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The original Razer "the world's first true gaming laptop" Blade is loved by swarming groups of fans, but there are of course, critics who don't like it. I'm one of those people. Don't get me wrong, I love Razer gear. I rock their mouse and keyboard combos and love them. My BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition sits on my desktop as my everyday keyboard, and my Mamba, I love her to bits.
But the Blade was a bit of a miss for me, it had a lacklustre GPU that really made the Blade struggle when compared to other gaming laptops. The GPU in question was the GeForce GT 555M, which to me, just isn't powerful enough to let Razer claim its the "world's first true gaming laptop", but, it still sold in supreme numbers. Selling out, not once, but twice.
According to The Verge, ASUS are working on a major Ultrabook refresh, which should slide right onto shelves close to the time that Intel unleashes their Ivy Bridge CPUs, with The Verge getting their mits on the full spec sheets, oh boy!
Currently, we have the UX31 and UX21, with the replacement models the UX31A and UX21A, respectively. The similar model numbers may fool some, but the upgrades are pretty serious. Matte screen options are said to be available on both new models, with the highest spec sporting a 1920x1080 resolution, with an IPS-based display. Hot. Another bonus is, that's for both the 13.3-inch UX31A and the 11.6-inch UX21A.
If you opt for the IPS-based display, you'll be greeted with 350 nits of brightness, with the LCD-based display only sports 300 nits of brightness, and a drop of resolutions to 1600x900 and 1366x768 for the UX31A and UX21A, respectively. Intel Ivy Bridge-based processors will be found inside the new ASUS Zenbooks, with the low-voltage (17W TDP) models making an appearance, from the simple Core i3 model, right up to the powerhouse Core i7:
- Core i7-3517U, dual-core, four threads, 4MB L3, cache, 3GHz max Turbo Boost speed
- Core i5-3317U, dual-core, four threads, 3MB L3 cache, 2.6GHz max Turbo Boost speed
- Core i3-3217U, dual-core, four threads, 3MB L3 cache, 1.8GHz (no Turbo Boost)
Earlier on today we were invited to an Intel Ultrabook event at the Sherwood hotel here in Taipei where we got a run-down on Intel's Ultrabook technologies including Intel Rapid Start Technology, Smart Response Technology, Smart Connect Technology, Anti-Theft and Identity Protection Technology. All of the demos Intel ran at the event were actually rather impressive and paint the Ultrabook platform to be a very solid product in my eyes.
After the event we were allowed to go hands-on with all the Ultrabooks on display from ASUS, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Toshiba. Since many of you would have already seen these covered before, we opted not to focus on them, but what we did find was a brand new prototype / reference design next-generation Intel Ultrabook with a touchscreen display. That spiked your interest, right?
This is just a system built my Intel to show the capabilities of next-gen Ultrabooks and you won't actually be able to buy it. As I mentioned, it comes with a touchscreen display which bodes well for Intel's vision to build a platform which is premium portability, style and performance.
The video above gives you a rundown of the next-gen Ultrabook running Windows 7 along with Zinio beta software which provides the eBook touch software. Intel mentioned that the Zinio software is still in beta and not perfected yet, but from what we saw, the experience was pretty good...
Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP Folio 13 Ultrabook w/ Intel i5-2467M, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, 13.3" HD Screen - $799.99 Shipped Free!
HP has finally released a coupon code for its ultra sleek and compact Folio 13 Ultrabook PC! The HP Folio 13 is one of the more aggressively priced ultrabooks on the market! Check out the specs:
2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz)
4GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm)
128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) Flash Module
13.3" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - 6+ Hour Battery Life
HP Webcam w/ Integrated Digital Microphone
Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN & Bluetooth w/ Wireless Display Support
Full-size Backlit Keyboard
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
These are great specs for this HP Folio 13 Ultrabook! With the new coupon code, it is just $799.99 shipped free!
Use coupon code: WEEKLYDEAL301 for the $500 discount, expiring 3/7/12.
CeBIT 2012: GIGABYTE have just waltzed into CeBIT, holding three new devices under their arms. Enter the brand new U2442 Ultrabooks, as well as the P2542G gaming notebook. The two U2442 Ultrabooks come with separate specs, the first of which, the U2442N sports an Ivy Bridge-class Core i5 or i7, in a nice 18.5mm thick (at its narrowest point) and starts at 1.49Kg (3.3lbs).
