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Computer manufacturers were in full force at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, showing off different machines utilizing the new Haswell Extreme Edition processors and X99 chipset that Intel announced at the beginning of the show. One such manufacturer was iBuyPower, bringing one of the machines to the show to power an Oculus Rift demo.
Pricing set at three different levels, finer details seen in GT72 Dominator Pro
During Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, a number of hardware companies made official announcements to line up with Intel's release of the Haswell Extreme Edition processors. MSI had a big presence at the expo, including the display of three of its X99 motherboards and laptops like the GT72 Dominator Pro for use in tournaments.
Aspire V Nitro range topped by high-specification Black Edition notebooks
Acer is expanding its range of Aspire notebooks with a new collection of gaming systems, named the Aspire V Nitro. At the same time, the company revealed a collection of monitors for gaming and business, with the three new ranges including screen sizes between 27 inches and 32 inches, and with WQHD and 4K resolutions to choose from.
Microsoft combats Chromebooks with promise of low-cost notebooks
Microsoft is planning to fight off notebooks running Chrome OS, with the help of low-cost computers being released in time for the holiday season. Revealed at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 today, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner claimed a number of notebooks running Windows will directly competing against ">Chromebooks, with HP said to be preparing a $199 notebook for sale.
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro boasts 3K-resolution display, Nvidia GPU
MSI has started to ship its GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS70 Stealth Pro gaming notebooks in the United States. The larger GS70 Stealth Pro, a follow-up to a notebook released last year, offers a non-reflective 17.3-inch Full HD display, while the GS60 Ghost Pro, revealed in March, opts for a smaller 15.6-inch screen with a higher WQHD+ 3K resolution of 2880x1620.
Acer brings Haswell, touch screens to some entry-level models
At today's Acer release announcement event in New York City, the company has added to its notebook and all-in-one computer families aimed at families and entry-level purchasers. Newly released are the Aspire U5-620 and Z3-615 all-in-one computers, as well as the Aspire V11, E11, E14, and E15 notebooks.
Haswell-based Toshiba notebooks offer high capacities, high-resolution option
Toshiba has detailed new ranges of notebooks it will be releasing this year, as well as providing additional information for one it has already revealed. More detail about the Satellite P50t, a notebook with a 4K-resolution display first introduced at CES, is provided by the company, along with the lower, more conventional-resolution Satellite S50 and S70 notebooks.
A storage solution for a modern age
This week, MacNN forum-goers have been discussing the best new storage devices after Moderator "OreoCookie" upgraded their machine to a Retina MBP with 256GB of solid state storage and needed more. "RobOnTheCape" turned to the forums looking for help trying to figure out why the SSD on their MacBook Air was full.
New Nvidia GPUs will limit performance to save battery power
Nvidia is hoping to improve the battery performance of gaming notebooks, with the release of six new mobile GPUs. The unveiled 800M-series graphics chips will offer up to double the battery life of previous generations when the notebook is being used for gaming, with the company also carrying over a number of features from its desktop GPUs at the same time.
13.3-inch display, 16GB SSD in first Toshiba Chromebook
Toshiba has launched its first foray in Chrome OS notebooks, by showing a Haswell-based Chromebook at CES. Offering a 13.3-inch, 1366x768-resolution display, the Toshiba Chromebook follows the same pattern as other Chromebooks, in offering a 3.3-pound, 0.8-inch thick notebook with relatively low specifications that are adequate enough for light Internet work, along with a fairly cheap price tag.
Notebook joined by version with sliding keyboard, AIO desktop
LG has unveiled what computers and notebooks it will be showing at CES in January, alongside audio equipment and large-screened televisions. An update to a sliding notebook launched at the previous event is accompanied by a more conventional version, while a 27-inch Full HD all-in-one desktop PC will also be making an appearance.
EliteDisplay complements compact desktops
HP has added several new computers to its business-oriented Elite series, introducing the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, EliteBook Revolve G2 and an EliteDesk compact desktop. The 14-inch EliteBook 1040 notebook is said to be significantly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, measuring 15.9mm thick and weighing 3.3 pounds, with an aluminum unibody design that is claimed to be ruggedized to protect against drops or other abuse.
Chip executive hints at holiday pricing
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.
Sizes range from 15.6 to 17.3 inches
MSI has introduced three new notebooks that are said to be geared for gaming, entertainment and mobile productivity. Two GP60 models integrate 15.6-inch displays, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics and a choice between a 3.0GHz Core i5 processor or 3.2 GHz Core i7 chip. The basic package offers 1366x768 resolution, while the i7 variant steps up to a 1920x1080 panel with an antiglare finish.
