And it's not the sort you shave with. Even MS Word wants to change my "typo" to Razor instead of Razer. Razer will soon be bringing the Blade onto the market, promoted as the world's first true gaming laptop.
We managed to get some eyes-on time with the Razer Blade earlier today at the Taipei Game Show. Some young Taiwanese gamers were crowded around the laptop, waiting to get their turn on this so-called first true gaming notebook.
Razer had StarCraft II installed on it, probably one of if not the most popular games in Asia. We didn't provide any commentary in the video above, but you do get a good look at the system if you're interested in buying one when they come onto the market soon, for a hefty price.
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We've all heard of Razer's $2800 gaming notebook, Blade, a 17-inch insanely cool laptop. It's expensive when compared to other laptops, but hey, Razer has their followers and I really thought they'd sell well, but not this well.
Razer shared news of this on their Facebook page, where they revealed that the "overwhelming demand" for the Razer Blade has depleted their first wave of units, where they sold out in 30 minutes. How big this "first wave" was, is anyones guess. It could be 100, 1000 or 10,000.
Were you one of the lucky few to get your hands on the Razer Blade gaming laptop? Or do you know anyone who got their hands on it? If so, shoot me an e-mail and let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
Later this year, and much more in 2013, we should see Kinect on, or in, notebooks. Ultrabooks are set to be the new craze, Windows 8 will power these new Ultrabooks and Microsoft wants to step in between and place a Kinect motion-based device.
The Daily has some "sources inside Redmond" who have been kind enough to give some details on the upcoming Kinect-powered Windows 8 portables. It has been stated that it will be an "exclusive relationship," where Microsoft will license the technology out to manufacturers such as ASUS, but with conditions. Partners using Kinect won't be allowed to use competing motion-control tech in their devices, for example.
Prototypes are "in the wild," where Microsoft technicians have used them in places with a lot of audio and visual background noise, such as coffee shops and bars. It's also been said that Kinect absolutely kills battery life. One solution mentioned hints toward a clip-on unit, with its own battery pack.
NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs are expected any month now on the desktop side of things, but what about mobile parts, and more specifically, Ultrabooks? Well, reports are floating about that NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs could be found in Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks.
This makes them even more of a hotly-anticipated object, even for myself, I want a new Windows 8, touchscreen-based Ultrabook, but I don't want one without a proper GPU in case I want to do some gaming. We shouldn't expect anything over the top, as they will be low TDP parts and not high-end GPUs.
ASUS and Acer should have some products featuring Ivy Bridge and Kepler, but only time will tell. I think we could see a few Ultrabooks launch with decent hardware, but I think the fun will begin with Windows 8 and touchscreens.
Just think, a year from now you could be shopping for a new notebook and it will be "Kinect-powered" with Windows 8. ASUS are reportedly working on two notebooks, powered by Windows 8 and sources at Microsoft have referred to them as "official prototypes", suggesting Microsoft are encouraging PC makers to bring the motion-based Kinect controller to their systems.
We have had hacks of Kinect been shown off, but the official launch of Kinect on PC isn't until February 1, just days from now. You'll be able to buy a Kinect kit at retail then, with Amazon listing it for $250. This is only $30 less than an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle, which leads us to believe it won't be too popular.
But people did say that when 3Dfx launched their Glide-based VGA cards, all we need are some great Kinect games that actually work very well, and it could sell without a problem.
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I've said it before, but I'll say it again: 2012 is the year of the Ultrabook. Acer seem to think so, too. They are planning on releasing their second-generation Ultrabook models come Q2 of this year, and a slew of new models are set to hit shelves in Q3.
Acer chairman, JT Wang says that Acer should have between 25- to 35-percent of its total notebook shipments based around the Ultrabook. Acer's first foray into Ultrabook's was the Aspire A3 which sold between 250,000 and 300,000 units in the first quarter after it launched. Acer claim that sales of their Aspire S5 tablet PC should be even better.
