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MSI have announced a new laptop which sports the second generation Intel processors as well as seeing an upgrade in its included GPU. The GT780GX sports an NVIDIA GTX 570M which has over triple the CUDA cores that the previous GX780 notebook had as well as a broader memory bus and more VRAM. In 3DMark Vantage, the GTX 570M scores double the GT 555M's performance.
MSI have also added an SSD by default, which comes in the Intel flavor as well as a storage drive in either 500 or 750GB 7200PM sizes. It also features the Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, a 17.3-inch 1600x900 or 1920x1080 display, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a 720p webcam and the usual connectivity. What pulls it away from all the other notebooks is that it sports the SteelSeries gaming-orientated keyboard, which includes LED lighting and can be set to various color schemes.
The keyboard offers tactile feedback, an ergonomic "golden triangle" gaming cluster, support for 10 simultaneous key presses and a durable design that should sustain a few rages.
With the ultrabook market really heating up of late, word of what ASUS has planned for this market segment by the second quarter of 2012 should ensure it's more lively again. We've seen a few pre-release Ultrabooks shown off lately from the likes of Acer, ASUS and Toshiba and they are already gathering quite a bit of attraction, but apparently ASUS will have some particularly aggressively priced Ultrabook models hit the scene in April 2012.
Digitimes reports that following the launch of 5 or 6 ultrabook models (11.6-inch and 13.3-inch variants) this coming October at tentative pricing starting at US$899 and going up, ASUS will then shift its focus onto Ivy Bridge and dish up ultrabooks based on this platform ranging from US$600-$900 for the entry-level segment; that is if ASUS' CEO Jerry Shen has his facts straight.
An Ivy Bridge powered ultra book for US$600? That oughta shake up the entire notebook market somewhat; certainly in the more entry/mid-range sectors where a similar amount of money to chunkier, heavier notebooks gets you a lighter, sleeker design without a performance or battery life trade-off.
The crew over at Engadget have been reporting live from IFA in Berlin which kicked into full swing today and share with us some hands-on time with a new slim and sexy Ultrabook offering from Acer on the horizon, the 13mm-thin, 13.3-inch sized Aspire S3.
Acer made promise of some pretty impressive specs and features during the press conference including seven hours of battery life, just 1.5 seconds to resume out of sleep mode, 2 seconds to connect to WiFi and solid performance thanks to the range of low voltage Core i3, i5 or i7 processors to choose from.
As mentioned, in efforts to compare their views to all the press hype, Engadget got some much anticipated hands-on time with the Aspire S3 which you can watch via the source link below. Further down the page you will also spot a second streaming video that focuses on Acer's claims of super fast resume from sleep (albeit slightly exaggerated).
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Don't have an Internet connection? Well, until now, the Google Chromebooks were pretty useless to you. But, Google are now taking steps in addressing problems with offline access to services such as Gmail, Calendar and Docs. Quoting the Gmail blog:
Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that's intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access . . .
Google Calendar and Google Docs let you seamlessly transition between on- and offline modes. When you're offline in Google Calendar, you can view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs you can view documents and spreadsheets when you don't have a connection. Offline editing isn't ready yet, but we know it's important to many of you, and we're working hard to make it a reality.
This will make the Chromebooks an actual, realistic laptop replacement. Nice work, Google.
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ASUS have confirmed they will release 6 different Ultrabooks in October, where they'll have their own product launch conference in New York. Prices will range from US$899 to US$1999 according to ASUS chairman Jonney Shih. Jonney hinted at the price drop in key components of the Ultrabook such as panels and DRAM has enabled them to lower the overall cost of Ultrabooks and with HP leaving its PC business and Dell and Toshiba not really interested in Ultrabooks, it leaves ASUS and Acer to grab the wheel for the Ultrabook market.
ASUS are set to launch the 5-6 Ultrabooks with 11.6 and 13.3-inch screen sizes, and finally, Intel have not accepted downstream partners' requests to cut Ultrabook CPU prices, but have offered to provide assistance to allow its partners to launch sub-US$1000 models, according to sources from upstream component players.
Razer has unveiled what they say is the "world's first true gaming laptop," which is a 17-inch (1920x1080), hugged by a full aluminum chassis which comes in at 0.88-inch thick and weighs 6.97lbs.
Razer has partnered with Intel and the Blade sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 2640M CPU, 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory and most surprisingly a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with Optimus technology. It also includes a 320GB HDD (where's the SSD, Razer!) and the usual USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0
Following the recent launch of Samsung's MeeGo running N100 netbook, stores are still awaiting to receive stock. Meanwhile, Samsung has just outed a slightly updated model in the N102, running the more widely accepted Windows 7 (Starter Edition).
Weighing in at just a fraction over 1Kg, the 10.1-inch netbook uses a typical 1024x600 resolution display, 1.33GHz Atom N435 CPU, 1GB of DDR3, 250GB HDD, and GMA 3150 IGP. Other features include 10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 4-in-1 card reader and a 3-cell battery.
The Samsung N102 is actually already available, providing you're in Russia that is (no word on when it'll hit the U.S. yet). Pricing works out to about $320 USD.
LG has just readied up its first 3D-capable notebook for market in Korea, the XNote series A530. It's a 15-inch notebook with the 3D-ready LED backlit display sporting a native 1080p resolution and an integrated stereoscopic webcam using two individual cameras to build a stereo 3D video stream via LG's own software.
Based on Intel Sandy Bridge with a 2nd Gen Core i7 processor, the XNote A530 uses a discrete GPU from NVIDIA, the GT 555M. The notebook will also ship with a software tool called "True 3D PT" which is said to allow users to create 3D presentations that can then be displayed in 3D on all capable displays and projectors.
No word when it'll hit other regions yet, or at what pricing.