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Alongside showcasing its new flagship ZenFone 2 smartphone and the ultra-portable world's thinnest ZenBook UX305 in Manhattan recently, ASUS CEO Jonney Shih also talked about the powerful ZenBook Pro UX501.
Packing an NVIDIA GTX 960M video card and backed by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, this laptop contains a massive 16GB of RAM and supports 4K/UHD video playback. Marketed with 3D rendering and gaming in mind, the 15.6-inch touch display allows you to play away at a 3860 x 2160 resolution coupled with an 178-degree viewing angle.
Offering a PCI-E SSD up to 512GB in capacity, ASUS claim this to be the world's fastest, boasting read and write speeds of up to 1400MB/s - listed as twice as fast as competing PCI-E x2 models.
If you're interested in something light, small and portable to take along on business trips of for pleasure, ASUS showcased its new ZenBook UX305 alongside the ZenFone 2 extravaganza recently in Manhattan.
Featuring a 13.3-inch QHD+ screen, an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD to round it all off, ASUS claims this model weighs in at only 2.64lbs and measures just 0.48 inches thick.
The IPS multi-touch display will run at 3200 x 1800 pixels and supports wide viewing angles which compliments the three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, a bundled USB-to-Ethernet adapter and a mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter all located in the overall package.
Often plagued by slow operating procedures, Ultrabooks have shown that a quick start-up process and a thin design isn't the be all and end all of computing technology.
Setting out to help change this trend is Eurocom, recently announcing its Armadillo 2 Ultrabook sporting up to 32GB of memory through two 16GB RAM modules. Coupled with an Intel i5-5200U Broadwell CPU and 2TB of storage space, bundled with Intel HD graphics 5500 and in a complete package completed by a brushed aluminum exterior weighing in at only 1.8kg and measuring 2.1cm thick, this Ultrabook really looks like a winner.
The 2TB of storage comes through a mSATA drive bay and one 2.5-inch 7mm HDD/SSD slot which is kept churning by the 7-hour battery life provided by a 44WH battery.
GIGABYTE has unveiled its P55K, a 15.6" gaming laptop that combines a quad-core Haswell processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M mobile GPU to power a stunning 1080p display.
The gaming laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GDDR5 2GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and full-sized backlit keyboard. The laptop ships with 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-Sub, SD card reader and DC-in jack - put together in a unit that measures 15" x 10.6" and stands 1.3" high. It weighs an acceptable 5.3-lb.
The P55K starts at $1,249 MSRP.
If you're interested in a laptop with True Color Technology, MSI is offering up its new Prestige Series models to customers showcasing six different color profiles and boasting the "truest of colors available" as seen in their recent press release.
Bundled with Intel Core i7 processors, a NVIDIA GTX 950M, quality audio and the ability to support three 4K monitors at once, MSI is offering up 15 and 17-inch screened models of beauty coming very soon.
Interestingly one of the color modes available is listed as Anti-Blue and sets out to sooth your eyes when partaking in long usage sessions. We've seen this utilized before through things like GUNNAR glasses and the program f.lux, it will be interesting to see how well this in-built works compared to the rest.
Dell has announced the Ubuntu-powered version of its impressive XPS 13 laptop, giving consumers the option of grabbing the Windows, or Linux-based version of its 13-inch laptop at the time of purchase.
The company took to a blog post to announce that since the launch of its XPS 13 back in January, it had the idea of launching a developer-friendly version of its laptop, but it wanted to make sure that it could offer the best possibly product to anyone who purchased one. Dell said: "There were issues with the touchpad and a repeating keystroke that took longer to address than we, and others, would have liked".
Apple has had a big few days, with the Watch pre-orders opening up and the launch of its new Retina-capable MacBook. The new Retina MacBook is reportedly not being stocked at many Apple Stores, leaving consumers furious.
Apple Stores in the US are reportedly not stocking the new MacBook, which seems to be limited to online purchases, for now at least. MacRumors has taken a look at multiple Apple Stores across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, which all resulted in the new Retina MacBook being unavailable at all locations, "at least on launch day" they reported.
The new Retina MacBook has seen its shipping times already expand, with custom models shipping in 3-4 weeks as soon as orders became available. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook starts at $1299, featuring a super-slim design, a single USB-C port, a redesigned keyboard and an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and an all-day battery.
Apple's new Retina MacBook doesn't reach consumers until April 10, but we are now looking at some early 64-bit Geekbench benchmarks of the Core M-powered laptop.
The Intel Core M-5Y31 processor is clocked at 1.1GHz, with someone running the benchmark twice, providing two single-core scores of 1924 and 2044. The multi-core benchmarks provided a score of 4038 and 4475. Comparing this to the entry-level 2015 MacBook Air with its 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, we've seen single-core results of 2881 and multi-core results of 5757.
Performance wise, we're looking at the new Core M-powered Retina MacBook being about as fast as the higher-end MacBook Air from 2011, with its 1.8GHz Core i7 processor. Graphics performance will most likely be better on the 2011 MBA, but we won't know that until benchmarks are performed on the new Core M-powered MacBook.
There are two processor upgrades consumers can choose for the new Retina MacBook, with the 1.1GHz processor being optioned out for a 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz part. The new Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest and lightest notebook to date, with pricing starting at $1299 for the 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB model, and $1599 for the 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB model.
Featuring a 2560x1700 resolution screen powered by Intel HD graphics, 12 hours of battery life, a claimed 15 minute charging window for 2 hours of battery time, the latest Intel 5th generation processor and 8GB of RAM, say hello to Google's new Pixel Chromebook.
Being one of the first devices to see USB Type-C integration, this technology will not only be used to power the device, but also for data transfer and extended monitor support.
This 3.3lbs device comes with a 12.85" screen and the base model will feature an Intel i5 2.2GHz with 8GB of memory compared to the higher-positioned Intel i7 edition at 2.4GHz with a massive 16GB of RAM. As for storage you can expect either 32GB or 64GB, two USB Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports.
For more information you can check out their official landing page.
Apple has finished its 'Spring Forward' media event, where we've been introduced to a handful of exciting new products. One of which is the new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, which has a resolution of 2304x1440.
The new 12-inch MBA features a thinner bezel around its display, with the keyboard reaching both edges of the base. Apple has used a new Taptic engine for the trackpad, something that provides touch feedback on the Apple Watch, is doing the same thing on the new MacBook Air - it simulates the sensation of clicking. You can push harder than a traditional tap, and it will act as a separate gesture, just like the new Watch.
Apple has removed most of the ports on the new MacBook Air, where we only have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a reversible USB-C connector. This port can charge the laptop, send video to an external display and of course, throw data around at USB 3.0 speeds. This port has allowed Apple to make its thinnest laptop yet, at just 13.1mm thick - 24% thinner than the already-thin 11-inch MacBook Air. It also weighs just 2 pounds.
Inside, the new MacBook Air is powered by Intel's Core M processor, and the promise of "all-day battery" with around 9 hours of web surfing, or up to 10 hours of HD video playback. The new MacBook will launch on April 10 starting at $1299, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.