Ultrabooks and tablets are fine for what they're intended to do, but if you want to play a game like Crysis 3 at a high resolution, good luck trying to so on Integrated graphics. Gaming notebooks, while bulky, flex significantly more pixel pushing power, and that's especially true of MSI's new GX70 laptop, a system the company claims is "officially recommended for Crysis 3." MSI's marketing spin aside, this thing wields a pretty powerful Radeon HD 8970M GPU.
What’s not to like about Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y500? Imagine a 2.4GHz Core i7-3630QM CPU notebook armed with two GeForce GT 650Ms, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive with a 16GB caching SSD, all for $1,250!
If the impressive specs weren’t enough, the Y500 is also quite handsome with its sharp angles, rounded corners, and brushed aluminum finish. It eschews the “extreme” gaming laptop design in favor of a simple and clean aesthetic, but a flaming-red, LED-backlit keyboard adds just enough flare to keep things interesting. Its 15.2x10.2x1.4-inch chassis also makes it much smaller and more portable than our 15.6-inch MSI GT60 zer- point laptop, and the Y500 weighs in at just six pounds, 6.8 ounces. Although it may not be Ultrabook-light, it’s lighter than the very-slim Razer Blade gaming laptop (reviewed Holiday 2012), but it’s much heftier power brick does increase its carry weight by more than a pound.
Go ahead Joan Jett fans, touch Lenovo's new ThinkPad S431. Lenovo's latest business friendly laptop sports a 14-inch touchscreen display wedged into a 13-inch frame and encourages finger tapping and swiping with Windows 8. According to Lenovo, it's also dressed to impress customers with an "elegant floating design," offering users a combination of style and substance.
If Windows 8 is here to stay -- and Microsoft hasn't given us any reason to believe it plans on backpeddaling at this point -- then you might be best served by investing in a touchscreen laptop the next time you're in the market for a notebook. Touchscreens aren't always cheap, but it looks like Acer is planning to aggressively pursue the entry-level market with an 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop that costs just $399.
If there's such thing as an anti-Ultrabook, this is it.
Pardon the crude visual, but we have a hunch Getac's X500 Rugged Server carries around a spare Ultrabook in its bag just in case the restroom runs out of toilet paper. Technically it's a mobile system in that it resembles a laptop form factor, but it's a also a beastly looking rig. Of course it's not intended for mere mortals who spend the day looking over expense reports, but we'd still love to whip one of these out at a board meeting and let it crash down on the table with a thud.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini recently said that touchscreen PCs could start selling for as little as $200 sometime in the next few months, though it's tough to imagine a Windows 8-based machine carrying such a low price tag. That's because they probably won't. Instead of Windows 8, most of these affordable PCs will be laptop machines built around Google's open source Android platform.
This we know: Windows 8 is more usable with a touchscreen, plain and simple. Whether that’s a practical scenario for tower-and-monitor setups is arguable, but it turns out that using touch on a laptop comes pretty naturally—even more so than we expected.
Note: This feature originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Toshiba's Kirabook will test the limit of how much Ultrabook shoppers are willing to spend.
Intel and its hardware partners have made a concerted effort to bring Ultrabook pricing down, but just because we're seeing lower sticker prices across the board, does that mean the market for premium Ultrabooks is dead? Toshiba's committed to finding out, as evidenced by its new 13-inch Kirabook with PixelPure display. The Kirabook boasts a Retina-like resolution of 2560x1440, though the cost of ownership begins at $1,600.
Ultrabooks are sleek and sexy, but good luck finding one that meets MIL-STD-810G certification for shock and drop resistance. If you work in a tough and tumble environment, you'll be better served with a rugged laptop, and GammaTech hopes you'll give its new Durabook SA14 a long and hard look. The SA14 is a 14-inch laptop that lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge and can take a beating when needed.
After an initial delay pushed the release of the Asus Taichi 31 Ultrabook back several months in the U.S., we were beginning to wonder if the 13.3-inch SKU would ever see the light of the day. We can all stop twiddling our thumbs as Asus said it has finally begun shipping the dual-display Ultrabook stateside. That's great news if you've been jonesing for a Windows 8 Ultrabook with two 13.3-inch panels.