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Computex 2014 - The Clevo notebooks are something I just have to see when I'm at Computex, with this year being no different. There were a few great notebooks on display, but the standout was definitely the P377SM-A.
With a name that will make it hard for people to remember it, or notice it, the Clevo P377SM-A is a powerhouse of a notebook. Clevo has crammed in an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor into the 17.3-inch notebook, a display that features a resolution of 1920x1080. The GPUs (yes, plural) in the notebook packs quite the punch. There's an option of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 880M in SLI, or AMD's Radeon R9 M290X in CrossFire.
For storage, we have two HDDs, or two SSDs, Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 3, and a gaming keyboard. It's a beauty in person.
ASUS has unveiled its latest addition to the line of Republic of Gamers gaming notebooks. The latest addition to that series of notebooks is a 15.6-inch machine that uses an Intel Core i7 processor. The specific processor under the hood of the gaming notebook is the Core i7-4700HQ.
The machine has an Intel Mobile HM86 chipset and offers up to 16GB of RAM. The 15.6-inch screen uses AG IPS FHD tech with an LED backlight. The native resolution of the optional screen is 1920 x 1080 and the screen promises 178-degree viewing angles. The standard display is a 15.6-inch AG HD LED unit with resolution of 1366 x 768.
Computex 2014 - GIGABYTE has come out swinging at Computex this year, unveiling its new super powerful, but also very light 13-inch gaming notebook, the AORUS X3.
GIGABYTE has crammed in quite an array of technology into its AORUS X3 notebook - with it coming in two models, the X3 which is a 13.3-inch model, and the slightly bigger X3 Plus which comes in at 13.9 inches. The X3's 13.3-inch display has a resolution of 2560x1440, but you can opt the X3 Plus with either the 2560x1440 panel, or go one better with the QHD+ 3200x1800 display.
When it comes to pushing those pixels in games, you need a serious GPU, right? Well, GIGABYTE has used the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 6GB of RAM, something that should ensure you keep those FPS numbers up high. There's two 512GB Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 for your storage needs, while 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM will keep everything running smooth.
Lenovo has unveiled a new Chromebook that has a cool trick that other devices on the market lack. That cool trick is a screen that can be folded into different positions. The machine is called the N20p and it is aimed at the education market where price is often the deciding factor when it comes to a purchase.
Lenovo's N20p Chromebook will sell for $329, a cheaper standard Chromebook called the N20 lacking the folding screen is offered for $279. That N20p is more like the Yoga line of tablets with a screen supporting 10 points of touch and a hinge that allows the screen to be folded backwards up to 300 degrees.
Apple has just refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, pushing in Intel's Haswell-based processors. The entry-level model now sports the faster 1.4GHz Core i5 processor, versus the 1.3GHz processor in the model that was shipping to consumers, until yesterday that is.
The company has also slashed $100 from the price of each MacBook Air, with the 11-inch MBA starting at $899, while the 13-inch now starts at $999. Other than that, in typical Apple fashion, nothing else has changed. The base configuration still includes a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. We haven't seen the new MacBook Air's shrink, like we expected, so that should hopefully come later in the year. a
Traditionally, Android has widely been reserved for devices under 10-inches in screen size, and even then, unless the device was a tablet or phone, it was always the second OS on the system. Today a leaked video has given us some insight into what could be the next Slatebook from HP. If true, the video means that HP will be one of the first OEMs to release a fully Android powered laptop in the 14-inch class.
The video has been removed due to HP claiming a copyright violation, but it depicted a 14-inch Slatebook from HP that would be running Android as its sole operating system. The screen would be a full 1920x1080 resolution, and would feature a quad-core NVIDIA SoC. The device would feature a touchscreen so Android's soft-keys could still be utilized, and they would also be on the physical keyboard. Hit the source link below if you like, but unfortunately the video is long gone.
Apple's next-gen MacBook Air will arrive as an 11.6-inch device, but the feats of engineering required to get it thinner than the already-thin MacBook Air we all know and love have seen the company hire another watchmaker, according to our friends over at MobileGeek.
MobileGeek's sources in the supply industry claim that Apple's next MacBook Air will be "even thinner, lighter, and above all more compact". According to people familiar with the matter, Apple has hired an extra watchmaker for the development of the new MBA. The watchmaker has the experience in working with highly complex, and very small components.
What Apple wants to see, is an 11.6-inch MacBook Air released, but on the dimensions of the classic 10.1-inch netbook form factor. If there's a company that can get the engineering and design right, it's Apple. It should be quite the small notebook when released later this year.
Apple's already-thin MacBook Air might be a little thinner with its successor, which will reportedly ship as a 12-inch device, featuring a "fanless" design. The current MBA has a tiny, but very quiet fan.
The new MBA would also replace the mechanical "clicker" in the track pad, which would see a gesture-only and tap control, instead of physical clicks. Right now, the MacBook Air comes in two display sizes, 11.6- and 13-inch. Providing a 12-inch screen with a Retina resolution, and being even thinner, would be quite the device from Apple.
If Apple could surprise, and make the screen disconnect from the keyboard, now that would be a nice change. Imagine if when it was disconnected, it flicked off from OS X and enabled iOS, making it a 12-inch tablet. We've already heard about an iPad Pro... why can't this be it?
Laptops capable of playing the latest video games are quickly becoming the norm, and today GIGABYTE has added another high-performance gaming notebook to the mix. The new P34G V2 is a 14-inch Ultraforce gaming laptop that is just 20mm thick and weighs less than three-pounds. GIGABYTE says that the Ultraforce P34G V2 is the company's answer to the fast growing demand for ultra-powerful notebooks, and delivers heavy-weight performance in a light-weight package.
"This new breed of gaming laptop grants gamers superior mobility as well as uncompromised performance, readying users with full-throttle gaming on major titles and bringing a whole new definition to gaming on the go. The simple yet sleek style makes P34G v2 a great choice for business people that like to kick back and game on the side when not presenting or typing up reports on the P34G v2," GIGABYTE said in a release.
Last summer we took our first look at an ASUS Republic of Gamers notebook computer. The machine we tested was an ASUS ROG G750JX unit. ASUS has announced that it is adding in some new models to that G750 line. The new models include the G750JZ, G750JM, and G750JS.
All three of the machines are very similar and look just like the notebook we tested last year. In fact, ASUS only tells us the common features the machines have. We know that the series will use NVIDIA GTX 800M series GPUs. I suspect that which GPU is inside is most of the difference between the three models.
Buyers will be able to get the machines with up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M GPU inside. That GPU has 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and was announced earlier this month. The notebooks will also use fourth generation Core i7 processors, likely to be another differentiating factor between the three models.