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I love my 2011 Edition 17-inch MacBook Pro, I use it to do all of my TweakTown work and its just a workhorse, it doesn't generally skip a beat. I love it for it's IPS-based 17-inch 1920x1200-pixel panel, which is absolutely gorgeous. But, this news scares me.
Apple are rumored to take a leaf from the MacBook Air's design, and push this into their professional notebook line: the MacBook Pro. Apple have been waiting for Intel's shrunken-down Ivy Bridge processors before launching a new MacBook this year, and now AppleInsider are claiming that the shift will see Apple move their MBP line to be along the lines of the Air's design aesthetic, which will cover 11- to 17-inch models later this year.
This will include new, ultra-thin unibody enclosures that jettison yesteryear technologies like optical disk drives and traditional hard drives in favor of models with lightweight chassis that employ flash-memory based solid-state drives, instant-on capabilities, extended battery life, and rely on digital distribution for software and media.
"They're all going to look like MacBook Airs," one person familiar with the new MacBook Pro designs told AppleInsider. Meanwhile, existing MacBook Pro designs are expected to be phased out over the course of the year.
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When Razer first unveiled the "world's first true gaming laptop", they had people in a flurry of excitement. It then arrived, and promptly sold out of its first wave of stock, and only just a few days ago got their second wave of stock, which they again, promptly sold out of.
Razer are telling people through their Facebook page that they expect more stock to arrive on February 29th, and those who are signed up for the notification e-mail, will receive one as soon as stock is back at the Razer HQ. Razer are still one-upping the competition by continuing to offer the Razer Orochi Blade Edition to those who purchase the Blade gaming laptop.
If you want to check out some initial impressions of the Razer Blade by our own amazing Cameron Wilmot, check that out here. Whilst it doesn't do much for me, the laptop is popular on its own merit, in the form of selling out, twice.
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And it's not the sort you shave with. Even MS Word wants to change my "typo" to Razor instead of Razer. Razer will soon be bringing the Blade onto the market, promoted as the world's first true gaming laptop.
We managed to get some eyes-on time with the Razer Blade earlier today at the Taipei Game Show. Some young Taiwanese gamers were crowded around the laptop, waiting to get their turn on this so-called first true gaming notebook.
Razer had StarCraft II installed on it, probably one of if not the most popular games in Asia. We didn't provide any commentary in the video above, but you do get a good look at the system if you're interested in buying one when they come onto the market soon, for a hefty price.
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We've all heard of Razer's $2800 gaming notebook, Blade, a 17-inch insanely cool laptop. It's expensive when compared to other laptops, but hey, Razer has their followers and I really thought they'd sell well, but not this well.
Razer shared news of this on their Facebook page, where they revealed that the "overwhelming demand" for the Razer Blade has depleted their first wave of units, where they sold out in 30 minutes. How big this "first wave" was, is anyones guess. It could be 100, 1000 or 10,000.
Were you one of the lucky few to get your hands on the Razer Blade gaming laptop? Or do you know anyone who got their hands on it? If so, shoot me an e-mail and let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
Later this year, and much more in 2013, we should see Kinect on, or in, notebooks. Ultrabooks are set to be the new craze, Windows 8 will power these new Ultrabooks and Microsoft wants to step in between and place a Kinect motion-based device.
The Daily has some "sources inside Redmond" who have been kind enough to give some details on the upcoming Kinect-powered Windows 8 portables. It has been stated that it will be an "exclusive relationship," where Microsoft will license the technology out to manufacturers such as ASUS, but with conditions. Partners using Kinect won't be allowed to use competing motion-control tech in their devices, for example.
Prototypes are "in the wild," where Microsoft technicians have used them in places with a lot of audio and visual background noise, such as coffee shops and bars. It's also been said that Kinect absolutely kills battery life. One solution mentioned hints toward a clip-on unit, with its own battery pack.
NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs are expected any month now on the desktop side of things, but what about mobile parts, and more specifically, Ultrabooks? Well, reports are floating about that NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs could be found in Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks.
This makes them even more of a hotly-anticipated object, even for myself, I want a new Windows 8, touchscreen-based Ultrabook, but I don't want one without a proper GPU in case I want to do some gaming. We shouldn't expect anything over the top, as they will be low TDP parts and not high-end GPUs.
ASUS and Acer should have some products featuring Ivy Bridge and Kepler, but only time will tell. I think we could see a few Ultrabooks launch with decent hardware, but I think the fun will begin with Windows 8 and touchscreens.