some great new motherboards and a beautiful new-look BIOS, and now we have a bunch of Ultrabook's and laptops to talk about. First up, we have the GIGABYTE Ultrablade gaming laptops, of which there are two models, the P35K and P34G.
The GIGABYTE Ultrablade P35K is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that features Intel's fourth-generation Core i7 "Haswell" processor and is "designed for true mobility". The P35K is just 21mm thin and weighs around 2.2kg and features NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 765M for some true on-the-go gaming. Storage hasn't been left out, with the P35K featuring no less than 3TB of storage space thanks to its 'quad-storage' system. There's also a swappable DVD-ROM/HDD slot on the P35K, complimenting its 1920x1080 (Full HD) IPS-based display.
The little brother to the P35K is the Ultrablade P34G, which is a 14-inch laptop with a GTX 760M. The P34G weighs around 1.7kg and is 21mm thin, featuring a 256GB mSATA SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage. The P34G also features a 1080p display, which is great to see.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Dell has debuted a new XPS 11 notebook/tablet convertible that functions just like Lenovo's Yoga. The new notebook has debuted at this year's Computex in Taipei, which is currently taking place if you hadn't noticed from all of the news. The XPS 11 features an 11.6-inch screen that folds all the way around to turn into a tablet.
When the screen goes beyond 180 degrees, the system disables the built-in keyboard. Simply flip it over and you have a functional tablet. Dell has said that the convertible won't be available until this holiday season, meaning you still have a few months to wait to get your hands on one.
Dell hasn't specified the exact processor, RAM, or other features as it is still early on. However, Dell has confirmed that this 11.6-inch device will be packing a 2,560x1,440 IPS display. We'll have more information closer to its launch.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Acer's Computex 2013 press event, for me at least, was filled with some surprises, including their Aspire S7. In this industry, I don't think anyone can truly be on top and know everything, from every company, and it's nice to be surprised once in a while.
Acer's Aspire S7 features a patented dual-torque hinge for touch operation, Gorilla Glass are featured on the Aspire S7, too. We have 33% longer battery life, an 30% longer keyboard travel when compared to the previous generation. There's second-generation "whisper-quiet Twin-air cooling system", and my favorite part, a WQHD display is my favorite part, thanks to the high-resolution fan in me.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We sat in on Acer's Computex 2013 press event today, where we heard a bunch about the direction of the company. They talked about their well-received Aspire R7 device, which has a wicked hinge design and its keyboard pushed to the front of the device.
Acer's Iconia R7 is a 15.6-inch device with a Full HD (1920x1080) display, an Intel Core i5-3337U (still an Ivy Bridge processor) which is clocked at 1.8GHz, with a 24GB SSD for the OS side of things and taking care of your storage is a 500GB, but just 5,400RPM HDD. The hinge design is awesome, something we will take a closer look at in the coming days at Computex, that's for sure. The keyboard design being closer to your hands actually makes a touchscreen-capable machine worthwhile, something I've been wanting for a while now. Acer did some good work with the Aspire R7, that's for sure.