One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.
HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.
CyberPowerPC today uncaged its new Raven X6 laptop for gamers. The Raven X6 sports a 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1080 resolution powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It all comes wrapped in an aggressive looking chassis with sleek angles and subtle aesthetic enhancements and accents.
Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?
Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag.
Gold seems to be the 'in' thing among mobile devices these days, so why not extend the color option over to laptops? That must have been what MSI was thinking when it conceived limited edition versions of its GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and GS60 Ghost gaming notebooks. Each one packs high end hardware inside a "luxurious golden chassis" measuring 15.35 inches by 10.47 inches by 0.78 inches and weighing 4.36 pounds.
We've pointed out before how Chromebooks are some of the best selling laptops on Amazon, and though these cloud-based systems aren't as capable as their Windows-based counterparts, they've having no trouble finding an audience, particularly in education circles. In fact, market research firm Gartner forecasts 5.2 million Chromebook sales by the end of the year, which would translate into a 79 percent jump compared to 2013.
Boutique builder promises "fair market value" for your Alienware laptop
Origin PC may have just started a war with Dell by offering to give you store credit for your "thick, slow, and heavy Alienware branded laptop," which you can then apply towards a thin and light EVO15-S gaming laptop or any Origin system. Why is Origin PC targeting Alienware owners? We're not sure, though we surmise it's because Alienware is the only actively promoted boutique brand owned by a major OEM.
Consumers are no longer buying tablets in record numbers. Instead, tablet shipments slipped 5 percent sequentially to 48.4 million units during the second quarter, according to data released by Canalys. Apple still leads the tablet market, but had its weakest quarter since Q1 2012 with just under 13.3 million iPad shipments. Meanwhile, Samsung shipped 8.9 million tablets during the quarter, which also represents a sequential decline.
What happens when you combine the DNA of a workstation with the form factor of an Ultrabook? You end up with MSI's WS60, supposedly the thinnest and lightest mobile workstation the world has ever seen. The WS60 sports a 15.6-inch display with either an Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) or WQHD+ 3K (2880x1620) resolution in a chassis that measures 15.35 inches (W) x 10.47 inches (D) x 0.78 inches (H) and weighs 4.36 pounds.
Android-based laptop could be held back by high price tag
For those interested in a laptop running Android, the HP Slatebook is now available on Amazon for $430. It's a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4.0 processor running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16GB solid state drive. The configuration is along the lines of a Chromebook, though the pricing is in the low-end spectrum of Windows laptops.