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CES 2015 - Fully optioned with dual NVIDIA GTX 980m video cards and up to 32GB of RAM supporting a 1080p 18" display, MSI's newest addition to the gaming world is the GT80 Titan laptop and it even comes with a full Cherry MX Brown keyboard - by SteelSeries.
Weighing in at 10 pounds, this beast has upgradeability in mind. With the ability to swap out your dual video cards for NVIDIA MXM mobile graphics, the laptop has a panel on top allowing you access to M.2 SSD slots, RAM bays and a 2.5-inch drive bay. According to MSI, their 350-watt power brick and dual-GTX 980 combo can provide almost the same performance as a single desktop GTX 980 card - further mentioning that the GT80 can support three screens, providing users with one HDMI and two DisplayPort connections.
The system MSI has on display at CES will set back users a whopping $3,700 due to its Intel Extreme 4980HQ CPU, 24GB of RAM, 1TB HDD and two 128GB M.2 SSDs running in RAID. However if the base model is more your flavor, you can expect to pony up $3,300 for your very own model.
PC and laptop company Velocity Micro has announced a new effort to build custom configured laptops that will be completed with lead times of three days or less.
The NoteMagix M17 starts at $1,199 with the following options: 17.3" full HD display, Intel Haswell Core i7 CPU options, NVIDIA GTX 850M options, integrated optical drives and integrated camera and fingerprint scanner.
The Raptor MX50 starts at $1,899 with the following: 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS screen, which can be upgraded to 3840x2160, Intel Haswell Core i7 CPU options, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M and 980M options, and integrated camera, fingerprint scanner, backlit keyboard.
If you're looking to cram a ton of pixels into a small place, you might need to start looking into Dell. They've just announced, and launched, their new XPS 15 laptop - featuring a 4K UHD display that features touchscreen technology.
Powered by 4th Generation Intel Core Technology, the base system will get you an i5-4200H running at up to 3.4GHz, all the way up to the top-dog offering you an i7-4712HQ at up to 3.3 GHz. With all models coming pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and between 8GB - 16GB of RAM, there's no denying that this laptop will last you an extended period of service if you're using it for general purposes.
If the top model is more your choice, you'll even get a 512GB SSD thrown in along with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M - all wrapped up in a 4.44 lbs package.
Featuring the world's first virtually border-less infinity display, 15 hours of battery life and powerful mobile performance - Dell are claiming to offer the world's smallest 13-inch laptop, providing all that you could want in a 13-inch, compacted down to the size of your regular 11-inch offering.
Released with Windows 8.1, this laptop also boasts the longest battery life available of any 13-inch offering on the market. Coupling this with an optional UltraSharp Quad HQ+ infinity display, this laptop features only 5.2mm bezels.
Alienware have announced the release of their new 15 and 17 laptops - described in their recently issued press release as "gaming excellence on-the-go, desktop-class graphics at home."
Both featuring Windows operating systems, these beastly portable systems come with optional upgrades to Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and NVIDIA GTX 980m graphics - while being marketed as compatible with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier . These two laptops are 20 percent thinner than their predecessors and contain full-powered performance components with no throttling.
In an interesting advancement, it's claimed that "the notebooks enable their video cards with 100 percent of their rated wattage to deliver maximum graphics performance when a gamer needs it. Intel Core i7 models will even automatically overclock when you plug your laptop into the Alienware Graphics Amplifier," meaning that you're high-grade CPU won't be left behind when playing the most taxing of games.
CES 2015 - Lenovo's Carbon and T450 models have received a special upgrade, in the form of Intel's new Broadwell processors. They're also being treated with new wireless technologies including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, smaller sizing and a longer battery life.
Their ThinkPad Carbon X1 now measures at only 17.7 millimeters thick and comes in at 1.3 kilograms. Often described as perfectly suited for business purposes, this line of laptops will feature the fifth-generation Intel processor offerings and a 10 - 11 hour battery life. According to Steve Gilbert, the director of worldwide product marketing for Lenovo's commercial group, Intel's i-series chips were used over their lower-power consuming M series because "our business customers continue to demand the best from our products."
This model will now include its internal SSD connected through PCI-Express 3.0 technology, supporting up to 512GB of total storage. Further to this, you'll be able to throw in up to 8GB or DDR3 RAM, display your work at a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and connect to your networks via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE mobile broadband. More features include a lackluster 720p webcam and a price of $1,249 - set for shipping later this month.
CES 2015 - Having crept under the recent release of their new Chromebook 15, Acer have also announced they are adding touchscreen technology to their Chromebook 13 line - described as "the industry's first Chromebook powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor" in their recently issued press release.
Featuring an Intel core i3-processor, a vibrant 13.3-inch display and a battery life of up to 13 hours when displaying at 1366x768 resolution or 11.5 hours at 1920x1080, this offering will be available with touch technology as soon as January 2015.
Known for being rather small and light, Chromebooks generally contain screen sizes of 11.6 or 13.3 inches, however Acer have just announced their super-size Chromebook addition - featuring Intel's new Broadwell chip and NVIDIA's Tegra K1 to help boost performance. With the price starting at $249.99, it's not too much of a burden on the bank either.
Weighing only 4.8 pounds, this Acer Chromebook offering comes fully loaded with support for up to 4GB of DRAM and 32GB of SSD storage, an inbuilt webcam, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. As for further storage and connection, expect it to feature USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader and a single HDMI output.
As with all Chromebooks, this laptop will feature Chrome OS. Chrome OS requires an internet connection for many of its applications to function and will also update its in-built security measures regularly. Said to be paired well with Intel's new Broadwell chips - you can expect Chromebooks in general to become faster and with a longer battery-life.
Samsung has just unveiled its new Ativ Book 9 ultrabook, a new device that features a beautiful 12.2-inch 2560x1600 display, providing a nice brightness level of 700 nits when you turn on its outdoor mode.
The new 2015 model has Samsung improving the keyboard with a scalloped design that is better on your fingers, and so much more. We have Intel's new Core M processor inside, and built-in Wolfson lossless audio player and native FLAC support, with Samsung putting in some serious focus into the audio this time around, which is a nice surprise.
Samsung is starting the price of the new Ativ Book 9 at $1,199.99 with 4GB of RAM and an 128GB SSD, while for an extra $200 at $1,399.99 you'll get yourself double the RAM and SSD, at 8GB and 256GB, respectively.
Now, we're hearing about a new 12-inch MacBook Air that is expected to shift into mass production in 2015, and should launch toward the middle of the year. According to DigiTimes' supply chain sources, the new 12-inch MBA will feature Intel's new Broadwell processor, with units of the new MacBook Air to be in extremely limited supply with yield issues being a problem.
Apple has been rumored to adopt a new form factor that would sport a buttonless trackpad, and passively cooled internals. Intel's new Core M processor will help that along, as they just launched last month. We should see Apple launch a new Silver, Gold and Space Gray MacBook Air in the New Year.