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HP's slip up has allowed us to gain some new information regarding Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge, AMD's upcoming Trinity, and nVidia's upcoming mobile chips, along with HP's upcoming models. HP appears to be increasing the technology included in their base models. Pictures and specs are worth more than a bunch of words, so without anything more, let me introduce the dv4:
This computer features Intel's upcoming i7-3610M which is apparently a quad-core part. It features 4GB of RAM clocked at 1600Mhz, a 1TB hard drive, and a GeForce 630M. Next is the dv6, which is similar. The only difference is it takes a step down in the storage department by featuring only a 750GB hard drive.
NVIDIA may be laying down the rose petals for the love fest that will be their GEFORCE GTX 680, but the notebook sector is about to get a nice performance boost in the GPU department thanks to Kepler. We already saw some of those results in the news yesterday with Acer's Aspire M3 Ultrabook, which sports the new 640M, and it was pretty fast.
But now we have some results to share where its versed against some competition, with the AMD Radeon HD 6990M, Radeon HD 6720G2, and NVIDIA's own current GeForce GT 555M, and just for good measure, Intel's HD 3000 graphics were thrown into the mix. Let's see what was stirred up.
All game tests were done at a resolution of 1366x768, with 3DMark 06 and DOW 2: Retribution, the GT 640M seemed to be behind the GT 555M, but managed to smash it in 3DMark 11 and Battlefield 3. Some of the current most-popular games, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Batman: Arkham City, were found to be playable at this resolution, playable being over 35fps.
Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 18.4" Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 Laptop PC w/ i7-2630QM, 8GB RAM, 1920x1080, NVIDIA GeForce GT555M, USB 3.0, FireWire - $999 Shipped Free! Includes $200 Microsoft Store Credit!
Considered the best big screen laptop by Computer Shopper, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 will certainly turn heads with its ginormous 18.4" display running at Full HD 1920x1080 resolutions. Not only that, it also has a detachable touchpad that serves as a remote! Check out the specs:
2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad Core Processor
18.4" LED-backlit Full HD (1920x1080) Screen w/ Edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass
NVIDIA GeForce GT555M w/ 2 GB Graphics Memory
8GB DDR3 1066MHz System Memory
750GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive
4x Blu-ray Disc/DVD SuperMulti DL Drive
1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0 w/ eSATA, HDMI, FireWire
8-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (up to 5.5 hours)
802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth
Detachable Touchpad Remote Control
This is not just a desktop replacement. This configuration much more powerful than most desktops out there. Right now you also get a FREE $200 Credit on Future Microsoft Store purchases!
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...