Sales in America and Europe have so far been slow, but Acer expect good numbers in Thailand, Southeast Asian market, Brazil and The Philippines. They also expect a nice 10-percent sales growth for 2012.
Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook, sports Ivy Bridge, Windows 8 and swivels its screen to turn into a tablet
CES 2012: I'm trying not to get excited for Windows 8-based notebooks, or ultrabooks, until something comes out that makes me sit back and think "Wow". Well, I think I'm getting to that point with Lenovo's ultrabook, IdeaPad Yoga 13.
Intel requires that all 13.3-inch (or smaller) ultrabooks to be, at most, 18mm thick. However, there is a provision that if the ultrabook has a touchscreen, it can be up to 20mm thick. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 sports a touchscreen, yet measures up at just 17mm thick. Yoga 13 does all of this without losing battery life, as Lenovo rates the Yoga good for over eight hours of use.
It doesn't just sport a touchscreen, it's an IPS panel to boot. The panel features very wide viewing angles that are perfect, as the Yoga's hinge allows the display to swing open 360-degrees and can convert itself into a tablet. Once the display spins beyond 180-degrees, the keyboard turns off and you can hold the unit and interact with it just like a tablet. Yoga 13 includes a soft-touch coating on the palm rest that ensures the system is easy to hold and won't slip or scratch if you place it on something in tablet mode.
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CES 2012: Something that has been needed for a while is external graphics for notebooks, but bandwidth has always been an issue. How do you solve this? Well, if you're MSI, you wait until Thunderbolt hits, wait until CES and then show it off in person.
MSI showed off "GUS II", which is a prototype at this stage and was hooked up to a MacBook Pro. GUS II had a Radeon HD 5770 rocking inside, and was rendering the Unigine Heaven demo, driving an external display. Better yet, MSI says that GUS II supports double-wise PCI-Express x16 graphics cards, with power consumption up to 150W. This is the most power available from a single PCIe slot, plus one 6-pin power connector.
Pricing and availability are, as usual, not known at this time. But, with Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, we could see Thunderbolt pulled into the mainstream and then we could see a sudden rush of external graphics. This means notebooks could be sold with integrated graphics and if you wanted any more GPU juice out of them, you could tap some Thunderbolt-powered external graphics.
CES 2012: Intel had quite a few announcements at CES 2012, and one of them was from Intel PC chief Mooly Eden where he says that so far, there are 75-plus Ultrabooks set to launch this year. Yes, more than 75 different Ultrabooks!
Out of these 75, 50-percent of them will sport 14- and 15-inch displays. This is a move to take some of those customers away from buying an Apple MacBook Air, as they'll be just as, if not more thin, light and inexpensive than their fruit-logo'd counterparts.
On top of this, Intel is kick starting one of their biggest marketing campaigns for the Ultrabooks. This new marketing campaign has been dubbed "A New Era in Computing". This will be Intel's biggest marketing campaign since 2003, so you can see they mean business. They haven't planned a launch this large since they introduced Centrino chips for Wi-Fi-capable laptops eight years ago.
Intel also stated that they will also team up with Nuance Communications, where they'll create voice recognition technology for Ultrabooks based on Nuance's Dragon voice command technology. The news just doesn't stop flowing from Intel, it seems.
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CES 2012: Ultrabook, ultrabook, ultrabook. Say it three times in front of mirror and it'll haunt you for this entire year. I think that's all we're going to see from companies this year, and it's not necessarily a bad thing, either.
Samsung unveiled their Series 5 line of ultrabooks, which include a 13-inch model and a 14-inch model which sports an optical drive. Both Series 5 ultrabooks are powered by Intel Core i5 processors, sport 4GB of RAM, eight-hour batteries and Intel integrated graphics. They also feature the same matte, 300-nit (1366x768) display that was in the Series 5 Chromebook.