New offerings include budget models
Lenovo has introduced several new ThinkPad notebooks equipped with Intel's latest Haswell-series processors, adding to the T-, W-, L-, and E-series offerings. The W540 is the company's latest mobile workstation, featuring a 15.5-inch IPS panel with 2880x1620 resolution, Nvidia's discrete Quadro graphics and an integrated color calibrator.
Notebooks flip to stand mode for touch use
Lenovo has unveiled several new computers at the IFA expo, including two budget-priced notebooks and an all-in-one that will all be sold under the Flex branding. The 14.1-inch Flex 14 and 15.6-inch Flex 15 integrate a 300-degree display hinge, enabling the touchscreen to be used in stand mode.
Hot-swappable batteries, touchscreens, Haswell processors touted
Lenovo has introduced five new to its ThinkPad T, X, and S series of notebooks. The S440, S540, T440, the previously-launched T440s, and X240, all being shown by the notebook producer at IFA in Berlin, bring slight changes and refreshes to existing lines, with the systems boasting up to 17 hours of battery life, hot-swappable batteries, and fourth-generation Intel Core processors.
More than 4GB of RAM and other discussions
One Junior Member is trying to figure out if there is any way to increase the RAM in their MacBook Pro to more than 4GB. Confused Grizzled Veteran "And.reg" is trying to figure out why their calendar colors keep changing in their iCloud account, others report similar problems in the thread titled "Who keeps hacking my iCloud account?"
Initial 1366x768 displays to be replaced by multitouch 1080p versions in future
Dell has launched a pair of Latitude 7000-series ultrabooks on sale, with both notebooks using Intel Haswell processors. The Latitude 14 7000 offers a 14-inch 1366x768-resolution anti-glade display, with a touch-enabled 1080p version on the way, while the marginally smaller and lighter Latitude 12 7000 model opts for a similar-resolution 12.5-inch screen, also with a 1920x1080 touch model expected in the future.
New lines have multitouch displays, Intel and AMD processor options
Toshiba has unveiled some new additions to its catalog of notebooks. The 14-inch Satellite E45t Ultrabook and 15.6-inch Satellite E55t and E55Dt models from the Satellite E series are mid-ranged systems that introduce 10-point multitouch support, with the Intel-based versions offer Dragon Assistant voice control and Intel Wireless Display, and the AMD models using a quad-core A6 APU with Radeon graphics.
EON13-S offers 13.3-inch 1080p display, GeForce GT765M graphics
Origin PC has announced new notebooks that offer both Haswell processors and Kepler graphics, following on from the EON15-S and EON17-S. The customizeable EON13-S offers a 13.3-inch 1029x1080 IPS display, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT765M GPU, and a choice of quad-core Intel Core i7 processors running at 2.4GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.8GHz or 3.0GHz for the Extreme Core i7 version.
Notebook has ten-point multitouch display, AMD processor and graphics
Samsung has opened up its ATIV Book 9 Lite range of notebooks up for pre-sale in the United States, ahead of its release in stores at the end of this month. The ATIV Book 9 Lite notbook was revealed by the company in June, alongside the QHD+ ATIV Book 9 Plus, and offers a 13.3-inch ten-point multitouch display running at 1366x768.
ATIV Book 9 Plus uses 3200x1800 13.3-inch touchscreen, 256GB SSD
Samsung unveiled three new computers at tonight's event, at the same time as its ATIV tablets. The ATIV Book 9 Plus is a 13.3-inch notebook with a high-resolution display replacing the Series 9, the Book 9 Lite is a more conventional style notebook, and the ATIV One 5 Style is an all-in-one device designed with the same style as the Galaxy smartphone range.
Laptop Mag's Mark Spoonaur gives 13-inch MBA 4 out of 5 stars
Mark Spoonaur of Laptop Mag published his thoughts on the latest 13-inch MacBook Air model Tuesday, giving the product four out of five stars. Battery life topped the list of favorable attributes as the MacBook Air lasted 9 hours and 34 minutes in Laptop's tests, a full hour and a half longer than its predecessor. In spite of not having the coveted Retina screen resolution, its screen's clarity and brightness was still praised. The 13-inch Air is one of the first ultraportable laptops to include HD5000 graphics, allowing for a high enough performance that gaming is feasible. In benchmark tests, the Air proved to be faster than the previous model, though some Windows 8 notebooks remain faster.
