There's a reason college students consider Ramen Noodles an essential food group. It's cheap and won't interfere with their budget for books, backpacks, and beer. Keeping this in line, Acer's Gateway subsidiary announced a new line of affordable PCs and monitors to help students decorate their dorm rooms with new tech without blowing through their grants and/or school loans.
Whether you want to consider Digital Storm's new Veloce an Ultrabook with a gaming punch or a gaming notebook with Ultrabook-like dimensions is up to you. What we can tell you is that it's a 13.3-inch laptop that measures just 1.26 inches thick and weighs 4.6 pounds, putting it in a thin and light class of laptops. Unlike most other systems with these kinds of dimensions, however, the Veloce has game.
You'd have to stick your head under a rock the size of Kansas to miss the current trend towards mobile devices, and it's certainly true that OEMs (save for Lenovo) are getting hammered by slumping desktop and notebook sales. But just like Rocky Balboa, it would be a mistake to count traditional PCs out of the fight. In fact, desktops and notebooks combined will continue to outpace tablets through this year and next, according to Gartner.
Acer clearly got the memo indicating that the best way to sell a Chromebook is to undercut the competition with the lowest price, and then hammer out a deal with Walmart to carry the cloud-based laptop. Enter Acer's C710-2856, the latest version of the company's C7 Chromebook line that's available at 2,800 Walmart stores for just $199. Not only is it cheaper than other Chromebooks and widely available, it's also faster than Acer's previous SKU.
The Gazelle Professional and the Galago UltraPro both come pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.04
System76 may not exactly be a household name, but the Ubuntu system builder has been in business for over seven years now, apparently long enough to have launched nine iterations of a single product. The ninth generation of the Gazelle Professional laptop has, in fact, just come out, as has the all new Galago UltraPro, “the world's first and only ultra thin laptop to feature Intel's new Iris Pro Graphics with 128MB of eDRAM.”
There's no need to fear an alien invasion, not when they come from the planet Dell. Alienware comes in peace and is interested in one thing and one thing only: high-performance gaming. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang probed Alienware's booth at E3 to take a look at three new gaming laptops, including a 14-inch model, 17-inch model, and a giant 18-inch SKU.
Dell was on hand at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to, among other things, introduce planet Earth to its line of redesigned Alienware laptops that it hopes will abduct gamers into the fold. The OEM unveiled three models, including the Alienware 14, Alienware 17, and Alienware 18, each one rocking Intel's Haswell architecture and Nvidia 700M Series discrete graphics.
The braggadocios system builders at AVADirect are hooting and hollering about being the first vendor in the U.S. of A. to offer Clevo's P375SM gaming laptop, a powerhouse machine built around Intel's new HM87 chipset for Haswell. Pricing starts at just shy of two grand for the 17.3-inch notebook equipped with an Intel Core i7 4700MQ processor, though there are plenty of upgrade options at your disposable if you have too much cash in your pockets weighing you down.
In terms of portability, an Ultrabook is a great solution for taking work with you, but what about when you want to unwind with a bit of gaming? Integrated graphics hardly cut it, so Gigabyte went and tapped Nvidia to power its U-Series of Ultrabooks. These new notebooks pack a potent one-two combo consisting of 4th Generation Intel Core processor options (Haswell) and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics with 4GB of dedicated video memory.