The 13-inch model includes a 128GB SSD option, but both the 13- and 14-inch models feature a standard 500GB 5,400RPM drive, with 16GB of express cache for that faster boot time you all want, as well as speedy application launches. The Series 5 ultrabooks from Samsung weigh in at 3.5 and 3.95 pounds for the 13- and 14-inch models, respectively. While they may weigh in a bit heavier than other ultrabooks we've seen lately, they do sport a tonne of connectivity.
CES 2012 - During the "Meet the Executives" event at the GIGABYTE suite here at CES we ran into Nick from the notebook department where he was kind enough to introduce us to the new T1132N. It's similar to the older T1125N except it comes with a newer and faster CPU and CPU and some other nice bits such as USB 3.0.
The device is rather unique in that it can act as a notebook, tablet and desktop PC thanks to its functionality. The screen can twist 180 degrees and pushed down to become a slate-like device and when in tablet mode it can be installed in the included dock to turn into a desktop PC. The dock comes with a DVD player (which can also be removed and connected to the system via USB) and also some additional connectors such as gigabit LAN and USB 3.0 ports.
This 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch device comes with the Intel Core i502467M processor clocked at 2.3GHz, Intel HM65 Express chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GT520M 1GB graphics and a 500GB 2.5-inch HDD.
CES 2012: Acer started their CES unveiling with quite the bang, showing off its second ultrabook, the Acer Aspire S5. The Aspire S5 is due for a Q2 arrival, is just 15mm thick and weighs under 1.35kg.
It sports an Onyx Black magnesium-aluminum alloy cover, a 13.3-inch LCD screen, chiclet keyboard, an Intel Core processor, a solid state drive, and a MagicFlip I/O port panel, which includes HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectors. Thunderbolt, on an ultrabook? Very good news for 2012 products.
Acer also include their Green Instant On technology which provides super fast booting and resume, and the Always Connect solution which enables users to 'manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere'. At the moment, there's no details on Aspire S5's pricing.
A HP employee has sent The Verge a new video showing off a new ultra-think notebook from HP. The video has dramatic music that really, er, sets the mood for the launch of a new MacBook Air competitor.
Is it thinner than the MBA or the upcoming ultrabooks? There's nothing more than a 30-second tease, and then "Spectre" at the end. One thing is for certain, is if HP are showing off (well, at least have a video that an employee can "leak") then the Spectre must be close to release.
CES is next week, so we might actually see some Spectre action in Las Vegas. The Verge reports that it may be the 14-inch HP Envy 14 Spectre, which showed up at the FCC just two weeks ago. Only time will tell, and when that time comes, HP will either hit or miss.
Razer Blade gaming laptop delayed until January, offers free Razer Orochi Blade Edition mouse for the wait
For those of you wishing for one of Razer's Blade gaming laptops for Christmas, Santa will not be delivering it. Razer has delayed the laptop because of a delay in relation to Razer swapping out the mechanical 320GB hard drive with a 256GB solid-state drive.
In a note on Facebook to fans, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced that the company received an "overwhelming response from the press and gamers for the Razer Blade." Tan says that the delay is a result of an SSD shortage, and now will miss the Christmas ETA. The Blade will reportedly ship in mid to late January for North American customers.
Razer is making up for the delay by letting customers sign-up to be notified of when the Blade will ship, by offering a coupon for a free Razer Orochi Blade Edition gaming mouse. Now, this is how you keep your customers happy, by offering them a free mouse for just waiting another month.
This rumor has been heating up for a while now, but some news posted by DigiTimes this morning is reporting that the high-DPI panels will hit the MacBook Pro's, too.
They say that a "new MacBook Pro lineup" sporting 2880x1800 displays, which "sources in the upstream supply chain" should see the light of day in Q2 2012. That resolution is 400-percent more pixels than the current 13-inch MacBook Air displays, which have a resolution of just 1440x900.
Quadrupling the number of pixels is the same tactic Apple used when they put the "Retina" display into the iPhone 4 when compared to the 3GS.
If Apple do this, it might make me want to upgrade my 17-inch MacBook Pro, yes it has a nice IPS panel with a 1920x1200 resolution, but 2880x1800... oh my.