Sony Vaio Red Editions feature hand-finished paintwork
Sony has revealed five special edition versions of the Vaio Duo 13, Vaio Pro 11 and 13, and Vaio Fit 14 and 15. The new limited Red Edition notebooks follow just a week after the launch of the standard versions and are available in ‘extremely limited quantities.’ At this stage, the new models are headed to Japan and Europe with no announcements forthcoming for the North American market.
Intel's Haswell released, MBP update imminent
With the recent release of Intel's new Haswell chips, the MacNN forums are abuzz with talk of a refresh for the MacBook Pro lineup, as well as a long awaited update to the Mac Pro. One Senior User turned to the forums this weekend in search of a solution to fan issues with their MacBook Pro.
Research firm sees 51.8-percent rise in touchscreen-enabled notebook shipments
Almost one in ten notebook computers shipped in the first quarter of 2013 have touchscreens, according to a market research firm's report. It is claimed by Displaybank that 4.57 million of the notebooks used the displays out of a total shipment figure of 46 million, a rise of 51.8 percent compared to the previous quarter.
Survey includes notebooks, tablets, phones, excludes actual sales
In its latest report, industry research firm Canalys is reporting on what it calls "worldwide smart mobile device shipments" for the first quarter of the year -- a term that includes smartphones, notebooks and tablets. Of the 308.7 million devices that fall under one of those categories that shipping in Q1, around 60 percent were said to be Android devices, reflecting the platform's strength in smartphones -- the fastest-growing area of mobile electronics. Apple's iOS placed second again, despite a dominant presence in tablets.
Study shows clean install of Windows is best for stability
A new study by a cloud-based PC admin software maker, Soluto, concludes that bloatware included on most Windows PC notebooks by the manufacturers is harming the Windows experience to such an extent that the best portable on which to run Windows is now Apple's MacBook Pro. In part this is because, like the other PC models judged to be the most reliable, the Mac requires a "clean" copy of Windows. The company gathered boot-up times, crash or hang incidents, background process logs and BSOD reports from 150,000 notebook PCs to come up with the rankings.
Budget student notebook includes Windows, Ubuntu OS options
Dell has introduced a new budget notebook aimed at students and businesses, as well as a storage system for the education market. The Latitude 3330 is a lightweight notebook with a 13.3-inch, 1,366x768-resolution display, while the new Mobile Computing Cart can be used to securely store and transport up to 30 notebooks at the same time.
Asus intros 15-inch Vivobook models with multitouch displays
Asus has added two new 15-inch Windows 8 touchscreen notebooks to its VivoBook line up. The new VivoBook S500 and S550 adopt a relatively thin .85-inch profile, but still weigh 4.6-pounds each. However, each builds on its ultrabook looks by incorporating hybrid storage options with combinations including a 24GB flash memory for quick booting and a 500GB spinning hard drive for expanded storage.
Notebook lids inspired by Sega console history
Game producer Sega has started to sell limited edition branded notebooks. The range of four notebooks, sold in partnership with Japanese retailer Enterbrain, have lid designs that resemble consoles from the company's history, namely the Sega Saturn, the Dreamcast, and the Mega Drive, as well as a fourth that matches the blue in Sega's logo.
Similar hardware to Windows-based ThinkPad counterpart
Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad line with a notebook running Chrome OS aimed at students and educational staff. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is effectively the same as the Windows-based version, except that the option for an AMD E-series processor is no longer available, instead replaced by an Intel-based counterpart.
New Inspiron models include Intel Core i3, i5, i7 processor options
Dell has revealed updated versions of its Inspiron notebook product line at CES. Customers in the United States, Canada, and other countries will be able to buy notebooks that, following feedback from users, have higher battery capacities and ultra-low voltage versions of Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, requiring half the power of those used in Inspiron notebooks last year.
Windows notebooks see tougher hit
For a period between November 18th and December 22nd, MacBook sales came in 6 percent lower year-over-year, according to new NPD Group data. It's not clear why MacBook sales suffered, although there are several potential reasons. The major driver may be that Apple released only one updated MacBook in late 2012, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro; every other MacBook was updated earlier in the year. In late 2011, the entire MacBook Pro lineup was refreshed.
Student notebook houses Ivy Bridge processor, Windows 8
Acer has released the latest addition to its TravelMate line of notebooks. The TravelMate B113 is aimed at students and institutional customers, and sports a Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor with 4GB of RAM, a 1366x768-resolution 11.6-inch LED-backlit display, and a choice of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 Pro pre-installed.
