Apple likes to throw around the term "Retina Display" when talking about products that have a high resolution panel, but nothing in Apple's lineup wields as many pixels asSamsung's Ativ Book 9 Plus Ultrabook. This thing trots onto the scene with a 13.3-inch panel boasting a QHD+ (3200x1800) native resolution, all while offering up 10-point touch support for good measure.
It seems the whole world is going crazy over Ultrabooks and ultrathins, but until Intel or AMD figure out a way to cram a pair of high-end GPUs into a form factor that's about the width of a pancake, there will still be a market for oversized gaming laptops built like a cinder block. Witness CyberPowerPC's Fang Taipan M2 gaming laptop (Clevo P375SM), a 17.3-inch machine that's capable of delivering a desktop-like computing experience.
We're still waiting on Intel to deliver enthusiast-grade processors such as Ivy Bridge-E, but in the meantime, the Santa Clara chip maker is busy fleshing out its Haswell processor family, including a new flagship part. In the coming weeks, Intel will reportedly launch a Core i7 4771 processor, a quad-core part clocked at 3.5GHz and Turbo clockspeed of 3.9Ghz. In other words, it won't be much faster than the current flagship CPU, the Core i7 4770.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you're a student, summer is quickly coming to an end. Hey, that's just the reality of the situation. But if you have to go back-to-school, you might as well use it as an excuse to invest in a new laptop -- for homework, of course. Origin PC's new EON13-S has plenty of power to help you during those longs nights of research (or gaming sessions).
Power users and gamers are about the only ones buying 17.3-inch laptops these days. Lightweight and thin designs are winning favor among mainstream users, but just how small are consumers willing to go? They're dipping below the 15.6-inch form factor and heading straight to 11.6-inch laptops, though there's a reason other than portability as to why these smaller size notebooks are gaining steam.
When it comes to tablets, we’d wager that most Maximum PC readers lean toward the x86 variety—in theory, at least. Right? It’s the more capable, more flexible option—the natural fit for computer nerds. In fact, with specs that rival an Ultrabook’s, an x86 tablet promises to serve as the ultimate production/consumption device, leveraging Windows 8’s dual persona to optimum effect. We haven’t had face-time with Microsoft’s x86-based Surface Pro standard-bearer—ironically, the company seems uninterested in getting its product in front of these power users—but we do have the Acer W700, an extreme tablet in its own right and a worthy representative of what this new tablet category has to offer.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
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.