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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.
Razer took to the stage today in San Fransisco to unveil two new gaming systems, the first of which is their new Blade Pro. The Blade Pro is "designed for work and play" and Razer is placing a bit of emphasis on billing these machines for the working professional, specifically graphics designers and the like.
The Blade Pro weighs in at 6.5 pounds, which Razer claims makes it the most portable 17-inch gaming laptop in its class. It's powered by a still-unannounced 47W TDP Intel Haswell chip, which is the most powerful CPU ever fitted into a Razer system. It's 10 watts higher in TDP than the previous Razer Blade.
It's graphics are provided by NVIDIA's new GTX 765M GPU, which we covered earlier today. Between the GPU and CPU, the Blade Pro is packing quite a bit of power--and heat--into its chassis. The system comes with 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM and a 128GB SSD, which can be upgraded to 256GB or 512GB. The Blade Pro goes on sale June 3 and starts at $2,299.
Also at today's event, Razer introduced a 14-inch Blade notebook. This features a 14-inch LED-backlit HD+ display and is also powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU and NVIDIA's new GTX 765M. 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD complement the system just as they do in the big brother discussed above. It too, will be available for pre-order June 3.
If you're a student looking to score a deal on a MacBook Pro, Apple has just enticed their offering. They've discounted the student price on the entry-level MacBook Pro to just $999. This represents a $200 discount over the price that the general public pays, though deals of this level aren't unheard of for sales.
The upgraded MacBook Pro has also been discounted to $1,299, which also represents a $200 discount off of retail pricing. It's interesting to not that these deals have not been transitioned to the Retina models. The MacBook Pros are excellent laptops and these deals are available to those who quailify for Apple's special education pricing.
Acer announced today that they are updating their C7 Chromebook line with new models that feature SSD's to improve boot times and responsiveness. Best Buy is one of the first companies selling the new models and has the Acer C710-2833 available for just $199, an impressive price considering it features an SSD.
The specifications for the Acer C710-2833 include an 11.6-inch display and Intel Celeron Processor 847. This 1.1GHz processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, Intel HD graphics, and a 4-cell battery. One important aspect that appears to be missing is USB 3.0
With the small (16GB) SSD, storage space will be at a premium and users will likely make use of external drives. It would be ideal for these drives to be able to communicate with the system over USB as it provides much more bandwidth than USB 2.0. Still, I can't complain with a price tag of just $199.
I'm just a little bit giddy about this latest announcement from HP. The company as of late is producing more and more products with features that actually matter to consumers in attempts to return to their previous glory. HP has announced a new Envy TouchSmart 14 laptop with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display.
That resolution is packed into a 14-inch screen. The Retina MacBook Pro, for comparison, features a resolution of 2,880x1,800 in a 15-inch display. This means the new HP should pack more pixels into a smaller screen, providing an even higher pixel density. Wow. The Envy TouchSmart 14 notebook will be available sometime in June after Intel launches Haswell.
We aren't sure just how much the machine will set you back, but the version with a 1366x768 display cost just $699. I would venture to guess that the display will be a $150-200 upgrade. We'll have more when this notebook launches, hopefully with a review shortly after.
According to a new report from DisplayBank, who is a division of market research firm IHS, around 10% of all Windows 8-based notebooks sold in Q1 2013 have a touchscreen. Their report claims that 46 million notebooks shipped in the three-month period, with 4.57 million of those being touchscreen-capable notebooks.
This means that compared to the previous quarter, touchscreen-based notebook sales have surged 51.8%. While sales of notebooks are strong, how many of those 4.57 million consumers actually put their hand forward and touch their screen for day-to-day use?