The second one in this line, the U2442V trades in the standard voltage CPUs for ULV ones, but keeps the same 14-inch 1600x900-pixel display. Both of the U2442 Ultrabooks sport GeForce GT 640M GPUs with 2GB of memory, up to a 750GB hard drive, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and Thunderbolt connections.
The gaming laptop from GIGABYTE is quite interesting, sporting a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-capable display, an Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, GeForce GT 660 w/2GB RAM, a Blu-ray drive, THX-certified, dual-woofer sound system, and HDMI out, as well as the usual USB outputs. Throw me one of those gaming notebooks, GIGABYTE!
Our Deal of the Day is Microsoft - Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6" Laptop PC w/ Intel i7-680UM, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD - $549 Shipped Free!
The Acer Aspire TimelineX series is an ultra-portable laptop PC with some serious processing power. Check out the specs:
Just 3.09lbs & 1.1"
11.6" LED-backlit Acer CineCrystal (1366 x 768)
1.46 GHz Intel Core i7-680UM
4 GB DDR 3 1333 MHz
500 GB SATA 5400 RPM
802.11n + Bluetooth
1.3 MP HD webcam
6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery at 8 hours
This is a very loaded Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6" Laptop PC for just $549 shipped free!
Our Deal of the Day is Dell Inspiron 14z Thin Laptop, Core i3, 4GB RAM for $529.99.
Less than an inch thick, you can pick this up this laptop with a 14" LED TrueLife display with webcam for just $529 after a $100 off. You get a 2nd Gen Intel Core i3-2330M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB SATA hard drive, Intel Centrino Wireless N1030 + Bluetooth 3.0, 8x dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, 6 cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and a 1 year warranty. Set to expire 3/9/12 or while supplies last.
Dell have begun shipping their first Ultrabook, and for just $999, the Dell XPS 13 does look delicious. XPS 13 has been called one of Dell's best notebook designs to date, and is cheaper than it's Apple counterpart: the MacBook Air. Dell's XPS 13 also has a smaller footprint than competing 13-inch Ultrabooks.
At $999, the base configuration sports a 2nd-generation Intel Core i5-2467M processor at 1.6GHz (up to 2GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a 6-cell battery that is unfortunately, not removable. On top of this, the XPS 13 features a backlit keyboard, 1.3-megapixel webcam, Intel Centrino Advanced-N wireless, all backed up by Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
The chassis itself is impressive, constructed from machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base and magnesium palm rest with soft touch paint. XPS 13 measures in at just 0.24-inches at its thinnest point, and just 0.71-inches at its thickest. The default configuration weighs in at just 2.99 pounds.
If you'd like a bump in speed and storage, for $500 you can upgrade to the Core i7-2637M processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a 256GB SSD.
Our Deal of the Day is Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - IdeaPad Y470P Laptop with 14" Display, 2nd Gen Core i7, 8GB Memory, AMD Radeon HD 1GB and More for Only $799 with Free Shipping.
A huge savings on this very well equipped IdeaPad Multimedia laptop. You get the following:
14" HD LED display with integrated 2.0mp camera
2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM processor
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
AMD Radeon HD 7690 1GB graphics
8GB DDR3 1333MHz memory
Dual layer DVD+/-RW drive
6 cell battery
1 year warranty
Use ecoupon: 7DAYDEALS0223 (expires 2/29/12)
Our Deal of the Day is HP Home & Home Office Store - HP ENVY 15 Premium 15.6" Laptop PC w/ i5-2430M, Radeon 7690M, 6GB DDR3, Radiance Keyboard - $897.49 Shipped!
HP's new 15% off ENVY Laptops may not seem as good as the previous 30% coupon, but with the $250 instant rebate, you're actually getting a BETTER price by almost $50!
2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2450M, 2.5GHz to 3.1GHz
1GB AMD Radeon 7690M Graphics w/ HDMI and DisplayPort
6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
15.6" HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
Slot-Loading SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW
Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth w/ Wireless Display Support
Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
2 year limited warranty included
The ENVY 15 has been completely revamped and improved inside and out. It is a stunningly beautiful piece of work!
Use coupon code: NBE4836 for the 15% discount. Expires 02/25/2012 or after 450 uses.