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Google I/O 2014 - You may not own a Chromebook personally, but Google is doing big things with its notebook platform. Google has 15 devices available in 28 countries right now, with many more planned for the future.
Google has said that ten of the top ten highest-rated laptops on Amazon right now are Chromebooks, an impressive statistic. When it comes to education, Google has seen a huge 600% growth in K-12 schools across the United States.
Computex 2014 - For those who don't want to opt for the 17.3-inch Aorus X7, GIGABYTE has the 13.9-inch Aorus X3 Plus which features a higher resolution display, but cranked down specifications for those who want a lighter, more portable gaming experience.
We have a 13.9-inch QHD display with a resolution of 3200x1800, Intel's Haswell-based Core i7 processor, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 870M with 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, dual M.2 512GB mSATA SSDs, and is just 0.9 inches (22.9mm) thick, weighing only 4.12 lbs or 1.87kg.
Computex 2014 - After seeing so much tech in my life, it takes something quite big to really impress me - but GIGABYTE did just that last week at Computex. The company had one of its latest Aorus gaming notebooks on display, running Battlefield 4 on a triple-screen setup for a total resolution of 5760x1080. Check out the video below:
Impressive, isn't it?! Inside of the GIGABYTE Aorus X7 gaming notebook, we have a 17.3-inch Full HD display, Intel's Haswell-based Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR3L-1866MHz RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GDDR5 GPUs in SLI, up to 3 x 512GB mSATA SSDs with a 2TB drive as storage, a 1920x1080 display with 72% NTSC Color Gamut, with all of this arriving in at just 0.9 inches thick, and just 6.6lb or 3kg in weight.
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.