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We've had a few RumorTT's on this bit of news over the last few months, where we've heard there'd be a 15-inch MacBook Air-style Pro model, where Apple would set the new MBA series against the onslaught of Ultrabooks, and that it was near production.
Now there's fresh rumors that the new 15-inch MacBook Air could ship next month, according to a vendor source at CU Exposed, a UK expo which had its spring event yesterday. Electricpig describes the vendor as a "premium Mac accessory maker," and "a key player in MacBook docking solutions". It's rumored that the new MacBook Air would throw the Ethernet port and optical drive away.
NVIDIA's Kepler GPU may not be available for the desktop yet, but Acer has let their latest Ultrabook, the Acer Aspire Timeline M3, go on sale, and the company has decided to lift the embargo early for the mobile part. Yippee!
This Ultrabook marks the first time NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs have been included in an Ultrabook. Acer's Aspire Timeline M3-581TG is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook that sports a full-sized keyboard. The M3 still sits within the constraints of Intel's Ultrabook restrictions, but still packs quite a huge punch in terms of performance.
Acer's M3 features an Intel Core i7-2637M (1.7GHz dual-core, 4MB of L3 cache), 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 3-cell Li-Polymer battery, and the standout feature: NVIDIA's GeForce GT 640M 1GB. The GPU in question is known as the GK107 which sports 384 cores and operates at up to 625MHz. When idling the GPU clocks down to 135MHz, with the standard clock rate sitting at 405MHz, while it can scale up to 625MHz, when needed.
Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 12.5" Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Ultraportable Laptop with Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, and More for $499 with FREE Shipping!
The Microsoft Store dropped the price of the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 3.04lb ultraportable laptop all the way down to just $499 with FREE shipping (thanks to a big $300 instant discount)! This magnesium covered 0.71" thick laptop features a 12.5" LED-backlit 1366 x 768 TFT, 1.33Ghz ultra-low voltage Intel Core i5-470UM processor (with Turbo Boost to 1.86Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, Webcam, HDMI out, 4-cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Deal ends 4/8/12 or while supplies last.
If the Razer Blade gaming notebook wasn't enough to get your juices flowing, some new details of Alienware's upcoming notebook should. We should expect three options with the new Alienware M17X R4 gaming notebook, a GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 660M or Radeon HD 7970M. Not bad at all if you ask me.
On top of this, there are also three different display options on the Alienware M17X R4. All there are 17.3-inch models, but we have a 1600x900 resolution screen, and then two 1920x1080 options. The first of which is just the standard 2D screen, while the other is a 3D, WLED backlight option. Whether this supports NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 technology, or AMD's 3DHD technology is another question.
There's also the option of color between red and black, and interestingly, the laptop is said to sport eDP (embedded DisplayPort) instead of LVDS for LCD communication. eDP is said to reduce the wiring footprint, and offers higher speed. We should also expect to see Intel's Ivy Bridge processor options in this laptop, too. Now what I want to know is, where and when can I get one of these bad boys?
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!