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IFA 2013 - ASUS did tease us quite a lot with its high-end Zenbook, but now we know all about it and boy, is it looking nice. There are actually two Ultrabooks announced today, the Zenbook UX301 and Zenbook UX302. Both Zenbooks feature the same sleek, gorgeous design, with a lid that is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and Native Damage Resistance.
The UX301 features three CPU options, the Intel Core i5-4200U, i7-4500U or i7-4558U and two display choices, which are both 13.3 inches. You can choose between 1920x1080 or 2560x1440, both being based from IPS panels. The UX301 features an option of either 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L memory running at 1600MHz, an SSD at up to 512GB (RAID0) in size and Intel HD Graphics 5100. All of this arrives in an Ultrabook that measures in at just 325 x 226 x 15.5mm, and weighs 1.38kg.
Moving onto the Zenbook UX302, we have two CPU choices, between Intel's Core i5-4200U and i7-4500U. The UX302 has a single display choice: the 1920x1080-pixel IPS-based panel. 4GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM is the only choice on the UX302, but we have a big storage change on the little Zenbook brother. There's no huge SSD, just 16GB SSD cache with the option of up to 750GB of HDD storage. ASUS have delivered the Zenbook UX302 in at nearly the same measurements as the UX301, at 325 x 226 x 17.2mm, with a weight increase to 1.5kg.
PAX PRIME 2013 - We got a chance to walk through MSI's laptop lineup at the company's booth. MSI has a full-featured product lineup, ranging from the beastly GT70 Dragon Edition 2 that we recently reviewed, to the 14-inch model at the end of the video. The video has the full details on all of their models:
Out of the different models, which one do you like the best?
PAX PRIME 2013 - NVIDIA used its booth at PAX Prime 2013 to display the multitude of notebooks that are powered by NVIDIA GTX mobile GPUs. A couple of the systems on display were recently reviewed right here on TweakTown, so head over to our Laptop Review section and check out the MSI Dragon Edition 2 and the ASUS G750.
As you can see, many different manufacturers are making use of NVIDIA mobile GPUs in a wide range of systems. NVIDIA definitely seems to have the edge when it comes to mobile GPU chips as they are in the majority of systems that I've seen.
Samsung are preparing its ATIV Book 9 Plus notebook, which features a stunning 13.3-inch 3200x1800 SuperBright+ touch-capable display. There's 350 nits of brightness and 10-point touch input, with the 3200x1800 resolution providing 275 PPI.
Inside the ATIV Book 9 Plus, we have an Intel i5-4200U dual-core Haswell processor at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 128GB SSD, 3-in-1 card reader, webcam, integrated microphone and speakers, Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi. We also have two USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, mini VGA and a 1.8mm headphone/microphone combo jack.
Software wise, we have Windows 8 x64 of course. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus crams all of this into a notebook that measures in at just 13.6mm thick, and weighs just 1.39kg or 3.06 pounds. The South Korean company claim that its ATIV Book 9 Plus can run for up to 11 hours from a single charge. Just how much will all of this set you back? $1399, which isn't too bad considering you receive the 3200x1800 display.
Imagine the convenience of having a laptop that boasted 10 hours of battery life, yet only requires two hours in the sun to fully recharge. Sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? Well that fantasy is now a reality thanks to a Canadian company called WeWi Telecommunications and their revolutionary Ubuntu-based laptop dubbed the SOL. The laptop was designed with developing countries in mind where one may need computational power, but reliable grid-based electricity is something of a scarcity.
The SOL will feature a dual-core Intel Atom D2500 clocked at 1.86GHz with built-in Intel GMA 3600 graphics. 2GB stock or 4GB of RAM is optionally available alongside a 320 GB Seagate HDD. A 1366 x 786 pixel, 13.3-inch WXGA display is featured with a 3-megapixel webcam. Audio is headed up by a Realtek ALC661 HD chip with two built-in speakers and a built-in microphone.
Connectivity is headed up by three USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. 10/100 LAN and 802.11 b,g,n Wi-Fi is present alongside 3G/4G World Multimode LTE and Bluetooth 4.0. A headphone jack and an SD card reader round out the features. The SOL features fold-out solar panels on the back of the screen which allow the device to charge up in just two hours after spending a full 10 hours powered on. Expected to retail for around $300, more info is expected in a few days pending a company announcement.
