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Today, HP released one of its finest notebooks to date. The Spectre 13 Ultrabook features a machined aluminum unibody chassis that is aimed at taking on Apple's MacBook Air. Even the hinges that attach the body to the aluminum lid are made out of metal.
Featuring a standard edge-to-edge full 1080p touchscreen, the device already edges out Samsung's Series 9 Ultrabooks in terms of display quality. For those who wish for an even better HD experience, the device can be ordered with a 2560x1440 QHD display with HP promising nine hours of battery life thanks to the Intel Haswell processor inside.
Weighing in at just 3.3 pounds and boasting a respectable 13.4mm overall thickness, the Spectre 13 ships with a 120GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and DisplayPort technology. Additionally, the Ultrabook features an ultra-wide touchpad that enables control of special features within Windows 8. The new Ultrabook will retail starting at $999 and will be available later this year.
Today, GIGABYTE launched what it is calling the lightest gaming laptop in the world. The new 14-inch P34G Ultrablade is extremely thin at just 21mm thick and weighs an unbelievably light 1.6kg. GIGABYTE has designed the new notebook around an ultra-smooth sandblasted aluminum matte finish that lends an air of elegance and sophistication.
The new P34G Ultrablade features a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M graphics card. Everything is remarkably cool and stable thanks to GIGABYTE's unique Supra-Cool cooling system that is comprised of a combination of dual heat pipes and dual fans that are efficient at removing heat from both the CPU and GPU.
GIGABYTE says that the P34G supports up to a 256GB mSATA SSD in addition to a large 1TB HDD for unprecedented fast storage without sacrificing capacity. A full 1080p display panel is featured, which provides excellent viewing even at angles of 170 degrees. Finally, the P34G Ultrablade features an automatic light sensing backlit keyboard that illuminates the keys when powered on in a dimly lit room.
IDF 2013 - During today's Keynote speech, Intel invited ASUS up on stage to show off one of its new Bay Trail-powered 2-in-1 Ultrabooks. Intel believes that 2-in-1 systems are the way of the future and has conducted research that seems to show the market is heading in that direction. Details on the new system are slim, but you can get an early look at an upcoming ASUS 2-in-1 system.
IFA 2013 - Earlier today HP released the Chromebook 14, an Intel Haswell-based Chromebook that will be available in three distinctively vibrant colors. The new Chromebook 14 will feature a 14-inch screen, 16GB of built in storage and will include 2 years of free 100GB Google Drive cloud storage.
Connectivity includes an HDMI port, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi is included and HP will toss 200MB of free T-Mobile Data per month for 2 years. HP says that we will see the new Chromebook 14 hit store shelves this holiday season and it will retail for just $299.99. For a basic internet surfing, email checking, photo browsing device, it is hard to beat the $300 price tag, but at the same time, there are Android tablets with much more internal storage for the same pricing point.
IDF 2013 - Today Acer announced that it will be previewing its first Chromebook that features an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture platform at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. Acer says that this third-generation Chromebook is the result from close collaboration between Acer, Intel and Google, and combines the best technology with exciting new innovation to usher in a new era for the Chromebook market.
"The value proposition of the Acer Chromebook line resonates with consumers, education and a growing number of businesses, as more work is done by teams that collaborate, create and connect using a wide and varied range of apps for learning, research, fun and work," said Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer, Acer America. "The new Acer Chromebook will inspire greater innovation for developers and in turn, for our customers in numerous markets."
"The latest Chromebooks with Intel processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture enable sleek new designs with amazing battery life and improved performance," said Navin Shenoy, Vice President, PC Client Group, General Manager, Mobile Client Platform Division, Intel.
With Chromebook's getting more powerful while remaining energy efficient with every new generation, they are becoming very attractive to users who need a light, portable solution for an on-the-go lifestyle. Personally I am considering picking up one myself to use at conferences, and as a photography companion on photo shoots.
