It’s hard to believe that the Chromebook is still with us. If you recall, Chromebooks were birthed in a tumultuous time for the world. The country was in the midst of economic collapse and craptastic netbooks were the cheap hotness.
Note: This review was taken from the January 2012 issue of the magazine.
Asus, Acer, and others are no longer releasing new netbook models in the U.S.
We can count on one tightly clenched fist the number of consumer netbook announcements so far in 2013. It's zero, zip, zilch, nada, and whatever other word or phrase you want to use to represent a quantity less than one. Netbooks, while once hugely popular, are largely dead in the U.S., so why is Intel holding onto its Cedar Trail M platform? One reason is because Classmate PCs are selling in developing markets.
We had the opportunity to get our hands on the Razer Edge, which Razer is advertising as the most powerful gaming tablet in the world. Our particular unit costs $1,450 and is armed with an x86 i7 CPU and a discrete GeForce GT640M video card. No integrated graphics and ARM processor here, folks: This is a full PC. Watch as we unbox the device and it's various peripherals (console dock, controller extension, and more).
Even the shade of black on the new ThinkPad is different from before.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ThinkPad T431s, a new business-class Ultrabook from Lenovo that's the thinnest T series ever built. That in and of itself isn't surprising -- PC manufacturers are making a concerted effort towards building thinner and lighter Ultrabooks and noteboks -- but some of the design changes are certainly interesting. Lenovo bid adieu to a handful of signature features, including the right and left buttons below the trackpad.
Google's Chromebook Pixel sports a touchscreen display with a 2560x1700 resolution.
It's not entirely clear what Google is thinking by launching a $1,299 Chromebook. Oh, haven't you heard? Google on Thursday unveiled the Chromebook Pixel, essentially a high-octane Chromebook with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display and 2560x1700 resolution. Google says it's the highest resolution of any notebook in its class, but that luxury doesn't come cheap, as it's also the highest priced Chromebook to date.
A Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with a Full HD 1080p display starts at $1,550.
Dell this week announced that its XPS Developer Edition laptop is now equipped with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution display, upgraded from 1366x768. The upgraded panel is shipping to customers in the United States and now runs $1,550. Starting next week, Dell will begin offering the upgrade model to select countries in Europe, like the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
After reviewing the iBuyPower CZ-17 last month and seeing it look nearly identical to our zero-point MSI GT60, we were hoping our next gaming laptop would be a fresh, new design. Unfortunately Maingear's Nomad 15 apparently uses the same original design manufacturer (ODM) construction as those other two.
Note: This review was taken from the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
iFixIt's teardown of the Surface Pro reveals that it's even more difficult to service than Apple's iPad.
Our diabolical friends at iFixIt gave Microsoft's Surface Pro notebook/tablet the teardown treatment, and as always, they documented the surgery with plenty of pics every step of the way. It's a given that you need nerves of steel to tear into some of the devices that end up on iFixIt's operating table, and that's especially true of the Surface Pro, which scored a measly 1 out of 10 on iFixIt's Repairabilty scale (the higher the score, the easier it is to service).
If it’s true that Ultrabooks aren’t meeting sales expectations because of high prices, CyberPower is making moves in the right direction by offering a trio of 14.1-inch models that break the $1,000 barrier. One of those is the Zeus M2, which rings in at $850. That’s nearly half the cost of the Lenovo X1 Carbon we reviewed last month. So what, if any, features and performance are sacrificed in the service of money savings?
Note: This review was taken from the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.