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iPads may reign as champions now, but once touch-enabled Windows 8-powered Ultrabooks arrive, their days as undisputed leader will (in my opinion) be numbered. Intel is now strongly encouraging manufacturers to implement touch technology in upcoming Ultrabooks says Intel product manager Anand Kajshmanan.
Kajshmanan told PC World that Intel fundamentally believes in the concept and future of touch. Intel believe its the perfect time for touch screen notebooks, considering Windows 8 is slated to launch later this year. Kajshmanan expects notebooks with touch-enabled screens to drop in late-2012, and if not, 2013 at the latest.
He also expects to see a big increase in convertible touch screen notebooks such as Lenovo's Yoga which was shown at CES 2012, and something I was really interested in. Kajshmanan notes that enabling touch screen support on notebooks adds around $100 to the price, considering they'd already be at the ~$1000 price, this isn't too bad.
MSI's latest notebook includes 'Super RAID', is capable of pushing over 900MB/sec average read speed
MSI's latest gaming notebook is quite the gem, first up we have some delicious specs such as a keyboard designed by SteelSeries, a Killer NIC, Dynaudio speakers and a 17.3-inch Full HD display. Topping this off, we have a mobile variant of Intel's Ivy Bridge, and a 600-series mobile GPU from NVIDIA. You'd think that with those specs, MSI have the bragging rights already, yes? No.
MSI seem to have decided that running RAID with two HDDs wouldn't be enough so they started over and came up with something they call Super RAID. The picture above shows off a normal WD Scorpio Black 2.5-inch 500GB storage drive, but if you look to the top left, where the second HDD normally goes we can see a pair of mSATA SSDs smashed onto a small PCB which takes up less than half the space a regular 2.5-inch sized SSD or HDD would take up.
The SSDs you see are a pair of OEM models from SanDisk, and seem to be a pair of U100 drives. This notebook has two 64GB drives installed, with the RAID element of this setup handled by Intel's chipset. The 64GB models aren't the fastest mSATA's SSDs on the market with rated sequential read speeds of up to 450MB/sec and write speeds at 220MB/sec. In RAID 0 however, they're entirely different beasts.
We know that there will be ARM-based Windows 8 products, but what of mobile chip superstar Qualcomm? Well, you can rest easy now knowing that Qualcomm senior VP, Rob Chandhok said on Friday that the quad-core version of the Snapdragon S4 would hit Windows 8 notebooks.
Chandhok went one better, though: he expects the company will show up Intel's Ultrabook concept with thinner designs and longer battery life, and who would complain about that? They would share the 28nm process behind the dual-core versions, but the extra power in the quad-core chips would make them much better solutions for gamers and users of more intense applications.
We should expect to not see Snapdragon S4-based Ultrabooks on the Windows 8 launch in October, but we could be surprised. There should be a few NVIDIA- and Texas Instruments-based devices, with Snapdragon-based devices arriving shortly after.
Personally, I am glad to see this and I think we're going to see a change in the industry shortly. We don't need 8- or 12- or 16-core processors at 5GHz for e-mail, Facebook and casual gaming. iOS-based devices sell more units than most companies sell processors or GPUs in a quarter, and are more than fast enough to handle most tasks thrown at them. We're going to see the IT industry move toward more of these designs, and I believe Windows 8 is going to really nurture that.
Deal of the Day: Samsung Series 3 15.6" Laptop, AMD quad-core A8, plus more, just $499 plus shipping!
Today's Deal of the Day is Wal-Mart - 15.6" Samsung Series 3 Laptop with Quad-Core AMD A8, 6GB Memory, 640GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, HD Webcam, and More for $499 plus Shipping!
Walmart has the 15.6" Samsung Series 3 Laptop for $499 plus $4.97 shipping. It features a 1.8Ghz quad-core AMD A8-3510MX processor (TurboCore to 2.5Ghz), 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 640GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, AMD Radeon graphics, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP HD webcam, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, 10/100/1000 networking, multi-in-one media card reader, 10/100/1000 networking, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.
Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 13.3-Inch Asus U36SD Ultraportable Laptop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 640GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, Webcam, Wireless-N, and 2 Year Warranty for $599 with FREE Shipping!
The Microsoft Store has a great price on the 13.3" ultraportable Asus U36SD laptop at $599 with FREE shipping after $400 instant discount. This laptop is just 19mm thick (0.74") and weighs in at just 3.66 lbs. It features a 2nd gen 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5-2410M processor (with Turbo Boost 2.0 to 2.9Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 640GB hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M video, Intel Wireless Display WiDi, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5-in-1 media card reader, 0.3MP webcam, HDMI out, 10/100/1000 networking, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 2 year warranty. Ends 4/8/12 or while supplies last.
Today's Deal of the Day is Dell Home - 17.3" HD+ Dell Inspiron 17R with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5, 6GB Memory, 500GB HD, DVD Burner, Wireless-N, and More for $549.99 with FREE Shipping, plus FREE $25 Dell e-Gift Card!
Thanks to a price drop in the "market value" of this configuration (was $748.99, now $709.99), a $160 instant discount now takes the price of this laptop down to $549.99 with FREE shipping, plus get a $25 Dell Promotional e-Gift Card too! This configuration includes a 17.3" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED-backlit TrueLife TFT, 2nd gen 2.5Ghz Intel Core i5-2450M processor (with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.1Ghz), 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 with Bluetooth 3.0, 1MP HD webcam, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty. Ends TONIGHT, 3/21/12 at 11:55PM CT.
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.