The Intel Developer Forum kicks off later today, where we should expect some Haswell-powered Chromebooks unveiled. Intel's general manager of software and devices, Doug Fisher, will reportedly unveil the new Chromebooks during his keynote.
PCWorld also notes that there should be a Google exec that will join him to discuss the optimization of Android and Chrome for Intel processors. We should expect new OEMs to make the Haswell-powered Chromebooks, as well as the usual Google, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Samsung. Chromebooks could become a big item in the future considering they start at $199.
I'm hoping we see a new high-end Chromebook unveiled, that will include a powerful Haswell processor and the gorgeous high-resolution display. Right now, the 12.85-inch 2560x1700-pixel display on the Chromebook Pixel is hard to beat, but let's hope Google unveil something bigger and better. I wouldn't mind a Chromebook that could run Windows too, that would scream 'shut up and take my money.'
Today, CyberPower PC announced the debut of the ZeusBook Ultimate Series, a new laptop that is said to be the world's slimmest 17-inch gaming notebook. CyberPower says that the ZeusBook Ultimate measures in at under an inch thick and weighs less than six pounds total, which makes it not only slimmer, but also much lighter than similarly powered gaming notebooks on the market.
Offered in two different models, the ZeusBook Ultimate series features the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card and Intel's i7-4700HQ Haswell CPU clocked at 2.4GHz. 8GB of RAM is present alongside a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 LED display. CyberPower has really stepped up the network connectivity by installing an E200 KILLER NIC and a Wireless N 1202 Wi-Fi adapter, which will ensure fast and reliable connectivity during gaming and general use.
The ZeusBook Ultimate comes with Windows 8 64-bit pre-installed and has the ability to connect with three external monitors for a truly immersive HD gaming experience. The laptop is capable of supporting Super HD resolutions up to 3840x2160, which is four-times the resolution of a standard Full HD display. CyberPower has also managed to pack in some very impressive audio hardware into the ZeusBook Ultimate with the inclusion of HD Surround Sound speakers and a built-in subwoofer.
IFA 2013 - Johannes Knapp, our man on the ground at this year's IFA conference, has taken a hands-on look at Toshiba's new Satellite W30T convertible Ultrabook.
The Satellite W30T is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook, which converts into a 13.3-inch tablet in the same way that ASUS' Transformer Pad range of slates does, but Toshiba has opted for Windows 8 in this case. It can detach from its keyboard dock, turning into a 13.3-inch tablet running a 1366x768 HD IPS display. It's also based on Intel's fourth-generation Haswell range of processors, too.
We have HDD choices of a 500GB mechanical drive, or an SSD option. As for graphics we have Intel's HD Graphics 4200 Series, and the usual connectivity through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiDi and HDMI. Ports on the side are plentiful with microHDMI, microUSB, microSD (for both expandable storage and as an SD card reader) and a USB 3.0 port on the keyboard dock.
IFA 2013 - Our man Johannes Knapp is on the ground at IFA 2013, a tradeshow currently taking place in Berlin, Germany. He got his hands on Sony's new VAIO Fit 13A, a 13.3-inch notebook that packs a punch. You can see his hands on video below:
The specifications for the 13A vary depending on the model. The one he got his hands on features a 13.3-inch Full HD display with touch capability. The 13A is one of the new convertible notebooks, meaning that the system can be switched into a tablet. It features USB 3.0, HDMI, and a card reader. Powering the system is a capable Intel Core i7-4500U and 8GB of RAM.
Earlier this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, Toshiba showed off a new convertible tablet that is based off AMD's upcoming Temash APU architecture. The Toshiba W30Dt features a AMD A4-1200 APU, which unfortunately, is the slowest APU in AMDs Temash lineup.
The convertible tablet features 4GB RAM, 500GB of storage, and a 13.3-inch IPS 'Pin-Sharp HD' display. The W30Dt comes with a keyboard dock which includes a full size USB 3.0 port and a secondary battery. The tablet features a microUSB port, SD card port, and HDMI connectivity. No information was given on availability or pricing, but we will update this post when it becomes available.