You don't necessarily need to cross off the Asus Taichi dual-screen Ultrabook from your holiday wishlist, but if making such a list, you may want to add a few backup items. The reason? Asus has decided to delay U.S. shipments after previously being made available to pre-order on popular e-commerce sites like Amazon and Newegg. Now it's anyone's guess when the hybrid laptop will arrive.
Have you ever thought of your friends and family as sharing traits with an Ultrabook? Neither have we, but Acer hopes you'll be willing to entertain the idea for a chance to win a thin and light Aspire S7 Ultrabook with Windows 8. It's part of a Facebook contest (one that we're in no way affiliated with, but figured we'd give you a heads up) in which you can enter to win a new laptop daily through December 31, 2012.
In its continued quest for relevance amid a sea of Ultrabooks and the ghosts of netbooks, Google's Chromebook may getting a touchscreen upgrade by the end of the year. So says news and rumor site DigiTimes, which is getting its information from a Chinese language financial newspaper published in Taiwan (Commercial Times). Details are sparse, but here's what we know so far.
Recently, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth made a very bold statement when he said: “We expect to ship close to 20 million PCs in the next year.” Sounds like wishful thinking to us, but Linux system builder System76 would love nothing more than to see Shuttleworth’s prediction come true, as its entire business is dedicated to making Ubuntu-based servers, desktops and laptops. Its latest offering is a 17.3-inch laptop with “extreme components.”
Lenovo has quietly posted a new webpage teasing visitors with a product shot of its upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook. Optimized for Windows 8, the touch-friendly Ultrabook will be available to purchase next month, though Lenovo didn't offer up an exact release date or any pricing information. There isn't much of a spec sheet to go on either, though we suspect it will sport the same or similar guts as the non-touch version.
Hey look, it's another affordable Chromebook! This one is from Acer, which this week debuted its new C7 Chromebook priced at $199. That's $50 less expensive than Samsung's recently introduced Chromebook for 2012. Both models sport an 11.6-inch display and the latest version of Google's Chrome OS, and though there are a few subtle differences between the two, you could argue that both are compelling options in a space that was once dominated by netbooks.
Maingear, a boutique system builder based out of New Jersey, has taken aim at gaming on the go with its new Nomad 15 gaming laptop. Available in a variety of color options, the customizable Nomad 15 is, as its name implies, a 15-inch notebook equipped that features 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor options (Ivy Bridge), discrete graphics (GeForce GTX 670MX and up), and up to 32GB of system memory.
Our friends at iFixIt felt compelled to offer new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro owners a consolation prize in the form of high resolution kitten wallpaper. What for? Well, based on iFixIt's teardown analysis of Apple's newest notebook, owners of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro could use an adorable kitten to calm their nerves if they ever find themselves in the position of having to perform a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair job.
Christina Aguilera had it all wrong, because apparently what a girl really wants are PCs designed specifically for their gender. And what a girl needs are pre-loaded scrapbooking, diary, and horoscope apps. We're not kidding, and neither is Fujitsu, which unveiled a new line of "Floral Kiss" computers designed by a team of female engineers "aiming to bring elegance to PCs."
Google has introduced a new thin and light Chromebook model at a price point that may finally attract an audience outside of curious geeks with a bit of extra disposable income. The new Chromebook is priced at $249 (or $329 with 3G), and while you can argue that's what previous models should have been selling for all along (and we'd agree with that), it's not too late to make a splash, especially now that netbooks are nearly extinct and with Ultrabooks hovering at price points three and four times as high.