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It looks like Chromebooks are here to stay. Leading laptop manufacturer HP accidentally leaked information on their new 14-inch Chromebook Pavilion. The new Chromebook will see the light of day officially on February 17. Specifications are light, as are all Chromebooks, but the machine should prove formidable for most web tasks.
It will come sporting an Intel Celeron 847 CPU, which clocks in at a mere 1.1GHz. Graphics will be provided by an Intel HD GPU. RAM is a mere 2GB of DDR3, which could prove to be a problem if you surf the web like I do. It will store data locally on a 16GB SSD. The 14-inch screen will pump out a resolution of just 1366x768.
As far as connectivity, you'll get three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Ethernet, and an SD card reader. The battery is only 2.55Ah, which is slated to run for four hours and 15 minutes.
It's hard to pass up a good deal, especially when it's on something that rarely ever gets put on sale. For instance, an Apple MacBook Air. Best Buy, as part of its Winter Doorbuster Days sale, has the Apple MacBook Air on sale for $200 off, which is quite the deal. This means the 11-inch Air with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD is only $799.99.
The 13-inch MacBook Air with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD is $999.99. You can get the sale both online and in store, though the offer is only while supplies last. You can also pick up an OtterBox case for 30 percent off, or get a free $20 gift card with the purchase of a 16GB iPod nano.
The MacBook Airs are available on BestBuy's website.
The Ultrabook market continues to swell, especially now that Windows 8 is here. LG have unveiled a new Ultrabook, dubbed the LG U560. LG's U560 sports a 15.6-inch display and wait for it... an optical drive!
Yes! An optical drive in an Ultrabook - with it all being crammed into an Ultrabook that weighs in at 4.3 pounds and is just 0.82 inches thick. The 15.6-inch panel is of an IPS variety, an Intel Core i5 CPU cranks along inside, with discrete GPU, a normal HDD as well as an SSD. The U560 will launch in South Korea at first, but it should float across the pond eventually.
I was one of the lucky Australian's, and lucky overall, to get a Nexus 4 with the first stock that dropped, but now the super popular smartphone will reach Australian stores on February 1.
The 16GB version will set you back $499 which is much more than the $399 pricing on the Google Play Store ($349 for those in the US). You can get it slapped onto an Optus plan, which will drop the total price to around AUD$35 a month, which is not too bad at all.
When compared to unlocked competitors' phones, the Nexus 4 is still not priced too badly. The new iPhone 5 will still set you back hundreds more.
If you want one of Apple's shiny 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros but don't want to pay sticker price, you're now in luck. Apple has added refurbished models of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to its online refurb store. The best part about this is that the sticker price is 15 percent less than a new model.
Apple's refurbished products are basically new. They are packaged like retail products and come with the same one-year AppleCare warranty. It's interesting to note that the 13-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro made it into the store quicker than the 15-inch version did. The 13-inch version came to the store just about two weeks after the 15-inch version did. However, it released months later in October.
Since its release the Chromebook has been a two-way street with only two companies choosing to build the Google OS devices. Lenovo has decided to join the ranks of Samsung and Acer and produce a Chromebook of its own.
Lenovo has announced that it is producing a Chromebook based on its X131e ThinkPad. It seems that the only hardware difference between the X131e and the X131e Chromebook is the lack of an AMD processor, and of course one runs Windows and the other Chrome OS.
Lenovo says that the X131e Chromebook is the perfect solution for K-12 schools because it is rugged, sports an 11.6-inch screen, and only runs light-weight web-only software and will not increase the schools IT department's overhead. The new Chromebook will only be available to institutional customers making volume bids, so don't count on owning one yourself at this stage.
We already have Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung, but it looks like another player is about to put boots on the ground in the war on Chromebooks. Lenovo are set to add their devices into the Chromebook fight.
The news comes from TheStreet, and would see Lenovo diving into the fight if they could get business-orientated users on board with the plan of offering up a cheap notebook solution. TheStreet thinks that Lenovo could start selling Chromebooks as early as mid-May, with pricing starting at just $299.
Lenovo would offer up a higher-end Chromebook, which would see pricing scale up to $499. We should expect screen sizes of 11.6-, 12.5-, 13- and 14-inch. With multiple models on offer, Lenovo would show confidence to the world that they're not just experimenting with Chromebook, but they're in it for the long haul.
CES 2013 - The Lenovo Thinkpad Helix comes with the keyboard you have come to expect on a Thinkpad product, along with a screen that is removable to become a tablet. The Helix features a Core i7 processor and full HD IPS screen, with RAM options up to 8GB and storage options up to a 256GB SSD.
The Helix, in tablet mode, just feels right in the hand. It's not too heavy and not too light. The keyboard dock features an extended battery to give the combined machine more battery life.
Lenovo also showed off the Thinkpad Carbon Touch, table-top PCs, and other devices, such as smartphones. You can expect to hear more about these later.
CES 2013 - I got a chance to go hands on with MSI's newly announced S20 slider and I'm pretty impressed. It's light, yet it is supposed to get at least 5 hours of battery life, all while featuring a full Intel Core experience. I do have one qualm with it though.
It features a keyboard when the screen is slid back. It's great and would be exactly what I'm looking for in a tablet. However, if you touch into a text box while the screen is slid back, meaning the keyboard is exposed and usable, the on-screen keyboard pops up. It's minor, but would definitely annoy me.
Otherwise, the thing is pretty awesome.
While Microsoft are having issues with sales numbers of Windows 8-based devices and Apple continue to push their awesome Retina-based MacBook's, it is the Linux-based Chromebook from Samsung and Google that is topping Amazon's charts.
Listed at just $249, with Amazon selling it for up to $317 - as demand is driving up the price and retailers are taking advantage of this. Even at $317, which is $68 more than its list price, it is still cheaper than all of the other 20 laptops in Amazon's top 20 laptop list. What makes the Chromebook such a huge seller?
After its price being the number one reason, secondly just about anyone can use it as a Chromebook is pretty much just a Chrome web browser-based notebook, and that is definitely not a bad thing. Linux is churning away underneath, but you don't see that on top of the OS. Most people turn away from a Chromebook because they think Google's many services are all online-only, but they're not.