PC instruction schools expand on classes started in factories
Fujitsu is going to offer build-your-own computer classes to customers in Japan. The Hands-on Custom PC Assembly Service will teach absolute beginners how to build their own computer, as well as fundamental knowledge about its inner workings, and to perform computer support tasks themselves.
Growth of rival metal notebooks exacerbates problems
Apple is continuing to dominate demand for metal chassis parts from Asian supply companies, DigiTimes says. The company has reportedly booked "most" of the capacity available to build the parts for its MacBooks, which are now entirely housed in unibody aluminum. Intensifying the situation are Apple's rivals, which DigiTimes' upstream supply chain sources say are compensating for weak ultrabook sales by turning to ultrabook-like notebooks, causing both metal chassis and slim panel shortages.
Current forum topics
Earlier this week in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane forum goer besson3c started a thread titled "new Retina MBP unrepairable" to discuss Apple's decision to make the new MBP very hard to fix yourself. Earlier this week one Senior User was trying to fix an aluminum MacBook and has turned to the forums for some tips about what to do once they are inside.
US and UK will see IdeaPad U310 and U410 later in June
Lenovo has announced that its IdeaPad U310 and U410 ultrabooks are now shipping in most markets. The previously announced notebooks are available in a range of configurations, including a choice of Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors that take advantage of Lenovo's RapidBoot technology and Ultra Smart social network updates in sleep mode.
New CPUs added to L, T, W and X series
Lenovo has introduced a range of revised ThinkPad notebooks, each equipped with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors. Aside from the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon—dubbed the "lightest 14-inch ultrabook in the industry"—the company also added new models to its L, T, W, and X series.
Asus Zenbook UX32A and UX32Vd gain latest CPUs
Asus is improving the Zenbook lineup with another pair of aluminium-clad notebooks. A Taipei press event was used to show off the Ivy Bridge-powered UX32A and UX32Vd, with the former relying on Intel integrated graphics and the latter a switchable 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT620M graphics card, according to Netbooknews.
Coated canvas, poly models offer weather protection
Clear Laptop Sleeve maker Altego has expanded its product line with new notebook bags and cases designed for the MacBook line and iPad but suitable for other, similar-sized notebooks and tablets. The two lines, featuring a coated canvas Cyan and channel-stitched Ruby series, offer quilted inner linings to protect the devices, custom-molded waffle-design back waffle back padding, a flannel-lined inner iPad pocket, seat-belt webbing shoulder straps and more.
Series maintains aluminum/magnesium construction
HP is reportedly set to launch a successor to the EliteBook 8460p business notebook. Both models share the same 14-inch display and bead-blasted aluminum/magnesium construction, however the forthcoming EliteBook 8470p is said to take advantage of Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors.
Ultrabook available with standard or ULV chipsets
Gigabyte has introduced several new notebooks, including two 14-inch ultrabooks and a 15.6-inch gaming notebook. The ultrabooks include two variants, the U2442N with standard-voltage Core i5 or i7 processors, and the U2442V with ultra-low voltage Core i5 and i7 chips for improved battery life.
Chips not expected until June
Just days after Intel admitted that its Ivy Bridge technology may not launch until June, Samsung appears to have posted one if its upcoming Series 7 notebooks for preorder to ship when the chips become available. Retailer J&R currently lists the NP700Z7C-S01US 'Nike', a 17.3-inch notebook powered by a Core i7-3615QM processor running at 2.3GHz.
Current forum topics
Today in the MacNN forums one Fresh-Faced Recruit asks "why bother with Apple's desktops (as opposed to their notebooks)?" as they are considering getting a computer as a gift for their parents. Also today iM@k was given a 30-inch Apple Cinema Display with a faulty tension spring, as such they are looking for a the correct part number for a VESA mount plate for it, click here to join in.
Company "working hard" to meet demand
Razer has announced that it has sold out of the first batch of its Blade gaming notebooks within 30 minutes. The high-end notebooks were originally slated for the holidays, however the launch was eventually delayed until late January as the company made a last-minute decision to switch to SSD storage.
LG's latest premium notebooks
LG is among several computer makers that have unveiled ultrabooks this week at CES in Las Vegas. Electronista had a chance to try out the company's new premium notebooks, the Z330 and Z430, which are labeled "super ultrabooks" and feature compact housings and a metallic silver finish.
Devices feature RapidBoot, sleep mode updates
Lenovo has introduced a range of new notebooks, including U-series ultrabooks, S-series mini notebooks, Y-series performance offerings, and midrange Z-series models. The U310 and U410 feature 0.7-inch thick housings and weigh in at 3.74 lbs., falling close to the 13-inch MacBook Air's external specs.