Today, MSI unveiled the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming laptop. The GS70 is designed to accommodate the power needs of the most demanding gamer, while still maintaining extreme portability that is needed to take the next battle on the road. MSI says that the GS70 features a "lethal arsenal of cutting-edge components" that high-level gamers require to give them that extra edge over the competition.
The GS70 features Intel's latest 4th generation Core i7 4700HQ Haswell processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB graphics processor. Storage is available in two configurations that includes a dual 128GB mSATA SSD setup in RAID 0 with a 1TB HDD for mass data storage. The second configuration includes a single 128GB SSD with a 750GB HDD for file storage. Measuring in at just 0.85 inches thick, the GS70 only weighs 5.7lbs thanks to its all aluminum chassis.
Additionally, the laptop features a 17.3-inch full HD display, Killer E2200 Gaming NIC, a built-in headphone amplifier, four USB 3.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam, and a full color backlit gaming keyboard with anti-ghost keys from keyboard giant SteelSeries. MSI says that the dual-SSD version will retail for $1999.99, while the single-SSD version will cost consumers $1799.99
Origin PC have just unveiled their new EON 13-S notebook, which features a 13.3-inch LED backlit Full HD IPS display (with a matte finish). Inside of the new EON 13-S, we have a fourth-generation "Haswell" Core processor from Intel, and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 765M GPU.
You can choose between four different Intel Core i7 processors, starting with the i7 4700MQ clocked at 2.4GHz, i7 4800MQ @ 2.7GHz, i7 4900MQ running at 2.8GHz or the i7 Extreme 4930MX clocked at 3.0GHz. All four processors are quad-core parts with Intel's Turbo Boost technology. Origin PC have decided to offer up some great memory options, too.
For starters, we have memory options of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB which arrive in either generic 1,333MHz DIMMs, or you can opt for the much better Corsair Vengeance 1,600MHz sticks. There's room for three HDDs, including dual mSATA and RAID support. There's options for an external optical drive, Creative Sound Blaster audio, Killer Wireless card and even a Hauppauge WinTV Tuner through USB.
A new report from the China Times is suggesting that we may see Haswell-based Apple MacBook Pros arriving in stores and online in October. The report claims that supply chain sources said the production has been moving forward at a steady pace and everything is on schedule for the devices to arrive in the fall.
The update to Haswell will not offer much in terms of a performance gain, but users will see a massive increase in battery life over the previous generations of MacBook Pro. These rumors seem to confirm an earlier report from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities who said that:
Retina MacBook Pro to be slimmer slightly, along with a camera upgrade. We expect the 13" Retina MacBook Pro will have a slightly slimmer form factor for increasing its portability. Also, we think the camera spec will be upgraded from HD to full HD. This will improve Facetime and video conference quality in the high resolution Retina display.
This morning, Apple has laid to rest the number of issues that have been plaguing the new MacBook Air since release. A new software update has just been released that is said to fix certain Wi-Fi issues that were causing network connections to be dropped. This issue arose shortly after launch and caused a small uproar on the Internet when users were unable to connect to their networks after spending a small fortune on the next-gen device.
At the same time, other MacBook Air owners said they were experiencing a severe flickering of the screen when using Photoshop. Going into detail, they said that the issue seem to be more prevalent when using large brush tools or other high resolution add-ons for the popular image editing program. Additionally, a fluctuating volume issue arose early last week which affected video playback on some of the new machines.
Even though the Cupertino-based company never officially acknowledged any of these issues, this morning Apple released an update that is said to repair all of these problems. After scanning a few forums and doing a couple searches, it appears that this new update has indeed washed these bugs away forever. If you have a new MacBook Air and have not downloaded this update yet, head over to Source #2 below for the full download.
A report from Dutch website Tweakers.net just arrived that says Dell may be working on a laptop that will compete with Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with Retina display. The report says that a 15.4-inch Dell Precision mobile workstation is in the works and features a whopping 3200 x 1800 display. This is a pixel density much higher than the 2880x1800 Retina display featured on the MacBook Pro's.
Reportedly named the "Precision M3800," the device will feature a matte black surface with aluminum edges. The device will be powered by an Intel Haswell Core i7 4702MQ, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB HHD or 512MB SSD. Graphics crunching duties will be handled by an NVIDIA Quadro GPU, and the entire device will weigh in at just 4.5 pounds.
Engadget was able to confirm the existence of the Precision M3800 from Dell, but the company declined to reveal any other details saying that everyone can "stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks." The report from Tweakers.net suggests that the new device will cost between $1699 and $1999 which puts it in at $200-$800 cheaper than the equivalent Apple device.